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21 Nov 2014

Well done to Steve Smith, who will surely be named man-of-the-match for the second game in a row.

As mentioned earlier, South Africa were about 15-20 runs short of where they needed to be. They needed skipper De Villiers or Miller to bat through to the end.

Also, their bowlers didn't put enough pressure on during the middle parts of the innings. Ryan McLaren, in particular was too wayward.

Kyle Abbott (1/43) can feel proud of his performance though.

21 Nov 2014

AUSSIES CLAIM SERIES WIN

Well done to Australia, who have also taken an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series.

Sunday's fifth and final match in Sydney will be of pure academic value now. But be sure to join us again for more interactive commentary then.

21 Nov 2014

RESULT: Australia win by 3 wickets.

21 Nov 2014

Australia finish on 268/7 after 49 overs.

21 Nov 2014

NOT OUT! Replays show the ball bounced short of a diving Miller and it's not out.

The batsmen went through for a run and that's it...

21 Nov 2014

WICKET?! Miller thinks he has taken a brilliant catch at mid on, but the decision gets reviewed. Will there be late drama?

21 Nov 2014

With the scores level, Pat Cummins comes in to bat...

21 Nov 2014

WICKET!

Peterson clean bowls Smith, who tries to sweep for the win.

He goes for 104.

Australia 267/7 after 48.4 overs.

21 Nov 2014

1 needed off 8 balls.

21 Nov 2014

FOUR! Faulkner sweeps Peterson for four. It's all over now...

2 needed off 9 balls.

21 Nov 2014

A wide certainly won't help SA's cause at this stage!

21 Nov 2014

It looked like Steyn was going to bowl, but he then handed it to Peterson...

21 Nov 2014

Peterson coming on to bowl the penultimate over!

21 Nov 2014

FOUR! Short from Abbott and Faulkner pulls him for another boundary. Should be all over now folks...

21 Nov 2014

FOUR! A low full toss from Abbott is punished by Faulkner over the midwicket region.

14 needed from 15 balls now.

21 Nov 2014

21 needed to win off 18 balls.

21 Nov 2014

FOUR MORE! Faulkner goes down the ground and grabs another boundary.

21 Nov 2014

FOUR! Faulkner pulls Steyn for four through midwicket. This game is slipping away from South Africa...

21 Nov 2014

CENTURY for Smith, coming off 109 balls.

It's his second ODI hundred.

21 Nov 2014

In what could be more bad news for South Africa, skipper AB de Villiers appears to have injured a muscle...

21 Nov 2014

Smith almost run out on 98 but Peterson misses the stumps...

21 Nov 2014

Steyn to bowl the 47th over of the innings.

21 Nov 2014

33 needed to win off 24 balls.

21 Nov 2014

2 off the final ball which means 7 off the over. Top-notch bowling from Abbott.

21 Nov 2014

5 runs off 5 balls in the 46th over thus far....

21 Nov 2014

Abbott's line remains impeccable...

21 Nov 2014

Abbott now into the attack in the 46th over...

21 Nov 2014

OVERS 45: Australia 228/6

They require 40 more runs to win off 30 balls.

21 Nov 2014

Faulkner gets a bottom edge off the free hit and it goes for four...

21 Nov 2014

FREE HIT!

Parnell makes a crucial error by bowling a front-foot no ball.

21 Nov 2014

James Faulkner is the new batsman in for Australia.

21 Nov 2014

A brilliant catch by McLaren, who came in from the boundary, diving forward...

21 Nov 2014

Wade goes for 52, caught in the deep by McLaren off Parnell.

Australia 219/6 after 44.2 overs.

21 Nov 2014

WICKET!

21 Nov 2014

Parnell again steaming in.

Steyn and Abbott both have two overs each left, so I assume they will bowl the last four overs...

21 Nov 2014

McLaren finishes with 1/62 off his 10 overs. Just too many loose deliveries from him...

21 Nov 2014

50 more needed off 36 balls.

21 Nov 2014

FOUR! McLaren strays onto the leg side and Smith punishes him for another boundary.

21 Nov 2014

This is now the highest 6th wicket partnership at the MCG.

21 Nov 2014

Four byes after De Kock fails to handle a delivery from McLaren which completely fooled the batsman... A good slower ball which deserved a wicket, rather than a boundary...

21 Nov 2014

McLaren into the attack to bowl his final over.

21 Nov 2014

62 needed to win off 42 balls.

21 Nov 2014

HALF-CENTURY for Wade, coming off 55 balls.

It's his 5th ODI half-century.

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