Proteas stumped by Warner show

2009-01-11 00:00

A RESURGENT Australia outplayed a youthful Proteas in the first of two Twenty20 internationals at the Melbourne Cricket Ground yesterday.

An astonishing 89 off 43 balls by debutant David Warner propelled the Aussies to 140 off the first 14 overs, before Dale Steyn and Makhaya Ntini struck in quick succession to stunt a total that looked like reaching beyond 200.

After winning the toss, Ricky Ponting was reduced to a spectator as his 21 was the next highest in an innings that became the Warner show. At 22 and yet to play first-class cricket, the Sydney club player smashed the attack, with even Steyn clobbered for successive sixes. “I just felt good from ball one and just went with it,” Warner said afterwards.

Having already signed an IPL deal, the young opener will surely now feature in the one-day series to follow tomorrow’s second Twenty20 clash in Brisbane.

Steyn mopped up the tail and finished with a respectable 3/30.

South Africa’s reply got off to a teribble start, with Herschelle Gibbs adjudged leg before to Nathan Bracken’s third ball before a Shaun Tait thunderbolt smashed into AB de Villiers’s hip, as the Proteas batsman fell and hit his off-stump with the bat. Jacques Kallis didn’t last long either, as the Aussie pace onslaught continued.

JP Duminy further enhanced his high standing Down Under with a classy 78 off 48 balls. His sweep for six off Tait, who regularly clocked 150 km/h, was the shot of the day. But his was a lone hand with the next highest contribution being a paltry 12 from debutant Vaughn van Jaarsveld.

On this evidence Johan Botha and Mickey Arthur have much to do to stop a refreshed Australia from dominating the second half of the tour Down Under.

Australia innings

SE Marsh c Morkel b Tsotsobe 9

DA Warner c de Villiers b Ntini 89

RT Ponting c Steyn b Morkel 21

DJ Hussey c de Villiers b Ntini 19

CL White c Kallis b Morkel 7

MEK Hussey run out (Gibbs) 7

L Ronchi c Ntini b Steyn 11

JR Hopes c Botha b Steyn 13

NW Bracken b Steyn 1

BW Hilfenhaus not out 0

SW Tait not out 1

Extras (b 2, w 2) 4

Total (for 9; 20 overs) 182

Fall of wickets: 1-38 (Marsh, 3.2 ov), 2-97 (Ponting, 9.3 ov), 3-140 (DJ Hussey, 13.4 ov), 4-140 (Warner, 13.5 ov), 5-154 (White, 15.4 ov), 6-154 (MEK Hussey, 15.6 ov), 7-168 (Ronchi, 17.4 ov), 8-180 (Hopes, 19.3 ov), 9-181 (Bracken, 19.5 ov)

Bowling: Ntini 4-0-40-2, Tsotsobe 2-0-16-1, Kallis 2-0-25-0, Steyn 4-0-38-3 (1w), Botha 4-0-31-0, Morkel 4-0-30-2

South Africa innings

HH Gibbs lbw b Bracken 0

JH Kallis b Hilfenhaus 4

AB de Villiers hit wicket b Tait 0

JP Duminy lbw b DJ Hussey 78

Van Jaarsveld c White b Hopes 12

MV Boucher c MEK Hussey b DJ Hussey 5

JA Morkel c White b Bracken 12

J Botha not out 5

DW Steyn c Bracken b DJ Hussey 1

M Ntini b Hilfenhaus 0

LL Tsotsobe b Tait 1

Extras (lb 5, w 7) 12

Total (all out; 18 overs) 130

Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Gibbs, 0.3 ov), 2-2 (de Villiers, 1.3 ov), 3-12 (Kallis, 2.5 ov), 4-65 (van Jaarsveld, 8.5 ov), 5-82 (Boucher, 11.2 ov), 6-120 (Morkel, 14.5 ov), 7-123 (Duminy, 15.2 ov), 8-125 (Steyn, 15.5 ov), 9-127 (Ntini, 16.2 ov), 10-130 (Tsotsobe, 17.6 ov)

Bowling: Bracken 3-0-18-2 (1w), Tait 4-0-36-2 (2w), Hilfenhaus 3-0-15-2, Hopes 4-0-31-1 (1w), Hussey 4-0-25-3 (2w)

Result: Australia won by 52 runs

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