MELBOURNE - First Twenty20 international, Melbourne:

Australia 182-9 beat South Africa 130 by 52 runs yesterday despiteDuminy's gallant fight.

Debutant David Warner battered South Africa. The 22-year-old, who has yet to make his first class debut but has impressed in domestic one-dayers for New South Wales, blasted 89 runs off 43 balls.

Australia scored 182-9 off their 20 overs and South Africa struggled early in their reply.

They slumped to 12-3 and although JP Duminy conjured an inventive 78 off 48 balls, Australia were easy winners.


Australia (from): Ricky Ponting (capt), Michael Hussey (vc), David Hussey, Ben Hilfenhaus, James Hopes, Nathan Bracken, Brad Haddin, Shaun Marsh, Shaun Tait, David Warner, Ryan Harris, Cameron White, Nathan Hauritz.

South Africa: Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Mark Boucher (wk), Albie Morkel, Johan Botha (capt), Dale Steyn, Makhaya Ntini, Lonwabo Tsostobe.

l The world's three leading news agencies are not covering the series because of a dispute with Cricket Australia.

Reuters, Agence France-Presse and Associated Press have suspended all coverage of the 2008-09 season hence we cannot use pictures from the current match. - BBC