Player of the Match
Player of the Match
261dThe Bulletin by Brydon Coverdale at the MCG

Debutant Warner destroys South Africa

David Warner made one of the most memorable international debuts imaginable as he lit up the MCG with 89 from 43 balls to set up Australia's 52-run win over South Africa

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

DA Warner
DA Warner
89(43) 7x4 - 6x6
Control %76%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 29 runs
  • 2x4 - 2x6
8 4 9 6 34 23 1 4
JP Duminy
JP Duminy
78(48) 9x4 - 1x6
Control %70%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 25 runs
  • 2x4 - 1x6
10 1 8 11 14 10 8 16

Best performances - Bowlers

DJ Hussey
O4
M0
R25
W3
Eco6.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
DW Steyn
DW Steyn
O4
M0
R38
W3
Eco9.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Australia , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

Australia led the 2-match series 1-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

19.35 start, First Session 19.35-20.55 Interval 20.55-21.15, Second Session 21.15-22.35

Match days

11 January 2009 - night match (20-over match)

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Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

END OF OVER:
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!

17.6
W
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

17.5
1lb
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
17.4
0
Tait to Botha, no run, banged in short outside off stump, Botha lets it go
17.3
1
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
17.2
0
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
17.1
1
Tait to Botha, 1 run, full ball on middle stump, Botha swings his bat hard and hits the ball behind square
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South Africa 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
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