Australia beat South Africa by five runs, level series

January 18th, 2009 - 3:37 pm ICT by ANI  

Hobart (Tasmania, Australia), Jan.18 (ANI): Australia on Sunday successfully managed to level their ongoing one-day series against South Africa here,ekking out a thrilling five-run win in the second one-day international.
The scoreline in the five-match cricket series now reads 1-1.
Put into 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) shinning with the bat.
In reply, South Africa finished on 244 for six, thanks to contributions from Jacques Kallis (72), AB de Villiers (44), Mark Boucher (37 not out) and J P Duminy (35).
Needing 17 from the final over off Ben Hilfenhaus, Mark Boucher hit the bowler for a six but in the subsequent deliveries, boundaries were not easy to come by. Required a six off the last ball, Boucher could only manage a single as Australia levelled the series.
The third match of the series is scheduled in Sydney on January 23.
Australia lost the toss and was put into bat. (ANI)

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