Proteas go 2-1 up against Aussies

January 23rd, 2009 - 6:31 pm ICT by ANI  

Sydney, Jan. 23 (ANI): South Africa on Friday won the third of five one-day internationals against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground here, thanks to contributions from Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Kaliis and Albie Morkel
Gibbs got South Africa away to a flying start in their chase of 270 but his dismissal for 64 left Jacques Kallis in charge of the task at the halfway mark. Kallis took a while to get going but there was a moment of enjoyment early in his innings when he became the eighth man and the first South African to reach 10,000 ODI runs.
Replying to Australias score of 269 in 49.2 overs, South Africa achieved the victory target of 270 for the loss of seven wickets of 46.3 overs. They won with 21 balls to spare.
Apart from Gibbs, who scored 64, Kallis chipped in with 60, while Albie Morkel and wicketkeeper Mark Bouched scored 40 and 31 respectively.
For the Australians, pace bowlers Shaun Tait, Mitchell Johnson and Nathan Bracken took a wicket each, while off-spinner Nathan Hauritz claimed two wickets for 60 runs.
Earlier, the Australians put up a challenging total of 269, thanks to contributions from New South Wales batting tyro David Warner who top scored with 69, Shaun Marsh with 43, David Hussey with 36 and James Hopes with 33.
For the South Africans, Dale Steyn and Makaya Ntini picked up two wickets each, while skipper Johann Botha chipped in with three wickets for 32 runs of his ten overs.
Albie Morkel was declared the man of the match for his quick fire 40. (ANI)

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