Australia tour of South Africa, 3rd Test: South Africa v Australia at Cape Town, Mar 1-5, 2014
Australia won by 245 runs
1,2,3,4,5 March 2014 (5-day match)
  Australia 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal CJL Rogers c Smith b Steyn 25 57 41 4 0 60.97
13.3 86.0 mph, and the mighty Dale is back. Rogers plays a loose shot, driving in front of his body, the ball pitching well short of a driving length. It might even have held its line a touch outside off. A healthy edge is taken, and Smith takes a sharp catch at first slip 65/1
View dismissal DA Warner c †de Villiers b Duminy 135 262 152 12 1 88.81
57.4 56.1 mph, Duminy gets a wicket again. He has been breaking partnerships all through the last fortnight A nice little offbreak, which pitches just outside off, turns away, takes the edge from the Warner push, and AB nearly drops it. Luckily for him, it hits the thigh softly, and he gets a second grab at it. And he takes it. Warner is not sure he has edged it, thinks of a review, but Clarke tells him not to. What a lovely innings this has been, and is given a fitting ovation by the full house. There was a puff of dust as the ball turned away 217/3
View dismissal AJ Doolan c Steyn b Philander 20 83 66 3 0 30.30
31.3 82.7 mph, lazy pull, and Doolan is gone. Doolan's weight transfer onto either foot hasn't been great, and when you go to pull with your weight only half-back you cannot afford to pick balls that are not short enough. This one isn't short enough, and takes the top edge to wide mid-on where Steyn takes the catch 138/2
MJ Clarke* not out 161 430 301 17 0 53.48
View dismissal SPD Smith b Elgar 84 214 155 9 3 54.19
107.5 53.8 mph, oh played on. Smith misses out on a ton, and this is one of the filthiest balls that will get you a Test wicket. A long hop, a wide one at that, but it stays low, doesn't quite come on, and takes the bottom edge onto the stumps 401/4
View dismissal SR Watson c Amla b Duminy 40 50 32 2 3 125.00
118.4 58.7 mph, Watson's whacking is over. No it is not. This is a no-ball, I think. Or maybe not. They are still checking it. He is given. Watson tries to go over long-off, mis-hits it, is caught at long-off. Replays show Duminy might have just that smidgeon behind the line 456/5
View dismissal BJ Haddin c Amla b Duminy 13 33 21 2 0 61.90
126.5 54.6 mph, he is caught by Amla's arm pit. Haddin wants to clear mid-off, but has got too close to the ball, hitting it flat towards mid-off. Amla fumbles it, but the ball is stuck in his armpit. First stand of less than 50 489/6
View dismissal MG Johnson c †de Villiers b Duminy 0 4 1 0 0 0.00
126.6 52.6 mph, wide down leg, they ask for a stumping. He is actually asking for a catch down leg, and they have reviewed it. This is down leg, Johnson looks to flick it, seems he has missed it, but Duminy is adamant they review this. Smith is not on the field, but AB listens to Duminy and goes for it. There is a smidgeon on the inside edge as the ball passes the bat. There is a register on the snicko too. And he is gone. Duminy on a hat-trick 489/7
RJ Harris not out 4 6 3 1 0 133.33
Extras (w 6, nb 6) 12
  Total (7 wickets dec; 127.4 overs; 572 mins) 494 (3.86 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wicket DW Steyn 10.1 0 44 1 4.32 41 4 0
13.3 to Rogers, 86.0 mph, and the mighty Dale is back. Rogers plays a loose shot, driving in front of his body, the ball pitching well short of a driving length. It might even have held its line a touch outside off. A healthy edge is taken, and Smith takes a sharp catch at first slip 65/1
View wicket VD Philander 26.4 2 116 1 4.35 116 19 1 (1nb)
31.3 to Doolan, 82.7 mph, lazy pull, and Doolan is gone. Doolan's weight transfer onto either foot hasn't been great, and when you go to pull with your weight only half-back you cannot afford to pick balls that are not short enough. This one isn't short enough, and takes the top edge to wide mid-on where Steyn takes the catch 138/2
  M Morkel 23.5 2 94 0 3.94 112 9 1 (4nb, 2w)
View wickets JP Duminy 17 0 73 4 4.29 59 4 2
57.4 to Warner, 56.1 mph, Duminy gets a wicket again. He has been breaking partnerships all through the last fortnight A nice little offbreak, which pitches just outside off, turns away, takes the edge from the Warner push, and AB nearly drops it. Luckily for him, it hits the thigh softly, and he gets a second grab at it. And he takes it. Warner is not sure he has edged it, thinks of a review, but Clarke tells him not to. What a lovely innings this has been, and is given a fitting ovation by the full house. There was a puff of dust as the ball turned away 217/3
118.4 to Watson, 58.7 mph, Watson's whacking is over. No it is not. This is a no-ball, I think. Or maybe not. They are still checking it. He is given. Watson tries to go over long-off, mis-hits it, is caught at long-off. Replays show Duminy might have just that smidgeon behind the line 456/5
126.5 to Haddin, 54.6 mph, he is caught by Amla's arm pit. Haddin wants to clear mid-off, but has got too close to the ball, hitting it flat towards mid-off. Amla fumbles it, but the ball is stuck in his armpit. First stand of less than 50 489/6
126.6 to Johnson, 52.6 mph, wide down leg, they ask for a stumping. He is actually asking for a catch down leg, and they have reviewed it. This is down leg, Johnson looks to flick it, seems he has missed it, but Duminy is adamant they review this. Smith is not on the field, but AB listens to Duminy and goes for it. There is a smidgeon on the inside edge as the ball passes the bat. There is a register on the snicko too. And he is gone. Duminy on a hat-trick 489/7
  KJ Abbott 28 11 68 0 2.42 137 10 0 (1nb)
View wicket D Elgar 22 0 99 1 4.50 70 4 3
107.5 to Smith, 53.8 mph, oh played on. Smith misses out on a ton, and this is one of the filthiest balls that will get you a Test wicket. A long hop, a wide one at that, but it stays low, doesn't quite come on, and takes the bottom edge onto the stumps 401/4
  South Africa 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal GC Smith* c †Haddin b Harris 5 24 19 1 0 26.31
4.5 86.7 mph, big wicket. Smith is gone Harris has been relentless today. Accuracy gets him. On a length, middle and off, Smith has to play at it. This one seams a touch, though, and takes the edge. If you make the batsmen play so much, chances are you will take the edge at some time 7/1
View dismissal AN Petersen c †Haddin b Johnson 53 106 62 8 0 85.48
21.2 91.4 mph, he is gone. Johnson has manufactured a wicket. He did rough Petersen up in the previous over. This is the one aimed at the rib, but it also a bit down leg. Petersen could have tried getting under or inside it, but he decides to play at it. He has moved inside the line, and the hands are pushing at it away from the body. He gloves it, and doesn't wait for the umpire to raise his finger 95/3
View dismissal D Elgar c †Haddin b Pattinson 11 35 20 1 0 55.00
11.4 90.3 mph, what a stunner from Haddin. This is c Haddin b Pattinson. Conjured by Haddin, bowled by Pattinson. Absolute peach of a delivery, and a beaut by Haddin. Short of a length, at high pace, seams back in from around off. Elgar gets an inside edge on the punch, and Haddin changes direction and flies to his right to take this screamer. I am interested in watching for replays of this catch. As Haddin came down with the dive, his glove faced downwards. Did he ground it? I need more replays. Says Daniel Brettig: "I saw it, his glove is closed around the ball, and it is the glove that touches ground." 42/2
View dismissal HM Amla b Harris 38 76 52 6 0 73.07
28.1 85.6 mph, Harris produces a beauty. And you needed the best to get rid of Amla. There is some late tail back in. Could this be reverse? I think it is. The scuffed-up side is not too scuffed-up, but there is a clear rough side and a shiny side to this. This one pitches on a length outside off, Amla plays the drive, but it moves back in late, and beats the inside edge to castle him. Top bowling Ryano 121/4
View dismissal AB de Villiers c Clarke b Johnson 14 69 37 2 0 37.83
35.4 89.6 mph, definitely too early then, Mel Bourne. AB makes a mistake. Happens when it is reversing at such high pace. AB plays away from the body as Johnson pitches this full and outside off. Just the hands go as the feet are stuck. The edge is taken. Clarke snares it at second slip 133/5
View dismissal F du Plessis c Warner b Johnson 67 171 135 6 0 49.62
67.2 87.5 mph, Faf's vigil ends. Johnson has produced the magic. They check a no-ball, but Australia need not be nervous. He is fine with his front foot. On a length, outside off, goes away with the shine, du Plessis plays the rare loose shot, driving away from the body, gets a thick edge, which Warner grabs low at gully. Huge huge wicket with 54 still to avoid the follow-on, and Steyn not sure to bat 241/7
View dismissal JP Duminy c †Haddin b Harris 4 16 8 0 0 50.00
38.6 86.9 mph, Ryano strikes again. Just when you thought he had lost a bit of his accuracy. Pitches one up outside off, asking him to drive, Duminy plays the loose drive, the ball swings away, and takes the edge for a regulation catch for Haddin 146/6
VD Philander not out 37 194 107 1 0 34.57
View dismissal KJ Abbott b Watson 3 29 25 0 0 12.00
73.6 81.0 mph, Watson strikes even as Australia await the new ball. This is a perfect delivery. This is short of a length, lands just outside off, but doesn't go with the angle, which Abbott has covered perfectly. Top of off has been hit. Timbaaaah 249/8
View dismissal DW Steyn c Watson b Johnson 28 38 27 5 0 103.70
81.3 91.0 mph, it takes Johnson three deliveries with the new ball. Steyn's courageous effort comes to an end. Dug in short again, this time there is no width available, so Steyn fends at it while backing away. Gets a thick edge to first slip. Steyn walks off to a big ovation 279/9
View dismissal M Morkel c Watson b Pattinson 7 8 9 1 0 77.77
82.5 86.6 mph, and Watson takes another good first-slip catch. Australia have taken a 207-run lead. Warner and Rogers run off. So no follow-on. A touch too ambitious from Morkel as he tries to punch this shortish delivery, gets a healthy edge that Watson takes to his left at first slip 287/10
Extras (b 8, lb 3, w 6, nb 3) 20
  Total (all out; 82.5 overs; 389 mins) 287 (3.46 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets RJ Harris 22 9 63 3 2.86 107 8 0 (1nb)
4.5 to Smith, 86.7 mph, big wicket. Smith is gone Harris has been relentless today. Accuracy gets him. On a length, middle and off, Smith has to play at it. This one seams a touch, though, and takes the edge. If you make the batsmen play so much, chances are you will take the edge at some time 7/1
28.1 to Amla, 85.6 mph, Harris produces a beauty. And you needed the best to get rid of Amla. There is some late tail back in. Could this be reverse? I think it is. The scuffed-up side is not too scuffed-up, but there is a clear rough side and a shiny side to this. This one pitches on a length outside off, Amla plays the drive, but it moves back in late, and beats the inside edge to castle him. Top bowling Ryano 121/4
38.6 to Duminy, 86.9 mph, Ryano strikes again. Just when you thought he had lost a bit of his accuracy. Pitches one up outside off, asking him to drive, Duminy plays the loose drive, the ball swings away, and takes the edge for a regulation catch for Haddin 146/6
View wickets MG Johnson 19 5 42 4 2.21 93 4 0
21.2 to Petersen, 91.4 mph, he is gone. Johnson has manufactured a wicket. He did rough Petersen up in the previous over. This is the one aimed at the rib, but it also a bit down leg. Petersen could have tried getting under or inside it, but he decides to play at it. He has moved inside the line, and the hands are pushing at it away from the body. He gloves it, and doesn't wait for the umpire to raise his finger 95/3
35.4 to de Villiers, 89.6 mph, definitely too early then, Mel Bourne. AB makes a mistake. Happens when it is reversing at such high pace. AB plays away from the body as Johnson pitches this full and outside off. Just the hands go as the feet are stuck. The edge is taken. Clarke snares it at second slip 133/5
67.2 to du Plessis, 87.5 mph, Faf's vigil ends. Johnson has produced the magic. They check a no-ball, but Australia need not be nervous. He is fine with his front foot. On a length, outside off, goes away with the shine, du Plessis plays the rare loose shot, driving away from the body, gets a thick edge, which Warner grabs low at gully. Huge huge wicket with 54 still to avoid the follow-on, and Steyn not sure to bat 241/7
81.3 to Steyn, 91.0 mph, it takes Johnson three deliveries with the new ball. Steyn's courageous effort comes to an end. Dug in short again, this time there is no width available, so Steyn fends at it while backing away. Gets a thick edge to first slip. Steyn walks off to a big ovation 279/9
View wickets JL Pattinson 18.5 4 77 2 4.08 84 9 0 (2nb, 2w)
11.4 to Elgar, 90.3 mph, what a stunner from Haddin. This is c Haddin b Pattinson. Conjured by Haddin, bowled by Pattinson. Absolute peach of a delivery, and a beaut by Haddin. Short of a length, at high pace, seams back in from around off. Elgar gets an inside edge on the punch, and Haddin changes direction and flies to his right to take this screamer. I am interested in watching for replays of this catch. As Haddin came down with the dive, his glove faced downwards. Did he ground it? I need more replays. Says Daniel Brettig: "I saw it, his glove is closed around the ball, and it is the glove that touches ground." 42/2
82.5 to Morkel, 86.6 mph, and Watson takes another good first-slip catch. Australia have taken a 207-run lead. Warner and Rogers run off. So no follow-on. A touch too ambitious from Morkel as he tries to punch this shortish delivery, gets a healthy edge that Watson takes to his left at first slip 287/10
View wicket SR Watson 9 1 34 1 3.77 40 5 0
73.6 to Abbott, 81.0 mph, Watson strikes even as Australia await the new ball. This is a perfect delivery. This is short of a length, lands just outside off, but doesn't go with the angle, which Abbott has covered perfectly. Top of off has been hit. Timbaaaah 249/8
  NM Lyon 12 1 53 0 4.41 42 5 0
  SPD Smith 2 0 7 0 3.50 5 0 0
  Australia 2nd innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal CJL Rogers run out (Steyn) 39 92 67 6 0 58.20
20.2 from Morkel, digs this short, Rogers looks to pull, gloves it to fine leg. Steyn might just have given South Africa a wicket with that throw. Actually this is AB's wicket too. Rogers is taking it easy because AB has to move away from the stumps, towards the throw, to collect it. AB, though, with his back to the stumps, has judged this is going to be a direct hit, and lets it go. Rogers caught ambling 123/1
View dismissal DA Warner c †de Villiers b Abbott 145 243 156 13 4 92.94
56.3 81.1 mph, Abbott gets another. His grind has at least got him wickets. Warner looks to smash this over midwicket, gets a healthy edge, ABD takes it. Ends with 543 runs for the series. Third-highest for an Australian in three-Test series 290/5
View dismissal AJ Doolan c Abbott b Morkel 37 91 87 5 0 42.52
44.6 90.0 mph, Doolan finally ends his painstaking stay. Morkel bowls a bouncer, Doolan pulls, gets a top edge, and it flies to long leg. The bigger news is, Shane Watson has been promoted 188/2
View dismissal SR Watson c Duminy b Abbott 25 31 17 1 2 147.05
50.6 82.1 mph, lovely catch by Duminy at point, and I see Clarke wear a helmet. No declaration yet. Wide ball, Watson goes after it, thinks he has hit it over point, but Duminy times his leap to perfection, and takes the catch. Good on Watto. Two selfless innings that will hit his average, but he has tried to do what the team has needed 245/3
View dismissal MJ Clarke* c sub (Q de Kock) b Abbott 0 7 1 0 0 0.00
52.2 83.5 mph, golden duck for Clarke. Does he now wish he had declared earlier? Looks to drive a length ball over mid-off, gets only the outside half of the bat, is caught at mid-off 257/4
SPD Smith not out 36 29 20 5 0 180.00
BJ Haddin not out 3 6 3 0 0 100.00
Extras (b 3, lb 12, nb 3) 18
  Total (5 wickets dec; 58 overs; 252 mins) 303 (5.22 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wicket M Morkel 13 1 67 1 5.15 48 9 0 (1nb)
44.6 to Doolan, 90.0 mph, Doolan finally ends his painstaking stay. Morkel bowls a bouncer, Doolan pulls, gets a top edge, and it flies to long leg. The bigger news is, Shane Watson has been promoted 188/2
View wickets KJ Abbott 14 2 61 3 4.35 52 7 1
50.6 to Watson, 82.1 mph, lovely catch by Duminy at point, and I see Clarke wear a helmet. No declaration yet. Wide ball, Watson goes after it, thinks he has hit it over point, but Duminy times his leap to perfection, and takes the catch. Good on Watto. Two selfless innings that will hit his average, but he has tried to do what the team has needed 245/3
52.2 to Clarke, 83.5 mph, golden duck for Clarke. Does he now wish he had declared earlier? Looks to drive a length ball over mid-off, gets only the outside half of the bat, is caught at mid-off 257/4
56.3 to Warner, 81.1 mph, Abbott gets another. His grind has at least got him wickets. Warner looks to smash this over midwicket, gets a healthy edge, ABD takes it. Ends with 543 runs for the series. Third-highest for an Australian in three-Test series 290/5
  VD Philander 6 0 42 0 7.00 15 5 0 (2nb)
  JP Duminy 19 3 76 0 4.00 74 5 3
  DW Steyn 3 1 24 0 8.00 10 3 1
  D Elgar 3 0 18 0 6.00 10 1 1
  South Africa 2nd innings (target: 511 runs) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal AN Petersen lbw b Harris 9 10 11 0 0 81.81
2.1 85.9 mph, Has Harris struck right away? Yes, he has. Smith tells Petersen to not review this. Petersen scored a fifty mainly by moving across the line in the first innings, but this time it has done him in. This is plumb. Moves across, the ball seams back in, beats his inside edge by a long way, and traps him dead in front. A typical Harris wicket. His 100th 12/1
View dismissal GC Smith* c Doolan b Johnson 3 16 3 0 0 100.00
3.1 89.9 mph, He walks off the last time. Johnson has had his number all series. Dug in short, into the body, Smith is in position to either leave it or keep it down. Gets an inside edge into the body, short leg takes a simple catch. Everybody in the stadium stands up to say goodbye to the Iron Man. Australia also abort their celebrations and applaud him off the field. Smith turns back to raise his bat to all of them. Can the rest of the team now give their captain a special farewell gift? A hard-fought draw 12/2
View dismissal D Elgar b Johnson 0 19 13 0 0 0.00
5.6 88.6 mph, two stumps out of the ground. Timber all over. Slightly short of a length, quick quick. Elgar is caught on the back foot after that bouncer. That ball just holds its line after pitching off. He is not forward to cover it. Beaten on the outside edge. Johnson is on absolute fire here 15/3
View dismissal HM Amla lbw b Pattinson 41 148 109 4 0 37.61
36.4 84.5 mph, Pattinson has got a decision from Dharmasena, but Amla has reviewed it. This has moved back in from a length, moved back in more than what Amla has budgeted for, and beats the inside edge. The only question here is, whether it has hit him in line. And the replays show the impact on the pad is just on line. Pattinson has got Australia a huge wicket. This is excellent perseverance from Pattinson 68/4
View dismissal AB de Villiers c †Haddin b Harris 43 326 228 6 0 18.85
84.2 86.5 mph, Too good from Harris. That channel is superb, no matter how good you are. If you keep bowling on a length just outside off, you will make the batsmen play the angle. And when you get it to seam, you will take the edge at some time. He has taken it now. Finally AB's fifty streak ends. The first time in 13 Tests that he has not scored a fifty. But he has faced 228 balls. More valuable than 50 runs easily. And it has ended to some top bowling from a top bowler 136/6
View dismissal KJ Abbott b Pattinson 7 114 89 1 0 7.86
66.1 83.3 mph, and Pattinson strikes with his first ball back. A bit of predetermined leave does it for Abbott. He has defended well for 88 deliveries, but this time he thinks, "Okay let's leave the first ball alone." It pitches on a length and outside off, but tails back in - reverse swing it is - to hit the top of off. Is this the spark Australia needed? Meanwhile, Abbott can be proud of his resistance 95/5
View dismissal F du Plessis lbw b Smith 47 157 109 5 0 43.11
102.1 48.3 mph, Smith gets it first ball. The likeliest of spinners to get a wicket. Faf has reviewed it. Lovely legspin bowling. This is drifting and dipping. For a change Faf has pushed down the wrong line. This one pitches on leg, doesn't turn as much as Faf expects it to, and hits him dead in front. Huge huge wicket. Australia huge favourites. Faf has played a big hand too. Second time today that the first ball of a new spell has got a wicket 173/7
View dismissal JP Duminy c Lyon b Johnson 43 159 99 8 0 43.43
119.1 88.2 mph, soft dismissal. How gutted will Duminy be. This is a length ball, on the pads, and he plays a shot that comes naturally to him, the clip behind square, and he has found leg slip. That man Johnson again. Australia pull back South Africa again. Just when their hopes begin to turn to expectations. Well played, Duminy, though. Lasted 99 balls 246/8
VD Philander not out 51 155 105 6 1 48.57
View dismissal DW Steyn b Harris 1 75 44 0 0 2.27
134.1 81.1 mph, Oh Ryan Harris you beauty. With knees that need surgery. He produces a yorker. The Aussie spirit lives on. Another injured man walks off. Steyn has played 44 balls. Harris gets an outswing yorker, this is just outside off, Steyn looks to dig it out, gets an inside edge. Off bail of off. That terrible sound for Steyn. How terrific for Harris. The bail almost didn't come off. Not for the first time has a bowling change produced a wicket first ball 265/9
View dismissal M Morkel b Harris 0 2 2 0 0 0.00
134.3 87.9 mph, Bad knees. No matter. Harris does it one last time. Australia celebrate. This is sensational bowling. Now he can get the surgery in peace. What an absolute beaut Harris is. Bowls this full and fast, beats the inside edge with the angle, and bursts through the gate. The off stumps is rattled. So is Morkel. So is Philander. What a great last ball. That reverse through the gate late. Hit the middle of off 265/10
Extras (b 8, lb 5, w 2, nb 5) 20
  Total (all out; 134.3 overs; 591 mins) 265 (1.97 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets RJ Harris 24.3 15 32 4 1.30 131 2 0
2.1 to Petersen, 85.9 mph, Has Harris struck right away? Yes, he has. Smith tells Petersen to not review this. Petersen scored a fifty mainly by moving across the line in the first innings, but this time it has done him in. This is plumb. Moves across, the ball seams back in, beats his inside edge by a long way, and traps him dead in front. A typical Harris wicket. His 100th 12/1
84.2 to de Villiers, 86.5 mph, Too good from Harris. That channel is superb, no matter how good you are. If you keep bowling on a length just outside off, you will make the batsmen play the angle. And when you get it to seam, you will take the edge at some time. He has taken it now. Finally AB's fifty streak ends. The first time in 13 Tests that he has not scored a fifty. But he has faced 228 balls. More valuable than 50 runs easily. And it has ended to some top bowling from a top bowler 136/6
134.1 to Steyn, 81.1 mph, Oh Ryan Harris you beauty. With knees that need surgery. He produces a yorker. The Aussie spirit lives on. Another injured man walks off. Steyn has played 44 balls. Harris gets an outswing yorker, this is just outside off, Steyn looks to dig it out, gets an inside edge. Off bail of off. That terrible sound for Steyn. How terrific for Harris. The bail almost didn't come off. Not for the first time has a bowling change produced a wicket first ball 265/9
134.3 to Morkel, 87.9 mph, Bad knees. No matter. Harris does it one last time. Australia celebrate. This is sensational bowling. Now he can get the surgery in peace. What an absolute beaut Harris is. Bowls this full and fast, beats the inside edge with the angle, and bursts through the gate. The off stumps is rattled. So is Morkel. So is Philander. What a great last ball. That reverse through the gate late. Hit the middle of off 265/10
View wickets MG Johnson 34 11 92 3 2.70 168 13 1
3.1 to Smith, 89.9 mph, He walks off the last time. Johnson has had his number all series. Dug in short, into the body, Smith is in position to either leave it or keep it down. Gets an inside edge into the body, short leg takes a simple catch. Everybody in the stadium stands up to say goodbye to the Iron Man. Australia also abort their celebrations and applaud him off the field. Smith turns back to raise his bat to all of them. Can the rest of the team now give their captain a special farewell gift? A hard-fought draw 12/2
5.6 to Elgar, 88.6 mph, two stumps out of the ground. Timber all over. Slightly short of a length, quick quick. Elgar is caught on the back foot after that bouncer. That ball just holds its line after pitching off. He is not forward to cover it. Beaten on the outside edge. Johnson is on absolute fire here 15/3
119.1 to Duminy, 88.2 mph, soft dismissal. How gutted will Duminy be. This is a length ball, on the pads, and he plays a shot that comes naturally to him, the clip behind square, and he has found leg slip. That man Johnson again. Australia pull back South Africa again. Just when their hopes begin to turn to expectations. Well played, Duminy, though. Lasted 99 balls 246/8
View wickets JL Pattinson 27 10 62 2 2.29 133 5 0 (3nb, 2w)
36.4 to Amla, 84.5 mph, Pattinson has got a decision from Dharmasena, but Amla has reviewed it. This has moved back in from a length, moved back in more than what Amla has budgeted for, and beats the inside edge. The only question here is, whether it has hit him in line. And the replays show the impact on the pad is just on line. Pattinson has got Australia a huge wicket. This is excellent perseverance from Pattinson 68/4
66.1 to Abbott, 83.3 mph, and Pattinson strikes with his first ball back. A bit of predetermined leave does it for Abbott. He has defended well for 88 deliveries, but this time he thinks, "Okay let's leave the first ball alone." It pitches on a length and outside off, but tails back in - reverse swing it is - to hit the top of off. Is this the spark Australia needed? Meanwhile, Abbott can be proud of his resistance 95/5
  NM Lyon 22 17 10 0 0.45 126 1 0
  SR Watson 9 6 6 0 0.66 52 1 0 (1nb)
View wicket SPD Smith 13 3 43 1 3.30 58 7 0 (1nb)
102.1 to du Plessis, 48.3 mph, Smith gets it first ball. The likeliest of spinners to get a wicket. Faf has reviewed it. Lovely legspin bowling. This is drifting and dipping. For a change Faf has pushed down the wrong line. This one pitches on leg, doesn't turn as much as Faf expects it to, and hits him dead in front. Huge huge wicket. Australia huge favourites. Faf has played a big hand too. Second time today that the first ball of a new spell has got a wicket 173/7
  MJ Clarke 5 2 7 0 1.40 27 1 0

Match details


Toss - Australia, who chose to bat
Series - Australia won the 3-match series 2-1
Player of the match - DA Warner (Australia)
Player of the series - DA Warner (Australia)
Umpires - Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and HDPK Dharmasena (Sri Lanka)
TV umpire - RK Illingworth (England)
Match referee - RS Mahanama (Sri Lanka)
Reserve umpire - AT Holdstock
Close of play
  • Sat, 1 Mar - day 1 - Australia 1st innings 331/3 (MJ Clarke 92*, SPD Smith 50*, 88 ov)
  • Sun, 2 Mar - day 2 - Australia 1st innings 494/7 (MJ Clarke 161*, RJ Harris 4*, 127.4 ov)
  • Mon, 3 Mar - day 3 - Australia 2nd innings 27/0 (CJL Rogers 1*, DA Warner 25*, 6 ov)
  • Tue, 4 Mar - day 4 - South Africa 2nd innings 71/4 (AB de Villiers 16*, KJ Abbott 1*, 41 ov)
  • Wed, 5 Mar - day 5 - South Africa 2nd innings 265 (134.3 ov) - end of match

Match Notes


Day 5
Day 4
Day 3
Day 2
Day 1
    • Australia 1st innings
    • Australia: 50 runs in 9.3 overs (57 balls), Extras 0
    • 1st Wicket: 50 runs in 57 balls (CJL Rogers 18, DA Warner 33, Ex 0)
    • DA Warner: 50 off 50 balls (5 x 4)
    • Australia: 100 runs in 20.1 overs (121 balls), Extras 0
    • 2nd Wicket: 50 runs in 66 balls (DA Warner 32, AJ Doolan 13, Ex 5)
    • Lunch: Australia - 118/1 in 26.0 overs (DA Warner 75, AJ Doolan 13)
    • Australia: 150 runs in 36.2 overs (218 balls), Extras 5
    • Drinks: Australia - 154/2 in 39.0 overs (DA Warner 96, MJ Clarke 8)
    • DA Warner: 100 off 104 balls (10 x 4)
    • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 109 balls (DA Warner 30, MJ Clarke 18, Ex 2)
    • Tea: Australia - 195/2 in 52.0 overs (DA Warner 121, MJ Clarke 22)
    • Australia: 200 runs in 53.1 overs (321 balls), Extras 7
    • MJ Clarke: 50 off 122 balls (6 x 4)
    • Australia: 250 runs in 67.4 overs (409 balls), Extras 8
    • Drinks: Australia - 256/3 in 70.0 overs (MJ Clarke 56, SPD Smith 12)
    • 4th Wicket: 50 runs in 96 balls (MJ Clarke 34, SPD Smith 16, Ex 0)
    • New Ball Taken: Australia 294/3 after 82.1 overs (MJ Clarke 71, SPD Smith 34)
    • Australia: 300 runs in 83.1 overs (503 balls), Extras 9
    • 4th Wicket: 100 runs in 164 balls (MJ Clarke 54, SPD Smith 46, Ex 1)
    • Over 38.1: Review by South Africa (Bowling), Umpire - Aleem Dar, Batsman - DA Warner (Struck down)
    • Reviews used before 80th over: Australia 2 (0 successful, 0 unsuccessful); South Africa 1 (0 successful, 1 unsuccessful)
    • SPD Smith: 50 off 91 balls (6 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • End Of Day: Australia - 331/3 in 88.0 overs (MJ Clarke 92, SPD Smith 50)
    • Australia: 350 runs in 97.2 overs (588 balls), Extras 9
    • MJ Clarke: 100 off 215 balls (11 x 4)
    • 4th Wicket: 150 runs in 254 balls (MJ Clarke 78, SPD Smith 71, Ex 1)
    • Drinks: Australia - 381/3 in 102.0 overs (MJ Clarke 114, SPD Smith 78)
    • Australia: 400 runs in 107.1 overs (649 balls), Extras 12
    • Over 107.6: Review by South Africa (Bowling), Umpire - HDPK Dharmasena, Batsman - SR Watson (Struck down)
    • Lunch: Australia - 434/4 in 114.0 overs (MJ Clarke 137, SR Watson 21)
    • Australia: 450 runs in 118.2 overs (716 balls), Extras 12
    • 5th Wicket: 50 runs in 64 balls (MJ Clarke 15, SR Watson 40, Ex 0)
    • MJ Clarke: 150 off 288 balls (17 x 4)
    • Drinks: Australia - 489/7 in 127.0 overs (MJ Clarke 160)
    • Over 126.6: Review by South Africa (Bowling), Umpire - Aleem Dar, Batsman - MG Johnson (Upheld)
    • Rain: Australia - 494/7 in 127.4 overs (MJ Clarke 161, RJ Harris 4)
    • Tea: Australia - 494/7 in 127.4 overs (MJ Clarke 161, RJ Harris 4)
    • Rain: Australia - 494/7 in 127.4 overs (MJ Clarke 161, RJ Harris 4)
    • End Of Day: Australia - 494/7 in 127.4 overs (MJ Clarke 161, RJ Harris 4)
    • South Africa 1st innings
    • South Africa: 50 runs in 14.4 overs (90 balls), Extras 3
    • Drinks: South Africa - 55/2 in 15.0 overs (AN Petersen 30, HM Amla 6)
    • AN Petersen: 50 off 50 balls (8 x 4)
    • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 53 balls (AN Petersen 29, HM Amla 22, Ex 0)
    • South Africa: 100 runs in 22.6 overs (140 balls), Extras 3
    • Lunch: South Africa - 127/4 in 32.0 overs (AB de Villiers 13, F du Plessis 3)
    • South Africa 1st innings: 1x7 ball over (34th over, bowled by MG Johnson, called by Umpire HDPK Dharmasena)
    • Drinks: South Africa - 149/6 in 44.0 overs (F du Plessis 17, VD Philander 2)
    • South Africa: 150 runs in 45.2 overs (275 balls), Extras 5
    • 7th Wicket: 50 runs in 106 balls (F du Plessis 25, VD Philander 17, Ex 10)
    • South Africa: 200 runs in 57.5 overs (350 balls), Extras 15
    • Tea: South Africa - 200/6 in 58.0 overs (F du Plessis 42, VD Philander 18)
    • F du Plessis: 50 off 119 balls (4 x 4)
    • South Africa: 250 runs in 74.1 overs (448 balls), Extras 19
    • Over 2.5: Review by Australia (Bowling), Umpire - Aleem Dar, Batsman - GC Smith (Struck down)
    • Drinks: South Africa - 257/8 in 76.0 overs (VD Philander 36, DW Steyn 7)
    • New Ball Taken: South Africa 275/8 after 80.1 overs (VD Philander 37, DW Steyn 24)
    • Reviews used before 80th over: Australia 1 (0 successful, 1 unsuccessful); South Africa 2 (0 successful, 0 unsuccessful)
    • Innings Break: South Africa - 287/10 in 82.5 overs (VD Philander 37)
    • Australia 2nd innings
    • End Of Day: Australia - 27/0 in 6.0 overs (CJL Rogers 1, DA Warner 25)
    • Over 8.5: Review by South Africa (Bowling), Umpire - Aleem Dar, Batsman - CJL Rogers (Struck down)
    • Australia: 50 runs in 10.2 overs (63 balls), Extras 2
    • 1st Wicket: 50 runs in 63 balls (CJL Rogers 15, DA Warner 33, Ex 2)
    • DA Warner: 50 off 41 balls (6 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • Australia: 100 runs in 18.2 overs (112 balls), Extras 4
    • 1st Wicket: 100 runs in 112 balls (CJL Rogers 35, DA Warner 66, Ex 4)
    • Drinks: Australia - 125/1 in 23.0 overs (DA Warner 76, AJ Doolan 1)
    • Australia: 150 runs in 31.6 overs (195 balls), Extras 10
    • 2nd Wicket: 50 runs in 122 balls (DA Warner 16, AJ Doolan 32, Ex 2)
    • Lunch: Australia - 180/1 in 43.0 overs (DA Warner 92, AJ Doolan 36)
    • DA Warner: 100 off 124 balls (10 x 4, 2 x 6)
    • Australia: 200 runs in 47.1 overs (286 balls), Extras 14
    • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 31 balls (DA Warner 26, SR Watson 24, Ex 4)
    • Australia: 250 runs in 51.3 overs (312 balls), Extras 18
    • Drinks: Australia - 284/4 in 55.0 overs (DA Warner 141, SPD Smith 24)
    • Australia: 300 runs in 57.3 overs (348 balls), Extras 18
    • Innings Break: Australia - 303/5 in 58.0 overs (SPD Smith 36, BJ Haddin 3)
    • South Africa 2nd innings
    • Tea: South Africa - 15/3 in 6.0 overs (HM Amla 3)
    • Drinks: South Africa - 47/3 in 26.0 overs (HM Amla 22, AB de Villiers 12)
    • South Africa: 50 runs in 26.4 overs (161 balls), Extras 1
    • 4th Wicket: 50 runs in 163 balls (HM Amla 35, AB de Villiers 14, Ex 1)
    • End Of Day: South Africa - 71/4 in 41.0 overs (AB de Villiers 16, KJ Abbott 1)
    • Over 33.4: Review by Australia (Bowling), Umpire - HDPK Dharmasena, Batsman - HM Amla (Struck down)
    • Over 36.4: Review by South Africa (Batting), Umpire - Aleem Dar, Batsman - HM Amla (Struck down)
    • Drinks: South Africa - 92/4 in 61.0 overs (AB de Villiers 27, KJ Abbott 6)
    • South Africa: 100 runs in 69.6 overs (422 balls), Extras 7
    • Lunch: South Africa - 122/5 in 80.0 overs (AB de Villiers 39, F du Plessis 14)
    • New Ball Taken: South Africa 122/5 after 80.1 overs (AB de Villiers 39, F du Plessis 14)
    • Reviews used before 80th over: Australia 1 (0 successful, 1 unsuccessful); South Africa 1 (0 successful, 1 unsuccessful)
    • South Africa: 150 runs in 92.5 overs (560 balls), Extras 9
    • Drinks: South Africa - 151/6 in 93.0 overs (F du Plessis 38, JP Duminy 1)
    • Over 102.1: Review by South Africa (Batting), Umpire - HDPK Dharmasena, Batsman - F du Plessis (Struck down)
    • South Africa: 200 runs in 105.4 overs (637 balls), Extras 13
    • Tea: South Africa - 201/7 in 106.0 overs (JP Duminy 22, VD Philander 16)
    • 8th Wicket: 50 runs in 63 balls (JP Duminy 23, VD Philander 24, Ex 5)
    • South Africa: 250 runs in 119.5 overs (724 balls), Extras 16
    • Drinks: South Africa - 259/8 in 124.0 overs (VD Philander 45, DW Steyn 1)
    • Over 123.6: Review by South Africa (Batting), Umpire - Aleem Dar, Batsman - VD Philander (Upheld)
    • VD Philander: 50 off 95 balls (6 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • Over 133.4: Review by Australia (Bowling), Umpire - Aleem Dar, Batsman - VD Philander (Struck down)
 
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Hours of play (local time) 10am start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 18.00

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Kimber: A warrior to send off another

Ryan Harris produced two brutal deliveries to finish a spirited South Africa resistance and end Graeme Smith's Test career with a series defeat (00:53) | March 5, 2014

Ryan Harris produced two brutal deliveries to finish a spirited South Africa resistance and end Graeme Smith's Test career with a series defeat (00:53) | March 5, 2014


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