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South Africa dethrone Australia

Published:Friday | March 14, 2008 | 2:06 PM

South Africa today dethroned Australia as the world’s top-ranked One-Day team with an emphatic victory over Bangladesh at Mirpur to complete a 3-0 whitewash.

After opting to bat first for the third successive match, the hosts were again woefully out of form as Albie Morkel helped bowl them out for 143 in 42.5 overs.

Graeme Smith on 68 not out and AB de Villiers on 40 steered South Africa towards the win.

Smith hit a six to seal a seven-wicket with South Africa replying with 147 for three off 34.2 overs.

The result puts South Africa ahead of Australia by a mere 0.191 rating points. New Zealand is ranked third and India fourth, while the West Indies stay eighth.