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    19.1 he's got him! SA following up well on that maiden, full on the off stump, Haddin makes room to cart that over the infield on the off side, ends up slicing it really high and Duminy at deep cover, positioned perfectly, just had to take few steps to his right to complete an easy catch 127/1
    22.5 Clarke goes! Pushed in short on middle, Clarke got on the front foot and pulled it straight o Duminy, running to his right from deep square leg, not a fully committed pull that, more a short-arm one and though he timed it well, he couldn't get the distance 138/2
    36.4 tossed up on the stumps this time and is tempted to go at it again, strikes it clean and high but not well enough as he fails to beat van der Merwe at long-on who takes a well-judged catch. Duminy does the trick. 223/4
    31.1 Fergie goes! An abrupt end to a good stand, quicker one the off stump, lands full, he drives through the line but ends up chipping it straight to de Villiers at short cover who takes a sharp chance 192/3
    not out
    38.2 a leg-side stumping, tossed up on middle and leg, drawing David Hussey out of the crease as he tries to work that away behind square, the ball spins down, the batsman misses and Boucher clips the bails to find him well short 231/5
    38.6 AB you beauty! Pushed wide of him at short cover but Hopes is not quick enough to respond, AB picks it up cleanly and throws down the stumps and the striker's end, while still diving forward, to find Hopes short of his ground 238/6
    40.5 short on middle, pushes it back uppishly towards Duminy who dives forward and to his left to pluck it inches off the ground, or so it seemed. Duminy wasn't sure himself and asked the umpire to call for a replay, which then confirmed he had just about managed to get his hands around it. 246/7
    not out
    13 (b 1, lb 3, w 9)
    303/7 (50 Overs, RR: 6.06)
    Fall of wickets: 1-127 (Brad Haddin, 19.1 ov), 2-138 (Michael Clarke, 22.5 ov), 3-192 (Callum Ferguson, 31.1 ov), 4-223 (Ricky Ponting, 36.4 ov), 5-231 (David Hussey, 38.2 ov), 6-238 (James Hopes, 38.6 ov), 7-246 (Mitchell Johnson, 40.5 ov)
    DW Steyn1007307.30278140
    M Ntini604808.00127000
    M Morkel814105.12255000
    JH Kallis2021010.5032100
    JA Morkel402416.00124000
    RE van der Merwe1004424.40314000
    JP Duminy1004834.80250130
    27.4 bowled much flatter, landed on a good length outside off and spun back in to strike Gibbs in line with middle and leg as he got down one one knee to sweep that powerfully in the square-leg region 150/2
    7.1 edged and gone! Bowled on a good length outside off, Smith took a couple of steps forward and simultaneously made room to slice that over the infield on the off side, got a thick edge and Haddin did the rest 46/1
    34.3 could this be the turning point? Bowled on a length outside off, sucking Kallis into the drive, angling away from him, gets a thick edge and Haddin stretches well to his right snap a sharp chance 188/3
    42.1 Timber! Full and straight, de Villiers makes room to drive that through the covers, misses and the stumps are pegged back. 229/7
    35.5 falls into the trap, Johnson fires it in wide, it's a teasing driving length and Duminy is tempted, he goes at it hard leaning forward, gets a faint nick straight to Haddin 191/4
    39.1 big wicket! Australia are in front now, short on the off stump, pulled away well but straight to Hauritz at deep midwicket positioned there exactly for that shot. The bowling change yields a wicket immediately, and it's up to AB and Albie now to pull things back for the hosts 213/5
    41.2 Laughlin, you genius!! Tossed up outside off, and Albie goes for the slog-sweep, Laughlin's right at the edge of the ropes at deep midwicket and for a good while it appears the ball will clear him easily, but he waits, and times his jump to perfection to snap that over his head inches in front of the ropes, and celebrates kicking it Aussie-rules style back into the field. A decisive moment, that 226/6
    43.1 What now, my friend? Short outside off, tried to upper-cut that over the third-man boundary, got it a lot squarer and certainly not the distance he desired, Bracken was waiting for it and took it gleefully at deep point, took some time to come down but he judged it well 238/8
    45.5 it's all over! Length ball on the off stump, tries to clear the long-on boundary but mistimes it completely, David Hussey runs back a few steps from mid-on to complete a simple catch 256/10
    43.2 Almost over now, pushes it into the off side and sets off for a single when there is none, gets no response from the non-striker, Steyn has run to the other end and is stranded, Hussey fields at short cover and throws it back to Haddin who completes the formalities 238/9
    not out
    8 (b 2, lb 1, w 5)
    256 all out (45.5 Overs, RR: 5.58)
    Fall of wickets: 1-46 (Graeme Smith, 7.1 ov), 2-150 (Herschelle Gibbs, 27.4 ov), 3-188 (Jacques Kallis, 34.3 ov), 4-191 (Jean-Paul Duminy, 35.5 ov), 5-213 (Mark Boucher, 39.1 ov), 6-226 (Albie Morkel, 41.2 ov), 7-229 (AB de Villiers, 42.1 ov), 8-238 (Roelof van der Merwe, 43.1 ov), 9-238 (Dale Steyn, 43.2 ov), 10-256 (Morne Morkel, 45.5 ov)
    MG Johnson8.505836.56295220
    NW Bracken1015425.40276000
    B Laughlin905616.22297120
    NM Hauritz903423.77241000
    JR Hopes603115.16163010
    MJ Clarke201608.0022000
    DJ Hussey10404.0020000

Match Details


South Africa , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Player Of The Series

Series result

South Africa won the 5-match series 3-2

Match number


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 days

17 April 2009 - day/night match (50-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Match Notes

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  • Consolation win lifts Australia to No. 2

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  • Long, tough summer draws to a close

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South Africa 2nd innings Partnerships

1st46HH GibbsGC Smith
2nd104JH KallisHH Gibbs
3rd38JH KallisAB de Villiers
4th3JP DuminyAB de Villiers
5th22MV BoucherAB de Villiers
6th13JA MorkelAB de Villiers
7th3AB de VilliersRE van der Merwe
8th9M MorkelRE van der Merwe
9th0DW SteynM Morkel
10th18M NtiniM Morkel