South Africa tour of Australia, 2nd Test: Australia v South Africa at Melbourne, Dec 26-30, 2008
South Africa won by 9 wickets
26,27,28,29,30 December 2008 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
  • Overs 101-150

Ntini to Hayden, OUT, caught! Loose drive from Hayden and he's fallen at his fortress! He moves forward to drive a good length ball which moves away from him a touch, he slices it in the air straight to Duminy at point who takes a pretty simple catch, a hush falls over the tens of thousands of fans at the MCG

ML Hayden c Duminy b Ntini 8 (31m 17b 1x4 0x6) SR: 47.05

Australia 21/1   SM Katich 13* (27b 1x4)   M Ntini 3.2-1-12-1

Steyn to Katich, OUT, bowled him! Steyn pitches the ball on a good length and angles it into the left-hander, Katich moves across and tries to drive on the up through the off side, the angle into him forces the inside edge and the ball thuds into the stumps off the bat, South Africa have struck just when Australia were getting away

SM Katich b Steyn 54 (153m 109b 6x4 0x6) SR: 49.54

Australia 128/2   RT Ponting 60* (82b 6x4 1x6)   DW Steyn 11-3-33-1

Steyn to Hussey, OUT, caught! Hussey was in two minds whether to leave the ball or not, he began to push forward to a good length ball just outside off stump but then decided to lift his bat out of the way, he was late in doing so and the ball clipped the bottom of his bat and went through to Boucher who took an easy catch

MEK Hussey c †Boucher b Steyn 0 (16m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Australia 143/3   RT Ponting 74* (95b 7x4 1x6)   DW Steyn 12.3-3-41-2

Harris to Ponting, OUT, caught! In the last over before tea! Ponting lunges forward at one that angles into him, he gets an inside edge on to the pad and it bobs up to Amla to short leg who takes an easy catch, what a boost for South Africa

RT Ponting c Amla b Harris 101 (197m 126b 10x4 1x6) SR: 80.15

Australia 184/4   MJ Clarke 11* (54b 1x4)   PL Harris 3.2-0-8-1

Morkel to Symonds, OUT, gone! that was short outside off, Symonds tries to cut that powerfully towards point, gets a thick outside edge and Kallis dives well to his right at second slip to pouch onto a sharp chance. Australia five down now and McKenzie can breathe easy

A Symonds c Kallis b Morkel 27 (56m 55b 3x4 0x6) SR: 49.09

Australia 223/5   MJ Clarke 19* (88b 1x4)   M Morkel 16.1-3-63-1

Ntini to Haddin, OUT, edged and caught! Ntini has struck a vital late blow! He pitched it on a good length outside off and got the ball to straighten off the pitch, Haddin got on the front foot and drove away from his body, the ball flew off the outside edge towards Smith at first slip who held a sharp catch towards his right

BJ Haddin c Smith b Ntini 40 (88m 71b 5x4 0x6) SR: 56.33

Australia 277/6   MJ Clarke 33* (151b 1x4)   M Ntini 20.3-6-71-2

Steyn to Lee, OUT, but the fun is over for Lee, courtesy a sharp catch from Kallis at second slip! Steyn comes back after going for a boundary, pitching the ball up and inviting the drive, gets the ball to move, Lee doesn't play it well at all and gets a thick outside edge to Kallis who cups it in front of his face

B Lee c Kallis b Steyn 21 (33m 21b 5x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Australia 322/7   MJ Clarke 56* (171b 2x4 1x6)   DW Steyn 23.2-5-74-3

Steyn to Johnson, OUT, see, thats all you need to do, Steyn, its simple ... pitch it on the stumps! The change of angle eventually works after two wayward deliveries to Johnson, who gets one on a near-perfect length, watches it swing a shade, doesn't defend in time and loses his stumps

MG Johnson b Steyn 0 (3m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Australia 326/8   MJ Clarke 56* (171b 2x4 1x6)   DW Steyn 23.5-5-74-4

Steyn to Hauritz, OUT, edged and it doesn't carry, or does it? Steyn draws a regulation thick outside edge off the bat as Hauritz plays off the back foot, which starts dipping on Smith at first slip as Boucher doesn't go for it ... the ball hits the fingers on the full, sort of jamming them, Smith is not sure and so the two umpires get together and after some communication with the television umpire it is decided that Smith took it cleanly ... still some confusion but Hauritz has to go, I saw replays a couple times and it looked a very tough call to make .. it looked like Smith jammed his fingers under the ball in time, though he was quick to say he wasn't sure

NM Hauritz c Smith b Steyn 12 (29m 21b 2x4 0x6) SR: 57.14

Australia 352/9   MJ Clarke 70* (186b 4x4 1x6)   DW Steyn 26.5-5-84-5

Kallis to Siddle, OUT, nicked to second slip and thats the end of the innings! Kallis ends Siddle's impressive resistance with another shortish delivery which squares up Siddle, who edges into de Villiers' lap, so no century for a stranded Michael Clarke

PM Siddle c de Villiers b Kallis 19 (54m 49b 1x4 0x6) SR: 38.77

Australia 394/10   MJ Clarke 88* (208b 4x4 1x6)   JH Kallis 18.4-4-55-1
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Hours of play (local time) 10.30am start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30

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