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by John Pennington Sunday 16 November 2014
South Africa 157-7 (Hazlewood 5-31) beatAustralia 154 (Morkel 5-21) by three wicketsSecond One-Day International, PerthScorecard
South Africa levelled their five-match One-Day International series against Australia after a three-wicket win in a low-scoring second match in Perth where the bowlers excelled.
Morne Morkel took five for 21 as Australia were bowled out for 154 in 41.4 overs with only Mitchell Marsh (67) able to offer a counter-attack.
South Africa made heavy weather of their run chase, however, and had to battle before getting home quickly enough in the 28th over.
Josh Hazlewood took five for 31 to almost bowl Australia to victory but they were made to rue not getting enough runs on the board.
South Africa's three-ponged pace attack of Morkel, Dale Steyn (3-35) and Vernon Philander (1-16) did much of the damage as Australia collapsed to 92 for five.
David Warner (0), Aaron Finch (8), Shane Watson (11) and Steve Smith (10) all fell cheaply before George Bailey (25), Marsh and Matthew Wade (19) managed to launch something of a recovery.
However, South Africa came back strongly and once Philander had removed Bailey and Marsh fell to Steyn, they made short work of Australia's lower order on a pitch offering pace and movement to the quick men.
Hazlewood and Mitchell Johnson then opened the bowling for Australia and exploited those conditions to reduce South Africa to 21 for two, seeing off openers Quinton de Kock (4) and Hashim Amla (10).
Faf du Plessis then made 19 and Rilee Rossouw 30 as South Africa opted to go for the runs quickly.
Rossouw faced 25 balls before fallling to Glenn Maxwell before AB de Villiers continued to play positively, making 48 in 41 balls.
Du Plessis became Hazlewood's second victim and one ball later Farhaan Behardien was caught by Warner.
De Villiers, with David MIller for company, then moved the score along to 141 before he too fell to Hazlewood, who once again struck with his next ball, this time removing Philander.
In a bid to put South Africa under even more pressure, Hazlewood began his 10th over and would have bowled out had Miller, unbeaten on 22, and Steyn, not out on four, not done enough to get South Africa over the line.
They had faced just 27.4 overs, scoring at 5.67 runs per over.
With the series tied at 1-1 following Australia's 32-run win in the opening game, the two sides move on to Canberra, where the Manuka Oval hosts the third game on Wednesday 19th November.
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