1st T20I (N), Melbourne, Jan 11 2009, South Africa tour of Australia
(18/20 ov, target 183)130
Australia won by 52 runs
player of the match
David Warner
end of over 183 runs • 1 wicket
SA: 130/10CRR: 7.22 • RRR: 26.50 • Need 53 runs from 12b
Johan Botha5 (7)
Shaun Tait4-0-36-2
Ben Hilfenhaus3-0-15-2

10.42 pm: Australia have won the first Twenty20 by 52 runs. The victory was set up by bolter David Warner's audacious 89 off 43 balls. He hit seven fours, half a dozen sixes and led Australia to 182.

South Africa's chase was wrecked after Gibbs fell in Bracken's first over and Tait knocked the wind out of de Villiers. Duminy played a superb innings but he had little support from the other batsmen.

No prizes for guessing that David Warner is the Man of the Match. Remember he hasn't even played a first-class game. "It's unreal," he says. "It feels a lot different from Bondi (beach). I was a bit nervous."

The second Twenty20 game is on January 13 in Brisbane. Do join us for that one. Until then, this is George Binoy signing off. Cheers!

Tait to Tsotsobe, OUT

bowled him! Tait sends down another yorker, this time the ball smacks Tsotsobe on the pads outside the line of leg stump and then bounces on to the stumps

Lonwabo Tsotsobe b Tait 1 (6m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.29
Tait to Botha, 1 leg bye

Tait bowls a full ball slanting into the pads and hits Botha, he appeals for lbw but that was missing leg, the ball goes towards short third man and they run a leg bye

Tait to Botha, no run

banged in short outside off stump, Botha lets it go

Tait to Tsotsobe, 1 run

Tait's aiming for the base of middle, the ball is on target until Tsotsobe brings his bat down and plays it to midwicket

Tait to Tsotsobe, no run

Tait bowls a yorker outside off stump, Tsotsobe defends and then decides to run even though the ball is near his crease, he has to hurry back after Tait runs towards the ball

Tait to Botha, 1 run

full ball on middle stump, Botha swings his bat hard and hits the ball behind square

end of over 171 run • 1 wicket
SA: 127/9CRR: 7.47 • RRR: 18.67 • Need 56 runs from 18b
Lonwabo Tsotsobe0 (4)
Johan Botha4 (4)
Ben Hilfenhaus3-0-15-2
David Hussey4-0-25-3
Hilfenhaus to Tsotsobe, no run

is that an edge? There's a half appeal from the Australians. Tsotsobe stuck his bat out and missed the ball, i don't think it hit anything

Hilfenhaus to Tsotsobe, no run

Hilfenhaus follows up the yorkers with a bouncer, Tsotsobe ducks in a hurry

Hilfenhaus to Tsotsobe, no run

Tsotsobe manages to keep out another yorker

Hilfenhaus to Tsotsobe, no run

full toss on middle stump, the batsman just manages to play it to midwicket

Tsotsobe is the last batsman.

Hilfenhaus to Ntini, OUT

bowled him! Hilfenhaus sends down another yorker and gets it to swing into Ntini's boot, Ntini loses balance as the ball thuds into his shoe and goes on to hit the stumps

Makhaya Ntini b Hilfenhaus 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
Hilfenhaus to Botha, 1 run

Hilfenhaus bowls a superb yorker on middle stump and the batsman just manages to dig it out behind square