Cape Town: Three wickets by debutant Patrick Cummins and a hard-hit half-century by Shane Watson set up Australia for a five-wicket win in the first Twenty20 international against South Africa at Newlands.
Fast bowler Cummins, 18, took three wickets in four balls in his last over as South Africa were restricted to 146 for seven in their 20 overs yesterday.
Free-scoring Australian opener David Warner was run out for nought off the first ball he faced but Watson (52) and Shaun Marsh (25) put Australia firmly in control during a second wicket stand of 82 off 53 balls.
Watson survived a straightforward slip chance to Graeme Smith off Morne Morkel when he had two and Australia`s total was three for one.
Warner had been run out by a direct hit from Morkel at short fine leg in the previous over.
Watson`s edge off Morkel ripped through Smith`s hands and went for four.
He drove the next ball for another four and raced to his fifty off 34 balls with six fours and two sixes.
South Africa`s bowlers fought back after Watson and Marsh were dismissed in successive overs but the tourists were always ahead of the required run rate, even though they only had three balls to spare when Steve Smith hit the winning run.
"We made hard work of it in the end but it`s nice to start with a win," said Australian captain Cameron White.”
"We were under pressure coming in but it`s an exciting team with some new players."