At Johannesburg, April 8 (day/night). Australia won by eight runs. Toss: Australia.
Di Venuto, one of the players flown in for the one-day internationals, set up Australia with a forceful 89; he hit 11 fours. With Donald conceding 67 in his ten overs, the tourists got to 258. In reply, Cullinan and Kallis scored fifties to redeem a poor start of 31 for three, while Cronje and Pollock, with brisk forties, threatened Australia's hold. Towards the end, Warne had to grip a ball made slippery by dew, but masterly control steered his side home in another tight finish, to take the lead for the first time in the series.
Man of the Match: M. J. Di Venuto. Attendance: 26,766.