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    41.3 It's all over for Smith. He had to go for it. The run-rate was rocketing. Floated on the middle stump line and he went for a slog-sweep. Top-edges a dolly to Gilly. He had batted in a fiesty manner at the start of the innings but the cramps did him in. 267/6
    20.6 Watson gets the crucial breakthrough with a direct hit from long leg. It was the only way de Villiers was getting out. Huge wicket. Flicked to left of Watson and they think there is a two in it. de Villiers turns, rushes back but is beaten by the fast, flat and the direct hit. Australia's fielding comes to their rescue. All the players mob Watson. 160/1
    43.1 Kallis falls. Hogg claims another wicket. Charges down the track, Hogg drags back the length and he sends it straight down the throat of long-on. Kallis will be accused of slow-batting. He came in, the run rate slowed down, the required rate shot up like a thermometer, the pressure increased and the noose tightened. 277/7
    31.3 done in by the googly. Loopy delivery that pitched on the middle stump line, on a length, and Gibbs shapes to drive to the on side and is beaten by the wrong'un. Gilchrist whips the bails off in a flash and Gibbs's back foot was still in the air. Wonderful delivery from Hogg. 220/2
    32.2 Another one goes. Prince pulls straight to deep square-leg. Banged in short, climbes head-high and Prince pulls it to Hayden. Australia are tightening the screws here. 223/3
    38.5 That's the sucker punch. He's been short of a length throughout this over and now he pulls out the lethal weapon. Close to 140 kph, full, fast swinging yorker. Boucher had already lined up for the swipe across the line and the inside edge rattles off stump. That was the crucial wicket. Tait has got it. 256/4
    40.5 full, furious, and it curves in late, around the middle and leg stump line. Kemp is caught at the crease, the bat comes down in an angle and the ball thuds into the pad. Would have taken out leg. Another big-hitter is gone. 264/5
    44.1 Watto cleans up Pollock. Full, straight, on the leg stump line, Pollock has one almighty swing, bat meets air, ball meets leg stump. SA are fading away. 279/8
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    45.2 Bracken joins in the party. The slower one does the trick. Full in length, lands on the middle stump line, and breaks away towards the off stump. Langeveldt tries to run it down to third man, misses and the off stump is pegged back. Australia are just a wicket away from a big win. 280/9
    47.6 Australia win by 83 runs. Yorker on the off stump line, Ntini tries to get his bat down but the ball beats the bat and the furniture is disturbed. HRG chimes in with a timely stat. Ponting becomes the most successful captain in ODI history. This is win no 108, besting Border's record. 294/10
    17 (nb 1, w 11, pen 5)
    294 all out (48 Overs, RR: 6.12)
    Fall of wickets: 1-160 (AB de Villiers, 20.6 ov), 1-184 (GC Smith, ), 2-220 (HH Gibbs, 31.3 ov), 3-223 (AG Prince, 32.2 ov), 4-256 (MV Boucher, 38.5 ov), 5-264 (JM Kemp, 40.5 ov), 6-267 (GC Smith, 41.3 ov), 7-277 (JH Kallis, 43.1 ov), 8-279 (SM Pollock, 44.1 ov), 9-280 (CK Langeveldt, 45.2 ov), 10-294 (M Ntini, 47.6 ov)
    NW Bracken9.004024.44314100
    SW Tait10.006126.10329041
    GD McGrath9.006216.88238100
    SR Watson8.014615.75262220
    GB Hogg10.006136.10316210
    A Symonds2.001909.5023000

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