Result
1st T20I (N), Durban, Mar 4 2016, Australia tour of South Africa
157/9
(19.2/20 ov, target 158)
158/7
South Africa won by 3 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
South Africa
1y
• Firdose Moonda

Miller's maiden T20I fifty takes SA to victory

David Miller struck his first international fifty since February last year and his career-best T20I score to guide South Africa to the highest successful chase at Kingsmead

Match centre 
Scorer: Chandan Duorah
Commentator: Alan Gardner
Scorecard summary
Australia157/9(20 overs)
South Africa158/7(19.2 overs)

9.25pm: It was Clinical Miller in the end, a superbly judged innings to get South Africa home. Faf du Plessis' side are on a roll in the shortest format, this their fifth win in a row, and they look to be warming up nicely for the World T20. Australia, well, they made a bit of a pavlova of this one, sweet and tasty up front but soft in the middle; this is also their fifth straight T20 defeat, leaving Steven Smith with some thinking to do. Anyway, that's your lot, unfortunately, as we're not getting the presentations. David Miller was my Man of the Match, which is really all that matters... We'll be back for more on Sunday, until then it's toodles from Gnasher and me. Thanks for your comments. Ta ra!

Here's Tiaan, letting off steam: "yyyyyyyyeeeeeeessssss! The last 3 out of 4 Friday nights has shortened my life WELL DONE PROTEAS!!! THE PROTEA FIRE BUUURRRRNS!!!"

And Steven Scott brings us the view from the other side: "As an Aussie, I am relieved we don't have to play the qualifying round for world t20. That is how bad we are right now."

"How does this work? Aus got AB for a diamond duck, QDK out for a low score, 2 bizarre runout both involving Miller, and yet SA won." It truly is a funny old game, Satya...

19.2
4
Tye to Abbott, FOUR runs
or not! Abbott slugs it straight back down the ground to seal victory! A solid tailender's whack and South Africa win by three wickets to go 1-0 up in the three-match series

Wicket makes it interesting?

"Itching for a super over now :P," hoots kuber

19.1
1
Tye to Miller, 1 run
round the wicket, full on the stumps, Miller punches through the covers again... hesitated before taking the single

Andrew Tye will bowl out, Australia have to defend five. Where's your hard-earned?

end of over 195 runs
SA: 153/7CRR: 8.05 • RRR: 5.00 • Need 5 from 6b
David Miller52 (34)
Kyle Abbott2 (3)
Adam Zampa4-0-26-0
John Hastings4-0-29-0
18.6
1
Zampa to Miller, 1 run
full on the stumps and Miller drives one through the covers to keep the strike for the final over

But will it be the match-winner? Not quite no more distance left to run for SA...

18.5
2
Zampa to Miller, 2 runs
tossed up full on leg stump, Miller advances and whips the ball wide of long-on - another good stop on the rope prevents four but Miller will chalk up his first fifty in T20 internationals, a fine knock
18.4
1
Zampa to Abbott, 1 run
short from Zampa, width to swing the arms and slap one to deep point - 150 up for SA, closing in
18.3
Zampa to Abbott, no run
pushed through outside off, Abbott drops back and steers it straight to backward point
18.2
1
Zampa to Miller, 1 run
goes back in the crease and clips one through square leg

"Be smart, guys. Just singles to win it!" murmurs Neville Smeda, from behind the couch

18.1
Zampa to Miller, no run
tossed up nice and full, punched back to the bowler

Has Miller sealed the chase? Adam Zampa back on for the penultimate over, 10 needed from 12

end of over 1813 runs
SA: 148/7CRR: 8.22 • RRR: 5.00 • Need 10 from 12b
David Miller48 (30)
Kyle Abbott1 (1)
John Hastings4-0-29-0
Nathan Coulter-Nile4-0-29-3
17.6
1
Hastings to Miller, 1 run
full, slower ball, dug out down the ground
17.5
6
Hastings to Miller, SIX runs
that's gone! Fully over the stand at deep square leg this time! Miller adjusts his range and attaches a rocket to a full, leg-stump ball from Hastings, sends it fizzing beyond the rope, beyond the stadium, possibly beyond the city limits... and yet it's still only worth six
17.4
Hastings to Miller, no run
dug into the pitch, cutting his fingers over it, Miller swings and misses outside off
17.3
1
Hastings to Abbott, 1 run
good length on the stumps, Abbott stands back and prods it to Hastings' right, he can't quite get down and they scamper one

Can Abbott nick a single to get off strike? It's a perversity of this SA line-up that they bat deep and have quite a long tail

17.2
1
Hastings to Miller, 1 run
short of a length, swivels on a pull to deep backward square
17.1
4
Hastings to Miller, FOUR runs
brilliant shot, lashed through the covers in front of the sweeper for four! He picked the slower ball and threw his hands through the shot

John Hastings back, three overs to go

end of over 176 runs • 1 wicket
SA: 135/7CRR: 7.94 • RRR: 7.66 • Need 23 from 18b
David Miller36 (25)
Kyle Abbott0 (0)
Nathan Coulter-Nile4-0-29-3
Andrew Tye3-0-35-1

"@Gautam: Will you reconsider what you said earlier about the 'C' word ??" enquires Vasanth, innocently

16.6
1
Coulter-Nile to Miller, 1 run
angled in from round the wicket, worked into a gap at midwicket, Miller will keep the strike

Kyle Abbott toddles out, another twist in the plot

16.5
w
Coulter-Nile to Morris, OUT
slogged over extra cover, not got all of it - gottim, brilliant from Finch! Superb work, running across from mid-off, he barreled to his left and took it at full stretch, tumbling over before sitting up, looking like a pleased teddy bear. Morris just needed to hang around with Miller but he's holed out, the finisher finished
CH Morris c Finch b Coulter-Nile 8 (19m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 88.88
16.4
1
Coulter-Nile to Miller, 1 run
short ball, possible taking the pace off, Miller adjusts to swat it away through midwicket
16.3
Coulter-Nile to Miller, no run
fired in on the stumps, can't get it away through midwicket
Best performances - batsmen
DA Miller
53 runs (35)
3 fours
3 sixes
Control72%
Productive shot
flick
17 runs
0 fours
1 sixes
2011522634
AJ Finch
40 runs (18)
2 fours
4 sixes
Control72%
Productive shot
slog shot
18 runs
0 fours
3 sixes
003175618
Best performances - bowlers
Imran Tahir
O
4
M
0
R
21
W
3
Eco
5.25
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
2W
NM Coulter-Nile
O
4
M
0
R
29
W
3
Eco
7.25
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Kingsmead, Durban
TossAustralia , elected to bat first
SeriesAustralia tour of South Africa
Player Of The Match
David Miller
Series resultSouth Africa led the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberT20I no. 519
Season2015/16
Hours of play (local time)18.00 start, First Session 18.00-19.20, Interval 19.20-19.40, Second Session 19.40-21.00
Match days4 March 2016 - night match (20-over match)
T20I debut
Peter Nevill
Adam Zampa
Umpires
Adrian Holdstock
Shaun George
TV Umpire
Bongani Jele
Reserve Umpire
Dennis Smith
Match Referee
Sir Richie Richardson