GREETINGS: Good afternoon everyone from a sunny PPC Newlands in Cape Town for the 3rd and final T20 international between South Africa and Australia with the series level at 1-1.
NEWS: The South African ladies T20 side just clinched their series 2-1 against their West Indian counterparts with a 4-run victory here at Newlands. Well done ladies!
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CRACKER: With the series level at 1-1, we are in for a cracker of a match with the series on the line. Although both sides will have their sights firmly set on the T20 World Cup in India but with an opportunity of clinching a series on the line - we can expect the players to have a real go here tonight.
NEWLANDS: The last time - and only time - that these two sides played at Newlands was back in 2011. In that match, SA won the toss and elected to bat first, posting 146/7 with JP Duminy top-scoring with 67 (53). Australia replied with 147/5 to win by 5 wickets and 3 balls to spare, thanks mainly to Shane Watson who scored 52 off 39 balls.
10 MINUTES: The teams will be throwing a little coin up in the air in about 10 minutes time to decide who bats and who bowls. This, in cricketing terms, is called the TOSS.
TOSS: The toss has been won by Faf du Plessis and South Africa will BAT first!
TEAM NEWS: Hashim Amla is in for AB de Villiers and Kyle Abbott is in for Chris Morris.
SOUTH AFRICA: Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis (c), JP Duminy, David Miller, Rilee Rossouw, David Wiese, Kyle Abbott, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir.
AUSTRALIA: Shane Watson, Usman Khawaja, David Warner, Steve Smith (c), Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, James Faulkner, Peter Nevill (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, John Hastings, Adam Zampa.
POLL ANSWER: Out of the 17 matches played to date, there has been one match abandoned. South Africa have triumphed just 6 times with Australia clinching 10 games. South Africa have never beaten Australia at Newlands in T20 cricket with the only match being won by Australia back in 2011.
@LeonardNunn: Hi Leonard, yes that is an interesting thought. Although Duminy's class and weight of runs - along with his IPL experience - counts heavily in his favour. He is one of the leading run scorers in interantional T20's. Yes his form has taken a dip but he has the class to overcome it and come through - I hope!
HERE WE GO: The anthems are done - Australia are taking up their positions while Amla and De Kock walk out to the middle. Let's get ready to rummmbbbbllllleeeee!!!
NUTTY: It's nutty out there as a squirrel has been running around the field for the last 20 minutes. Security have been trying to move it off the park but like a determined streaker, the squirrel remains. The Show Must Go On!
OFF THE MARK: Nathan Coulter-Nile helps SA get off the mark with the first ball as he bowls wide of the off-stump.
FOUR: On the leg-stump by Coulter-Nile and De Kock just flicks it off his hips and down to the fine leg boundary for four runs. SA 5/0
SINGLE: De Kock knocks the ball towards mid-off and picks up an easy single.
OFF THE MARK: Amla is off the mark straight away as he guides Coulter-Nile down to third-man for a single.
SHOT: De Kock is looking in sublime form as he drives the bowler through mid-wicket for his second boundary. SA 11/0 after the 1st over.
DELAY: A lady in a black suit has come onto the field to try and negotiate with the squirrel to leave the field. He (i presume) is giving her the run around as she started in front of the media centre on the Kelvin Grove end and ran past the Oaks and is now in front of the Railway stand. Squirrel is still on the field though.
PULLED: Short from Hastings and Amla pulls the ball behind square but Khawaja comes round from fine leg and cuts the ball off as Amla picks up 2 runs.
FLICKED: Down the leg side from Shane Watson and Amla effortlessly flicks the ball fine to register his first boundary.
BOOM: Amla showing the crowd what he can do. Back of a length from Watson and Amla is onto the back foot and flicks the ball over the square leg boundary for SIX! What a shot!
GREAT SHOT: Half a shuffle from De Kock to Watson and hits the ball through mid-wicket for four runs. Big over this for SA, already 15 runs off it.
GOOD OVER: Amla clips Watson through mid-wicket for two runs to end the third over with SA on 32/0. 18 Runs off that over with Amla picking up 13 of the runs. Hastings to continue.
SWING: De Kock charges Hastings and has an almighty swing with the ball taking a thick outside edge and flying down to third man for a one-bounce four.
BOOM: De Kock moves across his stumps and flicks Hastings over fine leg and into the Members' stand for SIX! SA 42/0 (3.3)
DELICATE: Amla can do no wrong at the moment. Straight from Hastings and Amla just let's the ball glide off the face of the bat between the keeper and 1st slip and to the third man boundary for 4. After 4 overs, SA are 47/0. Amla 21* and De Kock 25*.
GONE: De Kock perishes! Slightly wide from Coulter-Nile and De Kock went for the big shot with the ball flying down towards the third man area. Hastings moved to his left and took a good catch low down. De Kock out for 25 off 13 balls.
SHOT: Amla flicks Coulter-Nile past Hastings at short fine-leg and picks up four runs,.
LUCKY: Amla tries to flick Coulter-Nile towards the leg-side, gets a leading edge but the ball flies over the keeper's head and over the boundary for SIX!
NEW BOWLER: James Faulkner is into the attack now, replacing Hastings from the Kelvin Grove end.
GREAT BALL: A wonderful ball first-up from Faulkner into the block-hole and Amla squeezes it out for a single.
SHOT: Fantastic shot from Amla as he drives Faulkner over the cover region for a one-bounce four! Beautiful shot from the opener.
SQUEEZED: Amla is in cruise-control as he plays a full ball from Faulkner past the keeper and to the boundary for four runs. South Africa complete the Power Play overs with their total on 68/1.
SPIN TIME: Adam Zampa is into the attack now from the Wynberg End.
GOOD START: Zampa starts well and only concedes 3 runs in his first over with SA on 71/1 after 7 overs. Amla has raced to 42.