Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

JH Kallis
93(175) 13x4 - 0x6
Control %94%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 5 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
0 3 1 0 4 0 0 1
PJ Hughes
115(151) 19x4 - 2x6
Control %81%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on front foot
  • 6 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
1 0 0 2 0 10 0 0

Best performances - Bowlers

DW Steyn
O25.4
M3
R83
W3
Eco3.23
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
SM Katich
O11.2
M1
R45
W3
Eco3.97
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

Australia win by 175 runs and lead the series 2-0. They've completely turned the tables on South Africa after what happened in Australia late last year. Talk about revenge.

South Africa were in with a fighting chance to draw the game at the start this morning but the new ball did the trick. Both Kallis and de Villiers fell early and the result was inevitable from there on. Australia were under pressure at the start of the series to retain their No.1 ranking and they have done so in ruthless fashion, thanks to their young brigade.

South Africa will blame it all on their batting in the first innings of both Tests. Was it complacency or were their players tired? Robin Jackman made a valid point on commentary that the board should have organised a practice game for the Test side against a composite XI before the series to shrug off the rustiness. That they managed to beat India and West Indies after losing the opening Test is another story. But against Australia, you cannot afford to take things lightly and hopefully lessons will be learnt.

Stay with us for the presentation.

Smith: "We haven't been able to maintain the intensity. We've got to be honest with ourselves and take it on the chin. We'd like to bounce back as soon as possible. I went 10 years without breaking a finger and now I've broken two in three Tests. The squad has done well over a period of time."

Ponting: "We knew we had our backs to the wall. People probably overlooked how close the series was back at home. It feels different ( leading a team I have built). All of a sudden we look good again (laughs)."

Phillip Hughes is the Man of the Match "Been an exciting two weeks. There's been a lot of hype and talk about how different my batting is. All the guys in the pub at Macksville (NSW) got a free beer (laughs)."

That's it from all of us here. We'll see you at Newlands in CapeTown on March 19. On behalf of Siddhartha Talya and Raju, this is Kanishkaa signing off. Cheers!

132.2
W
Katich to Steyn, OUT, That's the series to Australia! Steyn gets a pace forward and goes for a huge heave across the line and he misses, he doesn't bother dragging it foot back and Haddin breaks the stumps
132.1
0
Katich to Steyn, no run, gets forward and defends with soft hands

END OF OVER:
132 | 3 Runs | SA: 370/8

  • M Ntini4 (3b)
  • DW Steyn7 (20b)
  • MJ North20-6-36-1
  • SM Katich11-1-45-2
131.6
0
North to Ntini, no run, tries to withdraw the shot and the ball clips the pad
131.5
0
North to Ntini, no run, gets a half stride forward and he's beaten
131.4
1
North to Steyn, 1 run, Dropped He goes downtown and the ball dips a bit before reaching Johnson at mid-on, he slides forward, gets a hand to it and spills the catch on the dive
131.3
2
North to Steyn, 2 runs, strays on the pads and he tucks it behind square on the on side, pushes the second

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

JH Kallis
93(175) 13x4 - 0x6
Control %94%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 5 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
0 3 1 0 4 0 0 1
PJ Hughes
115(151) 19x4 - 2x6
Control %81%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on front foot
  • 6 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
1 0 0 2 0 10 0 0

Best performances - Bowlers

DW Steyn
O25.4
M3
R83
W3
Eco3.23
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
SM Katich
O11.2
M1
R45
W3
Eco3.97
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF