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Smith, de Villiers thrash Aussies

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South Africa upset Australia at Centurion through a blistering second wicket stand of 116 in 12.1 overs from Skipper Graeme Smith (89 not out in 61 balls with 11 fours and 2 sixes) and AB de Villiers (65 from 35 with four fours and and as many sixes). SA reached their target of 180 losing just two wickets with five balls to spare. What was surprising to note was that Brett Lee was bowled for just 2 overs in the match.

Australia who were sent in by Graeme Smith had made 179 for 8. Australia once again lost three wickets at the top cheaply which included a double failure for Gilchrist. Shaun Pollock provided the great start for the homeside by taking two consecutive wickets in his 3rd over that of Gilchrist and Brad Haddin (first ball duck). Andrew Symonds came up with a part of the rescue act getting 45 from 26 with 6 fours and a six. Brad Hogg (28 from 19), Matt Hayden (18 from 9), who walked in at no.7 and Mitchell Johnson (30 not out from 12 balls) were responsible for the Australians to get back in the game. Shaun Pollock had a great day conceding just 16 in his 3 overs along with the two wickets. He was well supported by Makhaya Ntini who gave 17 in his 3.

Originally posted 2007-09-10 03:41:35.

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