Australia tour of South Africa, 1st T20I: South Africa v Australia at Cape Town, Oct 13, 2011
Australia won by 5 wickets (with 3 balls remaining)
13 October 2011 - night match (20-over match)

Welcome back. Andrew here for the start of the run chase. Tsotsobe with the new ball.


Tsotsobe to Watson, no run, starts full on middle, hint of swing, driven firmly to mid-on


Tsotsobe to Watson, 1 run, back of a length, opens the face towards backward point and they chance a single to the alert JP Duminy

One slip in place


Tsotsobe to Warner, OUT, gone! What a start for South Africa, Warner departs. A direct hit from short fine-leg. It was a short ball to start with which Warner didn't play very well as he got into a tangle trying to pull, it lobbed in front of short fine-leg who then took aim and hit direct. Superb from Morne Morkel.

DA Warner run out 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00


Tsotsobe to Watson, no run, pushed across outside off to Watson who leaves alone


Tsotsobe to Watson, 1 wide, another short ball, some decent pace, but it's too far over the batsman's head and called wide


Tsotsobe to Watson, no run, superb work at backward point from Duminy. Watson opened the face and it looked as though he beat the fielder, but Duminy flew to his left


Tsotsobe to Watson, 1 run, goes to drive, loses control of the bat a touch and it skews away through midwicket

Good start for South Africa, atmosphere looks terrific in the ground

End of over 1 (3 runs) Australia 3/1 (144 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 3.00, RRR: 7.57)

    • SR Watson 2 (5b)
    • SE Marsh 0 (0b)
    • LL Tsotsobe 1-0-3-0

Morne Morkel will share the new ball fresh from his excellent piece of fielding


Morkel to Watson, no run, good start with the ball, too, as he pitches full outside off and Watson misses a booming drive


Morkel to Watson, FOUR, dropped Oh dear, Smith's put one down and he's not having a good day. It wasn't a sitter, but Smith normally gobbles them. It was another big drive from Watson and took a healthy edge that flew high and to Smith's left


Morkel to Watson, FOUR, what timing! He just pushes at this and it races past mid-off. Drop followed by boundary. Isn't it always thus?


Morkel to Watson, 1 wide, fired down the leg side but an excellent dive from Kuhn prevents more than just one extra run


Morkel to Watson, 1 run, probing length on off stump, draws the batsman forward and there's a misfield at point to allow a single


Morkel to Marsh, 1 run, full on middle to the left hander, Marsh doesn't really move his feet and gets an inside edge down to fine leg


Morkel to Watson, 1 run, flicked off the stumps down to long leg

End of over 2 (12 runs) Australia 15/1 (132 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 7.50, RRR: 7.33)

    • SR Watson 12 (10b 2x4)
    • SE Marsh 1 (1b)
    • M Morkel 1-0-12-0
    • LL Tsotsobe 1-0-3-0

Tsotsobe to Watson, no run, goes for a pull, probably wasn't quite as a short as Watson thought and the ball scoots under the shot


Tsotsobe to Watson, 2 runs, outside leg stump, flicked towards long leg who can't prevent the second


Tsotsobe to Watson, no run, defended solidly into the off side


Tsotsobe to Watson, no run, touch fuller this time, brings Watson forward and he defends to mid-off


Tsotsobe to Watson, SIX, ah, that's the Watson we've become used to seeing...touch short again and this time he latches on with a big pull over deep square-leg


Tsotsobe to Watson, 2 runs, now he goes over the top down the ground, it clears mid-off comfortably but it's timed perfectly and plugs in the outfield

End of over 3 (10 runs) Australia 25/1 (122 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 8.33, RRR: 7.17)

    • SR Watson 22 (16b 2x4 1x6)
    • SE Marsh 1 (1b)
    • LL Tsotsobe 2-0-13-0
    • M Morkel 1-0-12-0

Morkel to Marsh, 1 no ball, ooh, that's costly in T20, a no-ball...left alone outside off but it will be a free hit next. Replays show that was a harsh call, he had part of his heel behind the line

So, this is a free hit. Some gamesmanship, as Morkel doesn't release the ball as he sees Marsh back away


Morkel to Marsh, no run, well bowled, banged in short and it beats Marsh's pull so the batsman misses out


