South Africa Hit Back With 80-Run Victory

South Africa Hit Back With 80-Run Victory
South Africa Hit Back With 80-Run Victory
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South Africa 303-6 (Kallis 76, Smith 61) beat
Australia 223 (Warner 74, Morkel 4-22) by 80 runs
Second One-Day International, Port Elizabeth

South Africa produced an outstanding all-round performance to beat Australia by 80 runs in the second One-Day International in Port Elizabeth and level the three-match series at 1-1.

Four players scored half-centuries as the Proteas scored 303 for six before Morne Morkel returned four for 22 as Australia were dismissed for 223.

David Warner made 74 in 97 balls but the rest of the batsmen were found wanting as the home side set up a decider with the tourists dismissed in exactly 50 overs.

South Africa received an early setback when captain Hashim Amla was caught and bowled by Doug Bollinger off the first ball of the game but thereafter they took control and didn't relinquish it.

Graeme Smith (61) and Jacques Kallis (76) then added 142 in 25.5 overs to set the foundation for JP Duminy (56 in 58 balls) and David Miller (59 in 51) to bat aggressively and take the attack to Australia.

Smith, who faced 69 deliveries, and Kallis, who faced 88, were hardly hanging around themselves and although Bollinger struck again to remove Duminy, the runs continued to come from Mark Boucher, who finished the innings unbeaten on 13 in 11 balls.

Ricky Ponting got Australia's innings off to a flyer with two fours as he raced to ten in seven balls but fell when he was caught by Francois du Plessis off Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

Michael Clarke was then caught by Smith for one as Morkel grabbed his first wicket.

Warner added 71 with Michael Hussey as Australia fought back but their partnership was ended when Hussey was run out and Morkel then grabbed the vital wicket of Warner, who was caught by Boucher.

Shane Watson's cameo of 15 in ten balls came to an end when Tsotsobe had him caught by Johan Botha and Steven Smith was caught by Duminy off Morkel for 26.

Dale Steyn wrapped up figures of two for 57 by dismissing Brad Haddin (13) and Xavier Doherty (10) while Morkel's fourth victim was Bollinger - caught by Duminy for six.

The decisive third ODI is in Durban on 28th October.

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