Australia opts to bat in 1st T20 in South Africa


TV listings: India: Ten Cricket and Ten HD, Australia: Fox Sports 1, South Africa: SuperSport 2 and CSN, UK: Sky Sports 3 and Sky Sports HD 3, US: Willow TV. The second T20I of the three-match series is set to be played on Sunday March 6 in Johannesburg.

Aaron Finch returned with a bang in Durban, powering Australia to 157-9 in their Twenty20 clash with South Africa. South Africa insisted Steyn was fit to play but the chose to bench to him to give the attack that has performed well for them over the last few months another chance and they did not disappoint.
“When we go back, our last three games against India we struggled to get wickets at all, let alone at the top of the innings”.
Finch had smashed four sixes on his way to 40, but the risky Australia batter picked out Kagiso Rabada on the boundary from a Tahir full toss with the first ball of the right armer’s spell. This series will be a curtain raiser for these two sides, ahead of the upcoming ICC World Twenty20 starting from March 8 in India.
“It’s no secret that teams are targeting us with spin and rightfully so”, admitted Finch after the day’s play.
“The fact that our first three series in the Women’s Championship were on the subcontinent has helped us a lot in terms of getting players used to those kinds of conditions and pitches”.
“Imran took 3-21 and was all over us”.
“We’re probably going to give everybody two games out of three matches so we can have a look at them and give them some game time in the middle”. Shane Watson, who suffered an abdominal injury during the inaugural Pakistan Super League, is expected to make his comeback for this game.
South Africa have never managed to hold aloft the World Twenty20 trophy, but Tahir thinks that may be about to change this year. Now, they need to find the consistency they have lacked in this format, which Maxwell said is because of the irregularity with which they play it. Will he take it easy? Dale Steyn did not return for this fixture as many expected.
T20Is involve quite a bit of luck, but fortune also tends to favour the courageous.
It has reached the stage where South Africa want to time to speed up.
Most of their batsmen, perhaps JP Duminy and David Miller excluded, are comfortable against turn and some of them – AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla – can dominate it.