Player of the Match
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    27.3 Johnson finally gets Australia the breakthrough, he lands it on a fullish length outside the offstump, Mckenzie is already forward and as he pokes his bat out the ball clips the outside edge and pops up to Haddin 76/1
    41.1 that's a huge relief for Australia, and a strange choice of shot, Smith tries to pull but the ball isn't short enough, he ends up getting a tame top edge which goes down Johnson's throat at mid-on, safe to say that Smith's thrown it away 130/2
    69.3 Australia get the breakthrough they so badly needed, Siddle angles it towards middle and off and Amla shapes to flick it across the line but he fails to keep the ball down and tamely chips it to Hughes at midwicket, very easy catch for the fielder 206/3
    82.6 the extra ball in the over does the trick! Johnson fires it full and wide outside the offdrive and Kallis attempts a flashy square drive, he gets a thick inside edge and ends up dragging the ball onto his stumps 229/5
    72.4 Referral: there's an appeal for a leg before and the umpire is convinced, however Kallis is doubtful at the other end and indicates to de Villiers that he should challenge it, the ball lands on a good length outside off and comes in with the angle, the ball clips his pad within the line of the stumps so no doubt there, Asad Rauf reckoned that would have bit the legstump, Bowden raises the finger again, the initial doubt was whether the ball was missing leg, but in the end the decision seems fair 211/4
    103.6 Siddle deserves all credit for setting it up! He bangs it in short of a length and the ball holds its line as it rises towards Duminy, he was forced to play at it and the ball balloons off the outside edge to Ponting who cups it above his face at second slip 268/6
    114.6 and Boucher's dogged resistance comes to an end, Hilfenhaus squares him up with a sharp incutter, Boucher comes forward to drive but leaves a gap between bat and pad, the ball squeezes through and clips the off stump 284/8
    109.1 another false shot claims Morkel, Johnson bowls it really short and quick, Morkel falls for the bait and goes for another horizontal hoick over the on side, he gets a top edge and Hughes takes it easily in the region of mid-on 272/7
    118.6 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 289/9
    119.2 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 291/10
    not out
    13 (b 1, lb 6, nb 4, w 2)
    291 all out (119.2 Overs, RR: 2.43, 515 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-76 (ND McKenzie, 27.3 ov), 2-130 (GC Smith, 41.1 ov), 3-206 (HM Amla, 69.3 ov), 4-211 (AB de Villiers, 72.4 ov), 5-229 (JH Kallis, 82.6 ov), 6-268 (JP Duminy, 103.6 ov), 7-272 (M Morkel, 109.1 ov), 8-284 (MV Boucher, 114.6 ov), 9-289 (PL Harris, 118.6 ov), 10-291 (DW Steyn, 119.2 ov)
    MG Johnson34.2211243.2611
    BW Hilfenhaus31.076822.1902
    PM Siddle25.084631.8411
    AB McDonald22.083111.4000
    MJ North7.002703.8500

Close of Play

  • Thu, 26 Feb - day 1 - Australia 1st innings 254/5 (MJ North 47*, BJ Haddin 37*, 68 ov)
  • Fri, 27 Feb - day 2 - South Africa 1st innings 85/3 (ND McKenzie 35*, AB de Villiers 13*, 37 ov)
  • Sat, 28 Feb - day 3 - Australia 2nd innings 51/1 (PJ Hughes 36*, RT Ponting 1*, 16.3 ov)
  • Sun, 1 Mar - day 4 - South Africa 2nd innings 178/2 (HM Amla 43*, JH Kallis 26*, 55 ov)
  • Mon, 2 Mar - day 5 - South Africa 2nd innings 291 (119.2 ov) - end of match

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