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Rilee Rossouw Stars As South Africa Win Opener

Quinton de Kock
Quinton de Kock took a fine catch to dismiss Nathan Reardon and then hit 46
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South Africa 148-3 (Rossouw 78) beat
Australia 144-6 (Abbott 3-21) by seven wickets
First Twenty20 International, Adelaide

Rilee Rossouw put his struggles in One-Day International cricket behind him to score a half-century on his Twenty20 International debut that helped South Africa win the first game against Australia by seven wickets.

Australia, limited by some excellent South African bowling, failed to make the best of a fast start and closed on 144 for six.

South Africa were brilliant in the field with Farhaan Behardien and Quinton de Kock in particular holding to sharp catches to dismiss Cameron White (24) and Nathan Reardon (4) respectively.

Rossouw then cracked 78 in 50 balls as he and de Kock (46) put on 129 for the second wicket to take their side to the brink of the win.

Captain JP Duminy hit the winning runs as the Proteas got home with an over to spare.

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