3rd Test, Day 4: South Africa vs Australia - As it happened...

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South Africa, 2nd innings:

So South Africa still trail by 440 runs with six wickets in hand a day's play remaining. AB de Villiers is batting on 16 off 100 deliveries and as he has done on numerous occasions over the years, he will have to play a special innings - a sort of farewell gift to Graeme Smith. Faf du Plessis is yet to come and the partnership between these two will be the key for the hosts.

Over 41|| Score 71/4

James Pattinson ended Amla's resilience when he was hit on the pads after which the right-hander reviewed the decision, but the ball was just pitched in line and went onto to hit his pads. That was a massive blow for South Africa, as these two were looking to stitch a big partnership here. Amla and AB added 53 runs for the fourth-wicket partnership. Kyle Abbott was sent in as the nightwatchman with 18 minutes remaining in the day's play, and he did well by batting through 11 deliveries.

HM Amla lbw b Pattinson 41 (109b)

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Over 35 || Score 67/3

Amla survived a close lbw call against Johnson, where the ball was going marginally away from the leg-stump, which was confirmed once Australia went for their review. 21 runs have been scored in the last ten overs and these two have now added unbeaten 52 runs for the fourth-wicket partnership.

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Over 25 || Score 46/3

The defiance from these two brilliant batsmen continues and even though in terms of runs to be scored, the hosts are way behind, but the game isn't over until and unless these two are at the crease. Australian pacers have tried their best to trouble them with all sorts of deliveries, but they aren't ordinary cricketers and it will need a special effort from the Aussies to dismiss any one of them. They have scored just 15 runs in the last ten overs, but South Africa, for sure, aren't chasing this one.

AB de Villiers 12* (53b) Hashim Amla 22* (70b)

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Over 15 || Score 31/3

South Africa are now trying their best to save the Test match with a defensive approach against Australia's in-form pacers. Dean Elgar was the third batsman to be dismissed as he was taken aback by one of Johnson's quicker deliveries which knocked his stumps. Two of South Africa's most reliable batsmen – Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers – once again need to show their class in a Test match which will be their skipper's last. Australian bowlers on the other hand will bowl their heart out to register an emphatic win.

D Elgar b Johnson 0 (13b)

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Over 5 || Score 15/2

South Africa have got off to another disastrous start. After Clarke declared at 303/5, Harris and Johnson dismissed both the openers within the first five overs. Petersen was trapped in front of the wicket which gave Harris his 100th Test wicket. Meanwhile, Smith's last Test innings ended when he was once again surprised by a Johnson bouncer when he defended straight into the hands of the fielder at short leg. His form might have eluded him of late, but undoubtedly Smith has been an integral part of world cricket over the years. The crowd gave their hero a standing ovation and even the Aussies applauded while he walked back to the pavilion.

GC Smith c Doolan b Johnson 3 (3b)

AN Petersen lbw b Harris 9 (11b)

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Newlands: South Africa was already battered owing to the team`s lousy batting performance on Day 3. Now with the announcement of retirement by their most successful captain Graeme Smith, the crisis has only deepened. The South Africans will hate to bid skipper goodbye on a losing note. Proteas on Day 4 of the decider, will pull out every stop to give Smith his due for a long service to the South African Cricket.

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Fast bowlers Ryan Harris and Mitchell Johnson shared seven wickets as Australia continued their domination on the third day of the third and final Test against South Africa at Newlands on Monday.

Australia bowled out South Africa for 287, a lead of 207, and added another 27 runs for no wicket before close of play.

Harris took three for 63 and Johnson four for 42.



First Published: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 00:11

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