Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    20.6 Four down! Alviro's gone, tight line outside off from Siddle again, Alviro got forward, not the first time he's got an inside edge, this time it goes back onto the stumps, a little outside the line to that one as he played forward and he's dragged it onto the stumps 45/4
    0.6 edged and gone, big wicket and Australia have struck immediately, round the wicket, angling in towards the off and gets it to move away just a little, Smith plays at it, gets a thick edge and is caught by Ponting at second slip, what a blow 3/1
    11.3 Lyon strikes! Amla was playing for the turn there, but it went on straight, tossed up outside off and he drove at it, got a thick edge and Clarke took it at slip, a bit of a juggle but he held his nerve 36/2
    19.5 Caught at short leg, Rudolph is staying his ground, his innings had stagnated after he picked up a couple off his first delivery. Tossed up by Lyon from round the wicket on leg stump, landed on leg and Rudolph closed the face on that one, straight to Cowan at short leg who was alert, he bent low and reacted quick to his left to snap that one. The umpires called for a replay to check if the ball hit the ground on its way to Cowan, since the bat was very close to the ground at the time the shot was played. But replays show it was clean, went straight off the bat and into Cowan's hands 45/3
    88.6 Siddle strikes! No reviewing that one, what a delivery, he was getting the ball to move about and beat AB through the gate there, nipped back, the previous deliveries had left him, landed on a good length, AB took a half-stride forward and defended a little outside the line as it jagged back in to peg back off stump 134/5
    not out
    128.1 Lyon strikes! Six down now, spices things up, that turned in from outside off, good bounce, he was half-forward was Kallis when trying to defend, got a thin inside edge onto the pads and it popped up towards short leg 233/6
    137.5 caught, caught off a full toss, Steyn goes! It's a packed on-side field, there's a midwicket, silly mid-on, a leg gully, that was a full toss on middle and he pushed it uppishly into the leg side, Quiney's alert and he dives forward, dives low and picks it inches from the ground at midwicket. South Africa are seven down 234/7
    143.6 Siddle has got him! Manages to somehow come up with a yorker off the final ball of that over, an inswinging yorker and Kleinveldt had no answer to that one, missed and the stumps took a beating. Australia still have a chance, they still do 240/8
    not out
    4 (b 1, lb 1, nb 1, w 1)
    248/8 (148 Overs, RR: 1.67, 549 minutes)
    Did not bat: Imran Tahir
    Fall of wickets: 1-3 (GC Smith, 0.6 ov), 2-36 (HM Amla, 11.3 ov), 3-45 (JA Rudolph, 19.5 ov), 4-45 (AN Petersen, 20.6 ov), 5-134 (AB de Villiers, 88.6 ov), 6-233 (JH Kallis, 128.1 ov), 7-234 (DW Steyn, 137.5 ov), 8-240 (RK Kleinveldt, 143.6 ov)
    BW Hilfenhaus34.0166511.9100
    PM Siddle33.0156541.9601
    MJ Clarke18.053401.8800
    NM Lyon50.0314930.9800
    DA Warner6.002904.8300
    RJ Quiney6.03400.6610
    RT Ponting1.01000.0000

Close of Play

  • Thu, 22 Nov - day 1 - Australia 1st innings 482/5 (MJ Clarke 224*, 86.5 ov)
  • Fri, 23 Nov - day 2 - South Africa 1st innings 217/2 (GC Smith 111*, JA Rudolph 25*, 67 ov)
  • Sat, 24 Nov - day 3 - Australia 2nd innings 111/5 (MJ Clarke 9*, MEK Hussey 5*, 32 ov)
  • Sun, 25 Nov - day 4 - South Africa 2nd innings 77/4 (AB de Villiers 12*, F du Plessis 19*, 50 ov)
  • Mon, 26 Nov - day 5 - South Africa 2nd innings 248/8 (148 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

Injury alert

When we toss the coin [in the next game], I will tell you if everything is fine.

Graeme Smith on South Africa's injury issues