GABBA INTERNATIONAL T20 HISTORY
... AND SPECIAL MOMENTS
International Twenty20 cricket came to the Gabba on 9 January 2006 when Australia, captained bt Ricky Ponting, hosted a Graeme Smith-led South African side. It was the beginning of a new era for the game, and although it took a little while for the extra abbreviated form to take hold a sell-out crowd of 38,894 confirmed there was no doubting the potential from the outset for the frenetic bash and crash 20-over contest that is action aplenty from the first ball.
Key Statistics from IT20 matches at the Gabba are:-
- Highest / Lowest Team Scores
- Batting Records - Single Match
- Bowling Records - Single Match
- Wins/Losses, Margins & Finishes
- All the details .. every Gabba T20I
MEMORABLE GABBA T20I MOMENTS
FIRST GABBA T20I
International T20 cricket game to the Gabba for the first time on 9 Janyary 2006 when Australia, captained by Ricky Ponting, hosted a Graeme Smith-led South Africa in a day/night match. And, with Damien Martyn claiming Man of the Match honors, the Aussies celebrated in grand style with a nine-wicket win. Batting first after winning the toss, Australia made 3-209 off 20 overs. Martyn, in commanding fashion, clubbed a phonemenal 96 off 56 balls (seven fours and five sixes) to anchor the home team assault before Andrew Symonds finished it off with 54no off 26 balls (six fours and two sixes). South Africa were never in the hunt and were dismissed for 114 off 18,3 overs. Only Smith (22 off 26), Mark Boucher (29 off 21) and Shaun Pollock (24 off 17) had any sort of impact against a wonderfully tight Australian attack. Nathan Bracken led the way with 2-9 from an impecable three overs, receiving excellent support from Mick Lewis (2-18 off 3.3 overs), James Hopes (2-26 off 4 overs) and Symonds (2-26 off 4). The Australians also fielded superbly, highlihted by a magnificent diving catch by Lewis in the outfield to dismiss the dangerous Pollock, and a wonderful Ricky Ponting run out to send back Jacques Kallis. A crowd of 38,894 witness the historic occasion as Bracken, Stuart Clark, Brad Haddin and Lewis made their IT20 debut for Australia, and Johan Botha, Boeta Dippenaar, Andrew Hall, Garnett Kruger, Jacques Rudolph and Monde Zondeki did likewise for South Africa.
LASER EPISODE HITS GABBA T20I
Cricket Australia was prompted to apologise to the South Africans after posting a six-wicket win over the visitors with seven balls to spare in the second International T20 match at the Gabba on 13 January 2009. This follows an incident late in Australia's pursuit of SA's 5-157 when Man of the Match Mike Hussey was dropped by SA paceman Wayne Parnell at long-off. TV replays showed a green laser light emanating from a section of the crowd flash across Parnell's face which may have distracted the 19-year-old debutant. The incident happened in the 18th over shortly before Australia claimed victory to wrap up the series 2-0. A cool-headed Hussey (53no from 33 balls, five fours, one six) and an explosive Cameron White (40no off 18 balls, five fours, one six) steered the home side to 4-161 off 18.5 overs. Earlier, Ricky Ponting (38 off 31, three fours, one six) also made a useful contribution) against an SA attack which enjoyed good contributions from Johan Botha (0-19 off four overs), Dale Steyn (1-10 off three overs) and Morne Morkel (2-32 off 3.5 overs). Earlier, JP Duminy led the way with the bat for the tourists, making 69no off 41 balls (seven fours, two sixes), while IT20 debutant Hashim Amla made 26 off 26. James Hopes took the figures for the Australians with 2-29 off four overs, while part-timer Dave Hussey sent down three overs for a useful 1-18 in front of a crowd of 37,457.
Updated after the last T20I game at the Gabba on 13 January 2009.