Australia in South Africa ODI Series - 3rd ODI

South Africa v Australia

Australia won by 3 wickets (with 15 balls remaining)

2.30pm We're moments away from the start. Bollinger to bowl at Amla. Two slips in place.

"Even if it rains, the rain break will be a blast! I've never been so entertained during a rain break as I was during the last match. I've been eagerly looking forward to another match with you fantastic people since then!" Glad to have you with us again Chris. Not sure how we'll top the last rainbreak effort, but I'll give it a fair crack.

Not an optimist then, Shaun: "Hmmm, take Kingsmead, add a high likelihood of rain, add South Africa vs Australia, and you've got a dead cert for all the punters out there - Australia to win convincingly (P.S. I'm a South African - tells you all you need to know)."

Talha has given us cause for hope: "As a 'durbanite' whos been living in durban all my life I know enough about our weather patterns to say with conviction that even if it rains we will have a match,although it may be a reduced one."

2.07pm South Africa have won the toss and will bat. Their playing XI is unchanged from the last match, and looks like this: Amla (capt), Smith, Kallis, Duminy, Miller, du Plessis, Boucher (wk), Botha, Morkel, Steyn, Tsotsobe.

Firdose Moonda, who is at the ground, informs us that unfortunately conditions are "gloomy. South wester blowing, and rain is coming. It's not too full at the moment, but it is a sell out."

2.05pm While we're waiting for further news to filter in, you should have a look at Dan Brettig's match preview, which will tell you everything you need to knew going into this series decider.

2.00pm Hello everyone, and welcome to ESPNcricinfo's coverage of the third and final ODI between South Africa and Australia at Kingsmead. I'm Liam Brickhill, and together with the indefatigable Andrew McGlashan will be providing live commentary today. To kick things off, we've got some team news. Here's the Australian XI: Watson, Warner, Ponting, Clarke, S. Marsh, Hussey, Haddin, Johnson, Cummins, Doherty, Bollinger, M.Marsh (12th).

0.1

Bollinger to Amla, no run, slung down on a length outside off, Amla raising his arms high to leave. There seems to be decent bounce and carry off the grassy surface

0.2

Bollinger to Amla, no run, pushed slightly fuller and wider by Bollinger, and Amla quietly has another look

0.3

Bollinger to Amla, 1 wide, smell that! Bollinger zips one past Amla's beard with a grunt. The umpire calls one for the over as the Australia fans in the ground cheer their approval. Ah, in fact he's called that wide! Bit harsh

0.3

Bollinger to Amla, no run, Bollinger continues to plug away outside off, Amla leaving alone once more

0.4

Bollinger to Amla, FOUR, Amla's not going to keep leaving them outside off! He rides the bounce on this rising delivery and slaps a cut behind square

0.5

Bollinger to Amla, 1 run, that's the length! Bollinger draws Amla forward and the ball spits off the surface, hitting the splice and flying through gully

0.6

Bollinger to Smith, no run, a hint of shape in through the air at Smith, who shuffles into a defensive push

Here's Andrew's take on the weather: "Sorry guys. I'm a Durbanite. South Wester here means persistent drizzly rain, the type that calls off games cos breaks between drizzles aren't long enough to play in. I'm not expecting a result. Pity." The conditions are alright at the moment.

End of over 1 (6 runs) South Africa 6/0 (RR: 6.00)
GC Smith    0* (1b)      DE Bollinger    1-0-6-0
HM Amla    5* (5b 1x4)     

The 18-year-old Cummins to open the bowling from the other end. Man, that makes me feel old.

1.1

Cummins to Amla, FOUR, shot! Caressed through cover by Amla, who eased forward into a checked drive with superb balance and timing

1.2

Cummins to Amla, FOUR, and again. This shot doesn't quite have the finesse of the last one, but Amla strokes it well enough to find the boundary again. Mitchell Johnson was the fielder who set off after it, sliding gingerly near the rope but unable to stop it

1.3

Cummins to Amla, no run, a touch shorter from Cummins, outside off, and Amla leaves alone

1.4

Cummins to Amla, FOUR, the cut, this time, from Amla! It was hit really hard, beating a leaping Ponting at backward point

1.5

Cummins to Amla, FOUR, Amla is taking Cummins apart here, in clinical fashion. This was overpitched on the pads and Amla rolled his wrists over the ball with serpentine grace to reach the midwicket boundary

1.6

Cummins to Amla, no run, a good delivery from the young bowler to end the over, seaming one in sharply to strike Amla on the thigh

End of over 2 (16 runs) South Africa 22/0 (RR: 11.00)
HM Amla    21* (11b 5x4)      PJ Cummins    1-0-16-0
GC Smith    0* (1b)      DE Bollinger    1-0-6-0

2.1

Bollinger to Smith, 2 runs, pulled in the air over midwicket ... but in unconvincing fashion. Still, he's hit it well enough to beat the fielder in the circle

2.2

Bollinger to Smith, no run, much fuler from Bollinger, outside off, and Smith props half forward to defend to point

2.3

Bollinger to Smith, no run, tight stuff from Bollinger, hitting just the right length outside off to keep Smith defending

2.4

Bollinger to Smith, no run, beaten outside off! Bollinger seamed this one off the surface to beat Smith's poking outside edge

2.5

Bollinger to Smith, no run, worked into the leg side, and Smith shouts a loud "no!" as the fielder runs in

2.6

Bollinger to Smith, no run, beaten again! Great lines from Bollinger outside off. Smith played inside the line, and did well not to push out at the ball

End of over 3 (2 runs) South Africa 24/0 (RR: 8.00)
GC Smith    2* (7b)      DE Bollinger    2-0-8-0
HM Amla    21* (11b 5x4)      PJ Cummins    1-0-16-0

3.1

Cummins to Amla, no run, and now Amla is beaten on the inside edge! A Kemar Roach-style delivery that was angled in and then went further off the seam to nip between the batsman's driving bat and his off stump

3.2

Cummins to Amla, no run, Amla responds to a good length delivery on off stump with a solid defensive push

3.3

Cummins to Amla, no run, a touch straight from Cummins, but Amla's whip to leg is stopped at midwicket

3.4

Cummins to Amla, 1 run, chopped down to wide third man, just the single

A warning, from the aptly named Narain: "10 kilometers from ground and starting to drizzle - expect rain to be at the ground in 15 minutes time."

3.5

Cummins to Smith, no run, slanted across the burly left-hander, who leaves well alone

3.6

Cummins to Smith, no run, Cummins shoots another one across Smith's bows, but he won't be tempted into a shot and raises his arms high to leave

End of over 4 (1 run) South Africa 25/0 (RR: 6.25)
GC Smith    2* (9b)      PJ Cummins    2-0-17-0
HM Amla    22* (15b 5x4)      DE Bollinger    2-0-8-0

4.1

Bollinger to Amla, no run, Bollinger is very full on off stump, Amla digging it out back to the bowler

4.2

Bollinger to Amla, no run, a fiery delivery! A nasty bouncer rises up and strikes Amla on the chest, Bollinger following through all the way down the track to give the batsman a good glare

4.3

Bollinger to Amla, no run, Bollinger is a little on the short side again, but this time Amla hops to ride the bounce and tucks to leg

4.4

Bollinger to Amla, no run, this is probing stuff from Bollinger, who swings this one in through the air towards middle stump to hurry Amla's nudge to leg

4.5

Bollinger to Amla, no run, solid defence from Amla to a full length delivery on off stump

4.6

Bollinger to Amla, no run, and a firm backfoot defensive push ends the over

"Salam. i think that hashim amla will done some good performence coz he ddnt do nothing in last two match since i follow espn cricinfo i lost my four exam coz of cricket .i am medical student." That's naughty, Hameed Wardak. Who's paying for these studies?

