Australia win fifth one-dayer
Aussies secure a 47-run victory over South Africa but still lose ODI series 3-2.
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2009 07:52 GMT

South Africa celebrate their series win [GALLO/GETTY]
Australia finished the one-day international series against South Africa with a convincing 47-run victory in Johannesburg.

The Proteas won the series 3-2 and retain the No1 spot in the world ODI rankings.

Australia set a total of 303-7 which initially looked like it could be reached on a good wicket, but South Africa fell from 150-1 to be all out for 256 less than 20 overs later.

On the chase

South Africa lost captain Graeme Smith for 20 with the score on 46.

His opening partner Herschelle Gibbs, who hit a century in the last match, hit 10 fours and a six in the 101 balls he faced, before falling for 86.

Going for a sweep shot, he was trapped in front by off-spinner Nathan Hauritz.

Gibbs and Jacques Kallis added 104 for the second wicket in 20.3 overs, with the all-rounder hitting 64 off 69 balls, with six fours and a six.

Fifth ODI scorecard
Australia innings
B Haddin c Duminy b A Morkel 62
M Clarke c Duminy b van der Merwe 66
R Ponting c van d Merwe b Duminy 40
C Ferguson c de Villiers b v d Merwe 41
M Hussey not out 49
D Hussey st Boucher b Duminy 3
J Hopes run out 3
M Johnson c & b Duminy 2
N Hauritz not out 24
Extras 13
Total (seven wickets; 50 overs) 303
Fall of wickets: 1-127 2-138 3-192 4-223 5-231 6-238 7-246

South Africa innings
H Gibbs lbw b Hauritz 82
G Smith c Haddin b Bracken 20
J Kallis c Haddin b Bracken 64
A de Villiers b Laughlin 38
JP Duminy c Haddin b Johnson 3
M Boucher c Hauritz b Hopes 9
A Morkel c Laughlin b Hauritz 5
R van der Merwe c Bracken b Johnson 3
M Morkel c D Hussey b Johnson 15
D Steyn run out 0
M Ntini not out 9
Extras 8
Total (all out; 45.5 overs) 256
Fall of wickets: 1-46 2-150 3-188 4-191 5-213 6-226 7-229 8-238 9-238 10-256
Smith, Kallis and JP Duminy (3) all went caught behind off forcing shots, the first two to Bracken and the latter to Johnson.

AB de Villiers (38) was the only other home-side batsman to contribute a decent score, but he was bowled by a Ben Laughlin full-toss to be seventh man out on 229 in the 43rd over.

Fast bowler Mitchell Johnson finished with 3-58 for the best figures, although Hauritz took the man-of-the-match award with his 2-34.

The spinner helped slow down the scoring rate in the middle of the Proteas innings and claimed the valuable wickets of Gibbs and Albie Morkel (5).

"It was good for us to finish on a high, after being outplayed in the series,'' Hauritz said.

Morkel was out to a stunning catch high on the square-leg boundary by Laughlin, where the fielder did well to stay inside the boundary ropes.

Good start

Earlier, Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin put on a 27-run opening stand for Australia before South Africa hit back to restrict the visitors to 303-7.

Clarke smashed 10 boundaries to score 66 and Haddin hit seven fours and a six for 62 as the pair gave the Australians a fast start.

Ricky Ponting (40) and Callum Ferguson (41) got starts before being dismissed as South Africa took 7-119 in the middle overs.

However, Michael Hussey (49 not out) and Hauritz (24 not out) added a 57-run partnership in the final 10 overs to boost the total.

South African part-time spinner Duminy took 3-48 and left-arm spinner Roelof van der Merwe 2-44 to slow the scoring.

After Clarke and Haddin had put on their second hundred stand in as many matches, Haddin sliced a ball high from Morkel and was caught by Duminy in the covers in the 20th over.

Three overs and 11 runs later, Clarke pulled a ball from a Van der Merwe delivery to Duminy at square leg.

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Ferguson chipped a delivery in the 32nd over from Van der Merwe to AB de Villiers in the covers to end a 54-run partnership with Ponting.

Ferguson collected five fours.

Between the 31st and 41st overs, Van der Merwe and Duminy took a combined five wickets for only 54 runs.

Ponting was the next to fall, attempting to clear the ropes the ball after hitting a straight six off Duminy but only finding Van der Merwe at long-on and leaving Australia on 223-4 in the 37th over.

The Australia captain hit two fours and a six in 45 balls.

In the 39th over, David Hussey was stumped for 3 off a wide bowled by Duminy, and James Hopes was run out for 3 by a direct throw from De Villiers in the covers.

Two overs later, Duminy claimed his third wicket when he took a fine tumbling return catch low down to send Johnson on his way for 2.

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