As it happened: SA v Oz - 3rd T20

2014-03-14 17:15

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RESULT: Australia won by six wickets and win the series 2-0.

21:08 - PICTURE

Mitchell Starc (2 for 16) received the man-of-the-match award... (AFP)

21:00 - SUMMARY

Lots to ponder for South Africa ahead of the ICC World T20 in Bangladesh!

The bowling up front is an issue, especially with Lonwabo Tsotsobe opening. He was again highly ineffective tonight.

Dale Steyn and Morné Morkel will no doubt strengthen the line-up but won’t be as effective in subcontinent conditions.

Leg-spinner Imran Tahir (2 for 21) was the only positive out of this game from a bowling point of view and he’ll be vital to South Africa’s cause in the World T20.

Partnerships among the batsmen is also a big concern and Hashim Amla looks out of sorts in this format.

However, the Proteas do have some big hitters in Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, David Miller and Albie Morkel. This quartet will be key during the event…

South Africa's first match is against Sri Lanka in Chittagong on Saturday, March 22.

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Man-of-the-match: Mitchell Starc (2-16 in four overs)

Man-of-the-series: Quinton de Kock (82 runs)

20:52 - PICTURE

Shane Watson punishes South Africa... (AFP)

20:50 - TWEET

Quite some defeat for South Africa. Lost by six wickets with five overs to spare. Lots to think about ahead of #wt202014. #cricket - Firdose Moonda

20:46 - OVERS 15: A quick two runs off the final Duminy delivery sees the Aussies home in no time...

20:44 - Another SIX, this time by Hodge, as Amla drops it right on the boundary edge. He didn't time his jump correctly there... 

20:44 - Duminy is back on and is immediately smacked for SIX by Bailey. 10 runs to win..

20:43 - Tahir finishes with 2 for 21 in his 4 overs. Impressive!

20:42 - OVERS 14. Australia 112/4.

20:40 - Brad Hodge, Wednesday's man-of-the-match, is next in.

20:39 - WICKET! Tahir, back in the attack, strikes! He has Watson caught by Du Plessis at mid-off after a complete mis-hit. 

Australia 107/4 after 13.1 overs.

20:38 - OVERS 13: Australia 107/3. Lucky wicket for Hendricks but he'll feel much better after that over.

20:37 - Hendricks wasn't even appealing for that and replays showed it missed the stumps (down leg) but was given out. Hendricks' first international wicket though...

20:35 - WICKET! Maxwell (17) is out lbw off the bowling of Hendricks. Australia 105/3 after 12.4 overs.

20:33 - Hendricks now replaces Tahir. Why? Tahir has bowled three overs, 1 for 17... Hendricks 0 for 17 in two...sigh

No use sparing Tahir for the end as the game will be over by then...

Maybe Faf feels the game is lost and he just wants to see how Hendricks goes...

20:32 - OVERS 12: Australia 103/2.

18 off that last Morkel over!

20:31 - Maxwell cuts a short and wide Morkel ball for four to bring up Australia's 100, off 11.5 overs.

20:30 - And... another SIX by Watson. This time straight behind bowler Morkel.

20:29  - SA's seamers are just not bowling the correct length here tonight!

20:28 - Albie Morkel is back on only to be smacked onto the embankment by Watson.

20:27 - OVERS 11: Australia 85/2.

10 off that last Tahir over.

20:26 - Powerful sweep by Maxwell sees him hit Tahir to the boundary and relieve more pressure...

20:24 - OVERS 10: Australia 75/2. They require 54 to win off 60 balls

At this stage, South Africa were 59/3.

20:23 - The Aussies have slowed down considerably now...But the required rate is still below a run a ball...

20:22 - Parnell appeals for a caught behind, but it's called a wide down leg side...

20:20 - Parnell now back on, replacing Morkel.

20:19 - OVERS 9: Australia 69/2. Tahir making things happen here. He has shown how valuable he'll be in Bangladesh during the World T20.

20:17 - Glenn Maxwell is the next man in.

20:15 - WICKET! Danger-man Finch is out for 39. Caught in the deep by Miller off Tahir. Australia 67/2 off 8.1 overs.

20:14 - OVERS 8: Australia 67/1.

They require 62 to win off 72 balls. Should canter home...

20:12 - DID YOU KNOW?

Aaron Finch's strike rate in T20 international cricket is a whopping 170!

20:11 - Albie Morkel is now on to bowl.

20:10 - PICTURE

ON FIRE... Aaron Finch (AFP)

20:10 - OVERS 7: Australia 59/1. Only four runs off Tahir's first over. He'll be valuable in the World T20 in Bangladesh. The conditions will suit him... as was the case for the 2011 World Cup in India.

20:08- Imran Tahir into the attack now.

20:07 - OVERS 6: Australia 55/1.

20:06 - Watson drives to Tsotsobe at short mid-on. It bounces short of him. No ways he was going to catch that. At least he stopped it....

20:05 - TWEET

Fortunately none of us will remember this T20 series in a year's time - Simon Borchardt

20:05 - 50 up for Australia after 5.3 overs.

20:04 - Hendricks now back on for a another try...

20:03 - OVERS 5: Australia 47/1. Finch not slowing down. Drives Parnell for four immediately after the wicket fell.

20:02 - Shane Watson is next in.

20:01 - WICKET! White (14) is caught at third man by Tahir off the bowling of Parnell. Australia 43/4 after 4.5 overs.

It was a short ball which he tried to glide for six, but didn't quite pan out that way...

19:59 - Finch on fire. He pulls another short delivery to the boundary...That went like a tracer bullet!

19:57 - Wayne Parnell is on to replace Hendricks.

19:57 - OVERS 4: Australia 38/0.

At this stage in their innings, South Africa were 22/2.

19:54 - Tsotsobe continues to bowl too wide and is cut to the boundary by Finch.

19:52 - OVERS 3: Australia 27/0. Good last ball by Hendricks who cuts White in half, but it missed the edge despite 'keeper De Kock appealing...

19:51 - Boundaries coming thick and fast. Hendricks bowling too short and wide.

19:50 - Finch is on fire here. Already three boundaries...

19:49 - Beuran Hendricks now replaces Duminy. Safe to say that experiment didn't pay off...

19:48 - OVERS 2: Australia 18/0. A better start by Tsotsobe, but still not good enough...

19:44 - Lonwabo Tsotsobe to bowl the second over. Lets hope he doesn't start like he did in Durban on Wednesday when he went for 21...

19:43 - OVERS 1: Australia 10/0. Back-to-back fours from Finch to end the first over.

19:42 - Finch gets a top edge off the second ball, but it lands in no-man's land behind 'keeper De Kock...

19:40 - Off-spinner JP Duminy will open the bowling!

Aaron Finch and Cameron White are at the crease...

19:39 - Welcome back for the second innings...

19:35 - PICTURE

You don't want to get clamped #SAvAUS - CA Digital Media

19:29 - OVERS 20: SA 128/7.

Not the best total but not as bad as it seems.

The pitch is slow and if South Africa's spinners (Tahir and Duminy) can bowl well, then they'll have a chance...

19:29 - Great fielding by Aaron Finch prevents a Parnell boundary off the last ball. Last partnership 25 off 22 balls...

19:26 - Hendricks dances down the track and hits a SIX on the leg side! At least the Proteas have more than a run a ball now...

19:26 - Coulter-Nile to bowl the final over.

19:25 - OVERS 19: SA 116/7.

19:24 - TWEET

What's happening in Pretoria bigger crowd at Cricket than at the Bulls matches lol ? - Rob Louw

19:21 - OVERS 18: SA 110/7.

19:19 - TWEET

Beer an' Hendricks is probably an accredited cocktail. Does any other international cricketer have such a perfectly boozy name? #savaus - Test Match Sofa

19:16 - OVERS 17: SA 104/7. I guess 140 is out the reckoning now?

19:16 - Beuran Hendricks is next in.

19:14 - WICKET! Next ball, Morkel is clean bowled by Starc for 18. 

SA 103/7  after 16.3 overs.

19:14 - Another SIX from Morkel to bring up the 100!

19:12 - OVERS 16: SA 97/6.

If they can get to about 140 it would be a competitive total. Morkel key now as Mitchell Starc comes back on to bowl. That means 43 off the last 24 balls...

19:11 - Morkel opens his arms and smacks a slower ball from Watson over midwicket into the crowd...

19:10 - TWEET

Proteas fans, worry not. This is just a trick to ensure expectations are subterranean ahead of the WT20, and then Boom! Success! Maybe? - Cricket365

19:08 - Shane Watson is now into the attack.

