what a catch that is! Or is it? He came down the track and looked to slog it over mid-on. Didn't get to the pitch of the ball and didn't middle it. Went in the air to the right of mid-on, and Miller threw himself horizontally and came away with the ball in his right hand and a look of disbelief on his face. They aren't sure he took it on the full, and they're checking now. Yeah, it's bounced, and Australia have won, because the batsmen crossed. They looked dead and buried when Wade joined Smith, but they've ended up winning with an over to spare.
Smith ton ends Australia's MCG jinx and wins series
10.35pm Short and sweet presentation ceremony there. No interviews with the captains and so forth. Just how it should be, methinks, but I'd say that, having been typing all this while and being grateful to avoid any more transcribing and whatnot. So that brings an end to our coverage as well. Australia have taken the series 3-1, and South Africa have a lot of pondering to do about how they handled the last 10 overs, with bat and ball. They might need a rethink about some of their personnel as well. In any case, join us for the fifth ODI in Sydney. Until then, it's ta ta from all of us. I'll leave you with a few of your comments.
Mal: "Great innings from Smith. Shades of Michael Bevan v West Indies. "
David: "This game proves why 50 over game is far superior to the monotonous thing that is 20/20. The build up to victory."
Dave: "Any selector who thinks of picking Bailey or "the Big Show" over Smith should not have a job. "
GermanPlayer: "With this win, Aus are now level with SA with both teams having 17 wins each in Australia against each other."
10.30pm Special innings from Steven Smith, and he's in the middle to talk about it. "You need a partnership and myself and Wade managed to do that, put on a hundred. Disappointed I was left out in the first game. It takes some time to work out what to do and I'm slowly getting there and improving every game. [Faulkner] came out there and hit it from ball one, took the pressure off me." Smith is the man of the match.
Pat Cummins comes to the crease. One run to get. Everyone is inside the circle now
gone! That was tossed up nice and slow and Smith went for the big heave over the leg side. Was through his shot extremely early and the ball crashes into middle stump. Walks in to a standing ovation from the small crowd here
goes back to a length ball on off stump, makes room to punch it to sweeper cover
down the leg side now and Faulkner sweeps, and hits it nice and clean, down to the deep backward square leg boundary
fired flat and full, but also wide outside off
what happened there? Went for the big hit over the leg side, and it hit his thigh and was rolling towards the stumps, but he reached behind him and tapped the ball away
down the track, hits it hard down to long-on
Eight to win, two overs to go. Australia are walking this. Can Steyn do anything to change this? He can, because he tells AB to give the ball to Robin Peterson
boom! That was short, and that is a familiar sight by now. Left leg moves away to make room. Arms swing through free and unfettered, ball disappears to the leg-side boundary.
Brian: "Only a couple of days ago Faulkner was dead-batting Tasmania to a draw in the Sheffield Shield."
back of a length on middle and leg, swatted away down to long leg
wide yorker. Looks to back away and slap it through the off side. Is too early into the shot and drags it back to the bowler
full-toss on leg stump and Faulkner clears his front leg and mows it over wide mid-on. Really poor ball, that. That was a baseball hit
middle-stump yorker, swiped down the ground to mid-on. Thought about going for the single for the misfield, turned around in the end and slid to beat the throw home to the keeper's end.
full on off stump, and he makes a little bit of room and punches it away to the left of cover. Behardien chases back and throws to the bowler's end. They take him on and Smith wins the race, getting to the crease before Abbott can reach in front of the stumps and collect the throw
dinkfairdum: "The reason there are so many seagulls on the field is because there aren't enough chips in the stands."
length ball on off stump and he clears his front leg and launches it back over the bowler, clean, flat hit, bounces over the long-on boundary
short ball, sits up, and Faulkner clubs it away to the midwicket boundary. Poor ball, and it was severely dealt with
and that's his hundred. Ungainly way to get it, a mistimed pull that rolls away towards square leg, but what an innings this has been. Australia were sinking without a trace when he began
shortish slower ball outside off and he plays and misses. de Kock misjudges the bounce behind the stumps and they sneak a quick bye. Steyn, needless to say, is livid
full outside off and Smith takes on the fielder after driving to the right of Peterson at short extra cover. He flicks at the stumps and misses, and Smith dives to regain his crease. Peterson is left-handed but he managed to underarm it right-handed
back of a length outside off, dabbed away to third man
All these birds are adding a Hitchcockian element to this already suspenseful climax. Here's Steyn to bowl his ninth over.
full on middle and leg, flicked towards deep backward square leg
Once again, Smith pulls away as a bird flies across his field of vision
|Melbourne Cricket Ground|
|Toss||South Africa, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||Australia led the 5-match series 3-1|
|Match number||ODI no. 3549|
|Hours of play (local time)||14.20 start, First Session 14.20-17.50, Interval 17.50-18.35, Second Session 18.35-22.05|
|Match days||21 November 2014 - daynight (50-over match)|