JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - David Hussey played a sparkling innings but his Australian teammates struggled in the first Twenty20 international against South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium here on Friday. Hussey cracked an unbeaten 88 off only 44 balls in an Australian total of 166 for seven after the tourists were sent in. While Hussey enabled Australia to post a reasonably competitive total, his teammates assisted him in only two partnerships of any significance. Hussey and opener David Warner (38) put on 54 for the third wicket and Hussey added 45 with Cameron White (16) for the sixth wicket. Australia suffered a severe jolt when three wickets fell for one run in the tenth over. Warner fell to a sharp return catch by left-arm spinner Robin Peterson and Mike Hussey was run out by a direct hit from South African captain Johan Botha after turning the first ball he faced behind square leg. After David Hussey scored a single, Brad Haddin was caught at long-off for a duck. Peterson finished with three for 30. Hussey timed the ball superbly in hitting five fours and six sixes. SCOREBOARD AUSTRALIA: D. Warner c and b Peterson 38 M. Clarke b Parnell 2 R. Ponting c Botha b Morkel 1 D. Hussey not out 88 M. Hussey run out (Botha) 0 B. Haddin c Morkel b Peterson 0 C. White c Duminy b Peterson 16 M. Johnson b Parnell 10 J. Hopes not out 5 EXTRAS: (lb2, w4) 6 TOTAL: (7 wkts, 20 overs) 166 Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Clarke), 2-16 (Ponting), 3-70 (Warner), 4-70 (M. Hussey), 5-71 (Haddin), 6-116 (White), 7-149 (Johnson) BOWLING: Steyn 4-0-44-0 (1w) Parnell 4-0-29-2 (2w) Morkel 4-0-36-1 (1w) Botha 4-0-25-0 Peterson 4-0-30-3 Did not bat: S. Harwood, B. Geeves Match situation: South Africa need 167 to win.Umpires: Marais Erasmus and Rudi Koertzen (both RSA). TV umpire: Brian Jerling (RSA). Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL).