• BATSMEN
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    11.3 they go in with a new pace attack, but it is that man Watson who strikes, good length, close to off, Smith lunges forward to defend against the sharp angle, and the edge carries safely to first slip 38/1
    22.4 Starc breaks through, close to lunch, the fuller length and late inswing does it, Petersen plays outside the line, it bursts through the gate and his stumps are rattled, Starc is delighted, the crowd roars, and then they have to check for the no-ball, drains the moment of all spontaneity, halts it midway, but Starc is safe, and the celebration can resume 61/2
    run out (Warner)
    11
    43
    2
    0
    25.58
    24.3 Mitchell Starc, you beauty, you ripper, you've taken out the great man at the stroke of lunch, similar to the way Petersen went, bowled through the gate, pitched up full, swinging in late, Kallis lured into a drive without moving his feet, and another one sneaks through 63/3
    26.5 trouble, trouble, Amla cannot build on that drop, AB taps to covers and runs, Warner runs in too, from point, picks up the ball and catches Amla just short with a direct hit 67/4
    30.5 Mitchell Johnson has deserved this wicket, if not a couple more today, he's had Elgar expecting the short ball, sent in a few pitched up deliveries, and now he digs it into the body, it doesn't rise too much, Elgar pulls awkwardly, Wade settles under the tame top-edge 75/6
    not out
    78
    142
    12
    0
    54.92
    47.3 Lyon has struck, against the run of play, short of a length delivery, wide too, there to be cut, but it kicks and turns, Peterson chases it and edges it through to Wade, who had moved into position behind the line very well 132/7
    67.1 Michael Hussey takes a skier that took ages to come down, Lyon tossing it up from round the stumps, Philander going after it, hitting it straight up, Hussey was under it at deep mid on as it eventually swirled down 196/8
    70.2 Johnson strikes, Steyn wanted to leave that back of a length delivery, but was late on the decision, the ball takes the inside edge and crashes into the stumps even as Steyn was raising his bat 206/9
    73.6 oh Morne, he sees a bit of flight on off, and swats it straight to mid on, third for Lyon 225/10
    Extras
    4 (w 2, lb 2)
    TOTAL
    225 all out (74 Overs, 330 minutes)
    BowlingOMRWEcon
    MA Starc16.035523.43
    JW Hastings20.025112.55
    SR Watson9.022212.44
    MG Johnson17.035423.17
    NM Lyon12.014133.41
    Fall of wickets:1-38 (GC Smith, 11.3 ov), 2-61 (AN Petersen, 22.4 ov), 3-63 (JH Kallis, 24.3 ov), 4-67 (HM Amla, 26.5 ov), 5-67 (AB de Villiers, 27.4 ov), 6-75 (D Elgar, 30.5 ov), 7-132 (RJ Peterson, 47.3 ov), 8-196 (VD Philander, 67.1 ov), 9-206 (DW Steyn, 70.2 ov), 10-225 (M Morkel, 73.6 ov)
  • BATSMEN
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    12.1 Appeal for a caught behind and he's been given out but Warner wants to review this! It was a loose drive outside off, slightly wide, Warner couldn't resist, de Villiers and the rest went up, Warner hesitated for a while and then reviewed after consulting Lyon, there was a noise, this is taking a while I'm afraid, and he has to walk alright 34/3
    0.3 there is the outside edge and Dale Steyn has needed three balls to strike, Cowan stretching right forward to defend, it is a big stretch, the angle was taking the length delivery away from him, much like what happened to Smith, old man Kallis gobbles up the low catch at second slip 3/1
    5.1 huge, long appeal for lbw, Philander kept appealing and almost reached the other end, umpire Rauf does not move, Smith goes for a review, length ball, Watson forward to block, it moves in to beat the bat and strike pad below knee roll, no doubt about that, it is hitting middle and leg on replays, and Watson has to go back 18/2
    12.4 caught at gully! What a start for Steyn! Squared him up, good length and swinging towards off, leading edge and it popped straight to du Plessis, cupped it in front of his face 35/4
    15.2 Appeal for an LBW and he's been given! But Ponting's reviewing it. And Ponting loses out on the review because the third umpire is convinced that was hitting. Here's how it happened - Ponting was well across his stumps to defend, the ball swung in and hit him just below the top flap of the front pad, looked like hitting middle, there was a doubt if it swung too much and would miss leg, but Ponting was a bit too far across and you could see the leg stump after the final shuffle 43/5
