Rossouw the difference in Adelaide

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Published: Wednesday 5th November 2014 by The News Editor

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Rilee Rossouw marked his Twenty20 International debut by smashing 78 off 50 balls to lead South Africa to a commanding seven-wicket win over Australia in the first match in Adelaide.

The 25-year-old hit seven fours and three sixes, putting on 129 for the second wicket with Quinton de Kock (46 off 39) as the tourists sealed victory with an over to spare.

In reply to the hosts’ 144 for six, in which Kyle Abbott took three wickets and Shane Watson top-scored with 47, the Proteas eased to 145 for three.

In the opening match of the three-game series, South Africa’s reply got off to a bad start when opener Reeza Hendricks went for a duck, edging a Doug Bollinger delivery through to Ben Dunk.

Any hope Australia had of seizing control, though, was blown away by Rossouw and De Kock.

The pair took the match away from their opponents and only their desire to finish the match in style ended their innings, with the duo dismissed in the space of three balls.

First Rossouw was caught at mid on by Ben Cutting off Pat Cummins and then De Kock by Cameron White at short cover off Cameron Boyce.

But the damage had long since been inflicted and JP Duminy and David Miller saw the Proteas home.

Earlier, Abbott had returned figures of three for 21 to frustrate Australia.

He removed first Nathan Reardon and then, significantly, Watson after the latter had put on 57 for the fifth wicket with James Faulkner, hitting three sixes in his 36-ball knock.

Abbott made Cutting his third victim as Faulkner continued to 41 not out, but the home total was not enough.

Published: Wednesday 5th November 2014 by The News Editor

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