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De Villiers feels it was a tricky to chase, but he is unhappy that he threw his wicket way. He was very happy with the fielding and bowling performance.
***NOT ENOUGH RUNS***
George Bailey acknowledges that South Africa bowled well, but says his batsmen didn't get enough runs. He is very happy with his bowlers.
***MAN OF THE MATCH***
Morne Morkel is deservedly the Man of the Match for his best ODI bowling figures of 5/21 (8 overs).
South Africa have won 8 of the 10 ODIs at Perth – their win %age (80) is highest by any team at WACA. They haven’t lost a Test here as well.— Mazher Arshad (@cricket_U) November 16, 2014
South Africa have won 8 of the 10 ODIs at Perth – their win %age (80) is highest by any team at WACA. They haven’t lost a Test here as well.
***DE VILLIERS & ROSSOUW LEAD PROTEA RUN CHASE***
Both team's batsmen struggled in this game, but De Villiers with 48 (41 balls, 8 boundaries) and Rossouw with 30 (26 balls, 6 boundarie) played well for South Africa.
***AUSTRALIAN BOWLING FIGURES***
Johnson 1/47 (8 overs)
Hazlewood 5/31 (9.4 overs)
Coulter-Nile 0/54 (6 overs)
Marsh 0/4 (1 over)
Maxwell 1/20 (3 overs)
Now he does, Steyn belts Hazlewood down the ground and the Protea's have won an absorbing encounter by 3 wickets.
South Africa 157/7 after 27.4 overs.
Steyn sees off the hat-trick ball.
Still 2 needed by South Africa.
It's not over yet! Philander can only fend off a snorter to Johnson in the gully. Hazlewood has 5 for 27. He is on a hat-trick again (over 2 overs).
12 coming off that over from Coulter-Nile.
South Africa 153 for 6 after 27 overs.
Miller again drives an over pitched delivery through extra cover. That is the 10th boundary off Coulter-Nile today.
3 needed for South Africa.
You have to question's Bailey's decision to bring Coulter-Nile back.... very strange.
South Africa 147/6 after 26.3 overs.
Coulter-Nile back into the attack. Miller belts him straight down the ground for a boundary. Why would you bring him back when Johnson still has two overs?
8 required now.
De Villiers is gone! He comes down the wicket to Hazlewood but only succeeds in edging him behind. 14 needed with 4 wickets in hand.
South Africa 141/6 after 26 overs.
Johnson with a hostile over at Miller, but he stood tall for the last ball and drove him down the ground.
OVERS 25: South Africa 139/5
Run rate: 5.56
Run rate required: 0.64
Bailey has moved a leg gully in place and Johnson is bowling short and into his body. This is a real test.
Hazlewood bowling beautifully as he only concedes a single off that over. Australia need more wickets to win this though.
South Africa 129/5 after 24 overs.
Hazlewood has two overs left and Johnson only three.
South Africa 128/5 after 23 overs
Four runs coming off that Johnson over but he is up in the 140's km/h. Both batsmen looking uncomfortable against him.
27 needed to win.
South Africa 121/5 after 22 overs.
Johnson steaming in to Miller.
De Villiers with another boundary, but not convincing as he tries to hook and gets a fine edge down to the fine leg boundary.
Johnson cranks up the pace that over, has De Villiers jumping around. 3 runs off the over.
South Africa 116/5 after 21 overs.
Double wicket maiden for Hazlewood.
Good think South Africa have the extra batsman today. Johnson to continue, he will smell blood.
OVERS 20: South Africa 113/5 after 20 overs.
Berhadien is out for a golden duck as he guides Hazlewood straight to Warner at third slip. South Africa won't want this.
Hazlewood on a hat-trick!
South Africa 113/5 after 19.3
Miller the new man in.
du Plessis is gone as Hazlewood is brought back into the attack. He tries a bouncer which du Plessis attempts to pull but feathers behind for Wade to take an easy catch.
There is the breakthrough that Australia desperately needed. Possibly to little to late.
South Africa 113/4 after 19.2 overs.
And another boundary. De Villiers is not hanging around here as he smashes Johnson through the covers.
South Africa 113/3 after 19 overs.
12 runs off that Johnson over.
De Villiers has raced to 38 off 22 with 7 boundaries.
De Villiers with another boundary of Johnson as he walks to the offside and flicks him to fine leg for 4.
Johnson is back... he needs to get a wicket for Australia if they are to stand any chance here.
You can be sure he will be coming at the Proteas flat out!
Maxwell with another tight over that only goes for four runs.
South Africa 102/3 after 18 overs
Another boundary, this time to Du Plessis as he drives and over-pitched delivery down ground.
