result
2nd Test, Johannesburg, Nov 17 - Nov 21 2011, Australia tour of South Africa
266 & 339
(86.5 ov, target 310)296 & 310/8
Australia won by 2 wickets
player of the match
Pat Cummins
Australia
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• The Report by Daniel Brettig

Australia hold nerve to win thriller

Pat Cummins, the man most likely, and Mitchell Johnson and Brad Haddin, two of the least likely, delivered the most magnificent victory to Australia as the tourists chased the highest ever fourth innings total at the Wanderers, to square the series with S

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Scorer: Binoy George
Commentator: Nitin Sundar
Scorecard summary
South Africa266/10(71 overs)1st INNINGS
Australia296/10(76.4 overs)1st INNINGS
Shane Watson88 (140)
Dale Steyn4/64(18)
Imran Tahir3/55(13.4)
South Africa339/10(110 overs)2nd INNINGS
Hashim Amla105 (243)
Pat Cummins6/79(29)
Nathan Lyon2/57(16)
Australia310/8(86.5 overs)2nd INNINGS

Right, that winds up our coverage of the most outrageous Test series we have seen in a while. Firdose Moonda and Brydon Coverdale must be dazed at the end of it all, but I trust they will soon be in a position to send us insights, comments and plenty of analysis. On behalf of the gang, this is Nitin Sundar checking out. I really am out of words now, and my fingers are hurting. As Vincent Vega would have said it, "Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go home and have a heart attack."

Clarke: "What an amazing series for all the supporters of Test cricket. Some ups and downs through out the series, but it has been really exciting. I was yelling and carrying on like an absolute goose, but we were cheering every run. It is about now managing Cummins and making sure he becomes one of the all-time greats. We are working our backsides off and trying our best, but what a performance today .. I am proud of the boys. Tremendous courage and great batting from Ponting, it is great to have him around."

"I have to give a 10 minute speech on Australia's Constitution in 12 hours, but I have barely started because of this match. I stand by my choice." Wow, Caillan.

Smith: "The last few series we have played with Australia have been good adverts for Test cricket, and it was no different this time. They played really well today. It is wonderful to see Test cricket played like this, but right now there is disappointment with the result."

Vernon Philander is Man of the Series. "There were huge expectations from me, and I enjoyed it. The conditions here had a little more overhead than Cape Town, but not very different otherwise."

Pat Cummins is Man of the Match, no surprises there. And Mike Haysman asks him about the 13 runs, not the six wickets! "Mitch asked me to keep a cool head, and I took that for swinging," he says with that unbelievable grin. "Great to bowl them out yesterday, and to contribute was even better. I was looking up to Sidds and Johnson through out for support and they bowled beautifully."

You thought Cape Town was extraordinary? Johannesburg suppressed a quiet snigger and gave us this. How does one even begin to explain what we have seen today! Australia were down for the count, with Ponting, a shade of what he used to be, trying hard to piece together an innings. He got partial redemption, but couldn't finish things. Haddin got redemption, but still SA seemed set to take the win. Mitch had his redemption too, but it was down to that giggly babyface of a champion in the making to seal the win. What. A. Game.

"Productivity at work hit an all time low because of this thrilling test!! Long live test cricket!," says Rene.

Sidvee tweets the way only he can: "What a finish! Test cricket is thriving. The series is over! Test cricket is dead." A two-Test series. What a cruel joke!

"Oh my god! Is this the most remarkable test match in history? Khawaja's first 50, Ponting, Haddin under IMMENSE pressure, then Johnson, Philander getting second 5 for in a row, and the 18 year old sensation with the winning runs after a 6 for! THAT'S why these two are the best cricketing nations," says Timmy.

"Absorbing contest...in the end, how crucial was Australia's first innings lead of 30" - that came from Grant.

"Just saw the tour schedule which reads Aus.. SA.. Aus.. SA.. Aus.. SA.. Aus.. Incredible." - that's just a given when these teams play, eh Jagadesh.

Meanwhile, India slip back to second in the Test championships table, while SA have gone down to third.

86.5
4
Tahir to Cummins, FOUR runs

There's Cummins and there's goings! Australia have levelled the series. Tahir loses control and delivers a marginally short ball, and Cummins carts it away through midwicket for four. That huge smile is in place, Cummins pumps his fists and runs into Mitch and gives him a bear hug. Langer and the rest of the Aussie balcony go up in unison. Australia are back ...... and the series is over.

86.4
Tahir to Cummins, no run

I have seen everything now! Cummins leaves a ball barely half a foot outside off. No. 10 on debut leaves a ball alone. In this situation. Test cricket, you little beauty!

86.3
Tahir to Cummins, no run

Huge appeal for lbw, given not out and it is referred. Googly from Tahir, it lands well outside off but turns in sharply. Cummins did well to thrust the front pad outside the line, though he missed it. Two reds light up, but he was hit a couple of inches outside the line! Lyon has a minor heart attack in the dressing room! Spare a thought for him!

The field comes in as if this is a grand vulture party. Slip and short leg are the catchers, and there's short cover.

86.2
1
Tahir to Johnson, 1 run

too short, Mitch quietly goes back in the crease and pushes a single into the covers. Four to win!

Round the stumps now.

86.1
Tahir to Johnson, no run

googly on off stump and breaking away, Mitch quietly plays it to the off side.