19:08 - OVERS 15: SA 86/6.

19:07 - Parnell plays arguably the best shot of the innings. Drives Henriques straight down the ground for four...

19:04 - OVERS 14: SA 81/6.

Hogg finished with four overs, two for 31.

Wayne Parnell is the next batsman in.

19:02 - WICKET! De Kock (41) moves back and edges a Hogg delivery which turned sharply. Good catch by 'keeper Haddin. 

SA 81/6 after 13.5 overs. Not really what I ordered from De Kock...

19:02 - At the current rate, the Proteas will finish on 118. Eight an over takes them to 133, with ten an over helping them to 147.

18:59 - De Kock must now play the senior role and look to bat through. This is clearly a pitch where you need time to get in on, so he must slightly curb his natural instincts and make sure he stays there until the end...

18:58 - OVERS 13: SA 77/5

18:57 - Home-town hero Albie Morkel is next in.

18:57 - PICTURE

Moises Henriques celebrates... (AFP)

18:56 - WICKET! Miller is caught in the covers by Bailey off the bowling Henriques for 2. Slower ball fooled him...

SA 75/5 after 12.4 overs. 

18:54  - This pitch is very two-paced. 140 may be a very good score...

18:54 - Henriques back on.

18:53 - OVERS 12: SA 72/4.

Maxwell finishes his four overs. Two wickets for only 19 runs!

18:49 - OVERS 11: SA 68/4.

Big caught behind appeal off Miller's first ball by 'keeper Haddin. Given not out and rightly so. No edge there!

Haddin clearly tried to fool the umpire! Bowler Hogg played along... but good work by umpire Shaun George!

18:49 - Danger-man David Miller is next in.

18:48 - WICKET! De Villiers is caught on the boundary by Brad Hodge off the bowling Hogg for 11.

SA 68/4 off 10.4 overs.

18:46 - De Kock, cutting a bit of a frustrated figure, moves down the pitch and smacks Hogg over long-on for SIX! Single off the next ball!

18:45 - The Proteas must look to get between 90 and 100 off the last 10 overs to post a good total.

18:44 - OVERS 10: SA 59/3. 

5.9 per over is not going to cut it! Only 3 off the last over as Hogg continues...

18:42 - TWEET

AB de Villiers just hit a ball for six by accident - Peter Miller

18:42 - Coulter-Nile back on...

18:41 - OVERS 9: SA 56/3.

18:39 - De Villiers pulls Hogg over midwicket for SIX to bring up South Africa's HALF-CENTURY!

He slightly mis-timed it but it still went way over the ropes! It even made a horrible sound off the bat!

18:36 - OVERS 8: SA 46/3.

18:36 - Off-spin clearly working here tonight. Expect Duminy to bowl a few later...

18:35 - AB de Villiers is next in.

18:34 - WICKET! Duminy is caught at deep cover (Henriques) off the bowling of Maxwell for 13. SA 44/3 after 7.3 overs.

18:32 - OVERS 7: SA 43/2.

18:32 - De Kock next opts to sweep and finds the boundary!

18:31 - De Kock looking to take Hogg on, but is struggling. Ball skidding through nicely...

18:29 - Another spinner now in - 43-year-old Brad Hogg.

He is one of the few left-arm chinaman bowlers around in world cricket...

18:28 - OVERS 6: SA 34/2. Off-spinner Maxwell doing a tidy job so far.

18:26 - This game is Duminy's 50th T20 international! He looks the part so far...

18:25 - OVERS 5: SA 28/2.

18:23 - Moises Henriques is the new bowler on.

18:22 - OVERS 4: SA 22/2.

18:21 - Probably a good call as Duminy (short of batting practice) needs more time to get himself in. De Villiers and David Miller can get away much faster...

Although Pat Symcox begs to differ. He tweets:

What a poor tactical decision to send another left-hander in at 4 with an offie bowling instead of AB!

18:20 - JP Duminy is next in. Interesting move as Du Plessis said at the toss that AB de Villiers would bat at No 4...

18:19 - WICKET! Du Plessis is caught at mid-off by Brad Hogg for 5. He just chipped it straight into his hands.

SA 20/2 after 4.3 overs.

18:17 - Off-spinner Glenn Mawell is now in. Interesting early move.

18:16 - OVERS 3: SA 16/1.

18:16 - SA skipper Faf du Plessis s next in.

18:15 - Not sure # likes T20 cricket that much. South Africa will be worried about his form ahead of the World T20 in Bangladesh though...

18:13 - WICKET! Amla plumb lbw off the bowling of Starc for 2.

SA 15.1 after 2.3 overs.

18:13 - ATTENTION!

If you're a fan following at the ground. Be awake. If you catch a SIX you'll win yourself R3000!

18:11 - Slight delay as more sawdust is brought on the field...

18:11 - De Kock clearly fine after that blow in the first over.

18:10 - OVERS 2: SA 13/0. 13 off that second over...

18:09 - PICTURE

Packed house in Centurion #SAvAUS - CA Digital Media

18:08 - He follows that up with a SIX over midwicket...!

18:07 - De Kock hits the first boundary after stepping down the pitch and hitting it past the left of mid-on...

18:05 - Nathan Coulter-Nile to bowl the second over. Amla immediately off the mark to get SA's innings going...

18:05 - Suddenly only 19 overs to get the runs in...

18:02 - MAIDEN OVER to start with!

Ouch, De Kock is struck on the collar bone off the last ball... He receives attention but will bat on...

A nasty bouncer that from Starc!

18:01 - A bit of early movement from Starc. No runs after the first three balls...

17:58 - Mitchell Starc opens the bowling. He bowls to De Kock. Two slips in place. Lets hope for a full game...

17:57 - Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla will open the batting.

17:54 - PICTURE

Sawdust due to the amount of rain in the area in the last while... - CA Digital Media

17:52 - Before play starts, the teams will come out for the national anthems...

17:51 - The Proteas will be mightily relieved that danger-man Warner has been rested today!

17:45 - TEAM NEWS

South Africa:

AB de Villiers and Imran Tahir are back for the Proteas, while Farhaan Behardien and Kyle Abbott sit out.


David Warner is rested for Cameron White, while Moises Henriques replaces Dan Christian.

17:36 - PICTURE

Pitch has been rolled to death, but there's moisture... It'll seam, take some spin - and be slow! 140 could be good - Neil Manthorp


Australian captain George Bailey has won the toss and elected to bowl first.

17:30 - A gloomy day but no rain so far!

17:29 - PICTURE

Almost show time here at centurion!! - Herschelle Gibbs

17:19 - PICTURE

Stay away rain! C'mon the boys! - Chris Morris


With wet weather dominating the build-up, the pitch would have had to have been prepared under a tent and ever-present moisture could mean a tricky batting track.

South Africa's Highveld has been hard hit by rain over the last two weeks, but Friday is forecast to stay dry, despite being cool and cloudy. There's a good chance a full game will be played which will ensure the South African international summer ends on a high note.


South Africa and Australia have played three two-match T20 series (which is effectively what this one has become) against each other in the past. They've each won one series with the most recent one, in 2011, being shared with one victory apiece.

SuperSport Park is the venue where the record for the highest first-wicket partnership in any T20 was achieved. Graeme Smith and Loots Bosman smashed 170 against England in November 2009 and managed that off just 13.1 overs

  • 14:56 - QUOTES

    "There's always a lesson no matter how many overs you play. Australia won the game and deserved to do so, but I wasn't too disappointed about the way we played." - South Africa's coach Russell Domingo was pleased his players got some game time in Durban ahead of the World T20

    "Anytime when you get to put yourself under pressure, it's good. I'm just here to complement those guys up the top and use my experience."- Brad Hodge enjoyed being at the business end of the seven-over shootout in Durban.


    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 - Australia won by 5 wickets
    March 14, Third T20, Centurion - 18:00


    South Africa:

    Q de Kock (wicketkeeper), H Amla, F du Plessis (captain), AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, D Miller, A Morkel, W Parnell,B Hendricks, L Tsotsobe, I Tahir


    S Watson, A Finch, C White, G Maxwell, G Bailey (captain), B Hodge, B Haddin (wicketkeeper), M Henriques, M Starc, N Coulter-Nile, B Hogg


    Umpires -
    Johan Cloete (South Africa) and Shaun George (South Africa)
    TV umpire - Adrian Holdstock (South Africa)
    Match referee -
    Chris Broad (England)
    Reserve umpire -
    Karl Hurter (South Africa)

    Welcome to Sport24's LIVE scoring and interactive commentary on the third T20 between South Africa and Australia from Centurion Park in Pretoria!


