Player of the Match
Player of the Match
  • BATSMEN
    R
    B
    M
    4s
    6s
    SR
    not out
    141
    284
    434
    20
    1
    49.64
    3.5 edged and gone! Markram is trapped on the crease by a beautiful length, angling back into the right-hander. Caught in two minds, and he pushed with hard hands as a last resort. Smith at second slip did superbly, diving low to his left to scoop up the chance! 6/1
    32.4 banged in short, and Amla holes out to fine leg! You can't quite say that was coming, but Hazlewood has earned that, he's found a threatening line, a consistent length, and the surprise bouncer does the trick. Amla attempts to flap it off his eyebrows, but it gets big on him, takes a top-edge, and loops to Cummins! 92/2
    62.5 in the air and gone! Newlands is stunned into semi-silence... a full length, AB strides onto the front foot and rather yorks what should have been a half-volley, getting through the shot too soon and rifling a simple chance to Warner at mid-off. What a let-down for the crowd, what a let-off for Australia! 220/3
    66.6 edged and Faf falls! Another fine delivery from Cummins, nipping away late and du Plessis' bat was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, drawn into a stroke then unable to resist when the ball was no longer where he had lined it up. A sharp high take at third slip, and suddenly Australia are back in the contest 234/4
    70.3 brilliant from Cummins! Pushes Bavuma back into his crease, finds some extra nip on a good length, and a squared-up batsman sends a simple edge into Smith's bread-basket at second slip! 236/5
    74.6 short ball, de Kock swishes at a pull - but only manages a thin nick to the keeper! Another old-ball breakthrough for Australia, another to Pat Cummins, whose four-wicket salvo has left SA thoroughly winded here! De Kock was tempted by the gap at square leg but was perhaps done for pace, tickled an under edge through to Paine 242/6
    82.3 and that's why they're sticking with the old ball! Reverse swing does for Philander, just enough movement away to draw the edge - Mitch Marsh bags a wicket, SA continue to wobble towards the close 254/7
    83.5 oh dear, that's a shocker... SA lose their eighth as Maharaj flubs a catch to extra cover! Brain scrambled by reverse swing and pace? Maybe... Hands hard and foot nowhere near the ball? Certainly. That's a rubbish way to go any time, but particularly when you're team is on the slide and hanging on for the close with a centurion at the other end 257/8
    97.1 round the wicket, in the slot, a hard-handed drive, a simple edge to slip! Well, that was uncomplicated 307/9
    97.5 edged and gone! A carbon copy of the Rabada dismissal, in the slot for the drive, and tweaking away. Lyon has two in the over, and South Africa's innings is done! 311/10
    Extras
    29 (b 13, lb 11, nb 3, w 2)
    TOTAL
    311 all out (97.5 Overs, RR: 3.17, 434 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-6 (AK Markram, 3.5 ov), 2-92 (HM Amla, 32.4 ov), 3-220 (AB de Villiers, 62.5 ov), 4-234 (F du Plessis, 66.6 ov), 5-236 (T Bavuma, 70.3 ov), 6-242 (Q de Kock, 74.6 ov), 7-254 (VD Philander, 82.3 ov), 8-257 (KA Maharaj, 83.5 ov), 9-307 (K Rabada, 97.1 ov), 10-311 (M Morkel, 97.5 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    MA Starc2138113.8502
    JR Hazlewood2345922.5600
    NM Lyon19.564322.1600
    PJ Cummins2667843.0010
    MR Marsh722613.7111
    SPD Smith11000.0000
  • BATSMEN
    R
    B
    M
    4s
    6s
    SR
    37.4 celebrappeal from Big Vern, and with good reason, that's plumb! He doesn't bother looking at the umpire as he sets off towards the cordon, tight line, nibbling back into Bancroft's front pad. He has reviewed, but more in hope than expectation. Yep, smashing middle and leg. 150/5
    30
    14
    28
    5
    1
    214.28
    5.2 bowled hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiim! Rabada lands the decisive blow, up off the canvas and demolishing off stump! This enthralling duel is ended by Rabada slicing through Warner's tentative defence and sending the stump pinwheeling back. An extraordinary innings from Warner, struck on the arm and then responding with a flurry of boundaries before being run through, bowled off stump for the third time in the series 43/1
    10.3 dug in short, Uzzie swivels on the pull... and sends it straight down the gullet of fine leg! Rabada with the catch in front of the stands! More whoops around Newlands as Morkel strikes with his third ball; he's always going to get extra bounce and Khawaja didn't seem to have factored that in, though he usually plays the pull shot well 61/2
