South Africa defeats Australia by seven wickets

Updated: 15 February 2011 22:14 IST

Openers Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla helped South Africa to an easy seven-wicket victory over Australia in a World Cup warm-up match Tuesday at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Bangalore:

Openers Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla struck half-centuries on Tuesday to guide South Africa to a comprehensive seven-wicket victory over Australia in a World Cup warm-up match at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Captain Smith smashed 65 and Amla made 60 as South Africa raced to its target of 218 in 44.2 overs, condemning three-time defending champion Australia to a second successive practice defeat before the World Cup.

Both Smith and Amla retired in a bid to give others batting practice.

Australia, which lost to India two days previously, was all out for 217 as pace bowler Dale Steyn and left-arm spinner Robin Peterson bagged three wickets apiece.

For Australia, Michael Clarke top-scored with 73 and captain Ricky Ponting made 55.

Topics : Cricket Australia ICC World Cup, 2011 South Africa
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