3rd T20I (N), Centurion, Mar 14 2014, Australia tour of South Africa
(15/20 ov)129/4
Australia won by 6 wickets (with 30 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
Player Of The Series
82 runs
end of over 1517 runs
AUS: 129/4CRR: 8.60 
Brad Hodge11 (5)
George Bailey12 (7)
Jean-Paul Duminy 2-0-27-0
Imran Tahir 4-0-21-2

9.05 pm So that's about all we have for you from here. Do stay on to read up on the report and the plays for this game. This is Alagappan Muthu, wishing you safe travels

"So important to start things off well and I think that's the best we've fielded in a while so far," says George Bailey the Australia captain. "Starc was coming off a bit of a layoff and we thought he might be a bit rusty, be he certainly wasn't. The bowlers picked up wickets so that makes the [captaincy] job a lot easier, to push the game forward. Obviously the conditions in Bangladesh will be difficult, but we'll take some confidence into the World T20. We've won some 5 matches in a row now. We've had to share a few T20 trophies in the past so this is special"

Quinton de Kock is the Man of the Series "Feeling confident, working hard on my game. Got lot of time to prepare for the T20 World Cup. The biggest thing I've learned is that you actually have a lot more time than you think you do. We're good, we're confident. It's different conditions than here in Bangladesh and we're looking forward to doing well"

Mitchell Starc is the Man of the Match for the most economical figures in a T20 in Centurion. "Take wickets at the start and slow down. Two or three down has them under the pump and frees us up. Had my feet up for a while, nice to be back and playing. Ball's come out okay and nice to win games for Australia. He [Quinton de Kock] was walking at me and the bouncer is never a nice ball. But glad that he's okay. Both teams have some good things going for the world T20."

8.55 pm "it wasn't our best performance," says Faf, "Starting with the bat, we didn't play too well at the start and while we rebuilt they kept getting wickets. Not enough of a total at Centurion at night because the ball skids on. The dot-ball percentage is something we look at. We did think it might be a lot tonight because of the slow nature of the surface, but it is something we need to look at. Got an opportunity to play some new guys. We've got Steyn and Morkel sitting in the sidelines and them coming in will be a big bonus and we've done well in the subcontient as well. So we're looking forward to the World T20"

8.50pm George Bailey and Imran Tahir have a little convo as the teams head out towards the pavilion. Australia tuck another win under their shoulders and an impressive one at that. Good with the ball, highly efficient with the bat. Add David Warner into this mix and this top-order can outgun any in the game. Just about the perfect momentum into a World Cup, but at the other end South Africa bowlers will need to remedy their lengths. They were short and wide far too many times early on. There was no pressure built at all, but they will be heartened by Imran Tahir's performance today. Kept things tight and got some turn too

"The last seven-over game wasn't ideal preparation," says Shane Watson. Today was a good job for us, Amazing job to get the ground and the pitch in such a great state. The pitch played really well. I think it was a little slow early because it was under the covers, but when we out there it was sliding out nicely. We got the better conditions. That's also the team set up as well. With the firepower we have down to 10, Hoggy can slap a couple too. We got a lot of fire power so we can free our minds and hit hard. Especially with a small total. We've got a really good squad, as good a T20 squad as I've been in. Hopefully Faulkner and Mitch can join us as well"

Sridhu: "A win here will end a fantastic summer for Australia ! Just 2 losses across all the formats ! 16-2 against England and SA is an amazing effort ! Well Played boys !"

Duminy to Hodge, 2 runs

yorker just outside off, dug out to long-off and that's the victory for Australia!

Duminy to Bailey, 1 run

whipped away to deep midwicket

Duminy to Hodge, 1 run

full toss on middle and leg, punched to long-on

Duminy to Hodge, SIX runs

has he got it? No, just enough power to beat a back-pedaling Amla! He was rather off-balanced as he lofted this over the top. Good ball as he pushed it outside off to try and beat his reach. Almost succeeded, long-off went back and leapt up, but it evades him

Duminy to Bailey, 1 run

advances again and this time JP drags it shorter and pushes it outside off. Punched into the covers

Duminy to Bailey, SIX runs

smoked over deep midwicket. He danced out to the pitch and hit with the turn. Nothing wrong with that strike. Even Mr Boycott might find it hard to disagree

JP, from around the wicket

end of over 145 runs • 1 wicket
AUS: 112/4CRR: 8.00 RRR: 2.83
George Bailey4 (4)
Brad Hodge2 (2)
Imran Tahir 4-0-21-2
Beuran Hendricks 3-0-21-1

"Using Albie Morkel as a bowler has not turned out to be a a wise decision of late by all the teams he have played in because he is loosing his color as a bowler. He should better be used as a slog hitter in the middle overs when spin is operating especially in Bangladesh in upcoming World T20 or keeping him in team is of vain." Albie is known to get tied down by spin on occasion though, Rana Sarmad

Tahir to Bailey, 1 run

shortish and outside off, cut away to deep point

Tahir to Hodge, 1 run

quicker and flatter on middle and leg, Hodge presents a straight bat to long-on

Tahir to Bailey, 1 run

tossed up outside off, Bailey wants to slog him to the leg side. Gets an inside edge to short fine leg

slip in now

Tahir to Hodge, 1 run

flighted just outside off, Hodge comes forward and pushes wide of mid-on

Brad Hodge, the old warhorse, is out there now

Tahir to Bailey, 1 run

hit away into the covers

Tahir to Watson, OUT

skewed straight up and it falls into the waiting hands of cover and Tahir is pumped! This was tossed up well wide of off stump, but Watto was looking for the slog sweep. The turn snares the edge and the batsman has to walk back

Shane Watson c du Plessis b Imran Tahir 35 (38m 28b 2x4 2x6) SR: 125

Anupam: "Must say this Australian team is looking ominous in all departments. Finch, Maxwell, Warner, Watson, Bailey, Hodge, Johnson, Starc and the rest all world class players who can destroy opponents singlehandedly. Australia should be favorites for the World CUp T20."

end of over 134 runs • 1 wicket
AUS: 107/3CRR: 8.23 RRR: 3.14
Shane Watson35 (27)
George Bailey1 (1)
Beuran Hendricks 3-0-21-1
Albie Morkel 2-0-26-0

smudgeon: "24 off 44? Surely even Jack Russell could tackle that with a rush of blood."

Hendricks to Watson, 1 run

fullish and sliding down leg, turned away to deep square

Hendricks to Bailey, 1 run

slower ball, back of a length just outside off. Dabs with soft hands and he looks up at Watto to see if he was coming. He was and they scamper a single before the ball reaches the keeper

Gorgeous George Bailey has strode out to the middle. He looks rather serious, actually

Hendricks to Maxwell, OUT

walks across his stumps to whip this away fine and is struck in line of middle. De Kock screams an appeal and the bowler joins in as an afterthought which I thought was strange, because this was pretty adjacent. Minor hiccup, or the start of a collapse?

Glenn Maxwell lbw b Hendricks 17 (20m 12b 2x4 0x6) SR: 141.66
Hendricks to Watson, 1 run

sliced towards mid-off but it does not carry. Length ball just outside off, goes through with a slash but doesn't get all of it.

Hendricks to Watson, no run

136kph, good bouncer, right over the batsman's shoulder and angled in at him as well. Watson thought about a hook but doesn't act on it

Hendricks to Maxwell, 1 run

fires in a leg-stump yorker, Maxi moves outside leg and looks to slog it. Gets a thick inside edge to deep square leg

26 off 48 as Warner surveys the carnage from the dugout. Hendricks will try to slow things down here. Around the wicket