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Proteas level series with 7-wicket win

SOUTH Africa beat Australia by seven wickets yesterday to square the five-match one-day international series at 1-1 after opening bowlers Wayne Parnell and Dale Steyn took four wickets each to help bowl out Australia for 131 at Pretoria.

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 (10 not out) added an unbroken stand of 39 to steer South Africa to victory after the team had recorded its biggest-ever ODI loss to Australia, losing by 141 runs in Durban on Friday.

The next game is on Thursday in Cape Town.

Callum Ferguson top-scored with 50, and bowlers Mitchell Johnson (30) and Nathan Hauritz (10) were the only other Australian players to reach double figures.

Australia needs to win the series to replace South Africa as the top-ranked one-day international team in the world.

Steyn made the initial breakthrough, bowling Brad Haddin off an inside edge for 1 on the sixth ball of the day.

Australia then unraveled, falling to 14-3 by the sixth over after captain Ricky Ponting was caught by wicketkeeper Mark Boucher for 8 off Parnell, who had trapped Michael Clarke leg-before-wicket for 5 in his previous over.

David Hussey was caught behind off Steyn five runs later.

Parnell, who captained South Africa's under-19 side at the World Cup in Malaysia last year, bowled a late swinging delivery that trapped Michael Hussey plumb in front for 3 to leave Australia reeling at 19-5.

Johnson lasted 62 balls to add 63 with Ferguson and help take Australia into three figures before he was out leg before wicket to Botha in the 31st over to make it 103-7.


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