Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    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
    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
    5 (lb 3, w 2)
    322 all out (82.5 Overs, RR: 3.88, 377 minutes)
    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)
    DW Steyn22.567233.1510
    VD Philander21.084121.9500
    M Morkel16.025723.5610
    RJ Peterson20.0212736.3500
    D Elgar1.00404.0000
    F du Plessis2.001809.0000

Close of Play

  • Fri, 30 Nov - day 1 - Australia 1st innings 33/2 (DA Warner 12*, NM Lyon 7*, 11 ov)
  • Sat, 1 Dec - day 2 - South Africa 2nd innings 230/2 (HM Amla 99*, JH Kallis 17*, 38 ov)
  • Sun, 2 Dec - day 3 - Australia 2nd innings 40/0 (EJM Cowan 9*, DA Warner 29*, 13 ov)
  • Mon, 3 Dec - day 4 - Australia 2nd innings 322 (82.5 ov) - end of match

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