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Australia hangs on to outlast New Zealand

Australia's Matthew Hayden, center, turns to see New Zealand's Ross Taylor dive to field the ball as umpire Ranjan Madugalle watches in their one day ...

Australia's Matthew Hayden, center, turns to see New Zealand's Ross Taylor dive to field the ball as umpire Ranjan Madugalle watches in their one day ...

Centuries to Ricky Ponting and Matthew Hayden helped Australia maintain its winning streak with an unexpectedly narrow eight-run victory over a plucky New Zealand in their triangular series one-day international at the WACA Ground yesterday.
Ponting won the toss and elected to bat in extremely hot conditions. His decision was vindicated as Australia capitalized on New Zealand fielding errors to post the highest score ever in a one-day international at the ground, making 343 for five.
The previous best was the West Indies' 309-6 in 1985, with Hayden and Ponting scoring the first two centuries of the series.
In reply, the Kiwis produced a valiant attempt at an unlikely victory, also eclipsing the old record in making 335 for five.
Recalled Black Caps opener Lou Vincent led the resistance with 66, before falling to a bad umpiring decision when he was adjudged lbw by Asad Rauf even though the ball struck bat rather than pad.
Jacob Oram, who made 86 against England on Friday, then continued his fine form by weighing in with a magnificent 101 not out that was his first one-day international century and included six sixes.
"We were chasing two runs an over at the end so I just kept on swinging as hard as I could," Oram said. "It was thoroughly enjoyable and very satisfying."
In the Australian innings, Hayden made the most of some extraordinary good luck to make 117 and Ponting's 111 was typically assured.
n South Africa tops Pakistan
Jacques Kallis and Ashwell Prince steered South Africa to a series-clinching five-wicket win over Pakistan on the third day of the third and final Test at Newlands yesterday.
Kallis (51) and Prince (59 not out) came together when South Africa were wobbling at 39 for four in their quest for a target of 161 on a tricky pitch. They put on 117 for the fifth wicket before Kallis was bowled by Shahid Nazir when just five runs were needed for victory.
South Africa won the series 2-1, after winning the first test at Centurion by seven wickets and losing the second in Port Elizabeth by five wickets.
Kallis and Prince batted with extreme caution early on against excellent bowling by opening bowler Mohammad Asif and leg-spinner Danish Kaneria before picking up the scoring rate when Asif tired.
The value of Asif's bowling was shown when he was replaced by Mohammad Sami, whose second ball was punched by Kallis for the first boundary of the day.