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AUSTRALIA 82/5 AFTER 6.4 OVERS. SA 80/1 IN 7
BATSMEN IN -: Brad Hodge 21*, Brad Haddin 4*
BATSMEN OUT -: Aaron Finch 5, Shane Watson 2, David Warner 40, Glenn Maxwell 1, George Bailey 2
22:21 - QUOTES
"You can't look too much into a seven-over game. For them to get 18-20 in the first over was a big boost for them. I didn't know he could (Hodge) hit the ball that far. We didn't expect to be playing tonight,” said SA skipper Faf du Plessis.
"Two biggest positives were our two old guys Hoggy and Hodgy. We knew it was going to be a short game so it was good to see our guys switched on. I think the crowd got their money's worth,” said Australian skipper George Bailey.
22:18 - MAN-OF-THE-MATCH
Brad Hodge (21 not out off 8 balls) got the best player award for finishing off the game...
22:05 - SUMMARY
You can't read too much into a game like this, but if you have to look at where things went wrong for South Africa, then some wayward length from a few bowlers probably cost them. Tsotsobe and Hendricks spring to mind...
It must also be questioned why Kyle Abbott, who bowled one over (1 for 5), did not at least bowl one of the last two overs. Why throw the rookie, Hendricks, to the wolves in the penultimate over?
David Warner again proved to be a nemesis for the Proteas while some experienced heads (Hodge and Haddin) saw the tourists home at the end.
Join us again at 18:00 on Friday to see if the Proteas can level the series in Centurion.
22:00 - TWEET
Brad Hodge, 39 years old, scores 21 off 8 and wins the game for Australia. Who said S7 was a young man’s game?! #SAvAus - Freddie Wilde
RESULT : Australia won by 5 wickets.
21:57 - Parnell bowls a short ball which is called a wide and that's it... Australia win by 5 wickets with 2 balls to spare...
21:55 - And another SIX by Hodge off a low full toss... That levels the scores with two balls left...
21:55 - Hodge hits the third ball for SIX. 7 needed off 3 balls.
21:54 - Big lbw shout off the second ball, but Haddin is safe. Crucially though, it's only one run.
21:53 - Parnell to bowl the final over.
Australia need 15 to win off 6 balls.
21:52 - OVERS 6: Australia 66/5. 13 off that final over from Hendricks. He came back well after bowling a no ball and getting smacked for four off the first ball...
21:50 - Brad Haddin is next in.
21:48 - WICKET! Bailey is run out by Miller for 2. Australia 60/5.
21:47 - Hendricks is back on. First up, he bowls a waist high full toss and gets hit for four. Also a no ball.
He follows that up with a wide... sigh
Why turn to the debutant now?
21:46 - OVERS 5: Australia 53/4. Two wickets and just 5 runs off that Duminy over.
They need 28 to win off 12 balls.
21:45 - Veteran Brad Hodge is next in.
21:44 - WICKET! Duminy strikes again. Maxwell out for 1, caught at point by Du Plessis. Australia 52/4.
21:43 - 50 up for Australia after a Duminy wide...
21:42 - Skipper George Bailey is the next man in.
21:40 - WICKET! "Koppe" strikes with his first ball. He gets Warner lbw for 40 off 16 balls. Australia 48/3.
Saying that's a massive wicket is an understatement...
21:40 - Off-spinner JP Duminy to bowl next.
21:39 - OVERS 4: Australia 48/2. Terrific over from Parnell. He gets a wicket and concedes only three runs.
21:39 - PICTURE
David Warner again pummelled the Proteas... (Gallo Images)
21:37 - Glenn Maxwell is next in. He has a healthy strike rate of 140! But for South Africa to win they must get rid of Warner...
21:36 - WICKET! Watson out for 2, caught by Abbott at short extra cover off the bowling of Parnell. Australia 46/2.
21:34 - QUOTE
"It's an understatement that South Africa need to get Warner out," says Kepler Wessels.
21:34 - Parnell now on to bowl.
21:33 - OVERS 3: Australia 44/1.
21:33 - PICTURE
Almost a brilliant effort by Wayne Parnell... (Gallo Images)
21:32 - Warner almost caught on the boundary by Wayne Parnell. Parnell caught it but realised he was going over the ropes and had to throw it back in... then dropped it.
21:30 - Hendricks a fraction short and is punished by Warner. SIX! New ball is needed...
21:28 - Debutant Beuran Hendricks is next on. He took 28 wickets for the Cobras in the recently completed RAM SLAM T20 Challenge
21:27 OVERS 2: Australia 26/1. Terrific first over for Abbott.
21:25 - Shane Watson is the next batsman in.
21:24 - WICKET! Abbott strikes. He has Finch caught by Amla at midwicket for 5. Australia 21/1.
Abbott showing Tsotsobe how to bowl line and length.
21:23 - TWEET
One over isn't fair judgement...but not sure how anybody still believes Tsotsobe is good enough for Tests..... - Antoinette Muller
21:23 - Kyle Abbott to bowl the second over.
