Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

DA Warner
69(60) 6x4 - 2x6
Control %54%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 8 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 0 2 6 1 0 8
HH Gibbs
64(52) 10x4 - 1x6
Control %72%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 16 runs
  • 2x4 - 1x6
4 1 1 4 10 4 0 5

Best performances - Bowlers

NM Hauritz
O9.0
M0
R60
W2
Eco6.66
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
J Botha
O10.0
M0
R32
W3
Eco3.20
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

The winning runs, once again, come off the captain's bat. A rather comfortable win in the end, largely due to Boucher's patience and that frenzied cameo from who else but ... Albie "I'll be there for you" Morkel. It got tight in the middle there when Australia hit back with big wickets, but Albie and Boucher changed all that.

Just a quick recap for anyone who was late to join in. Australia batted first and set a target of 270. Despite a quick start, they were bowled out for 269 in 49.s overs. Botha was in the thick of things, taking 3 for 32 in his 10 overs and two smart catches. In reply for South Africa, Gibbs found some forms in the way he knows best, belting the cover off the ball. Australia were fairly bad with their catching, dropping two in the first over and then allowing the dangerous Albie a chance during the batting Powerplay. Gibbs had some fun, Kallis propped up the innings with a fifty, crossing 10,000 ODI runs today, and then Boucher and Albie played good hands. South Africa lead by 2-1 with two games to go. Those dropped catches made if fairly easy.

Not much dispute in the fact that Albie is the Man of the Match for his 22-ball 40.

We've been Jamie Alter and Sanjay Murari. Until the next game from Adelaide on Jan 26, thats it from Cricinfo.

46.3
4
Tait to Botha, FOUR runs, lovely shot off bent knee, Tait pitches full and wide and Botha gets to the pitch, driving a classy shot between the covers, and thats it for Australia as South Africa go up 2-1
46.3
1w
Tait to Botha, 1 wide, too wide this time, wobbling away, Botha chases and misses
46.2
0
Tait to Botha, no run, fuller still, inviting the drive, but Botha watches it go to Haddin
46.1
0
Tait to Botha, no run, full outside off stump, he kneels down and drives to extra cover

Tait gets another over. Just five to win from four overs. Here's Botha.

END OF OVER:
46 | 15 Runs 1 Wkt | SA: 265/7

  • MV Boucher31 (44b)
  • NM Hauritz9-0-60-2
  • NW Bracken9-2-29-1

But what an innings again from Albie. South Africa will be home with ease. Forty from 22 balls.

45.6
W
Hauritz to Morkel, OUT, one hit too many, trying to finish it off with a six, but he doesn't get the desired power on the slog and the ball is taken down at wide long-on by Hopes, running around and sliding onto his knees to complete a good catch
45.5
0
Hauritz to Morkel, no run, smartly fired in wider and Albie has a swing and a miss

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

DA Warner
69(60) 6x4 - 2x6
Control %54%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 8 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 0 2 6 1 0 8
HH Gibbs
64(52) 10x4 - 1x6
Control %72%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 16 runs
  • 2x4 - 1x6
4 1 1 4 10 4 0 5

Best performances - Bowlers

NM Hauritz
O9.0
M0
R60
W2
Eco6.66
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
J Botha
O10.0
M0
R32
W3
Eco3.20
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF