Australia 131 (Ferguson 50, Parnell 4-25, Steyn 4-27) v
South Africa 33-1 (Smith 25no)
Second One Day International, Centurion Park: lunch
By John Pennington
Dale Steyn and Wayne Parnell shared eight wickets as South Africa skittled Australia for 131 in 40.2 overs of the second One Day International at Centurion Park.
Ricky Ponting won his eighth toss in a row against South Africa but until Callum Ferguson eked out a half-century, there was little else to cheer for the tourists as they slipped to 19 for five, rallying somewhat to reach 131 in the 41st over before lunch was taken with South Africa on 33 for one.
Brad Haddin edged Dale Steyn on to his stumps for a duck and although Ponting smashed the same bowler for a six to get off the mark first ball, he was unable to make more than eight before he edged Wayne Parnell and wicket-keeper Mark Boucher picked up a fine catch. Parnell struck again to trap Michael Clarke (5) before Boucher and Steyn combined again to dismiss David Hussey for one. Two balls later, Australia were five down before 20 runs had been scored when Michael Hussey was deceived by a Parnell slower ball to be out lbw.
Shades of the Caribbean in 2008 when , going on to win and eariler this year, when Bangladesh reduced Sri Lanka to five for six - on both occasions the side collapsing went on to win, and if Australia do turn it around, they will owe an awful lot to Ferguson.
He reached his second half-century in 82 balls with just three fours, watching on as James Hopes edged Jacques Kallis to Johan Botha at slip, and then forming the first substantial partnership of the innings with Mitchell Johnson, who made 30.
Johnson hit two fours and a six before Botha had him trapped in front to end a 63-run stand for the seventh wicket that pushed Australia past 100 overall.
Soon after he reached his half-century, Ferguson was out when he gloved a rising Steyn delivery to AB de Villiers at short point. Parnell took his fourth wicket when Nathan Bracken (5) chipped him to Herschelle Gibbs at extra cover and Steyn joined him on four to end the innings with another edge behind, this time from Nathan Hauritz (10).
Steyn finished with four for 27, Parnell with four for 25, Botha one for 29 and Kallis one for 11.
South Africa made a positive start, Graeme Smith pulling imperiously and driving fluently to reach 25 after Gibbs (2) sliced Mitchell Johnson to Nathan Hauritz in the covers.
Australia thumped South Africa by 141 runs in the opening match of the five-match series in Durban.
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