End of over 5 (maiden) South Africa 25/0 (RR: 5.00)
HM Amla    22* (21b 5x4)      DE Bollinger    3-1-8-0
GC Smith    2* (9b)      PJ Cummins    2-0-17-0

5.1

Cummins to Smith, no run, crunched defensively towards mid off

"And that over is exactly why I would turn for Doug," confesses Grant.

5.2

Cummins to Smith, no run, a tad too straight from Cummins, but he's not overly punished as Smith's leg glance is stopped at square leg

5.3

Cummins to Smith, FOUR, ah, but he won't miss out twice in a row! Cummins might have been aiming for the yorker here, but he's missed his mark and the ball was sent racing to the long leg boundary with a firm flick

5.4

Cummins to Smith, 1 leg bye, glanced down to short fine leg for a single. In fact, that's hit the thigh pad rather than the bat

5.5

Cummins to Amla, no run, worked into the leg side with poise and unbalance, but without the right placement to beat the field

5.6

Cummins to Amla, no run, driven firmly at the short extra cover fielder, who stops it on the bounce

Cainozz writes in: "Hey Guys, I know this hasnt got much to do with cricket but can you please post this to say hello from me to my friend Emma-lee Lascelles who is on the other side of the country :) btw, she is a massive Shane Watson fan ;)" Ah, so they do exist.

End of over 6 (5 runs) South Africa 30/0 (RR: 5.00)
HM Amla    22* (23b 5x4)      PJ Cummins    3-0-21-0
GC Smith    6* (13b 1x4)      DE Bollinger    3-1-8-0

6.1

Bollinger to Smith, 1 run, Smith was in a bit of trouble here, against a well-directed bouncer. Smith was rushed by the ball, flinching and fending it down behind square

6.2

Bollinger to Amla, FOUR, shot! Amla is in pretty good nick. This is slapped on the up through extra cover, the ball pinging right out of the middle of the bat

6.3

Bollinger to Amla, no run, this wasn't the orthodox slower ball, but it was definitely went down a good 10kph slower than usual, swinging in to Amla

6.4

Bollinger to Amla, no run, and he follows that up with a brutish bouncer! That was pretty quick, and fizzed past Amla's slightly wild hook in a flash

6.5

Bollinger to Amla, no run, Amla is foward this time, and drives to mid off without a great deal of timing. Toe-ended it

6.6

Bollinger to Amla, no run, wow, this must have stung the hands of the fielder. Amla leaned forward to smash a drive square of the wicket, but straight to the man at cover point. He hit it really hard

End of over 7 (5 runs) South Africa 35/0 (RR: 5.00)
HM Amla    26* (28b 6x4)      DE Bollinger    4-1-13-0
GC Smith    7* (14b 1x4)      PJ Cummins    3-0-21-0

Ah, Shane Watson is fit to bowl! He's going to replace Cummins.

7.1

Watson to Smith, no run, a very medium-paced start from Watto, Smith stepping forward to defend to leg

7.2

Watson to Smith, no run, punched to cover off the front foot

7.3

Watson to Smith, 2 runs, a leg stump half-volley is muscled to the midwicket boundary! Plenty of bottom hand in the stroke. Plenty of power too

"Well being at home I was sacked by my job. Loving the cricket worl I am afraid i may lose my entire income." Wow. Hope things work out for you, Javed Laghmani.

7.4

Watson to Smith, 1 run, nudged into the leg side again, just the one this time

7.5

Watson to Amla, no run, Amla comes half forward to defend a good length delivery

7.6

Watson to Amla, 1 run, a short, rising delivery outside off is chopped down to third man for a single to end a decent first over from Watto

End of over 8 (4 runs) South Africa 39/0 (RR: 4.87)
HM Amla    27* (30b 6x4)      SR Watson    1-0-4-0
GC Smith    10* (18b 1x4)      DE Bollinger    4-1-13-0

Dougie Bollinger to continue. He's bowled with great rhythm today.

8.1

Bollinger to Amla, no run, Amla is confident enough to carry on driving on the whip, but he can't beat the field with this shot

8.2

Bollinger to Amla, no run, squirted off the inside half of the bat to square leg. Great length from Bollinger

8.3

Bollinger to Amla, no run, Amla flashes outside off! There was certainly width on offer, but Amla's flashing blade was beaten by some extra bounce

8.4

Bollinger to Amla, FOUR, great touch! There were cries of "catch it!" when Amla played this stroke, but it was nowhere near any of the fielders, racing square on the off side

8.5

Bollinger to Amla, no run, Dougie doesn't like to be driven, and pulls his length back to have Amla hopping in defence

8.6

Bollinger to Amla, 1 run, a slashed cut bounces down to third man

Matt wants some advice: "I was playing cricket in the nets this arvo (Australian time) with some mates, and I was having a hard time picking the bouncers and timing my pull shots. I got hit three times (once off an inside edge which hit me above the knee inside the pad) and twice because I mistimed my pull shots. Can anyone give me any advice on how to play bouncers?" Not like Smith does, would be a start.

End of over 9 (5 runs) South Africa 44/0 (RR: 4.88)
HM Amla    32* (36b 7x4)      DE Bollinger    5-1-18-0
GC Smith    10* (18b 1x4)      SR Watson    1-0-4-0

9.1

Watson to Amla, no run, nice and full from Watson, wobbling around on off stump, and Amla defends to cover

9.2

Watson to Amla, 1 run, floated up very full on off stump again. This time Amla drove hard back down the track, Watto palming the ball back towards the non-striker's stumps

"Suns coming up in Mexico and the coffees hot. Hope Cummins doesnt try too hard and just concentrates on line and length!" Buenos dias, Hugh.

9.3

Watson to Smith, 2 runs, Smith shuflles right across to the off side to glance this to the left of the man at short fine leg

9.4

Watson to Smith, no run, this time Smith stays still, defending from the crease

9.5

Watson to Smith, no run, beaten on the outside edge! Great line from Watson, and the delivery is greeted by several yelps of "bowled Watto!" from behind the wicket with a distinct Aussie twang

9.6

Watson to Smith, no run, and Smith is solid ... in defence to end the over

With that, I'll hand over to Andrew McGlashan for a spell.

End of over 10 (3 runs) South Africa 47/0 (RR: 4.70)
GC Smith    12* (22b 1x4)      SR Watson    2-0-7-0
HM Amla    33* (38b 7x4)      DE Bollinger    5-1-18-0

Thanks Liam. A change of commentator and change of bowler. Here's Mitchell Johnson

10.1

Johnson to Amla, 1 run, back of a length and Amla works it into midwicket

10.2

Johnson to Smith, 2 runs, some swing for Johnson but he also offers width which Smith latches onto with a strong square drive which third man runs around to cut off

"It's got much gloomier," warns Firdose at the ground. "So rain probably not too far away."

