Result
3rd ODI (D/N), Durban, Oct 28 2011, Australia tour of South Africa
222/6
(47.3/50 ov, target 223)
227/7
Australia won by 3 wickets (with 15 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
Australia
1y
• The Report by Daniel Brettig

Nerveless Hussey makes series Australia's

Australia's batsmen held their nerve to secure a 2-1 ODI series victory over South Africa in a slogging contest in Durban

Match centre 
Scorer: Sanjay Murari
Commentator: Andrew McGlashan
Scorecard summary
South Africa222/6(50 overs)
Australia227/7(47.3 overs)

That's a terrific series victory for Australia and makes it three away series wins in a row for Michael Clarke in 50-over cricket since the World Cup. They are a very impressive one-day unit with a bright future. For South Africa, they'll regret an odd batting display because they weren't far short of a decent total but they couldn't find enough boundaries. Australia also found life hard, but in Watson and Haddin had players who provided vital momentum, while Hussey was as cool as ever. Stay with us for the presentations.

"In a low scoring game like this the profligacy of Tsotsobe and Morkel was the difference between the 2 sides," says Nitin. I presume not our Nitin.

Here's Frederick. "South African team is missing a man like M Hussey - The Real Finisher - Perfect replacement for M Bevan."

Hashim Amla "We were about 20 runs short but we fought really well. Australia bowled well and we couldn't quite momentum in the last 10 overs. JP has a golden arm occasionally and he did well today."

The Man of the Match goes to Shane Watson for his all-round performance. "I had a couple of extra days to get fit for this game. There was some life in the pitch and we knew it would be difficult so it was nice to get some out of the middle. We had to learn quickly with the ball and it worked out nicely in the end."

The Man of the series is Mike Hussey "Great effort by the boys, it's always a tough place to come and play. I'm surprised to get the award but I won't knock it back! I wanted to show as much faith as I could in Pat and he was timing them really well."

Michael Clarke "There were a few nerves at the end but never fear, Michael Hussey's here," is honestly what he said. "We played some poor shots but delighted to get over the line. We've seen how close the two teams are and I'd love to come out on top again."

That just about wraps things up for the evening as Australia collect the series trophy. There are two Tests to follow which start on November 9 and they should be crackers. Don't forget to join ESPNcricinfo tomorrow for coverage of Sri Lanka v Pakistan, Bangladesh v West Indies and the T20 between India and England. For now, though, it's goodbye from Andrew McGlashan and Liam Brickhill.

47.3
6
Morkel to Hussey, SIX runs
Australia take the match and the series! Hussey does it in fine style as he hammers away a short ball to midwicket
47.2
Morkel to Hussey, no run
can't find the gap again as he drives to cover
47.1
Morkel to Hussey, no run
full on middle and off, driven firmly straight to mid-off who is now in very tight

Morkel needs to a take a hat-trick

end of over 476 runs
AUS: 221/7CRR: 4.7 • RRR: 0.66 • Need 2 from 18b
Pat Cummins6 (10)
Michael Hussey39 (61)
Jacques Kallis5-0-17-2
Morne Morkel9-1-55-1
46.6
Kallis to Cummins, no run
excellent yorker and equally well dug out by Cummins
46.5
Kallis to Cummins, no run
comes forward and plays square into the off again but this time doesn't find a gap

Just two needed

46.4
4
Kallis to Cummins, FOUR runs
well played! Outside off stump and he finds a gap through point with a square drive that beats third man

Another great learning experience for Cummins

46.3
Kallis to Cummins, no run
fuller on off stump, he lunges forward and pushes towards mid-on
46.2
2
Kallis to Cummins, 2 runs
so close! Kallis went short and Cummins responded with a pull which looped off the top edge over keeper and Smith at slip
46.1
Kallis to Cummins, no run
neatly played as he flicks it off his pads but picks out midwicket
end of over 462 runs
AUS: 215/7CRR: 4.67 • RRR: 2.00 • Need 8 from 24b
Michael Hussey39 (61)
Pat Cummins0 (4)
Morne Morkel9-1-55-1
Jacques Kallis4-0-11-2

A final chance to target Cummins?

45.6
Morkel to Hussey, no run
he can't get the single as he drives a length delivery to cover
45.5
1lb
Morkel to Cummins, 1 leg bye
extra bounce and he gets behind the line then the ball loops of the pad to square leg
45.4
Morkel to Cummins, no run
beaten! Feels for this outside off then tries to pull his bat inside the line
45.3
Morkel to Cummins, no run
full at the stumps and played to midwicket

Crowd getting behind South Africa for a final push

45.2
1
Morkel to Hussey, 1 run
back of a length and he guides it down to third man so no issues about exposing Cummins
45.1
Morkel to Hussey, no run
outside off and left alone
end of over 451 runs • 1 wicket
AUS: 213/7CRR: 4.73 • RRR: 2.00 • Need 10 from 30b
Pat Cummins0 (1)
Michael Hussey38 (58)
Jacques Kallis4-0-11-2
Dale Steyn10-0-44-1
44.6
Kallis to Cummins, no run
comes forward and plays carefully into the off side

Pat Cummins is the No. 9

44.5
w
Kallis to Johnson, OUT
gone! This game refuses to die. Johnson chases a length ball outside off and gets an edge which carries low to Boucher. It was a good catch.
MG Johnson c †Boucher b Kallis 6 (14m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 75.00
44.4
Kallis to Johnson, no run
comes onto the front foot and plays to backward point
Best performances - batsmen
JH Kallis
54 runs (74)
3 fours
2 sixes
Control89%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
24 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
0232092117
HM Amla
52 runs (72)
7 fours
0 sixes
Control79%
Productive shot
off side drive on back foot
15 runs
3 fours
0 sixes
20412165211
Best performances - bowlers
JH Kallis
O
5
M
0
R
17
W
2
Eco
3.40
JP Duminy
O
7
M
1
R
29
W
2
Eco
4.14
Match details
Kingsmead, Durban
TossSouth Africa , elected to bat first
SeriesAustralia tour of South Africa
Player Of The Match
Shane Watson
Player Of The Series
Michael Hussey
Series resultAustralia won the 3-match series 2-1
Match numberODI no. 3211
Season2011/12
Hours of play (local time)14.30 start, First Session 14.30-18.00, Interval 18.00-18.45, Second Session 18.45-22.15
Match days28 October 2011 - day/night match (50-over match)
Umpires
Johan Cloete
Ian Gould
TV Umpire
Richard Kettleborough
Reserve Umpire
Shaun George
Match Referee
Javagal Srinath