2nd Test, Adelaide, Nov 22 - 26 2012, South Africa tour of Australia
550 & 267/8d
(target 430)388 & 248/8
Match drawn
Player Of The Match
78 & 110*
end of over 1488 runs
SA: 248/8CRR: 1.67 
Morne Morkel8 (12)
Faf du Plessis110 (376)
Peter Siddle 33-15-65-4
Nathan Lyon 50-31-49-3

An epic Test, this, kept us on our seats till the last ball was bowled. Despite losing Pattinson, Australia will think they should have won this Test after having South Africa four down at stumps on the fourth day. Both teams gave it their all on the final day - Australia threw everything they had at South Africa, and South Africa were determined to save the game. Du Plessis is the hero, the and clearly the Man of the Match for his performance in both innings. What a sparkling debut. Spare a thought for Siddle, he somehow conjured up the energy for a final burst and removed Kleinvedlt with a beauty but Morne Morkel held his ground. Du Plessis had good support throughout his battle today - there was AB, of course, followed by a 99-run stand with Kallis who fought through injury, and Steyn and Kleinveldt hung around for long enough before Morkel saw him through to stumps.

Thanks for tuning in and sending us your feedback. The Perth Test gets underway on the 30th and the series is still open. Do join us then. Brydon Coverdale's final report is getting updated. Watch out for some stats highlights from the game as well - plenty in there, given how long South Africa batted. Thanks again.

Siddle to Morkel, no run

shortish on the off and Morkel knocks it down into the off side

Siddle runs in for the final ball

Theoretically still possible for Australia with a ball remaining, but South Africa have fought superbly

Siddle to Morkel, FOUR runs

pitched up and that's the Test saved right there, pitched up and it's driven through cover for a boundary

Siddle needs two in two...

Siddle to Morkel, FOUR runs

full toss and South Africa get the single, no they don't, it's pushed firmly and beats mid-off and even though it slows down, the Australians allow it to go for four to keep Morkel on strike

Three slips and a gully, a short leg

The crowd went silent the moment that was defended...three more balls, two wickets to get

Siddle to Morkel, no run

angling in towards middle, short of a good length and he meets it with a straight bat

Siddle to Morkel, no run

bangs that one short on middle and he manages to duck under that one, tall man Morkel and he dealt with it well

Three slips and a short leg...

Siddle to Morkel, no run

fires it full outside off and he defends it towards cover

Siddle's going to go for it. One last over, one last attempt at winning this for Australia. The Adelaide crowd is egging him on. A couple of minutes left. Morkel to face. Tense faces in the South African dressing room

end of over 147Maiden
SA: 240/8CRR: 1.63 
Faf du Plessis110 (376)
Morne Morkel0 (6)
Nathan Lyon 50-31-49-3
Peter Siddle 32-15-57-4
Lyon to du Plessis, no run

bowled that full outside off and that's dug out into the off side

Lyon to du Plessis, no run

tossed up on the off stump and he pushes it back down the pitch

Lyon to du Plessis, no run

keeps a little low as it turns in, turned into the leg side

Lyon to du Plessis, no run

tossed it up on the off, gets across and pushes it back to the bower

Lyon to du Plessis, no run

pitched up outside off and that's defended wide of extra cover

Lyon to du Plessis, no run

floating it on middle and defends it back to the bowler

Faf to face one over, four more minutes to go, can Australia squeeze in a couple of overs here?

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