21:21 - OVERS 1: Australia 21/0. Horrible bowling from Tsotsobe. No line and length. Warner picking up where he left off in the Test series...
21:19 - Next ball Finch is almost caught by Behardien on the boundary but it bounces just short. He misjudges it slightly though. Should go down as a chance!
21:17 - Finch punishes Tsotsobe straight away by driving him down the ground for four...
21:17 - Aussie openers Finch and Warner are two master-blasters. This stand could be key to the outcome of the game...
21:16 - Lonwabo Tsotsobe will open proceedings for South Africa. Aaron Finch is on strike.
21:10 - The Proteas would be very happy with their total. Considering they were 11/1 after 3 overs, to then end up scoring 69 off the last 4 is a remarkable effort.
De Kock (41 not out off 20 balls) and Du Plessis (27 not out off 13) certainly proved more than worthy... I doubt that Miller and Morkel could have done more had they been sent in earlier.
21:08 - OVERS 7: South Africa 80/1.
Australia need 81 runs to win off 42 balls.
21:07 - What was to be the final ball from Starc is not as he bowls a wide and it also goes for four...
21:06 - Slight delay here as the ball needs to get changed for the final ball. Lusty blows from De Kock must have left the ball in tatters...
21:05 - PICTURE
Quinton de Kock dominating... (Gallo Images)
21:05 - Back-to-back SIXES from De Kock. One ball left...
21:00 - Starc to bowl the final over...
21:00 - OVERS 6: South Africa 59/1.
20:59 - De Kock smacks a SIX to bring up the 50 PARTNERSHIP between him and Du Plessis.
20:58 - HALF-CENTURY up for South Africa as Du Plessis gets a bottom edge and it goes to the boundary...
20:57 - TWEET
Someone is going to stuff their knee up, sliding on this wet turf. Knee jammed into mud = ouch - Cricket 365
20:56 - Coulter-Nile to bowl the penultimate over.
20:55 - OVERS 5: South Africa 43/1. 18 off that last Christian over...
20:52 - Mind you, as I write, Du Plessis hits a FOUR, then SIX, SIX!
The Aussies will be fuming that the SA skipper opted not to walk after edging his first ball...
20:50 - It's quite disappointing that the Proteas have kept David Miller and Albie Morkel in the shed. It's only 7 overs for crying out loud! Those two are perfect for this type of short game...
20:50 - Daniel Christian is the next bowler on.
20:49 - OVERS 4: South Africa 25/1. 14 off that last Watson over. It could have been more, but for a wet outfield...
20:46 - And De Kock immediately smacks Watson for a four and a six. He's got a big future in this format especially!
20:45 - Shane Watson is the next bowler.
20:44 - OVERS 3: South Africa 11/1. Just five off Hogg's first over. Excellent start by Australia.
20:43 - Left-arm unorthodox spinner Brag Hogg is next on. At the ripe old age of 43!
20:42 - OVERS 2: South Africa 6/1.
20:41 - There was a big edge. Faf is lucky! But if the bowler and wicketkeeper do not go up then it likely won't be given out...
20:40 - Skipper Faf du Plessis is next in. Appeal from the slips for caught behind off his first ball. But the 'keeper and bowler do not appeal.
20:39 - WICKET! Amla is gone for 4, caught and bowled by Coulter-Nile.
20:38 - TWEET
Don't agree with the orthodox Hash opening in a 7-over slugfest. Get the sloggers in!!!!!! - Rob Houwing
20:38 - The fielding restrictions for the Power Play is just for the first two overs...
20:37 - Nathan Coulter-Nile to bowl the second over. Quinton de Kock on strike.
20:35 - OVERS 1: South Africa 5/0. Solid start for the visitors...
20:33 - Amla drives the third ball through the covers for four. It goes all the way to the boundary despite the slow outfield... Poor misfield by Glenn Maxwell though...
20:32 - Mitchell Starc opens the bowling for Australia, with Hashim Amla on strike for South Africa.
20:30 - Cape Cobras seamer Beuran Hendricks will make his debut tonight.
Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis was unimpressed at the toss, raising concerns for player safety in the conditions ahead of the World T20...
20:19 - TOSS
Australian captain George Bailey has won the toss and elected to bowl first.
20:19 - Play will start at 20:30. The match will be 7 overs a side.
20:19 - Good news! We have a game.
20:09 - The ground looks a bit like a stable with sawdust all over the place...
20:08 - At the moment it’s not raining. But the umpires are yet to make a decision of whether we’ll get a game.
There is concern around the safety of the players with big areas of the field covered in sawdust.
With a World T20 around the corner, the last thing any team needs is to pick up injuries.
We'll keep you up to date on the happenings...
20:01 - PICTURE
Warm-ups. We got a game! #SAvAUS - CA Digital Media
19:57 - PICTURE
Getting the field ready - (Picture courtesy of Sport24 fan Kevin Fabre)
19:57 - Ground staff are currently working hard at getting the field ready. But it looks like we'll get a game!
19:39 - At the moment it looks like we'll be getting a game in tonight. It will definitely be a shortened affair, but still uncertain how many overs per side...
