Australia Bounce Back To Beat South Africa
Australia 282-7 (Marsh 86no, Hughes 85) beat
South Africa 220 (du Plessis 126) by 62 runs
One-Day International tri-series, Harare
Australia bounced back from their three-wicket defeat to Zimbabwe at their first opportunity, winning game five of the One-Day International tri-series against South Africa by 62 runs.
We lost too many wickets, myself included, at one time. We failed as a batting unit and that wasn't good enough. - AB— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) September 2, 2014
Half-centuries from Mitchell Marsh and Phil Hughes helped Australia post 282 for seven and despite Faf du Plessis' second century of the series, South Africa fell short when they were bowled out for 220.
Australia's victory qualifies them for the final later on this week.
Marsh followed up his unbeaten 86 in 51 balls, helping Australia add 62 runs in their final four overs, with a brace of wickets.
The all-rounder hit five fours and seven sixes to add crucial late runs for Australia after Hughes had earlier made 85 in 92 deliveries.
Steve Smith, batting at number three, made 36 and George Bailey 32 to set a good platform for Australia.
Aaron Phangiso took two wickets for South Africa while Dale Steyn, Morne MOrkel, Ryan McLaren and Imran Tahir took one apiece.
With the exception of du Plessis, who stroked a superb 126 in 109 balls, the South African batsmen failed to fire - which de Villiers would later say was 'not good enough'.
Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Johnson and Kane Richardson joined Marsh - who dismissed Hashim Amla (17) and JP Duminy (16) - in taking two wickets and Nathan Lyon was the other wicket-taker.
McLaren, who made 24, was the only other player to reach double figures as du Plessis, striking eight fours and six sixes, was left to play a lone hand for South Africa.
Quinton de Kock (1), de Villiers (6) and David Miller (3) all fell cheaply and du Plessis fell in unfortunate circumstances when he walked back on to his stumps trying to play Richardson to the leg-side.
He was the eighth man to fall and following him in quick succession were Morkel, bowled by Johnson without scoring and Tahir, caught by Marsh off Maxwell for two.
South Africa play Zimbabwe on Thursday (4th September) still needing to avoid a big defeat to guarantee their spot in the final to take on Australia again.
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