RESULT
3rd Test, Cape Town, March 22 - 25, 2018, Australia tour of South Africa
311 & 373
(T:430) 255 & 107

South Africa won by 322 runs

Player Of The Match
4/87 & 5/23
morne-morkel
South Africa 1st Innings
Australia 1st Innings
South Africa 2nd Innings
Australia 2nd Innings
Match Details
South Africa 1st Innings 
BATTING RBM4s6sSR
Dean Elgar not out 14128443420149.64
Aiden Markram c Smith b Hazlewood01117000.00
Hashim Amla c Cummins b Hazlewood31871283035.63
AB de Villiers c Warner b Cummins649513610067.36
Faf du Plessis (c)c Smith b Cummins514191035.71
Temba Bavuma c Smith b Cummins11214008.33
Quinton de Kock c †Paine b Cummins311200027.27
Vernon Philander c †Paine b MR Marsh823271034.78
Keshav Maharaj c Bancroft b Starc3770042.85
Kagiso Rabada c Smith b Lyon2242623052.38
Morne Morkel c Smith b Lyon44310100.00
Extras(b 13, lb 11, nb 3, w 2)29
TOTAL97.5 Ov (RR: 3.17, 434 Mts)311
Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Aiden Markram, 3.5 ov), 2-92 (Hashim Amla, 32.4 ov), 3-220 (AB de Villiers, 62.5 ov), 4-234 (Faf du Plessis, 66.6 ov), 5-236 (Temba Bavuma, 70.3 ov), 6-242 (Quinton de Kock, 74.6 ov), 7-254 (Vernon Philander, 82.3 ov), 8-257 (Keshav Maharaj, 83.5 ov), 9-307 (Kagiso Rabada, 97.1 ov), 10-311 (Morne Morkel, 97.5 ov)
BOWLINGOMRWECON0s4s6sWDNB
Mitchell Starc2138113.859311002
83.5 to KA Maharaj, oh dear, that's a shocker... SA lose their eighth as Maharaj flubs a catch to extra cover! Brain scrambled by reverse swing and pace? Maybe... Hands hard and foot nowhere near the ball? Certainly. That's a rubbish way to go any time, but particularly when you're team is on the slide and hanging on for the close with a centurion at the other end. 257/8
Josh Hazlewood2345922.561077000
3.5 to AK Markram, edged and gone! Markram is trapped on the crease by a beautiful length, angling back into the right-hander. Caught in two minds, and he pushed with hard hands as a last resort. Smith at second slip did superbly, diving low to his left to scoop up the chance!. 6/1
32.4 to HM Amla, banged in short, and Amla holes out to fine leg! You can't quite say that was coming, but Hazlewood has earned that, he's found a threatening line, a consistent length, and the surprise bouncer does the trick. Amla attempts to flap it off his eyebrows, but it gets big on him, takes a top-edge, and loops to Cummins!. 92/2
Nathan Lyon19.564322.16964100
97.1 to K Rabada, round the wicket, in the slot, a hard-handed drive, a simple edge to slip! Well, that was uncomplicated. 307/9
97.5 to M Morkel, edged and gone! A carbon copy of the Rabada dismissal, in the slot for the drive, and tweaking away. Lyon has two in the over, and South Africa's innings is done!. 311/10
Pat Cummins2667843.0012614010
62.5 to AB de Villiers, in the air and gone! Newlands is stunned into semi-silence... a full length, AB strides onto the front foot and rather yorks what should have been a half-volley, getting through the shot too soon and rifling a simple chance to Warner at mid-off. What a let-down for the crowd, what a let-off for Australia!. 220/3
66.6 to F du Plessis, edged and Faf falls! Another fine delivery from Cummins, nipping away late and du Plessis' bat was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, drawn into a stroke then unable to resist when the ball was no longer where he had lined it up. A sharp high take at third slip, and suddenly Australia are back in the contest. 234/4
70.3 to T Bavuma, brilliant from Cummins! Pushes Bavuma back into his crease, finds some extra nip on a good length, and a squared-up batsman sends a simple edge into Smith's bread-basket at second slip!. 236/5
