South Africa snatch series and No.1 ODI spot from Australia

January 30th, 2009 - 8:50 pm ICT by IANS  

Perth, Jan 30 (IANS) Left-arm fast bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe sizzled on debut with four wickets as South Africa beat Australia by 39 runs in the fifth One-day cricket international to clinch the series 4-1 and also snatch the No.1 spot from the hosts here Friday. Having already lost the series 3-1, Australia had to chase 289 to salvage some pride in the inconsequential tie at the Western Australia Cricket Association (WACA) Ground. But they found the 24-year-old Tsotsobe too hot to handle as he rocked the Australian top-order with his 4-50 and bowled out the hosts for 249 in 49 overs.

Tsotsobe removed Shaun Marsh (5) and captain Ricky Ponting (12) in successive overs while Morne Morkel removed vice-captain Michael Clarke (0) to leave Australia struggling at 3-35 in the ninth over. David Warner’s (22) added more misery to the hosts.

Michael Hussey (78) and Brad Haddin (63) led the fightback with their patient innings but it was cut short again by Tsotsobe who dismissed Michael for his third wicket of the evening. Part-timers Johan Botha and Jean-Paul Duminy kept things tight at the other end to keep the run flow in check.

Duminy picked up the important wicket of David Hussey (32) while Tsotsobe claimed Mitchell Johnson for his four-wicket haul as the Australians crumbled to 249.

Earlier, Hashim Amla hit an elegant 97 as South Africa put up 288 for six. Amla hit six fours and a six in his 117-ball knock and added 118 runs for the third wicket with AB de Villiers (60) after South Africa lost Herschelle Gibbs (7) and Neil McKenzie (10) early, after skipper Botha won the toss and opted to bat.

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