Steyn to Watson,
rip-snorter. Unplayable. Watson is gone, and he will look at the replays aghast. Steyn squares him up with a fierce away-swinger that as always angles in to land on leg and then goes away. It was too full for Watson to leave, and it moved too much for him to middle. It bangs the outer half of the blade as he gropes in search of the line, and balloons into the slips. Gone. Watson was made to look like a staggering drunk by the time the ball was done with him.
SR Watson c Kallis b Steyn 3 (20m 15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00
Philander to Hughes,
another stunner, not a bad way to get your first stick in Tests. Vernon wins the battle of the Phils. That's 500 Test catches for Boucher, too! 498 of them for South Africa (the other 2 for the World XI). Similar ball to the previous one, lands short of a length around middle and off and then goes away like a charm. This was pacier than before, Hughes gets squared up as he angles the face of the bat in hope, but the ball takes the edge and is into Bouch's gloves in a flash. He ends up looking just as clumsy as Watto did. This is brilliant bowling in great conditions for such bowling.
PJ Hughes c †Boucher b Philander 9 (27m 19b 1x4 0x6) SR: 47.36
Steyn to Ponting,
he has Ponting in trouble now, there's half an appeal for lbw and they are considering a review. Yeah, we have the first review of the series. Steyn makes him play now, full ball angling in towards the middle and leg line. Ponting thrusts the front pad well across, as his wont, and then has to play around it with the ball straightening a degree down the line. No inside edge on that. This is touble for the Punter. It's hit him on the front pad as the bat scissors down and hits the pad. The ball heads on unimpeded into the pads, and that's super adjacent. Ponting is on his way. Steyn 1, Ponting 0.
RT Ponting lbw b Steyn 8 (51m 25b 0x4 1x6) SR: 32.00
Steyn to Marsh,
It's taken him one ball to make a difference! Marsh's been ruled lbw, and he's being very optimistic reviewing that. Good old patent indipper, lands at pace on a length around off stump and nips in, Marsh has been solid all day, but this time he doesn't get bat and pad close together, and plays across the line. Was he lulled into this false stroke by the poor bowling until now? Hit in front of middle, absolutely, hopelessly plumb. A complete waste of a review. Marsh played really well until this one, they may have be tempted into trying their luck with the review.
SE Marsh lbw b Steyn 44 (157m 101b 8x4 0x6) SR: 43.56
Morkel to Hussey,
and another, Hussey is gone off the inside edge. Morne's getting the ball to whistle in sharply now, and it is too good for Mr Cricket. He let the previous one go, but knew it came disconcertingly close to off stump. This time he tries to stay put on the crease and cover the bat pad gap late, but it just kept coming in. It snuck through the gap, but not before it took the inner edge, onto thigh pad. Boucher takes a good low catch. What a huge breach this, Hussey has been scoring runs by the bucket-loads in recent times.
MEK Hussey c †Boucher b Morkel 1 (25m 18b 0x4 0x6) SR: 5.55
Steyn to Haddin,
ah well, Aus are in big trouble now. Haddin's gone, not learning the lesson from the previous two balls. Stays on the crease again as Steyn gets fuller and closer to off stump to ensure Haddin doesn't play and miss this time. Haddin obliges, gets across and thrusts the bat well in front of the body to get a big outside edge on a rather ambitious drive, into gully's hands. 300? 200 is looking miles away now.
BJ Haddin c Prince b Steyn 5 (8m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 62.50
Philander to Johnson,
one shot too many, and that's the end of Mitch. South Africa will breathe a sigh of relief to see their tormentor back, but this may prove to be an invaluable 20. Short ball, angled across wide of off stump, and he tries to forehand it across to the leg side. He can't get on top of it, and lobs the shot to midwicket standing close.
MG Johnson c Morkel b Philander 20 (32m 22b 2x4 0x6) SR: 90.90
Philander to Harris,
a typical tail-ender job from Harris, he's holed out to mid-on in comical fashion. Bouncer outside off, its heading for his face and he tries it swat it away as if it were a bothersome fly. He gets a top-edge and it goes high, and doesn't come very low before Morne the giant gobbles it up.
RJ Harris c Morkel b Philander 5 (16m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00
Morkel to Siddle,
caught at short cover! Morkel hits a good length once again and slants the ball into Siddle, who plays a loose drive. The ball lobs towards cover where AB takes a comfortable catch. Siddle's played his part, though, in a partnership of 59
PM Siddle c de Villiers b Morkel 20 (73m 54b 2x4 0x6) SR: 37.03
Morkel to Clarke,
Clarke's terrific innings ends with his leg stump being detonated from the ground. He made room to a good length ball and tried to heave on the leg side, he missed and Morkel was on target
MJ Clarke b Morkel 151 (266m 176b 22x4 0x6) SR: 85.79