10.3

Johnson to Smith, no run, on off stump, defended back towards the bowler

10.4

Johnson to Smith, 1 run, too straight this and it's flicked out to deep square

10.5

Johnson to Amla, no run, jumps back in the crease and plays a shortish delivery to the leg side

10.6

Johnson to Amla, no run, full outside off, driven with power square of the wicket but straight to Ponting at point

End of over 11 (4 runs) South Africa 51/0 (RR: 4.63)
HM Amla    34* (41b 7x4)      MG Johnson    1-0-4-0
GC Smith    15* (25b 1x4)      SR Watson    2-0-7-0

"Tell the UNSW students to get off cricinfo and get back to property study!" shouts John, who I like to imagine is in a gown and mortarboard as he writes that.

11.1

Watson to Smith, no run, full outside off, driven without much timing to the leg side

11.2

Watson to Smith, 1 run, whips this from off stump down to leg side with that strong bottom hand

11.3

Watson to Amla, 1 run, now Amla flicks a straight delivery through square leg

"I just want to keep up to date with the cricket, I do not want to hear people's problems... Please stop posting stuff about people failing exams and losing their jobs." Tom Hopkins, you seem to be a bit stressed. What's the matter?

11.4

Watson to Smith, no run, close! Smith tries to launch this down the ground but he miscues the drive and it falls short of mid-off

11.5

Watson to Smith, 1 wide, down the leg side and an easy call

11.5

Watson to Smith, 1 run, back at off stump and again Smith targets the leg side where midwicket makes a good save

11.6

Watson to Amla, no run, full on off stump, defended to cover

"Matt: Best strategy I found was duck well under the ball. Only got hit in the head once when I did this. Given out LBW too." Great advice, Chris.

End of over 12 (4 runs) South Africa 55/0 (RR: 4.58)
HM Amla    35* (43b 7x4)      SR Watson    3-0-11-0
GC Smith    17* (29b 1x4)      MG Johnson    1-0-4-0

12.1

Johnson to Smith, no run, well bowled, beats Smith's inside edge as he tries to play to the leg side and is taken high on the pads

12.2

Johnson to Smith, 1 run, dragged down short, Smith connects well with his pull but deep square leg cuts it off

12.3

Johnson to Amla, 1 run, slashes off the back foot and gets a thick outside edge down to third man but it was fairly well controlled

A delay in play here as Mike Hussey tries to help a cat that can't find its way over the boundary boards behind the bowler's arm but he can't quite catch it

12.4

Johnson to Smith, no run, driven firmly to mid off

12.5

Johnson to Smith, no run, nearly! Hussey couldn't catch the cat and he didn't quite catch this either. It was another miscued drive from Smith as he tries to clear mid-on and Hussey dives forward but can't quite get his hands under the catch

12.6

Johnson to Smith, 1 run, worked down to long leg

End of over 13 (3 runs) South Africa 58/0 (RR: 4.46)
GC Smith    19* (34b 1x4)      MG Johnson    2-0-7-0
HM Amla    36* (44b 7x4)      SR Watson    3-0-11-0

Xavier Doherty into the attack

13.1

Doherty to Smith, no run, round the wicket, defended into the off side

13.2

Doherty to Smith, OUT, great catch! This time Hussey makes it, and it's a blinder. Smith plays the sweep and doesn't keep the ball down. It skims towards deep midwicket where Hussey races in then dives forward

GC Smith c Hussey b Doherty 19 (60m 36b 1x4 0x6) SR: 52.77

The machine that is Jacques Kallis in at No. 3. Longer wait than the previous game, he was in second ball at PE. It wasn't a convincing stay from Smith

13.3

Doherty to Kallis, no run, full on middle and leg, defended back to the bowler

13.4

Doherty to Kallis, 1 run, driven to the left of mid-off and there's some frustration that Kallis is allowed a fairly comfortable run to start with

13.5

Doherty to Amla, no run, very full and driven back to the bowler

13.6

Doherty to Amla, no run, well bowled, a quicker ball which takes an inside edge into the pad

"Surely that should have been Michael Clarke keeping the Kat off the field?" quips John Willis. Very good.

End of over 14 (1 run) South Africa 59/1 (RR: 4.21)
HM Amla    36* (46b 7x4)      XJ Doherty    1-0-1-1
JH Kallis    1* (2b)      MG Johnson    2-0-7-0

14.1

Johnson to Kallis, no run, full outside off and played firmly into the covers

14.2

Johnson to Kallis, no run, stays full and Kallis plays another textbook drive into the off side

14.3

Johnson to Kallis, no run, drags the length back and it's defended from the crease

14.4

Johnson to Kallis, no run, tight over building up as Kallis punches off the back foot and finds cover

14.5

Johnson to Kallis, 1 run, played off the back foot into the off side...can Johnson finish the over well?

14.6

Johnson to Amla, no run, bang! Amla's taken a blow. Excellent bouncer from Johnson which shapes back at Amla and strikes him on the helmet as he tries to sway out of the line.

Amla says he's fine but gives his helmet a quick check. Good over from Johnson

End of over 15 (1 run) South Africa 60/1 (RR: 4.00)
HM Amla    36* (47b 7x4)      MG Johnson    3-0-8-0
JH Kallis    2* (7b)      XJ Doherty    1-0-1-1

Having broken the opening stand it's no surprise the bowling Powerplay has been called. Stays with spin.

15.1

Doherty to Kallis, 1 run, nice batting, dropped with very soft hands into the off side

15.2

Doherty to Amla, 1 run, driven down the ground to long off

15.3

Doherty to Kallis, FOUR, aggression from Kallis as he comes down the pitch then drives wide of mid-on. It was at catchable height but expertly placed

15.4

Doherty to Kallis, no run, some turn there for Doherty and Kallis plays square into the off side

15.5

Doherty to Kallis, SIX, that's a more convincing blow, further good footwork from Kallis and this time he ensures he clears the infield with a mighty shot over long on

15.6

Doherty to Kallis, 1 run, now he pushes into an off-side gap, very smart batting from Kallis

And that's drinks. "Has anyone read Andy Zaltzman's article where he draws a relation between batsmen converting 20-30's to bigger scores? It is a gem." It is good, isn't it, Adam.

End of over 16 (13 runs) South Africa 73/1 (RR: 4.56)
JH Kallis    14* (12b 1x4 1x6)      XJ Doherty    2-0-14-1
HM Amla    37* (48b 7x4)      MG Johnson    3-0-8-0

16.1

Johnson to Kallis, 1 run, short on leg stump, Kallis pulls it off the hip and it isn't far from carrying to short fine-leg while Kallis has to motor to complete the single

16.2

Johnson to Amla, 1 run, full outside off and driven out to the sweeper

16.3

Johnson to Kallis, 1 run, short of a length at the body, Kallis comes inside the line and flicks towards fine leg

16.4

Johnson to Amla, no run, full on leg stump and worked to mid-on

16.5

Johnson to Amla, no run, full and fairly wide of off stump but this Amla doesn't quite time his drive

16.6

Johnson to Amla, no run, closer to off stump this time and Amla gets a thick inside half of the bat down to mid-on

This has been a very probing spell from Johnson. He has fond memories of Durban

End of over 17 (3 runs) South Africa 76/1 (RR: 4.47)
HM Amla    38* (52b 7x4)      MG Johnson    4-0-11-0
JH Kallis    16* (14b 1x4 1x6)      XJ Doherty    2-0-14-1

That's enough spin for now. Here's Shane Watson.

17.1

Watson to Kallis, no run, starts full on off stump and it's driven to mid-on

17.2

Watson to Kallis, 1 run, touch too straight and it allows Kallis to work it down to long leg

17.3

Watson to Amla, 1 run, waits on the back foot and works a slower ball into midwicket

17.4

Watson to Kallis, 1 run, plays this late with soft hands into the vacant slip area

17.5

Watson to Amla, 1 run, onto the front foot and sweetly driven out to deep cover

17.6

Watson to Kallis, 1 run, another drive into the deep to end the over

End of over 18 (5 runs) South Africa 81/1 (RR: 4.50)
JH Kallis    19* (18b 1x4 1x6)      SR Watson    4-0-16-0
HM Amla    40* (54b 7x4)      MG Johnson    4-0-11-0

18.1

Johnson to Kallis, no run, comes half forward and defends with an open face to backward point

18.2

Johnson to Kallis, 1 run, opens the face again and this time beats a diving Ponting to get a single down to third man

Apart from Cummins' first over Australia have been pretty good so far

18.3

Johnson to Amla, 1 run, jumps onto the back foot and works it through the leg side

18.4

Johnson to Kallis, no run, flicks a straight delivery to midwicket

18.5

Johnson to Kallis, 1 run, ooh, Kallis goes for an expansive drive but the ball flies off the inside edge towards square leg...wasn't a million miles from the stumps

18.6

Johnson to Amla, no run, pushed wider outside off stump, Amla leaves perhaps expecting a wide but it's within the margins

End of over 19 (3 runs) South Africa 84/1 (RR: 4.42)
HM Amla    41* (56b 7x4)      MG Johnson    5-0-14-0
JH Kallis    21* (22b 1x4 1x6)      SR Watson    4-0-16-0

19.1

Watson to Kallis, no run, bit of pain for Kallis, there's extra bounce from Watson and it takes the fingers on the bottom hands as Kallis defends

19.2

Watson to Kallis, 1 run, slower ball, although not by a huge amount, and it's tucked through square leg

Watson holding the ball cross-seam for that one

19.3

Watson to Amla, 1 run, he's getting some grip off the surface and Amla works it backward of square on the leg side

19.4

Watson to Kallis, 1 run, fuller and outside off, Kallis frees his arms into a drive and a slightly open face sends it down to third man

19.5

Watson to Amla, 1 run, nearly drags this into the stumps as he plays away from his body and another delivery that grips on the surface

19.6

Watson to Kallis, 1 run, opens the face and plays it late down to third man

Five off the over but it was a good one from Watson. It's now back to Liam for another spell

End of over 20 (5 runs) South Africa 89/1 (RR: 4.45)
JH Kallis    24* (26b 1x4 1x6)      SR Watson    5-0-21-0
HM Amla    43* (58b 7x4)      MG Johnson    5-0-14-0

Thanks Andrew. Well, we're done with the bowling Powerplay, and Pat Cummins is back into the attack. Change of ends for him.

20.1

Cummins to Kallis, 1 run, a very full ball is squirted out through cover point and out to the sweeper

20.2

Cummins to Amla, 1 run, a shy, a direct hit, and a run off the deflection! Amla had punched the ball to Warner at cover and Kallis backed up quite far. Amla sent him back as the throw came in, then called him through for the single after the ball had ricocheted off the stumps. This might actually be quite close ... nope, he was home in good time

20.3

Cummins to Kallis, no run, firmly defended to cover point off the front foot

20.4

Cummins to Kallis, no run, Kallis is forward again, this time drilling a drive at mid off

20.5

Cummins to Kallis, 1 wide, you can't get forward to that! Cummins gets Kallis ducking with a quick bouncer. Ah, but it's a bit too short, and is called wide

20.5

Cummins to Kallis, 1 run, nice batting from Kallis, a drop-and-run single taken after the ball is dabbed into the off side

20.6

Cummins to Amla, 1 run, Amla sends a leg-stump delivery out to the deep midwicket sweeper with a whipped glance off the pads

"Any update on the skies guys?" It's overcast but, thankfully, dry Rohit Arora.

End of over 21 (5 runs) South Africa 94/1 (RR: 4.47)
HM Amla    45* (60b 7x4)      PJ Cummins    4-0-26-0
JH Kallis    26* (30b 1x4 1x6)      SR Watson    5-0-21-0

21.1

Doherty to Amla, 1 run, Amla skips down the track to get to the pitch and collects a single to long on

21.2

Doherty to Kallis, no run, quick and flat through the air, Kallis defends

21.3

Doherty to Kallis, no run, pushed to cover point off the back foot

21.4

Doherty to Kallis, no run, Doherty held this one back a bit, and got some purchase off the surface. Kallis waits for the spin and chops to gully

21.5

Doherty to Kallis, 1 run, too short from the left-arm spinner, and Kallis hammers a cut out into the deep

21.6

Doherty to Amla, 1 run, flicked off the pads through square leg for one

End of over 22 (3 runs) South Africa 97/1 (RR: 4.40)
HM Amla    47* (62b 7x4)      XJ Doherty    3-0-17-1
JH Kallis    27* (34b 1x4 1x6)      PJ Cummins    4-0-26-0

22.1

Cummins to Amla, 1 run, angling in to the body, and Amla nudges off the hip for a single to fine leg

22.2

Cummins to Kallis, no run, Kallis sets himself to drive, but doesn't time the shot into the covers

22.3

Cummins to Kallis, FOUR, sliced over point! Kallis seemed to be aiming to chip this over cover, driving on the up, but was too soon into the stroke and slashed across it a bit. Still, four runs

22.4

Cummins to Kallis, 1 run, chopped down to third man for a rather more undramatic single

22.5

Cummins to Amla, no run, the bouncer from Cummins! It's a reasonably good one, but Amla is untroubled as he sways out of the way

22.6

Cummins to Amla, no run, beaten on the drive! Cummins sent one down really full and quite wide, and Amla tried to drive it square but couldn't put bat to ball

End of over 23 (6 runs) South Africa 103/1 (RR: 4.47)
HM Amla    48* (65b 7x4)      PJ Cummins    5-0-32-0
JH Kallis    32* (37b 2x4 1x6)      XJ Doherty    3-0-17-1

23.1

Doherty to Kallis, no run, floated down full on off stump from round the wicket, Kallis driving back to the bowler

23.2

Doherty to Kallis, 1 run, eased down to long on for an ambled single

23.3

Doherty to Amla, no run, Amla uses his feet but can't quite get to it and defends to point

23.4

Doherty to Amla, 1 run, Amla greets a short, wide delivery with a cut, but the shot is stopped by a diving Warner at point

23.5

Doherty to Kallis, no run, turn and bounce! Doherty gave this one a good rip and spun it past Kallis's outside edge

23.6

Doherty to Kallis, no run, Kallis gets well forward this time to defend another flighted delivery to extra cover

End of over 24 (2 runs) South Africa 105/1 (RR: 4.37)
JH Kallis    33* (41b 2x4 1x6)      XJ Doherty    4-0-19-1
HM Amla    49* (67b 7x4)      PJ Cummins    5-0-32-0

After spying the help that Doherty got from the wicket in the last over, Michael Clarke has decided to bring himself on.

24.1

Clarke to Amla, 1 run, tapped off the toes through square leg, and that's fifty for Hashim Amla

24.2

Clarke to Kallis, no run, flicked into the leg side, where it's stopped by midwicket

24.3

Clarke to Kallis, 1 run, drilled down to long off, good shot for one run

24.4

Clarke to Amla, no run, inside edged onto the thigh! Amla was looking to work this to leg, and just played outside the line. The ball bounced off the thigh and past Haddin

24.5

Clarke to Amla, 1 run, nudged into the leg side for a single

24.6

Clarke to Kallis, SIX, lifted into the stands at deep midwicket! Much too short from Clarke, and Kallis rocked back to clobber a pull over the boundary

End of over 25 (9 runs) South Africa 114/1 (RR: 4.56)
JH Kallis    40* (44b 2x4 2x6)      MJ Clarke    1-0-9-0
HM Amla    51* (70b 7x4)      XJ Doherty    4-0-19-1

25.1

Doherty to Amla, 1 leg bye, was this off the pad? Doherty speared down the leg side and the ball hit something before rolling to short fine leg

25.2

Doherty to Kallis, no run, tapped defensively to cover

25.3

Doherty to Kallis, 1 run, placed to cover once again, this time there's a single to be had

25.4

Doherty to Amla, 1 run, Amla hangs back to a short-ish delivery and forces it out to deep cover off the back foot

25.5

Doherty to Kallis, no run, dropped by Haddin! It was a really tough chance though, Kallis got a huge edge on it and the ball deviated sharply. That would've been an absolute blinder if he'd even got a glove on it

25.6

Doherty to Kallis, OUT, dabbed to short third man ... and this could well be run out! Amla had to hurry as the throw was fired in. They're going to have another look at this. The return from the fielder was bang on target, and Amla is short of his ground! Cummins was the fielder. He's got quite an arm

HM Amla run out 52 (112m 72b 7x4 0x6) SR: 72.22

End of over 26 (3 runs) South Africa 117/2 (RR: 4.50)
JH Kallis    41* (48b 2x4 2x6)      XJ Doherty    5-0-21-1
     MJ Clarke    1-0-9-0

And after that, Cummins is back into the attack. He's dismissed Duminy a few times in this series already.

26.1

Cummins to Kallis, 1 run, the ball spits off a length to strike the splice! Kallis removed the bottom hand from the bat very gingerly as he tapped it down to gully

26.2

Cummins to Duminy, no run, Cummins is full at Duminy, who flicks to leg without a great deal of foot movement

There's a solitary wide slip in place for the new batsman.

26.3

Cummins to Duminy, no run, slanted across the left-hander, who leaves well alone

26.4

Cummins to Duminy, no run, fuller from Cummins, but the line is the same and this time Duminy leaves off the front foot

26.5

Cummins to Duminy, 1 run, Duminy is off the mark with a little dink down the ground, mid off running round to cut it off

26.6

Cummins to Kallis, no run, defended into the covers with a solid crunch

End of over 27 (2 runs) South Africa 119/2 (RR: 4.40)
JH Kallis    42* (50b 2x4 2x6)      PJ Cummins    6-0-34-0
JP Duminy    1* (4b)      XJ Doherty    5-0-21-1

27.1

Doherty to Duminy, no run, aggression from Duminy! He charges out at Doherty and drills the ball back at the bowler

27.2

Doherty to Duminy, 1 run, this time the batsman hangs back and nudges one just behind point for a single

27.3

Doherty to Kallis, no run, good line from Doherty, landing the ball on middle stump from around the wickets to draw Kallis's defence

27.4

Doherty to Kallis, no run, defended with the spin towards point

27.5

Doherty to Kallis, no run, Kallis gets forward to drive square, but once again hits the point fielder

27.6

Doherty to Kallis, FOUR, this time he gets it past him! A bad end to what was a decent over from Doherty. He offered up a long hop outside off that Kallis cut firmly to the cover boundary, beating a diving Hussey out there

End of over 28 (5 runs) South Africa 124/2 (RR: 4.42)
JH Kallis    46* (54b 3x4 2x6)      XJ Doherty    6-0-26-1
JP Duminy    2* (6b)      PJ Cummins    6-0-34-0

28.1

Cummins to Duminy, 1 run, Duminy gets a tip-and-run single to cover

28.2

Cummins to Kallis, 1 run, angled in towards the batsman's midriff, but it's glanced to fine leg with minimum fuss

28.3

Cummins to Duminy, 1 run, nice shot from Duminy, who sends the ball bouncing out to deep cover with a loose-wristed drive

28.4

Cummins to Kallis, no run, Cummins targets middle stump with a full delivery, Kallis tapping to midwicket

28.5

Cummins to Kallis, no run, good length from Cummins, and great wheels too. Kallis was neither forward or back as he defended this pacy delivery

28.6

Cummins to Kallis, 1 run, chopped down to gully, and the call for a single from Duminy is immediate

End of over 29 (4 runs) South Africa 128/2 (RR: 4.41)
JH Kallis    48* (58b 3x4 2x6)      PJ Cummins    7-0-38-0
JP Duminy    4* (8b)      XJ Doherty    6-0-26-1

29.1

Doherty to Kallis, no run, floated down on middle, Kallis getting well forward to push it back to the bowler

29.2

Doherty to Kallis, no run, driven back to the bowler once again

29.3

Doherty to Kallis, 1 run, slammed out to deep cover off the front foot

29.4

Doherty to Duminy, no run, nicely flighted from Doherty, and Duminy lunges forward in defence

29.5

Doherty to Duminy, 1 run, edged! But it pops up off Haddin's gloves and falls short of gully

29.6

Doherty to Kallis, no run, was there a touch on this as well? Kallis propped forward but the ball ripped past him and bounced out of Haddin's gloves again. Not sure if he got a touch on it or not. Yep, HotSpot confirms it

End of over 30 (2 runs) South Africa 130/2 (RR: 4.33)
JH Kallis    49* (62b 3x4 2x6)      XJ Doherty    7-0-28-1
JP Duminy    5* (10b)      PJ Cummins    7-0-38-0

30.1

Cummins to Duminy, 1 run, whipped off the pads and out to long leg

30.2

Cummins to Kallis, 1 run, Kallis goes to fifty with a drop-and-run single to point. His 13th against Australia, and his 84th overall

30.3

Cummins to Duminy, 1 wide, a wild bouncer shoots miles over Duminy's head and down the leg side too. A clear wide

30.3

Cummins to Duminy, 1 run, off the outer half of the bat, but controlled down to third man

30.4

Cummins to Kallis, 1 run, driven on the up through cover point, threading the fielders inside the circle - but there's a man out in the deep

30.5

Cummins to Duminy, no run, fired down the leg side, the ball kisses the pad on the way through and is well stopped by a diving Haddin

30.6

Cummins to Duminy, no run, driven hard off the front foot, but straight to the cover fielder

And with that, I'll hand back to Andrew McGlashan.

