Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    72.1 Rogers is gone. Run-outs from mid-off and mid-on have been crucial this summer in South Africa. Alviro Petersen, who is not playing this match, has done the job as the substitute. Rogers has pushed this to mid-off for a risky single, Petersen hits the stumps, and this one is really really tight. The bail has taken an eternity to come off, but does so a split-frame before Rogers makes it. Rogers gets a standing ovation for his effort, but he might have got too cheeky with this so as to put Siddle at the end of the part-time spinner 214/9
    29.2 JP jou lekker ding. What a bowling change. Pushed in through, pitches middle and leg, straightens a little, beats the bat, which is looking to work it to leg. Illingworth has given it. Warner has reviewed it. The projection shows it to be clipping leg so the on-field decision stays 126/1
    42.6 finally Doolan is gone. This was a freight train coming. He has been pushing loosely outside off for far too long. Morkel bowls in that channel outside off, gets it to reverse away, takes the edge, and Smith takes a superb low catch in front of him. Smith had moved up a step after that previous one didn't carry to him. Top fielding at first slip 152/2
    43.6 Marsh has bagged a pair. Who would have thought he scored a sensational hundred last match? Excellent ball given Marsh's state of mind after the first-innings duck, but in effect Marsh has missed a leg-stump half-volley because he is playing too square. The ball is swinging a touch, enough, to pitch within the stumps and hit then hit them 153/3
    48.4 what a catch. Faf du Plessis has pulled off a stunner standing so close to the stumps at second slip. You have to acknowledge first of all that this slip cordon is very close here. Steyn gets this to swing away after the inswinger, takes the edge, which is always dying, but du Plessis takes the catch when falling forward. Sweet as. Steyn is absolutely thrilled with this 156/4
    48.5 ... and he is already the old batsman. Steyn is on absolute fire. Like the buses, he has had to wait, but he has now got two in a row. Inswinger followed by outswinger to take the edge followed by the inswinger to trap him lbw. Too good for a new batsman. Steyn fires this in, just outside off, on a length, and reverses in to beat the bat and hit him plumb in front. Two golden ducks in the innings 156/5
    52.6 repeat of the first-innings dismissal. What an absolute gem from Steyn. It is the dip that revere swing comes with and the late swing that does Haddin in. It falls alarmingly for Haddin, who is nowhere near the pitch of the ball, and then it moves in to beat the inside edge and flatten the middle stump. An angry Dale is not good for batting sides 166/6
    59.1 another review. Smith is desperate for wickets tonight. This is a better shout than the previous one, though. Short of a length, middle and leg, moves back in, hits him in front, and while the umpire thinks it is headed too far down leg, this is hitting the top of leg. Finally Smith gets a review right. Forty-two minutes to take three wickets to end this one tonight 197/7
    68.6 and Steyn thinks this can be finished off tonight. This one nips back in from just outside off, nips back sharply, beats the fighting bat of Harris, hits him in front of leg. The umpire takes a long time before raising his finger. Harris reviews it. The projector shows it to be hitting the top and outer corner of the leg stump. It stays with the umpire 209/8
    not out
    73.4 Elgar ends it. He started the comeback with a gritty innings. He ends it with a spectacular offbreak to trap him lbw. This pitches leg, turns away sharply, Lyon is deep in the crease, and he is gone. By the way, it might have looked plumb, but Lyon got an outside edge onto it. No reviews left, though, How cruel. Also, I am not sure if it was caught off the pad. If it was, it is still out 216/10
    21 (b 2, lb 17, w 2)
    216 all out (73.4 Overs, RR: 2.93, 337 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-126 (DA Warner, 29.2 ov), 2-152 (AJ Doolan, 42.6 ov), 3-153 (SE Marsh, 43.6 ov), 4-156 (MJ Clarke, 48.4 ov), 5-156 (SPD Smith, 48.5 ov), 6-166 (BJ Haddin, 52.6 ov), 7-197 (MG Johnson, 59.1 ov), 8-209 (RJ Harris, 68.6 ov), 9-214 (CJL Rogers, 72.1 ov), 10-216 (NM Lyon, 73.4 ov)
    DW Steyn20.055542.7520
    VD Philander17.033922.2900
    M Morkel15.064613.0600
    JP Duminy14.033312.3500
    D Elgar7.402413.1300

Close of Play

  • Thu, 20 Feb - day 1 - South Africa 1st innings 214/5 (AB de Villiers 51*, JP Duminy 2*, 83 ov)
  • Fri, 21 Feb - day 2 - Australia 1st innings 112/4 (DA Warner 65*, NM Lyon 12*, 25 ov)
  • Sat, 22 Feb - day 3 - South Africa 2nd innings 192/4 (HM Amla 93*, Q de Kock 9*, 47 ov)
  • Sun, 23 Feb - day 4 - Australia 2nd innings 216 (73.4 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

The spell


Dale Steyn's five-over burst when he went through Australia's middle order

Heroes to nearly zeros


The tally of runs from Marsh (a pair) and Doolan in the second Test, in the first they made 308 between them

Second innings success


The number of century stands between Rogers and Warner in the second innings

That's more like it


Hashim Amla had gone seven innings without a fifty before today

Johnson v Smith


Graeme Smith has now fallen eight times to Johnson in Tests; the equal most against any bowler - level with Chris Martin