74.6 to Q de Kock, short ball, de Kock swishes at a pull - but only manages a thin nick to the keeper! Another old-ball breakthrough for Australia, another to Pat Cummins, whose four-wicket salvo has left SA thoroughly winded here! De Kock was tempted by the gap at square leg but was perhaps done for pace, tickled an under edge through to Paine. 242/6
Mitchell Marsh722613.71323011
82.3 to VD Philander, and that's why they're sticking with the old ball! Reverse swing does for Philander, just enough movement away to draw the edge - Mitch Marsh bags a wicket, SA continue to wobble towards the close. 254/7
Steven Smith11000.0060000
Australia 1st Innings 
BATTING RBM4s6sSR
Cameron Bancroft lbw b Philander7710317814074.75
David Warner  b Rabada30142851214.28
Usman Khawaja c Rabada b Morkel522250022.72
Steven Smith (c)c Elgar b Morkel518191027.77
Shaun Marsh c †de Kock b Morkel2663883041.26
Mitchell Marsh c †de Kock b Philander522341022.72
Tim Paine not out 34841483040.47
Pat Cummins c de Villiers b Rabada440380010.00
Mitchell Starc c de Villiers b Rabada2590040.00
Nathan Lyon c Elgar b Morkel47385880123.68
Josh Hazlewood c Amla b Rabada1014262071.42
Extras(b 1, lb 5, nb 4)10
TOTAL69.5 Ov (RR: 3.65, 328 Mts)255
Fall of wickets: 1-43 (David Warner, 5.2 ov), 2-61 (Usman Khawaja, 10.3 ov), 3-72 (Steven Smith, 14.4 ov), 4-150 (Shaun Marsh, 34.3 ov), 5-150 (Cameron Bancroft, 37.4 ov), 6-156 (Mitchell Marsh, 41.1 ov), 7-173 (Pat Cummins, 50.3 ov), 8-175 (Mitchell Starc, 52.2 ov), 9-241 (Nathan Lyon, 64.1 ov), 10-255 (Josh Hazlewood, 69.5 ov)
BOWLINGOMRWECON0s4s6sWDNB
Vernon Philander1552621.73783001
37.4 to CT Bancroft, celebrappeal from Big Vern, and with good reason, that's plumb! He doesn't bother looking at the umpire as he sets off towards the cordon, tight line, nibbling back into Bancroft's front pad. He has reviewed, but more in hope than expectation. Yep, smashing middle and leg.. 150/5
41.1 to MR Marsh, gottim, that's pitch-perfect Philander on his favoured cabbage patch! Not much Marsh could do about that ball, a femme fatale on off stump, it kisses the outside edge and curves through to the keeper - chewed up and spat out. SA taking a grip here. 156/6
Kagiso Rabada20.519144.369114103
5.2 to DA Warner, bowled hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiim! Rabada lands the decisive blow, up off the canvas and demolishing off stump! This enthralling duel is ended by Rabada slicing through Warner's tentative defence and sending the stump pinwheeling back. An extraordinary innings from Warner, struck on the arm and then responding with a flurry of boundaries before being run through, bowled off stump for the third time in the series. 43/1
50.3 to PJ Cummins, that's the line, big outside edge and it's snaffled at third slip! Rabada reverses the ball away at a fair old lick and it's too good for Patty C, de Villiers plunges to his left to take the catch and Australia are seven down!. 173/7
52.2 to MA Starc, reversing away, Starc stretches for the ball, steered low into AB's bucket hands! Another excellent catch from third slip, diving forwards to scoop a thick edge, giving Rabada his third and denting Australia further. 175/8
69.5 to JR Hazlewood, got him, steered to first slip! Hazlewood gives Rabada a fourth with a rather deferential fiddle, nicked to slip - and off they go, South Africa taking a handy 56-run lead on first innings (although it could have been a fair bit more). 255/10
Morne Morkel2178744.148713000
10.3 to UT Khawaja, dug in short, Uzzie swivels on the pull... and sends it straight down the gullet of fine leg! Rabada with the catch in front of the stands! More whoops around Newlands as Morkel strikes with his third ball; he's always going to get extra bounce and Khawaja didn't seem to have factored that in, though he usually plays the pull shot well. 61/2
