At Cape Town, April 14 (day/night). Australia won by five wickets. Toss: Australia.
Australia levelled the series with a one-sided win, using less than half their allocation of overs. Although batting first in floodlit matches at Newlands has historically paid off, Steve Waugh's decision to bowl was justified by what he described as his team's best bowling and fielding performance since the World Cup. At 54 for one, South Africa had built a reasonable foundation, but McGrath, the Lee brothers and Warne - who bowled scarcely a loose ball between them - wore down the batsmen. In the process, Gilchrist became the first wicket-keeper to make six dismissals in limited-overs internationals; his counterpart, Boucher, was one of 18 sharing the previous record of five. Kallis took three wickets in ten deliveries to give South Africa a flicker of hope, but aggressive batting by Martyn - who played some glorious strokes in a 32-ball half-century that included ten fours - and by Bevan carried Australia to within sight of victory.
Man of the Match: D. R. Martyn. Attendance: 21,110.