Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

Q de Kock
41(40) 2x4 - 2x6
Control %72%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 9 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
0 0 2 0 4 1 7 2
AJ Finch
39(27) 6x4 - 0x6
Control %84%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot on back foot
  • 12 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
0 0 1 9 10 2 0 0

Best performances - Bowlers

Imran Tahir
O4.0
M0
R21
W2
Eco5.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
MA Starc
O4.0
M1
R16
W2
Eco4.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

END OF OVER:
15 | 17 Runs | AUS: 129/4

  • BJ Hodge11 (5b)
  • GJ Bailey12 (7b)
  • JP Duminy2-0-27-0
  • Imran Tahir4-0-21-2

9.05 pm So that's about all we have for you from here. Do stay on to read up on the report and the plays for this game. This is Alagappan Muthu, wishing you safe travels

"So important to start things off well and I think that's the best we've fielded in a while so far," says George Bailey the Australia captain. "Starc was coming off a bit of a layoff and we thought he might be a bit rusty, be he certainly wasn't. The bowlers picked up wickets so that makes the [captaincy] job a lot easier, to push the game forward. Obviously the conditions in Bangladesh will be difficult, but we'll take some confidence into the World T20. We've won some 5 matches in a row now. We've had to share a few T20 trophies in the past so this is special"

Quinton de Kock is the Man of the Series "Feeling confident, working hard on my game. Got lot of time to prepare for the T20 World Cup. The biggest thing I've learned is that you actually have a lot more time than you think you do. We're good, we're confident. It's different conditions than here in Bangladesh and we're looking forward to doing well"

Mitchell Starc is the Man of the Match for the most economical figures in a T20 in Centurion. "Take wickets at the start and slow down. Two or three down has them under the pump and frees us up. Had my feet up for a while, nice to be back and playing. Ball's come out okay and nice to win games for Australia. He [Quinton de Kock] was walking at me and the bouncer is never a nice ball. But glad that he's okay. Both teams have some good things going for the world T20."

8.55 pm "it wasn't our best performance," says Faf, "Starting with the bat, we didn't play too well at the start and while we rebuilt they kept getting wickets. Not enough of a total at Centurion at night because the ball skids on. The dot-ball percentage is something we look at. We did think it might be a lot tonight because of the slow nature of the surface, but it is something we need to look at. Got an opportunity to play some new guys. We've got Steyn and Morkel sitting in the sidelines and them coming in will be a big bonus and we've done well in the subcontient as well. So we're looking forward to the World T20"

8.50pm George Bailey and Imran Tahir have a little convo as the teams head out towards the pavilion. Australia tuck another win under their shoulders and an impressive one at that. Good with the ball, highly efficient with the bat. Add David Warner into this mix and this top-order can outgun any in the game. Just about the perfect momentum into a World Cup, but at the other end South Africa bowlers will need to remedy their lengths. They were short and wide far too many times early on. There was no pressure built at all, but they will be heartened by Imran Tahir's performance today. Kept things tight and got some turn too

"The last seven-over game wasn't ideal preparation," says Shane Watson. Today was a good job for us, Amazing job to get the ground and the pitch in such a great state. The pitch played really well. I think it was a little slow early because it was under the covers, but when we out there it was sliding out nicely. We got the better conditions. That's also the team set up as well. With the firepower we have down to 10, Hoggy can slap a couple too. We got a lot of fire power so we can free our minds and hit hard. Especially with a small total. We've got a really good squad, as good a T20 squad as I've been in. Hopefully Faulkner and Mitch can join us as well"

Sridhu: "A win here will end a fantastic summer for Australia ! Just 2 losses across all the formats ! 16-2 against England and SA is an amazing effort ! Well Played boys !"

14.6
2
Duminy to Hodge, 2 runs, yorker just outside off, dug out to long-off and that's the victory for Australia!
14.5
1
Duminy to Bailey, 1 run, whipped away to deep midwicket
14.4
1
Duminy to Hodge, 1 run, full toss on middle and leg, punched to long-on
14.3
6
Duminy to Hodge, SIX runs, has he got it? No, just enough power to beat a back-pedaling Amla! He was rather off-balanced as he lofted this over the top. Good ball as he pushed it outside off to try and beat his reach. Almost succeeded, long-off went back and leapt up, but it evades him
14.2
1
Duminy to Bailey, 1 run, advances again and this time JP drags it shorter and pushes it outside off. Punched into the covers
14.1
6
Duminy to Bailey, SIX runs, smoked over deep midwicket. He danced out to the pitch and hit with the turn. Nothing wrong with that strike. Even Mr Boycott might find it hard to disagree

JP, from around the wicket

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

Q de Kock
41(40) 2x4 - 2x6
Control %72%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 9 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
0 0 2 0 4 1 7 2
AJ Finch
39(27) 6x4 - 0x6
Control %84%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot on back foot
  • 12 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
0 0 1 9 10 2 0 0

Best performances - Bowlers

Imran Tahir
O4.0
M0
R21
W2
Eco5.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
MA Starc
O4.0
M1
R16
W2
Eco4.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF