Australia kick off South Africa tour on a winning note

Australia batsman Shane Watson smashed 45-ball 52 against South Africa Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Cape Town: Oct 13, 2011

Australia registered a five-wicket win over South Africa in the T20 match at Cape Town on Thursday.

Chasing a modest 147, Australia reached the required total with three balls to spare

The visitors got off to a por start losing David Warner in the very first over.

Watson then partnered by Shaun Marsh took the attack to the Proteas as the Australian cruised towards victory.

With the Australian pair moving comfortably, South Africa looked desparte for wicket and in the tenth over Morne Morkel dismiss Watson.

Marsh fllowed in the very next overs with Australian 64 runs away from victory.

Captain Cameron White and David Hussey then added 40 runs for the fourth wicket to push the visitors closer to victory.

In the end with six runs required from the last over, Steve Smith hit the second to he fence and scampered a run of the very next ball to seal Australian victory

Earlier, riding on a breezy half-century by JP Duminy, South Africa crawled to 146 for seven in their allotted 20 overs.

Electing to bat after winning the toss, South Africa had torrid opening losing both the openers in in space of six deliveries.

Duminy then stitched 58-run partnership with Colin Ingram and then added 65 runs with David Miller to rescue the home team.

Debutant Pat Cummins was the pick of the bowler for Australia with figures of three for 25.

Brief Scores: South Africa 146 for 7 in 20 overs (JP Duminy 67, Colin Ingram 33; Pat Cummins 3 for 25, Doug Bollinger 1 for 23) lose to Australia 147 for 5 in 19.3 overs (Shane Watson 52, Shaun Marsh 25; Lonwabo Tsotsobe 1 for 21, Johan Botha 1 for 22) by 5 wickets

Man Of the Match: Shane Watson

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