Australia tour of South Africa, 2nd T20I: South Africa v Australia at Centurion, Mar 29, 2009
South Africa won by 17 runs
29 March 2009 - night match (20-over match)

We're just moments away from the start. Peterson will open. A few Indian flags around. Steyn apparently has a groin injury.

Laughlin is a fast bowler from Queensland and will make his international debut for Australia. Abdulla, the left-arm seamer and van der Merwe, the left-arm spinner, will make their international debuts for South Africa. Fast bowler Louw has already played 3 ODIs and a Twenty20 for SA.

Toss Australia have won the toss and they will bowl first.

Team changes: Three changes for Australia. Brett Geeves, Mitchell Johnson and Michael Hussey make way for Ben Laughlin, Nathan Bracken and Callum Ferguson. We'll let you know about the South Africans shortly.

SA are experimenting like crazy. Yusuf Abdulla, Roelof van der Merwe and Johann Louw get a game.

South Africa: Johan Botha (capt), Robin Peterson, Herschelle Gibbs, AB de Villiers, Justin Ontong, JP Duminy, Mark Boucher, Johann Louw, Roelof van der Merwe, Albie Morkel, Yusuf Abdulla

Australia: Ricky Ponting (capt), Michael Clarke, Nathan Bracken, Callum Ferguson, Brad Haddin (wk), David Hussey, Ben Laughlin, Cameron White, David Warner, Shane Harwood, James Hopes.

So Steyn, Amla, Parnell and van Jaarsveld get a rest. Man to man, Australia look stronger and should start as favourites.

5.20pm local: Good evening/morning wherever you are and welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of the second and final Twenty20 international between South Africa and Australia. The action shifts to Centurion and the best Australia can do tonight is to square the series.

The toss is about ten minutes away and we'll try and get you the news as soon as possible. Alex Brown has the bulletin honours tonight and it's a very good evening to him as well.

0.1

Bracken to Peterson, 1 run, bowls the slower one full and swinging away and Peterson squeezes it just wide of mid-off

Bracken stops short because Gibbs has a problem with movement behind the sightscreen

0.2

Bracken to Gibbs, no run, swings it in late and Gibbs taps it softly to Clarke at point

0.3

Bracken to Gibbs, no run, keeps it full and when Gibbs drives to mid-off Peterson ambles out of his crease and scampers back

0.4

Bracken to Gibbs, no run, bowls it full on the offstump and he pushes it inside out to cover

Huge crowd here at Centurion

0.5

Bracken to Gibbs, 1 wide, lands it wide down the legside and Gibbs doesn't want to chase it

0.5

Bracken to Gibbs, no run, lunges onto the stroke a little too early and the ball rolls off his body, Gibbs tells his partner to stay back

0.6

Bracken to Gibbs, 1 run, tip and run, well played and well run by Gibbs after tapping it softly wide of short cover

End of over 1 (3 runs) South Africa 3/0 (RR: 3.00)

    • HH Gibbs 1 (5b)
    • RJ Peterson 1 (1b)
    • NW Bracken 1-0-3-0

No fireworks yet

1.1

Harwood to Gibbs, FOUR, poor start for Harwood and Gibbs obliges a half volley by getting forward and timing it sweetly past the covers, no need to chase that

1.2

Harwood to Gibbs, 2 runs, he overpitches on the pads this time and Gibbs works it wide of midwicket with little effort, Warner does the chasing

1.3

Harwood to Gibbs, 5 runs, there's a direct hit but it's overthrows! Gibbs defends inside out to cover and sets off for a risky single, the ball hits the stumps at the striker's end and deflects to the third man fence and there's an appeal for the run out, he's safe

1.4

Harwood to Peterson, no run, almost a wicket! He swings his bat at a short ball and the ball balloons off the leading edge and falls short of backward point who dives forward in vain

1.5

Harwood to Peterson, no run

1.6

Harwood to Peterson, no run, swings at another short ball and takes his hand off the bat and the ball falls well in front of mid-on this time

End of over 2 (11 runs) South Africa 14/0 (RR: 7.00)

    • RJ Peterson 1 (4b)
    • HH Gibbs 12 (8b 1x4)
    • SM Harwood 1-0-11-0
    • NW Bracken 1-0-3-0
2.1

Bracken to Gibbs, no run, fullish on the pads and worked to the on side

2.2

Bracken to Gibbs, 2 runs, tries to loft through the line over mid-off but he miscues it and the ball lands short of the fielder who runs backwards, not the best-timed shot

2.3

Bracken to Gibbs, no run, bowls it shorter and he fails to make proper contact with the bat

2.4

Bracken to Gibbs, SIX, that's outta here! He gives him the charge as Bracken drops it on a good length and clubs it over deep square leg and over the chalets

2.5

Bracken to Gibbs, OUT, timber! And Bracken has his revenge! He cleverly bowls the slower ball and Gibbs fails to read it as he swings early and misses, the ball clips the top of the off stump and he's got to go

HH Gibbs b Bracken 20 (13m 13b 1x4 1x6) SR: 153.84

2.6

Bracken to de Villiers, no run, gets a full delivery yo start off with and he drives off the meat of the bat to cover

End of over 3 (8 runs) South Africa 22/1 (RR: 7.33)

    • AB de Villiers 0 (1b)
    • RJ Peterson 1 (4b)
    • NW Bracken 2-0-11-1
    • SM Harwood 1-0-11-0
3.1

Laughlin to Peterson, no run, nice start for the debutant, swings it in and it's bang on middle stump, he defends

3.2

Laughlin to Peterson, 1 run, gives him a lot of width and Peterson has to reach out real far to scoop it down to third man

3.3

Laughlin to de Villiers, no run, struggles with his line again as he dishes out another wide one and an attempted cut meets the toe of the bat

3.4

Laughlin to de Villiers, no run, fuller and closer to the stumps and a firm drive finds mid-off

3.5

Laughlin to de Villiers, no run, tries to break free by giving room but he only manages to chop it down to short cover

3.6

Laughlin to de Villiers, 1 wide, well Laughlin strays so wide of the offstump that de Villiers cannot reach it

3.6

Laughlin to de Villiers, OUT, doesn't take too long for Laughlin to strike, not really a wicket-taking ball, it was full and wide and waiting to be hit but de Villiers gets forward and ends up slamming it straight to White at short cover

AB de Villiers c White b Laughlin 0 (5m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 4 (2 runs) South Africa 24/2 (RR: 6.00)

    • RJ Peterson 2 (6b)
    • B Laughlin 1-0-2-1
    • NW Bracken 2-0-11-1
4.1

Harwood to Peterson, 1 run, taps it with soft hands and Peterson calls for the run very quickly

The bowler stops short at the crease bevause of sight screen trouble. SA need these two to play sensibly here

4.2

Harwood to Duminy, no run, bangs in the bouncer and he's happy to duck and let it go

4.3

Harwood to Duminy, 1 run, punches it softly to mid-off and risks the single and his life as the throw nearly takes his head off at the bowler's end, a desperate dive and he's home

4.4

Harwood to Peterson, no run, tries to swing him across the line but he finds square leg

4.5

Harwood to Peterson, no run, goes for a wild pull off a short ball down the leg side but he misses and there's a stifled appeal for a caught behind, funnily enough that wasn't called a wide so it must have brushed something

4.6

Harwood to Peterson, 1 run, swings him towards midwicket and a misfield allows a single

End of over 5 (3 runs) South Africa 27/2 (RR: 5.40)

    • RJ Peterson 4 (10b)
    • JP Duminy 1 (2b)
    • SM Harwood 2-0-14-0
    • B Laughlin 1-0-2-1
5.1

Laughlin to Peterson, FOUR, pitches it up outside off and he lofts through the line and clears mid-off

5.2

Laughlin to Peterson, 1 run, drifts on the body and he clips him down to the on side

5.3

Laughlin to Duminy, 2 runs, that's a nasty bouncer and he takes his eyes off the ball and the ball clips his arm and clears the keeper

5.4

Laughlin to Duminy, 1 run, full outside off and pushed just wide of mid-off

5.5

Laughlin to Peterson, no run, fullish on the pads and he pushes it to short midwicket

5.6

Laughlin to Peterson, 1 leg bye, swings too early and fails to account for the swing as the ball clips his pads and rolls to the onside

End of over 6 (9 runs) South Africa 36/2 (RR: 6.00)

    • RJ Peterson 9 (14b 1x4)
    • JP Duminy 4 (4b)
    • B Laughlin 2-0-10-1
    • SM Harwood 2-0-14-0

Here's James Hopes, the bowlers are getting it to swing

6.1

Hopes to Peterson, no run, Peterson moves a long way across his stumps to scoop it to fine leg but the execution was poor, fails to make any contact

6.2

Hopes to Peterson, 1 run, makes room to crash it through the offside but he gets a thick inside edge wide of the stumps

6.3

Hopes to Duminy, no run, can't quite decide what shot to play and he settles for a gentle dab towards the keeper

6.4

Hopes to Duminy, 1 run, much better, tip and run to the off side and he gets off strike

6.5

Hopes to Peterson, SIX, that's more like it! He stays at the crease, waits for the short ball to come on to him before pulling fiercely over deep midwicket and deep square

6.6

Hopes to Peterson, no run, hits a good length outside off and a firm punch finds mid-off

End of over 7 (8 runs) South Africa 44/2 (RR: 6.28)

    • RJ Peterson 16 (18b 1x4 1x6)
    • JP Duminy 5 (6b)
    • JR Hopes 1-0-8-0
    • B Laughlin 2-0-10-1

Looks like Ponting wants to give all his eleven men a bowl. Here's David Hussey

7.1

Hussey to Duminy, no run, full outside of and pushed straight to mid-off

7.2

Hussey to Duminy, 1 run, that's a full toss and he pushes it down to mid-on

7.3

Hussey to Peterson, SIX, absolutely nobody under that, he gets on his knee to a flighted delivery and slogs him dead straight over the ropes

7.4

Hussey to Peterson, 1 run, full outside off and pushed wide of cover

7.5

Hussey to Duminy, 1 run, fullish on the pads and worked down to mid-on

7.6

Hussey to Peterson, 1 run, drifts on the pads and he clips it wide of square leg and takes a quick single

End of over 8 (10 runs) South Africa 54/2 (RR: 6.75)

    • RJ Peterson 24 (21b 1x4 2x6)
    • JP Duminy 7 (9b)
    • DJ Hussey 1-0-10-0
    • JR Hopes 1-0-8-0
8.1

Hopes to Peterson, FOUR, good improvisation there! He gets on his knee, picks up the full delivery on the pads and sweeps him to long leg

8.2

Hopes to Peterson, 1 run, too wide outside off and he reaches out and the ball flies off the top edge of the bat and races to third man

8.3

Hopes to Duminy, no run, brilliant save by White at wide mid-off! That saved a couple of runs surely

8.4

Hopes to Duminy, no run, another excellent save, this time by Clarke at backward point! Two good shots for no runs

8.5

Hopes to Duminy, 1 run, he clubs a short delivery but mistimes it and the ball just falls short of mid-on

8.6

Hopes to Peterson, FOUR, much better, he gets to the pitch of the ball and slams a full delivery over wide mid-off and extra cover, the timing was good

End of over 9 (10 runs) South Africa 64/2 (RR: 7.11)

    • RJ Peterson 33 (24b 3x4 2x6)
    • JP Duminy 8 (12b)
    • JR Hopes 2-0-18-0
    • DJ Hussey 1-0-10-0
9.1

White to Duminy, 2 runs, full toss down the leg side and he clips him down to fine leg

9.2

White to Duminy, 1 wide

9.2

White to Duminy, 1 run, fullish on the pad and he clips it softly to the on side for a single

9.3

White to Peterson, 1 run, makes room to a short ball and bashes it down to long-on

9.4

White to Duminy, no run, he waits for the ball to come onto him before softly dabbing it past the keeper

9.5

White to Duminy, 1 run, drops it a fraction too short and he makes a wee bit of room and chops it hard to the off side

9.6

White to Peterson, no run, he really fires this one quick and drops it a bit short, Peterson manages to push it back to the bowler

End of over 10 (6 runs) South Africa 70/2 (RR: 7.00)

    • RJ Peterson 34 (26b 3x4 2x6)
    • JP Duminy 12 (16b)
    • CL White 1-0-6-0
    • JR Hopes 2-0-18-0
10.1

Hopes to Duminy, no run, moves across for the paddle scoop but he finds short fine leg

10.2

Hopes to Duminy, 1 run, bowls the slower one and he makes room but checks his drive, Hopes misfields on the follow through

10.3

Hopes to Peterson, OUT, Peterson gives himself way too much room and exposes the stumps too much for his liking, Hopes fires it on the blockhole and the ball cannons onto the stumps, the bails are splattered

RJ Peterson b Hopes 34 (44m 27b 3x4 2x6) SR: 125.92

Wrong wicket at the wrong time for SA, here's van der Merwe

10.4

Hopes to van der Merwe, no run, just gets a bit of width and he chops it down to point

10.5

Hopes to van der Merwe, 1 run, strays on the pads and he clips it on the up to fine leg

10.6

Hopes to Duminy, FOUR, Hopes doesn't bowl to his field there, he sprays it on the pads and Duminy moves across and clips it well wide of short fine leg

End of over 11 (6 runs) South Africa 76/3 (RR: 6.90)

    • JP Duminy 17 (19b 1x4)
    • RE van der Merwe 1 (2b)
    • JR Hopes 3-0-24-1
    • CL White 1-0-6-0
11.1

Hussey to van der Merwe, 1 run, turns it softly in front of deep square leg and thinks of a second run

11.2

Hussey to Duminy, 1 run, full on the offstump and pushed down the ground to long-off

11.3

Hussey to van der Merwe, 1 run, gets on his knee and slog sweeps him and the ball falls short of deep square

11.4

Hussey to Duminy, 1 run, fires it outside off and he squeezes it to the off side

11.5

Hussey to van der Merwe, no run

11.6

Hussey to van der Merwe, 1 run, gets on his knee and tries to smash him straight but the ball travels off the slice of the bat and drops short of long-off

End of over 12 (5 runs) South Africa 81/3 (RR: 6.75)

    • RE van der Merwe 4 (6b)
    • JP Duminy 19 (21b 1x4)
    • DJ Hussey 2-0-15-0
    • JR Hopes 3-0-24-1
12.1

Hopes to van der Merwe, no run, jams it on the blockhole and he makes a bit of room and squirts it to backward point

12.2

Hopes to van der Merwe, no run, he drops it short and takes the pace of the ball, enough to fox the batsman who makes room and swings and misses

12.3

Hopes to van der Merwe, 1 run, he gets forward and plays a firm cover drive but there's protection in the deep

12.4

Hopes to Duminy, no run, Duminy fails to pick the slower ball and he fails to put away a legstump half volley

12.5

Hopes to Duminy, 1 run, takes the pace off the ball and Duminy works it through the line to long-on

12.6

Hopes to van der Merwe, no run, great stuff from Hopes as he fires it on the blockhole outside off and the batsman swings hard, the ball takes the under edge and lobs to the keeper

End of over 13 (2 runs) South Africa 83/3 (RR: 6.38)

    • RE van der Merwe 5 (10b)
    • JP Duminy 20 (23b 1x4)
    • JR Hopes 4-0-26-1
    • DJ Hussey 2-0-15-0
13.1

Hussey to Duminy, no run, pushes it down the pitch but he fails to beat the bowler

13.2

Hussey to Duminy, 1 run, floats it on leg and he works it down to square leg

13.3

Hussey to van der Merwe, no run, chops it hard down the pitch back to the bowler

13.4

Hussey to van der Merwe, SIX, steps down the track and he gets enough power and wood behind the ball to clear long-off, it's a mishit in fact

13.5

Hussey to van der Merwe, 1 run, floated towards leg and he places it wide of mid-off

13.6

Hussey to Duminy, 1 run, places it down to short fine leg

End of over 14 (9 runs) South Africa 92/3 (RR: 6.57)

    • JP Duminy 22 (26b 1x4)
    • RE van der Merwe 12 (13b 1x6)
    • DJ Hussey 3-0-24-0
    • JR Hopes 4-0-26-1
14.1

Harwood to Duminy, 1 run, fullish on the pads and he swings across the line and places it to the deep

14.2

Harwood to van der Merwe, 2 runs, makes a bit of room and swings a full delivery across the line and beats midwicket, a sliding stop saves a boundary, the Australians have fielded really well today

14.3

Harwood to van der Merwe, no run, drops the length short and van der Merwe swings and misses it completely

14.4

Harwood to van der Merwe, no run, once again swings way too early at a short delivery outside off, all his swings seem to meet thin air

14.5

Harwood to van der Merwe, 1 run, bludgeons a full delivery to mid-off and a direct hit by Ponting would have sent van der Merwe packing

14.6

Harwood to Duminy, OUT, lucky strike for Harwood! He bowls a full toss on the stumps and Duminy moves across his stumps to paddle it away but misses and his leg stump is flattened

JP Duminy b Harwood 23 (42m 28b 1x4 0x6) SR: 82.14

Not his best innings. SA really need a few big hits here

End of over 15 (4 runs) South Africa 96/4 (RR: 6.40)

    • RE van der Merwe 15 (17b 1x6)
    • SM Harwood 3-0-18-1
    • DJ Hussey 3-0-24-0
15.1

Bracken to van der Merwe, SIX, going going gone! He takes a couple of paces down and swings him straight over his head and the sightscreen

15.2

Bracken to van der Merwe, no run, makes room to club him down the ground and he swings and misses it completely

15.3

Bracken to van der Merwe, SIX, it's a full toss outside off and he makes room and scoops him high over cover, there must have been about 50 hands over the rope trying to catch that

15.4

Bracken to van der Merwe, 1 no ball

15.4

Bracken to van der Merwe, FOUR, that's a mishit and it still goes for four! He tries to pull him over the on side but the ball balloons over the off side and finds the boundary at deep backward point

15.5

Bracken to van der Merwe, FOUR, take that! He makes a bit of room and sends a full toss crashing past extra cover, that travelled like a rocket

15.6

Bracken to van der Merwe, 2 runs, Dropped He swings wildly again and goes for broke and the ball is into orbit for ages, White loses sight of it at mid-off and drops it

End of over 16 (23 runs) South Africa 119/4 (RR: 7.43)

    • RE van der Merwe 37 (24b 2x4 3x6)
    • JA Morkel 0 (0b)
    • NW Bracken 3-0-34-1
    • SM Harwood 3-0-18-1
16.1

Laughlin to Morkel, 1 run, full outside off and pushes it to the off side

16.2

Laughlin to van der Merwe, 2 runs

16.3

Laughlin to van der Merwe, 2 runs, makes room and he clubs a low full toss down to deep square leg

16.4

Laughlin to van der Merwe, SIX, he's a lucky bloke as yet another mishit manages to clear the rope! Amazing! He tries to deposit him over deep midwicket but the ball sails over deep point instead, what bat speed

16.5

Laughlin to van der Merwe, 1 bye, bowls the slower one and he swings wildly and misses, so does Haddin as a fumble allows a bye

16.6

Laughlin to Morkel, no run

End of over 17 (12 runs) South Africa 131/4 (RR: 7.70)

    • JA Morkel 1 (2b)
    • RE van der Merwe 47 (28b 2x4 4x6)
    • B Laughlin 3-0-21-1
    • NW Bracken 3-0-34-1
17.1

Harwood to van der Merwe, 1 run, that's well bowled, he fires it on the yorker length and he squeezes it down to the off side

17.2

Harwood to Morkel, 1 run, full on the pads and punched hard down the ground to long-on

17.3

Harwood to van der Merwe, OUT, he goes for 48, Harwood drops it short and van der Merwe makes room to slice it through the off side, the short length foxes him and he has no room to work with and as a result he gets a faint edge to Haddin

RE van der Merwe c †Haddin b Harwood 48 (28m 30b 2x4 4x6) SR: 160.00

An entertaining innings no doubt, chancy one though

17.4

Harwood to Boucher, no run, drops it short and he swings and misses

17.5

Harwood to Boucher, no run, chops it down back to the bowler and tells his partner to stay back

17.6

Harwood to Boucher, 1 run, jams it on the blockhole and he squirts it down to backward point

End of over 18 (3 runs) South Africa 134/5 (RR: 7.44)

    • MV Boucher 1 (3b)
    • JA Morkel 2 (3b)
    • SM Harwood 4-0-21-2
    • B Laughlin 3-0-21-1
18.1

Bracken to Boucher, 1 wide, comes round the wicket and sprays it spectacularly wide outside off, the ball nearly lands outside the pitch area

18.1

Bracken to Boucher, 1 run, fullish on the stumps and clubbed away to long-on

Defensive field for Morkel

18.2

Bracken to Morkel, 1 run, lands it on a good length and cramps him for room as he tucks it down to square leg

18.3

Bracken to Boucher, 1 run, low full toss outside off and he only manages a single to long-on

18.4

Bracken to Morkel, no run, wild swing and a miss, he was beaten for pace and the ball sails just over the top of the stumps

18.5

Bracken to Morkel, no run, takes the pace off the ball and another swing and a miss, the ball just creeps past the offstump this time

18.6

Bracken to Morkel, SIX, bangs it in short and he swings and boy does he make contact! He just manages to clear Ponting's palm at deep square leg

End of over 19 (10 runs) South Africa 144/5 (RR: 7.57)

    • JA Morkel 9 (7b 1x6)
    • MV Boucher 3 (5b)
    • NW Bracken 4-0-44-1
    • SM Harwood 4-0-21-2
19.1

Laughlin to Boucher, 1 leg bye, bangs it in short and Boucher takes his eyes off the ball as he shapes to pull and the ball rolls off the body, Laughlin attempts an athletic under arm flick

19.2

Laughlin to Morkel, FOUR

19.3

Laughlin to Morkel, no run, hurries onto him as he shapes to pull and the ball rolls off the splice of the bat to the on side

19.4

Laughlin to Morkel, 1 run, gives him the charge and he cleverly bowls the slower ball wide of the offstump

19.5

Laughlin to Boucher, no run, he slogs and misses it completely

19.6

Laughlin to Boucher, SIX, he bowls it on the stumps and gets punished, he makes room and slogs him away, it's more of a flat six which just clears the deep midwicket rope

South Africa will be reasonably happy with this recovery. The innings was shaped on a very chancy innings by van der Merwe which included a series of mishits which somehow found the boundary. Australia bowled a lot slower balls to fox the batsmen and overall it's been a good bowling effort. Join us shortly for the chase of 157.

End of over 20 (12 runs) South Africa 156/5

    • MV Boucher 9 (8b 1x6)
    • JA Morkel 14 (10b 1x4 1x6)
    • B Laughlin 4-0-32-1
    • NW Bracken 4-0-44-1
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