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*Official* South Africa in Australia

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SA defiant in levelling series
4th ODI - Australia v South Africa

Graeme Smith set an electrifying pace to the South Africa innings, but excellent bowling from Shaun Tait and Glenn McGrath helped keep the visitors at 281-9 after they were inserted to bat first. Smith's 86 from 72 balls was the starring attraction of the effort, though AB de Villiers (42) and Jacques Kallis (48) also contributed handily to the cause. Tait bowled an outstanding late spell and finished with figures of 3-59.

Chasing 282 and a series-sealing victory, the Aussies were off to a good start as well. Adam Gilchrist and Shane Watson continued to bat well in partnership, and added 77 for the first wicket. It was Kallis who struck first for South Africa, and he was to prove the key bowler, following Watson's wicket with that of Gilchrist for 55. Kallis then dismissed Clarke, who threatened with 32 from 34 balls, and ended with 3-56 from his 10 overs.

Shaun Pollock and Andrew Hall also claimed 3 wickets apiece, all pressing toward bowling out Australia for 227 for victory by 54 runs.

South Africa 281-9 (50 overs)
GC Smith 84, JH Kallis 48, AB de Villiers 42
SW Tait 3-59, NW Bracken 2-55

Australia 227 all out (45 overs)
AC Gilchrist 55, RT Ponting 35, MJ Clarke 32
SM Pollock 3-52, JH Kallis 3-56, AJ Hall 3-34

South Africa won by 54 runs.
Man of the Match:
JH Kallis


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