*AB de Villiers fully deserved his Man-of-the-Match accolade...*AB de Villiers was chasing 329 to win against the No. 1 ODI side. And he got cramps midway through the innings. Finished with 136* off 106.

— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) August 27, 2014

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Proteas has chase down Australia's total with ease as an injured AB de Villiers leads from the front #SAvAUS pic.twitter.com/iIWp4C7Nfd

— FOX SPORTS Cricket (@FOXCricketLive) August 27, 2014

**What a remarkable run-chase by South Africa!** Considering the opponents, this must rank right up there with some of their best ever run-chases.

I said beforehand that South Africa need some practice chasing big scores down with next year's World Cup in mind. And they did just that!

Well done to Faf du Plessis (106), who scored his first ODI century, and AB de Villiers (136 not out off 106 balls) who absolutely pummelled the Aussie bowlers.

Credit to JP Duminy as well for making 33 not out off 29 balls at the end there. He came in at a potentially tricky period...

**RESULT:**South Africa win by 7 wickets!

Duminy takes a single off Faulkner to end the game!

South Africa finish on 328/3 after 46.4 overs.

**SA 327/3. The scores are level!**

Someone get a stretcher to take AB off after this innings. Victory is imminent.

— Just Proteas (@justproteas) August 27, 2014

SA 320/3 after 46 overs.

**They require 8 more runs to win off 24 balls.**

England's cricket journos busy writing "AB de Villiers is good, but Insert English Cricketer Here is the most talented batsmen in the world"

— David Moseley (@david_moseley) August 27, 2014

**OVERS 45:** SA 310/3

Run-rate: 6.88 per over

**They require 18 more runs to win off 30 balls.**

**50 PARTNERSHIP**between De Villiers and Duminy.

**SIX**to bring up SA's

**300**, coming off 43.4 overs. This game is done as a contest!

SA 293/3 after 43 overs.

**They need 35 runs to win off 42 balls.**

**Michell Johnson**has now completed his overs. He conceded 63 off 10 without taking a wicket. When he fails to perform, Australia normally struggle...

AB de Villiers has scored 18 ODI ton, among South African only Herschelle Gibbs (21) has more. #SAvAus

— Cricket Record (@cricinfo_record) August 27, 2014

**OVERS 40:** SA 273/3

Run-rate: 6.82 per over

**They require 55 more to win off 60 balls.**

206 - The 206 put on by Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers is a record ODI partnership for South Africa against Australia. Teamwork.

— OptaJim (@OptaJim) August 27, 2014

**DID YOU KNOW?**

AB de Villiers now averages 59 against Australia in ODI cricket.

**I have to agree with Rob's tweet...**

Oops, you don't want to be overly critical after a knock like that, but perhaps Faf might have eased off pedal for few mins.

— Rob Houwing (@RobHouwing) August 27, 2014

**JP Duminy**comes in to bat, South Africa need

**71 runs to win off 72 balls**.

**WICKET! **Du Plessis is out for 106, caught by Smith in the deep after miscuing a bouncer from Starc.

SA 257/3 after 38 overs.

**250**as well as the

**200 PARTNERSHIP**between De Villiers and Du Plessis.

**CENTURY **up for AB de Villiers, coming off 82 balls.

It's his 18th century in ODI cricket.

**CENTURY**for Faf du Plessis, coming off 95 balls!

192* runs stand between AB de Villiers & Faf du Plessis, the highest stand for South Africa against Australia in ODIs. #SAvAus

— Cricket Record (@cricinfo_record) August 27, 2014

**SIX**. That's a type of shot you'll see him hit in the IPL!

**94 needed off 84 balls.**

Another drop! It's like they don't want to win or something. Bailey this time. Another sitter.

— Cricket365 (@Cricket365) August 27, 2014

**CHANCE!**Oh dear, another sitter goes down. This time captain George Bailey drops De Villiers at point... Richardson is the bowler who looks on in disbelief...

The **Batting Powerplay** is now taken.

Drop!! MiJo is raging! He dropped it off his own bowling and it was a sitter.

