At Johannesburg, April 17, 2009 (day/night). Australia won by 47 runs. Toss: South Africa.
At several stages of Australia's innings in their first one-day international at the Wanderers since
the famous 872-run match of March 2006, it looked as if they might get close to their 434 that day:
at 192 for two after 31 overs, 400 seemed distinctly possible. The top five all reached 40 at around a
run a ball, but it was the inability of anyone to manage more than 66 that led to the total being only
a touch over 300. It might have been even lower, as they lost five wickets for 54, but Mike Hussey
and Hauritz again did a fine job, putting on 57 for the eighth wicket in the last nine overs. Gibbs led
the chase with a delightful 82 until he missed a sweep against Hauritz and was lbw, and the South
African innings began to decline from the heights of 150 for one. Kallis made 64 from just 69 balls
- unusually well paced for him - but Hauritz and Johnson completed successful series by taking five
wickets between them, and Australia secured a consolation victory.
Man of the Match: N. M. Hauritz. Man of the Series: A. B. de Villiers.
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