Rilee Rossouw was the star of the day as he shone with the bat crushing 7 fours and 3 sixes in his magnificent 78 runs off 50 balls. He was neatly supported by Quinton de Kock who cruised to 46 runs off 39 balls in their 129 runs partnership in 14.3 overs.
“It comes down to team dynamics. The team has been supportive; even though I have been through some tough times the team has always been there for me. There is always someone to lean on, to ask for advice and that’s how I kept positive,” said Rossouw at the post match conference.
Rossouw put behind him a disappointing ODI run to make the highest T20 score by a South African on debut.
The Proteas had earlier dismissed the Australians for 144-6 in their 20 overs with some superb bowling from Kyle Abbott and Wayne Parnell. The duo was responsible for the final four overs and did not concede a boundary during this period while conceding only 27 runs.
Parnell took 1/28 and Abbott 3/ 21. Spin sensation Imran Tahir was also on top of his game as he managed to grab 1/ 31 while debutant Kagiso Rabada also had a dream start to international cricket at senior level.
The two cricket heavyweights will descend at the Melbourne Cricket Ground for their second T20 match on Friday.