    14.4 extra lift, Smith fences at it - and sends a simple catch to gully! Smith can't believe it, Morkel looks like he can't believe it... but you'd better believe it, Australia's captain is gone, his first single-figure score since the Adelaide Ashes Test! The pace was good but Smith doesn't usually waft at those if he doesn't need to. All eyes on Rabada but Morkel is the man to take the head of the snake 72/3
    34.3 Marsh chases the wide one, and there's the breakthrough! ... 300 Test wickets as well, and what a key moment to do so. The bounce pushed Marsh back on his heels, and he wasn't in control as he nicked to the keeper 150/4
    41.1 gottim, that's pitch-perfect Philander on his favoured cabbage patch! Not much Marsh could do about that ball, a femme fatale on off stump, it kisses the outside edge and curves through to the keeper - chewed up and spat out. SA taking a grip here 156/6
    not out
    34
    84
    148
    3
    0
    40.47
    50.3 that's the line, big outside edge and it's snaffled at third slip! Rabada reverses the ball away at a fair old lick and it's too good for Patty C, de Villiers plunges to his left to take the catch and Australia are seven down! 173/7
    52.2 reversing away, Starc stretches for the ball, steered low into AB's bucket hands! Another excellent catch from third slip, diving forwards to scoop a thick edge, giving Rabada his third and denting Australia further 175/8
    64.1 slashed in the air ... Elgar back-pedals at point ... and takes the catch! Superbly judged, at full stretch, and what a brilliant cameo that was. Lyon deserved a maiden fifty, but kept attacking to the bitter end 241/9
    69.5 got him, steered to first slip! Hazlewood gives Rabada a fourth with a rather deferential fiddle, nicked to slip - and off they go, South Africa taking a handy 56-run lead on first innings (although it could have been a fair bit more) 255/10
    Extras
    10 (b 1, lb 5, nb 4)
    TOTAL
    255 all out (69.5 Overs, RR: 3.65, 328 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-43 (DA Warner, 5.2 ov), 2-61 (UT Khawaja, 10.3 ov), 3-72 (SPD Smith, 14.4 ov), 4-150 (SE Marsh, 34.3 ov), 5-150 (CT Bancroft, 37.4 ov), 6-156 (MR Marsh, 41.1 ov), 7-173 (PJ Cummins, 50.3 ov), 8-175 (MA Starc, 52.2 ov), 9-241 (NM Lyon, 64.1 ov), 10-255 (JR Hazlewood, 69.5 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    VD Philander1552621.7301
    K Rabada20.519144.3603
    M Morkel2178744.1400
    KA Maharaj1233502.9100
    T Bavuma1010010.0000
  • BATSMEN
    R
    B
    M
    4s
    6s
    SR
    47.4 chipped to mid-on! Deary me, that's as soft as the cheese in Bancroft's pocket ... on the pads, clipped airily, and straight to the fielder. And once again, the interval brings a very timely breakthrough 151/3
    9.1 pitched up, gets him driving... and gets him taken at slip! Uncharacteristically loose from Elgar and SA's first-innings linchpin departs; there were signs that he wanted to drive at Cummins in his first over, he picked up a boundary but this time it costs him. Sixth catch in the match for Smith 28/1
    33.5 oh, he's given it away, chipped straight to cover! Amla goes when set again, perhaps signs that the old master is on the wane... It was pitched up, inviting the drive, but the Mighty Hash used to leave those all day, until they were just right. Instead, he's made a mighty hash of that, and given Australia an opening 104/2
    82.6 draws him across, prances to take the edge - gone! That's good bowling, Hazlewood briefly turning our attention back to the game with a rising delivery, utilising the hard, new nut - it flew off the edge and Marsh pouched it safely to prise de Villiers from the crease in the 60s for the second time in the match 269/6
    60.2 over the wicket, gives this some rip and the ball turns in to trap du Plessis on the crease... Richard Illingworth shakes his head, but David Warner, deputising for Smith, reviews. Height the main question? Maybe spinning too much from the straight, too; certainly no bat involved... but Hawk-Eye says it's smashing leg stump! An excellent review from Australia, and Faf's mini-revival in form is chopped down 196/4
    61.1 draws him forwards, takes the edge - and it's scooped up at second slip! Peter Handscomb is the catcher, on the field for Smith, and he's grabbed that brilliantly. Testing line from Hazlewood but Bavuma has twice in this Test looked like a man severely out of middle practice 201/5
    94.1 round the wicket, advancing down the pitch, tries to drive, and edges through to the keeper! De Kock cramped himself for room in the end there, but he's played a fine hand, and put South Africa in a very dominant position 324/7
    not out
    52
    79
    127
    6
    1
    65.82
    105.4 Rabada charges down, beaten in the flight - that's a simple stumping for Paine! Lyon snares his 300th Test wicket, following Morne Morkel to the mark in the same match. Big ole yahoo from Rabada and although he made an attempt to get back, it was in vain 354/8
