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19 Nov 2014
9:22 am

Australia put Proteas to the sword

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The South African cricket team had to score 330 runs in the third one-day international against Australia in Canberra on Wednesday.

South Africa's Dale Steyn reacts after Australia hit another four in the third one-day international in Canberra, Australia on Wednesday. Picture: Gallo/Getty Images

But the Proteas , who were stranded on 256/9 after 44.3 overs when  Imran Tahir did not come out to bat, fell 73 run short giving the hosts a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.

Earlier on Wednesday Australia’s top four batsmen all made scores of 40-plus with opener Aaron Finch making a 127-ball 109. It was his fifth one-day international hundred.

Finch and David Warner, who made a 50-ball 53, added 118 for the first wicket. Shane Watson contributed 40 with the bat while Steve Smith hit a whirlwind 73 from just 55 deliveries to ensure the home side reached an imposing 329/5.

Part-timer Farhaan Behardien was the pick of the South African bowlers with figures of 1/39 from eight overs, while Morne Morkel picked up 2/84 in 10 overs after taking some severe stick at the death.

Australia scored 62/1 in the last five overs.

The series is all square at 1-1.

Latest updates:

South Africa were 232/6 after 40 overs with Farhaan Behardien on 2, Vernon Philander 1 and the run rate 5.80 with a rate of 9.80 required.

South Africa were 209/3 after 35 overs with Hashim Amla on 97, AB de Villiers 41 and the run rate 5.97 with a rate of 8.06 required.

South Africa were 158/3 after 30 overs with Hashim Amla on 79, AB de Villiers 8 and the run rate 5.26 with a rate of 8.60 required.

South Africa were 139/1 after 25 overs with Hashim Amla on 72, Faf du Plessis 17 and the run rate 5.56 with a rate of 7.69 required.

South Africa were 114/1 after 20 overs with Hashim Amla on 62, Faf du Plessis 2 and the run rate 5.70 with a rate of 7.20 required.

South Africa were 94/0 after 15 overs with Hashim Amla on 50, Quinton de Kock 43 and the run rate 6.26 with a rate of 674 required.

South Africa were 62/0 after 10 overs with Hashim Amla on 38, Quinton de Kock 23 and the run rate 6.2 with a rate of 6.8 required.

South Africa were 29/0 after five overs with the run rate at  5.11.

Australia recorded a 73 run victory over South Africa, who were stranded on 256/9 after 44.3 overs when  Imran Tahir did not come out to bat, giving the hosts a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.