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Aussies begin SA trip on a high note

Australia were too sharp for rusty South Africa as the touring side won the first Twenty20 international by five wickets with three balls to spare.

cricket Updated: Oct 15, 2011 00:26 IST

Australia were too sharp for rusty South Africa as the touring side won the first Twenty20 international by five wickets with three balls to spare.

South Africa, playing their first match in seven months, struggled to 146 for seven thanks to JP Duminy's brilliant 67, but Shane Watson's 52 off 39 balls laid the platform for a comfortable run chase by the Australians. Watson's tremendous driving and ruthless punishment of the short ball brought him six fours and two sixes and he added 82 runs off 54 balls with Shaun Marsh for the second wicket.

Cameron White (28) and David Hussey (25) then added 40 in 5.5 overs to take Australia to the brink of victory.

'Kochi players safe'
Hyderabad: The IPL Governing Council is yet to work out a plan to help the players left in lurch after Kochi's axing but the league's boss Rajiv Shukla assured that the interest of the affected players will be protected. "We will decide on that in the next Governing Council meeting, Kochi players or others. But we will fully protect the interest of the players," he said.