Player of the Match
Player of the Match

18 | 3 Runs 1 Wkt | SA: 130/10 (53 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.22, RRR: 26.50)

  • Johan Botha5 (7b)
  • Shaun Tait4-0-36-2
  • Ben Hilfenhaus3-0-15-2

10.42 pm: Australia have won the first Twenty20 by 52 runs. The victory was set up by bolter David Warner's audacious 89 off 43 balls. He hit seven fours, half a dozen sixes and led Australia to 182.

South Africa's chase was wrecked after Gibbs fell in Bracken's first over and Tait knocked the wind out of de Villiers. Duminy played a superb innings but he had little support from the other batsmen.

No prizes for guessing that David Warner is the Man of the Match. Remember he hasn't even played a first-class game. "It's unreal," he says. "It feels a lot different from Bondi (beach). I was a bit nervous."

The second Twenty20 game is on January 13 in Brisbane. Do join us for that one. Until then, this is George Binoy signing off. Cheers!

Tait to Tsotsobe, OUT, bowled him! Tait sends down another yorker, this time the ball smacks Tsotsobe on the pads outside the line of leg stump and then bounces on to the stumps

LL Tsotsobe b Tait 1 (6m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28

Tait to Botha, 1 leg bye, Tait bowls a full ball slanting into the pads and hits Botha, he appeals for lbw but that was missing leg, the ball goes towards short third man and they run a leg bye
Tait to Botha, no run, banged in short outside off stump, Botha lets it go
Tait to Tsotsobe, 1 run, Tait's aiming for the base of middle, the ball is on target until Tsotsobe brings his bat down and plays it to midwicket
Tait to Tsotsobe, no run, Tait bowls a yorker outside off stump, Tsotsobe defends and then decides to run even though the ball is near his crease, he has to hurry back after Tait runs towards the ball
Tait to Botha, 1 run, full ball on middle stump, Botha swings his bat hard and hits the ball behind square

17 | 1 Run 1 Wkt | SA: 127/9 (56 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.47, RRR: 18.66)

  • Lonwabo Tsotsobe0 (4b)
  • Johan Botha4 (4b)
  • Ben Hilfenhaus3-0-15-2
  • David Hussey4-0-25-3
Hilfenhaus to Tsotsobe, no run, is that an edge? There's a half appeal from the Australians. Tsotsobe stuck his bat out and missed the ball, i don't think it hit anything
Hilfenhaus to Tsotsobe, no run, Hilfenhaus follows up the yorkers with a bouncer, Tsotsobe ducks in a hurry
Hilfenhaus to Tsotsobe, no run, Tsotsobe manages to keep out another yorker
Hilfenhaus to Tsotsobe, no run, full toss on middle stump, the batsman just manages to play it to midwicket

Tsotsobe is the last batsman.

Hilfenhaus to Ntini, OUT, bowled him! Hilfenhaus sends down another yorker and gets it to swing into Ntini's boot, Ntini loses balance as the ball thuds into his shoe and goes on to hit the stumps

M Ntini b Hilfenhaus 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Hilfenhaus to Botha, 1 run, Hilfenhaus bowls a superb yorker on middle stump and the batsman just manages to dig it out behind square

16 | 4 Runs 2 Wkts | SA: 126/8 (57 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 7.87, RRR: 14.25)

  • Johan Botha3 (3b)
  • Makhaya Ntini0 (0b)
  • David Hussey4-0-25-3
  • Nathan Bracken3-0-18-2
DJ Hussey to Botha, 1 run, driven down the ground for a single
DJ Hussey to Steyn, OUT, Steyn's gone too! He tries to hit on the on side but the leading edge falls into Bracken's hands at short third man

DW Steyn c Bracken b DJ Hussey 1 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

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South Africa 2nd innings Partnerships

1st1JH KallisHH Gibbs
2nd1JH KallisAB de Villiers
3rd10JH KallisJP Duminy
4th53VB van JaarsveldJP Duminy
5th17MV BoucherJP Duminy
6th38JA MorkelJP Duminy
7th3J BothaJP Duminy
8th2J BothaDW Steyn
9th2M NtiniJ Botha
10th3J BothaLL Tsotsobe