South Africa pip Australia in high scoring Twenty20

South Africa kicked off their home tour in fine form, pipping Australia in a high scoring thriller. Damn time differences - the game started at 1.30am here in local Brisbane time so I slumbered through all the excitement (I only lose sleep for Test cricket and occasionally one day matches). Turns out the match was delayed several hours as well - I should've set the alarm to get up early.

Everything seems to be swinging Graeme Smith's way now he's on home soil. For starters, he won the toss and batted. Then it took the carefree strokeplay of a Twenty20 innings for Smith to reach his highest score against Australia this summer, knocking up 89 not out off 58 balls. It's ominous signs if home advantage has sparked a return to form for Smith, particularly with McGrath not touring. He guided the Proteas to an impressive 4 for 201.

Australia's innings ended in a thriller. We lost early wickets amidst big hitting which is always going to make scoring at 10 per over a big ask. Brett Lee came in with a lot of runs left to score and nearly got us there. We needed 19 runs in the last over to have won with
Lee on strike. He had a huge last over but even a six off the last ball couldn't quite get us there, falling two runs short. Same margin as at Edgbaston. No Freddy Flintoff with the magnaminous gesture this time, though.
Posted by JC on Sat 25 Feb 24 comments
Smith likes the Twenty20 format - Somerset were the English champions under his captaincy. Be interesting to see if this is a flash in the pan or the start of a come-back for the South Africans.
Posted by Rolla on 2006-02-25 00:46:21
It would be a huge pressure valve release for Smith after his poor tour of Australia and maybe give the SA's some momentum going into the one dayers. So will be interesting to see how things pan out next.
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