Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    0.2 Watson is gone! he has shouldered arms and flagged this one through to hit off stump, straightened from a length on off stump, Watson took a stride out and let it pass by, the bails go flying and Australia are up against it 0/1
    2.5 poke from Hughes leads to his downfall, the openers are gone, Philander it is again, gets it to bounce from back of a length, not far from Hughes, would have required an incredible leave to survive that one, Hughes was already close to it with that across movement, and ended up edging it to second slip as he hopped and pushed hard at it 19/2
    36.5 he didn't use the feet this time, and he is gone immediately, he wasn't picking the googly anyway, tossed up delivery, Khawaja stayed in the crease and pushed half-forward to feather it to Kallis at slip as it turned away, superb innings comes to a tame end, Tahir is over the moon 141/3
    50.1 is that the last ball of Ponting's glittering career? It is the end of this innings, and what a strong effort it was. It has ended in rather meek fashion though. Short and pacy from Morkel, wide of off stump and asking to be left. Ponting's been very astute all morning, but this time he goes for a flat-footed cut. The pace and bounce on the ball is too much, it takes the edge and flies into the slips. The glint in the eye, the stony gaze, Ponting takes a look at the toe of his bat, which it where it hit, he sees it is over and marches off. No lingering, no theatrics. The handful of people in the ground rise to salute the legend. 165/5
    40.4 the captain's gone, his stumps are in a mess! Stunning ball, after taking a couple away off the seam, he gets this one to bend in drastically. Clarke was pressing forward when he noticed it coming in, and was trying to cover the gap between bat and pad, with the former thrust in front of the body. Too late, the ball skidded in past the inside edge and burst through to disturb the castle. Clarke looks gutted, the ball just did enough to disturb the bails. What a huge breach! 145/4
    69.1 gone! Is Hussey referring it? He is.. Incisive length ball, holds its line, catches him on the hop as he looks to play to the leg side. He was on the back foot and that was hitting the middle of middle. The only thing that can save him is if it pitched outside leg. It didn't. Most of the ball is in the mat. Gone! South Africa need four wickets for the whitewash. What an epic ripper of a debut series Vernon is having! 215/6
    82.2 Haddin's gone! The new ball has swung away at long last, and Philander has five again! He plans to do this every Test of his career. It angled in, landed back of a length and whistled away past an extravagant drive, taking the faintest of tickles on its way to Boucher. I didn't see the edge, but Haddin didn't review it. It was dying on him, but had enough legs to get into the gloves. What an absolute ripper of a Test match! 287/7
    not out
    83.4 Steyn has a wicket. All is well with the world. Siddle is gone to a super soft dismissal. Full, fast, straight, Siddle probably knew what was coming, he was back in the crease and got his bat down in time to save the pads, but ended up scooping it to Tahir at silly mid-on. Tahir takes the dolly with aplomb, Steyn goes berserk, and Siddle just jogs away... 292/8
    not out
    19 (b 1, lb 7, nb 7, w 4)
    310/8 (86.5 Overs, RR: 3.57, 401 minutes)
    Did not bat: NM Lyon
    Fall of wickets: 1-0 (SR Watson, 0.2 ov), 2-19 (PJ Hughes, 2.5 ov), 3-141 (UT Khawaja, 36.5 ov), 4-145 (MJ Clarke, 40.4 ov), 5-165 (RT Ponting, 50.1 ov), 6-215 (MEK Hussey, 69.1 ov), 7-287 (BJ Haddin, 82.2 ov), 8-292 (PM Siddle, 83.4 ov)
    VD Philander20.037053.5014
    DW Steyn23.019814.2620
    M Morkel19.064312.2613
    Imran Tahir15.506313.9700
    JH Kallis9.012803.1100

Match Details


South Africa , elected to bat first

Series result

2-match series drawn 1-1

Player of the match

Player of the series

Match number


Hours of play (local time)

10.30am start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30

Match days

17,18,19,20,21 November 2011 (5-day match)

Test debut

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Close of Play

  • Thu, 17 Nov - day 1 - South Africa 1st innings 266
  • Fri, 18 Nov - day 2 - South Africa 2nd innings 0/0 (GC Smith 0*, JA Rudolph 0*, 0.4 ov)
  • Sat, 19 Nov - day 3 - South Africa 2nd innings 229/3 (HM Amla 89*, AB de Villiers 70*, 69 ov)
  • Sun, 20 Nov - day 4 - Australia 2nd innings 142/3 (RT Ponting 54*, MJ Clarke 1*, 37 ov)
  • Mon, 21 Nov - day 5 - Australia 2nd innings 310/8 (86.5 ov) - end of match

Match Notes