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16-Nov-2014 10:19:00 GMT
Australia v South Africa, 2nd ODI, Perth

Morkel five-for Helps South Africa Level 1-1

Perth: The Carlton Mid ODI series is locked at 1-all after South Africa defeated Australia by four-wickets with 134 balls remaining in Perth on Sunday.

Towering Proteas paceman Morne Morkel was named man-of-the-match for his career-best figures of 5-21, while skipper AB de Villiers hit 48 off 41 balls to help the Proteas to a nervy win in front of 10,956 fans at the WACA Ground.

For Australia, Josh Hazlewood claimed his first five-wicket haul for his country, taking 5-31 off 9.4 overs, and Mitchell Marsh made a defiant 67 (88) as wickets crumbled around him.

Both teams head to Canberra tomorrow for Wednesday’s third instalment, with Australia’s set to rest pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson (1-47) for the remainder of the series.

After Australia had posted 300 in the first match on Friday, captain George Bailey elected to bat when he won the toss, but unlike two days ago, his side got off to a sour start.

With two runs to win, there was still time for Hazlewood to take his first five-wicket haul for Australia, delivering a wicked bouncer at Philander’s throat first ball to be caught at backward point and arouse muted celebration.

Steyn had enough, hitting through the line to ice the game, with Miller unbeaten on 22 (27) at the non-striker’s end as the two teams head to the nation’s capital deadlocked.

Brief scores
Australia -
154 (Marsh 67, Morkel 5-21, Steyn 3-35)
South Africa - 157/7 (de Villiers 48, Hazlewood 5-31)
Result - South Africa won by 3 wickets
MOM - Morne Morkel (SA)

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