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Australia won by 5 runs.

Australia vs S Africa

Aussies draw level

Marsh and Ponting set-up tight victory in Hobart

Marsh: Big innings

Commonwealth Bank Series
Hobart
Australia 249-9 Innings Complete (S E Marsh 78, R T Ponting 64) v South Africa 244-6 Innings Complete (J H Kallis 72)
Australia beat South Africa by 5 runs

Australia levelled their one-day series with South Africa with a tight five-run victory in Hobart, thanks to half centuries from Shaun Marsh and Ricky Ponting.

The pair combined for a second-wicket stand of 135 to dominate the Australian innings, which then fell away after the two men got out.

Eventually the hosts reached 249-9, and Jacques Kallis looked to be steering the South Africans towards a second victory before he was caught for 72.

From then on the Proteas could just not quite keep up with the run-rate required, leaving Mark Boucher trying to smash a six off the last ball to grab a draw - and when he could only manage a single Australia had the win.

Early strike

After electing to field, South Africa grabbed an early breakthrough when they got rid of David Warner for just five, but Ponting and Marsh started to take the game away from the tourists.

The duo added 135 to take the score on to 152-2, before skipper Ponting went for 64 and Marsh followed soon after for 78 - following his 79 in the first game.

South Africa continued to take wickets, with Makhaya Ntini taking 3-39 while Dale Steyn and Kallis both grabbed two wickets each.

The visitors also started their innings poorly, losing Herschelle Gibbs and Hashim Amla early on - leaving the score on 52-2.

Kallis then took charge as he built up a 93-run partnership with the returning AB de Villiers but, when he went for 72 from 96 balls becoming Ben Hilfenhaus' second victim, South Africa started to struggle.

Run outs

145-3 soon became 157-4 when de Villiers was run out just six runs short of his half century as the run-rate became a real problem.

JP Duminy hit 35 off 34 balls but he too was run out as the situation became more desperate, but with Boucher and big-hitting Albie Morkel at the crease the win was still possible.

The two put on a quick-fire 39 - with Morkel hitting 11 off five balls - to keep South Africa in the hunt, but in the end it was just a step too far.

Boucher needed to clear the boundary off the final delivery of the match to grab a draw, but when he could only dig out a full-pitched ball for a single, Australia had claimed the win.

Ponting's men therefore levelled the series at 1-1 heading into the third game in Sydney on Friday.

Match Details

Date
17th - 14th Jan 2009
Toss
Venue
Hobart
Umpires
I J Gould and R J Tucker

s africa BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Gibbs c Hussey b Hopes 19
Amla c White b Hilfenhaus 8
Kallis c Hussey b Hilfenhaus 72
de Villiers run out 44
Duminy run out 35
N.D. McKenzie b Harris 8
Boucher not out 37
Morkel not out 11
Extras 5w, 3b, 2lb 10
Total 50.0 Overs 244 - 6
Full Batting Card

australia BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Hilfenhaus 10 2 60 2
Bracken 10 0 38 0
Harris 10 0 54 1
Hopes 10 0 43 1
Hussey 7 0 28 0
White 3 0 16 0
Full Bowling Card