Match Over - Australia won by 107 runs + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: South Africa, who chose to bat
  • Venue: The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
  • Referee: AJ Pycroft
  • When: 21 Feb 2020, 18:00 SAST
  • Winner: Australia
  • Man of the Match: AC Agar


  • Umpire1: AT Holdstock
  • Umpire2: A Paleker
  • Third Umpire: BP Jele



Overs: 14.3 / 20.0

South Africa



Overs: 20.0 / 20.0


9.25pm: Well, the series has started with a bang, all right! Australia's women may have slipped on day one of the Women's T20 World Cup, but the men have handed out a right royal pasting in Johannesburg, as they sharpen their own tournament planning. Anyway, Firdose's report will have the long and the short of it (very short in the case of South Africa's innings) and we'll be back for more from Port Elizabeth on Sunday. Thanks for chipping in, from Matt, Ranjith and myself, it's good night and good luck. Bye!

9.15pm: Time for the presentations, starting with South Africa captain Quinton de Kock: "Not too sure what happened there [with the bowling], the energy was there but the skills weren't good enough tonight. We pride ourselves on our fielding and tonight we weren't at our best. But as long as we get up tomorrow and try and fight for the next game. We can't do much at practice, it's more of a mental thing, we have to come out with that fight on Sunday."

Ashton Agar is Man of the Match: "It was really exciting, the highlight of my cricketing life. My job is made a lot easier when I have Mitch, Patty Cummins, Richo and Zamps doing the job before me. [Starc new ball?] To have a guy steaming in and putting the ball down at 150kph, it puts fear in the opposition. Starting well is important in T20 and that's what we did today. Unbelievable catch [from Finch for the hat-trick], great team performance."

Australia captain Aaron Finch: [Great game] "Absolutely, it was, we set the tone in the field, took a couple of sharp chances and Ashton bowled really well, all round a good performance. When you're chasing 200, you have to get off to a good start, but Starcy bowling Quinton with a beauty, it puts you on the back foot. But I would have batted second, too, so it was a good toss to lose. The way we attacked the crease and bowled a good aggressive length was really impressive. Not letting them get away and put us on the back foot. [Hat-trick ball] There's about 10% chance of me catching that. He bowled beautifully today and deserved it."

9.05pm: Oh dear, that is a sorry mess for the Saffers: their lowest T20 international total, their biggest T20I defeat. Australia have steamrolled their way to victory here at the Wanderers, where after all the talk of having to brave a storm on their return to South Africa, it is the hosts who have been roughed up. Eighth T20I win in a row for Finch's side, and it really does look like they are building well towards the World Cup on home soil later this year. Everyone chipped in with the bat, and then Ashton Agar proved himself worthy of the Dre Russ bantz by ripping through South Africa, with only the second hat-trick by an Australian in T20Is!

14.3A Zampa to K Rabada, OUT, No run, bowled 'im, this one is done! Pushed through flatter and Rabada has one swing too many... Zampa hits middle, and South Africa have been retired on their stool! Australia win by 107 runs to go 1-0 up in the series.
14.2A Zampa to T Shamsi, 1 run, flicked for a single.
14.1A Zampa to K Rabada, 1 run, tossed up and worked off the stumps.
End of over 14. 2 runs this over. 87/9 after 84 balls.
T Shamsi 1 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) AC Agar 4-0-24-5
K Rabada 21 (17b 1x4 2x6 ) more

Best figures by an Australian in T20Is, notes Matt

End of over 13. 8 runs this over. 85/8 after 78 balls.
K Rabada 20 (15b 1x4 2x6 ) KW Richardson 3-0-20-0
L Ngidi 1 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 12. 8 runs this over. 77/8 after 72 balls.
PJ van Biljon 16 (15b 2x4 0x6 ) AC Agar 3-0-22-4
K Rabada 13 (13b 1x4 1x6 ) more

Still another 20-odd needed for SA to avoid their lowest T20I score... Lungi Ngidi is out at No.10

"Biggest partnership of the inning... way to go boys." You can hear the Aussies quaking in their boots, Shadab