14.4 to SPD Smith, extra lift, Smith fences at it - and sends a simple catch to gully! Smith can't believe it, Morkel looks like he can't believe it... but you'd better believe it, Australia's captain is gone, his first single-figure score since the Adelaide Ashes Test! The pace was good but Smith doesn't usually waft at those if he doesn't need to. All eyes on Rabada but Morkel is the man to take the head of the snake. 72/3
34.3 to SE Marsh, Marsh chases the wide one, and there's the breakthrough! ... 300 Test wickets as well, and what a key moment to do so. The bounce pushed Marsh back on his heels, and he wasn't in control as he nicked to the keeper. 150/4
64.1 to NM Lyon, slashed in the air ... Elgar back-pedals at point ... and takes the catch! Superbly judged, at full stretch, and what a brilliant cameo that was. Lyon deserved a maiden fifty, but kept attacking to the bitter end. 241/9
Keshav Maharaj1233502.91525000
Temba Bavuma1010010.0022000
South Africa 2nd Innings 
BATTING RBM4s6sSR
Aiden Markram c Cummins b Starc8414521610257.93
Dean Elgar c Smith b Cummins1423432060.86
Hashim Amla c Bancroft b Cummins31801065038.75
AB de Villiers c SE Marsh b Hazlewood631362217146.32
Faf du Plessis (c)lbw b Lyon2044583045.45
Temba Bavuma c sub (PSP Handscomb) b Hazlewood54510125.00
Quinton de Kock c †Paine b Cummins65971458167.01
Vernon Philander not out 52791276165.82
Kagiso Rabada st †Paine b Lyon2046433043.47
Keshav Maharaj c Cummins b Lyon514181035.71
Morne Morkel c Khawaja b Hazlewood67100185.71
Extras(b 4, lb 1, nb 1, w 2)8
TOTAL112.2 Ov (RR: 3.32, 492 Mts)373
Fall of wickets: 1-28 (Dean Elgar, 9.1 ov), 2-104 (Hashim Amla, 33.5 ov), 3-151 (Aiden Markram, 47.4 ov), 4-196 (Faf du Plessis, 60.2 ov), 5-201 (Temba Bavuma, 61.1 ov), 6-269 (AB de Villiers, 82.6 ov), 7-324 (Quinton de Kock, 94.1 ov), 8-354 (Kagiso Rabada, 105.4 ov), 9-362 (Keshav Maharaj, 109.6 ov), 10-373 (Morne Morkel, 112.2 ov)
BOWLINGOMRWECON0s4s6sWDNB
Mitchell Starc2359814.2610216101
47.4 to AK Markram, chipped to mid-on! Deary me, that's as soft as the cheese in Bancroft's pocket ... on the pads, clipped airily, and straight to the fielder. And once again, the interval brings a very timely breakthrough. 151/3
Josh Hazlewood25.256932.7212210000
61.1 to T Bavuma, draws him forwards, takes the edge - and it's scooped up at second slip! Peter Handscomb is the catcher, on the field for Smith, and he's grabbed that brilliantly. Testing line from Hazlewood but Bavuma has twice in this Test looked like a man severely out of middle practice. 201/5
82.6 to AB de Villiers, draws him across, prances to take the edge - gone! That's good bowling, Hazlewood briefly turning our attention back to the game with a rising delivery, utilising the hard, new nut - it flew off the edge and Marsh pouched it safely to prise de Villiers from the crease in the 60s for the second time in the match. 269/6
112.2 to M Morkel, no fifty for Morkel today, Hazlewood bounces him out! Head-hunting bumper, 141kph and Morkel can only punch it up into the air, looping gently to gully - meaning Australia have been set 430 to win. 373/10
Pat Cummins2756732.481298120
9.1 to D Elgar, pitched up, gets him driving... and gets him taken at slip! Uncharacteristically loose from Elgar and SA's first-innings linchpin departs; there were signs that he wanted to drive at Cummins in his first over, he picked up a boundary but this time it costs him. Sixth catch in the match for Smith. 28/1
