SA chase down 327 to beat Australia

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HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) Former schoolmates AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis both hit centuries in a game-changing 206-run partnership as South Africa chased down 327 to beat Australia by seven wickets on Wednesday.

The South Africans struck the first blow against the top-ranked Australians in the triangular one-day series in Zimbabwe as they powered to 328-3 and victory - and with 20 balls to spare - at Harare Sports Club.

Captain De Villiers was 136 not out at the end and still striking boundaries despite struggling badly with cramp in his left leg from around halfway through his innings. His good friend Du Plessis was out for 106 but the pair came together with South Africa 51-2 and wobbling. By the time they were parted 29 overs later, the Proteas were well on course for victory at 257-3 and both had hundreds.


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