result
3rd Test, Cape Town, Mar 19 - 22 2009, Australia tour of South Africa
(121.5 ov)209 & 422
South Africa won by an innings and 20 runs
player of the match
Paul Harris
South Africa
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• The Bulletin by Jamie Alter

Harris hands Australia innings defeat

South Africa were made to wait longer than expected for a consolation victory in Cape Town by Mitchell Johnson's first Test century and a stubborn knock from Andrew McDonald

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Scorecard summary
Australia209/10(72 overs)1st INNINGS
Simon Katich55 (160)
Brad Haddin42 (67)
Dale Steyn4/56(16)
Paul Harris3/34(17)
South Africa651/10(154.3 overs)1st INNINGS
Australia422/10(121.5 overs)2nd INNINGS
Paul Harris6/127(42.5)
Dale Steyn3/96(27)

What an innings from Mitch. Whaddaplayaaaa! However, despite that glamorous knock, Harris has handed Australia a rare innings defeat. Last time they folded up by an innings was on March 21st 1998 in Calcutta. Thanks Tobes for doing the commentary from tea. It must have been great fun.

The game was lost on day 1 when Australia folded up for a below-par 209. The pitch remained batting friendly throughout and South Africa bossed around with the bat and the ball till Mitch came on to play an entertaining knock.

Kallis: "It's [captaincy] a tough job but it was made easier by guys giving advice around. The guys played well from the start. It was a fantastic stuff from Harris.

On 3-3 in the six Tests between these two sides: "It's probably a fair reflection on how cricket has gone.

Harris is the Man of the Match : First five-wicket haul from a South African spinner in South Africa in 44 years: "I have played good cricket and enjoyed it really well. It was a good Test wicket' nice to see some turn in the end and I have thoroughly enjoyed playing against these guys [Australia] who I have admired a lot.

Johnson is the Man of the series: "I have enjoyed it. Lot of credit has to go team; our bowling attack stuck together and I fed off it. Thanks to the support stuff. It's a bit disappointing to lose here today. I enjoy my batting and hope there is more hundreds in the future.

on 3-3 in the six Tests:" I think it's a fair reflection".

Ponting: "It has been a fantastic series of cricket as the series in Australia was. We came back and rectified, at least in the first two Tests. Full credit to South Africa for playing as well as they did here. Our batting was not up to it in the first innings. Full credit to both the teams; the standard of cricket was very attractive. There is no doubt that with one-day series and 20-20, both teams will put up a good show. These are two very good cricket sides and will be for no of years to come. As a result of the last two months the rivalry is getting bigger and bigger. I have a fair bit of cricket left in me as i hope the senior South Africans. I have enjoyed the contest. "

This was Steve Bucknor's last Test. That's it from us. On behalf of Kip, our scorer, and Tobian Clayton, who did the text commentary post-tea today and had all the fun with the grand Mitch show, this is Sriram Veera signing off.

121.5
W
Harris to Hilfenhaus, OUT

and its all over. Hilfenhaus looks to repeat the shot to mid wicket and nicks the ball to Prince at slip.

Ben Hilfenhaus c Prince b Harris 12 (23m 16b 2x4 0x6) SR: 75
121.4
Harris to Hilfenhaus, no run

forward and defends again

121.3
Harris to Hilfenhaus, no run

watchful, forward, defends to leg

Australia only 20 behind now and closing fast

121.2
4
Harris to Hilfenhaus, FOUR runs

down the wicket and pulls to a vacant mid wicket

121.1
Harris to Hilfenhaus, no run

well forward and defends pushing the ball to leg side

end of over 12114 runs
AUS: 418/9CRR: 3.45 
Mitchell Johnson123 (103)
Ben Hilfenhaus8 (11)
Dale Steyn27-5-96-3
Paul Harris42-9-123-5
120.6
Steyn to Johnson, no run

digs in the bouncer. Johnson hooks but can't connect. Hilfenhaus will have the strike next over

120.5
4
Steyn to Johnson, FOUR runs

Johnson takes the opportunity to hit over the field to long on

Boucher brings the field in to keep Johnson from retaining strike next over

120.4
Steyn to Johnson, no run

wide ball and he swings and misses at it

120.3
2
Steyn to Johnson, 2 runs

short and pulls again, this time not getting hold of it put there are still runs in it behind square

120.2
6
Steyn to Johnson, SIX runs

out comes the favourite pull shot and he pulls it high over mid wicket for another six

120.1
2
Steyn to Johnson, 2 runs

slashes on off side

end of over 1205 runs
AUS: 404/9CRR: 3.36 
Ben Hilfenhaus8 (11)
Mitchell Johnson109 (97)
Paul Harris42-9-123-5
Dale Steyn26-5-82-3
119.6
Harris to Hilfenhaus, no run

gets forward and drives into covers

119.5
4
Harris to Hilfenhaus, FOUR runs

drives down the ground for a boundary

5 men around the bat

119.4
Harris to Hilfenhaus, no run

forward with more defence

119.3
Harris to Hilfenhaus, no run

forward and raises bat above head

119.2
Harris to Hilfenhaus, no run

Well forward and defends

119.1
1lb
Harris to Johnson, 1 leg bye

turned off hip and they run hard looking for two. Boucher fields and they can't get the second. Australia reach 400

end of over 1194 runs
AUS: 399/9CRR: 3.35 
Ben Hilfenhaus4 (6)
Mitchell Johnson109 (96)
Dale Steyn26-5-82-3
Paul Harris41-9-119-5
118.6
2
Steyn to Hilfenhaus, 2 runs

turned down to backward square leg

118.5
2
Steyn to Hilfenhaus, 2 runs

turned to leg side and Hilfenhaus is off the mark

118.4
Steyn to Hilfenhaus, no run

defends

Best performances - batters
AB de Villiers portrait
AB de Villiers
163 runs (196)
12 fours
7 sixes
Control91%
Productive shot
pull/hook on back foot
42 runs
2 fours
4 sixes
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Ashwell Prince
AG Prince
150 runs (249)
19 fours
2 sixes
Control94%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
30 runs
4 fours
0 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Portrait of Paul Harris
PL Harris
O
42.5
M
9
R
127
W
6
ECO
2.96
DW Steyn
O
16
M
5
R
56
W
4
ECO
3.5
Match details
Newlands, Cape Town
TossAustralia, elected to bat first
SeriesAustralia tour of South Africa
Season2008/09
Player Of The Match
Paul Harris
Paul Harris
Player Of The Series
Mitchell Johnson
Mitchell Johnson
Series resultAustralia won the 3-match series 2-1
Match numberTest no. 1916
Hours of play (local time)10.30am start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30
Match days19,20,21,22 March 2009 - day(5-day match)
Test debut
Albie Morkel
Albie Morkel
Bryce McGain
Bryce McGain
Imraan Khan
Imraan Khan
Umpires
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Asad Rauf
West Indies Image
Steve Bucknor
TV Umpire
New Zealand Image
Billy Bowden
Reserve Umpire
South Africa Image
Marais Erasmus
Match Referee
New Zealand Image
Jeff Crowe