End of over 31 (5 runs) South Africa 135/2 (RR: 4.35)
JP Duminy    7* (14b)      PJ Cummins    8-0-43-0
JH Kallis    51* (64b 3x4 2x6)      XJ Doherty    7-0-28-1

Thanks Liam

31.1

Doherty to Kallis, no run, pushed into the off side

31.2

Doherty to Kallis, no run, not quite so full this time, Kallis can't find a gap in the off side

31.3

Doherty to Kallis, 1 run, he's squared up by a hint of turn but is good enough to adjust with soft hands and drop the ball towards short third man

31.4

Doherty to Duminy, no run, worked out to midwicket

31.5

Doherty to Duminy, no run, uses his feet and takes this from outside off but again can't beat midwicket

31.6

Doherty to Duminy, no run, touch shorter, Duminy goes onto the back foot and plays square to point

Excellent over from Doherty, Australia stills squeezing well here. South Africa will need a kick in the Powerplay

End of over 32 (1 run) South Africa 136/2 (RR: 4.25)
JP Duminy    7* (17b)      XJ Doherty    8-0-29-1
JH Kallis    52* (67b 3x4 2x6)      PJ Cummins    8-0-43-0

Shane Watson comes back into the attack...

32.1

Watson to Kallis, no run, starts with a big appeal for lbw and they go for a review after it's given not out. Was full and appeared to be trapped by Kallis between bat and pad and HotSpot shows that it was inside edge first

32.2

Watson to Kallis, no run, worked from middle stump down to mid-on

32.3

Watson to Kallis, 1 leg bye, angled towards leg stump and tucked to square leg

32.4

Watson to Duminy, no run, beaten outside off as he tries to guide it down to third man

32.5

Watson to Duminy, 1 run, full outside off, driven through the off side to the sweeper

32.6

Watson to Kallis, 1 run, moves right across the crease outside off then drives down to long off

Another tight over from Watson as South Africa's run-rate continue to dip

End of over 33 (3 runs) South Africa 139/2 (RR: 4.21)
JH Kallis    53* (71b 3x4 2x6)      SR Watson    6-0-23-0
JP Duminy    8* (19b)      XJ Doherty    8-0-29-1

33.1

Doherty to Kallis, 1 run, he's bowled very well and this again turns to take the outside edge towards short third man but Kallis played with soft hands

33.2

Doherty to Duminy, 1 run, round the wicket, Duminy goes across his stumps the tucks the ball round the corner to short fine leg

33.3

Doherty to Kallis, no run, slightly quicker and Kallis defends to the off side

33.4

Doherty to Kallis, OUT, gone! Reward for Doherty and Australia. Kallis tries to break the shackles with a sweep and, like Smith, gets a top edge which, unlike Smith, goes high in the air before being well taken by Marsh inches from the deep square boundary

JH Kallis c Marsh b Doherty 54 (80m 74b 3x4 2x6) SR: 72.97

Something was going to give after Australia strung together some tight overs and now it's over to Faf du Plessis but he's not on strike straight away

33.5

Doherty to Duminy, 1 run, uses his feet then drives down to long off

Slip in for du Plessis

33.6

Doherty to du Plessis, 1 run, onto the back foot and works a straight ball wide of midwicket

End of over 34 (4 runs) South Africa 143/3 (RR: 4.20)
F du Plessis    1* (1b)      XJ Doherty    9-0-33-2
JP Duminy    10* (21b)      SR Watson    6-0-23-0

Doug Bollinger back into the attack

34.1

Bollinger to du Plessis, no run, beats the outside first ball as du Plessis feels for quite a wide delivery

34.2

Bollinger to du Plessis, 1 run, walks towards the bowler then tucks this from off stump into the leg side

34.3

Bollinger to Duminy, 5 wides, poor delivery, fired down the leg side and Haddin can't reach it despite a dive while fine leg can't get round either

34.3

Bollinger to Duminy, no run, back at off stump, full length and it's driven to mid-on

34.4

Bollinger to Duminy, 1 wide, sends down a bouncer but it's off line and pass Duminy outside leg stump. It's an excellent take from Haddin who had to dive again

34.4

Bollinger to Duminy, 1 run, full outside off, driven with a bit of a flourish through the off side

34.5

Bollinger to du Plessis, 2 runs, misfield at mid-on as du Plessis plays a sweet on-drive. Hussey didn't get the kindest bounce as he dived across

34.6

Bollinger to du Plessis, no run, on off stump, defended to the off side

End of over 35 (10 runs) South Africa 153/3 (RR: 4.37)
F du Plessis    4* (5b)      DE Bollinger    6-1-28-0
JP Duminy    11* (23b)      XJ Doherty    9-0-33-2

It's Powerplay time. Mitchell Johnson has the ball

35.1

Johnson to Duminy, no run, nearly a run out! Initially Johnson got away with a leg-stump delivery that was flicked straight to short fine-leg. Duminy then wanted a single but was sent back and a direct hit would have had him

35.2

Johnson to Duminy, no run, dragged down short on off stump but Duminy doesn't connect cleanly as his pull goes to mid-on

35.3

Johnson to Duminy, 1 run, flicked along the ground wide of mid-on

35.4

Johnson to du Plessis, 1 run, worked out through square leg

35.5

Johnson to Duminy, no run, full outside off, hint of swing, Duminy comes onto the front foot and pushes back to the bowler

35.6

Johnson to Duminy, 1 run, pushed into the leg side, another good over from Johnson

End of over 36 (3 runs) South Africa 156/3 (RR: 4.33)
JP Duminy    13* (28b)      MG Johnson    6-0-17-0
F du Plessis    5* (6b)      DE Bollinger    6-1-28-0

36.1

Bollinger to Duminy, no run, back of a length at Duminy who can't get it away

South Africa could do with a few boundaries

36.2

Bollinger to Duminy, no run, he misses out on some width now as the ball scoots over his top edge as he tries to cut

36.3

Bollinger to Duminy, 1 run, this one is a touch fuller and Duminy opens the face to find third man

36.4

Bollinger to du Plessis, no run, full on off stump and driven straight to cover

It's now 52 balls since South Africa hit a boundary

36.5

Bollinger to du Plessis, no run, good stuff from Bollinger, banged in back of a length and it nips back at du Plessis, beating the inside edge and taking the pad through to Haddin

36.6

Bollinger to du Plessis, no run, another dot racked up as du Plessis has an unconvincing flash outside off stump and is beaten

End of over 37 (1 run) South Africa 157/3 (RR: 4.24)
F du Plessis    5* (9b)      DE Bollinger    7-1-29-0
JP Duminy    14* (31b)      MG Johnson    6-0-17-0

37.1

Johnson to Duminy, 1 run, on off stump and pushed into the covers

37.2

Johnson to du Plessis, no run, comes across the crease but can only flick the delivery straight to midwicket

37.3

Johnson to du Plessis, no run, another shot finds a fielder as du Plessis drives sweetly to mid-off

37.4

Johnson to du Plessis, 1 run, touch shorter and du Plessis waits a fraction longer before opening the face to send the ball to third man

37.5

Johnson to Duminy, no run, no timing from Duminy as he drives a full delivery towards mid-on

37.6

Johnson to Duminy, 1 run, worked off middle stump but it's only a single into midwicket

That's three Powerplay overs for seven runs. Outstanding from Australia's point of view

End of over 38 (3 runs) South Africa 160/3 (RR: 4.21)
JP Duminy    16* (34b)      MG Johnson    7-0-20-0
F du Plessis    6* (12b)      DE Bollinger    7-1-29-0

38.1

Bollinger to Duminy, 1 run, movement for Bollinger as this swings into Duminy on a full length and it's pushed to mid-on

38.2

Bollinger to du Plessis, no run, worked from off side into the leg side and the bowler fields

South Africa have come to a standstill

38.3

Bollinger to du Plessis, 1 run, tight line on off stump, plays with soft hands and dabs to third man

38.4

Bollinger to Duminy, 1 run, hint of width outside off stump but again it only costs a single as Duminy runs it through backward point to third man

38.5

Bollinger to du Plessis, 1 run, dropped behind square on the off side

38.6

Bollinger to Duminy, no run, beaten! Can't taken advantage of a fairly wide delivery as he plays a half-hearted cut

End of over 39 (4 runs) South Africa 164/3 (RR: 4.20)
JP Duminy    18* (37b)      DE Bollinger    8-1-33-0
F du Plessis    8* (15b)      MG Johnson    7-0-20-0

39.1

Johnson to du Plessis, no run, full on middle, cramps du Plessis for room and all he can do is defend to the off side

39.2

Johnson to du Plessis, FOUR, finally, South Africa find the boundary. du Plessis uses his feet then slots a drive between cover and mid-off

39.3

Johnson to du Plessis, FOUR, back-to-back, how often that happens, as Johnson drifts onto leg stump and du Plessis pulled it away fine

39.4

Johnson to du Plessis, 1 run, driven square through the off side

39.5

Johnson to Duminy, 1 leg bye, angling towards the pads and it's worked square to the leg side

39.6

Johnson to du Plessis, no run, good delivery, extra pace on that and it beats the outside edge as du Plessis tries to guide it to third man

South Africa still looking for something around 250 from here. To see if they can do it here's Liam

End of over 40 (10 runs) South Africa 174/3 (RR: 4.35)
F du Plessis    17* (20b 2x4)      MG Johnson    8-0-29-0
JP Duminy    18* (38b)      DE Bollinger    8-1-33-0

Thanks Andrew. Australia have done well to keep South Africa quiet, but they've got a pretty solid base from which to attack in the final 10.

40.1

Cummins to Duminy, no run, Cummins keeps it full, and Duminy's drive is stopped at extra cover

40.2

Cummins to Duminy, 1 run, Duminy sends a length delivery down to third man with a deft little late dab

40.3

Cummins to du Plessis, 1 run, slower ball from Cummins, and though it's not quite picked by du Plessis he plays it well enough to squeeze the ball down to third man

40.4

Cummins to Duminy, 1 run, Duminy presents the full face of the bat in a drive out to long off

40.5

Cummins to du Plessis, no run, du Plessis is almost knocked off his feet! Cummins speared down a sharp yorker that the batsman dug it just in time, losing his footing in the process

40.6

Cummins to du Plessis, 1 run, chipped in the air! But past Cummins' outstretched left hand and down to long off

End of over 41 (4 runs) South Africa 178/3 (RR: 4.34)
F du Plessis    19* (23b 2x4)      PJ Cummins    9-0-47-0
JP Duminy    20* (41b)      MG Johnson    8-0-29-0

Watto's back into the attack from the other end.

41.1

Watson to du Plessis, 1 run, extra bounce for Watson! He held this delivery cross-seam and got it to spit off the surface, rapping du Plessis on the gloves

41.2

Watson to Duminy, 2 runs, shot! Duminy drives well square of the wicket, but a diving, sliding Shaun Marsh saves two on the boundary

41.3

Watson to Duminy, 1 run, pitched right up to the bat on off stump, and it's dug out down to long off

41.4

Watson to du Plessis, no run, a diving stop from Warner! It looked as though du Plessis would get an easy single to long off, but Warner sprinted across from cover and leapt to stop it

41.5

Watson to du Plessis, 1 run, du Plessis slashes outside off, and the outside edge bounces down to third man

41.6

Watson to Duminy, 1 run, eased down to long off once more, and a single ends the over

End of over 42 (6 runs) South Africa 184/3 (RR: 4.38)
JP Duminy    24* (44b)      SR Watson    7-0-29-0
F du Plessis    21* (26b 2x4)      PJ Cummins    9-0-47-0

42.1

Cummins to Duminy, 1 run, Cummins starts with a slow offcutter, which Duminy waits for and dabs behind point

42.2

Cummins to du Plessis, no run, superb yorker from the young bowler, but du Plessis jams the bat down to keep it out

42.3

Cummins to du Plessis, OUT, du Plessis falls to an extremely slow slower ball! He was looking to play a shot into the off side but by the time the ball got to him his bat had swung round and instead he lifted it out straight to the man at deep square

F du Plessis c Doherty b Cummins 21 (41m 28b 2x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

42.4

Cummins to Duminy, no run, past the outside edge! Duminy was forward and into a drive but was beaten by the angle and a hint of seam movement

42.5

Cummins to Duminy, 1 run, chopped down to third man for one

42.6

Cummins to Miller, no run, this is great bowling from Cummins. He's fired down another yorker right on the toes, and all Miller can do is dig it out into the leg side

End of over 43 (2 runs) South Africa 186/4 (RR: 4.32)
DA Miller    0* (1b)      PJ Cummins    10-0-49-1
JP Duminy    26* (47b)      SR Watson    7-0-29-0

43.1

Watson to Duminy, no run, floated down on middle and off, and Duminy drives back to the bowler. He's really struggled to get going in this knock

43.2

Watson to Duminy, 1 run, cut down to third man, and they take an ambled single

43.3

Watson to Miller, no run, full and straight from Watson, and Miller nudges gently to leg

43.4

Watson to Miller, 3 leg byes, was there any bat on this? Miller shuffled down the track as Watson fired one down the leg side, and the ball ended up down at fine leg. Nope, leg byes signals the umpire

43.5

Watson to Duminy, 1 run, a low full toss is whipped out to deep midwicket

43.6

Watson to Miller, 1 run, another dipping full toss on the toes from Watson, and Miller follows Duminy in flicking out into the deep

End of over 44 (6 runs) South Africa 192/4 (RR: 4.36)
DA Miller    1* (4b)      SR Watson    8-0-32-0
JP Duminy    28* (50b)      PJ Cummins    10-0-49-1

44.1

Bollinger to Miller, 1 leg bye, sharp seam movement for Bollinger! He nips one in off the wicket to strike Miller on the thigh

44.2

Bollinger to Duminy, no run, a full, swinging delivery is driven and then intercepted by the man at cover

44.3

Bollinger to Duminy, FOUR, Duminy finds the boundary! There was width on offer, but he didn't try to hit it too hard, placing it behind point and well enough to beat third man

44.4

Bollinger to Duminy, 1 run, tapped through cover point for a single. The 100th of the innings, the TV commentator informs us

44.5

Bollinger to Miller, no run, Miller swipes across the line at a length delivery, and misses completely. It was the sort of length a batsman might be hoping for at this stage of the innings, but he couldn't capitalise

