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Australia won by 52 runs.

Australia vs S Africa

Warner stuns South Africa

Rookie opener smashes quickfire 89 in 52-run Australia win

Warner: scored the second fastest Twenty20 international half-century

Warner: scored the second fastest Twenty20 international half-century

First Twenty20 International
Australia 182-9 (D A Warner 89) v South Africa 130 (J P Duminy 78)
Australia beat South Africa by 52 runs

David Warner marked his international debut with 89 off 43 balls to set up a 52-run win for Australia in the Twenty20 international against South Africa.

The hosts piled up 182-9 after Warner, who has yet to play a first-class game, smashed seven fours and six sixes at the top of the order, his first 50 runs having come from just 19 deliveries.

He dominated stands of 38 off 20 balls with Shaun Marsh (nine) and 59 off 37 with Ricky Ponting (21) for the first two wickets as the hosts laid the platform for a big total at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

David Hussey joined the carefree 22-year-old in a 43-run alliance for the third wicket before Makhaya Ntini struck with consecutive deliveries in the 14th over to peg back Australia to 140-4.

Hussey (19) holed out to cover after backing away and Warner hit a skier to AB de Villiers at deep midwicket to miss out on a century.

Australia's middle and lower order sacrificied themselves in the pursuit of quick runs in the last five overs to get the final score up to 182-9. Dale Steyn (3-38) collected the last three wickets to fall.


South Africa's run chase never recovered from the loss of Herschelle Gibbs, De Villiers and Jacques Kallis inside the first three overs.

Gibbs (0) was given out lbw to the third delivery of the innings from Nathan Bracken (2-18), although it was a poor decision as the ball pitched outside leg.

Shaun Tait (2-36), making his international return after more than a year, produced a rapid new ball spell to account for De Villiers (0), who demolished his own stumps after suffering a painful blow to the hip bone.

And Ben Hilfenhaus (2-15), brought on immediately to replace Bracken, cleaned bowled Kallis (four) to leave the Proteas at 12-3.

Jean-Paul Duminy continued his fine form from the Test series with a well-crafted 78 from 48 balls, but was given little support as the tourists crashed to 130 all out in 18 overs.

Match Details

11th Jan 2009 - 30th Dec 2008
B N J Oxenford and R J Tucker


Batsman R
Gibbs lbw b Bracken 0
Kallis b Hilfenhaus 4
de Villiers hit wicket 0
Duminy lbw b Hussey 78
van Jaarsveld c White b Hopes 12
Boucher c Hussey b Hussey 5
Morkel c White b Bracken 12
Botha not out 5
Steyn c Bracken b Hussey 1
Ntini b Hilfenhaus 0
Tsotsobe b Tait 1
Extras 7w, 5lb 12
Total 18.0 Overs 130
Full Batting Card

australia BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Bracken 3 0 18 2
Tait 4 0 36 2
Hilfenhaus 3 0 15 2
Hopes 4 0 31 1
Hussey 4 0 25 3
Full Bowling Card