    16.2 Steyn's got the Big Fish with a peach! Clarke was all squared up there, good length on middle and off and moving away slightly, it was fired in at good pace and Ckarke had no time to get across and cover the line, just got the outside edge and taken by de Villiers, Australia 6 for 45 and as Lawry would say: 'It's all happening at the WACA' 45/6
    30.3 the constant probing over the last two and a half overs have paid off for Morkel! Morkel had complete control over Hussey over that period and really set this up, this was pitched up a bit more from round the wicket, on the channel outside off, Hussey had to play at it and got a thick outside edge to first slip 100/7
    45.5 Look at Peterson celebrate! Tossed up outside off and Wade wanted to slog that away and he missed it completely and it went straight through, Wade just stood in that position knowing he shouldn't have played that, Peterson runs to his right and lets out a war cry 140/8
    53.1 wow! Super catch at the boundary to round off the innings! Hastings sees the flight and looks to smash that over long-off, Alviro Petersen cupped the catch over his head, realised quickly that he was back-pedalling too far and was inches away from the rope, had the presence of mind to toss the ball up in the air before stepping outside the boundary, kept his eyes on the ball and took the catch inside the boundary, no doubts about that one 163/10
    51.5 another left-hander is bowled off the slog! Is this an epidemic or what? Peterson's lapping it up, tossed up on middle and it didn't turn, held its line and hit the middle stump, Johnson holds the pose on his knees, head bowed, Australia nine down 162/9
    not out
    0
    3
    0
    0
    0.00
    Extras
    5 (lb 5)
    TOTAL
    163 all out (53.1 Overs, 254 minutes)
    BowlingOMRWEcon
    DW Steyn16.044042.50
    VD Philander16.005523.43
    M Morkel13.061911.46
    RJ Peterson8.114435.38
    Fall of wickets:1-3 (EJM Cowan, 0.3 ov), 2-18 (SR Watson, 5.1 ov), 3-34 (DA Warner, 12.1 ov), 4-35 (NM Lyon, 12.4 ov), 5-43 (RT Ponting, 15.2 ov), 6-45 (MJ Clarke, 16.2 ov), 7-100 (MEK Hussey, 30.3 ov), 8-140 (MS Wade, 45.5 ov), 9-162 (MG Johnson, 51.5 ov), 10-163 (JW Hastings, 53.1 ov)
  • BATSMEN
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    6.6 brilliant catch! Mitchell Johnson take a bow! Johnson hit the deck hard and Petersen had to play at it, he was looking to clip it to the on side but was hurried for pace and lift, the ball took the leading edge off the shoulder of the bat and lobbed up, Johnson had to sprint forward from his follow through, run across the pitch and keep his eyes on the ball, timed his forward dive and took it inches of the ground 28/1
    32.3 brilliance from Lyon to lift Australia's sagging spirits! Terrific outfield catch there, it was banged in short and Smith couldn't resist the pull, this was over square leg and Lyon ran in hard from the deep, covered a lot of ground, kept his eyes on it and timed his dive really well, cupped it inches from the turf on the dive, Bill Lawry calls that a 'rippaahh' 206/2
    196
    221
    21
    0
    88.68
    88.1 What a way to go. Mitchell Johnson seems like taking all the catches in this innings. The WACA will rise for Amla, who has missed a double by four runs. Not a bum on seat or grass banks. Lovely applause for him. This is a length ball, on middle and leg, he tries to drive it down the ground, but fails to keep it down. It does seem to have stopped a touch on him. Johnson sticks out his right hand in the follow-through, and plucks this 436/4
    51.5 He is not getting to 13,000 runs today. Bouncer from Starc, Kallis drags this hook from outside off, gets a healthy top edge to fine leg. c Mitch b Mitch 287/3
    107.4 de Villiers falls finally. He makes room to go over extra again, but all he manages is a soft edge to a length ball. Wade completes the catch. Lead is 619 now 557/8
    88.5 well bowled Johnson. Pair for Elgar. A pear-shaped debut. Johnson has peppered him with bouncers and has now slipped in the length ball. Elgar is caught on the crease, and deeper still, playing across the line, hit on the knee roll, in front of middle. That ball pitched middle, swung away, and would have hit off. Elgar even reviewed it, in hope, but to no avail 436/5
    102.6 what a ripper from Johnson. Du Plessis's average has come crashing down from 293 to 146.5. Short of a length, kicks and snarls at him, takes the shoulder of the bat to Clarke at wide slip. Lead an even 600 538/6
    103.5 you can't keep Johnson out of action. c Mitchell b Mitchell again. Superb catch too. Bouncer, handcuffs him with the angle, the top edge flies towards wide of mid-on. Johnson has to run forward and to his left, and completes a low catch as he dives 539/7
    not out
    14
