Aussies win in Cape Town

October 14, 2011
by Paddy Briggs

Newlands

Australia beat South Africa in a Twenty20 international at Newlands in Cape Town last night.

It was an encouraging start for Australia in their opening match of what is a short tour.

Chasing 146 in 20 overs Australia won the game with three balls to spare, with five wickets in hand.

South Africa were largely thankful to JP Duminy in helping them to a competitive total of 146. Duminy came to the crease with South Africa in trouble at 10-2. He re-built the innings and played some big shots towards the close, as he made 67 from just 53 balls. The innings included three towering sixes.

Debutant Patrick Cummins from New South Wales was the pick of the bowlers for the tourists as he collected three wickets.

When the in-form David Warner was run-out without scoring South Africa would have been confident of victory, but a second wicket stand of 82 from Shane Watson (52) and Shaun Marsh (25) help put Australia into the box seat.

Despite a slight collapse Australia won the game with some ease when Steve Smith clipped the winning runs to the leg side boundary in the final over.

The second of the two match Twenty20 international series takes place on Sunday, and the home side will be desperate to bounce back to level the series.

Chris Murtagh 14/10/2011

2 Comments to “Aussies win in Cape Town”

  1. Donald Redfearn
    October 14th, 2011 @ 9:02 am

    Like the look of Cummins- tall and good pace- new Mcgrath?

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  2. RachelMck
    October 16th, 2011 @ 6:06 pm

    Got their own back today though…

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