Player of the Match
Player of the Match
172dThe Bulletin by Dileep Premachandran

Resilient Australia weaken South Africa's hold

South Africa started brightly, with three wickets in swing-friendly conditions, but Australia made stirring riposte led by Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

MJ North
117(233) 12x4 - 0x6
Control %87%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 42 runs
  • 7x4 - 0x6
6 21 5 29 20 2 5 29
AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers
104(185) 9x4 - 1x6
Control %79%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 46 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
6 14 22 5 20 10 1 26

Best performances - Bowlers

MG Johnson
MG Johnson
O18.1
M7
R25
W4
Eco1.37
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
MG Johnson
MG Johnson
O34.2
M2
R112
W4
Eco3.26
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Australia , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

Australia led the 3-match series 1-0

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

26,27,28 February, 1,2 March 2009 (5-day match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorecard Summary

AUSTRALIA 466(125.4 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

SOUTH AFRICA 220(81.1 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

AUSTRALIA 207(53.4 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

SOUTH AFRICA 291(119.2 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

Australia win by 162 runs and lead the series 1-0. A remarkable win after they were 38 for 3 on the opening day. The match see-sawed a bit yesterday after they collapsed in the second innings but Australia always had a grip on the match. SA made steady progress to the target yesterday but the Australian bowlers didn't allow too many free runs today and earned their wickets. Johnson rounds off an excellent match with eight wickets to back his unbeaten 96.

SA will lay the blame on their first-innings effort, rather the lack of it, save for de Villiers's century. For the third straight season, they've lost the first Test of a series. They've struggled to shake off the rustiness and that is something they will have to address. Let's not forget that when cornered, they can bite back hard. They recorded come-from-behind victories against India and West Indies after losing the opening Test. So Australia better watch out. Stay with us for the presentation.

Smith: "Aus performed well through the five days. We played some good cricket in the back end but credit to Australia. We know we're a lot better than how we performed over the last couple of days. We just let ourselves down."

Ponting: "All three debutantes stood up. The selections have been justified, a real team effort. This team is bouncing back. Lot of different personalities in the group. We had the worst of the batting conditions in the first day but we did well. The new guys will know the words to the team song."

Johnson is the Man of the Match: "I just try and do the same thing everytime. I don't mind batting at No.8, don't mind batting at 9."

Kallis gets the Diamond Award for scoring 10,000 Test runs. "Nice milestone but sad it had to come in a defeat."

That's it from all of us here. Thanks for the mails. The second Test at Durban starts March 6. On behalf of Jamie Alter, this is Kanishkaa signing off. Cheers!

119.2
W
Johnson to Steyn, OUT, Johnson hits the timber! Steyn makes a lot of room to drive and Johnson follows him and fires it on the stumps, the ball goes through straight and hits the middle stump, the stumps are upright and the bails go flying

DW Steyn b Johnson 6 (18m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

119.1
2
Johnson to Steyn, 2 runs, clips it to the on side

END OF OVER:
119 | (wicket maiden) | SA: 289/9

  • Dale Steyn4 (10b)
  • Peter Siddle25-8-46-3
  • Mitchell Johnson34-2-110-3
118.6
W
Siddle to Harris, OUT, Siddle pitches it short of a length outside off and gets Harris hopping on the backfoot to fend it off, the ball lobs towards short leg and Katich juggles with the ball before tacking it cleanly

PL Harris c Katich b Siddle 8 (42m 35b 0x4 0x6) SR: 22.85

118.5
0
Siddle to Harris, no run,
118.4
0
Siddle to Harris, no run, lands it on a good length on middle and leg and he clips it back to the bowler
118.3
0
Siddle to Harris, no run, comes over the wicket and he shoulders arms outside the offstump
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South Africa 4th innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st76ND McKenzieGC Smith
2nd54HM AmlaGC Smith
3rd76JH KallisHM Amla
4th5JH KallisAB de Villiers
5th18JH KallisJP Duminy
6th39MV BoucherJP Duminy
7th4MV BoucherM Morkel
8th12MV BoucherPL Harris
9th5PL HarrisDW Steyn
10th2M NtiniDW Steyn