Aus vs SA: Morkel takes 5-21, Australia score 154 in 2nd ODI
Perth, Australia: Morne Morkel led a resurgent bowling performance Sunday, taking a career best 5-21 as South Africa dismissed Australia for 154 in the second one-day cricket international at WACA cricket ground here Sunday.
Handed the new ball ahead of Dale Steyn, Morkel found pace and disconcerting bounce on a lively pitch at the WACA Ground to dismiss David Warner (0) and Steve Smith (10) during an opening spell which returned 2-12 from five overs.
Only Mitchell Marsh, top scorer with 67, and George Bailey (25) offered any real resistance to Morkel and Steyn who made the most of the pace-friendly conditions after Australia had won the toss and opted to bat.
Morkel returned in the 35th over to capture the wickets of Matthew Wade (19) and Glenn Maxwell (0) within the space of three deliveries, further diminishing Australia's likely total.
He removed Mitchell Johnson (3) with the first ball of his next over to complete his second five wicket bag in one-day internationals, beating his previous best return of 5-38.
The dismissals of Warner and Wade were both referred by the Proteas to the television umpire and on both occasions the umpire's not out decision was over-ruled. In a world first, the deliberations of the television official -- Englishman Nigel Llong -- were broadcast to television viewers.
Fans saw and heard the umpire request replays from specific angles or the help of hot spot and `snicko' to aid his decision-making. The International Cricket Council is trialing the broadcast of the television umpire's deliberations to allow fans to better understand the decision-making process.
Warner was its first victim. Morkel beat the left-hander with the first two balls of the opening over, surprising him on both occasions with more pace and bounce than the WACA pitch produced in the first match only two days earlier.
He then had him caught down the leg side by wicketkeeper Quintin de Kock, a decision awarded to South Africa after referral to Llong. Morkel took a catch at mid-on to dismiss Aaron Finch (8) off Steyn's bowling as South Africa's fielding improved significantly on the first match.
South Africa added an extra batsman to its lineup on Sunday and got a lucky break when Farhaan Berhadien, forced into the role of fifth bowler, trapped Shane Watson (11) lbw.
Morkel then removed Steve Smith (10) to a miscued pull shot which was the downfall of several Australians, before ripping through the middle order to deny Marsh any late support.
Steyn wrapped up the innings be dismissing Nathan Coulter-Nile and Marsh to finish with 3-35.