Warner gets off the mark with a risky single off the 2nd ball. Finch doesn’t get off to the best of starts and breathes a sigh of relief as a thick leading edge drops short of an onrushing Rabada. He then plays and misses on the 4th ball. Rabada looks to force the issue but sends the next ball wide down leg. He then wraps up the over without giving away any other runs.
Australia 2/0 after the first over.
Kagiso Rabada, fresh from his exploits with the bat is now ready with ball in hand.
David Warner and Aaron Finch walk out to open the innings for the Australians.
Glenn Maxwell – Everything went according to plan. Started well in the powerplay, took wickets and kept them under pressure in the middle. Started back in 2012 as an all-rounder, nice to start doing well and contribute with the ball. I have put a lot work with the new ball having had to bowl to right-handers in the powerplay. No, it just got caught in front of my eyes, no hairdresser here, so I made it into a bob. I think the pitch is okay, a bit slower, hopefully, the ball will come on nicely. Think the score is a bit below par, but they have got a strong bowling attack and we’ll need to do well to chase it down.
Brilliant performance from the Aussie bowling attack as they never let the South Africans settle, chipping away with wickets at regular intervals and rarely sending down any loose deliveries. It should be an easy ask for the Australian batters but not if Rabada, Shamsi and co. have something to say about it.
Starc starts with a yorker which Rabada digs out for 2 runs. The South African then shows great timing lifting the full-toss delivery straight down the ground for SIX! Starc responds with a searing yorker which Rabada squeezes out for a run. WICKET! Starc picks up his second of the day as Nortje is beaten for pace with Finch taking an easy catch. Tabraiz Shamsi walks out to bat and steals a bye on the 5th delivery. Starc nails the yorker on the final delivery again but Rabada digs it out to long-on for 2. 12 runs and a wicket off the final over.
South Africa 118/9 after 20 overs.
WICKET! Nortje looks to flick a full delivery but is beaten for pace as a thick leading edge carries to Finch who takes an easy catch.
Nortje c Finch b Starc 2 (3)
SIX! Full toss from Starc and Rabada hits it high and straight down the ground one-handed for a maximum.
Cummins returns for his final over and does a tidy job giving away just 5 runs. Rabada goes for a big shot on the 2nd ball which is a full toss but he doesn’t get the distance as it lands safely at long-on for 2 runs. How much can the Proteas milk from the final over now?
South Africa 106/8 after 19 overs.
Australia have been absolutely lethal today as Mitchell Starc returns to the attack and strikes immediately. He gets rid of the settled Markram who flicks the 1st ball to Maxwell. Anrich Nortje walks out to bat and Starc only gives away 3 runs off the next 5 balls. Proteas get past the 100-run mark to register one positive from an otherwise dismal afternoon.
South Africa 101/8 after 18 overs.
WICKET! Starc returns to get rid of the dangerman. Markram goes for the flick but finds Maxwell at deep mid-wicket who takes a sharp catch. It was a good fighting innings from Markram but Australia well on top here.
Markram c Maxwell b Starc 40 (36)
Expensive final over by Josh Hazlewood who hasn’t put a foot wrong until this point. Miller pulls him for SIX off the 1st delivery and Rabada spanks the 4th ball with disdain for FOUR. Hazlewood responds with back-to-back dot balls to finish his spell. He signs off with figures of 4-1-19-2 to his name.
South Africa 98/7 after 17 overs.
FOUR! Now Rabada gets into the act as he slaps a good length delivery powerfully through long-off.
SIX! Short from Hazlewood and Markram frees his arms sending it flying over deep mid-wicket.
Zampa bowls out with a tidy over giving away just three singles. He finishes with impressive figures of 4-0-21-2. Markram has to get going now at some point with just four overs to go. South Africa struggling to get to the three-figure mark at the moment.
South Africa 86/7 after 16 overs.
What was Maharaj thinking? The new batter was eager to get off his mark but pays the price as Wade once again shows good athleticism to whip off the bails after collecting Maxwell’s throw away from the stumps. Kagiso Rabada is the next man in and Pat Cummins gives away just one run in the over.
South Africa 83/7 after 15 overs.
RUN OUT! South Africa look to steal a single on an overthrow but Maxwell sends it to the striker’s end and Maharaj is caught in no-man’s land as Wade collects and throws himself at the stumps!
Maharaj run out (Wade) 0 (2)
Adam Zampa returns to the attack. Markram gets a single off the 1st ball. Miller pushes the 2nd through cover and it just evades a diving Mitch Marsh for 2 runs. GONE! Miller misses with the sweep completely and even goes for the review which South Africa lose along with yet another batsman. The wrong-un getting the better of Miller on that occasion. Dwayne Pretorius walks out to bat and gets off the mark with a single. Markram rotates strike with a run. CAUGHT! Thick edge and Wade does really well to take a sharp catch and send Pretorius packing. 5 runs and 2 wickets from the over.
South Africa 82/6 after 14 overs.
TAKEN! Pretorius doesn’t stay out in a middle for long as he looks to cut but gets a thick edge which Wade does well to collect. Zampa really turning the screws on the South Africans now.
Pretorius c Wade b Zampa 1 (2)
WICKET! Proteas in real danger now as Miller goes for the sweep but misses completely with Zampa trapping him plumb. Miller also uses up a review in challenging that decision.
Miller LBW Zampa 16 (17)
Josh Hazlewood comes back into the attack. Miller taps the 1st ball softly and they set off for a risky single. Wade does brilliantly to take off his glove, grab the ball and hit the wickets in a flash at the non-striker’s end but Miller makes it in time. Good over by Hazzlewood as just 6 runs come off it.
South Africa 77/4 after 13 overs.
Maxwell restricts the batters to singles off the first two. The 3rd delivery stays low but Markram gets a lucky leading edge to deflect it away to safety. They grab singles off the next two balls before Markram ends the over with a powerful cut for FOUR. 8 off the over.
South Africa 71/4 after 12 overs.
FOUR! Markram clears his front foot and slices the last delivery from Maxwell powerfully through point.
Adam Zampa returns to the attack. Miller flicks the 2nd ball through mid-wicket for 2 runs. There are should of ‘Catch It’ on the next ball but Miller had squeezed it into the wicket and Zampa only deflects it away for a single. Markram cuts the 4th ball for a run and Zampa ends the over with two dot balls.
South Africa 63/4 after 11 overs
Maxwell back into the attack for his 3rd over. Miller works the 2nd ball to long-on for 2 runs. Maxwell keeps a tight line giving away just 3 off the last 4 balls. The Proteas aren’t where they wanted to be at the halfway mark and it’s quite a task for Markram and Miller to drag their team back into this.
South Africa 59/4 after 10 overs.
Mitchell Starc returns to the attack now as David Miller walks out to bat. Markram takes a couple off the 2nd ball and then drives the 3rd ball through cover brilliantly for FOUR. Both batters take singles off the next two balls. 8 runs come off the over.
South Africa 54/4 after 9 overs.
FOUR! Starc pitches it full outside off and Markram does well to sense the opportunity and dispatch it through cover.
Markram rotates strike with a single off the first ball against Cummins. Klaasen drives the 2nd ball beautifully for FOUR through cover. He flicks the next ball to the on-side for a single. Markram drives to long-on on the 4th ball for a run. WICKET! Klaasen just looking to work the ball to the on-side but gets a thick leading edge and Smith does well to take a diving catch at backward point. Proteas really in a spot of bother here.
South Africa 46/4 after 8 overs
WICKET! Brilliant take by Smith as Klaasen gets a thick leading edge which Smith dives forward to gobble up at backward point. The Aussies have Proteas on the ropes here.
Klaasen c Smith b Cummins 13 (13)
FOUR! Overpitched from Cummins and Klaasen drives past cover to the boundary.Internet Explorer Channel Network