Rilee Rossouw coming in at number three played a good knock of 47 in a quick manner of just 29 balls before being trapped leg-before to Turner © Getty Images (File Photo)
Rilee Rossouw coming in at number three made a quickfire 47 off 29 balls © Getty Images (File Photo)

Nov 2, 2014

South Africa kicked off their Australian campaign with a disappointment when they ended up on a losing note to CA XI in a T20 warm-up tie. Proteas, who were looking to get off to a good start and gain momentum in the tour following the build-up to the World Cup set to be held Down Under early next year suffered a set-back in a warm-up tie raising concerns of how they would perform against the senior team in their own dockyard.

South African skipper, JP Duminy won the toss and invited CA XI to bat first. CA started off well and lost their first wicket at the score of 33. It was Ashton Turner who came in to bat at number three and took apart the South African bowling attack, scoring 73 off 46 balls before falling to Kyle Abbott. Sebastian Gotch too scored a quick-fire 40 off just 25 deliveries before being dismissed by Kagiso Rabada. The team finished on a score of 189 for the loss of just five wickets.

Proteas started off the chase on a sad note losing Quinton de Kock for just three at the score of 18. However, Rilee Rossouw coming in at number three played a good knock of 47 in a quick manner of just 29 balls before being trapped leg-before to Turner. Skipper, Duminy departed for cheap scoring just six runs. Ryan McLaren and Wayne Parnell scored 26 and 35 each. Both put up a 42 run partnership and gave hope to South Africa to win the tie, but it soon faded out after McLaren was dismissed. Since the team kept losing wickets at regular intervals, the batsmen couldn’t last long enough and the team ended up getting bowled out for 167, falling short of just 22 runs from victory.

Brief scores: CA XI 189/5 (AJ Turner 73, SE Gotch 40; KJ Abbott 2 for 22) beat South Africa 167 (RR Rossouw 47, WD Parnell 35; BM Ashkenazi 3 for 21, JM Muirhead 3 for 25) by 22 runs.

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