South Africa 5 for 201 (Markram 45, Klaasen 41) beat Cricket Australia XI 7 for 160 (Ross 40, Bryant 36) by 41 runs
South Africa's batsmen tuned up for Saturday's T20I against Australia with a blistering display of hitting to beat the Cricket Australia XI in the warm-up game at Allan Border Field in Brisbane.
Aiden Markram (45 runs off 26 balls), Heinrich Klaasen (41 from 23), Reeza Hendricks (39 from 38) and Farhaan Behardien (27 not out from 14) struck 14 fours and nine sixes between them to post a imposing total of 5 for 201 against an attack that featured Australia T20 squad members Jason Behrendorff and Andrew Tye.
Behrendorff took 1 for 25 in three overs including the wicket of Quinton de Kock, who was caught at mid-off, but Tye was hammered for 55 runs from his four overs and did not pick up a wicket.
CA XI's chase got off to a bad start losing two wickets in the Powerplay including Ben McDermott. He was unfortunately run out again, this time backing up too far after a powerful straight drive from Max Bryant was deflected onto the stumps by Lungi Ngidi, following the T20 series against Pakistan were he was run out in all three innings.
Bryant clubbed 36 from 22 balls before holing out to long on from the bowling of Imran Tahir. Alex Ross made 40 off 35 but he too fell to spin with Tabraiz Shamsi getting his first wicket of the tour. Chris Morris finished with 2 for 35 after not playing at all during the one-day series.
Alex Malcolm is a freelance writer based in Melbourne