19:38 - PICTURE
Both coaches (Darren Lehmann and Russell Domingo and) getting their first look at the wicket #SAvAUS- CA Digital Media
19:36 - PICTURE
No rain and the covers are coming off. Come on! #SAvAUS - CA Digital Media
19:33 - Better news folks. For the moment, it has stopped raining and the covers are coming off.
19:10 - The rain isn't very heavy at the moment, but the waiting game continues.
A 5-overs-a-side match can start at 20:40 should the rain subside.
However, for that to happen it would have to stop raining by at least 20:10, as they would need about 30 minutes to get the ground ready...
18:58 - UPSET ALERT!
While we're waiting for the rain to subside, here's a bit of interesting news.
Hong Kong just beat Zimbabwe in a World T20 warm-up game in Chittagong, Bangladesh.
Zimbabwe made 153/7 in their allotted 20 overs, with Hong Kong (159/6 off 20 overs) chasing it down, winning by four wickets off the last ball!CLICK HERE for a full scorecard.
18:41 - PICTURE
We can start a 5/5 match at 8:40pm. But it's still raining... - Neil Manthorp
18:40 - It's still raining folks, with the covers still firmly on...
18:19 - PICTURE
Rain's back. Heavier too. #SAvAUS- Jesse Hogan
18:16 - Raining more heavily now with more covers being brought on to cover the square...
18:13 - The umpires' scheduled pitch inspection at 18:00 was delayed by rain.
It started raining just as they walked on!
The covers are back on, which lengthens the delay, folks.
18:12 - PICTURE
I've small hands, but not small enough to scoff at these. Beer in 2L jugs, for sky-high price of 98 rand ($A9.80) - Jesse Hogan
18:02 - PICTURE
Umpires walking out for the pitch inspection. Bit tough when the wicket is covered. Light rain causing a delay #SAvAUS - CA Digital Media
17:59 - The covers came off briefly, only for it to start raining again, forcing groundsmen to hurry the covers back on... sigh
17:57 - PICTURE
Rain has decided to make another appearance. Covers are back on #SAvAUS - Cricket South Africa
17:53 - PICTURE
Covers have come off...umpires to do pitch inspection at 18:00 #SAvAUS - Cricket South Africa
17:48 - 438 GAME ANNIVERSARY
While we're again playing the waiting game, did you know that today (March 12) marks the eight-year anniversary of the so-called 438 game - when South Africa successfully chased down Australia's 434 inside 50 overs at the Wanderers!
Australia won the toss and elected to bat first. They posted 434 for 4 in 50 overs, with skipper Ricky Ponting scoring 164 off 105 balls.
In reply, the Proteas scored 438–9, winning by one wicket with one ball to spare. Herschelle Gibbs top-scored with 175 off 111 balls.
The match has been dubbed by many, myself included, as the greatest ODI match ever played!
CLICK HERE for a full scorecard.
17:38 - The umpires will conduct a pitch inspection at 18:00.
17:34 - Bad news folks. Wet conditions here at Kingsmead.
While it's not raining at the moment, play will not start start on time, but we'll keep you updated on the happenings...
***The match is scheduled to start at 18:00***
17:30 - CONGRATULATIONS!
To Australian opener David Warner who announced on Twitter that he's engaged - and that his fiancé is pregnant!
Click HERE for the full article...
17:30 - ABBOTT ADDED TO PROTEAS' SQUAD
Kyle Abbott has been added to the Proteas T20 squad to play against Australia in the three-match T20 International series.
Click HERE for the full article...
17:30 - INJURY RULES OUT THE 'STEYN REMOVER'
A hamstring injury will keep SA fast bowler Dale Steyn of out of the first two T20 internationals against Australia.
Click HERE for the full article...
17:30 - DYNAMIC ROLES FOR AB, MILLER
Hershelle Gibbs and Paul Harris have suggested David Miller and AB de Villiers should move up the order for the Proteas in T20I's.
Click HERE for the full article...
A reminder of the Proteas' tour itinerary against Australia
February 12-16, First Test, Centurion - Australia won by 281 runs
February 20-24, Second Test, St George's Park - South Africa won by 231 runs
March 1-5, Third Test, Cape Town - Australia won by 245 runs
March 9, First T20, St George's Park - Match abandoned
March 12, Second T20, Kingsmead - 18:00
March 14, Third T20, Centurion - 18:00
Q de Kock, H Amla, F du Plessis, JP Duminy, F Behardien, D Miller, A Morkel, W Parnell, B Hendricks, L Tsotsobe, K Abbott
DA Warner, GB Hogg, SR Watson, GJ Maxwell, DT Christian, BJ Haddin†, GJ Bailey*, NM Coulter-Nile, AJ Finch, BJ Hodge, MA Starc
Umpires - Johan Cloete (South Africa) and Adrian Holdstock (South Africa)
TV umpire - Shaun George (South Africa)
Match referee - Chris Broad (England)
Reserve umpire - Karl Hurter (South Africa)
Welcome to Sport24's LIVE scoring and interactive commentary on the second T20 between South Africa and Australia from Kingsmead in Durban!