13 runs from that over
South Africa 97/3 after 17 overs
De Villiers does it again, same shot, same result! Coulter-Nile after his man of the match performance on Friday is struggling today. He has gone 38 in 4.3 overs. Australia will have to bring Johnson back very soon.
South Africa 93/3 after 4.5 overs
Maxwell with a tight second over after drinks, only going for 2 runs.
Think we can say AB doesn't want to prolong this.— Rob Houwing (@RobHouwing) November 16, 2014
Think we can say AB doesn't want to prolong this.
OVERS 15: South Africa 82/3
Run rate: 5.46
Run rate required: 2.08
Another boundary as De Villiers has come out with positive intent. This time he pulls Coulter-Nile through midwicket. He now has 11 off 5 balls.
Terrible delivery by Maxwell and Wade cannot prevent it going for 5 wides.
Eventful over with the wicket of Rossouw and 14 runs.
South Africa 76/3 after 14 overs.
The part-timer gets a wicket. Rossouw has a flash at well pitched up delivery only to edge it to Smith at slip. Rossouw will be livid with himself. Maxwell strikes at just the right time for Australia. They desperately needed a wicket.
South Africa 64/3 after 13.3 overs.
De Villiers is the new man in.
South Africa win by 3 wickets - South Africa also struggled with their batting on this bouncy pitch, AB scored 48, Rossouw provided a quick 30 and Miller stayed not out on 22 to ensure that South Africa won by 3 wickets with 134 balls remaining. The series is level 1-1.
Wicket: WICKET! Hazlewood gets his 5th wicket, his first 5-wicket haul in ODIs, Philander top edges the short ball to gully and is out on a duck. Steyn comes out to bat. Four, Steyn hits the winning runs and finishes the game, drives the ball straight down the ground and South Africa win by 3 wickets.
Philander comes out to bat, 14 more needed with four wickets in hand. Coulter-Nile brought back into the attack, Miller on strike. Four, Miller drives the first ball of the over down the ground for four. Miller flicks the next ball to deep square leg for a couple of runs, 8 more needed. Miller pulls the ball to deep midwicket for a couple of runs, did not time that well. Four, overpitched by Coulter-Nile and Miller hits it through the covers for four. Two needed to win.
Wicket: AB hits the ball to fine leg for a single, he moves on to 48. Miller runs the ball down to fine leg for a single. WICKET! A good length delivery shapes away from AB and he ends up edging it to the keeper, he is out for 48 and Hazlewood gets his 4th wicket.
Johnson into his 8th over. Three dots and then Johnson bowls a wide, another short ball that beats everything and goes to the boundary for four more. A no ball from Johnson, 20 more runs needed to win. Four, Miller was expecting the last ball to be a full ball, he hits it through mid-off for four to end the over.
A couple of dots as Hazlewood continues, and then Miller pushes the ball through the gully region for a single, the catch falling short of Warner at gully. Three dots to end the over, 26 more needed to win.
33 more needed to win, a couple of singles to start the over to backward square leg. Miller drives the ball through extra cover for a couple of runs. Another bouncer that has been called a wide. A single to end the over, 27 more needed to win.
AB goes for the pull and ends up top-edging the ball past the keeper for four. Three dots and the AB pushes the short ball through midwicket for a couple of runs. He moves on to 47.
Johnson continues from the other end. De Villiers inside edges the ball through square leg for a couple of runs, Miller dives in to make it safely. AB pulls another short ball but ends up hitting it on his own body, that must have hurt. A few dots and then a single to end the over.
Wicket: South Africa need 42 runs to win, from 31 overs. Hazlewood comes back into the attack. WICKET! Faf is out, it was a steep bouncer, Faf went for the hook shot but he ended up caught behind and Hazlewood gets his second wicket. Behardien comes out to bat. WICKET! Behardien comes and goes, another short ball and Behardien hits it straight to gully where Warner takes the catch. Miller comes out to bat, Hazlewood on a hat trick. Four slips for the hat trick ball, Miller plays it out, no hat trick for Hazlewood. A double wicket maiden from him.
Four, Johnson returns and AB hits him straight down the ground for four. Four more, AB top edges the ball as he throws his bat at it and it goes to the fine leg fence for four. Another four, this time AB drives the wide ball through extra cover for four, 12 runs from the over.
100: Maxwell continues, AB slices the ball over short third man for a couple of runs. Maxwell bowls a wide. The 100 comes up for SA. A single, a couple of dots and then another single to end the over. 5 from the over.
