Proteas crush Aussies

Makhaya Ntini has grabbed six wickets, including four in his first five overs, to spearhead South Africa's rout of Australia for just 93 off 34.3 overs and a thumping 196-run win in the second one-day international at Newlands, Cape Town.

Chasing the Proteas' formidable 7-289, Australia was 4-7 off 9.3 overs after Ntini dismissed Adam Gilchrist (1) and Phil Jaques (0) with the first and fifth balls of his first over and Damien Martyn (4) and Michael Clarke (1) in his third and fifth overs.

Gilchrist, defending, was caught off an inside edge by wicketkeeper Mark Boucher, Jaques edged a drive to second slip, Martyn hooked high to fine leg and Clarke slashed outside off stump and gave Boucher another catch.

At that stage, man-of-the-match Ntini had 4-4 off 4.3 overs, with Clarke's wicket giving him 200 in 126 one-day internationals to leave him third behind Shaun Pollock (340 in 251) and Allan Donald (272 in 164) on South Africa's all-time list.

The procession continued with Simon Katich (16) caught at cover off Andre Nel, Michael Hussey (22) caught at short mid-wicket off Nel, Brad Hogg (6) holing out to deep mid-wicket off left-arm spinner Robin Peterson, Brett Lee (1) cutting Nel high and straight to third man and Nathan Bracken (10) and Shane Watson (27) caught by Boucher off Ntini.

Ntini's 6-22 off 9.3 overs were the best figures by a South African in one-day internationals. His previous best effort was 5-31 against New Zealand in Melbourne in 2001-02.

Australia's biggest loss - in terms of runs - in one-day internationals remains 206 to New Zealand in Adelaide in 1985-86 when Australia recorded its equal-lowest score - 70 off 26.3 overs.

Australia's other scores of under 100 were 70 off 25.2 overs against England at Edgbaston in 1977 and 91 off 35.4 overs against the West Indies in Perth in 1986-87.

It was Australia's lowest score against South Africa. The previous lowest was 125 off 39.1 overs in Melbourne in 1997-98.

South Africa leads the five-match series 2-0, having won the first match by six wickets in Pretoria last Sunday. The third match will be played at Port Elizabeth's St George's Park on Sunday.

The Proteas' first seven batsmen all got a start but only two - Herschelle Gibbs and Justin Kemp - passed 50 and there were only two 50-plus partnerships, with Gibbs and Boucher putting on 80 off 13 overs for the fourth wicket and big-hitting Kemp and Pollock belting 62 within eight overs for the sixth wicket.

Gibbs drove fluently for most of his eight fours in a 71-ball 66 and Boucher blasted three sixes - one off Clarke and two off Hogg - in his 59-ball 42.

Left-arm spinner Hogg accepted a return catch from Gibbs in the 35th over and nailed Boucher lbw, missing a sweep, in the 39th, and Australia had South Africa 5-218 after 44 overs.

But the last six overs yielded 71, with Pollock getting 21 of them in his 27-ball 38 (two sixes, three fours) and Kemp 39 on his way to an unbeaten 51, with four sixes and one four, off only 41 balls.

Stuart Clark had the tidy figures of 1-25 off seven overs before having 44 plundered from his last three - 22 off the 45th of the innings, 12 off the 48th and 10 off the 50th - with his only reward the wicket of Peterson, caught at backward point for four in the 48th.

Left-armer Bracken had 13 ripped off the 46th and Lee conceded five and nine off the 47th and 49th.

Much earlier, Graeme Smith (24), who won the toss in fine, windy conditions, played across the line to Clark and lost his off stump, Boeta Dippenaar (31) got an inside edge onto his stumps driving at Watson and AB de Villiers (18) swung crudely at Watson and was bowled.

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