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South Africa beats Australia in Twenty20 series

South Africa captain Johan Botha produced another fine bowling performance to lead his team to victory by 17 runs in the second Twenty20 international.

cricket Updated: Mar 30, 2009 12:02 IST

South Africa captain Johan Botha produced another fine bowling performance to lead his team to victory by 17 runs in the second Twenty20 international.

Though clever bowling by Australia had limited South Africa to 156-5, Australia’s batsmen could only manage 139-8 in reply as the home side went on to seal a 2-0 victory in the two-match series on Sunday.

Off-spinner Botha took 2-16 in his four overs, slowing the tourists’ progress as soon as he came on to bowl in the middle of the innings.

Botha helped to build the pressure on the opposition batsmen and took the key wicket of opener Michael Clarke in the 11th over of the innings for a 33-ball knock of 27. The captain’s other victim was Cameron White, caught in the deep by JP Duminy for 23 with the score on 106 in the 16th over.

Eight balls earlier, man-of-the-match Roelof van der Merwe had grabbed the important wicket of David Hussey, caught at point by Herschelle Gibbs for 27 as he went for a big hit. Hussey had struck 88 for Australia in Johannesburg in Friday’s match.

Van der Merwe, making an impressive debut, claimed 1-30 and did well to hold his nerve against Hussey, who had hit him for a six and a four off the two balls preceding his dismissal.

Hussey and White added 38 for the fifth wicket, the biggest partnership of their team’s innings.