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Last Updated: Sunday, 15 January 2006, 11:40 GMT
Boucher upsets Aussies in opener
VB Series, Brisbane: South Africa 231-5 beat Australia 228 by five wickets

Boucher hits McGrath for six
Boucher hits McGrath for a vital six

A thrilling stand between Mark Boucher and Justin Kemp brought South Africa victory over Australia in an exciting VB Series match in Brisbane on Sunday.

Australia corrected a poor batting performance with a brilliant fielding display but were unable to defend a total of 228, and lost by five wickets.

The Aussies looked to be on top, however, when 47 runs were needed by South Africa off the last five overs.

But Kemp and Boucher hit 17 off Brett Lee's final over, and swung the game.

That over included a massive six from Kemp over long-on, which put the pressure back on the hosts.

And Boucher added another six from Glenn McGrath's final over to silence the partisan crowd at the Gabba.

A tropical storm then struck with five wanted off 10 balls.

But after a brief delay, the players went back out and the game was wrapped up when Kemp drove Nathan Bracken through the off-side within three deliveries of the restart.

Shaun Pollock removes Simon Katich
Shaun Pollock removed Simon Katich for a duck at the Gabba

Boucher finished unbeaten on 63 off 62 balls with Kemp on 25 from 21 balls. They had put on 69 in a brilliant 48-ball partnership.

Australia won the toss and elected to bat first but South Africa's injury-weakened bowling attack surprised them in the early stages of their innings.

And only a determined seventh wicket stand of 123 between Michael Hussey (73) and Lee (57) allowed them to post a competitive score.

Shaun Pollock claimed the first three wickets to finish with 3-30 and all-rounder Andrew Hall (3-43) was also highly effective.

Despite lacking strike bowlers Andre Nel, Charl Langeveldt and Makhaya Ntini, the South Africans left the hosts reeling at 71-6 off 18 overs.

Pollock set the tone from the opening delivery, with Adam Gilchrist dragging the ball onto his stumps.

Next, Simon Katich edged an outswinger to slip before Ricky Ponting (33) asserted himself.

Australia's players mob Andrew Symonds after he brilliantly runs out Jacques Kallis
Symonds' brilliant direct hit ended Kallis' innings on nought

But Damien Martyn was also bowled by Pollock and the prized wicket of Ponting brought plenty of joy for the expensive seamer Monde Zondeki, who took a good catch off his own bowling to dismiss Australia's best batsman.

Hall then persuaded the next two batsmen to edge behind before Hussey and Lee came to Australia's rescue.

Both men were out just before the final onslaught, with the final wicket coming via a run out - one of four in the day - from the penultimate ball of the innings.

The Proteas began their chase poorly. Graeme Smith pulled to midwicket, Jacques Kallis was run out for a duck and Herschelle Gibbs skied to mid-on.

From an uncertain position of 55-3, Boeta Dippenaar (74) buckled down for South Africa to keep them in the hunt.

But boundaries were proving hard to come by and Australia looked to be in the box-seat before Lee's calamitous final over.


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