Proteas brush aside Australia

Published: Monday, April 6, 2009, 10:41 [IST]
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Pretoria: South Africa beat Australia by seven wickets Sunday to square the five-match series at 1-1 after opening bowlers Wayne Parnell and Dale Steyn took four wickets each to help bowl out Australia for 131.

Parnell, a 19-year-old left-arm seamer, finished with 4-25 in just his second ODI after having figures of 3-3 in his first four overs, while Steyn claimed 4-27 as Australia was dismissed in less than 41 overs for its 16th lowest total.

The Proteas reached 132 for three wickets in the 27th over at SuperSport Park after captain Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis had added 69 in 11.1 overs for the second wicket.

Smith hit five fours to score 40 in 48 balls, and Kallis stroked five fours in 42 deliveries for 31.

A.B. de Villiers (36 not out) and J.P. Duminy (11 not out) added an unbroken stand of 39 to steer South Africa to victory after the team had recorded its biggest ever one-day loss to Australia, losing by 141 runs in Durban on Friday.

The next game is Thursday in Cape Town.

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