Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    2.1 Has Harris struck right away? Yes, he has. Smith tells Petersen to not review this. Petersen scored a fifty mainly by moving across the line in the first innings, but this time it has done him in. This is plumb. Moves across, the ball seams back in, beats his inside edge by a long way, and traps him dead in front. A typical Harris wicket. His 100th 12/1
    3.1 He walks off the last time. Johnson has had his number all series. Dug in short, into the body, Smith is in position to either leave it or keep it down. Gets an inside edge into the body, short leg takes a simple catch. Everybody in the stadium stands up to say goodbye to the Iron Man. Australia also abort their celebrations and applaud him off the field. Smith turns back to raise his bat to all of them. Can the rest of the team now give their captain a special farewell gift? A hard-fought draw 12/2
    5.6 two stumps out of the ground. Timber all over. Slightly short of a length, quick quick. Elgar is caught on the back foot after that bouncer. That ball just holds its line after pitching off. He is not forward to cover it. Beaten on the outside edge. Johnson is on absolute fire here 15/3
    36.4 Pattinson has got a decision from Dharmasena, but Amla has reviewed it. This has moved back in from a length, moved back in more than what Amla has budgeted for, and beats the inside edge. The only question here is, whether it has hit him in line. And the replays show the impact on the pad is just on line. Pattinson has got Australia a huge wicket. This is excellent perseverance from Pattinson 68/4
    84.2 Too good from Harris. That channel is superb, no matter how good you are. If you keep bowling on a length just outside off, you will make the batsmen play the angle. And when you get it to seam, you will take the edge at some time. He has taken it now. Finally AB's fifty streak ends. The first time in 13 Tests that he has not scored a fifty. But he has faced 228 balls. More valuable than 50 runs easily. And it has ended to some top bowling from a top bowler 136/6
    66.1 and Pattinson strikes with his first ball back. A bit of predetermined leave does it for Abbott. He has defended well for 88 deliveries, but this time he thinks, "Okay let's leave the first ball alone." It pitches on a length and outside off, but tails back in - reverse swing it is - to hit the top of off. Is this the spark Australia needed? Meanwhile, Abbott can be proud of his resistance 95/5
    102.1 Smith gets it first ball. The likeliest of spinners to get a wicket. Faf has reviewed it. Lovely legspin bowling. This is drifting and dipping. For a change Faf has pushed down the wrong line. This one pitches on leg, doesn't turn as much as Faf expects it to, and hits him dead in front. Huge huge wicket. Australia huge favourites. Faf has played a big hand too. Second time today that the first ball of a new spell has got a wicket 173/7
    119.1 soft dismissal. How gutted will Duminy be. This is a length ball, on the pads, and he plays a shot that comes naturally to him, the clip behind square, and he has found leg slip. That man Johnson again. Australia pull back South Africa again. Just when their hopes begin to turn to expectations. Well played, Duminy, though. Lasted 99 balls 246/8
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    134.1 Oh Ryan Harris you beauty. With knees that need surgery. He produces a yorker. The Aussie spirit lives on. Another injured man walks off. Steyn has played 44 balls. Harris gets an outswing yorker, this is just outside off, Steyn looks to dig it out, gets an inside edge. Off bail of off. That terrible sound for Steyn. How terrific for Harris. The bail almost didn't come off. Not for the first time has a bowling change produced a wicket first ball 265/9
    134.3 Bad knees. No matter. Harris does it one last time. Australia celebrate. This is sensational bowling. Now he can get the surgery in peace. What an absolute beaut Harris is. Bowls this full and fast, beats the inside edge with the angle, and bursts through the gate. The off stumps is rattled. So is Morkel. So is Philander. What a great last ball. That reverse through the gate late. Hit the middle of off 265/10
    20 (b 8, lb 5, nb 5, w 2)
    265 all out (134.3 Overs, RR: 1.97, 591 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-12 (AN Petersen, 2.1 ov), 2-12 (GC Smith, 3.1 ov), 3-15 (D Elgar, 5.6 ov), 4-68 (HM Amla, 36.4 ov), 5-95 (KJ Abbott, 66.1 ov), 6-136 (AB de Villiers, 84.2 ov), 7-173 (F du Plessis, 102.1 ov), 8-246 (JP Duminy, 119.1 ov), 9-265 (DW Steyn, 134.1 ov), 10-265 (M Morkel, 134.3 ov)
    RJ Harris24.3153241.3000
    MG Johnson34.0119232.7000
    JL Pattinson27.0106222.2923
    NM Lyon22.0171000.4500
    SR Watson9.06600.6601
    SPD Smith13.034313.3001
    MJ Clarke5.02701.4000

Close of Play

  • Sat, 1 Mar - day 1 - Australia 1st innings 331/3 (MJ Clarke 92*, SPD Smith 50*, 88 ov)
  • Sun, 2 Mar - day 2 - Australia 1st innings 494/7 (MJ Clarke 161*, RJ Harris 4*, 127.4 ov)
  • Mon, 3 Mar - day 3 - Australia 2nd innings 27/0 (CJL Rogers 1*, DA Warner 25*, 6 ov)
  • Tue, 4 Mar - day 4 - South Africa 2nd innings 71/4 (AB de Villiers 16*, KJ Abbott 1*, 41 ov)
  • Wed, 5 Mar - day 5 - South Africa 2nd innings 265 (134.3 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

Fourth innings at Newlands


No. of times batsmen have played 150 or more balls in the fourth innings at this venue, out of 350-plus innings

Long last-stands


Avg. no. of balls faced by de Villiers in the 4th innings in the last 5 years. Only du Plessis (187) and Rogers (128.4) have higher numbers

30 is the new 20


Ryan Harris is the first fast bowler to take 100 Test wickets after making his debut after the age of 30

Warner stats


Number of openers before Warner to hit a century and a fifty in a Test at Newlands, Eddie Barlow and Taufeeq Umar