1st T20I (N), Cape Town, Oct 13 2011, Australia tour of South Africa
(19.3/20 ov)147/5
Australia won by 5 wickets (with 3 balls remaining)
player of the match
Shane Watson
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• The Report by Brydon Coverdale

Watson helps Australia win T20 opener

A powerful half-century from Shane Watson helped Australia make an encouraging start to their tour of South Africa as they won the opening Twenty20 in Cape Town by five wickets

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Scorer: S Balasubramanian
Commentator: Liam Brickhill
Scorecard summary
South Africa146/7(20 overs)
Australia147/5(19.3 overs)

So, we've had a match that just about went the full distance, but Australia were in charge for almost all of their run chase and have started their tour with a five-wicket victory at Newlands. As good as JP Duminy's knock was, South Africa's 146 always looked a little under par. They would, of course, have given themselves a much better chance had they held their catches in the field. Smith dropped one at slip - allowing Watson, who went on to make fifty, a life - and Botha put down to very hard chances. Read all about Australia's victory in Brydon Coverdale's report, and stick with us for the presentations and interviews.

"Drop catches, lose matches! Drop catches, lose matches! Drop catches, lose matches! Hope I don't have to say it again!" So do I, Doc.

"As frustrated I may be, when you look at our team, its easy to be happy, Steyn, Tahir, AB and Kallis all still need to come in. We shouldn't look too deeply into this match." Fair point, Zubair Haffajee.

"I think we've had some good training sessions, I don't want to put any excuses on that," says losing captain Hashim Amla. "We could have done a few things better in the field. From 10 for 2, JP did well to get us to 146. It was a good effort to take this match to the last over. With the start Australia had, Watson did well to give them momentum, and I'm proud of the way we pulled it back."

Cameron white gets a cheque for R30,000 as winning captain. He looks stoked. "We made hard work of it at the end, but it's nice to get the victory. We've only got six more t20s before the t20 world cup, so they're all important. This is an exciting team, it's a nice balance and some good players."

Shane Watson is the man of the match, he only gets R6,000, but he seems pretty happy too.

Thanks for joining us today. Andrew McGlashan and Liam Brickhill were your commentary team, with Brydon Coverdale on bulletin duties and Firdose Moonda filing from Newlands. Do join us for England's match against India tomorrow, and don't forget that Australia and South Africa will be meeting in the second Twenty20 at the Wanderers on Sunday. Goodbye!

Theron to Smith, 1 run

a slower ball is cracked past two diving fielders at midwicket, and there's the game for Australia!

Theron to Smith, FOUR runs

a slashed square drive brings Australia level! Smith has played some horrific shots this evening, but this was a good one. He angled the bat just right to pick the gap, and timed it pretty well too

Long on, long off go back, third man comes up.

Theron to Wade, 1 run

in the air ... and safe! Wade lofted the ball down towards long on, or at least tried to, it was a slower ball and it looked to have flummoxed him. Botha came charging in from long on but couldn't get to it

Six runs required off the final over, Rusty Theron to bowl it. He hasn't had the best night. Will Amla bring the field in? He can't allow easy singles. Four men are in saving the one on either side of the wicket. Mid off is coming up too now, and fine leg is dropping back

end of over 198 runs • 1 wicket
AUS: 141/5CRR: 7.42 RRR: 6
Steven Smith3 (7)
Matthew Wade0 (0)
Lonwabo Tsotsobe 4-0-21-1
Morne Morkel 4-0-24-1
Tsotsobe to Smith, no run

past the edge! Smith stood frozen at the crease and swung at a length delivery, the ball buzzing past his outside edge

Tsotsobe to Hussey, OUT

gone! Hussey falls. He was trying to end the match with a single shot, clearing the left leg and slogging across the line. It was a slower ball from Tsotsobe, he sliced underneath it, and Duminy safely pouched the skied shot. Can South Africa pull it back from here?

