Adelaide, Nov 5: Rilee Rossouw scored a breezy 78 to lead South Africa to a commanding seven-wicket victory over Australia in the first of three Twenty20 internationals on Wednesday.
Rossouw, making his T20
international debut, smashed three sixes and seven fours in his 50-ball
knock to get the Proteas home with 145 for three. The Australians could
only manage 144 for six off their 20 overs after winning the toss at the
South Africa lost Reeza Hendricks off the third ball
of the innings but Rossouw combined with wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock
(46 off 39 balls) to put on a match-winning 129-run partnership for the
By the time Rossouw skied Pat Cummins to Ben Cutting in the 15th over, the Proteas only needed 16 runs for victory.
"Fortunately for me, tonight was my night," Rossouw said.
"You've got to be on top of your game and if it's your night you have to capitalise.
"It's very nice batting with Quinton, it takes a lot of pressure off your shoulders.
"Every opportunity I get I want to shine and luckily for me tonight was my night."
Proteas' well-drilled bowling and outstanding fielding kept the
Australians under pressure with Shane Watson, in his first international
appearance for seven months, top-scoring with 47 off 36 balls.
Watson's innings, with support from James Faulkner (41 not out), revived the home side after a poor start.
Australians struggled to 67 for four after 10 overs with both their
international debutants, Ben Dunk and Nathan Reardon, failing.
made just two and Reardon four after opening batsmen Aaron Finch (14)
and Cameron White (24 from 21 balls) had begun briskly. AFP