Dec 29, 2008

Sport - Cricket;South Africa eye historic win over Australia

South Africa need just 153 more runs to clinch historic win over Australia in their second Test at Melbourne.

South Africa were on 30 for no loss at the end of the fourth day's play in Melbourne today. Graeme Smith was batting on 25 while Neil McKenzie was on three at the time of the stumps. South Africa had piled up 459 runs in their first innings.

Earlier, Dale Steyn who had taken five wickets in the first innings took 5 for 87 in the second innings to diminish Australia's hope of a series-leveling victory.

In their second innings Australia scored 247 runs. Ricky Ponting contributed with 99 runs and Mitchell Johnson remained unbeaten on 43. In their first innings they had made 394.

Australia has not lost a series on their soil since West Indies defeated them in 1992-93.

Brief scores: South Africa 459 & 0 for 30 (Smith 25*) need another 153 runs to beat Australia 394 & 247 (Ponting 99, Steyn 5-67)

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