44.6

Bollinger to Miller, 1 run, clipped off the pad. The man at midwicket inside the circle stops the shot, but can't prevent the single

End of over 45 (7 runs) South Africa 199/4 (RR: 4.42)
DA Miller    2* (7b)      DE Bollinger    9-1-39-0
JP Duminy    33* (53b 1x4)      SR Watson    8-0-32-0

45.1

Watson to Miller, no run, Watson continues his good work with another full, straight delivery that is driven back at him

45.2

Watson to Miller, no run, Miller swings his bat like a battle-axe at a low full toss, but he can't get past Warner at midwicket

45.3

Watson to Miller, no run, another play-and-miss from Miller, who backs away to give himself room but can't connect with the forcing stroke aimed at cover

45.4

Watson to Miller, no run, and again! There must still be something in this track for the quicks. And for Watto. Miller tried to slap it to cover again, but didn't get close

45.5

Watson to Miller, no run, another dot! This is fantastic death bowling. Or is it just bad batting? Miller digs a low full toss out back to the bowler

45.6

Watson to Miller, 1 run, finally, a run - but it's just the single, Miller flicking out to deep midwicket. And that takes South Africa to 200

End of over 46 (1 run) South Africa 200/4 (RR: 4.34)
DA Miller    3* (13b)      SR Watson    9-0-33-0
JP Duminy    33* (53b 1x4)      DE Bollinger    9-1-39-0

46.1

Bollinger to Miller, 1 leg bye, Miller misses the pull to a seaming delivery, but they take a single off the thigh

46.2

Bollinger to Duminy, 1 run, smeared out to deep square, Duminy swinging right across the line at a length delivery. It was almost a sweep

46.3

Bollinger to Miller, 1 run, Miller heaves across the line now, the ball rolling quickly down to long on

46.4

Bollinger to Duminy, no run, is that a catch? Bollinger and Haddin both think so. Duminy had set himself for another swipe to leg, but Bollinger followed him and the ball flicked the hip before being pouched by a diving Haddin. The umpire doesn't think there was any glove on it, and they've got no reviews left

46.5

Bollinger to Duminy, no run, and now Duminy walks across his stumps, hoping to paddle this to fine leg, but can't lay bat on ball

46.6

Bollinger to Duminy, 1 wide, speared down the leg side, a clear wide

46.6

Bollinger to Duminy, 1 run, chopped down to short third man for one. Another good over for Australia

End of over 47 (5 runs) South Africa 205/4 (RR: 4.36)
JP Duminy    35* (57b 1x4)      DE Bollinger    10-1-43-0
DA Miller    4* (15b)      SR Watson    9-0-33-0

Mitchell Johnson comes back into the attack.

47.1

Johnson to Duminy, OUT, he strikes straight away, and a frustrated Duminy is caught close to the boundary at midwicket! He got a good connection on the slog to leg, but couldn't hit it far enough to get it over Ponting

JP Duminy c Ponting b Johnson 35 (92m 58b 1x4 0x6) SR: 60.34

47.2

Johnson to Miller, 1 run, that might've been two in two! Miller attempted to mow a short ball over midwicket, but timed the stroke really badly and it dropped well short of the fielder

47.3

Johnson to Boucher, 1 run, Boucher is off the mark straight away with a slightly manic tip-and-run single to point

47.4

Johnson to Miller, 1 run, Miller swings at the yorker and an inside edge rolls to short fine leg

47.5

Johnson to Boucher, no run, another dot ball, South Africa are really struggling to get them away at the death

47.6

Johnson to Boucher, 1 run, a short delivery is pulled hard but straight to the man out at deep square

End of over 48 (4 runs) South Africa 209/5 (RR: 4.35)
MV Boucher    2* (3b)      MG Johnson    9-0-33-1
DA Miller    6* (17b)      DE Bollinger    10-1-43-0

48.1

Watson to Boucher, 1 run, smacked hard out into the leg side ... but straight to the fielder once again

48.2

Watson to Miller, 2 runs, Watson is on target with the yorker, but Miller has a go at it anyway and gets two to deep midwicket

48.3

Watson to Miller, no run, a low, dipping full toss takes the inside edge of the bat and bounces off Miller's shoe ... No chance of a single

48.4

Watson to Miller, 1 run, a drive, on the up, is cracked straight to cover, but they hustle a single all the same. It would've been very close if Ponting had hit with the shy

48.5

Watson to Boucher, FOUR, Boucher finds the boundary! A good, improvised shot from him. He got right across to the off side and paddled it up and over Haddin. There wasn't much pace on the ball, but there was enough for a boundary

Remarkably, that's the first boundary scored off Watson today.

48.6

Watson to Boucher, 1 run, a full ball is dug out into the covers, and they take a single

End of over 49 (9 runs) South Africa 218/5 (RR: 4.44)
MV Boucher    8* (6b 1x4)      SR Watson    10-0-42-0
DA Miller    9* (20b)      MG Johnson    9-0-33-1

49.1

Johnson to Boucher, no run, Johnson slants one quite wide across Boucher, who flails and misses ... That was tight, but not a wide. Good call from the umpire

49.2

Johnson to Boucher, OUT, Boucher holes out to long off! He sliced right across the ball, and presented an easy catch to Warner

MV Boucher c Warner b Johnson 8 (8m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

49.3

Johnson to Miller, 1 run, Miller cracks a cut hard through point ... but straight to the fielder on the boundary!

49.4

Johnson to Botha, 1 run, Botha was hoping to target fine leg with this shot, but missed the paddle and toe-ended it into the off side. The umpire signals leg byes, but there was bat on that

49.5

Johnson to Miller, 1 run, a pretty decent yorker is dug out through square leg, just the single

49.6

Johnson to Botha, 1 run, a flat-batted pull rolls out into the deep, and again it's just the single

6.15pm So, South Africa reach 222 for 6. It's hard to tell whether that's a defendable total or not. They looked like getting a few more than that when Amla was going well at the start. Faf du Plessis reckons they're about 10 runs shy, but that it's "a tricky wicket. Slow and bouncy". He assures us that South Africa are up for it, and are going to "give it 100s", to use the charming local vernacular. This should be an interesting chase, with the series at stake. While we take a mid-innings break, check out Dan Brettig's report.

End of over 50 (4 runs) South Africa 222/6
J Botha    2* (2b)      MG Johnson    10-0-37-2
DA Miller    11* (22b)      SR Watson    10-0-42-0
Series Results
South Africa v Australia at Durban - Oct 28, 2011
Australia won by 3 wickets (with 15 balls remaining)
South Africa v Australia at Port Elizabeth - Oct 23, 2011
South Africa won by 80 runs
South Africa v Australia at Centurion - Oct 19, 2011
Australia won by 93 runs (D/L method)
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Oct 28, 2011

Shane Watson was named Man of the Match after his all-round performance, South Africa v Australia, 3rd ODI, Durban, October 28, 2011

Shane Watson was named Man of the Match after his all-round performance

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Oct 28, 2011

Shaun Marsh perished to JP Duminy's offspin, South Africa v Australia, 3rd ODI, Durban, October 28, 2011

Shaun Marsh perished to JP Duminy's offspin

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