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3rd Test, Sydney, January 03 - 07, 2009, South Africa tour of Australia
445 & 257/4d
(T:376) 327 & 272

Australia won by 103 runs

Player Of The Match
23, 5/59 & 3/54
Player Of The Series
326 runs
Australia 1st Innings
South Africa 1st Innings
Australia 2nd Innings
South Africa 2nd Innings
Match Flow
Australia 1st Innings 
b Steyn31781544039.74
c de Villiers b Kallis4752655090.38
c †Boucher b Morkel012000.00
c Kallis b Harris30991175030.30
c & b Duminy13825036117055.20
c †Boucher b Ntini1554611027.77
b Steyn3879974148.10
c Smith b Steyn6412417011051.61
c Duminy b Harris4148637085.41
lbw b Harris2336473063.88
not out 056000.00
Extras(lb 7, nb 8, w 3)18
TOTAL136.2 Ov (RR: 3.26, 583 Mins)445
Fall of wickets: 1-62 (Simon Katich, 12.6 ov), 2-63 (Ricky Ponting, 13.5 ov), 3-109 (Matthew Hayden, 33.3 ov), 4-130 (Michael Hussey, 40.6 ov), 5-162 (Andrew McDonald, 56.4 ov), 6-237 (Brad Haddin, 81.4 ov), 7-379 (Michael Clarke, 120.4 ov), 8-381 (Mitchell Johnson, 121.5 ov), 9-440 (Peter Siddle, 134.3 ov), 10-445 (Nathan Hauritz, 136.2 ov)
33.3 to ML Hayden, dragged on! Hayden's feet go nowhere fast as he flashes a booming drive to a fuller, swinging delivery and instead of the deep cover boundary he deposits the ball back onto his stumps in agony. 109/3
81.4 to BJ Haddin, timber! Steyn castles Haddin up with peach of a ball that hits a length, squares him up and swings away from the bat very late, and then cannons into the top of off stump, a real gem of a delivery to unsettle Australia late in the day, and snap a threatening partnership. 237/6
121.5 to MG Johnson, soft dismissal, and Steyn strikes quickly into his reappearance! He pitches full and wide, angles it away, and Johnson gets a thick edge into Smith's waiting palms at first slip. 381/8
56.4 to AB McDonald, and the angle finally works for Ntini, who hits that short-of-length spot and draws the thinnest of edges from a leaden-footed McDonald's bat, who was simply sucked forward. 162/5
13.5 to RT Ponting, well bowled and well held! Ponting goes first ball, pushing at a lovely delivery that pitches short of a length and hits the seam, angling back to clip the inner edge of the bat and Boucher moves to his left to collect the catch ... wow, thats a big blow and don't South Africa know it. 63/2
12.6 to SM Katich, edged and gone! Katich pushes at one leaving him outside off stump and, perhaps undone by the extra bounce, gives de Villiers at second slip some catching practice. 62/1
40.6 to MEK Hussey, and hes' got him pushing at one tossed up outside off stump, the ball turns and takes a simple edge to Kallis at first slip and Harris bursts into celebration. 130/4
134.3 to PM Siddle, the fun ends as Harris gets into the action, flighting one on about middle stump, straightening it , and catching Siddle in front after he misses a big heave. 440/9
136.2 to NM Hauritz, and he's gone, skipping down and swiping across the line to midwicket. 445/10
120.4 to MJ Clarke, oh he's held him! Duminy strikes in his first over, and with a full toss as well, one that Clarke drives back in the air to his left and he pouches it as he falls over. 379/7
South Africa 1st Innings 
lbw b Siddle23791074029.11
retired hurt 3031575096.77
lbw b McDonald511341927038.05
c Hayden b Johnson3755646067.27
run out (Johnson)1152601021.15
lbw b Johnson1352722025.00
b Siddle891702338152.35
b Siddle401341475029.85
lbw b Siddle21140018.18
b Siddle61081060.00
not out 015000.00
Extras(lb 12, nb 4, w 9)25
TOTAL120.5 Ov (RR: 2.70, 486 Mins)327
Fall of wickets: 0-35* (Graeme Smith, retired hurt), 1-76 (Neil McKenzie, 24.3 ov), 2-131 (Jacques Kallis, 40.3 ov), 3-161 (AB de Villiers, 56.5 ov), 4-166 (Hashim Amla, 59.2 ov), 5-193 (Jean-Paul Duminy, 74.5 ov), 6-308 (Morne Morkel, 114.2 ov), 7-310 (Paul Harris, 116.1 ov), 8-316 (Dale Steyn, 118.5 ov), 9-327 (Mark Boucher, 120.5 ov)
24.3 to ND McKenzie, but thats out, McKenzie rooted to his crease and the ball nips back in off a length and hits him in front of middle and leg, Siddle and the rest go up and Billy Bowden raises the crooked finger, so the bowling change works for Australia and South Africa lose their first wicket. 76/1
