Player of the Match
Player of the Match

South Africa have received an absolute hiding here, the introduction of Nathan Hauritz completely transformed the game. None of the batsmen were really comfortable against him, who was unafraid to toss the ball up and got the rewards. James Hopes also did a sterling support job, stifling the runs with his unerring accuracy. Mitchell Johnson did his bit, breaking the Smith and Gibbs stand, and consistently maintaining a scorching pace.

Australia had also struggled initially when they batted but they managed to string together a bunch of partnerships, something South Africa were unable to do. Australia bowled well but a number of South African wickets were soft dismissals In hindsight, Boucher at No. 6 seems a place too high. Another sore point for South Africa will be 91 runs they leaked in the last 10 overs, after Australia were under the cosh at 197 for 5 at the 40-over mark.

At the post-match presentation, Smith says: "Australia probably got 20-30 more, and the wicket slowed up in the evening, the ball didn't really come along". He also praises Hussey's knock and Hauritz's bowling

Michael Hussey is the Man of the Match. When asked about his slump, he says: "It happens to every player, hopefully it doesn't last too long. " He also says it's been amazing to be in South Africa as part of Australia's Test series winning squad.

Ponting also says the wickets was slower than he expected, and is full of praise for Hauritz.

Both captains say the timing of the Powerplays is proving to be a bit of a headache.

So the trend of the results following the same pattern as in the series in Australia continues. Join us to see whether it extends to Sunday's game in Centurion as well.

This is Siddarth Ravindran signing off, thanks to everyone for your mails. See you on Sunday.

Hauritz to M Morkel, OUT, this match is over, Australia have walloped South Africa by 141 runs, another flighted delivery from Hauritz, very full, Morne tries to slam it over mid-on, doesn't quite get hold of it, it goes high and gives Laughlin at mid-on a catch , Hauritz finishes with four wickets

M Morkel c Laughlin b Hauritz 2 (24m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

33 | 2 Runs 1 Wkt | SA: 145/9 (142 runs required from 16.5 overs, RR: 4.39, RRR: 8.35)

  • Makhaya Ntini2 (5b)
  • Morne Morkel2 (9b)
  • Ben Laughlin5-0-28-1
  • Nathan Hauritz8-1-29-3
Laughlin to Ntini, 2 runs, fullsih ball just outside off, Ntini carves it through covers for a couple
Laughlin to Ntini, no run, Laughlin fires in the bouncer, Ntini manages to get out of the way
Laughlin to Ntini, no run, back of a length, offstump line, another exhibition of Makhaya Ntini's front-foot defence

South Africa 2nd innings Partnerships

1st17HM AmlaGC Smith
2nd74HH GibbsGC Smith
3rd3GC SmithAB de Villiers
4th16GC SmithJP Duminy
5th2MV BoucherJP Duminy
6th13J BothaJP Duminy
7th7JA MorkelJ Botha
8th10JA MorkelM Morkel
9th1DW SteynM Morkel
10th2M NtiniM Morkel