result
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
Australia
12y
• The Bulletin by Brydon Coverdale at the MCG

Debutant Warner destroys South Africa

David Warner made one of the most memorable international debuts imaginable as he lit up the MCG with 89 from 43 balls to set up Australia's 52-run win over South Africa

Match centre 
Scorecard summary
Australia182/9(20 overs)
South Africa130/10(18 overs)
end of over 183 runs • 1 wicket
SA: 130/10CRR: 7.22 • RRR: 26.50 • Need 53 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!

17.6
W
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
17.5
1lb
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

17.4
Tait to Botha, no run

banged in short outside off stump, Botha lets it go

17.3
1
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

17.2
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

17.1
1
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 from 18b
Lonwabo Tsotsobe0 (4)
Johan Botha4 (4)
Ben Hilfenhaus3-0-15-2
David Hussey4-0-25-3
16.6
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

16.5
Hilfenhaus to Tsotsobe, no run

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

16.4
Hilfenhaus to Tsotsobe, no run

Tsotsobe manages to keep out another yorker

16.3
Hilfenhaus to Tsotsobe, no run

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

Tsotsobe is the last batsman.

16.2
W
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
16.1
1
Hilfenhaus to Botha, 1 run

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

end of over 164 runs • 2 wickets
SA: 126/8CRR: 7.87 • RRR: 14.25 • Need 57 from 24b
Johan Botha3 (3)
Makhaya Ntini0 (0)
David Hussey4-0-25-3
Nathan Bracken3-0-18-2
15.6
1
Hussey to Botha, 1 run

driven down the ground for a single

15.5
W
Hussey to Steyn, OUT

Steyn's gone too! He tries to hit on the on side but the leading edge falls into Bracken's hands at short third man

Dale Steyn c Bracken b DJ Hussey 1 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50
15.4
1
Hussey to Botha, 1 run
15.3
1
Hussey to Steyn, 1 run

driven firmly off the front foot past the bowler

15.2
W
Hussey to Duminy, OUT

lbw! Duminy' gone! He tried to reverse sweep a delivery angling into him from round the wicket, it was the quicker one from Hussey and Duminy missed it, the ball hit him on the pad right in front of the stumps, that's probably the end of South Africa's challenge tonight

Jean-Paul Duminy lbw b DJ Hussey 78 (56m 48b 9x4 1x6) SR: 162.5
15.1
1
Hussey to Botha, 1 run

Botha tries to reverse sweep his first ball but can't get it past short third man

David Hussey will bowl his final over.

end of over 158 runs • 1 wicket
SA: 122/6CRR: 8.13 • RRR: 12.20 • Need 61 from 30b
Jean-Paul Duminy78 (47)
Johan Botha0 (0)
Nathan Bracken3-0-18-2
Shaun Tait3-0-34-1
14.6
2
Bracken to Duminy, 2 runs

short ball, Duminy moves across and pulls the ball gently behind square

Botha is the new batsman.

14.5
W
Bracken to Morkel, OUT

caught! The lights are not in White's eyes this time! Morkel gets under a length ball and hits it hard, flat and straight to White at deep midwicket, he takes the catch comfortably

Albie Morkel c White b Bracken 12 (15m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 150
Best performances - batsmen
David Warner
DA Warner
89 runs (43)
7 fours
6 sixes
Control77%
Productive shot
leg glance
29 runs
2 fours
2 sixes
8496342314
JP Duminy portrait
JP Duminy
78 runs (48)
9 fours
1 six
Control71%
Productive shot
leg glance
25 runs
2 fours
1 six
1018111410816
Best performances - bowlers
David Hussey player pic
DJ Hussey
O
4
M
0
R
25
W
3
ECO
6.25
DW Steyn
O
4
M
0
R
38
W
3
ECO
9.5
Match details
Melbourne Cricket Ground
TossAustralia, elected to bat first
SeriesSouth Africa tour of Australia
Season2008/09
Player Of The Match
David Warner
David Warner
Series resultAustralia led the 2-match series 1-0
Match numberT20I no. 80
Hours of play (local time)19.35 start, First Session 19.35-20.55 Interval 20.55-21.15, Second Session 21.15-22.35
Match days11 January 2009 - night match (20-over match)
T20I debut
David Warner
David Warner
Lonwabo Tsotsobe
Lonwabo Tsotsobe
Vaughn van Jaarsveld
Vaughn van Jaarsveld
Umpires
Australia Image
Bruce Oxenford
Australia Image
Rod Tucker
TV Umpire
Australia Image
Paul Reiffel
Reserve Umpire
Australia Image
Geoff Joshua
Match Referee
Sri Lanka Image
Ranjan Madugalle