    17
    2
    0
    82.35
    111.3 Five for Starc. First five-for for him. Bouncer again, he looks to upper-cut it, but all he manages is an edge through to Wade. Starc raises the ball to the crowd. With a big smile on the face. Good to seem him enjoy it despite things not going his way 569/9
    111.5 Starc gets six now. Denies the other Mitchell a five-for. Swinging yorker, squeezes under the tall man's bat. Leg stump knocked out of the ground 569/10
    Extras
    11 (b 4, w 3, lb 4)
    TOTAL
    569 all out (f/o) (111.5 Overs, 495 minutes)
    BowlingOMRWEcon
    MA Starc28.5315465.34
    SR Watson9.032402.66
    MG Johnson25.0111044.40
    JW Hastings19.0110205.36
    NM Lyon22.0212805.81
    MEK Hussey4.002606.50
    DA Warner3.001404.66
    RT Ponting1.00303.00
    Fall of wickets:1-28 (AN Petersen, 6.6 ov), 2-206 (GC Smith, 32.3 ov), 3-287 (JH Kallis, 51.5 ov), 4-436 (HM Amla, 88.1 ov), 5-436 (D Elgar, 88.5 ov), 6-538 (F du Plessis, 102.6 ov), 7-539 (RJ Peterson, 103.5 ov), 8-557 (AB de Villiers, 107.4 ov), 9-569 (DW Steyn, 111.3 ov), 10-569 (M Morkel, 111.5 ov)
  • BATSMEN
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    42.5 there was a man at deep square leg and he's hit it down his throat would you believe this! Two men in the deep, including a fine leg, the trap was set - Steyn banged it in short from round the wicket, Cowan was hitting everything off the middle of the bat but wasn't going to let this one go, pulls and Elgar cups it over his head and falls backwards 130/4
    13.2 second ball! What a way to begin, had Warner all squared up there, landed on the corridor outside the off stump, Warner was too slow to come across and cover the line, the ball takes the edge and goes to Smith at first slip 40/1
    28.6 super stuff from Morkel!Set him up with the bouncer and the the one that nearly brushed the glove, squared up outside off and edged to slip, much like ow he dismissed Hussey in the first innings, Watson was pushing forward very tentatively, both wickets this morning have been off terrific deliveries 81/2
    37.4 Ponting goes! Soft dismissal in the end but he gets all the respect he deserves as he walks off, it was tossed up outside off and got extra bounce, Ponting made room to cut but what led to his undoing was the lack of turn, he was playing for the turn and looking to cut but got a thick edge and Kallis cupped it in front of his face at slip 102/3
    57.5 rush of blood from Clarke! Peterson is all fired up having got rid of Pontoing and now Clarke, Peterson is generous with the flight, very cleverly cuts back on the pace, draws Clarke down the track and he was nowhere near the pitch of it, spins and bounces and de Villiers does the rest 188/5
    60.3 South Africa are knocking them off quickly here! Steyn pitches this one up from round the wicket, the plan was to drw Hussey into the drive which he did, moved across but only succeeded in getting an edge to the keeper, everyone knew it, no doubt, Steyn belts out the war cry and the rest join in 198/6
    61.5 another one goes! South Africa want to wrap this up quickly, tossed up outside the off stump, Wade used his feet to get to the pitch and tried whipping it with the turn, turned the face of the bat and hit it straight to Smith at short midwicket, smart placement by the captain himself 198/7
    70.2 just one wicket away! Slip catching practice for Smith, pitched up outside the off stump, Hastings drives loosely at it, thick outside edge and though it seemed like the keeper's catch de Villiers let his captain do the honours 235/9
    66.5 another edge! Philander continues from round the wicket, lands it in the channel outside off, Johnson looks to punch it through cover and gets an edge to the keeper 204/8
    not out
    68
    43
    9
    2
    158.13
    82.5 Game over! South Africa win by a whopping 309 runs and take the series 1-0 and retain the Test mace. Smith takes his fifth catch of the innings, at first slip, Lyon pokes his bat at it and the thick outside edge goes low to the slips, fitting that the captain himself took the final catch 322/10
    Extras
    5 (w 2, lb 3)
    TOTAL
    322 all out (82.5 Overs, 377 minutes)
    BowlingOMRWEcon
    DW Steyn22.567233.15
    VD Philander21.084121.95
    M Morkel16.025723.56
    RJ Peterson20.0212736.35
    D Elgar1.00404.00
    F du Plessis2.001809.00
    Fall of wickets:1-40 (DA Warner, 13.2 ov), 2-81 (SR Watson, 28.6 ov), 3-102 (RT Ponting, 37.4 ov), 4-130 (EJM Cowan, 42.5 ov), 5-188 (MJ Clarke, 57.5 ov), 6-198 (MEK Hussey, 60.3 ov), 7-198 (MS Wade, 61.5 ov), 8-204 (MG Johnson, 66.5 ov), 9-235 (JW Hastings, 70.2 ov), 10-322 (NM Lyon, 82.5 ov)

Match Notes