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2nd ODI: SA look to keep series alive

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Oct 22, 2011 at 11:50pm IST

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Port Elizabeth: After going down by a whopping 93 runs in the first one-dayer against Australia, hosts South Africa will be looking for a change of fortune, when the two sides clash in the second match of the series at Port Elizabeth on Sunday.

Earlier on Wednesday, Ricky Ponting struck 63 off 77 balls, and Pat Cummins took 3/28 as the Aussies completed a comprehensive victory.

Facing an adjusted target of 223 off 29 overs, the South Africas were bowled out for 129 in 22 overs to give Australia a 1-0 lead in the three match series.

2nd ODI: SA look to keep series alive vs Aus

Ricky Ponting struck 63 off 77 balls as Australia beat South Africa by 93 runs, via the Duckworth-Lewis method. (AP Photo)

Former captain Ricky Ponting opened the batting and was named man-of-the-match for his splendid innings, as the Australians compiled 183 for four, before bowling out the Proteas with seven overs to spare.

Ponting and Clarke (44) built a solid foundation before lightning and rain drove the players off the field at 96 for one after 19 overs. There was a four-and-a-half hour break before play resumed.

Australia went on an all-out assault when they returned with just ten overs remaining in their innings. Clarke was particularly aggressive, adding 15 runs off five balls, including two sixes off successive balls from Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

All the South Africa's bowlers took some heavy punishment in the closing overs. Fast bowler Dale Steyn took two wickets but conceded 48 runs in six overs.

(With inputs from AFP)

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