Australia's victory by six wickets over South Africa in the second Twenty20 match, played in Brisbane yesterday, Jan. 13th 2009, has swung the momentum of this tour back to the home side.
The Aussies clinched the two match series 2-0 by first strangling South Africa's batsmen and then obliterating its bowling attack. An impressive display to say the least.
For the first time on this tour a South African captain won the toss and Johan Botha chose to bat first. None of the batsmen, except J.P. Duminy, looked comfortable and the Proteas got off to an ominously slow start.
When Gibbs (6 off 12) lost his wicket facing the fourth ball of the sixth over, South Africa had only 35 runs on the board. Once again Duminy with 69 off 41 balls was the only batsmen who threatened the home side's bowlers striking seven fours and two sixes in his innings.
Duminy and Albie Morkel were the only batsmen to achieve a strike rate of more than 100. This was reflected in the total of only 157 South Africa managed off their allotted 20 overs. By contrast Australia's openers, Marsh (15 off 17) and Warner (7 off 12), were the only two in their team NOT to score at a run per ball or more.
The Proteas captain, Johan Botha, seemed to have some good ideas at the start of Australia's innings when he opened the bowling with his spin bowling and managed to tie the Aussie openers down before they were dismissed relatively cheaply.
David Hussey was the only other batsmen to depart without ripping into the visitors' bowling. The Proteas wasted time with field-placings and seemed to run out of ideas as bowler after bowler was savagely beaten by the ruthless Australian batsmen. The captain himself was the only bowler to concede less than six runs per over on average.
J.P. Duminy took an unbelievable catch to get rid of David Hussey (2 off 2), but also dropped a catch, misjudging the flight of a Cameron White four when White had not yet reached double figures.
Mark Boucher missed a stumping chance which would have seen Mr. Cricket, Mike Hussey, depart for just two. And one or two direct hits would have also curtailed Australia's comfortable march to what looked more and more like an inevitable victory.
Cameron White (40 not out) and Mike Hussey (53 not out), who was awarded man of the match, got stuck into the Proteas bowlers before White put South Africa out of their misery with a dismissive six off Morné Morkel to take Australia to 161 in the 19th over.
The Australians look to be back to their unbeatable selves ahead of the five match ODI series and the visitors will have to think long and hard about how they will go about upsetting the apple cart like they did in the test series. It seems that it will be an easy stroll for Australia towards a One Day Series victory.