Morkel to Marsh, 1 run, opens the face down to third man


Morkel to Watson, no run, nips back a touch at Watson who defends to the off side


Morkel to Watson, 1 run, short delivery which is pulled out to deep square


Morkel to Marsh, 3 runs, opens his stance a touch and drives in the air over square cover. A hard chase from Duminy cuts off the boundary


Morkel to Watson, no run, driven down to mid-on

End of over 4 (6 runs) Australia 31/1 (116 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 7.75, RRR: 7.25)

    • SR Watson 23 (19b 2x4 1x6)
    • SE Marsh 5 (5b)
    • M Morkel 2-0-18-0
    • LL Tsotsobe 2-0-13-0

Tsotsobe to Marsh, no run, on off stump, Marsh comes forward but can't find a gap in the off side


Tsotsobe to Marsh, no run, offered some width but doesn't connect with a flat-footed drive


Tsotsobe to Marsh, 1 run, tight line on middle and off but he drops it square to rotate the strike


Tsotsobe to Watson, no run, this is an excellent over, another dot ball as Watson defends a slower back to the bowler


Tsotsobe to Watson, 4 leg byes, that's a shame, spoils the over as he slips outside leg stump and it takes the pad past the wicketkeeper


Tsotsobe to Watson, no run, good comeback, bounces a touch and is awkward to defend as Watson comes forward

End of over 5 (5 runs) Australia 36/1 (111 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 7.20, RRR: 7.40)

    • SR Watson 23 (22b 2x4 1x6)
    • SE Marsh 6 (8b)
    • LL Tsotsobe 3-0-14-0
    • M Morkel 2-0-18-0

Juan 'Rusty' Theron into the attack


Theron to Marsh, 1 run, slower ball on the stumps, pushed into the off side and cover is fairly deep


Theron to Watson, 1 run, drifting towards leg stump and it's flicked out to deep square


Theron to Marsh, 1 run, opens the face and gets it down to third man


Theron to Watson, FOUR, terrific shot, just a hint of width from Theron and Watson unleashes a powerful square drive


Theron to Watson, FOUR, trying to make the most of the last few Powerplay deliveries, he fetches this from outside off and launches it high over mid-on


Theron to Watson, FOUR, that's just class. A perfect straight drive whistles back past the bowler to complete a productive over for Australia

Superb end to the Powerplay for the visitors and they are nicely on track so far

End of over 6 (15 runs) Australia 51/1 (96 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 8.50, RRR: 6.85)

    • SR Watson 36 (26b 5x4 1x6)
    • SE Marsh 8 (10b)
    • J Theron 1-0-15-0
    • LL Tsotsobe 3-0-14-0

Spin into the attack with Johan Botha and he has a slip in place


Botha to Marsh, 2 runs, cut away from around off stump out to the cover sweeper who makes a good save


Botha to Marsh, 1 run, not much turn for Botha, Marsh forces into the off side where backward point dives well


Botha to Watson, FOUR, nice paddle-sweep, he exposed all his stumps so good job he made contact and it raced away


Botha to Watson, no run, punched off the back foot out to midwicket


Botha to Watson, no run, flicked with a strong bottom hand from outside off but can't beat the bowler


Botha to Watson, 1 run, swept powerfully out to deep square-leg

End of over 7 (8 runs) Australia 59/1 (88 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 8.42, RRR: 6.76)

    • SR Watson 41 (30b 6x4 1x6)
    • SE Marsh 11 (12b)
    • J Botha 1-0-8-0
    • J Theron 1-0-15-0

Robin Peterson with left-arm spin into the attack


Peterson to Watson, no run, brilliant fielding to back up the bowler, David Miller at point stops a strong cut from Watson


Peterson to Watson, SIX, that has gone miles. Horrid ball, dragged down, and Watson dispatches it into the stands over long on


Peterson to Watson, 2 runs, short again, poor start from Peterson, and it's cut powerful through the covers and the cover sweeper is nearly beaten by the spin


Peterson to Watson, 1 run, touch of luck for the batsman as he gets an inside edge past the stumps but it's enough to take Watson to fifty from 34 balls


Peterson to Marsh, FOUR, leaking runs very quickly now. Marsh steps back and cuts through backward point


Peterson to Marsh, FOUR, dragged down short again, plenty of time for Marsh to whip it away through midwicket. This is running away from South Africa

End of over 8 (17 runs) Australia 76/1 (71 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 9.50, RRR: 5.91)

    • SE Marsh 19 (14b 2x4)
    • SR Watson 50 (34b 6x4 2x6)
    • RJ Peterson 1-0-17-0
    • J Botha 1-0-8-0

Botha to Watson, 1 run, doesn't quite middle the pull this time and it rolls down to long on


Botha to Marsh, FOUR, superb placement from Marsh as he drives through the off side after being offered width from Botha


Botha to Marsh, no run, good stop at cover, it was another well-timed drive from Marsh who is ticking now. Duminy felt that

JP actually needs some treatment here. First sighting of the magic spray for the South African season.


Botha to Marsh, 1 run, tossed up on middle stump, driven firmly down the ground


Botha to Watson, no run, wide outside off but he gets away with it as Watson cuts to backward point


Botha to Watson, 1 run, full and worked down the ground. Australia don't need to try anything too grand here

End of over 9 (7 runs) Australia 83/1 (64 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 9.22, RRR: 5.81)

    • SR Watson 52 (37b 6x4 2x6)
    • SE Marsh 24 (17b 3x4)
    • J Botha 2-0-15-0
    • RJ Peterson 1-0-17-0

South Africa desperate for a wicket and Morkel back into the attack. Slip in place as Amla attacks


Morkel to Watson, no run, starts with a short one outside off, Watson drops his hands and lets it go through


Morkel to Watson, OUT, gone! The move works, Morkel gets the breakthrough. Watson went to work to leg and gets a leading edge that loops to cover for a simple catch

SR Watson c Miller b Morkel 52 (45m 39b 6x4 2x6) SR: 133.33

Can that change the game for South Africa?

David Hussey in at No. 4


Morkel to Hussey, no run, good carry outside off stump and Hussey watches his first ball go through


Morkel to Hussey, no run, well bowled, comes back into Hussey as he defends from the crease


Morkel to Hussey, 2 runs, too much width this time and Hussey cuts it strongly, wide enough of the sweeper for a second


Morkel to Hussey, no run, good finish to the over, in the channel outside off and Hussey shoulders arms

Despite that wicket Australia still on course. To see you to the end it's over to Liam

End of over 10 (2 runs) Australia 85/2 (62 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 8.50, RRR: 6.20)

    • DJ Hussey 2 (4b)
    • SE Marsh 24 (17b 3x4)
    • M Morkel 3-0-20-1
    • J Botha 2-0-15-0

Botha to Marsh, 1 run, tossed up on middle, whipped off the toes and out into the deep


Botha to Hussey, 1 run, flighted once again by Botha, and Hussey eases him down to long on


Botha to Marsh, OUT, chopped on! Bowled! South Africa are back in the game now. Botha had flighted a couple but this one was fired in fast and flat from round the wicket. Marsh may not have quite read the change of pace, he backed away looking to cut but the ball rushed on with the arm, took the bottom edge and disturbed the leg bail

SE Marsh b Botha 25 (47m 19b 3x4 0x6) SR: 131.57


Botha to White, 1 run, flighted in the breeze by Botha, the ball gripping and taking the inside half of the bat, rolling to square leg


Botha to Hussey, no run, Hussey comes forward with bat and pad firmly together to defend to extra cover


Botha to Hussey, no run, the offspinner is clipped with the turn to wide mid-on

End of over 11 (3 runs) Australia 88/3 (59 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 8.00, RRR: 6.55)

    • DJ Hussey 3 (7b)
    • CL White 1 (1b)
    • J Botha 3-0-18-1
    • M Morkel 3-0-20-1

Rusty Theron, whose first over was dispatched for 15, has been brought back into the attack. The required rate won't be disturbing Australia just yet, but they'll have to rebuild with two new men at the crease.


Theron to White, 1 run, seam movement! Theron nips one in off the pitch, taking the inside half of the bat. The ball rolls to short fine leg


Theron to Hussey, 1 run, Theron offers up a short, wide long-hop at friendly pace, but Hussey's hopping cut is stopped at third man


Theron to White, 2 runs, width once more, and the ball is cracked out to deep cover with a firm punch. Smith cleans up on the boundary


Theron to White, 2 runs, glanced down to fine leg, just a hint of inside edge in the shot there ...


