It was a pitch that would have suited Ashwell Prince, who is a good player of spin, if only he had survived until the spinners came on. Shaun Tait surprised him with a pacy lifter and Prince could only poke it to slip for a first-ball duck.
Tait hurled a 151kmph projectile at Davy Jacobs who had already parked himself around the off stump by shuffling across very early. Jacobs whipped it up and over the square-leg boundary for a fabulicious six.
It came from Nicky Boje. He had just mowed and crashed Daniel Christian for two successive sixes. He then lunged across to play a cute sweep shot to pick up his third boundary of the over. The crowd loved the cheekiness.
Michael Klinger flicked straight to Botha at deep midwicket, who seemed to lose the ball at the last instant. He ran in too far and his hands didn't go up. One feared an injury when Botha just about managed to bring his palms up in front of his face, but he snagged the ball to send Klinger back to the dressing room.
It was the pitch. It appeared as it was specially mowed for the occasion. Warriors' strength was their spin and the pitch wore a dry bald look. The ball stopped, turned and created hell for South Australia, who were pushed out of their comfort zone.
Sriram Veera is a staff writer at Cricinfo