Result
2nd Test, Port Elizabeth, Mar 9-12 2018, Australia tour of South Africa
243 & 239
(22.5 ov, target 101)
382 & 102/4
South Africa won by 6 wickets
Player Of The Match
South Africa
3:18
1y
• The Report by Brydon Coverdale

De Villiers and Rabada tighten South Africa's grip

After the batsman hit his first Test century in more than three years and one of his finest, the quick took three wickets to hurt Australia further on the third day in Port Elizabeth

Match centre 
Scorer: Raghav MV
Commentator: Nikhil Kalro
Scorecard summary
Australia243(71.3 overs)1st Innings
Lungi Ngidi3/51(13.3)
South Africa382(118.4 overs)1st Innings
AB de Villiers126 (146)
Dean Elgar57 (197)
Australia239(79 overs)2nd Innings
Usman Khawaja75 (136)
Lungi Ngidi2/24(13)
South Africa102/4(22.5 overs)2nd Innings
Pat Cummins1/13(4.5)

1.53pm Another terrific game of Test match cricket. South Africa win by six wickets to level the series in Port Elizabeth, setting up their series very very well. There has been a lot of off-field noise, so loud that is threatened to spoil the activities on the field. But the cricket has let no one down. Australia were just maybe 100 runs short, just like SA were in Durban.

Two standout performances from South Africa this Test: AB de Villiers with the bat, one of his best Test innings ever to lead South Africa to a match-winning lead, and Kagiso Rabada, who took 11 wickets in the Test to lead the bowling effort. Australia just did not have enough to deal with the pyrotechnics of those two.

A good bowling performance from Australia in the fourth innings, taking four wickets, but again, just not enough runs to force the batsmen into mistakes.

Meanwhile, live updates of the World Cup Qualifier right here.

Time for the presentation.

Kagiso Rabada is the Man of the Match: "I'm glad, put in the preparation and things happened for me this Test. Always nice bowling with the hard, new rock. Always enjoyable. Something that needs to be on point against good batters (lengths). I don't think so (a batting promotion), I'll stick to nightwatchman. The one to Warner was special. Australia are not going to roll over easily."

Faf du Plessis: "Serious character, we absorbed pressure well. Amla and Elgar in the first innings, if you have AB, he can transfer pressure back. Great turnaround from the previous Test, where it was the opposite. The first hour was pretty well, we then went to the beach for a little bit. Absolute champion of a bowler, Rabada. AB looked like he batted on a different pitch. Two bowlers get excessive reverse swing, Starc and KG. If we can keep Australia quiet, that's half the battle. It's disappointing for the series (Rabada's impending hearing), you want your best players to play the series. We'll challenge that to keep him in the series."

Steven Smith: "They outplayed us in every aspect of the game. AB was a big difference between the sides, we weren't too far away. 75 runs in the first innings, 50 in the second, and it could have gone either way. Rabada bowled exceptionally well. Yesterday morning was a tough one, we hoped we could get them quickly, keep their lead to 50. 140 was a lot. We came out really well, got AB out conventionally out for the first time this series, gives us confidence."

22.5
4
Cummins to de Bruyn, FOUR runs
full outside off, drilled through cover. SA level the series 1-1. No man there, vast expanses. And SA bounce back after Durban. Port Elizabeth is theirs, in a Test against Australia again.

Michelle: "So glad Australia won the toss in this game! I have a feeling it would have gone their way had SA won the toss and possibly chose to bat first."

22.4
Cummins to de Bruyn, no run
short, outside off, de Bruyn this time gets underneath
22.3
1
Cummins to du Plessis, 1 run
139 kph, on the pads, clipped away to deep square leg for one
22.2
Cummins to du Plessis, no run
full outside off, pushed towards mid-off
22.1
Cummins to du Plessis, no run
digs this in, Faf gets underneath

4 more required, the brass band is in full flow.

end of over 228 runs
SA: 97/4CRR: 4.4 
Theunis de Bruyn11 (12)
Faf du Plessis1 (7)
Nathan Lyon9-0-44-2
Pat Cummins4-0-8-1
21.6
4
Lyon to de Bruyn, FOUR runs
four of them. Shortish and wide, carved away in front of point for four. Good batting from de Bruyn.
21.5
Lyon to de Bruyn, no run
slow on the pads, worked to short fine leg
21.4
1
Lyon to du Plessis, 1 run
a hard sweep to deep square leg. 94 kph. 8 now, the countdown has begun.
21.3
1
Lyon to de Bruyn, 1 run
on the bounce to deep square leg. Flat outside off, some turn. Swept away with bad timing. Single-digits now
21.2
2
Lyon to de Bruyn, 2 runs
nicely done. Sees some flight and it's full and wide, so he opens the bat face and guides the ball through cover.
21.1
Lyon to de Bruyn, no run
slow and flat and straight, smothered back.
end of over 211 runs
SA: 89/4CRR: 4.23 
Faf du Plessis0 (6)
Theunis de Bruyn4 (7)
Pat Cummins4-0-8-1
Nathan Lyon8-0-36-2
20.6
Cummins to du Plessis, no run
139 kph, overpitched outside off, driven away to mid-off

A dozen more required. Two sixes?

20.5
1
Cummins to de Bruyn, 1 run
full and straight, the ball moving in. De Bruyn somehow got bat on that, one to fine leg.
20.4
Cummins to de Bruyn, no run
back of a length outside off, 142 kph, another leave
20.3
Cummins to de Bruyn, no run
a short delivery outside off, de Bruyn lets this one go.
20.2
Cummins to de Bruyn, no run
well bowled, the one that goes away outside off. And a good leave too
20.1
Cummins to de Bruyn, no run
146 kph, full outside off, worked away to mid-on
end of over 207 runs • 1 wicket
SA: 88/4CRR: 4.4 
Faf du Plessis0 (5)
Theunis de Bruyn3 (2)
Nathan Lyon8-0-36-2
Pat Cummins3-0-7-1
19.6
Lyon to du Plessis, no run
tossed up outside off, defended into the off side.
Best performances - batsmen
AB de Villiers
126 runs (146)
20 fours
1 sixes
Control86%
Productive shot
steered
27 runs
6 fours
0 sixes
2561514243435
UT Khawaja
75 runs (136)
14 fours
0 sixes
Control76%
Productive shot
defended
15 runs
3 fours
0 sixes
82111731420
Best performances - bowlers
K Rabada
O
22
M
9
R
54
W
6
Eco
2.45
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W2W1W
K Rabada
O
21
M
2
R
96
W
5
Eco
4.57
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
3W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W1W
Match details
St George's Park, Port Elizabeth
TossAustralia , elected to bat first
SeriesAustralia tour of South Africa
Player Of The Match
Kagiso Rabada
Series result4-match series level 1-1
Match numberTest no. 2298
Season2017/18
Hours of play (local time)10.00 start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00
Match days9,10,11,12 March 2018 (5-day match)
Umpires
Kumar Dharmasena
Chris Gaffaney
TV Umpire
Sundaram Ravi
Reserve Umpire
Bongani Jele
Match Referee
Jeff Crowe