Morne Morkel took a five wicket haul to record his best One Day International bowling figures to help South Africa defeat Australia by three wickets in the second ODI in Perth on Sunday. Australia won the toss and chose to bat first. They lost David Warner in the first over as he gloved one to Quinton De Kock for a duck as they found themselves on 1/1.
Aaron Finch and Shane Watson managed to add a further 13 runs to their total before Finch (8) hit one from Dale Steyn (3/35) straight to mid-on. Steve Smith joined Watson and put on a 13-run stand before Farhaan Berhardien (1/40) dismissed Watson (11). Smith (10) followed shortly after to hand Morne Morkel (5/21) his second wicket as the hosts found themselves in trouble at 34/4.
George Bailey (25) and Mitchell Marsh were able to steady the ship after the early collapse by putting on a well constructed 58-run partnership to help their side to 91/4. However the their stand was ended as the skipper was dismissed by Vernon Philander (1/16). Marsh stuck around but was not able to find a constant partner at the other end as Matthew Wade departed caught behind for 19 and Glenn Maxwell for a duck.
Morkel dismissed Mitchell Johnson for three to complete his five wicket haul and Nathan Coulter-Nile for two with the score on 138/9. The younger of the Marsh brothers made a last gasp attempt to accelerate the run rate however he perished on 67 as the Aussies were all out for 154 in 41.4 overs. In reply South Africa lost the early wickets of their two openers De Kock (4) and Hashim Amla (10) to find themselves on 21/2.
Faf Du Plessis and Rilee Rossouw put on a 43 run partnership to help them to 62/2 before Rossouw edged one from Maxwell (1/20) to Smith in the slips. Skipper AB De Villiers joined Du Plessis at the crease and constructed a 49 run stand to take the South Africans to 113/3 before they lost two quick wickets in Du Plessis (19) and Farhaan Berhardien for a duck as they required a further 42 runs to win. De Villiers was joined by David Miller and they continued to grind out the runs until the skipper departed two runs short of his half century as he nicked one from Josh Hazlewood (5/31) to the keeper with score on 141/6 with 14 runs needed to win.
Philander joined Miller but was unable to get off the mark as he departed for a duck with two runs to get. Dale Steyn (4 not out) joined Miller (22 not out) and hit a four over the bowler’s head to see the South Africans home as they ran out winners by three wickets to level the five match series at 1-1. The Man of the Match award went to Morne Morkel for his bowling performance finishing with figures of 5/21.