Aus vs SA: Australia sets South Africa 301 to win in 1st ODI
Perth, Australia: George Bailey was dropped four times en route to an innings-salvaging 70 as Australia posted 300-8 after being sent in to bat Friday in the series-opening limited-overs international against South Africa.
Australia started positively, with David Warner (46) and Aaron Finch (35) racing to 94 before both openers were dismissed within three balls from Vernon Philander (4-45).
Australia skipper Michael Clarke scratched around for 11 before he was caught behind, gloving an attempted pull shot off Dale Steyn to give South Africa's paceman the upper hand in their acrimonious rivalry. Clarke injured his left hamstring in the process and withdrew from the remainder of the match.
Clarke will undergo tests Saturday before any decision is made on his participation in the rest of the series.
South Africa captain A.B. de Villiers won the toss and sent Australia in to bat in the limited-overs series opener at the WACA.