AB hits the first ball through extra cover for four, clean and confident drive from the the Protea captain. Four more, the second ball goes between extra cover and mid-off for four more. Then he takes the single to rotate the strike, 9 runs from the first three balls. A couple of dots and then Faf hits the last ball straight down the ground for four more. Big over for SA, 13 runs from it.
Maxwell continues after drinks, just a couple of singles from the over. South Africa need 71 more to win.
Coulter-Nile continues, AB pulls the ball in the air through midwicket for four. A couple more runs from the over, 6 runs from it in total. South Africa are half way there with 82 for 3 after 15 overs.
Wicket: Maxwell comes on to bowl. WICKET! A couple of singles and then Rossouw goes hard at the ball, looking to drive it through the covers and ends up edging the ball to Smith at first slip. Rossouw goes for 30, but he has scored them quickly and released some pressure. De Villiers comes out to bat. AB clips the first ball through midwicket for a couple of runs, the running between wickets with these two is very quick. Four, there is no one at slip and AB just pushes the ball through that gap for four more. Turn and bounce for Maxwell, but the ball goes down leg and between keeper and leg slip for five wides. A single to end an eventful over, 14 runs and a wicket from it.
Three dots to start from Coulter-Nile and then he bowls a wide down leg. Another wide from Coulter-Nile. Four, Rossouw punches another one through the covers for four more. Six from the over.
Marsh comes on to bowl, replacing Hazlewood. Rossouw pushes the short ball to deep square leg for a single. A couple of dots and then a wide from Marsh. Faf hits the next ball through midwicket and mid-on for a couple of runs. Four runs from the over.
50: A couple of singles to start Coulter-Nile's second over. Faf is given out lbw but he reviews the decision straightaway. There is no sign of an inside edge but the ball tracker shows that it was going down leg. Good review from Faf. Faf top edge the hook shot next ball and gets a single to deep square leg. A single to end the over, four runs from it and a good comeback from Coulter-Nile. 50 up for South Africa.
Hazlewood continues, Faf whips the ball through square leg for a single. Four, this is pitched up and Rossouw comes out of his crease and hits the ball through extra cover for four. Four more to end the over, Rossouw drives the ball through the covers for another boundary. He moves on to 23 from 13 balls.
Coulter-Nile comes into the attack. Faf pushes the ball to deep square leg for a single. A couple of dots and then Rilee hits the ball through mid-off for four. Four more, Rossouw clips the ball through midwicket for four more. And four more, Rossouw hits the ball through the slips for four to end the over.
Rossouw takes a single from a misfield at square leg and then Faf works the ball through deep midwicket for another single. Rossouw runs the ball down to third man through slips and point for a single. Another single to deep midwicket, Bailey will be thinking of a bowling change soon. Four singles from the over.
Wicket: Three dots and then Faf rolls his wrists to push the ball through square leg for a single. WICKET! Amla is out, Johnson strikes again. Amla tries to upper cut the ball but ends up giving an easy catch to Wade behind the stumps. South Africa lose their second wicket. Rossouw comes out to bat, Rossouw pushes the first ball to point for a single.
Hazlewood continues, and he bowls a maiden to Amla. South Africa 20 for 1 after 6 overs.
Dropped, Johnson bowls another length ball at pace, Amla goes for the drive but ends up edging the ball through the slips. Finch at second slip dives but the ball goes through his hands to the third man boundary for four, definitely a missed chance. A wide from Johnson. Amla cuts the ball through point for a couple of runs. A yorker from Johnson and Amla digs it out. Overpitched and Amla drives the ball over mid-off for three runs. 10 from the over.
Five dots from Hazlewood to Faf and then Faf hits the last ball over the slips for four. Faf gets off the mark, South Africa 10 for 1.
Faf comes out to bat but is off strike. Johnson to Amla, a maiden from him and South Africa are 6 for 1 after 3 overs.
Wicket: Hazlewood starts from the other end. Amla plays three dots and then pushes the ball to third man for a single. WICKET! Hazlewood gets the first wicket, De Kock gets a thick edge and Watson at first slip has to jump high to take the catch. Good over from Hazlewood.
De Kock and Amla start the innings after a long innings break, Johnson starts with the bowl for Australia. Too high from Johnson and a bouncer is called a wide. This happened in the last game a few times, Australia can't afford to give extras in this game. Four, De Kock drives the ball nicely through extra cover for four. Three dots to end the over.
Australia 154 all out - Morkel took 2 catches and 5 wickets to dent Australia on a bouncy WACA pitch. Marsh was the stand out batsman scoring 67 runs as Australia folded for 154. Steyn took three wickets and the bowling changes from AB almost always led to wickets. It is a bouncy track and Johnson will be rearing to go, South Africa need to bat sensible to chase this small total down.
