Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

GC Smith
69(110) 7x4 - 0x6
Control %91%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 13 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
0 3 12 0 3 3 4 2
MJ North
117(233) 12x4 - 0x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 6 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 1 3 0 0 0 5

Best performances - Bowlers

DW Steyn
O30.0
M4
R113
W4
Eco3.76
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
MG Johnson
O34.2
M2
R112
W4
Eco3.26
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

Australia win by 162 runs and lead the series 1-0. A remarkable win after they were 38 for 3 on the opening day. The match see-sawed a bit yesterday after they collapsed in the second innings but Australia always had a grip on the match. SA made steady progress to the target yesterday but the Australian bowlers didn't allow too many free runs today and earned their wickets. Johnson rounds off an excellent match with eight wickets to back his unbeaten 96.

SA will lay the blame on their first-innings effort, rather the lack of it, save for de Villiers's century. For the third straight season, they've lost the first Test of a series. They've struggled to shake off the rustiness and that is something they will have to address. Let's not forget that when cornered, they can bite back hard. They recorded come-from-behind victories against India and West Indies after losing the opening Test. So Australia better watch out. Stay with us for the presentation.

Smith: "Aus performed well through the five days. We played some good cricket in the back end but credit to Australia. We know we're a lot better than how we performed over the last couple of days. We just let ourselves down."

Ponting: "All three debutantes stood up. The selections have been justified, a real team effort. This team is bouncing back. Lot of different personalities in the group. We had the worst of the batting conditions in the first day but we did well. The new guys will know the words to the team song."

Johnson is the Man of the Match: "I just try and do the same thing everytime. I don't mind batting at No.8, don't mind batting at 9."

Kallis gets the Diamond Award for scoring 10,000 Test runs. "Nice milestone but sad it had to come in a defeat."

That's it from all of us here. Thanks for the mails. The second Test at Durban starts March 6. On behalf of Jamie Alter, this is Kanishkaa signing off. Cheers!

119.2
W
Johnson to Steyn, OUT, Johnson hits the timber! Steyn makes a lot of room to drive and Johnson follows him and fires it on the stumps, the ball goes through straight and hits the middle stump, the stumps are upright and the bails go flying
119.1
2
Johnson to Steyn, 2 runs, clips it to the on side

END OF OVER:
119 | (wicket maiden) | SA: 289/9

  • DW Steyn4 (10b)
  • PM Siddle25-8-46-3
  • MG Johnson34-2-110-3
118.6
W
Siddle to Harris, OUT, Siddle pitches it short of a length outside off and gets Harris hopping on the backfoot to fend it off, the ball lobs towards short leg and Katich juggles with the ball before tacking it cleanly
118.5
0
Siddle to Harris, no run
118.4
0
Siddle to Harris, no run, lands it on a good length on middle and leg and he clips it back to the bowler
118.3
0
Siddle to Harris, no run, comes over the wicket and he shoulders arms outside the offstump

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

GC Smith
69(110) 7x4 - 0x6
Control %91%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 13 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
0 3 12 0 3 3 4 2
MJ North
117(233) 12x4 - 0x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 6 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 1 3 0 0 0 5

Best performances - Bowlers

DW Steyn
O30.0
M4
R113
W4
Eco3.76
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
MG Johnson
O34.2
M2
R112
W4
Eco3.26
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF