A record-breaking partnership and centuries to Faf du Plessis and David Miller have propelled South Africa to an imposing 5-320 in Sunday’s one-day series decider against Australia in Hobart.
The Proteas were under pressure at 3-55 in the 16th over after being sent in to bat, before du Plessis (125) launched a fightback with Miller (139).
The pair’s stand of 252 was the biggest ODI partnership against Australia.
Du Plessis, who notched his 10th limited-overs ton and hit 15 fours, and Miller feasted late on Australia’s seamers.
They weren’t without their luck, though, in a partnership that bettered Marvin Atapattu and Sanath Jayasuriya’s 237 in 2003 in Sydney.
Australian wicketkeeper Alex Carey dropped du Plessis on 29 off the bowling of Glenn Maxwell in what should have been a regulation caught behind.
Maxwell had a second moment of frustration in the 33rd over when he appeared to have trapped Miller in front for 41.
But a review, called for at the last moment by the batsmen, showed the ball narrowly travelling over the stumps.
It took a diving catch from Shaun Marsh in the deep in the 49th over to dismiss du Plessis, before Miller holed out to Aaron Finch at deep mid-wicket.
Mitchell Starc finished with 2-57, while allrounder Marcus Stoinis also picked up two wickets but went for 70 off seven overs.
Australia let slip a golden opportunity to take a stranglehold on the match after a strong start at Bellerive Oval.
Starc had Quinton de Kock (four) edging behind in his second over before Stoinis dismissed Reeza Hendricks for single figures in the tenth over, leaving the Proteas at 2-26.
Aidan Markram (32 runs from 42 balls) put on 32 runs with du Plessis but was caught by Carey down the legside off Starc.
That brought Miller and du Plessis together, who began a rescue mission.
South Africa hit 75 in the final five overs.
Chris Lynn might be promoted to open for Australia, who levelled the three-game series with a seven-run win in Adelaide.