Cape Town - David Miller scored his maiden half-century in the T20 international format to blast
the Proteas to a three-wicket victory over Australia with four balls to
spare in the opening T20 International match at Kingsmead on
As it happened: South Africa v Australia, 1st T20
performance (53 off 35 balls, 3 fours and 3 sixes), which won him the man
of the match award, was a remarkable effort considering he was not used in the
ODI series against England and had only one innings in the T20 series that
wouldn’t have thought he had had so little time in the middle, such was the
perfection of his timing. He came to the crease at 72/4 with the target of 158
still looking a long way off. It rapidly became 72/5 when Faf du Plessis was
run out but he settled into successive partnerships of 23 with David Wiese, 39
with Chris Morris and finally an unbroken 24 with Kyle Abbott who hit the
represented a remarkable fightback for the Proteas after Australia had scored
an imposing 69/1 in the six power play overs. But the Proteas then took 8/88 in
the remaining 14 overs.
that they still had to match the highest ever second winning score at this
ground achieved by the Proteas against New Zealand in 2007.
not start the chase well when AB de Villiers was dismissed first ball for the
first time in his international career and they found themselves 45/3 at the
end of the power play with Quinton de Kock, who replaced Hashim Amla in the
only change to the side that beat England, and JP Duminy also back in the hut.
not helped by the direct hit run outs of Du Plessis and Wiese further down the
order and the Australian fielding was one of the highlights of the match.
side batted as a unit as well as they would have liked while there was little
to choose between the two bowling attacks. Australia also had the problem of
using two inexperienced bowlers in Andrew Tye and Adam Zampa at the death.
will be delighted with the bowling form of Wiese who played the major role
alongside Imran Tahir in pulling the game back in the middle overs when
Australia lost 5/44 in 9 overs. The death bowling continued to be up to scratch
with Australia managing a further 3/44 in the final 5 overs.
was the match contested that the teams were deadlocked at 114/5 after 15 overs
and the Proteas only went ahead on comparable run rate in the following over
when they scored 16 thanks to Miller collecting a four and a six.
finally reduced the rate to less than a run a ball in the penultimate over
before a single to Miller and then a straight hit for four to Abbott got them
across the line in the final over.
match takes place at the Wanderers on Sunday afternoon (14:30).