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.
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."
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."
short, outside off, de Bruyn this time gets underneath
139 kph, on the pads, clipped away to deep square leg for one
full outside off, pushed towards mid-off
digs this in, Faf gets underneath
4 more required, the brass band is in full flow.
four of them. Shortish and wide, carved away in front of point for four. Good batting from de Bruyn.
slow on the pads, worked to short fine leg
a hard sweep to deep square leg. 94 kph. 8 now, the countdown has begun.
on the bounce to deep square leg. Flat outside off, some turn. Swept away with bad timing. Single-digits now
nicely done. Sees some flight and it's full and wide, so he opens the bat face and guides the ball through cover.
slow and flat and straight, smothered back.
139 kph, overpitched outside off, driven away to mid-off
A dozen more required. Two sixes?
full and straight, the ball moving in. De Bruyn somehow got bat on that, one to fine leg.
back of a length outside off, 142 kph, another leave
a short delivery outside off, de Bruyn lets this one go.
well bowled, the one that goes away outside off. And a good leave too
146 kph, full outside off, worked away to mid-on
tossed up outside off, defended into the off side.
94 kph, that's four. SA do not care how it comes. Byes! Flat outside off, the ball spins down leg. Faf looks to sweep, was there some glove? It beats the keeper and short leg and runs down for four to fine leg
slow around off, defended out.
|St George's Park, Port Elizabeth|
|Toss||Australia, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||4-match series level 1-1|
|Match number||Test no. 2298|
|Hours of play (local time)||10.00 start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00|
|Match days||9,10,11,12 March 2018 - day (5-day match)|