End of over 11. 10 runs this over. 69/7 after 64 balls.
K Rabada 12 (10b 1x4 1x6 ) MA Starc 2-0-23-1
PJ van Biljon 9 (10b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 10. 12 runs this over. 59/7 after 60 balls.
K Rabada 8 (6b 0x4 1x6 ) AC Agar 2-0-14-3
PJ van Biljon 9 (10b 1x4 0x6 ) more

"What's South Africa's win probability now? If it's north of 0%, I would like to borrow some of that optimism for my Monday's exam!" Well, Ahmed Hassan To, it's currently 0.26%... because you never know

End of over 9. 3 runs this over. 47/7 after 54 balls.
K Rabada 1 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) A Zampa 2-0-7-1
PJ van Biljon 4 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) more

SA also shaping up to make an impact on heaviest T20I defeats, too

End of over 8. 2 runs this over. 44/7 after 48 balls.
DW Steyn 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) AC Agar 1-0-2-3
PJ van Biljon 2 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Becomes just the second Australian on this list

End of over 7. 4 runs this over. 42/4 after 42 balls.
F du Plessis 23 (20b 3x4 0x6 ) A Zampa 1-0-4-1
PJ van Biljon 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Here's Remios: "I have a sneaking suspicion that Australia are going to win this game of cricket. Call it a hunch."

End of over 6. 5 runs this over. 38/3 after 36 balls.
F du Plessis 22 (18b 3x4 0x6 ) PJ Cummins 2-0-13-2
DA Miller 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) more

So, South Africa 38 for 3 from the Powerplay - in stark contrast to Australia's 70 for 1

Mark has this to add to the "great" debate: "Hays' math is screwed up! He just stated the 12 wides cost SA and extra 31 runs because the 'extra balls' cost 19. That assumes if it wasn't a wide it was a dot. Ridiculous. The 12 wides cost 12 runs."

End of over 5. 8 runs this over. 33/2 after 30 balls.
F du Plessis 18 (14b 3x4 0x6 ) KW Richardson 2-0-12-0
JT Smuts 6 (3b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Here's Goa: "Stat Alert: While I agree with what Stefan is saying, the 'extra' balls bowled because of the wides contributed to a total of 30 runs (including the wide runs) - that's a lot in the context of a T20 game. Heck, even just the 12 wide runs are a lot - which is the issue."

"SA had only 3 batsmen performing in ENG series ... 2 are out and 1 is NOT playing ," moops Satya, "looks pretty gloomy from here!!"

End of over 4. 8 runs this over. 25/2 after 24 balls.
F du Plessis 16 (11b 3x4 0x6 ) PJ Cummins 1-0-8-1
JT Smuts 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 3. 6 runs this over. 13/1 after 17 balls.
F du Plessis 4 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) MA Starc 2-0-9-1
HE van der Dussen 6 (8b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 2. 4 runs this over. 7/1 after 12 balls.
HE van der Dussen 1 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) KW Richardson 1-0-4-0
F du Plessis 4 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) more

"Just tuned in, what's the pitch like? Is it a 200 pitch?" It's a 200 ground, Dick Weissman. But Australia have the bowlers to make that equation seem a lot harder

End of over 1. 3 runs this over. 3/1 after 6 balls.
HE van der Dussen 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) MA Starc 1-0-3-1
F du Plessis 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Waqar: "Ashton Agar, the self-proclaimed Australian Andre Russell, despite everything scored useful boundaries." Hey, at least Matt didn't just call him an "okay cricketer"

Q de KockB MA Starc2230066.67
HE van der DussenC MA Starc B PJ Cummins615101060
F du PlessisC KW Richardson B AC Agar24342230109.09
JT SmutsC A Zampa B PJ Cummins711510140
DA MillerC AT Carey B A Zampa24200100
PJ van BiljonB AC Agar16261520106.67
AL PhehlukwayoLBW AC Agar03100-
DW SteynC AJ Finch B AC Agar01100-
K RabadaB A Zampa22261912115.79
L NgidiC DA Warner B AC Agar1550020
T Shamsinot out 2440050
Total 89/10
MA Starc3.002317.67
KW Richardson3.002006.67
PJ Cummins2.001326.5
A Zampa2.30923.6
AC Agar4.002456