Aussies paste poor Proteas

A batting collapse from the home team handed Australia a consolation 47-run victory at The Wanderers.

The Proteas still win the series 3-2 but again they failed to show the killer instinct that would have ensured an embarrassing 8-2 overall triumph home and away.

Chasing Australia’s 303-7 it was always a gettable target and during Herschelle Gibbs and Jacques Kallis’s partnership they never looked troubled.

When Gibbs (82) was removed at 150-2 after 27.2 overs, the hosts were still in control but then the middle order collapsed to hand the initiative to the Aussies. Kallis, JP Duminy, Mark Boucher and Albie Morkel went tamely and all of a sudden they were chasing the game.

With 75 needed off the final eight overs, AB de Villiers opted for the final Powerplay but was bowled first ball of Ben Laughlin’s over and the game was gone.

The Aussies set an imposing target of 304, but they would have rued not posting at least an extra 50 as they were at one stage 100-0 after just 14 overs. Brad Haddin and Michael Clarke laid the perfect platform for the second match in a row with their stand of 127, before Albie Morkel struck to remove Haddin.

Once again it was up to the South African spinners, this time Roelof van der Merwe and Duminy in tandem, to put the brakes on. Van der Merwe claimed the scalps of top-scorer Michael Clarke (66) and Callum Ferguson, while Duminy filled Johan Botha’s role admirably as he crucially claimed Ricky Ponting at a vital juncture of the innings.

At that stage the visitors were 223-4 with over 13 overs remaining and a score of well over 300 was on track. The Aussies faltered in that regard, but eventually weren’t made to pay by a Proteas side lacking intensity all day.

Australia 303-7 in 50 overs
Michael Clarke 66, JP Duminy 3-48, Roelof van der Merwe 2-44
South Africa 256 all out in 45.5 overs
Herschelle Gibbs 82, Mitchell Johnson 3-58, Nathan Hauritz 2-34
Australia won by 47 runs

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