33.5 to HM Amla, oh, he's given it away, chipped straight to cover! Amla goes when set again, perhaps signs that the old master is on the wane... It was pitched up, inviting the drive, but the Mighty Hash used to leave those all day, until they were just right. Instead, he's made a mighty hash of that, and given Australia an opening. 104/2
94.1 to Q de Kock, round the wicket, advancing down the pitch, tries to drive, and edges through to the keeper! De Kock cramped himself for room in the end there, but he's played a fine hand, and put South Africa in a very dominant position. 324/7
Nathan Lyon31210233.291329300
60.2 to F du Plessis, over the wicket, gives this some rip and the ball turns in to trap du Plessis on the crease... Richard Illingworth shakes his head, but David Warner, deputising for Smith, reviews. Height the main question? Maybe spinning too much from the straight, too; certainly no bat involved... but Hawk-Eye says it's smashing leg stump! An excellent review from Australia, and Faf's mini-revival in form is chopped down. 196/4
105.4 to K Rabada, Rabada charges down, beaten in the flight - that's a simple stumping for Paine! Lyon snares his 300th Test wicket, following Morne Morkel to the mark in the same match. Big ole yahoo from Rabada and although he made an attempt to get back, it was in vain. 354/8
109.6 to KA Maharaj, gone, skied to long-on! Ugly swipe from Maharaj, running down and trying to put the hurt on the spinner, instead he spoons a steepler to Pat Cummins, who steadies himself and takes a good catch. 362/9
Steven Smith10606.0041000
Mitchell Marsh502605.20172100
Australia 2nd Innings (T: 430 runs)
BATTING RBM4s6sSR
Cameron Bancroft run out (du Plessis)2664883040.62
David Warner c de Villiers b Rabada32671004047.76
Usman Khawaja c de Villiers b Maharaj19180011.11
Steven Smith (c)c Elgar b Morkel721290133.33
Shaun Marsh c Markram b Maharaj013000.00
Mitchell Marsh c de Villiers b Morkel1628393057.14
Tim Paine not out 927582033.33
Pat Cummins c Elgar b Morkel015000.00
Mitchell Starc c Markram b Morkel714181050.00
Nathan Lyon run out (Bavuma/†de Kock)00400-
Josh Hazlewood c Philander b Morkel56131083.33
Extras(b 4)4
TOTAL39.4 Ov (RR: 2.69, 187 Mts)107
Fall of wickets: 1-57 (Cameron Bancroft, 20.1 ov), 2-59 (David Warner, 23.1 ov), 3-59 (Usman Khawaja, 24.1 ov), 4-59 (Shaun Marsh, 24.2 ov), 5-75 (Steven Smith, 29.3 ov), 6-86 (Mitchell Marsh, 33.1 ov), 7-86 (Pat Cummins, 33.2 ov), 8-94 (Mitchell Starc, 35.6 ov), 9-94 (Nathan Lyon, 36.5 ov), 10-107 (Josh Hazlewood, 39.4 ov)
BOWLINGOMRWECON0s4s6sWDNB
Kagiso Rabada1263112.58604100
23.1 to DA Warner, another one gone, Rabada rips out Warner again! Excellent low take by de Villiers, he points to Rabada, who opens his arms and looks to the sky... No need to say anything. He rather guided that to third slip, stood a little wide, but SA won't care how they come. 59/2
Vernon Philander621702.83302000
Morne Morkel9.432352.37503000
29.3 to SPD Smith, now Smith's out, a carbon copy dismissal - steered to gully again! Back of a length and climbing as Smith threw the hands, a thick outside edge flew with laser-guided precision into Elgar's midriff! The deposed captain is dismissed, Australia are five down and Newlands is drinking it all in!. 75/5
33.1 to MR Marsh, another one bites the dust! A massive energetic hook, a total miscue, and de Villiers at third slip is sufficiently alert to dive forward and scoop a low chance, while the rest of the fielders would probably have been looking to midwicket! This is a complete meltdown of Australian resolve now. Their chances of on-field redemption were slim anyway, but this is grim for them now. 86/6
