A new-look Australian bowling attack stifled South Africas batsmen as the hosts eked out a thrilling five-run win in the second ODI to level the five-match cricket series 1-1 here on Sunday.
Put in to bat,Australia at one stage looked certain to reach the 300-mark before South African bowlers bounced back to restrict them to a moderate 249 for nine with Shaun Marsh (78) and Ricky Ponting (64) shining with the bat.
In reply,South Africa got handy contributions from Jacques Kallis (72),AB de Villiers (44),Mark Boucher (37 not out) and JP Duminy (35) but still fell short of the target and finished at 244 for six.
Needing 17 from the final over,Mark Boucher hit a six but the subsequent deliveries went waste. Needing a six off the last ball,Boucher could only manage a single.
Australia: Shaun Marsh c Gibbs b Duminy 78; David Warner c Boucher b Steyn 5; Ricky Ponting c de Villiers b Kallis 64; Michael Hussey c Gibbs b Kallis 28; David Hussey c Morkel b Ntini 19; Cameron White c Botha b Steyn 1; Brad Haddin run out (Ntini) 23; James Hopes c Morkel b Ntini 8; Ryan Harris c Duminy b Ntini 7; Nathan Bracken not out 0; Extras: (lb 8,w8) 16; Total (for nine wickets): 249; FoW: 1-17,2-152,3-166,4-190,5-197,6-218,7-232,8-249,9-249; Bowling: Steyn 10-2-36-2,Ntini 9-0-39-3,Kallis 10-0-57-2,A Morkel 8-0-46-0,Botha 7-0-40-0,Duminy 6-0-23-1.
South Africa: Herschelle Gibbs c Michael Hussey b Hopes 19; Hashim Amla c White b Hilfenhaus 8; Jacques Kallis c David Hussey b Hilfenhaus 72; AB de Villiers run out 44; JP Duminy run out (Haddin) 35; Neil McKenzie b Harris 8; Mark Boucher not out 37; Albie Morkel not out 11; Extras: (b 3,lb 2,w 5) 10; Total (for six wickets): 244; FoW: 1-15,2-52,3-145,4-157,5-172,6-205; Bowling: Hilfenhaus 10-2-60-2,Bracken 10-0-38-0,Harris 10-0-54-1,Hopes 10-0-43-1,D Hussey 7-0-28-0,White 3-0-16-0.