Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    0.4 super start for Steyn, and a duck for Hughes on debut! Short delivery just outside off stump, rises up off the surface and Hughes jumps at it, trying to slash it over the slips, but can only succeed in getting a faint under-edge through to a gleeful Boucher, who springs up and takes the offer 0/1
    8.5 stunning catch! And i mean stunning! Steyn pitches it just back of a length outside off stump, Katich opens the face and tries to steer the ball away but thats a brilliant effort from McKenzie at gully, diving horizontal to his right and plucking the ball with one outstretched hand, then tumbling to the ground before his team-mates and the fortunate bowler mob him 18/2
    41.2 bowled em! Ponting's decision to leave a full, massively inswinging delivery denies him a century, what was he doing? Ntini pitches the ball up to Ponting, who doesn't get far enough across as he decides not to offer a shot, the ball darts back in, brushes his front pad, and cannons into off stump 151/4
    14.6 edged and taken, and the extra ball does the trick! Terrific delivery and good catch by Kallis at second slip, Morkel delivers after the errant wide with one pitched up, straightening, and luring a tentative Hussey into a fatal push which is well snapped up by Kallis 38/3
    49.4 silly shot and thats the end of Clarke just before tea! A needless shot from the vice-captain, chasing one pitched up rather wide and gently starting to shape away, he's nowhere near the pitch and swings a thick outside edge through to Boucher and Steyn is red-faced in celebration 182/5
    120.5 stumped! Harris delivers the much needed window of opportunity, deceiving North in the flight, beating the bat as he danced down and heaved across the line, Boucher collects and whips off the bails 413/8
    83.5 short just outside off stump and he pulls it straight to Harris at mid-on! That was a poor ball, short and wide, but Haddin reached out and swatted it nowhere but to the man there 295/6
    84.4 got him! McDonald goes for a duck, pushing at a full, away-swinging delivery from middle and off very tentatively and the thick edge is snapped up by Kallis to his left at second slip 296/7
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    125.3 this one's a legal delivery and Kallis takes another catch! Siddle again doesn't move his feet much as he flirts for another ball leaving him and gives Kallis catching practice 466/9
    125.4 oh I can't believe it! Johnson doesn't get his maiden Test century, while Hilfenhaus gets a golden duck on debut, just feeling for one pitched up and edging smack to de Villiers at third slip 466/10
    23 (b 6, lb 8, nb 7, w 2)
    466 all out (125.4 Overs, RR: 3.7, 576 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Phillip Hughes, 0.4 ov), 2-18 (Simon Katich, 8.5 ov), 3-38 (Michael Hussey, 14.6 ov), 4-151 (Ricky Ponting, 41.2 ov), 5-182 (Michael Clarke, 49.4 ov), 6-295 (Brad Haddin, 83.5 ov), 7-296 (Andrew McDonald, 84.4 ov), 8-413 (Marcus North, 120.5 ov), 9-466 (Peter Siddle, 125.3 ov), 10-466 (Ben Hilfenhaus, 125.4 ov)
    DW Steyn30411343.7601
    M Ntini2767122.6200
    M Morkel28.4311734.0826
    JH Kallis803304.1200
    PL Harris1826413.5500
    JP Duminy1425403.8500
    40.5 That's a referral. Siddle gets one to cuts back in off the pitch and the ball hits him close to the knee roll and appears to be going towards the leg stump, Siddle thinks he's got him and umpire Bucknor agrees, McKenzie wants it referred. There's no inside edge, but the question was more about the height, the ball lands on a good length and the information is relayed to Bucknor and McKenzie has to walk back. Fair enough 93/4
    0.5 good catch and a duck for Smith! Johnson pitches it up outside off stump, gets a bit of swing and the ball leaves Smith, whose limp push results in a thick outside edge that Haddin snaps up diving to his left 1/1
    1.2 smart catch! Classic fast bowler's dismissal, pitched up to commit Amla onto the front foot, pushing at the swinging ball, and thats a low catch by Ponting at second slip 2/2
    17.1 and he's gone! Silence around the Wanderers as Kallis reaches out and square-drives a full delivery outside off stump and picks out Hussey at gully, holding a sharp one 49/3
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    57.2 Duminy walks, Johnson bangs in another short delivery, this time down the leg side, Duminyb hops at the crease as he tries to glove it wide of the keeper but Haddin picks up the deflection, Johnson deserves credit for setting up the dismissal - the previous ball was a testing bouncer 138/5
