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SA record thrilling 3-wkt win over Australia in 1st ODI

SA record thrilling 3-wkt win over Australia in 1st ODI MELBOURNE: South Africa defeated Australia by three wickets in the last over of the exciting contest here at the MCG on Friday.

JP Duminy (71) and Neil McKenzie (63) set up South Africa's sixth win from six ODIs against Australia before Albie Morkel finished the job with a magnificent unbeaten 40 from 18 balls.

Afrter the fourth wicket stand of 123 runs between McKenzie and Duminy, South Africa were left in big trouble as they needed 50 from six overs with three wickets in hand, but Morkel and Johan Botha used the batting power play to perfection to get them home with three balls to spare.

Shaun Tait and Ben Hilfenhaus captured two wickets each for 43 and 55 runs, respectively.

The powerplay was taken at the start of the 45th over and Morkel used it to destroy Australia, particularly Hilfenhaus, with four fours and a six. They picked up 51 from the power play. Duminy scored 71 without a boundary, the sixth highest ODI score not to feature a four or six.

Chasing rather difficult target of 272, South Africa' started poorly when Shaun Tait got out in the second over. Then Herschelle Gibbs (22) and Jacques Kallis (41) took them out of trouble but they departed at 90 before Duminy and McKenzie took over the charge.

Earlier, Australia made 271-8 in the allotted 50 overs, after winning the toss, with Shaun Marsh (79), David Hussey (52), Ricky Ponting (46) made useful contributions.

Morkel Brothers and Botha claimed two wickets each for South Africa.

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