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Monday, October 17, 2011

South Africa level T20 series against Australia

JOHANNESBURG: Tailenders Wayne Parnell and Rusty Theron snatched an improbable three-wicket win for South Africa in the second Twenty20 international against Australia at the Wanderers Stadium on Sunday.

Parnell (29 not out) and Theron (31 not out) put on an unbeaten 64 for the eighth wicket off just 27 balls to level a series which Australia had looked almost certain to win.

Australia's youth brigade took their side to the brink of victory but in the end a lack of experience proved costly to the tourists.

Teenage debutant Mitchell Marsh hit four sixes in the last two overs to give Australia's innings a late boost, taking them to a total of 147 for eight, which seemed more than enough when fellow teenager, fast bowler Pat Cummins, sparked a South African collapse.

Marsh, 19, made 36 off 21 balls on the day he joined older brother Shaun and father Geoff as an international more

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