    57.5 It's a referral. Johnson bowls it on the corridor of uncertainty outside off and gets it to move away late, Boucher's completely squared up as he gets across to poke at the ball, the Australians and the umpire reckon he nicked it but Boucher immediately challenges it, it's a very tough one for Asad Rauf upstairs as the ball could've clipped either the bat or pad on the way, the decision is relayed and Boucher has to go 138/6
    63.5 wrong choice of shot, Siddle bowls another short of a length ball and Morkel tries to pull him again, he plays too early and gets a tame top edge, Siddle takes the catch, terrible shot at this stage though especially with limited batting reserves till lunch which is just 10 minutes away 154/7
    64.6 North fires it full on Harris' boot and Bucknor raises finger, there was no bat involved, the question is whether he was struck outside the line of the offstump, good delivery from North nevertheless 156/8
    79.4 McDonald bowls the straighten one and gets his reward, Steyn pokes at it outside off and the outside edge travels to North at first slip, takes it with both hands, Australia will be relieved after breaking the stand of 52 208/9
    81.1 through the gate, Johnson swings it away slightly and lands it on the off stump, the ball beats the daylight between bat and pad and clips the offstump 220/10
    14 (b 4, lb 6, nb 4)
    220 all out (81.1 Overs, RR: 2.71, 356 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Graeme Smith, 0.5 ov), 2-2 (Hashim Amla, 1.2 ov), 3-49 (Jacques Kallis, 17.1 ov), 4-93 (Neil McKenzie, 40.5 ov), 5-138 (Jean-Paul Duminy, 57.2 ov), 6-138 (Mark Boucher, 57.5 ov), 7-154 (Morne Morkel, 63.5 ov), 8-156 (Paul Harris, 64.6 ov), 9-208 (Dale Steyn, 79.4 ov), 10-220 (Makhaya Ntini, 81.1 ov)
    MG Johnson18.172541.3700
    BW Hilfenhaus2595812.3202
    PM Siddle2117633.6102
    AB McDonald1042212.2000
    MJ North702914.1400
    35.3 that's another stunning catch and AB's the man! Harris flights it on the leg stump and Hughes tries to clip it past the packed umbrella field, the ball clips his bat and then the pad and travels quick and low to leg slip, de Villiers falls quickly to his left and pulls it off one-handed just inches from the ground 138/6
    11.3 Morkel gets it on target and delivers a brute of a ball, it lands back of a length outside off and gets sharp movement across the left-hander, Katich is squared up for pace as well and gets a thin outside edge through to Boucher, after a long wait Bowden gives him out, that's a classical fast-bowlers wicket 38/1
    26.5 Ponting gets a bit of a shock spotting the fielder in the deep, Kallis bangs it in short and the ball comes on to Ponting a lot slower than he would have liked, he goes through with the front foot pull but there's not much of a follow-through with the shot, the ball lands down Amla's throat at deep square-leg 99/2
    26.6 very uncharacteristic from Hussey and Kallis is on a hat-trick, Kallis bangs it in short and Hussey wants to pull it away, the ball gets a little too high on him and he gets a thick top edge which swirls to Ntini at short square-leg 99/3
    27.2 that's an absolute stunner from Kallis! Harris flights it on middle and gets amazing drift through the air, the ball moves towards the offstump and Clarke gets forward and the ball takes the thick outside edge and travels to Kallis' right at first slip, he doesn't have much time to dive but he ends up pulling off a one-handed stunner 99/4
    28.5 Kallis can do nothing wrong! Kallis comes over the wicket and lands it on a good length on the off stump, North tries to get his bat down to cover the line but the ball keeps low and just clips the off stump and sends the bails flying 104/5
    48.2 he plays a tame cut and pays the price, the ball lands outside the off stump and Haddin is just a little cramped for the cut, he gets a thick under edge to Boucher, no doubt about that one 174/9
    38.1 another one bites the dust, Ntini bowls it just a touch wide outside off and gets it to straighten, McDonald doesn't move his feet as he shapes to drive and he gets a thick outside edge to Boucher who moves to his right 145/7
    40.4 and it's that man Kallis again, Ntini bowls a peach of a ball from over the wicket, it lands just short of a length and angles across Johnson, he stays on the backfoot and pokes his bat out and the ball clips the outside edge and balloons to Kallis who falls backwards and takes the catch at second slip 147/8
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    53.4 Steyn cleans up the innings, it's a superb delivery which lands on middle and off and moves away slightly to shave the off stump, Hilfenhaus needn't blame himself for missing that, it would have claimed anyone 207/10
    9 (lb 5, nb 3, w 1)
