Zimbabwe A Team Tri-Series June 30, 2011

South Africa slide to 60-run defeat

ESPNcricinfo staff

Australia A 214 for 9 (Finch 59, Marsh 41, Kleinveldt 2-32) beat South Africa A 154 (Kleinveldt 39, Hastings 4-28, Butterworth 2-19) by 60 runs

In a low-scoring match at the Harare Sports Club, Australia A trounced South Africa A by 60 runs, topping the table with 10 points after their second victory in two games.

Choosing to bat, Australia got off to a promising start with openers Aaron Finch and David Warner putting on 52. Their stand was followed by solid performances from the middle order, before John Hastings' 28 off 20 balls in a 45-run eighth-wicket partnership finished things with a flourish. Rory Kleinveldt was the most economical of the wicket-taking bowlers, giving away just 32 runs in 10 overs for his two wickets.

Despite a modest target of 215, South Africa never quite settled into a rhythm, losing wickets at regular intervals. Kleinveldt, who came in at No. 9, combined with Ethy Mbhalati for the highest partnership of the innings - 48 for the 10th wicket - but it proved to be too little too late. Hastings removed Kleinveldt in the 34th over - one of his four scalps in a miserly nine-over spell - to end South Africa's innings on 154.

South Africa take on Zimbabwe XI on July 2 at the same venue.