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Best performances - Batsmen

GC Smith
108(147) 13x4 - 0x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 26 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
9 10 20 24 31 2 9 3
AB de Villiers
106(186) 9x4 - 0x6
Control %91%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 23 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
14 2 29 22 17 0 10 12

Best performances - Bowlers

MG Johnson
O24
M4
R61
W8
Eco2.54
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
M Ntini
O19.5
M1
R72
W4
Eco3.63
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Australia , elected to bat first

Series result

South Africa led the 3-match series 1-0

Player of the match

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

11.30am start, Lunch 13.30-14.10, Tea 16.10-16.30, Close 18.30

Match days

17,18,19,20,21 December 2008 (5-day match)

Test debut

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3.55 pm: South Africa have pulled off the second-highest run chase in Test history. Duminy and de Villiers are hugged by their team mates as they leave the ground. It's been a stupendous effort, beating Australia in Perth, chasing 413. They did it with six wickets in hand, Smith finally shows emotion and celebrates in the dressing room.

Smith led from the front with a gritty hundred, despite having some discomfort with his elbow. Amla and Kallis made useful contributions and the job was finished by de Villiers and Duminy. It was a comprehensive performance which blunted the Australian attack. Johnson apart, none of the other bowlers consistently troubled the batsmen.

Nine of the 25 highest run-chases have come after 2000. The most recent being India's 387 for 4 against England in Chennai.

Graeme Smith's fourth-innings average is third on the all-time list, next only to Boycott and Gavaskar. And his three centuries have all been in wins. Also check this link out, the highest fourth-innings averages in victories. Ponting and Smith are right up there and they are the only batsmen with three centuries.

AB de Villiers is the Man of the Match, beating the competition from Smith and Johnson. He scored 63 in the first innings, 106 not out in the second, took four catches (three of which were outstanding) and saved lots of runs at point and gully.

Right so South Africa are 1-0 up in the series. The next Test begins on Boxing Day in Melbourne. See you then!

119.2
3
Johnson to Duminy, 3 runs, the debutant does it! And reaches 50! He drives the full ball through cover and sprints one, returns for the second, and then races back for the third, he leaps in the air in celebration, what a terrific effort, that's the end of the match, Australia look a little shell-shocked
119.1
0
Johnson to Duminy, no run, good length ball on off stump, Duminy tries to drive but gets an inside edge on to pad

END OF OVER:
119 | 8 Runs | SA: 411/4

  • JP Duminy47 (117b)
  • AB de Villiers106 (186b)
  • MJ Clarke8-0-35-0
  • MG Johnson34-5-95-3
118.6
1
Clarke to Duminy, 1 run, full ball on leg stump, driven off the front foot towards midwicket
118.5
1
Clarke to de Villiers, 1 run, make that four, de Villiers pushes the ball wide of Symonds at short fine leg
118.4
2
Clarke to de Villiers, 2 runs, de Villiers moves back and flicks the ball off his pads towards deep square, five needed now!
118.3
0
Clarke to de Villiers, no run, driven off the front foot towards the off side