Player of the Match
Player of the Match

A comprehensive win for Australia in the end. South Africa reached a score they didn't look good to reach at one point, but despite reaching 146 they weren't able to contain a team in form. Watson, again, led the way and Hussey gave him superb support. Australia are in a great position to qualify for the semis, thanks to another convincing win. South Africa are not out, but much will depend on how the other results in the group go. A marquee clash of sorts this, and one more coming soon, but it turned out to be not quite a closely-fought game. We shall bring you the presentation shortly, but do read Brydon Coverdale's report here.

AB: "Very disappointed. Just frustrating when we don't click. I just can't put my finger on one thing, it went wrong everywhere. They didn't allow us to get off to a flier and we lost quite a few wickets and that didn't give us the momentum. Watson is a class player. It's not all doom and gloom, hopefully we'll win on Tuesday."

Bailey: "A tough call to make for a winning team, but Doherty really helped put South Africa on the back foot. The way Shane, Mike and Warner have been batting, chasing has gone very well for us. 146 was about par. Great start for Doherty, he was brought in to pick some early wickets against batsmen who like the ball to come on a bit more."

Another MOM award for Watson: "Nice to be able to continue to play well. I know how important my role is. It's still a hell of a long way to go. Facing Steyn and Morkel was going to be a very big challenge. I knew if we got through the first four overs, we had to take on a few other bowlers but it was going to hold momentum for the innings. Hussey stabilised the innings. The top four batsmen are the ones who win you games consistently. Hussey took the pressure off me to score."

Well, that's basically it from here. Time for another big one, India v Pakistan, shortly, at the same venue. So stay tuned in for that. Take care, be well. Cheers.

Botha to White, SIX runs, White finishes it off in style, a flat six swung away over deep square leg, had made up his mind there and connected well enough to clear the ropes by a distance
Botha to Hussey, 1 run, shortish on the off, gets back and works it through midwicket for a single
Botha to White, 1 run, shortish on the off, gets across and works it away behind square for a single
Botha to Hussey, 1 run, fires it flat on middle from round the wicket, turns it wide of square leg for a single

Australia have put themselves in an excellent position to go through. Hussey's played a smart knock as well. South Africa a bit down in the field today, and they couldn't afford to be given the target they were defending, that too against a batsman in form like Watson. Botha to bowl now.

17 | 13 Runs | AUS: 138/2 (9 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 8.11, RRR: 3.00)

  • Cameron White14 (11b)
  • Michael Hussey43 (35b)
  • Robin Peterson4-0-41-1
  • Johan Botha3-0-22-0
Peterson to White, FOUR runs, Mid-on is inside the circle and White goes over the top this time, tossed up on middle and he clears the circle with ease
Peterson to Hussey, 1 run, pushed past extra cover for a single
Peterson to Hussey, SIX runs, there was a bit more air on this time and Hussey connected well, tossed up and he came forward to swing that high over wide long-on for a six
Peterson to Hussey, no run, missed stumping, kept really low, Hussey came down the track to pull it over midwicket and most would have missed it, almost went along the ground and AB couldn't collect after Hussey gave the charge
Peterson to White, 1 run, floating it on the off, comes down the track and drives it past long-on for a single
Peterson to Hussey, 1 run, reaches forward and then decides to sweep it square for a single

Peterson's turn to bowl

16 | 7 Runs | AUS: 125/2 (22 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 7.81, RRR: 5.50)

  • Cameron White9 (9b)
  • Michael Hussey35 (31b)
  • Johan Botha3-0-22-0
  • Dale Steyn3-0-15-0
Botha to White, FOUR runs, misfield by Parnell in the deep, short and White drags it from outside off towards long-on, a pull, Parnell messes it up there, conceding a boundary when there should have been just one run

Australia 2nd innings Partnerships

1st10SR WatsonDA Warner
2nd99MEK HusseySR Watson
3rd38MEK HusseyCL White