South Africa v Australia, 2nd Twenty20, Johannesburg October 16, 2011

Parnell's fancy footwork

Welcome of the day
The Johannesburg crowd gave former captain Graeme Smith a particularly unpleasant reception when they booed the announcing of his name on the loudspeaker, but it was Wayne Parnell who received an even nastier hello. Making his return to the international team after a difficult year that was dotted with injury, Parnell was introduced in the sixth over. His extra pace was supposed to the factor that would create a threat on the Wanderers pitch and while he had the gas, he started off without control and as his first ball strayed onto Shaun Marsh's pads to be sent screaming through midwicket for four. Marsh went one better the next delivery and creamed Parnell over cover for six to give him a rude return to the big stage.

Catch of the day
Heino Kuhn had a good game, taking three catches and his athletic effort for the second one would have got him noticed by the selectors. Shaun Marsh got an under edge to a Rusty Theron delivery that went swirling and twirling down towards backward point. Kuhn had scurried over, called for it as the third man came in and was under it in time to pouch it comfortably.

Footwork of the day
After three, expensive overs, Parnell redeemed himself, but not with his cricketing skills. Mitchell Marsh attempted to hustle a single after an inside edge of his pads dropped just at his feet. Parnell was speedy in his follow through, saw the ball in striking distance, aimed for the stumps and scored. His kick broke the wicket and Cameron White, who was the non-striker, was run out.

Anticipation of the day
Smith did not take first guard with Doug Bollinger set to open the bowling so Hashim Amla had to deal with the first six balls from the left-armer. Tension rose as the third over approached, with Smith taking guard. The wait before the first delivery of that over seemed longer than the duration of the match itself and when Bollinger bowled it and Smith got an ugly flick to fine leg for one, a breath could be taken. Later that over, Smith redeemed himself to the Johannesburg crowd with a finely placed shot that went for four. The cheers told him he was being forgiven.

Assault of the day
All the big talk around 18-year-old Pat Cummins has turned into big action and the teenager has had some of the best in the world rattled with his skill. In his first over, he beat Smith's outside edge, got him to pop up a leading edge two balls later and made good use of full, wide deliveries. But it was in his second over that he really got going. First, he removed Colin Ingram off the inside edge, and then persisted with an attacking full line, mixing things up with a slower ball bouncer. The next one was quicker and a confused JP Duminy edged to David Hussey at slip. The result was a double-wicket maiden; good enough at the best of times but exceptional in this format.

Firework of the day
Theron and Parnell had pulled South Africa from a required run rate of over 12 to less than a run a ball. They struck five fours and three sixes and took the game away from a stunned Australian attack. Fireworks went up up bigger and higher around the field with every blow, but the most explosive came off Theron's bat. With six needed to win off the last over, he got down on one knee and mowed Hussey over midwicket to send the Wanderers into a frenzy. The 33,000-strong crowd were on their feet with cries off 'Ole, Ole' doing the rounds. Victory had finally come to Johannesburg after the last few internationals here ended in defeat.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Dummy4 on October 17, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    keep it waleed bst of luk and allah will kep blessng u

  • Dummy4 on October 17, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    OhhhhMattyMatty ... your English boys first need 2 manage 2 play the Indian spinners! Only then will u need 2 worry about Cummins' pace. What a hiding u got in the firstODI in Hyderabad? To collapse like England did is pathetic!

  • Dummy4 on October 17, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    One of the very best T20's I have seen this year.

  • Dummy4 on October 17, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    ...the current English side is very good but not unbeatable...

  • diren on October 17, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    wow i never knew Rusty could bat like that!! Parnel we all knew has potential and I am sure by the next world cup he will be the best all rounder in the world!! Miller is another guy who has all the aspects of a top finisher but he needs to come in early and have a look at the bowling before he starts swinging......awesome win SA and revenge for the rugby:) looks like Aus are the new chockers lol

  • Usman on October 17, 2011, 2:39 GMT

    what the hell did white by bowling o'keef in 18th over.hussey shud have been given the ball as he was offspin for parnell.this shows lack of depth in bowling for aus.

  • kieran on October 16, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    @ OhhhhMattyMatty: seeing as those players would be playing against Eng in the short formats, I would say England are in no position to judge. Does 6-1 sound familiar?

  • Peter on October 16, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    Can't wait for England to get their hands on Cummins, Marsh and Pattinson. We'll soon show the world if they are good enough or not!

  • Johan on October 16, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    OK, now with the circus out of the way we can look forward to some serious cricket. Nice to see guts from Rusty and Parnell, better show then some of the other batters. Always enjoy the Aussies, they will pick a fight just for the sake of it! Not a T20 fan but the 2 games were good entertainment! Some of the young Aussie looks very good, they are already back, ready and able to perform! This mini series will be very entertaining!

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