— Cricket365 (@Cricket365) August 27, 2014

**CHANCE!**

Oh my word, Johnson has dropped an absolute sitter of a catch after De Villiers had played it straight back to him!

Both De Villiers and Du Plessis are receiving treatment from the physio Brandon Jackson during the **DRINKS BREAK.**

**SA need 124 to win from 108 balls.**

**RECORD!**

This is also now a record third wicket stand in one-day cricket for South Africa against Australia. It beats the record set by Hansie Cronje and Daryll Cullinan at Centurion in 1996.

**150 PARTNERSHIP**between Du Plessis and De Villiers, coming off 138 balls.

**200**up for South Africa, coming off 188 balls.

**MAXIMUM**. That one hit the advertising wedge around the rope so is given as a six.

**Mitchell Johnson**is now back into the attack for Australia. I've got a sneaky feeling his next spell could determine the outcome of the game...

**OVERS 30: **SA 187/2

Run-rate: 6.23 per over

**They require 141 runs off 120 balls.**

South Africa win by 7 wickets - South Africa win by 7 wickets. AB and Faf steered the chase very well and gunned down the total with ease. Faf got his maiden ton and AB stayed there till the end with Duminy to seal a big win.

A single to start the over and then a bouncer that is called a wide from Faulkner. Four, Duminy hits the ball through midwicket and mid-on for four. Another wide from Faulkner, just one needed to win. A single and South Africa seal a big win.

A couple of runs to start the over and then Duminy takes a single. Four, AB hits the wide ball over mid-off for four. Three singles to end the over, just 8 runs needed now.

South Africa closing in, Faulkner comes back into the attack. Five singles from the over, South Africa need 18 runs from 30 balls.

300: Richardson into his 9th over. Three singles and then six, Duminy steps out of his crease and hits the ball over the umpire's head for a six. A single and then AB takes a couple of runs to deep cover to end the over. 12 from the over. The 300 comes up for SA.

A couple of runs to start the over and then a couple of singles. A wide from Johnson down the leg side. Three, Duminy pushes the ball wide of point for three runs, AB runs three despite the hammy struggles. 11 from the over, 35 needed from 42 balls.

Richardson comes back to bowl, AB hits the first ball to square leg for a couple of runs. A wide from Richardson and then a single. A couple of dots and then a single to end the over. 46 needed from 48 balls.

Johnson comes back into the attack, Duminy takes a single to deep midwicket. AB hits the ball through square leg for a couple of runs. Four from the over.

AB takes a single from the first ball, four from the over. South Africa 273 for 3.

Duminy is the new man in, he takes a single from the first ball through midwicket. A single to start the over and then AB sweeps the ball to deep cover for a couple. Four, AB hits the ball through cover and long-off for four. AB takes a single to cover, he is struggling with his hamstring. Duminy takes three runs as he hits the ball to deep point, Maxwell pulls the ball back. 12 from the over.

Wicket: Starc comes back into the attack. Faf hits the first ball through the covers for four, his first ODI 100 comes up. A single and then AB hits the ball over mid-off for four more, he gets to his 100. A single and then Faf dissects long-on and long-off for four. WICKET! Finally a wicket for Australia, the bouncer gets Faf out, Smith takes the catch at midwicket.

Faulkner comes back into the attack. Three singles to start the over and then AB hits the last ball for a six. Both batsmen on 97 now.

Richardson comes back into the attack. AB drives the ball through covers for a couple of runs. Dropped, AB is dropped again, Bailey at point juggles the ball and drops it. Another single and then AB hits the ball over mid-off for four. Good over from South Africa.

AB hits one back to Johnson and he drops an easy catch. Four, AB outside edges the next ball and the ball goes wide of Haddin for four. 5 from the over.

AB hits the ball to the left of mid-off and it goes all the way to the boundary for four. A couple of singles to end the over. 7 from the over the asking rate is 6.68 per over now.

This partnership is worth more than 150, and South Africans are cruising on auto-pilot mode towards a win here. They are just two wickets down, and need 124 from 108 balls. The physio is out, giving AB's hamstring a bit of a stretch. After drinks, Johnson continues. A single and then Faf works the ball through midwicket for a couple of runs. A couple of singles to end the over.

