Player of the Match
Player of the Match
863dThe Report by Andrew McGlashan

Elgar shines but Australia hold the edge

The opening day at St George's Park was less traumatic for South Africa than the four in Centurion as Dean Elgar shone on his return to the side, but loose strokes in the evening session left them vulnerable

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

HM Amla
HM Amla
127(176) 16x4 - 0x6
Control %92%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 48 runs
  • 4x4 - 0x6
8 12 13 13 43 6 2 28
JP Duminy
JP Duminy
123(231) 14x4 - 0x6
Control %92%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 30 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
13 9 7 24 21 4 8 33

Best performances - Bowlers

NM Lyon
NM Lyon
O46
M7
R130
W5
Eco2.82
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
DW Steyn
DW Steyn
O20
M5
R55
W4
Eco2.75
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

South Africa , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

3-match series level 1-1

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

10.30am start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30

Match days

20,21,22,23 February 2014 (5-day match)

Test debut

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorecard Summary

SOUTH AFRICA 423(150.5 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

AUSTRALIA 246(57 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

SOUTH AFRICA 270/5d(64 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

AUSTRALIA 216(73.4 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

Scorer: Sanjay Murari | Commentator: Sidharth Monga

It's close to 7pm. I don't have the replay of the last ball of the match, but I have a suspicion that even though Lyon hit it, it was caught off the pad by silly point. We can wait for the highlights to sort it out because the scorebook says Lyon lbw Elgar. It is a great fightback by South Africa, and as Michael Clarke gracefully said, they were outplayed by the hosts in both the departments. The way Morkel drew life out of this dead pitch, I will never forget. That is the most hostile I have even seen him. I mean he even bowled a bouncer at 153ks. And then in the second innings, what a bowling change to bring Duminy on, and then that crazy angry man Steyn just ran through the rest. This is great Test cricket, and the good news is, we have a decider this time. Starts on March 1 in arguably the most beautiful city of all, at arguably the most beautiful ground of all. Do tune in. This is Sidharth Monga faring you well. Cheers . And do check in PE if it rains tomorrow. Oh Test cricket, you little beauty

Waiting for the presentation

"Our first innings was crucial," says Michael Clarke. "Credit to South Africa. They outplayed us throughout the Test. Both with ball and bat. Steyn was exceptional today, and Morkel's pace and bounce in the first. Having said that we knew this was coming our way, so we should have done better. Going to be a great third Test, no doubt. Exciting for the game."

"It's been amazing," says Graeme Smith. "A lot of emotion in the public. The key was to make it count. Key guys coming in under pressure and performing exceptionally well. Such high expectations from Dale. He is expected to take five every time. Today he got his bit between the teeth with the ball reversing. Great drama for cricket today. The crowd enjoyed it, the band made it really difficult to tell the nicks. I hear PE is getting the Boxing Day Test so that's great. I always felt we would get better in the series. The biggest challenge was we hadn't played a lot of cricket together, being away for T20. Looking for ward to Cape Town. It is going to be exciting."

"Speechless," says JP Duminy, the Man of the Match. "The way we stuck to our guns. Outstanding. The spell from Dale. It means a huge amount. Been a long time coming. Especially in Tests. Was under pressure. Team was under pressure too so getting this is very satisfying."

Still gathering breath here. What a turnaround from South Africa. Australia, no doubt, will be bitter about that extra half hour. They had three wickets in hand. Personally, I don't like this concept because I like matches to end of their own volition, but there indeed has been a precedent of an extra half hour with three wickets left. Happened at Edgbaston 2005

6.31pm That's more than one hour after the scheduled stumps, but that is time enough for South Africa to finish this on the fourth day. Not for nothing are they the best side in the world. The joy on their faces tells it all. Not for the first time were they challenged, but this one was a big challenge in the shape of a drubbing at a home Test. They needed to respond well, and how well they have responded

The crowd is still chanting songs. What a great day for them. The band, the players, they were all tuned up. Elgar took the wicket, and went flying, ABD caught him on the way down, Smith was next to them. The whole balcony was ecstatic. The moment of Smith hugging Steyn is great. Steyn, angry throughout, is finally smiling. Oh Test win. There is no better feeling

73.4
W
Elgar to Lyon, OUT, Elgar ends it. He started the comeback with a gritty innings. He ends it with a spectacular offbreak to trap him lbw. This pitches leg, turns away sharply, Lyon is deep in the crease, and he is gone. By the way, it might have looked plumb, but Lyon got an outside edge onto it. No reviews left, though, How cruel. Also, I am not sure if it was caught off the pad. If it was, it is still out

NM Lyon lbw b Elgar 0 (5m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

73.3
0
Elgar to Lyon, no run, full and wide, left alone
73.2
0
Elgar to Lyon, no run, short of a length, defended well

Smith reminds Lyon of another elaborate warm-up if they don't get a wicket here. "It will be another warm-up if you don't oblige." Or something to that effect

73.1
0
Elgar to Lyon, no run, short of a length, middle and off, defended

Another critical moment. The light has faded. No quicks allowed. Three overs to go. Smith calls Elgar on

END OF OVER:
73 | 2 Runs 1 Wkt | AUS: 216/9

  • Peter Siddle3 (15b)
  • Nathan Lyon0 (0b)
  • Jean-Paul Duminy14-3-33-1
  • Vernon Philander17-3-39-2
72.6
0
Duminy to Siddle, no run, defended off the front foot
72.5
0
Duminy to Siddle, no run, short of a length, uppishly punched back to him. More hearts in mouths
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Johnson v Smith

8

Graeme Smith has now fallen eight times to Johnson in Tests; the equal most against any bowler - level with Chris Martin

That's more like it

7

Hashim Amla had gone seven innings without a fifty before today

Second innings success

3

The number of century stands between Rogers and Warner in the second innings

Heroes to nearly zeros

13

The tally of runs from Marsh (a pair) and Doolan in the second Test, in the first they made 308 between them

The spell

3-11

Dale Steyn's five-over burst when he went through Australia's middle order