    207 all out (53.4 Overs, RR: 3.85, 244 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-38 (Simon Katich, 11.3 ov), 2-99 (Ricky Ponting, 26.5 ov), 3-99 (Michael Hussey, 26.6 ov), 4-99 (Michael Clarke, 27.2 ov), 5-104 (Marcus North, 28.5 ov), 6-138 (Phillip Hughes, 35.3 ov), 7-145 (Andrew McDonald, 38.1 ov), 8-147 (Mitchell Johnson, 40.4 ov), 9-174 (Brad Haddin, 48.2 ov), 10-207 (Ben Hilfenhaus, 53.4 ov)
    DW Steyn16.455113.0600
    M Ntini1135234.7200
    M Morkel1014114.1013
    PL Harris1103623.2700
    JH Kallis502234.4000
    27.3 Johnson finally gets Australia the breakthrough, he lands it on a fullish length outside the offstump, Mckenzie is already forward and as he pokes his bat out the ball clips the outside edge and pops up to Haddin 76/1
    41.1 that's a huge relief for Australia, and a strange choice of shot, Smith tries to pull but the ball isn't short enough, he ends up getting a tame top edge which goes down Johnson's throat at mid-on, safe to say that Smith's thrown it away 130/2
    69.3 Australia get the breakthrough they so badly needed, Siddle angles it towards middle and off and Amla shapes to flick it across the line but he fails to keep the ball down and tamely chips it to Hughes at midwicket, very easy catch for the fielder 206/3
    82.6 the extra ball in the over does the trick! Johnson fires it full and wide outside the offdrive and Kallis attempts a flashy square drive, he gets a thick inside edge and ends up dragging the ball onto his stumps 229/5
    72.4 Referral: there's an appeal for a leg before and the umpire is convinced, however Kallis is doubtful at the other end and indicates to de Villiers that he should challenge it, the ball lands on a good length outside off and comes in with the angle, the ball clips his pad within the line of the stumps so no doubt there, Asad Rauf reckoned that would have bit the legstump, Bowden raises the finger again, the initial doubt was whether the ball was missing leg, but in the end the decision seems fair 211/4
    103.6 Siddle deserves all credit for setting it up! He bangs it in short of a length and the ball holds its line as it rises towards Duminy, he was forced to play at it and the ball balloons off the outside edge to Ponting who cups it above his face at second slip 268/6
    114.6 and Boucher's dogged resistance comes to an end, Hilfenhaus squares him up with a sharp incutter, Boucher comes forward to drive but leaves a gap between bat and pad, the ball squeezes through and clips the off stump 284/8
    109.1 another false shot claims Morkel, Johnson bowls it really short and quick, Morkel falls for the bait and goes for another horizontal hoick over the on side, he gets a top edge and Hughes takes it easily in the region of mid-on 272/7
    118.6 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 289/9
    119.2 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 291/10
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    13 (b 1, lb 6, nb 4, w 2)
    291 all out (119.2 Overs, RR: 2.43, 515 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-76 (Neil McKenzie, 27.3 ov), 2-130 (Graeme Smith, 41.1 ov), 3-206 (Hashim Amla, 69.3 ov), 4-211 (AB de Villiers, 72.4 ov), 5-229 (Jacques Kallis, 82.6 ov), 6-268 (Jean-Paul Duminy, 103.6 ov), 7-272 (Morne Morkel, 109.1 ov), 8-284 (Mark Boucher, 114.6 ov), 9-289 (Paul Harris, 118.6 ov), 10-291 (Dale Steyn, 119.2 ov)
    MG Johnson34.2211243.2611
    BW Hilfenhaus3176822.1902
    PM Siddle2584631.8411
    AB McDonald2283111.4000
    MJ North702703.8500

Match Details


Australia , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

Australia led the 3-match series 1-0

Match number


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

Close of Play

  • Thu, 26 Feb - day 1 - Australia 1st innings 254/5 (MJ North 47*, BJ Haddin 37*, 68 ov)
  • Fri, 27 Feb - day 2 - South Africa 1st innings 85/3 (ND McKenzie 35*, AB de Villiers 13*, 37 ov)
  • Sat, 28 Feb - day 3 - Australia 2nd innings 51/1 (PJ Hughes 36*, RT Ponting 1*, 16.3 ov)
  • Sun, 01 Mar - day 4 - South Africa 2nd innings 178/2 (HM Amla 43*, JH Kallis 26*, 55 ov)
  • Mon, 02 Mar - day 5 - South Africa 2nd innings 291 (119.2 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

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  • 'We weren't precise enough with the ball' - Smith

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  • Johnson the all-round hero

    Stats highlights from the first Test between South Africa and Australia in Johannesburg, which the visitors won by 162 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series

  • Fresh faces come to the party

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South Africa 4th innings Partnerships

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