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Debutant Rossouw helps South Africa ease to seven-wicket win

Disciplined bowling, led by Kyle Abbott, restricted Australia to 144 for 6, despite fighting knocks from Watson and Faulkner

Debutant Rossouw helps South Africa ease to seven-wicket win - Cricket News
Rilee Rossouw's 50-ball 78 helped South Africa, chasing 145 for victory, ease to the target in 19 overs.
South Africa rode on a fine half-century from Rilee Rossouw, the debutant, to open its tour of Australia with a seven-wicket win in the first Twenty20 International on Wednesday (November 5). 

Rossouw's 50-ball 78, which earned him the Man of the Match award, helped South Africa, chasing 145 for victory, ease to the target in 19 overs. 

Earlier, South Africa's bowlers, led by Kyle Abbott, came up with a disciplined effort to restrict Australia to 144 for 6 after the home team chose to bat at the Adelaide Oval. 

That Australia got to 144 was due to a fifth-wicket partnership between Shane Watson (47 off 36) and James Faulkner (41 not out off 33). The duo, which came together with Australia 67 for 4, put on 57 off 42 balls and revived the Australia innings after it was rocked by some early strikes.

Abbott finished with figures of 3 for 21 off four overs and was, by far, the pick of the South Africa bowlers, while Wayne Parnell, Ryan McLaren and Imran Tahir accounted for a wicket apiece. 

South Africa was pushed to the backfoot early in the chase when Doug Bollinger removed Reeza Hendricks for a duck in the third ball of the innings. 

Quinton de Kock and Rossouw then came together for a 129-run second-wicket partnership to effectively deny Australia any chance of fighting back. 

Rossouw's knock was studded with seven fours and three sixes, while De Kock's 46 took 39 balls and contained four boundaries and a six. The duo departed in quick succession, but JP Duminy and David Miller completed the formalities to seal the game for the visitor.  

Pat Cummins, the right-arm pacer, who made a comeback to T20Is having recovered from a lower back stress fracture, was impressive for Australia, his four overs fetching him figures of 1 for 21. Bollinger and Cameron Boyce also picked up a wicket each, while James Faulkner sent down three economical overs. But their efforts weren't enough to stall South Africa as de Kock and Rossouw's stand made the difference.

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