Wicket: Steyn continues, six, Marsh hits the second ball of the over and clears long off. A flat-batted six from Marsh brings up the 150 for Australia. A wide down leg from Steyn. WICKET! Marsh is out and Australia are all out for 154. The slower one on to the pads and Marsh hits it straight to Morkel, who is the tallest fielder on the ground. Marsh goes for 67, Australia bundled out for 154.
12 runs and 2 wickets from the batting power play. Tahir comes back into the attack to replace Morkel. Three dots and the Marsh hits Tahir over long on for a six, he has decided it is time to accelerate. A couple more runs as Marsh hits the ball to deep square leg. 9 runs from the over.
Wicket: South Africa are struggling with their over rate again. Steyn comes back into the attack. WICKET! The bowling changes have resulted in wickets today. Faf takes another good catch at mid on as Coulter-Nile hits the ball to him. Australia lose their 9th wicket. Steyn gets his second wicket. Hazlewood is the new man in. A wicket maiden from Steyn.
50: Four, Marsh hits Morkel through fine leg for four, brings up his 50 with a boundary. It is his 3rd 50 in 11 ODIs. Marsh pushes the ball to sweeper cover for a single. Six runs from the over, Australia 138 for 8.
Philander finishes his 9th over, just a single from it. Australia 132 for 8 after 38 overs.
Wicket: WICKET! Morkel gets his 5th wicket, Johnson pokes at a good length ball that is angling away from him and edges it to the keeper. This is Morkel's second 5-fer in ODIs. Coulter-Nile is the new man in, Marsh at the other end on 45. Coulter-Nile edges the first ball to third man for a single. Marsh takes a single and moves on to 46. Australia 131 for 8.
Batting power play has to be taken, Philander comes back into the attack. Three dots and three singles from the first over of the power play.
Wicket: Morkel comes back into the attack after drinks. WICKET! Wade is out caught behind, the keeper and bowler were convinced from the start. The umpire gives it not out, De Kock asks AB to review. Wade is out, the hot spot shows a slight mark and the third umpire takes his time before giving this. Maxwell comes out to bat just before the power play. WICKET! Another one falls and Morkel gets his 4th wicket. Maxwell is bowled, he tries to run the short ball to third man and is bowled for a duck. Australia 7 down for 125. Johnson comes to he crease. Johnson gets off the mark with a single to fine leg. Good over from Morkel, one run and two wickets from it.
Steyn into his 6th over, just four singles from it and Marsh moves on to 44.
Behardien brought back into the attack, just before the power play. A couple of singles to start the over and then a dot. Three singles to end the over, the Australian run rate is still under four.
Steyn comes back into the attack, he has 6 overs remaining. Three dots and then a single to Marsh who pushes the ball to square leg. Four, Wade spoils Steyn's over with a boundary from the last ball, he hits the ball past Amla at first slip for four.
A couple of dots to start Tahir's 8th over. Marsh hits the ball down the ground for a single. A chance of a run out, but third umpire confirms that Marsh has made it in time. The third umpire says not out. Australia 111 for 5 after 31 overs.
Wade takes a single to deep midwicket from the first ball and then Marsh plays out a couple of dots. Another single as Marsh inside edges the ball on to the leg side. A couple of singles to end the over.
Tahir finishes another over, four singles from it and Australia are going at 3.58 runs per over.
100: Philander continues, four dots and then Wade hits his first boundary, Philander bowls short and Wade rocks back and pulls the ball through deep square leg for four. Just the boundary from the over, brings up the 100 for Australia.
Tahir continues, into his 6th over now. Three singles from the over, Tahir has bowled well today, 6 overs for 21 runs and no wicket.
Wicket: Philander comes back into the attack, Marsh pushes at the ball and it goes to third man for a single. WICKET! Philander comes back into the attack and strikes in his first over, Bailey pulls the ball to mid-on and Faf takes a good catch. Wade comes out to bat as Australia lose their 5th wicket. A couple of dots and then a single to end the over.
Behardien starts his 7th over, Marsh takes a single from the first ball. Four, Bailey uses the angle of the ball going down leg and hits it past short fine leg for four. A couple of runs to end the over, Australia 91 for 4.
A couple of dots and then Bailey drives the ball to long on for a single. Four, Tahir strays down leg and Marsh pushes the ball wide of short fine leg for four. Marsh clips the next ball to deep midwicket for a single. 6 runs from the over.
Five dots and then Marsh cuts the ball through point for a couple of runs to end the over. Good bowling from Tahir and Behardien so far.
Just a couple of singles from the over, Tahir finishes his 4th over. Australia going at 3.45 per over.
