Australia have secured a thrilling seven-run victory over South Africa in the second ODI to send the series to a deciding match.
Defending just 231 after being sent in to bat, the hosts had the Proteas struggling at 4-68 after 15 overs at Adelaide Oval on Friday night.
Pat Cummins’ dismissal of South African captain Faf du Plessis in the 30th over – by which point the tourists had steadied to 4-142 – turned the match.
Australian captain Aaron Finch rotated his bowlers and found success through Marcus Stoinis (3-35) and Josh Hazlewood (2-42), while Adam Zampa also provided relief without managing a wicket for himself.
South Africa required 20 off the final over but Glenn Maxwell, in his first and only over of the match, secured the result for Australia – ending a seven-game losing streak in the format.
“We can build on this. Obviously that was really tough work and that’s exactly what it’s felt like for the last couple of weeks, last couple of months,” Stoinis said.
“I’m really glad we can chill out now for at least one day.”
Dave Miller (51) top-scored for the Proteas before falling lbw to Stoinis following a smart review by Finch.
The final match of the series will take place on Sunday at Hobart’s Bellerive Oval.
Earlier in the day the Australians were all out in 48.3 overs – the seventh time in their past eight one-day internationals they have failed to bat their allotted overs.
Carey made 47 from 72 balls, Chris Lynn struck 44 from 44 deliveries and Finch 41 from 63 balls.
But, along with Shaun Marsh (22 from 26 balls), the top-order batsmen failed to fully cash in.
Proteas paceman Dwaine Pretorius took 3-32 from 10 overs while Kagiso Rabada (3-53) and Dale Steyn (2-31) also claimed multiple wickets.
South Africa put the brakes on just as Australia appeared set to accelerate.
Lynn’s knock featured three fours and two sixes but he fell when hitting top gear.
The Queenslander had smacked 18 runs from four consecutive Rabada balls – a six followed by three fours – but was out next ball.
His dismissal continued a trend as Australia’s batsmen formed a series of handy stands without converting any into imposing totals.
After opener Travis Head (8) went early, Finch and Marsh, returning after missing Australia’s six-wicket loss in the series-opener in Perth because of abscess on his buttocks, featured in a bright 44-run partnership from 51 balls.
But Marsh then edged a widish Rabada delivery to gloveman Quinton de Kock.
Finch put on 30 runs with Lynn before the skipper departed, chopping a short ball from Pretorius onto his stumps.
Lynn and Carey then added 37 runs before momentum again stalled with Lynn’s dismissal.
South Africa soon captured the wickets of Maxwell (15), Stoinis (2), Pat Cummins (3) and Mitchell Starc (6) and Carey.
Zampa added a late flourish, making 22 from 24 balls and putting on 27 runs for the last wicket with Hazlewood (10 no).