114.2 to M Morkel, timber! Siddle strikes to break a tough partnership, pitching full and beating Morkel's push across the line, sneaking between the gap to hit middle stump. 308/6
116.1 to PL Harris, simple decision, Siddle strikes again with a fullish delivery angling back in to catch Harris hopping about his crease, it stays low and ramrod straight and he's a sitting duck. 310/7
118.5 to DW Steyn, and the move works! Another simple tailender's wicket for Siddle, keeping the ball up there and knocking back leg stump as Steyn backs away and misses his forward prod. 316/8
120.5 to MV Boucher, the sound of timber! Siddle gets five at the SCG, his first such effort at this level, once more succeeding with the full and fast delivery, Boucher clips across the line and middle stumps is flattened. 327/9
40.3 to JH Kallis, again full and wide and this time the angle pays off because Kallis chases it with an expansive drive and edges straight to Hayden at first slip. 131/2
74.5 to JP Duminy, good delivery to get Duminy! After the short ball comes the fuller delivery, swinging in quite late from outside off stump and raps him on the back leg in line with the sticks. 193/5
59.2 to HM Amla, maiden wicket for McDonald, and a good piece of bowling too! Pitches in line and slants back into beat the bat as Amla falls forward, thats a stump-to-stump delivery to undo him. 166/4
Australia 2nd Innings 
b Morkel3963957061.90
lbw b Steyn611362167044.85
b Morkel5357679092.98
not out 45941233147.87
c Amla b Harris4155692074.54
Extras(b 8, lb 9, nb 1)18
TOTAL67.3 Ov (RR: 3.80, 289 Mins)257/4d
Fall of wickets: 1-62 (Matthew Hayden, 16.5 ov), 2-134 (Ricky Ponting, 36.4 ov), 3-181 (Simon Katich, 50.5 ov), 4-257 (Michael Clarke, 67.3 ov)
50.5 to SM Katich, he's been given! Katich shuffles across and plays the clip, there's but a half appeal from Boucher and slip and Asoka de Silva raises the finger, it struck him Katich in front of about middle and leg stump but there was no reaction from Steyn, all the umpire needed was one person to ask the question and Boucher and Kallis' appeal was more than enough. 181/3
16.5 to ML Hayden, silly shot brings about his downfall! Morkel pitches it right up and Hayden loses his focus, planting the foot forward and swinging across his pads, succeeding only in dragging the ball back onto his stumps. 62/1
36.4 to RT Ponting, and then he goes and does that! A cramped attempt to dab the ball down to third man but the angle back in draws a loose inside edge back onto the stumps, success for Morkel. 134/2
67.3 to MJ Clarke, gone now, sweeping from outside off stump out to Amla at deep midwicket. 257/4
South Africa 2nd Innings (T: 376 runs)
c Hussey b Bollinger271011203026.73
c Johnson b Bollinger024000.00
c Katich b Hauritz591121629052.67
c & b McDonald413230030.76
b Siddle561441758038.88
lbw b Johnson16921002017.39
lbw b Siddle425200016.00
lbw b Siddle643530013.95
lbw b McDonald2865882043.07
not out 2875915037.33
b Johnson317260017.64
Extras(b 12, lb 18, nb 2, w 4, pen 5)41
TOTAL114.2 Ov (RR: 2.37, 442 Mins)272
Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Morne Morkel, 1.2 ov), 2-68 (Neil McKenzie, 30.2 ov), 3-91 (Jacques Kallis, 35.3 ov), 4-110 (Hashim Amla, 41.1 ov), 5-166 (Jean-Paul Duminy, 70.2 ov), 6-172 (Mark Boucher, 76.5 ov), 7-190 (AB de Villiers, 83.6 ov), 8-202 (Paul Harris, 90.1 ov), 9-257 (Dale Steyn, 107.4 ov), 10-272 (Graeme Smith, 114.2 ov)
76.5 to MV Boucher, thats a poor decision from Asoka de Silva, the ball is delivered from wide of the crease, a quick full toss that Boucher cannot pick as he shuffles across towards off stump, it strikes him very high on the pad and would have missed leg stump by some distance. 172/6
83.6 to AB de Villiers, he's chopped on just before tea! Thats a big wicket for Siddle, drawing a cramped attempt at a cut shot, only succeeding in dragging the ball back onto his stumps. 190/7
