Friday 30 January 2009 

South Africa Set Australia 289 To Win in Perth

Australia have been set 289 to win the fifth and final One Day International against South Africa in Perth after Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers and JP Duminy all hit half-centuries for the tourists.

Amla's 97, de Villiers' 62 and Duminy's unbeaten 60 ensured that South Africa posted 288 for six after they won the toss and chose to bat first.

Amla was in superb touch right from the off and even though Herschelle Gibbs (7) and Neil McKenzie (10) departed early, South Africa's 50 came up in the 12th over and he and de Villiers added 118 for the third wicket.

Both men were dismissed by James Hopes, de Villiers caught by James Warner and Amla snapped up by wicket-keeper Brad Haddin three runs short of a century.

Duminy added the finishing touches to the innings with 60 in 42 balls that included three sixes and three fours as Hopes claimed three for 44 and Ben Hilfenhaus two for 43.

Australia welcomed back vice-captain Michael Clarke and fast bowler Nathan Bracken, who went wicketless.

© Cricket World 2009