Theron to White, 2 runs, nicely played by White, who picked the slower one and angled the bat face to get the ball to third man. They ran really hard too, and White was easily back for the second


Theron to White, 2 runs, a slashing cut goes down to third man again. I'm not sure what the plan is here from Theron, but surely it cannot be to dish up long-hops outside off and hope he thwacks one to cover. A listless over from the ginger seamer

End of over 12 (10 runs) Australia 98/3 (49 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 8.16, RRR: 6.12)

    • CL White 10 (6b)
    • DJ Hussey 4 (8b)
    • J Theron 2-0-25-0
    • J Botha 3-0-18-1

Botha to Hussey, no run, Botha flings down a quicker arm ball, Hussey driving hard back to the bowler. That's stung his fingers a touch


Botha to Hussey, no run, flicked to midwicket, and Duminy is the fielder pinged this time


Botha to Hussey, 1 run, driven down to long on for a single


Botha to White, 1 run, worked with the turn into the leg side, and that brings up Australia's 100


Botha to Hussey, 2 runs, a slashed square drive dribbles out to deep cover point, a couple more runs to the total


Botha to Hussey, no run, Botha ends a tight over with another dot ball, White flicking to midwicket again. Good spell from the former captain, but you'd still have to back Australia to win from this position

End of over 13 (4 runs) Australia 102/3 (45 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 7.84, RRR: 6.42)

    • DJ Hussey 7 (13b)
    • CL White 11 (7b)
    • J Botha 4-0-22-1
    • J Theron 2-0-25-0

Theron to White, no run, Theron continues, and finds some grip off the surface with the offcutter. Importantly, the delivery is straight too, giving White no width to work with


Theron to White, FOUR, shot! Power and class from White. He just lofted straight down the ground, letting his left elbow lead and not losing his shape in the shot


Theron to White, 1 run, White attempts to run this one down, but is cramped for room again as the ball moves in off the pitch


Theron to Hussey, 1 run, nudged close in on the leg side, they steal a quick single


Theron to White, 1 run, a touch too straight from Theron this time, and White works it off the hip for a single


Theron to Hussey, FOUR, muscled into the leg side, and a misfield by the midwicket fielder gives away a boundary. Australia are cruising towards the win here, South Africa need something special

End of over 14 (11 runs) Australia 113/3 (34 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 8.07, RRR: 5.66)

    • DJ Hussey 12 (15b 1x4)
    • CL White 17 (11b 1x4)
    • J Theron 3-0-36-0
    • J Botha 4-0-22-1

Robin Peterson comes back into the attack. Will he be able to strike?


Peterson to White, no run, huge appeal first ball! Peterson got one to slide on with the arm from round the wicket, striking White on the back pad. Going down though, and possibly inside edged too


Peterson to White, no run, nicely straight once again, and White can only flick to midwicket


Peterson to White, 1 run, White backs away and hacks at an innocuous flighted delivery, just the single


Peterson to Hussey, 1 run, tapped through cover for one


Peterson to White, 2 runs, a chipped drive sails over extra cover, and they're back for the second as long off charges round


Peterson to White, no run, a reverse sweep from White, but he doesn't get close to timing it and backward point is in in a flash

End of over 15 (4 runs) Australia 117/3 (30 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 7.80, RRR: 6.00)

    • CL White 20 (16b 1x4)
    • DJ Hussey 13 (16b 1x4)
    • RJ Peterson 2-0-21-0
    • J Theron 3-0-36-0

Well, this is interesting. Amla has tossed the ball to JP Duminy. A gamble, to be sure, but South Africa don't really have anything to lose. He'll start round the wicket to Hussey.


Duminy to Hussey, 1 run, driven through midwicket, just the one


Duminy to White, no run, good fielding at midwicket! White clipped off his toes and it looked like an easy single to long on, but the midwicket fielder charged round to cut it off


Duminy to White, 1 run, drilled down to long off for one


Duminy to Hussey, 1 run, fired down flat and fast, the paddle pull goes to short fine leg but they still managed a scampered single


Duminy to White, no run, is this a drop? Botha was at short extra cover and the drive was hit hard and low, but straight to him. He got a hand to it, but it didn't stick. Dropped, and Duminy has his hands on his head. A stinging chance, but you've got to take them


Duminy to White, 1 run, slammed in the air past the bowler! Duminy leapt to his left to attempt the caught-and-bowled, but the ball was past him in a flash

End of over 16 (4 runs) Australia 121/3 (26 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 7.56, RRR: 6.50)

    • CL White 22 (20b 1x4)
    • DJ Hussey 15 (18b 1x4)
    • JP Duminy 1-0-4-0
    • RJ Peterson 2-0-21-0

Peterson continues. Amla has got to go leftfield with his tactics.


