Behardien satisfied with gritty knock


South Africa batsman Farhaan Behardien was pleased to contribute to his team's win over Australia in the tri-series on Tuesday.

Behardien made a crucial 62 to help his team reach 189-9 batting first on a slow and spinning wicket in Guyana.

Despite Aaron Finch's 72, Australia were bowled out for 142 in response to slip to a 47-run loss.

Behardien was simply happy to have played his role in difficult conditions.

"It's nice to get a score for the team," he said.

"We were basically 1-0 down after the game against the West Indies. There was a middle-order collapse against them, Sunil Narine is a world-class spinner and got stuck into us on that particular day.

"Personally, to be out there, to grind it out for nearly 30 overs...was pretty satisfying."

Behardien's 82-ball innings set up the victory before the bowlers quickly reduced Australia to 47-4 in their chase.

The 32-year-old said his team knew they had set a target that was good enough to win.

"The chat was that we hung in there. We had a score to bowl at," Behardien said.

"We knew the Aussie team is a team full of confidence, but we knew that 190 would be tough.

"They didn't struggle too much getting the score the other night against the West Indies but it was still tough.

"The first 10 overs, the first eight overs, [Wayne] Parnell and Kagiso [Rabada] bowled and got those three wickets which put Australia on the back foot."

The victory sees South Africa sit level with Australia on five points in the tri-series table, one ahead of West Indies.