Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

JP Duminy
67(53) 6x4 - 3x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 10 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
0 0 4 7 10 0 0 6
SR Watson
52(39) 6x4 - 2x6
Control %75%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull/hook on back foot
  • 7 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
0 4 0 2 2 0 0 9

Best performances - Bowlers

LL Tsotsobe
O4.0
M0
R21
W1
Eco5.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
PJ Cummins
O4.0
M0
R25
W3
Eco6.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

So, we've had a match that just about went the full distance, but Australia were in charge for almost all of their run chase and have started their tour with a five-wicket victory at Newlands. As good as JP Duminy's knock was, South Africa's 146 always looked a little under par. They would, of course, have given themselves a much better chance had they held their catches in the field. Smith dropped one at slip - allowing Watson, who went on to make fifty, a life - and Botha put down to very hard chances. Read all about Australia's victory in Brydon Coverdale's report, and stick with us for the presentations and interviews.

"Drop catches, lose matches! Drop catches, lose matches! Drop catches, lose matches! Hope I don't have to say it again!" So do I, Doc.

"As frustrated I may be, when you look at our team, its easy to be happy, Steyn, Tahir, AB and Kallis all still need to come in. We shouldn't look too deeply into this match." Fair point, Zubair Haffajee.

"I think we've had some good training sessions, I don't want to put any excuses on that," says losing captain Hashim Amla. "We could have done a few things better in the field. From 10 for 2, JP did well to get us to 146. It was a good effort to take this match to the last over. With the start Australia had, Watson did well to give them momentum, and I'm proud of the way we pulled it back."

Cameron white gets a cheque for R30,000 as winning captain. He looks stoked. "We made hard work of it at the end, but it's nice to get the victory. We've only got six more t20s before the t20 world cup, so they're all important. This is an exciting team, it's a nice balance and some good players."

Shane Watson is the man of the match, he only gets R6,000, but he seems pretty happy too.

Thanks for joining us today. Andrew McGlashan and Liam Brickhill were your commentary team, with Brydon Coverdale on bulletin duties and Firdose Moonda filing from Newlands. Do join us for England's match against India tomorrow, and don't forget that Australia and South Africa will be meeting in the second Twenty20 at the Wanderers on Sunday. Goodbye!

19.3
1
Theron to Smith, 1 run, a slower ball is cracked past two diving fielders at midwicket, and there's the game for Australia!
19.2
4
Theron to Smith, FOUR runs, a slashed square drive brings Australia level! Smith has played some horrific shots this evening, but this was a good one. He angled the bat just right to pick the gap, and timed it pretty well too

Long on, long off go back, third man comes up.

19.1
1
Theron to Wade, 1 run, in the air ... and safe! Wade lofted the ball down towards long on, or at least tried to, it was a slower ball and it looked to have flummoxed him. Botha came charging in from long on but couldn't get to it

Six runs required off the final over, Rusty Theron to bowl it. He hasn't had the best night. Will Amla bring the field in? He can't allow easy singles. Four men are in saving the one on either side of the wicket. Mid off is coming up too now, and fine leg is dropping back

END OF OVER:
19 | 8 Runs 1 Wkt | AUS: 141/5

  • SPD Smith3 (7b)
  • MS Wade0 (0b)
  • LL Tsotsobe4-0-21-1
  • M Morkel4-0-24-1
18.6
0
Tsotsobe to Smith, no run, past the edge! Smith stood frozen at the crease and swung at a length delivery, the ball buzzing past his outside edge
18.5
W
Tsotsobe to Hussey, OUT, gone! Hussey falls. He was trying to end the match with a single shot, clearing the left leg and slogging across the line. It was a slower ball from Tsotsobe, he sliced underneath it, and Duminy safely pouched the skied shot. Can South Africa pull it back from here?
18.4
1lb
Tsotsobe to Smith, 1 leg bye, Tsotsobe strikes Smith on the pad and they set off for a single as the ball goes nowhere. Tsotsobe raced Hussey to the other end, and Tsotsobe's left boot couldn't get the ball onto the stumps

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

JP Duminy
67(53) 6x4 - 3x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 10 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
0 0 4 7 10 0 0 6
SR Watson
52(39) 6x4 - 2x6
Control %75%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull/hook on back foot
  • 7 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
0 4 0 2 2 0 0 9

Best performances - Bowlers

LL Tsotsobe
O4.0
M0
R21
W1
Eco5.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
PJ Cummins
O4.0
M0
R25
W3
Eco6.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF