Australia vs S Africa
Australia win by 8 wickets
Australia beat South Africa by 8 wickets, a good performance from the Aussies who are in a great position to qualify for the semis. Watson picks up the man of the match award.
Over 17.4 AUS 147/2 (Hussey 45, White 21)
The Aussies now need 9 to win from 18 balls. Botha comes into the attack, Hussey continues his run collection. Six, White finishes things with style. Australia win against South Africa by 8 wickets.
Over 17 AUS 138/2 (Hussey 43, White 14)
Peterson comes into the attack now, Michael Hussey is the key wicket here. He is so good in these situations, just picking the singles and twos. South Africa needs wickets. A missed stumping! Hussey comes down the wicket and de Villiers missing the ball that kept really low. The next ball, Hussey comes down the wicket again and hits it for a six. White hits a one bounce four over mid on, South Africa really have not made most of their chances.
Over 16 AUS 125/2 (Hussey 35, White 9)
Botha comes in to bowl his third over. A good over from Botha, bowling some good dot balls to the new batsman. Parnell misfields on the boundary and it goes for a four, that won't make the bowler or the captain happy.
Over 15 AUS 118/2 (Hussey 33, White 4)
Dale Steyn is into the attack and Hussey pushes it through point and cover for four. A swinging full toss from Steyn and White just edges it past the slips for four, unlucky for the bowler. The Aussies need 29 from 30 balls.
Over 14 AUS 109/2 (Hussey 29, White 0)
Peterson comes back into the attack, Steyn has been held back for later. Hit straight and hit hard by Watson for a one bounce four. The field as spread out and the ball was pitched up and gets a four. Another four, Behardien sloppy on the boundary and another boundary for Watson. He has just gone after the bowling today. WICKET! Just trying to get this one over the field for a six only to find Parnell on the long on fence. Watson out for 70, another very good knock from him. White comes in to bat at number 4.
Over 13 AUS 98/1 (Hussey 28, Watson 60)
AB de Villiers tries to buy a wicket here, bringing JP Duminy into the attack. A good over from Duminy, keeping Hussey quiet and it is just 4 from the over.
Over 12 AUS 94/1 (Hussey 26, Watson 58)
Parnell to continue. Hussey pulls it nicely into the gap and gets four runs for it. When he came to the crease, he was struggling to find his timing, but there was nothing wrong with that shot. Another one, six this time just picks up Parnell very well and puts it over the leg side. Hussey joins the party, its 94 for 1.
Over 11 AUS 81/1 (Hussey 15, Watson 56)
Watson mishits one, it gets the toe end of the bat and Parnell runs in from the boundary but it was a difficult chance and dropped it. Watson survives. Hussey trying the reverse sweep, finds the fielder. A good over, no boundaries from it.
Over 10 AUS 76/1 (Hussey 14, Watson 52)
Parnell comes into the attack, de Villiers searching for a wicket. Six, Watson picks another one on to the leg side, for another big one. That six brings up his 50, he is in fine form. Hussey happy to pick up a couple of runs and rotate strike. After 10 it is 76 for 1.
Over 9 AUS 65/1 (Hussey 11, Watson 44)
Shane Watson now has most sixes, most wickets and most runs in this tournament. A good over from Botha, after being hit for runs in the last over. Duminy does well to keep that from going for a four, saved some important runs there.
Over 8 AUS 60/1 (Hussey 8, Watson 43)
Peterson comes in to do a job with the ball. A big shout for lbw against Watson, not given by the umpire. Watson plays the same shot that he did against Botha for another boundary in the same area. Hussey just pushing for a single and giving the strike to Watson. A full toss and put away in the same area for a six. Watson is in such good form that bowling a full toss to him is really asking to be hit.
Over 7 AUS 48/1 (Hussey 7, Watson 32)
Spin is introduced in the form of Johan Botha. Hussey will look to play his natural game, pushing it into the gaps and running hard between wickets. Watson will provide the acceleration. Watson pulls the fractionally short ball and hits it for four, a great shot. Ten from the over, its 48 for 1.
Over 6 AUS 38/1 (Hussey 4, Watson 26)
A good shot from Watson runs down to the boundary for four, followed by another perfect cover drive for four. Both very good shots, good timing and great balance from Watson. Takes a single to bring Hussey on strike. A good over so far, 10 from 4 balls. Morkel straying down leg and nicely put away by Watson for another boundary. It was a full toss on leg stump and Watson made the most of it. At the end of the powerplay, Australia are 38 for 1.
Over 5 AUS 22/1 (Hussey 3, Watson 12)
Kallis replaces Steyn, and Watson hits the first boundary of the innings. A good shot between point and cover. A quiet over after the boundary.
Over 4 AUS 15/1 (Hussey 2, Watson 6)
Morne Morkel to continue and a WICKET! Another great ball and Warner trying to cut loose and is bowled. First blood for South Africa. Michael Hussey comes in to bat. A wide down the leg side from Morkel. Another good over from Morkel getting the crucial wicket of Warner.
Over 3 AUS 10/0 (Warner 5, Watson 4)
Steyn continues. The fielders supporting the bowlers very well, cutting the angles and diving to stop the extra runs. A wide called as it goes over Watson's head. After 3, its 10 for no loss.
Over 2 AUS 5/0 (Warner 3, Watson 2)
Morne Morkel to open the bowling with Steyn. The bowlers have started well for South Africa, pitching it in the right areas and making the batsmen play, a slip is waiting for a catch. So after the first two overs, the Aussies are 5 for no loss.
Over 1 AUS 2/0 (Warner 1, Watson 1)
Australia need 147 to win as Watson and Warner come out to bowl. Steyn to start with the bowl. A bit of variable bounce and lots of pace from Steyn, a couple of inside edges for Warner. Just two runs from the Dale Steyn over.
Over 20 SA 146/5 (Behardien 31, Peterson 32)
The last over of the innings and can South Africa just get the score over 150? Peterson walks across his stumps and finds the gap on the leg side, handy shot for a handy four runs. Starc has been driven through the covers for another boundary, Peterson providing some much needed momentum. A dot ball, goes through Peterson. A scoop shot from Peterson for another boundary down to fine leg. A huge swing and a miss from Peterson, takes a single and brings Behardien on strike for the last ball. After 20 overs South Africa are 146 for 5.
- 30th Sep 2012
- Australia won the toss and elected to bowl.
- R. Premadasa Stadium
- H D P K Dharmasena and I J Gould
australia BATTING CARD
|Warner||b M Morkel||5|
|Watson||c Parnell b Peterson||70|
|Total||17.4 Overs||147 - 2|