South Africa vs Australia Cricket Series 2009

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AUS v SA, 5th ODI, Johannesburg: Victorious Australia regain number two ranking (AUS 2:3)

Australia regained their world number two ranking with a comfortable 47-run win over South Africa in the fifth and final one-day international at the Wanderers Stadium on Friday.
Australia took advantage of being given first use of an excellent batting pitch by South African captain Graeme Smith, making 303 for seven despite a mid-innings stumble. Despite a second wicket stand of 104 between Herschelle Gibbs and Jacques Kallis, South Africa fell steadily behind the asking rate and wickets fell at regular intervals after Gibbs was out for 82.
The series win meant that South Africa retained their world number one ranking. Australia briefly slipped to third behind India after losing the fourth match in Port Elizabeth on Monday but returned to the number two spot with their consolation win. South Africa won the series 3-2 following a 4-1 series win in Australia earlier in the series.
AUS v SA, 5th ODI, Johannesburg: Australia 303-7 (50.0 overs) beat South africa 256 (45.5 overs) by 47 runs

AUS v SA, 4th ODI, Port Elizabeth: Gibbs, Steyn lead S. Africa to series win (SA 3:1)

Herschelle Gibbs hit a sparkling century and Dale Steyn took four wickets to lift South Africa to a series-clinching 61-run win over Australia in the fourth one-dayer on Monday.
The hosts clinched the series 3-1, Gibbs smashing 110 and AB de Villiers 84 in a commanding total of 317 for six.
Australia started well with an opening stand of 129 in 127 balls between Brad Haddin and Michael Clarke but they lost their way against the spinners and were bowled out for 256 in the 46th over. The final match of the series is in Johannesburg on Friday
AUS v SA, 4th ODI, Port Elizabeth: South africa 317-6 (50.0 overs) beat Australia 256 (45.5 overs) by 61 runs

AUS v SA, 3rd ODI, Cape Town: South Africa beat Australia by 25 runs (SA 2:1)

Half-centuries from Jacques Kallis and AB de Villiers proved decisive as South Africa eased to a 25-run victory over Australia in the third one-day international in Cape Town.
Kallis and De Villiers shared a 114-run partnership for the third wicket to rescue the home side from early trouble to post 289 for six. The tourists struggled in their chase, with Callum Ferguson (63) and James Hopes (63 not out) only briefly threatening as outstanding fielding and Roelof van der Merwe's three for 37 restricted the visitors to 264 for seven.
The win gave South Africa a 2-1 lead in the five-match series, which continues in Port Elizabeth on Monday.
AUS v SA, 3rd ODI, Cape Town: South africa 289-6 (50.0 overs) beat Australia 264-7 (50.0 overs) by 25 runs

AUS v SA, 2nd ODI, Centurion: South africa beat Australia to level series (SA 1:1)

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.
AUS v SA, 2nd ODI, Centurion: South africa 132-3 (26.2 overs) beat Australia 131 (40.2 overs) by 7 wickets

AUS v SA, 1st ODI, Durban: Australia beat South Africa by 141 runs (AUS 1:0)

Mike Hussey ended a run of poor form with a match-winning innings for Australia in the first one-day international against South Africa at Kingsmead Friday.
Hussey hit 83 not out as Australia piled up 286 for seven. South Africa were then bowled out for 145 as Australia completed a crushing 141-run win in the opening encounter of a five-match series.
The left-handed Hussey's 79-ball innings enabled Australia to recover from two chaotic run-outs which cost the wickets of two of the team's top four batsmen. South African captain Graeme Smith made an attacking 52 and put on 74 off 72 balls for the second wicket with Herschelle Gibbs (33). But the South Africans lost their way against accurate bowling by medium-pacer James Hopes and off-spinner Nathan Hauritz. Hopes took two for 24 and Hauritz four for 29 as South Africa were bowled out with 16.5 overs remaining.
AUS v SA, 1st ODI, Durban: Australia 286-7 (50.0 overs) beat South Africa 145 (33.1 overs) by 141 runs

AUS v SA, 2nd T20, Centurion: South Africa beat Australia to clinch series (SA 2:0)

Johan Botha led his team from the front to guide South Africa to a 17-run victory over Australia in the second Twenty20 international in Pretoria on Sunday.
The Proteas captain took two wickets for 16 runs and was given good support from debutants Yusuf Abdullah (one for 16) and Roelof van der Merwe (one for 30), while Johann Louw (two for 36) also chipped in as the visitors were limited to 139 for eight. Van der Merwe also made a useful contribution with the bat, slamming 48 from only 30 deliveries as the hosts posted 156 for five.
AUS v SA, 2nd T20, Centurion: South Africa 156-5 (20.0 overs) beat Australia 139-8 (20.0 overs) by 17 runs

AUS v SA, 1st T20, Johannesburg: South Africa beat Australia by four wickets (SA 1:0)

Powerful boundary-hitting from Albie Morkel and Mark Boucher in the last five overs of the innings Friday took South Africa to a four-wicket victory with four balls to spare over Australia in a Twenty20 cricket match.
South Africa finished on 168-6 in reply to Australia's 166-7 to go 1-0 up in the two-match series. The second game will be played at Centurion on Sunday.
Earlier, David Hussey smashed 88 not out off 44 balls to guide Australia to a defendable total. He smacked five fours and six sixes after coming to the wicket with the score on 16-2. The only other Australian batsman to make a meaningful contribution was opener David Warner, who hit four fours and a six to score 38.
AUS v SA, 1st T20, Johannesburg: South Africa 168-6 (19.2 overs) beat Australia 166-7 (20.0 overs) by 4 wickets

AUS v SA, 3rd Test, Cape Town: South Africa wins third Test but loses series (AUS 2:1)

South Africa left-arm spinner Paul Harris took six wickets as the Proteas beat Australia by an innings and 20 runs to win the third Test but lose the series 2-1.
Harris claimed 6-127 off 42.5 overs as Australia was dismissed for 422 after tea on the fourth day at Newlands despite Mitchell Johnson hitting 11 fours and five sixes to score 123 not out off 103 balls and add 163 with Andrew McDonald (68). Harris won the man-of-the-match award after becoming the first South African spinner in 44 years to claim five or more wickets in an innings in a home Test.
Johnson, who was selected as the player of the series after taking 16 wickets and scoring 255 runs, scored his maiden Test ton with a six off Dale Steyn. He had missed out on a century in the first Test when Australia's first innings ended with him on 96 not out.
AUS v SA, 3rd Test, Cape Town: South Africa 651 beat Australia 209 & 422 by an innings and 20 runs

AUS v SA, 2nd Test, Durban: Australia claim series win (AUS 2:0)

Australia have completed a series win against South Africa after winning the second Test in Durban by 175 runs.
The hosts, needing an improbable 546 to win and level the best-of-three contest, finished on 370 for nine, with captain Graeme Smith unable to bat after fracturing his little finger.
South Africa started the final day on 244 for two but the early loss of Jacques Kallis for 93 effectively ended their hopes. Peter Siddle and Simon Katich took three wickets each for the tourists, who have avenged their loss to the Proteas on home soil earlier this year.
AUS v SA, 2nd Test, Durban: Australia 352 & 331-5 beat South Africa 138-9 & 370-9 by 175 runs

AUS v SA, 1st Test, Johannesburg: Australia beat South Africa by 162 runs (AUS 1:0)

Australia took two wickets in eight balls after tea Monday to beat South Africa by 162 runs in the first cricket Test and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
South Africa was bowled out for 291, well short of their victory target of 454. Man-of-the-match Mitchell Johnson, who took eight wickets in the match and hit 96 not out in Australia's first innings, finished off the Proteas by bowling Dale Steyn. Earlier, Peter Siddle took his third wicket with the dismissal of Paul Harris. Johnson finished with figures of 4-112, while Siddle took 3-46.
Australia had claimed three wickets in the middle session for the addition of only 42 runs when the South Africa batsmen could not keep out the opposition's fired-up bowlers. The Aussie seamers relied on short-pitched bowling to put the batsmen under pressure. The ploy accounted for the prize wicket of JP Duminy, caught in the slips off Siddle for 29, and when Mark Boucher was bowled by a beauty from Hilfenhaus for 24 five overs later, the last of the recognized batsmen was out.
Australia also took three wickets in the first session. At lunch, South Africa - on 247-5 - were still 207 runs short of their victory target of 454.
AUS v SA, 1st Test, Johannesburg: Australia 466 & 207 beat South Africa 220 & 291 by 162 runs

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.