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Australia vs South Africa, 1st T20I : Post match report
This night at Adelaide wasn't the one for the hosts. Without in form David Warner in the playing XI, contentious inclusion of returning senior, Shane Watson, who was out due to calf and ankle injury and the absence of furious Mitchell Johnson Australian team was not the favorite at all in my opinion.Despite of this, they had comparatively better batting line up with Aaron Finch, Ben Dunk the big bash superstar of last season and the pinch hitter and savior of Australian team on many occasions,James Faulkner. Bowling department still looked weak. Bollinger, Richerdson and Cummins is not the first choice trio for anyone who loves Aussie team.
Moving on to South African side, even they were not the full strngth team today. AB de Villiers and the bowling trio of Steyn,Morne, Philander were missing out from this game, but they had pretty much a team of T20 specialists like de Kock, a keeper who can bat as well, Hendricks,McLaren who impressed me when he was playing for Mumbai Indians in IPL and later in few games for his national team, Parnell whom I do not consider a player with consistency, but a handy all rounder in the shortest format and then my favorites from this team, Miller and Duminy.
There were 5 debutantes in this match.
As the game started, Aussies looked good for first few overs.White was dropped on the 4th ball of the match, after hitting a boundary by Tahir. The young debutante pacer Rabada had a very regular start, conceding 11 of his first over. While Finch and White looked to get going, McLaren gave proteas their first breakthrough on the very first ball of his spell by getting Finch caught by Rossouw at short cover. White departed on the penultimate ball of the powerplay. Aussies could gather only 10 runs in last 2 overs of the powerplay and lost the openers. Dunk could not keep his big bash form in T20I, and made only 2(6) before getting out to the leggie Tahir. S African bowlers did not let loose the grip on the match and kept bowling economically with occasional boundaries. While Watson looked in a good touch, Duminy caught him at cover on Abbott's poor delivery. After that, Aussies couldn't make much and ended their inning on 144/6.
South African's did not have great start after the stupendous performance by their bowlers on easy to bat pitch. They lost Hendricks on 3rd ball for none. Rossouw was dropped the next over over of bollinger. Rossouw and De Kock did not take any risk afterwards and gathered 58 from the powerplay and 80 from first 10 overs, which made their target look easier. As there were only 65 runs needed from last 10 overs, these two kept on going with the same speed until Rossow got out to Cummins after making 78 off 50 balls with 7 boundaries and 3 sixes. De Kock did not last longer after this and go out 2 balls later, 4 runs short of his half century. Duminy and Miller kept it steady and completed the target in 19.0 overs.
Debutante Rossouw was awarded man of the match for his knock of 78. It was good to see him in a good touch while playing for national side, as his debut in ODIs was not impressive like this and overall, he had 5 ducks in his last 10 innings overall.
Overall, on a good batting pitch, South Africans kept their line and length, accompanied by their high fielding standards. They were dictating the match and controlling the almost fallen apart Australian side. Aussie batsmen wanted to hit every ball for a boundary which forced them chose wrong shots against disciplined bowling. Their struggle against spin bowling continued. The death bowling from S Africans deserved applauds. They restricted batsmen from hitting boundaries and almost locked Aussie batsmen to the pitch.
Comparatively Aussie bowling was all over the pitch. Except few deliveried from Bollinger in first spell, not a single bowler looked in good touch. Rossouw and De Kock ruled over them undoubtedly. The two left handers played with composed temperament. They looked for loose deliveries for boundaries, meanwhile kept rotating the strike, not letting any bowler to get into rhythm.
Scorecard : Australia vs South Africa, 1st T20I at Adelaide