Dippenaar and Pollock lift South Africa
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Dippenaar and Pollock lift South Africa

Boeta Dippenaar battled to a hundred and Shaun Pollock slammed a rapid fifty as SA made 246 n the 4th ODI against Australia.

india Updated: Mar 10, 2006 23:42 IST

Boeta Dippenaar battled to a hundred and Shaun Pollock slammed a rapid half-century as South Africa made 246 for nine in the fourth ODI against Australia at Kingsmead on Friday.

Dippenaar (101) played virtually a lone hand until he was joined by Pollock, who reached his fifty off 28 balls and finished with 53 not out.

The pair put on 72 for the seventh wicket before Dippenaar was the first of three dismissals off the last four balls of the innings.

With South Africa leading the five-match series 2-1, Australia bowled with great discipline to keep the home side under pressure for most of the innings after South African captain Graeme Smith won the toss.

Left-armed opening bowler Nathan Bracken had Smith and the free-scoring Herschelle Gibbs caught behind for a single apiece as South Africa were able to score only ten runs off the first seven overs.

AB de Villiers made an aggressive 38 off 45 balls, including two sixes off fast bowler Brett Lee, but he played one ambitious shot too many against accurate medium-pacer Mick Lewis and was lbw.

Both teams were strengthened by the inclusion of star all-rounders, with Jacques Kallis returning for South Africa and Andrew Symonds playing for Australia for the first time in the series.

Kallis, playing his first match since January 15 after returning home early from a tour of Australia because of a tennis elbow injury, made 21 before he was caught at deep midwicket off a Symonds full toss. Symonds missed the first three matches of the series with a hip flexor muscle injury.

While wickets fell at crucial times, Dippenaar batted soundly to reach his fourth one-day international century off 141 balls with nine fours.

Bracken and Lewis were the best of the bowlers, taking two for 36 and two for 38 respectively.

First Published: Mar 10, 2006 23:42 IST