AB goes down on one knee and reverse sweeps the first ball from Maxwell on the off side for a couple. A single and then Faf paddles the ball to fine leg for a couple. A single

200: Richardson comes back to bowl another spell. AB drives the ball through point for a couple of runs. A couple more as AB hits the ball to fine leg. A couple of singles to end the over. The 200 comes up for South Africa.

Johnson comes back into the attack, Bailey trying to get a wicket now. Four, Faf hits the yorker through mid off for four. Six, Faf hits the last ball for a six, Johnson can't get a wicket for Australia, he ends up giving 11 runs from the over.

Marsh comes back into the attack to replace Maxwell. Four singles and then AB cuts the ball through point for two runs. Another single to end the over, 7 risk-free runs from it.

Faf comes down the wicket to Starc and hits the ball over cover for four, then takes a single to rotate strike. Another single and Faf hits the ball through midwicket for four. A couple of runs to end the over, 12 runs from it.

AB goes down on one knee and reverse sweeps the first ball from Maxwell on the off side for a couple. A single and then Faf paddles the ball to fine leg for a couple.

Starc comes back into the attack. Three singles from the over, AB gets to his 50 in 49 balls.

Four singles to start Maxwell's over, and then Faf paddles the ball to fine leg for a couple of runs.

Morkel comes back to bowl a second spell. Four, edged and it goes wide of De Kock for four. Morkel oversteps, free hit coming up. A single from the free hit as Bailey pushes the ball to square leg. Three dots to end the over.

Faulkner continues, just three singles from the over. South Africa bring up their 150. The 100 run stand also comes up.

Maxwell replaces Smith who has been expensive today. Five singles from the over, the asking rate just below 7 per over now. This partnership is worth 96.

50: A single to start the over and then five singles to end it. Faf gets his 50, South Africa need 186 from 27 overs.

A couple of dots and then AB hits Smith for a six, he waited for it and then swung his bat to hit it over the bowler's head for a six. Four, AB is making this a big over, he slaps the ball through the covers for four. A single to end another big over, 13 runs from it.

Faulkner changes ends and comes back to bowl. A couple of singles and then Faulkner bowls a wide. A single and to dots to end the over, the required rate creeps up above 7 per over again.

First sign of spin, Smith comes into the attack. Four, AB joins the party as he hits a long hop from Smith through midwicket for four. A single and then a couple of dots. A couple of singles to end the over, this pair keeping the asking rate in check.

A single to start the over from Marsh and then Faf hits the ball over midwicket for four. A couple of singles, and then a dot to end the over.

100: AB takes a single to give Faf the strike. Four, Faf quickly pulls the next ball over midwicket for four more. A couple of dots and then Faf hits the ball straight past the bowler for four more. Another big over for SA.

A couple of singles to start the over as Marsh continues after drinks. Faf takes a couple of runs as he hits the ball through the covers. Four, then he hits the ball over mid-on for four more. Faf flicks the next ball through midwicket for three runs and a single to end the over. A big one for South Africa, 12 runs from it.

Faulkner comes into the attack. Faf hits the ball through mid-on for a couple of runs. Then he takes a single through the covers and Faulkner bowls a wide. 4 from the over. Time for drinks.

Johnson starts his 5th over, a couple of singles to start and then a dot. AB drives the ball with a straight bat past the bowler and mid-on for four. Two dots to end the over, the asking rate is just over 7 per over.

Four, Faf hits Marsh straight down the pitch for four, brilliant shot from him. A couple of singles and then two dots to end the over.

Johnson comes back into the attack, no sign of slower bowlers from Australia. A dot and then AB pushes the short ball to deep square leg for a single. Three dots and a single to end the over, South Africa looking to rebuild.

Marsh comes on to bowl. Four singles to start the over and then Faf hits the ball over midwicket for four, a much needed boundary. Just four from the over.

AB takes a single through mid-off, then Faf hits Starc through extra cover for three runs, the ball slows down near the boundary. A wide for height, Haddin has to jump to get that. Four, AB cuts the ball through backward point for four, the asking rate is 6.79 per over now.

