10.1 Hopes strikes! Just a fraction short outside off, Smith comes down the pitch while simultaneously giving himself some room, slashes hard but gets a thick edge, actually off the bottom of the bat straight to Haddin who accepts it gleefully 46/1
    38.3 he goes, after an excellent knock! Bracken pushed it full this time, on middle, Gibbs made room and attempted to loft that over long-on, timed it well but not well enough, found Clarke in the deep who took it comfortably 223/3
    17.6 Harwood gets his maiden ODI wicket! Banged in short outside off, Kallis times that a little too well for his liking, upper-cuts it straight to third man, who's right at the edge waiting for it and takes a well-judged catch bending forward 87/2
    42.4 bowled on a good length on middle and leg, not quite full for the waft over midwicket that de Villiers was attempting, mistimed it completely and Ferguson at mid-on ran a couple of yards to his left to snap a well-judged catch 252/5
    40.6 bowled'im! Came back in after landing on a good length outside off, Morkel tried to guide that to third man from the crease but was late into the shot, the ball jagged back in sharply to beat his bat and clip off stump 240/4
    not out
    49.6 comes back well with a wicket off the last ball, short on middle and off, pulled away well but straight to Hussey at deep square leg who dives forward running in to take a sharp catch 317/6
    13 (lb 7, w 6)
    317/6 (50 Overs, RR: 6.34)
    Fall of wickets: 1-46 (Graeme Smith, 10.1 ov), 2-87 (Jacques Kallis, 17.6 ov), 3-223 (Herschelle Gibbs, 38.3 ov), 4-240 (Albie Morkel, 40.6 ov), 5-252 (AB de Villiers, 42.4 ov), 6-317 (Jean-Paul Duminy, 49.6 ov)
    NW Bracken1006416.40266110
    MG Johnson1005925.90339030
    JR Hopes1005715.70274100
    SM Harwood1005725.70234020
    NM Hauritz705107.28151400
    MJ Clarke302207.3361100
    20.4 Parnell's snapped it this time, flighted on the off stump, Haddin is tempted and attempts to clear long-on again, doesn't strike this as well as the previous one, gets more elevation than he would have wanted and finds Parnell, who takes it gleefully just inside the ropes 129/1
    23.3 he's gone now and South Africa have struck back with two quick wickets, forced much quicker through the air, landed on a good length on middle and spun away sharply, Clarke was beaten by the pace as well as the spin to watch is offstump pegged back 137/2
    40.6 He's gone now! What an eventful over, could well be the decisive blow. Held it back this time and banged it in short on middle, tried to pull it over midwicket, struck it well but couldn't clear him, Albie Morkel times his jump to perfection and Australia are pegged back again 226/6
    25.1 spin does the trick again, van der Merwe has turned this game around, similar ball to the one that got Clarke but bowled outside the off stump this time, Ferguson stepped out of his crease to play it into the off side but was done in by the sharp spin away from him, Boucher collected it cleanly and clipped off the bails to find the batsman just short 145/3
    27.4 van der Merwe you beauty! Flatter, following up on three flighted deliveries, landed just a fraction outside off stump and turned in towards Hussey to rap him on the pads as he got onto the back foot to work it behind square. Replays indicate he was struck in line with leg stump 151/4
    35.5 but that's where it stops for Australia, banged in short on middle, goes for the pull but it's onto him a little quickly, gets the top-edge and there are fielders converging to pouch that on the leg side, Steyn is the quickest to get to it and takes a good catch running to his right 188/5
    44.4 good length on middle and leg but moved a hint away from the batsman, Hopes tried to clip that over the in-field on the leg side, was into the shot a little too early, lobbed off the outside-half of the bat in the direction of backward point where Gibbs took a dolly 255/8
    43.3 superb yorker on middle, Johnson has made room but the length just isn't right for him, in the blockhole, he fails to get his bat down in time and the stumps take a beating! 245/7
    45.1 the end is nearing for the visitors now! Slightly short on middle, Hauritz makes room to dab that down to third man, misses it completely and the ball crashes into the stumps 256/9
    not out
    45.5 Timber, It's all over! Full and straight, bang on middle, Harwood tries his level best to dig it out but can't get his bat down in time, the stumps are pegged back and the crowd roars 256/10
    11 (lb 4, w 7)
    256 all out (45.5 Overs, RR: 5.58)
    Fall of wickets: 1-129 (Brad Haddin, 20.4 ov), 2-137 (Michael Clarke, 23.3 ov), 3-145 (Callum Ferguson, 25.1 ov), 4-151 (Michael Hussey, 27.4 ov), 5-188 (David Hussey, 35.5 ov), 6-226 (Ricky Ponting, 40.6 ov), 7-245 (Mitchell Johnson, 43.3 ov), 8-255 (James Hopes, 44.4 ov), 9-256 (Nathan Hauritz, 45.1 ov), 10-256 (Shane Harwood, 45.5 ov)
    DW Steyn7.514445.61318010
    WD Parnell906417.11207100
    JH Kallis402506.25113010
    JA Morkel502515.0091010
    J Botha1004814.80290300
    RE van der Merwe1004634.60251020

Match Details


Australia , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Series result

South Africa led the 5-match series 3-1

Match number


Hours of play (local time)

10.00 start, First Session 10.00-13.30 Interval 13.30-14.15, Second Session 14.15-17.45

Match days

13 April 2009 (50-over match)

ODI debut

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Match Notes

  • Ponting keen to finish lost series on a high

    Ricky Ponting's men have been unable to win back the No. 1 one-day international ranking but he believes they can still finish the tour on a high. South Africa claimed the series with a 61-run win in Port Elizabeth on Monday and in doing so confirmed thei

  • Arthur's World Cup plans on track

    South Africa stand poised to clinch an unprecedented third consecutive one-day series victory over Australia, but coach Mickey Arthur's sights are set higher

  • Gibbs hundred hands series to South Africa

    South Africa began the series as the world's No. 1 ODI side and they will finish it in the same position after Herschelle Gibbs' 21st one-day international century helped them take an unassailable 3-1 lead

Australia 2nd innings Partnerships

1st129BJ HaddinMJ Clarke
2nd8RT PontingMJ Clarke
3rd8RT PontingCJ Ferguson
4th6RT PontingMEK Hussey
5th37RT PontingDJ Hussey
6th38RT PontingJR Hopes
7th19JR HopesMG Johnson
8th10JR HopesNM Hauritz
9th1NW BrackenNM Hauritz
10th0NW BrackenSM Harwood