Australia 147-2 after 17.4 overs
Hussey 47, White 21
White finishes it off with a flat six over the leg side. Great way to finish off a match which the Aussies hardly ever looked like giving away. They’re now through to the last four and have knocked out South Africa in the process.
Australia 138-2 after 17 overs
Hussey 43, White 14
Watson may have lost his wicket in the 14th over when Parnell caught him at long-on, but Hussey and White are in a rush to get this over with. White has already struck three fours since coming on and Hussey has powered on at the other end. But talk about Watson… what a player! His quick-fire 70 has made Australia’s run-chase very easy.
Australia 94-1 after 12 overs
Watson 58, Hussey 26
Parnell’s having a tough time out on the field. He first drops Watson at long-off and then to make matters worse, Hussey slams him for a four and a six in the 12th over. Australia are well and truly on their way to the semis.
Australia 48-1 after 7 overs
Watson 32, Hussey 7
Watson’s five boundaries have taken to Aussies close to the 50-run mark in seven overs. When he bats like this and takes wickets, one cannot help but wonder whether he’s the best T20 all-rounder ever.
WICKET! Australia 10-1 after 3.1 overs
David Warner b Morkel 5 (9b, 0×4, 0×6)
Warner isn’t used to this sort of batting. He loves scoring runs quickly and is frustrated with the tight length bowled to him. He finally attempts to make some room and swat over the off-side, but his faint edge knocks into the stumps.
AUSTRALIA COME OUT TO BAT
South Africa 146-5 after 20 overs
Peterson 32, Behardien 31
Eight fours and a huge six is what it took to get SA to a total of . Peterson and Behardien have played fantastic innings and it means that SA can come out to field with some hope. If the Aussies lose Watson and Warner early on, then there is no reason to believe that SA could spring an upset.
WICKET! South Africa 93-5 after 15 overs
AB de Villiers c Bailey b Watson 21 (24b, 0×4, 0×6)
De Villiers is gone now and SA’s two best batsmen today are back in the hut. Slower one from Watson this time and it works as good as the shorter one. De Villiers scoops it straight to extra-cover.
WICKET! South Africa 74-4 after 12 overs
JP Duminy st Wade b Doherty 30 (25b, 4×4, 0×6)
Doherty strikes again and this is turning out to be a great match for him. He beats Duminy with flight and Wade stumps him. Duminy was so far off he could have been stumped twice.
South Africa 64-3 after 10 overs
De Villers 9, JP Duminy 30
After Amla’s wicket, South Africa have scored a boundary every over apart from the 10th. Duminy has scored four runs in all parts of the field— via extra cover, mid-wicket and long leg and is steadying the ship a bit. These two need to stick around if SA are to make a match of this.
WICKET! South Africa 33-3 after 5.5 overs
Hashim Amla c Wade b Watson 17 (15b, 1×4, 1×6)
Wonder what has happened to South Africa? Their top order has miserably failed again… Watson does the trick with the unexpected short ball and Amla’s gloved it to the keeper after attempting a pull shot.
WICKET! South Africa 8-2 after 2.1 overs
Jacques Kallis c Wade b Doherty 6 (7b, 1×4, 0×6)
Doherty is on a roll! After removing Levi, he’s taken the prized wicket of Kallis. He invites the drive from the all-rounder who takes the bait, gets a faint edge and sees Wade take a good catch behind the stumps. Great bowling.
WICKET! South Africa 0-1 after 0.3 overs
Richard Levi b Doherty 0 (3b, 0×4, 0×6)
That’s the worst start one can ask for. South Africa lose Levi after just three balls as he tries to drive this one, but it has gone through everything and taken the stumps out. Levi’s poor form continues…
Remember, a loss for South Africa means their tournament is over. They’re in the same boat as India as far as that goes.
Australia have won the toss and will field first
South Africa team: Richard Levi, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, Jean-Paul Duminy, Farhaan Behardien, Wayne Parnell, Johan Botha, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel
Australia team: Shane Watson, David Warner, Mike Hussey, George Bailey, Cameron White, Glen Maxwell, Mathew Wade, Bradd Hogg, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Xavier Doherty