5th ODI - Australia v South Africa
Played in Melbourne
Shaun Pollock today ripped through an Australian outfit containing some of the world's best players to seal the a series victory for South Africa. Ntini and Pollock skittled through Gilchrist,Watson,Ponting and Hodge for single figures leaving Australia reeling at 4/12. Hussey and Clarke momentarily lifted the pain both getting to double figures before Ntini and Pollock rolled in again. It took a courageous 45 from Haddin to bring the score to barely above the dreaded 100 mark out in 30.5 overs for a paltry 129 Australia was in for a tough ride.
Gibbs and Smith then started off like there was no tomorrow before Smith was run out to a good peace of fielding in an otherwise glum day for Australia. De Villiers came to the crease and was looking settled till Watson collected his scalp, Gibbs and Kallis then guided South Africa home to a 3-2 series victory leaving the home fans thinking what could have been.
Australia 129 all out (30.5 overs)
BJ Haddin 45, NW Bracken 18
SM Pollock 4-45, M Ntini 3-29
South Africa 133-2 (26.2)
HH Gibbs 56*,GC Smith 26, AB De Villiers 26
SR Watson 1-20
South Africa won by 8 wickets.
Man of the Match : SM Pollock