Behardien into his 5th over, four singles from the first four balls and then a couple of dots to end the over. Bailey and Marsh working on building a partnership now, one run at a time.
Tahir finishes his third over, four singles from it and Australia are 70 for 4 after 20 overs.
Behardien replaces Steyn, five singles from the over again. Australia 67 for 4.
Five singles from the Tahir over, Australia are 62 for 4 after 18 overs.
Just a single from the Steyn over, Australia going at 3.35 runs per over.
Tahir starts his first spell after the drinks break. Three dots and then a couple of singles from it, Australia 56 for 4.
50: Steyn comes back into the attack. Bailey edges the ball through cover for a single. Australia reach 50. Four dots and then Marsh hits the last ball of the over through cover for four.
Morkel into his 5th over. A couple of runs as Marsh hits the ball in the air, AB chases it, dives but still can't make it into a catch. A few dots and then Marsh pulls the ball for a couple of runs, did not control the shot well. Four from the over.
Behardien continues, AB has used his bowlers well. Tahir has not bowled yet and Steyn has 8 overs remaining, the bowlers have also responded well. Bailey inside edges the ball through to Morkel at fine leg for three runs, almost chopped it back on to his stumps. Four, slower ball from Behardien and Bailey waits for it and then drives it through the covers for four to end the over.
Wicket: Morkel continues, a leg bye brings Smith on strike. WICKET! A short ball and Smith pulls it and ends up top edging the ball to Tahir at mid-on. Marsh walks out to bat. It was not a good shot from Smith, especially under these circumstances. Marsh pushes the ball to third man for a single. A wide from Morkel, Australia 36 for 4 from 12 overs.
Wicket: WICKET! Watson is out lbw, Behardien strikes in his second over. Watson goes for 11, Australia in trouble at 27 for 3. Bailey walks in to bat. Bailey pushes the first ball to midwicket for a single, a chance of a run out because of a direct hit, third umpire confirms Smith is safe. A wide outside off from Behardien. Four to end the over, Smith cuts the length ball past the keeper for four. 6 from the over and the important wicket of Watson. Australia 33 for 3 after 11 overs.
Morkel is back into the attack, a change of ends for him. Three dots and then a leg bye brings Watson on strike. A single from Watson, makes it two runs from the over. End of the first power play, Australia 27 for 2 after 10 overs.
Another interesting move from South Africa, Behardien brought into the attack to replace Steyn who bowled just two overs. Watson drives the ball through the covers for a couple of runs. Two more runs as Watson cuts the ball through point. Four from the over, a decent start by Behardien.
A couple of dots and then Watson runs the ball down to third man for a single. Three dots to end the over, Australia 21 for 2.
A couple of runs to start the over, Smith gets off the mark with an outside edge, and then three dots. Four, short ball from Steyn and Smith pulls it through midwicket for four. Six from the over.
Another brilliant maiden over from Philander, he keeps the pressure on. So far his figures are three overs, two maidens, no wicket for two runs. Australia stay on 14 for 2.
Wicket: Steyn is brought into the attack. Watson takes a single from the first ball. Six, Finch flicks the ball powerfully over deep square leg for a six, poor ball from Steyn, full and on the pads. WICKET! The bowling change has worked again, Finch tries to drive the length ball over mid-on but Morkel is tall enough to pouch that, Steyn strikes in his first over. Smith comes out to bat, in place of Clarke who injured his hamstring in the last game. Three dots to finish the over.
A maiden from Philander from the other end, Finch plays it out. Good start from South Africa, Australia are 7 for 1 after 4 overs.
Morkel continues, five dots to start the over and then Watson gets an overpitched ball and hits it through square leg for four. First boundary for Watson and for Australia, Watson gets off the mark.
Interesting move by AB, he starts with Morkel and now Philander. Steyn has been kept for later. Watson is the new man in. Three dots and then Finch gets of the mark, pushes the ball through deep square leg for a couple of runs.
Wicket: Finch and Warner come out to bat for Australia, Morkel to start with the ball for South Africa. Two slips in place. Three dots o start and then Morkel bowls a wide down the leg side. WICKET! AB started with Morkel instead of Steyn today and the move has worked. Warner edges the ball to the keeper and South Africa have their first wicket in the first over. It is given not out by the umpire, South Africa go for the review and it is successful.
Team News - Clarke is injured, so Steve Smith takes his place. South Africa replace McLaren with Rilee Rossouw.
Toss: Toss - Australia have won the toss and have elected to bat first.
Greetings - Hello and welcome to our over-by-over coverage of the 2nd ODI between South Africa and Australia from Perth.
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