Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

MEK Hussey
83(79) 6x4 - 2x6
Control %86%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on front foot
  • 13 runs
  • 0x4 - 2x6
0 0 3 0 1 16 5 1
GC Smith
52(56) 6x4 - 0x6
Control %78%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 4 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
2 1 1 1 0 0 4 1

Best performances - Bowlers

NM Hauritz
O8.1
M1
R29
W4
Eco3.55
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
DW Steyn
O9.0
M0
R45
W2
Eco5.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

South Africa have received an absolute hiding here, the introduction of Nathan Hauritz completely transformed the game. None of the batsmen were really comfortable against him, who was unafraid to toss the ball up and got the rewards. James Hopes also did a sterling support job, stifling the runs with his unerring accuracy. Mitchell Johnson did his bit, breaking the Smith and Gibbs stand, and consistently maintaining a scorching pace.

Australia had also struggled initially when they batted but they managed to string together a bunch of partnerships, something South Africa were unable to do. Australia bowled well but a number of South African wickets were soft dismissals In hindsight, Boucher at No. 6 seems a place too high. Another sore point for South Africa will be 91 runs they leaked in the last 10 overs, after Australia were under the cosh at 197 for 5 at the 40-over mark.

At the post-match presentation, Smith says: "Australia probably got 20-30 more, and the wicket slowed up in the evening, the ball didn't really come along". He also praises Hussey's knock and Hauritz's bowling

Michael Hussey is the Man of the Match. When asked about his slump, he says: "It happens to every player, hopefully it doesn't last too long. " He also says it's been amazing to be in South Africa as part of Australia's Test series winning squad.

Ponting also says the wickets was slower than he expected, and is full of praise for Hauritz.

Both captains say the timing of the Powerplays is proving to be a bit of a headache.

So the trend of the results following the same pattern as in the series in Australia continues. Join us to see whether it extends to Sunday's game in Centurion as well.

This is Siddarth Ravindran signing off, thanks to everyone for your mails. See you on Sunday.

33.1
W
Hauritz to Morkel, OUT, this match is over, Australia have walloped South Africa by 141 runs, another flighted delivery from Hauritz, very full, Morne tries to slam it over mid-on, doesn't quite get hold of it, it goes high and gives Laughlin at mid-on a catch , Hauritz finishes with four wickets

END OF OVER:
33 | 2 Runs 1 Wkt | SA: 145/9

  • M Ntini2 (5b)
  • M Morkel2 (9b)
  • B Laughlin5-0-28-1
  • NM Hauritz8-1-29-3
32.6
2
Laughlin to Ntini, 2 runs, fullsih ball just outside off, Ntini carves it through covers for a couple
32.5
0
Laughlin to Ntini, no run, Laughlin fires in the bouncer, Ntini manages to get out of the way
32.4
0
Laughlin to Ntini, no run, back of a length, offstump line, another exhibition of Makhaya Ntini's front-foot defence
32.3
0
Laughlin to Ntini, no run, another slower ball, fuller this time, Ntini defends off the front foot
32.2
0
Laughlin to Ntini, no run, short ball, well outside off, Ntini leaves that one alone

Last man Makhaya Ntini comes to the crease with South Africa only halfway to the target

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

MEK Hussey
83(79) 6x4 - 2x6
Control %86%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on front foot
  • 13 runs
  • 0x4 - 2x6
0 0 3 0 1 16 5 1
GC Smith
52(56) 6x4 - 0x6
Control %78%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 4 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
2 1 1 1 0 0 4 1

Best performances - Bowlers

NM Hauritz
O8.1
M1
R29
W4
Eco3.55
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
DW Steyn
O9.0
M0
R45
W2
Eco5.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF