result
1st T20I (N), Johannesburg, Mar 27 2009, Australia tour of South Africa
(19.2/20 ov, target 167)168/6
South Africa won by 4 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
player of the match
David Hussey
Australia
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Morkel and Boucher keep cool under pressure

Johan Botha, the South Africa captain, praised the performances of Mark Boucher and Albie Morkel in the tight four-wicket Twenty20 win

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Scorecard summary
Australia166/7(20 overs)
South Africa168/6(19.2 overs)

South Africa were in deep trouble at one stage - they were 83 for 5 - but Boucher and Morkel sparked a revival with a stand of 58 for the sixth wicket. Morkel fell for a superb 19-ball 37 but Boucher stayed till the end, repeating his feat in that famous chase of 434, to guide his team to a thrilling four-wicket win.

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19.2
4
Geeves to Boucher, FOUR runs

and it's all over! Australia have thrown it away towards the end, full on the off stump and Boucher slogs it over midwicket for a boundary, the crowd goes wild, and the South Africans - on the field and in the dug out - are ecstatic.

19.1
4
Geeves to Boucher, FOUR runs

starts with a horrific full toss on the off stump, it's bread and butter for Boucher who smacks it between deep square leg and deep midwicket for a decisive four

Geeves to bowl the last over

end of over 1914 runs
SA: 160/6CRR: 8.42 RRR: 7.00
Mark Boucher28 (20)
Johan Botha7 (5)
Shane Harwood 4-0-48-0
Mitchell Johnson 4-0-20-1

Just 7 needed off the last over now. Harwood's gone for 48 in four.

18.6
1
Harwood to Boucher, 1 run

manages to finish a disappointing spell with a yorker on leg stump, dug out wide of midwicket for a single

18.5
4
Harwood to Boucher, FOUR runs

Harwood's had a torrid time, short on the off stump, there to hit, Boucher pulls it away between long-on and deep midwicket, smashed to the boundary

12 needed off 8

18.4
1
Harwood to Botha, 1 run

full outside off, gets outside the line to paddle it fine, misses, is struck on the pads and they get a run

18.3
3
Harwood to Boucher, 3 runs

dropped, on middle and leg, goes for a mighty heave over square leg, gets the top edge and takes ages to come down, Geeves going back from short fine drops it but it;s a difficult chance, almost deflects it to the boundary but some alert fielding by David Hussey saves a run

18.2
1
Harwood to Botha, 1 run

goodish length on middle and leg, driven through the line to long-on

18.1
4
Harwood to Botha, FOUR runs

shot! Full outside off, Botha gets forward and drives that crisply through the narrow gap between extra cover and mid-off, beautifully timed

21 needed off 12. What a match! Boucher is the key man now, like he was in that famous 438 game. Harwood in the hot seat

end of over 185 runs • 1 wicket
SA: 146/6CRR: 8.11 RRR: 10.50
Johan Botha1 (2)
Mark Boucher20 (17)
Mitchell Johnson 4-0-20-1
James Hopes 4-0-41-1
17.6
1lb
Johnson to Botha, 1 leg bye

full on leg stump, swung in to strike him on the pads, they get a leg bye towards third man, would have gone down

17.5
1
Johnson to Boucher, 1 run

good length on leg stump, turned away off the back foot towards fine leg, decide wisely against the second

17.4
1
Johnson to Botha, 1 run

short of a length outside off, cut away towards deep cover, firmly struck but straight to the fielder

17.4
1w
Johnson to Botha, 1 wide

wide down the leg side, only just though, short of a length on the leg stump and moved down, Botha let it go

The captain to face now. 25 needed off 15

17.3
1
Johnson to Boucher, 1 run

an inswinging yorker, on middle and leg, dug out into the off side for a single

17.2
Johnson to Boucher, no run

short of a length outside off, chopped down to point

Timely wicket for Australia, but the end of a superb contribution from Morkel

17.1
W
Johnson to Morkel, OUT

Johnson has delivered the breakthrough! Slower ball bowled full on the off stump, Morkel is tempted to dismiss that into the stands once again, fails to connect well this time, lofts it really high and David Hussey takes a well-judged catch running in from long-off

Albie Morkel c DJ Hussey b Johnson 37 (27m 19b 4x4 2x6) SR: 194.73
end of over 1721 runs
SA: 141/5CRR: 8.29 RRR: 8.66
Mark Boucher18 (14)
Albie Morkel37 (18)
James Hopes 4-0-41-1
Brett Geeves 3-0-27-2

21 off that over and the hosts are back in this. Ponting has to think hard now

16.6
2
Hopes to Boucher, 2 runs

low full toss on the off stump, steered behind point for a couple towards a diving third man

16.5
4
Hopes to Boucher, FOUR runs

horrendous bowling by Hopes here, full toss on the off stump, Boucher has no trouble pulling it away between long-on and deep midwicket, another crucial boundary

16.4
1
Hopes to Morkel, 1 run

length ball again but all he can manage this time is a single to long-off, Boucher on strike now, Hopes will be relieved

16.3
4
Hopes to Morkel, FOUR runs

he's getting pulverized here, full and wide, Morkel makes room and steers it delightfully past point, third man had given up

16.2
6
Hopes to Morkel, SIX runs

Morkerl's gone berserk! Meaty length ball on the off stump, he's gets stuck into it, dispatches it miles into the crowd between deep midwicket and long-on, poor Hopes

Best performances - batters
David Hussey player pic
DJ Hussey AUS
88 runs (44)
5 fours
6 sixes
Control93%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
35 runs
3 fours
2 sixes
053423142118
David Warner
DA Warner AUS
38 runs (29)
4 fours
1 six
Control90%
Productive shot
on side drive on front foot
11 runs
2 fours
0 six
053831081
Best performances - bowlers
Robin Peterson
RJ Peterson SA
O
4
M
0
R
30
W
3
ECO
7.5
David Hussey player pic
DJ Hussey AUS
O
4
M
0
R
21
W
2
ECO
5.25
Match details
New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
TossSouth Africa, elected to field first
SeriesAustralia tour of South Africa
Season2008/09
Player Of The Match
David Hussey
David Hussey
Series resultSouth Africa led the 2-match series 1-0
Match numberT20I no. 87
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 days27 March 2009 - night (20-over match)
T20I debut
Brett Geeves
Brett Geeves
Umpires
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Marais Erasmus
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Rudi Koertzen
TV Umpire
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Brian Jerling
Reserve Umpire
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Zed Ndamane
Match Referee
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Jeff Crowe