5th ODI (D/N), Perth, Jan 30 2009, South Africa tour of Australia
(49/50 ov, target 289)
South Africa won by 39 runs
Player Of The Match
South Africa
AUS Innings
Full commentary
end of over 493 runs • 1 wicket
AUS: 249/10CRR: 5.08 • RRR: 40.00 • Need 40 runs from 6b
Ben Hilfenhaus1 (3)
Morne Morkel10-0-45-2
Wayne Parnell10-0-52-1

The South Africans clamber on to the field and celebrate. They have rounded off an epic tour with victory in the final ODI. Australia have been displaced from the top spot. South Africa batted well to post 288 and then reduced Australia to 4 for 53, from which they never really recovered. Hussey and Haddin tried to keep them in the hunt with half-centuries, but the home side always faced a massive salvage operation.

Lonwabo Tsotsobe snapped up his ODI wicket in his first over and came back to finish with four on debut. Botha was, as he has been all series, hard to score off because he fired them in quick and flat.

Lets go over to the post-match conference. The Man of the Match is Hashim Amla for his 97. He jogs up to the podium and chats to Mark Taylor. He is disappointed to miss a century but enjoyed the chance to contribute to victory. The Man of the Series is Albie Morkel for his 105 runs at 52.50, three wickets and two catches. His thigh and hip are a bit sore, he says, but like Amla he's just glad to have been a part of this winning unit.

Ricky Ponting says a few words: "Its been a disappointing way to round off this series. We were competitive in the first two games but were under par in the last two games. We've made a lot of mistakes but I can't put the finger on one reason we lost. Its been a learning curve for a lot of our newer guys. We have to give South Africa all the credit. They have had the better of us on most occasions."

Off he goes and up comes Botha: "The guys placed nicely and everyone contributed. The young players came in and were counted. Things went my way and I'm happy about how it all went. I don't know what will happen next, but Smith will come back."

The South Africans get together for a photo-op with the series silverware. Hats off to them, what a great tour they have had. Series wins in the Tests and ODIs. A great moment for them.

That is the end of the series from all of us at Cricinfo, but we will be back to bring you Australia's next match, the first of five ODIs against New Zealand, starting on this very ground on Sunday, February 1 at 13:30 local time (04:30 GMT). Hope you all have had fun and thanks for following Cricinfo again.

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M Morkel to Bracken, OUT
all over and we have a new number one in one-day international cricket! Bracken pulls a high full toss out to the substitute Steyn at wide long-on and South Africa win 4-1!
NW Bracken c sub (DW Steyn) b M Morkel 5 (13m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 62.50
M Morkel to Bracken, no run
makes room and misses out again, that wasn't far from off stump
M Morkel to Bracken, 2 runs
full in the blockhole, he makes room and carves past cover