At Cape Town, October 13, 2011 (floodlit). Australia won by five wickets. Toss: South Africa. Twenty20 international debuts: D. E. Bollinger, P. J. Cummins, J. L. Pattinson, M. S. Wade.
Watson's clinical hitting and Pat Cummins's explosive bowling at the death ensured Australia were never in danger of losing. Graeme Smith endured a six-ball duck in his first international innings in almost seven months and, with Amla following by the fourth over, a sluggish South Africa needed the unusual phenomenon of a mature innings from Duminy to right them. But Cummins - at 18 years 158 days Australia's second-youngest debutant in any format - snuffed out the recovery by removing Duminy, Miller and Botha in four legitimate balls in the penultimate over. Botha then twice dropped Hussey; more costly was Graeme Smith's inability to hold a thick, high edge at slip from Watson in the second over. Watson went on to dominate a stand of 82 with Marsh. From there Australia needed only nuggets of runs.
Man of the Match: S. R. Watson.
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