Proteas Dominate in 1st T20 Adelaide

November 5, 2014

Shane Watson

by paddynapper

The atmosphere in Adelaide is electric and music is pumping loud, from the exotic dancers to the kids wearing helmets, this means only one thing T20 is back. Like a 13year old boy in class with his goggles on and different colour liquids to put into the test tube. This is an experiment!

Both sides have opted to go with youth with the World Cup around the corner; the big stars will be avoiding burn out by putting their feet up. This is also an opportunity for the younger guys to stake their claim to a spot in the team.

Australia won the toss and Aaron Finch decided to have a bat on what looked like an absolute belter of a wicket at the Adelaide oval.

The innings got off to a good start with Aaron Finch (14) and Cameron White taking advantage of the power play. The captain was the first to go chipping Ryan McLaren first delivery to extra cover. The bowlers pegged it back beautifully, collecting a further 3 wickets in the space of 3 overs. White (24), Dunk (2) and Reardon (4) were the batsmen who fell.

This brought about Australia’s only real partnership between Shane Watson (who is returning to the side from injury) and James Faulkner who both came up just short of a half century. Just when Australia looked like they were going to have a big bash for the last 3 overs Watson was caught on the boundary for 47. This was off the bowling of Kyle Abbot who returned the best figures of the innings with 3-21.

It was a huge blow for Australia as the South African depth bowlers were sensational and didn’t concede a boundary off their last 23 deliveries. This left Australia on 144-6 off their 20overs. Listening to the players and pitch reports this was seen to be at least 20 runs below par.

Australia started brightly with the ball picking up a wicket with the third ball of the South African innings. Hendricks who is on debut was caught behind by Dunk off Bollinger. After that though South Africa really put their foot down and dominated the remainder of the game. Quinton de Kock (46) & Rilee Roussouw (78) showed Australia just how flat the wicket really was.

Both gave there wickets away so close to the finish line with 16 needed to win from 28 balls. This brought the captain JP Duminy (6*) & David Miller (9*) to the crease to finish things off. Both batters went about it in their own time. Best figures for the Aussies belong to Pat Cummins who ended up with figures of 1-21.

Rilee Rossouw won the match off the match for his 78 of 50 balls. Great start to the series for this young fella.
Today’s game was a case of Australia’s batters against the South African bowlers and I have to say the South African attack came out on top here. Kyle Abbot was sensational, his ability to hit the Yorker length was exceptional and Australia really struggled to get him away. He is defiantly one to watch out for leading up to the World cup.

Rilee Rossouw won the match off the match for his 78 of 50 balls. Great start to the series for this young fella.

Australia will have to get a more solid base up top with Aaron Finch being a big part of this; they will need him if they are too post anything worth shouting about.

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