shortish on the off and Morkel knocks it down into the off side
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.
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Siddle runs in for the final ball
Theoretically still possible for Australia with a ball remaining, but South Africa have fought superbly
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...
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
angling in towards middle, short of a good length and he meets it with a straight bat
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...
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
bowled that full outside off and that's dug out into the off side
tossed up on the off stump and he pushes it back down the pitch
keeps a little low as it turns in, turned into the leg side
tossed it up on the off, gets across and pushes it back to the bower
pitched up outside off and that's defended wide of extra cover
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?
beaten, kicked off a good length and beat the outside edge, almost had a wicket he so deserved, a marathon spell and an excellent performance
Siddle's jogging back....
angling in towards middle, still bowling at 138.5kmph, defended towards extra cover
full toss outside off and he punches it into the ground to play it to extra cover
ooh, just went past the outside edge, angling in and then moving away, pushed at it, risky from Morkel and that didn't miss the edge by much
ooh, risky, full outside off and Morkel chases it, keeps it down though, gets it towards point, prevents the single does Warner by diving to his right
goodish length outside off, rocks forward and defends with a straight bat
Eight minutes to go, two wickets to get, Morkel to face. He, too, can bat, but this is serious pressure. Credit to Kleinveldt for hanging around for six overs, though more would have been expected. Morkel to face Siddle, this could be his last over today, Goes round the wicket. Three slips
flatter around off stump, gets across and pushes it down the pitch
tossed up outside off, lands full and he dabs it into the off side
|Toss||Australia, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
Faf du Plessis
|Series result||3-match series level 0-0|
|Match number||Test no. 2061|
|Hours of play (local time)||10.30am start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30|
|Match days||22,23,24,25,26 November 2012 - day (5-day match)|
Faf du Plessis