David Hussey c Duminy b Tsotsobe 25 (41m 27b 1x4 1x6) SR: 92.59
Tsotsobe to Smith, 1 leg bye

Tsotsobe strikes Smith on the pad and they set off for a single as the ball goes nowhere. Tsotsobe raced Hussey to the other end, and Tsotsobe's left boot couldn't get the ball onto the stumps

Tsotsobe to Hussey, 1 run

another length delivery, and it's chopped to extra cover for a single

Tsotsobe to Hussey, no run

past the edge! Tsotsobe zinged one down on a length, Hussey backed away to cut but couldn't lay bat on ball

Tsotsobe comes back over the wicket after that shot.

Tsotsobe to Hussey, SIX runs

good grief, where has this landed? There was a real buzz in the crowd as Tsotsobe charged in, but Hussey just skipped down the track and sent the ball straight back over his head. Huge six, just huge. Is that the game?

Lonwabo Tsotsobe is back now. Can he maintain the pressure Morkel built up? Can South Africa hold their catches?

end of over 184 runs
AUS: 133/4CRR: 7.38 RRR: 7
David Hussey18 (23)
Steven Smith3 (5)
Morne Morkel 4-0-24-1
Robin Peterson 3-0-29-1
Morkel to Hussey, 1 run

dropped by Botha at backward point! The ball leapt on Hussey off a length as he backed away and poked, flying low to Botha's left. He did really well just to get to it, but again it didn't stick

Morkel to Smith, 1 run

that's better, he stands up on tip-toe to ride the bounce and get the ball to third man

Morkel to Smith, no run

oh dear, what a horrid shot - if you can even call it that - from Smith. He cleared the left leg and flailed at the ball in ungainly fashion, a rising delivery beating his top edge. Filthy shot

Morkel to Hussey, 1 run

it's a tip-and-run single to cover, but this was very tight. A direct hit from Duminy, running in from point, may well have caught him short. The throw, however, is wide

Morkel to Hussey, no run

Hussey charges out aggressively at Morkel, but swings across the line too much and ends up toe-ending it to midwicket. He exposed all three stumps for the shot too ...

Morkel to Smith, 1 run

he offers up some width on a length delivery first up, and it's cut down to third man

Amla has decided to go back to his strike bowler, Morne Morkel. He's only got the one over left though. There's a solitary wide slip in place.

end of over 178 runs • 1 wicket
AUS: 129/4CRR: 7.58 RRR: 6
Steven Smith1 (2)
David Hussey16 (20)
Robin Peterson 3-0-29-1
Jean-Paul Duminy 1-0-4-0
Peterson to Smith, 1 run

tapped to cover, the call is immediate and they charge through for a single

Peterson to Smith, no run

flighted up temptingly by Peterson, and Smith drives back to the bowler

Peterson to Hussey, 1 run

a touch too short, and the ball is punched out to deep cover off the back foot

Peterson to Hussey, no run

driven back down the wicket, and Peterson does well to slide across and field off his own bowling

Peterson to White, OUT

gone this time! White tried to repeat the shot but swung across this one a little. The ball went really high again, but the distance wasn't there and Miller set himself beneath the swirling chance. Well, Australia still shouldn't panic, but this wicket will have given South Africa hope

Cameron White c Miller b Peterson 28 (25m 22b 1x4 1x6) SR: 127.27
Best performances - batters
JP Duminy portrait
JP Duminy SA
67 runs (53)
6 fours
3 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
22 runs
1 four
1 six
Shane Watson player pic
SR Watson AUS
52 runs (39)
6 fours
2 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
20 runs
4 fours
0 six
Best performances - bowlers
Pat Cummins portrait
PJ Cummins AUS
Lonwabo Tsotsobe
LL Tsotsobe SA
Match details
Newlands, Cape Town
TossSouth Africa, elected to bat first
SeriesAustralia tour of South Africa
Player Of The Match
Shane Watson
Shane Watson
Series resultAustralia led the 2-match series 1-0
Match numberT20I no. 210
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 days13 October 2011 - night (20-over match)
T20I debut
Doug Bollinger
Doug Bollinger
James Pattinson
James Pattinson
Matthew Wade
Matthew Wade
Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins
South Africa Image
Adrian Holdstock
South Africa Image
Marais Erasmus
TV Umpire
South Africa Image
Shaun George
Reserve Umpire
South Africa Image
Johan Cloete
Match Referee
India Image
Javagal Srinath