Where did this come from? Imran Tahir has a ball. Boy, this is more bizarre than that spaceship landing we were taking of. Five to win, the field is back, there's a slip. Over the stumps. He did run through the tail last time around ...

end of over 864 runs
AUS: 305/8CRR: 3.54 
Pat Cummins9 (12)
Mitchell Johnson39 (45)
Dale Steyn23-1-98-1
Vernon Philander20-3-70-5
85.6
Steyn to Cummins, no run

beaten outside off now Is there anything else that can happen in this over? Typical Steyn ball, shapes in, lands on off stump and lurches away. Cummins drives down the ground, but the ball keeps going away and misses the edge.

85.5
Steyn to Cummins, no run

boy, he's the Dr. Jekyll and the Mr. Hyde of batting! Short ball outside off, he goes for a mindless pull and misses this time.

85.4
Steyn to Cummins, no run

another short ball. Cummins is too tall to be bounced out, he again stands tall and forces it down to the leg side.

They are taking for ever setting the field. Short leg is Amla, as a run-saving position almost. Two slips too.

85.3
Steyn to Cummins, no run

beaten outside off! Cummins attempts a big booming cover drive now, but the ball lands wide and keeps swinging away past his shot. Five to win, they are a shot away now.

85.2
4
Steyn to Cummins, FOUR runs

dropped! Dropped by Steyn! The world's best fast bowler drops the most promising young fast bowler. What a moment! Full ball on off stump, Cummins was early on the drive and went hard at it, it flew past Steyn to his left. He couldn't get the hands around in time. Tahir ran back all the way and put in the slide, but he couldn't save the boundary cleanly.

85.1
Steyn to Cummins, no run

wide of off stump, it swings away from there but Cummins seems to have some idea of which ones to play at. He leaves this one.

Cummins wasn't even close to being born when the last of the two tied Tests was played ... Here we go, Steyn runs in.

end of over 856 runs
AUS: 301/8CRR: 3.54 
Pat Cummins5 (6)
Mitchell Johnson39 (45)
Vernon Philander20-3-70-5
Dale Steyn22-1-94-1
84.6
1
Philander to Cummins, 1 run

full ball on the pads, Cummins keeps his cool once again and works a single off the pads. The target is down to single figures.

84.5
1
Philander to Johnson, 1 run

Australia have 300! Mitch gets width outside off and drives square for a controlled single to the deep.

84.4
2
Philander to Johnson, 2 runs

Mitch gets two more, Vernon is looking for the outside edge as he angles one across, and Mitch laces it into the covers for a couple. Morn is not nearly quick enough to cut the second run.

84.3
1
Philander to Cummins, 1 run

on the pads now, Cummins keeps his cool to works it around wide of mid-on for another single.

84.3
1w
Philander to Cummins, 1 wide

Vernon thuds the bouncer in too short, Boucher takes off into the sky to collect it and save some extras. It is called a wide.

84.2
Philander to Cummins, no run

a pearl of an outswinger, completely wasted on Cummins. Landed on a length outside off and went away as if inspired by drugs! Cummins was at least a foot away from edging it, though he played a proper air stroke.

84.1
Philander to Cummins, no run

short ball from Vernon, he's looking to bounce Cummins out now, but Cummins stays on the back foot and plays to the leg side.

Philander continues... Boy, what a Test match this is! Four seasons of the IPL couldn't provide anything like this.

end of over 848 runs • 1 wicket
AUS: 295/8CRR: 3.51 
Pat Cummins3 (2)
Mitchell Johnson36 (43)
Dale Steyn22-1-94-1
Vernon Philander19-3-64-5
83.6
3
Steyn to Cummins, 3 runs

leading edge, and it nearly goes all the way to the cover boundary! Cummins was looking to drive, but the ball seemed to deviate away from the straight and took the edge to bound away towards deep cover. Despite Mitch's problems, they get three, which means Cummins will face ...

83.5
Steyn to Cummins, no run

fast and short, aimed at the ribs, and Cummins does really well to climb atop the bounce and play it down to the leg side.

Cummins walks out on debut, he's played one Test but already has a lot to tell his grandkids about his Test career. Three slips.

Best performances - batsmen
Hashim Amla portrait
HM Amla
105 runs (243)
14 fours
0 sixes
Control87%
Productive shot
leg glance
43 runs
6 fours
0 sixes
10141113277221
Phillip Hughes
PJ Hughes
88 runs (111)
14 fours
0 sixes
Control81%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
29 runs
6 fours
0 sixes
217178110429
Best performances - bowlers
Pat Cummins portrait
PJ Cummins
O
29
M
5
R
79
W
6
ECO
2.72
Vernon Philander
VD Philander
O
20
M
3
R
70
W
5
ECO
3.5
Match details
The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
TossSouth Africa, elected to bat first
SeriesAustralia tour of South Africa
Season2011/12
Player Of The Match
Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins
Player Of The Series
Vernon Philander
Vernon Philander
Series result2-match series drawn 1-1
Match numberTEST No. 2018
Hours of play (local time)10.30am start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30
Match days17,18,19,20,21 November 2011 - day match (5-day match)
Test debut
Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins
Umpires
New Zealand Image
Billy Bowden
England Image
Ian Gould
TV Umpire
West Indies Image
Billy Doctrove
Reserve Umpire
South Africa Image
Shaun George
Match Referee
Sri Lanka Image
Roshan Mahanama