South African debutant L.Tsotsobe picked four wickets in his debut match to help South Africa to win the five matches ODI series by 4-1 and now they are the number one team in ODI according to ICC Ranking.
Australia, after dominating the one day international arena for more than decade loss their top ranking and slip to number two position in one day ranking. Now India is at third and South Africa moved ahead of Australia to gain the number one spot in ICC ODI Ranking.
Chasing a stiff target of 289 runs for victory, Australia found themselves into trouble when they loss their four top order batsman for just 53 runs in the 13th over. From then onwards they are always behind with the asking run rate. In between M.Hussey (78 runs) and B.Haddin (63 runs) did tried their best but it was too tough for both of them to guide Australians to the victory.
L.Tsotsobe accounted for Shaun Marsh (5) and Captain Ricky Ponting (12) in successive overs while the other debutant, Wayne Parnell, ran out David Warner for 22. Now Australia will be looking to regain their top spot in the ICC Ranking by winning the one day series against New Zealanders starting from 1st of February. But they have to play really well if they want to win the series and regain their top spot.
Earlier South Africa captain J.Botha won the toss and decided to bat first. With brilliant half century from H.Amla and A.B.Deviliers south Africna team manage to post huge target at bouncy wicket at WACA Ground. But it was J.P.Duminy (60 runs of 42 balls) who provided the late flourish with his bat that helped South African to get close to 300 run mark.
Hashim Amla was declared Man of the Match for his superb 97 runs and Albie Morkel was declared Man of the Series.
South Africa – 288/6 in 50 Overs
H.Amla- 97 J.P.Duminy – 60*
J.Hopes– 9-1-44-3 B.Hilfenhaus– 10-0-43-2
Australia – 249/10 in 49 Overs
M.Hussey- 78 B.Haddin – 63
LL Tsotsobe– 9-1-50-4 M.Morkel– 10-0-45-2