Peterson to White, SIX, a towering hit! White is hurrying South Africa's demise here. He jumped out at Peterson and sent the ball sailing into the night sky over long on with a controlled thwack


Peterson to White, OUT, gone this time! White tried to repeat the shot but swung across this one a little. The ball went really high again, but the distance wasn't there and Miller set himself beneath the swirling chance. Well, Australia still shouldn't panic, but this wicket will have given South Africa hope

CL White c Miller b Peterson 28 (25m 22b 1x4 1x6) SR: 127.27


Peterson to Hussey, no run, driven back down the wicket, and Peterson does well to slide across and field off his own bowling


Peterson to Hussey, 1 run, a touch too short, and the ball is punched out to deep cover off the back foot


Peterson to Smith, no run, flighted up temptingly by Peterson, and Smith drives back to the bowler


Peterson to Smith, 1 run, tapped to cover, the call is immediate and they charge through for a single

End of over 17 (8 runs) Australia 129/4 (18 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.58, RRR: 6.00)

    • SPD Smith 1 (2b)
    • DJ Hussey 16 (20b 1x4)
    • RJ Peterson 3-0-29-1
    • JP Duminy 1-0-4-0

Amla has decided to go back to his strike bowler, Morne Morkel. He's only got the one over left though. There's a solitary wide slip in place.


Morkel to Smith, 1 run, he offers up some width on a length delivery first up, and it's cut down to third man


Morkel to Hussey, no run, Hussey charges out aggressively at Morkel, but swings across the line too much and ends up toe-ending it to midwicket. He exposed all three stumps for the shot too ...


Morkel to Hussey, 1 run, it's a tip-and-run single to cover, but this was very tight. A direct hit from Duminy, running in from point, may well have caught him short. The throw, however, is wide


Morkel to Smith, no run, oh dear, what a horrid shot - if you can even call it that - from Smith. He cleared the left leg and flailed at the ball in ungainly fashion, a rising delivery beating his top edge. Filthy shot


Morkel to Smith, 1 run, that's better, he stands up on tip-toe to ride the bounce and get the ball to third man


Morkel to Hussey, 1 run, dropped by Botha at backward point! The ball leapt on Hussey off a length as he backed away and poked, flying low to Botha's left. He did really well just to get to it, but again it didn't stick

End of over 18 (4 runs) Australia 133/4 (14 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.38, RRR: 7.00)

    • DJ Hussey 18 (23b 1x4)
    • SPD Smith 3 (5b)
    • M Morkel 4-0-24-1
    • RJ Peterson 3-0-29-1

Lonwabo Tsotsobe is back now. Can he maintain the pressure Morkel built up? Can South Africa hold their catches?


Tsotsobe to Hussey, SIX, good grief, where has this landed? There was a real buzz in the crowd as Tsotsobe charged in, but Hussey just skipped down the track and sent the ball straight back over his head. Huge six, just huge. Is that the game?

Tsotsobe comes back over the wicket after that shot.


Tsotsobe to Hussey, no run, past the edge! Tsotsobe zinged one down on a length, Hussey backed away to cut but couldn't lay bat on ball


Tsotsobe to Hussey, 1 run, another length delivery, and it's chopped to extra cover for a single


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


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?

DJ Hussey c Duminy b Tsotsobe 25 (41m 27b 1x4 1x6) SR: 92.59


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

End of over 19 (8 runs) Australia 141/5 (6 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.42, RRR: 6.00)

    • SPD Smith 3 (7b)
    • MS Wade 0 (0b)
    • LL Tsotsobe 4-0-21-1
    • M Morkel 4-0-24-1

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


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

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


Theron to Smith, FOUR, 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


Theron to Smith, 1 run, a slower ball is cracked past two diving fielders at midwicket, and there's the game for Australia!

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!






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