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    Gibbs slayed 'em. Bracken still gun despite the high score.
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    Australia strike back with crushing win

    Superb top order batting by Australia paved the way for a series-levelling win against South Africa. Adam Gilchrist (55), Shane Watson (63) and Brad Hodge (58) struck half-centuries to set the pace, and captain Ricky Ponting ended unbeaten on 49 to guide his team home. Watson in particular was impressive, as he and Gilchrist added a brisk 125 for the first wicket.

    Earlier it was Herschelle Gibbs who grabbed ahold of the Australian bowling again. Australia, like South Africa later in the day, used 7 bowlers on a flat surface. Gibbs played freely, however, and struck 8 fours and 3 sixes in his second consecutive ODI hundred - 121 from 136 balls. Again Nathan Bracken shone brighter than any bowler on the day, taking 5 for 33 from his 10 overs.

    South Africa 255-7 (50 overs)
    HH Gibbs 121, AG Prince 65
    NW Bracken 5-33

    Australia 256-3 (50 overs)
    SR Watson 63, BJ Hodge 58, AC Gilchrist 55, RT Ponting 49*
    M Ntini 2-56

    Australia won by 7 wickets.
    Man of the Match:
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    Bracken

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    Bracken hangs on for Australia

    A tense and thrilling affair at the WACA went down to the final ball, but South Africa could not score the 4 runs needed to salvage the match. Instead Nathan Bracken held his nerve and surrendered just 8 of the 12 runs required from the final over, crucially dismissing Justin Kemp with the first delivery.

    Australia rode on the batting of Adam Gilchrist (85 from 79 balls) early on, and despite a late slide, managed to reach a formidable 286-8. Brad Hodge continued to shine in the series with 59, whilst Ricky Ponting (48) and Shane Watson (32) accounted for another strong top order showing. Andre Nel was the key for South Africa. He surged back from a poor opening spell of 3-0-25-0 to take 4 for 63 from his 10 overs. His wickets pegged back Australia as they looked to charge on to a massive total.

    South Africa's chase was off to a rocky start. Graeme Smith played on to the second ball he saw from Bracken, and the left-armer set off on another exceptional spell. Herschelle Gibbs was again the thorn, and showed signs of making the hosts bleed in his 56. But when he was struck in front by Glenn McGrath, South Africa had slumped to 101-4. But Ashwell Prince continued to play beautifully for his 48. At the other end Mark Boucher was in good touch. And by the time Robin Peterson joined Justin Kemp at the crease, 79 runs were needed from 59 balls. The two played with desperate aggression, and upset the Australian bowlers with the exception of a 1-run over by Shaun Tait. That over would prove priceless, especially as Kemp smacked consecutive fours off Hilfenhaus in the 49th, and South Africa halved their requirement heading into the final over.

    Bracken's first ball yorker was crucial, and sent Kemp dismayed to the pavilion. Makhaya Ntini slashed a four a ball later, but he and Peterson could managed only singles to close out the game. Australia lead the series 2-1 with 2 games to play.

    Australia 286-8 (50 overs)
    AC Gilchrist 85, BJ Hodge 59, RT Ponting 48
    A Nel 4-63, JH Kallis 2-44

    South Africa 283-8 (50 overs)
    HH Gibbs/JM Kemp 56, RJ Peterson 34*, MV Boucher 32
    GD McGrath 3-67, NW Bracken 2-37

    Australia won by 3 runs.
    Man of the Match:
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    How good of form is Bracken in :o
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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis_Teh View Post
    How good of form is Bracken in :o
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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:
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    Close series, that.

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    5th ODI - Australia v South Africa

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    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
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