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        Gaby Hide - 2014-03-14 19:06

        It turns out that this is the answer to life, the universe & everything.

    • Luke Nickola - 2014-03-14 15:51

      If Duminy gets two wickets in one over again please give the other bowlers (and Australia) a chance - it's not fair to let him demoralise the opponents!!

    • Kgosi Samuel Mogosetso - 2014-03-14 17:49


    • Theuns Jacobs - 2014-03-14 17:53

      I can not believe that useless quota tsotobe is still in the side. I will concede the most runs again! But then again even the coach is a quota, so what can we expect?

    • Jackie Moon - 2014-03-14 18:17

      Methinks there'll be less & less seen of Amla in this format

    • Jackie Moon - 2014-03-14 18:20

      Pure charity from Faf

    • James Mbuthia - 2014-03-14 18:21

      why was amla starting after his performance on wednesday? he's not suited for 20s

        Nazeera Valli - 2014-03-14 19:07

        I agree ... However if he held his nerve and put away the bad ball , rotated the strike well, he could play a holding role...

    • Jackie Moon - 2014-03-14 18:35


    • Jackie Moon - 2014-03-14 18:49

      Fielding practice X 3

    • Jackie Moon - 2014-03-14 18:56

      Fielding practice X 4

    • Nazeera Valli - 2014-03-14 19:04

      Can someone please explain to me tsotsobes inclusion in the team after the drubbing of his first over in the last T20.... Where is abott .. Also , amla should concentrate on doing a holding job on one end to take the pressure off de kock ... Despite being the best test team , I don't think CSA has any desire to see the proteas rise above all in limited overs cricket ...

    • Charless Schmidt - 2014-03-14 19:07

      Please get a coach. Not just a new coach. Everything fell appart whrn this fool took over

    • Riaz Shaik - 2014-03-14 19:08

      These guys played better when it was just 7 overs man , they made 80 runs in 7 overs now they did 14 overs with 82 runs... Wtf

    • Piet Genade - 2014-03-14 19:24

      Ag shame, this is pathetic man. Aussies will get this with five overs left. We have bowlers like sopbeen and takhaar. LOL

    • Piet Genade - 2014-03-14 19:34

      I hope sopbeen bowls his four overs up front so we can have an early night. No need to drag out the inevitable.

    • Riaz Shaik - 2014-03-14 19:37

      South Africa should give up, Australia gonna crack them , this will be one quick game ...child's play for the Aussies

    • MMinakgomo Samuel - 2014-03-14 20:12

      This team Australia is too big for our boys.

    • Peter Nxumalo Mathye - 2014-03-14 20:14

      Australia plays like they have nothing lose.

    • Peter Nxumalo Mathye - 2014-03-14 20:14

      Australia plays like they have nothing lose.

    • Naadira Suffla - 2014-03-14 20:31

      I put it to You that Warner tampered with the ball..

    • Tian Nel - 2014-03-14 20:47

      i predicted south african cricket to fall in a downward spiral this is just the beginning

    • Hero-Gorha Madikizela - 2014-03-14 20:48

      15 overs, match done! Well that was quick...

    • Piet Genade - 2014-03-14 20:51


    • Sthembiso Mathera Zulu - 2014-03-14 20:54

      Another loss by our proteas way to go chokers. Nx!

    • sige.gorabeb - 2014-03-14 20:59

      The management of the T20 team must start thinking on their feet or else.......playing a little with eg the batting order; play the game of the match so to say.

    • Abdul Cassiem - 2014-03-14 20:59

      Got moered by t NZ this mornin nw t Ausies hoe t Moer kan n men's op hou rook of drink met sulka k&k

    • Abdul Cassiem - 2014-03-14 21:00

      Got moered by t NZ this mornin nw t Ausies hoe t Moer kan n men's op hou rook of drink met sulka k&k

    • craig.padwick - 2014-03-15 06:35

      Sa cricket a joke stupid squad choice and even worse decisions

    • Hari Prasad - 2014-03-15 09:32

      In future we might see devielliers batting at no.9 for proteas. With this batting order and bowling lineup,we will get crashed out even in the first stage of the world t20

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