    109.6 gone, skied to long-on! Ugly swipe from Maharaj, running down and trying to put the hurt on the spinner, instead he spoons a steepler to Pat Cummins, who steadies himself and takes a good catch 362/9
    112.2 no fifty for Morkel today, Hazlewood bounces him out! Head-hunting bumper, 141kph and Morkel can only punch it up into the air, looping gently to gully - meaning Australia have been set 430 to win 373/10
    Extras
    8 (b 4, lb 1, nb 1, w 2)
    TOTAL
    373 all out (112.2 Overs, RR: 3.32, 492 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-28 (D Elgar, 9.1 ov), 2-104 (HM Amla, 33.5 ov), 3-151 (AK Markram, 47.4 ov), 4-196 (F du Plessis, 60.2 ov), 5-201 (T Bavuma, 61.1 ov), 6-269 (AB de Villiers, 82.6 ov), 7-324 (Q de Kock, 94.1 ov), 8-354 (K Rabada, 105.4 ov), 9-362 (KA Maharaj, 109.6 ov), 10-373 (M Morkel, 112.2 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    MA Starc2359814.2601
    JR Hazlewood25.256932.7200
    PJ Cummins2756732.4820
    NM Lyon31210233.2900
    SPD Smith10606.0000
    MR Marsh502605.2000
  • BATSMEN
    R
    B
    M
    4s
    6s
    SR
    20.1 oh, this is going to be a run-out... Direct hit from Faf and Bancroft is miles short! Bancroft has been strung up again, this time by Warner calling for a suicidal single into the covers, he would have been struggling even without du Plessis' lightning response! Swooped and threw in one motion, de Kock was leaning forwards but just opened his arms and allowed the ball to hit the stumps 57/1
    23.1 another one gone, Rabada rips out Warner again! Excellent low take by de Villiers, he points to Rabada, who opens his arms and looks to the sky... No need to say anything. He rather guided that to third slip, stood a little wide, but SA won't care how they come 59/2
    24.1 tossed up, draws him out... and a thick edge goes to slip! Three in a blink for SA! Maharaj gets the wicket he so nearly had in his previous over, a nicely flighted bit of cheese followed by the mousetrap snapping shut on Khawaja 59/3
    29.3 now Smith's out, a carbon copy dismissal - steered to gully again! Back of a length and climbing as Smith threw the hands, a thick outside edge flew with laser-guided precision into Elgar's midriff! The deposed captain is dismissed, Australia are five down and Newlands is drinking it all in! 75/5
    24.2 gottim, brilliantly caught at forward short leg! Maharaj goes charging off, he's on a hat-trick, Australia are four down and Newlands is in foment! Spinning in and jabbed away off his glove, the ball looped to Markram's right and he stuck out a golden paw to take the catch as he crashed to earth! 59/4
    33.1 another one bites the dust! A massive energetic hook, a total miscue, and de Villiers at third slip is sufficiently alert to dive forward and scoop a low chance, while the rest of the fielders would probably have been looking to midwicket! This is a complete meltdown of Australian resolve now. Their chances of on-field redemption were slim anyway, but this is grim for them now 86/6
    not out
    9
    27
    58
    2
    0
    33.33
    33.2 fierce and fast, and Morkel is on a hat-trick! Or is it? Cummins has reviewed, he thinks that has come off his wrist, not his glove, but it was savagely short and leapt like a cobra into his flinching defensive hop. Now then, that looks to have hit his wristband, which might technically make it glove... which might definitely confirm it is out! Yep, off he goes! 86/7
    35.6 pop-a-doodle-do... easy pickings for short leg! Trademark Morkel length, angling in, exploding off the deck, pounding the bat, and looping into Markram's hands under the lid! 94/8
    36.5 forward, and tapped into the covers, a crazy sharp single, to Bavuma of all people, and blow me down, that's out! A fast flat shy, a fine gather from de Kock, and Lyon is run out without facing a ball! 94/9
    39.4 uppercut, but straight to fly slip! Well positioned, Philander rushed around to pocket the chance and give Morne Morkel a hugely deserved five-for in what might yet be his final Test appearance! 107/10
    Extras
    4 (b 4)
    TOTAL
    107 all out (39.4 Overs, RR: 2.69, 187 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-57 (CT Bancroft, 20.1 ov), 2-59 (DA Warner, 23.1 ov), 3-59 (UT Khawaja, 24.1 ov), 4-59 (SE Marsh, 24.2 ov), 5-75 (SPD Smith, 29.3 ov), 6-86 (MR Marsh, 33.1 ov), 7-86 (PJ Cummins, 33.2 ov), 8-94 (MA Starc, 35.6 ov), 9-94 (NM Lyon, 36.5 ov), 10-107 (JR Hazlewood, 39.4 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    K Rabada1263112.5800
    VD Philander621702.8300
    M Morkel9.432352.3700
    KA Maharaj1223222.6600

Close of Play

  • Thu, 22 Mar - day 1 - South Africa 1st innings 266/8 (D Elgar 121*, K Rabada 6*, 87 ov)
  • Fri, 23 Mar - day 2 - Australia 1st innings 245/9 (TD Paine 33*, JR Hazlewood 1*, 67 ov)
  • Sat, 24 Mar - day 3 - South Africa 2nd innings 238/5 (AB de Villiers 51*, Q de Kock 29*, 72 ov)
  • Sun, 25 Mar - day 4 - Australia 2nd innings 107 (39.4 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

ABD's double

5

No. of times AB de Villiers has made two fifty-plus scores in the same Tests, including this match. The last he did so was way back in 2011. SA have lost two of the previous 4 times he scored 50+ in both inns.

Morkel's milestone

300+

Wickets for Morne Morkel in Tests. He has become the fifth for South Africa after Donald, Pollock, Ntini and Steyn to complete 300 wickets.

Elgar carries again

3

No. of times Dean Elgar has carried his bat in a Test inns, including this Test. He equals Desmond Haynes who had also done it three times.

Killing spell

4/8

Pat Cummins' spell in the third session on day one in which he picked up 4 wickets for 8 runs in 8 overs. He rattled through the middle-order dismissing De Villiers, Du Plessis Bavuma and De Kock in that spell.

Faf fails

8.75

Faf du Plessis' average in this series, which is his second-lowest in any Test series. He averaged 8.57 in the series against India in 2015-16 which is his lowest.

ABD's hot form

6

No. of 50+ scores for AB de Villiers in 7 Tests since his return. He averages over 55 in these matches.

Hazlewood again

7

No. of times Hashim Amla has got out to Josh Hazlewood in Tests, in 9 innings. Only Broad has dismissed Amla on more occasions, 8 times in 29 inns.