Wicket: AB walks out to bat with SA in a bit of trouble. AB punches the first ball through point for three runs. Five dots to end the over.

Wicket: A single to start the over, De Kock pushes the ball to third man. Faf hits the ball through mid off for three runs. WICKET! A lot of field changes, De Kock top edges the ball and Faulkner in the deep takes a good catch. Starc gets the wicket.

Wicket: WICKET! Amla is out, Richardson gets the wicket and Smith takes the catch at point, Amla hits it hard but Smith does well to hold on to a difficult catch. They check if it is a clean catch and it looks like it is. Faf comes out to bat. A couple of dots and then a wide from Faf. Faf drives the ball through mid-off for a couple of runs.

Starc comes back into the attack. A couple of singles and then a dot. Three singles from the over.

Richardson continues, De Kock drives the ball from the front foot to the covers for three runs, Maxwell gives chase and cuts it off. Amla takes a couple of runs through midwicket. A couple of dots to end the over.

A single to start the over and then Amla hits Johnson down the ground, through mid-off for four, pure timing in that shot and not much footwork. A wide from Johnson makes it 6 from the over.

Richardson replaces Starc, Amla drives the ball wide of mid-off for four, superb shot. Four, Amla looks to guide the ball to third man, ends up edging it just wide of the keeper and for four more. 8 from the over.

Four, Amla hits the ball through backward point and third man for four, he gets off the mark with a boundary. Amla hits the last ball to fine leg for three runs. South Africa 21 for no loss.

Four, Starc starts from the other end and De Kock punches the ball through the covers for four. A couple more as De Kock pulls the ball through midwicket. A wide and then De Kock drives the length ball through mid-on for a couple. Four, De Kock ends the over with a boundary, he hits the ball through the covers to make it 13 from the over.

Johnson runs in with the new ball, De Kock takes a single to deep square leg. Amla plays the rest of the over out.

Parnell to bowl the final over, six, Mitch sends the first ball over midwicket for a six. Then he goes for another big hit but ends up padding the ball for a single. A single and then Mitch hits another one out of the park, this flies over deep square leg for a six. A couple of runs and then Johnson hits the last ball for four, he get 23 from 8 balls and Australia end on 327 for 7.

The six-hitting, window-breaking Johnson comes out to bat, but Faulkner is on strike. Three singles and then Johnson hits the bouncer to third man for a couple. 6 from the over.

Wicket: McLaren comes back into the attack. Smith takes a couple of runs and then McLaren bowls a wide. Four, Smith drives the ball past the diving cover fielder for four. Four more, Smith hits the slow full toss past point for four. Four more, three in a row, Smith hits this over point for four more. A couple of runs and the 300 comes up for Australia. WICKET! Smith is out, McLaren bowls him and Australia lose their 7th wicket.

Steyn into his 9th over, Smith takes a single and then Faulkner hits the ball over cover for three runs. Four, Smith outside edges the ball past the keeper for four. A single to end the over, Australia are 284 for 6.

Tahir continues, three singles to start the over and then a couple of dots. Tahir finishes his work for the day, 10 overs, 2 wickets for 45 runs.

Wicket: Steyn comes back into the attack. AB misfields the ball at short midwicket, Smith gets three runs. WICKET! Haddin is out, Steyn gets the wicket and Amla takes the outside edge at first slip. Faulkner comes out to bat. Faulkner takes a single to get off the mark, he hit that to point. Another single to end the over.

Tahir comes back to bowl. Six, Haddin slogs the ball over midwicket for a six to get off the mark. Then he takes a single, a leg bye and then Haddin places the ball to midwicket for a couple of runs.

Wicket: Morkel bowls another wide to start the over. Maxwell cuts the ball to third man for a couple of runs. Another wide from Morkel, this is his sixth wide of the day. WICKET! Maxwell slogs the ball only to give a simple catch to AB at mid-on. Big wicket for South Africa, Haddin comes out to bat. Smith takes a single to bring Haddin on strike. A leg bye to end the over.

Four, Maxwell hits the first ball from McLaren through fine leg for four to get off the mark. Smith is the new man in, a single to square leg brings him on strike. Smith drives the last ball through the covers for a couple of runs.

