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Morkel smashes SA to tense win!235 weeks ago
 

Morkel smashes SA to tense win!!

Albie Morkel smashed an unbeaten 40 runs off 18 balls to take South Africa to 272 for seven and a three-wicket win in the first one-day international against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday.
Morkel came to the wicket after South Africa had suffered a collapse as they lost four wickets for eight runs to leave the visitors on 221 for seven still needing 51 runs off 32 balls to win the match.

Morkel then clubbed four fours and one six in his innings as he, and Johan Botha (12 not out, 18 balls, 1x4) added 51 runs for the eighth wicket to take South Africa to victory with three balls of the allotted 50 overs to spare.

South Africa had looked to be well in control of the match when JP Duminy (71, 93 balls) and Neil McKenzie (63, 80 balls, 6x4) put on a 123-run fourth wicket partnership before Duminy flicked a delivery from left-arm seamer Nathan Bracken to Cameron White at mid-wicket.

Duminy?s dismissal heralded the start of the South African collapse as first Mark Boucher was bowled by fast bowler Shaun Tait before Vaughn van Jaarsveld was run-out.

The Proteas seemed dead and buried when McKenzie became seamer Ben Hilfenhaus?s second wicket after the batsman chipped a straight delivery to Ricky Ponting at mid-wicket.

McKenzie?s departure brought Botha to the crease and he proved to be the perfect foil for the big-hitting Morkel. The highlight of Morkel?s innings was arguably the massive straight six he hit off Bracken.

South Africa had made a poor start to the innings when they lost Hashim Amla (one) with their total on four and Herschelle Gibbs with their total on 36 but Jacques Kallis (41, 49 balls, 4x4) and Duminy steadied the innings with a partnership of 54 before Kallis, who had looked fluent during his innings, was bowled by the part-time left-arm spinner Michael Clarke.

For Australia Tait and Hilfenhaus claimed two wickets apiece.

Earlier, Shaun Marsh scored 79 to anchor Australia to 271 for eight.

The left-handed Marsh (79, 97 balls, 4x4, 1x6) who opened the Australian innings, completed his fourth international limited-overs 50 during his innings to help Australia to a defendable total.

Marsh, who was particularly strong down the ground, struck the only six of the Australian innings before he tried to work a short of a length delivery from fast bowler Morne Morkel towards the leg side.

However, the ball found the back of his bat and zipped through to Boucher who made no mistake behind the stumps.

Marsh shared in a 94-run partnership for the second wicket with Ponting (46, 54 balls, 5x4) before Ponting edged a delivery from off spinner Botha through to Boucher.

Marsh?s dismissal allowed David Hussey to take control of the Australian run-gathering and Hussey made his way to 52 off 50 balls before he was caught behind off the bowling of fast bowler Dale Steyn.

Despite Australia?s efforts South Africa would have been disappointed with their performance in the field as Ponting was dropped when he had 33, David Hussey was dropped when he had 11 and Marsh was dropped after he had accumulated 67 runs.

Debutant Van Jaarsveld was responsible for dropping Ponting and Hussey while McKenzie was to blame for Marsh?s let-off.

The South African fielders also missed a number of run-out opportunities which could have seen them chasing a far lower total.

For the Proteas the Morkel brothers, Albie and Morne, claimed two wickets each while Botha also picked up a pair of wickets.



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