90.1 to PL Harris, got him now, and Harris' sticky resistance ends, but he doesn't look pleased! The ball pitches on a length and doesn't bounce all that much, Harris hops back to defend and misses out and the ball strikes him in line with the stumps. 202/8
1.2 to M Morkel, and he gets his first wicket! Morkel just stands there and rolls the wrists loosely, something of an odd chip shot that is gobbled up by Johnson, tumbling to his left at mid-on. 2/1
30.2 to ND McKenzie, Bollinger strikes! Slips in a full and wide delivery that bounces a little more than McKenzie, reaching out to square-drive, expected and he spoons a catch to Hussey at gully. 68/2
70.2 to JP Duminy, thats plumb! Johnson pitches short of a length and finds a crack, the ball jags back in to hit Duminy on the hop in front of middle stump and Australia celebrate. 166/5
114.2 to GC Smith, bowled him! Johnson! Australia win by 103 runs and the SCG celebrates a fantastic, sapping Test match! Johnson pitches full and beats Smith for pace, the ball cuts in off a crack and the stumps go for a walk. 272/10
35.3 to JH Kallis, oh well held, McDonald .. or not? Pitches it up down the stumps, Kallis goes back and starts to turn it to the on side, but the ball takes a leading edge and balloons back up in the air towards the bowler, who flings himself to his right in his follow through and looks like he's taken a stunner ... his team-mates converge but Kallis asks for confirmation, and McDonald admits he's not sure. To the naked eye it looked like he took it, Ponting sticks up a finger even before the umpires are consulted, and after numerous analysis Kallis is adjudged out. Thats a very, very tough call. One angle indicates he took it, the straight view says something else. I'm not convinced he took it.. 91/3
107.4 to DW Steyn, pitches in line and slides on to hit him right in front of leg stump, Bowden has no doubts and Australia celebrate, MacDonald has made up for the drop. 257/9
41.1 to HM Amla, Hauritz gets into the action! Amla goes back to play one turning back in but it bounces more than anticipated and he pops it straight off the hips to Katich at short leg. 110/4
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Sat, 03 Jan - day 1 - Australia 1st innings 267/6 (Michael Clarke 73*, Mitchell Johnson 17*, 88 ov)
Sun, 04 Jan - day 2 - South Africa 1st innings 125/1 (Hashim Amla 30*, Jacques Kallis 36*, 39 ov)
Mon, 05 Jan - day 3 - Australia 2nd innings 33/0 (Matthew Hayden 18*, Simon Katich 9*, 6 ov)
Tue, 06 Jan - day 4 - South Africa 2nd innings 62/1 (Neil McKenzie 25*, Hashim Amla 30*, 26 ov)
Wed, 07 Jan - day 5 - South Africa 2nd innings 272 (114.2 ov) - end of match
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
  • HM Amla: 50 off 91 balls (9 x 4)
  • Drinks: South Africa - 104/3 in 39.0 overs (HM Amla 54, AB de Villiers 5)
  • South Africa: 100 runs in 39.2 overs (240 balls), Extras 9
  • Lunch: South Africa - 144/4 in 55.0 overs (AB de Villiers 29, JP Duminy 7)
  • South Africa: 150 runs in 58.4 overs (356 balls), Extras 15
  • 5th Wicket: 50 runs in 143 balls (AB de Villiers 30, JP Duminy 15, Ex 8)
  • Drinks: South Africa - 171/5 in 70.2 overs (AB de Villiers 43)
  • South Africa 2nd Innings: 1x7 ball over (72nd over, NM Hauritz, called by Umpire BF Bowden)
  • AB de Villiers: 50 off 125 balls (7 x 4)
  • Tea: South Africa - 198/7 in 85.0 overs (PL Harris 5, DW Steyn 0)
  • New Ball Taken: South Africa 198/7 after 89.1 overs (PL Harris 5, DW Steyn 4)
  • South Africa: 200 runs in 89.3 overs (543 balls), Extras 23
  • Drinks: South Africa - 244/8 in 101.0 overs (DW Steyn 22, M Ntini 14)
  • Penalty: 105.1 - Ball striking Fielding Team helmet
  • South Africa: 250 runs in 107.1 overs (649 balls), Extras 35
  • 9th Wicket: 50 runs in 104 balls (DW Steyn 21, M Ntini 16, Ex 13)
Sydney Cricket Ground
TossAustralia, elected to bat first
Player Of The Match
Player Of The Series
Series resultSouth Africa won the 3-match series 2-1
Match numberTest no. 1904
Hours of play (local time)10.30am start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30
Match days3,4,5,6,7 January 2009 - day (5-day match)
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