33.2 to PJ Cummins, fierce and fast, and Morkel is on a hat-trick! Or is it? Cummins has reviewed, he thinks that has come off his wrist, not his glove, but it was savagely short and leapt like a cobra into his flinching defensive hop. Now then, that looks to have hit his wristband, which might technically make it glove... which might definitely confirm it is out! Yep, off he goes!. 86/7
35.6 to MA Starc, pop-a-doodle-do... easy pickings for short leg! Trademark Morkel length, angling in, exploding off the deck, pounding the bat, and looping into Markram's hands under the lid!. 94/8
39.4 to JR Hazlewood, uppercut, but straight to fly slip! Well positioned, Philander rushed around to pocket the chance and give Morne Morkel a hugely deserved five-for in what might yet be his final Test appearance!. 107/10
Keshav Maharaj1223222.66585000
24.1 to UT Khawaja, tossed up, draws him out... and a thick edge goes to slip! Three in a blink for SA! Maharaj gets the wicket he so nearly had in his previous over, a nicely flighted bit of cheese followed by the mousetrap snapping shut on Khawaja. 59/3
24.2 to SE Marsh, gottim, brilliantly caught at forward short leg! Maharaj goes charging off, he's on a hat-trick, Australia are four down and Newlands is in foment! Spinning in and jabbed away off his glove, the ball looped to Markram's right and he stuck out a golden paw to take the catch as he crashed to earth!. 59/4
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MATCH DETAILS
Newlands, Cape Town
TossSouth Africa, elected to bat first
Series
Season2017/18
Player Of The Match
South Africa
Morne Morkel
Series resultSouth Africa led the 4-match series 2-1
Match numberTest no. 2300
Hours of play (local time)10.30 start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30
Match days22,23,24,25 March 2018 - day (5-day match)
Umpires
England
Nigel Llong
England
Richard Illingworth
TV Umpire
England
Ian Gould
Reserve Umpire
South Africa
Allahudien Paleker
Match Referee
Zimbabwe
Andy Pycroft
CLOSE OF PLAY
Thu, 22 Mar - day 1 - South Africa 1st innings 266/8 (Dean Elgar 121*, Kagiso Rabada 6*, 87 ov)
Fri, 23 Mar - day 2 - Australia 1st innings 245/9 (Tim Paine 33*, Josh Hazlewood 1*, 67 ov)
Sat, 24 Mar - day 3 - South Africa 2nd innings 238/5 (AB de Villiers 51*, Quinton de Kock 29*, 72 ov)
Sun, 25 Mar - day 4 - Australia 2nd innings 107 (39.4 ov) - end of match
MATCH NOTES
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
  • Tim Paine will replace Steve Smith as a captain for the remainder of the match.
  • South Africa: 250 runs in 73.5 overs (443 balls), Extras 4
  • 6th Wicket: 50 runs in 76 balls (AB de Villiers 13, Q de Kock 38, Ex 0)
  • New ball taken at 81.1 overs
  • Q de Kock: 50 off 67 balls (7 x 4, 1 x 6)
  • Drinks: South Africa - 297/6 in 87.0 overs (Q de Kock 60, VD Philander 15)
  • South Africa: 300 runs in 89.1 overs (536 balls), Extras 5
  • 7th Wicket: 50 runs in 59 balls (Q de Kock 14, VD Philander 34, Ex 2)
  • Lunch: South Africa - 333/7 in 100.0 overs (VD Philander 39, K Rabada 4)
  • South Africa: 350 runs in 104.5 overs (630 balls), Extras 8
  • VD Philander: 50 off 78 balls (6 x 4, 1 x 6)
  • Innings Break: South Africa - 373/10 in 112.2 overs (VD Philander 52)
  • Australia 2nd innings
  • Tea: Australia - 47/0 in 16.0 overs (CT Bancroft 22, DA Warner 25)
  • Australia: 50 runs in 17.3 overs (105 balls), Extras 0
  • 1st Wicket: 50 runs in 105 balls (CT Bancroft 26, DA Warner 27, Ex 0)
  • Drinks: Australia - 75/5 in 29.3 overs (MR Marsh 9)
  • Over 33.2: Review by Australia (Batting), Umpire - NJ Llong, Batsman - PJ Cummins (Struck down)
  • Over 38.2: Review by Australia (Batting), Umpire - RK Illingworth, Batsman - TD Paine (Upheld)
  • Australia: 100 runs in 39.1 overs (235 balls), Extras 0
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