Wicket: Bailey hits one high in the air and there are two fielders getting under it. It drops safely between AB and McLaren, Bailey gets two runs. Six, Bailey swings his bat and hits the ball over the deep square leg fence for a six. WICKET! Morkel gets a wicket, Bailey is caught behind. That may have hit his back pocket of his trousers, but the umpire raises his finger instantly.

Wicket: WICKET! McLaren comes back and strikes, Duminy takes a simple catch at deep square leg, Finch is out after scoring a ton. A couple of runs as Bailey hits the ball through midwicket. Maxwell is the new batsman.

Morkel comes back into the attack. A single and then another wide from Morkel. A couple of singles and then Bailey hits a six to get his 50, he hits this over extra cover for a big one. Good knock from the captain. Another wide from Morkel. A couple of runs to end the over.

100: Duminy starts his 4th over, a couple of singles and then Finch sweeps the ball through deep square leg for four. A single and Finch gets his 100, well played by the Aussie opener. Bailey hits the ball through midwicket for a couple of runs to move on to 45.

Parnell continues, and starts his 6th over with a wide. Finch drives the ball to deep cover for a single. Three singles to end the over, Finch is on 94.

Finch slogs the ball over midwicket for a couple of runs. Six, Duminy tosses it up and Finch dispatches the ball over long-on for a six. Three singles to end the over, Finch moves on to 91.

Last over of the power play, four singles to start the over and then Bailey hits the ball past the keeper for four, poor ball from Parnell. Six, Bailey ends the over with a flat six over long-on, making it 14 from the over. Another expensive over from Parnell.

A couple of singles and then Bailey mistimes his shot, ends up hitting the ball over the covers for a couple of runs. Bailey pulls the next ball through midwicket for a single. A couple more singles to end the over, making it 7 from the over.

A couple of singles and then Steyn bowls a wide. Three dots and then Finch hits the last ball of the over through point and third man for four.

McLaren comes back to bowl in the power play. Four, Finch moves into the 70s as he edges it past the keeper and third man to the boundary. A single and then Bailey drives the ball down the ground for a boundary to end the over.

Power Play: Steyn comes on as Australia take the power play early. A single and then Finch pads the ball to the boundary to get four leg byes. The 150 comes up for Australia. A couple of singles to end the over.

A couple of runs as Bailey works the first ball of the over through midwicket. Four, Bailey takes the fuller ball and hits it over extra cover for four. Three singles to end the over, 9 runs from it.

A couple of dots and then three singles from the Morkel over. The run rate is 4.68 per over now.

Another good over from Tahir, he has bowled well today. Just a single from the over, his figures are 7 overs, two wickets for 22 runs.

Morkel continues, Finch pulls the ball through midwicket to get a couple of runs. Four, Finch pulls again, this time helping the ball on its way to the fine leg boundary. A couple of singles to end the over.

A quick over from Tahir, just two singles from it. Australia going at 4.76 runs per over.

McLaren comes back to bowl a second spell. Four, edged and it goes wide of De Kock for four. McLaren oversteps, free hit coming up. A single from the free hit as Bailey pushes the ball to square leg. Three dots to end the over.

Wicket: Four, Finch late cuts the short ball through third man for four to get his 50. A single and then WICKET! Marsh is out lbw, Tahir strikes again, Australia lose their 2nd wicket. Bailey comes out to bat.

A couple of dots and then a couple of singles, Steyn into his second over of this spell. Finch drives the next ball through covers for a couple of runs. 5 from the over, Finch moves on to 47.

A change of ends for Tahir, four singles from his over. The run rate has slowed down to 4.73 per over.

100: Steyn comes back into the attack. A short ball from him, Finch tries to pull it but does not time it well, gets two runs to fine leg. A couple of singles to end the over, Australia bring up their 100.

Just a single as Duminy finishes his second over, Australia 97 for 1 after 20 overs.

Wicket: WICKET! Tahir gets the first wicket and a good opening stand is broken. AB takes the catch at cover as Hughes goes for the big drive but mistimes it. Marsh comes in at number 3, punches the first ball down the ground for a single to get off the mark. A couple of dots and then Finch hits the last ball through backward point for three runs.

