South Africa Defeat Australia in Low-Scoring Thriller, Level Series 1-1

After Morne Morkel's five for 21 restricted Australia to 154, South Africa struggled their way to a three-wicket win to level the series. Three more matches will be played between the two teams.

Updated: November 16, 2014 20:10 IST
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South Africa's Morne Morkel acknowledges cheer after he claimed five wickets against Australia.

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Perth: Morne Morkel took a career-best 5-21 and captain A.B. de Villiers made 48 as South Africa beat Australia by three wickets in the second one-day cricket international on Sunday to level the five-match series at 1-1. (Scorecard)

Handed the new ball ahead of Dale Steyn, Morkel took two wickets in his opening spell to plunge the Australian innings into early crisis, then snared three more in six balls in his second spell to help bowl out the home side for 154. Mitchell Marsh top-scored with 67.

South Africa surpassed Australia's total in 27.4 overs, though it struggled at times in the face of hostile bowling from Josh Hazlewood who was twice on a hat trick before finishing with 5-31.

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