SA v Aus reduced to 29 overs

2011-10-19 20:36

Centurion - The first one-day international between South Africa and Australia was reduced to 29 overs a side when rain interrupted play for five-and-a-half hours at SuperSport Park on Wednesday.

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After losing the toss and being put in to bat, the Australians were 96/1 after 19 overs when the covers came on just before 4pm.

Opener Ricky Ponting and captain Michael Clarke were at the crease and had shared a second wicket partnership of 75 off 99 balls.

Dale Steyn took the only wicket to fall in the first period of play, when David Warner (20) got an inside edge onto his leg stump.

Steyn's opening spell was expensive but Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Jacques Kallis and Morne Morkel pinned the batsmen back and the Aussies struggled to score runs for a while.

Ponting was lucky to escape an inside edge which went just wide of wicketkeeper Mark Boucher and also survived several appeals. Amla chose not to use the Decision Review System (DRS) for an lbw and a caught-behind appeal.

Ponting resumed on 40 and Clarke 29 when play started at 20:30.