What fun. Australia look relieved. South Africa look miffed. Hilfenhaus bowled a tidy last over, despite the six, but he can credit plenty to that man Bracken. The players all shake hands. This was a tense match. Hats off to Australia. South Africa, like the home side earlier in the day, simply lost steam. Australia, led by Bracken, curbed the runs and took wickets.
At one stage it appeared that Australia would have only themselves to blame. They were 1 for 131 half way through their innings, and 300 was on the cards. Even after half-centurions Marsh and Ponting departed in relative succession, surely Australia should have got 280 from there. But South Africa took five wickets for 53 runs in the last 10 overs, and 7 for 92 in the last 20. It was a tremendous comeback to restrict Australia to 249, but there was never a sense of urgency in their chase and they ended up losers. Kallis and de Villiers were batting decently but like Marsh and Ponting, they were separated and the chase lost steam. Credit to Bracken and Hilfenhaus and Harris.
Well folks, its been a terrific match. We will just get you the Man of the Match.
It is Shaun Marsh, who backed up his 79 in Melbourne with 78 as Australia secured an important victory.
So thats all we have today, hope you've had fun. Come back and see us for the third match from Sydney on January 23 at 14:15 local local. Until next time, goodbye!
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Only the single given. They need six to win. Boucher on strike. Hilfenhaus looks to have sealed it. Ponting has another conference. Everyone on their feet at Bellerive Oval.
South Africa need two boundaries. Ponting and the bowler discuss. White and Bracken join in. The crowd is abuzz. Deep square leg comes in. No one from fine leg to deep midwicket. A big risk.
South Africa's Powerplay is done. They need 17 from six balls. Very, very hard.
Bracken goes back around the stumps ...
Crowd chants. Haddin stands up to the stumps. Bracken changes the angle.
This is agonizing. South Africa need 26 runs from 12 balls remaining.
Hilfenhaus returns and his home crowd cheers.