Duminy comes into the attack, the slower bowlers are more effective on this pitch today. A couple of singles from the over.

Tahir to bowl after drinks, Finch drives the first ball to long-on for a single. Hughes pulls the ball to square leg for a single, he gets his 50 in just 56 balls. Three singles from the over.

McLaren continues, five dots and then a single to end the over. Hughes is on 49.

Tahir comes on to bowl, important time in the game. Decent over to start his spell, just three singles from it.

Four, Hughes carves the ball through backward point for four. A couple of singles and then two dots to end the over.

Morkel bowls a wide to start the over, a wide for height as Hughes ducks under it. Hughes pushes the next ball through backward square leg for a single. Finch cuts the ball through point for a single. A dot and then Hughes works the next ball to fine leg for a single. Finch pushes the ball through midwicket and calls for two immediately.

McLaren continues from the other end, Finch takes a single from the first ball, tucking the ball to midwicket. Four, Hughes releases the pressure again, hitting the ball between the bolwer and mid-off for four. Hughes pulls the ball to deep square leg for a single. Six from the over again.

Three dots to start from Morkel. Finch gets some pad on it and it goes to square leg, De Kock has to run around to stop that. Three leg byes from the over, Australia 65 for no loss.

McLaren comes on to bowl, loses his run up and does not bowl what would have been the first ball. Three dots to start the over and then Hughes hits a boundary to release the pressure, he uses a strong bottom hand to drive the ball to the left of cover. A couple of singles to end the over, 6 from it. South Africa need to create pressure with dots to get a wicket.

A couple of dots Finch then clips the ball away to deep square leg for a single. Another single to end the over, Australia going at 6.22 per over.

50: Parnell continues, Hughes pulls the ball between square leg and mid-on for a couple of runs. Four, Hughes hits the short and wide ball through point for four. Four more to end the over, poor ball from Parnell, Hughes hits it behind point again for four. The 50 up for Australia.

Morkel comes on to bowl, first change from South Africa. A couple of dots and Finch flicks the next ball through midwicket for four. A wide from Morkel, then Finch hits the next ball wide of AB for four. Finch flicks the ball in the air over midwicket for a couple of runs. 11 from the over.

Three dots to start the over from Parnell and then a wide down the leg side. Finch hits the ball wide of mid-on for a single. Four, too straight from Parnell, Hughes flicks the ball through midwicket for four. 6 from the over.

Finch rides the bounce and hits the ball to deep square leg for a couple of runs. Another slightly shorter ball from Steyn and Finch pushes it to mid-on for a single. Another single and then a leg bye to end the over.

Four dots and then Hughes slices the ball to third man again for a single. Finch dabs the ball on the off side for a quick run to end the over.

Four dots from Steyn and then Hughes pushes the ball through the slips to third man for a single. Just one from the over.

Parnell from the other end, Hughes hits the ball through square leg for three runs. A single and then Hughes clips the ball through square leg again for four. A single to end the over, 9 runs from it.

Here we go, SA playing Australia after nearly three years, high expectations from this game. Steyn has the new ball, Finch and Hughes open for Australia. Finch gets a single from the first ball, edging the ball to third man, no real footwork in that shot. Four, Hughes hits the ball past square leg for four. Hughes takes a single, Finch hits the last ball through mid-on for four, a better shot from him.

Team News - AB, Amla, Steyn and Morkel are back for South Africa and Australia bring in Hughes for Lyon, Haddin will bat down the order and Hughes will open.

Toss - South Africa win the toss and elect to bowl first.

Greetings - Hello and welcome to our over-by-over commentary of the second ODI tri-series fixture - between Australia and South Africa - at the Harare Sports Club.

South Africa XI - Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers (c), JP Duminy, David Miller, Ryan McLaren, Wayne Parnell, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir.

Australia XI - Aaron Finch, Phil Hughes, Mitchell Marsh, George Bailey (c), Glenn Maxwell, Steven Smith, Brad Haddin (wk), James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson.