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by John Pennington Sunday 7 September 2014
South Africa 221-4 (du Plessis 96) beatAustralia 217-9 (Steyn 4-35) by six wicketsOne-Day International tri-series final, HarareScorecard
Faf du Plessis fell four runs short of another century and Dale Steyn took four wickets as South Africa beat Australia by six wickets in the One-Day International tri-series in Zimbabwe.
Steyn returned figures of four for 35 as Australia posted a score of 217 for nine batting first with only Aaron Finch (54) hitting a half-century.
And although du Plessis, whose 96 came from 99 balls, missed out on a personal milestone, South Africa got past their target in 40.5 overs.
Hashim Amla (51) and AB de Villiers (57 not out) also struck half-centuries.
Although Finch made good progress for Australia, the same could not be said for his team-mates and South Africa took the early honours, even reducing their opponents to 144 for eight.
Some useful late runs from James Faulkner, who made 40, and Mitchell Starc, who scored 29 not out saw them past 200 but they didn't have enough runs on the board.
Backing Steyn up were Morne Morkel (2-58), Wayne Parnell (2-40) and Imran Tahir (1-40).
Quinton de Kock fell early for South Africa when he was caught by George Bailey off Glenn Maxwell for seven before Amla and du Plessis put on 98 together for the second wicket.
Parnell, promoted to bat at four, made six before he was bowled by Faulkner only for du Plessis and de Villiers to threaten to finish the game off in style together.
Looking to win the game and reach his century with a boundary, du Plessis was caught at mid-on by Faulkner off Mitchell Johnson but one ball later, de Villiers did hit the winning runs.
He finished on 57 not out in just 41 balls.
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