Aussies cruise past Proteas

2011-10-13 21:14

Cape Town - Shane  Watson took advantage of an early life to draw first blood for Australia in the opening T20 international clash at Newlands on Thursday evening.

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Set a modest target of 147 for victory the visitors triumphed by 5 wickets with 3 balls to spare.

The Proteas’ total of 146/7 after Hashim Amla had won the toss meant that they had to make some early strikes and they looked to have done that perfectly when Morne Morkel threw down the non-striker’s wicket from short fine leg to run out danger man David Warner who was facing his first delivery.

That made Australia 3/1 and it should have become 3/2 in the next over from Morkel when Watson, another lethal big hitter, edged the second delivery. Graeme Smith - who had to move to his left at first slip - spilled the chance. To add insult to injury it went for four as did the next ball which was dismissed with a classic off drive.

Man-of-the-Match Watson was to make exactly 50 after this let-off and, by the time he was dismissed for 52 (39 balls, 6 fours and 2 sixes), Australia only needed a run a ball to finish the job.

It was to the Proteas’ credit that they fought to the end and there were some good bowling performances from Morkel, Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Johan Botha who bowled 36 dot balls between them (almost a third of the innings). It was Morkel’s dismissal of Watson followed by Botha getting rid of Shaun Marsh 8 balls later that revived the Proteas’ prospects.

Encouraging from a batting point of view was the performance of the Proteas’ emerging batting stars. Both Colin Ingram and David Miller have impressed with their temperament under pressure since making their debuts and they combined superbly with JP Duminy to put together two partnerships that gave the Proteas a chance after the early loss of Smith and Amla.

Duminy made top score of 67 (53 balls, 6 fours and 3 sixes) and one of those sixes struck off James Pattison over extra cover was probably as good as any stroke played all evening. He had partnerships of 58 with Ingram and 65 with Miller and these certainly put the Proteas in a position to post a more competitive total. In the process Duminy became the second South African (after Smith) to score 700 T20 International runs and the eighth on the all-time list.

But they had a disastrous 19th over from Australian teenager Patrick Cummins, who took three wickets at minimal cost, including both Duminy and Miller. Another wicket fell in the final over and in the end the Proteas managed only 14/4 in the last two overs.

The second (and final) T20 International will be played at the Wanderers Stadium on Sunday.


South Africa: Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla, Colin Ingram, JP Duminy, David Miller, Heino Kuhn, Johan Botha, Robin Peterson, Morne Morkel, Juan Theron, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

Australia: Shane Watson, David Warner, Shaun Marsh, David Hussey, Cameron White, Steven Smith, Matthew Wade, Steve O'Keefe, Pat Cummins, James Pattinson, Doug Bollinger.


  • marco.tomaso - 2011-10-13 21:23

    CSA should **** the hell off the lot of you for putting out such a pathetic team to represent the country.You a disgrace at CSA you money laundering cheating corrupt sons of b*****s and it's now starting to show.

      Michael - 2011-10-13 21:43

      C'mon @marco - you are living in lala land if you think they should win everything. Give the boys a chance it's an investment in the future. Besides that who do you think they should have included and in place of who?

      Christo - 2011-10-13 22:06

      Do not make the same mistake as the Sprinboks. Let this guy go now. He already cost us the first game. I am not even gonna mention his name because we all know who it is.

      Francois - 2011-10-13 23:27

      Gary Kirsten also thought that he must stick with Smit or Smith or something like that. Gary, next time open the batting yourself.

      Leon - 2011-10-14 08:40

      go and support jukskei they don't lose games we can't win everything and this is the start of the series

      Dirk - 2011-10-14 08:49

      Is the Freestate still affiliated to CSA? No matter how well their team, the Knights do, in all 3 versions of the game, their players never seem to be selected.

  • nhamo.dzenyika - 2011-10-13 21:44

    Can anyone explain what Graeme Smith is still doing on the cricket pitch?

      Jack - 2011-10-13 21:49

      well for once, he will never be the man of the match but he will allow the opposition to get the awards.

      Brett - 2011-10-13 21:49

      Yes nhamo a very good question. Honestly if ever I have seen someone way past their sell by date, it is him.

      BJ - 2011-10-13 22:00

      He's been past sell-by date for a very long time now. Can't believe he's in the side after his tax-evasion no-show after the world cup cockup.

      Michael - 2011-10-13 22:06

      Get over it why don't ya? It's just a game not a war and Smithy will be back with a bang - and sooner than you think. Will you be willing to have a slice of humble pie then?

      BJ - 2011-10-14 08:53

      The only bang Smith will be back with is when the fat bastard falls on his ass dropping another catch

      Anthony - 2011-10-14 11:14

      gary gary gary---what possesed u to include smith- he cant bat [out for a duck] he cant field [dropped a vital catch] get rid of 'banger in mash' --way past his sell by date

  • Alva - 2011-10-13 21:59

    Aghhh! Total frustration. Time for the rusty players to leave.

  • d.j.brits - 2011-10-14 00:29

    Congrats Australia well played guys........

  • jcalitz3 - 2011-10-14 01:15

    JohnC We lost the match by keeping G Smith in the team. He cannot bat, he cannot field let alone missed one of the easiest of catches.

  • james.thom - 2011-10-14 07:06

    Good to see that removing the pressure of captaincy has rejuvenated Smiths great batting form again!

  • Bruce - 2011-10-14 07:12

    It wasn't Smith who lost the game but the difference between their bowlers and ours. Cummins 3 for 25 vs Theron 0 for 42

      Jim - 2011-10-14 09:07

      Or was it poor umpiring.Lets start phoning them, and show them that they musn't mess with Saffa's.

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  • Anthony - 2011-10-14 10:07

    Hi, I question the selection of the side, and the captaincy. Why play Smith on the boundry Why rest Dale Steyn. Where is Kallis. Why not play M.van Wyk or Boucher Remove Peterson and play R. van Merwe Remove Smith and play the next best opener. Leave politics out of South African sport and our sport will thrive.

      Igenatius - 2011-10-14 11:24

      Anthony - Let me try be of assistance here. I think what they are trying to do is give some new guys a go. It is very important to building up a solid squad, that we trail some 'younger' new players. Really, it doesn't matter if we loose these games cause there is a 20/20 WC just around the corner and I think they are using these games as a trail. Bear in mind these guys have not had match time in a long while, where AUS is just coming off a series against Sri Lanka. Steyn has been playing plenty cricket in the subcontinent along with Kallis. I think they are resting them for the 5 days cause lets admit it, that is REAL cricket. Van wyk and Rulphe I would really love to see in the squad! Along with Jaque Rudolph *sorry spelling*.. The G. Smith issue I must say I am COMPLETELY stumped by. Gosh he is useless! I almost threw my tele out the window when he dropped that catch, I just had a feeling that we could kiss the match goodbye after that.

  • vastis1 - 2011-10-14 10:51

    Greame, wonderful game chap! NOT!

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