3rd Test, Day 5: South Africa vs Australia - AS IT HAPPENED...
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Cape Town: Australia defeated South Africa by 8 wickets in another thrilling Test match played at Newlands, Cape Town.
South Africa, 2nd innings:
Over 134.3 || Score 265/10
At a time when Philander and Steyn looked all set to snatch the match away from Australia, Michael Clarke made a bowling change and in came Ryan Harris. Harris began his new speall with a perfect yorker, and despite having played 43 balls, Steyn had no clue about that one as it knocked the stumps. Morne Morkel was the new man in and Philander had a long chat with him, which went futile as one ball later, Harris bowled him to give his side a stunning series win over South Africa.
M Morkel b Harris 0 (2b)
DW Steyn b Harris 1 (44b)
Over 134 || Score 265/8
Philander and Steyn refuse to give up. The Australians are now getting worried as these two have shown now signs of panic. Two of the most fearsome bowlers in modern day cricket have been wonderful with the bat so far. Philander reached to his half-century when he worked a wayward delivery from Johnson for a boundary through fine leg. There was a huge appeal off Johnson's bowling in the 134th over, the umpire wasn't interested and Clarke's review was wasted, when the replays showed it would have gone way down the leg side.
Vernon Philander 51* (105b) Dale Steyn 1* (43b)
Over 130 || Score 261/8
Philander is batting with an injured hand, Steyn is batting with a hamstring, but none of them are ready to give their wicket away. Philander is batting brilliantly on 47, and even though he can he isn't going for the boundaries. Steyn on the other hand has another opportunity to show what a terrific cricketer he has been for South Africa over the years. With nine overs remaining for the day's play, we have plenty of excitement yet to be seen. Australia need 2 wickets, South Africa need to bat through for 54 more balls.
Vernon Philander 47* (93b) Dale Steyn 1* 31(b)
Over 120 || Score 251/8
After playing a fine knock, JP Duminy was the eighth batsman to be dismissed as he hit one straight to Lyon at leg slip. Duminy batted for 99 balls and was involved in a 73-run stand with Philander for the eighth wicket. After suffering a major blow from Pattinson, who bowled a beamer that hit Philander's hand, the South African has shown a gutsy approach to have stayed there for so long. Dale Steyn is the new man in and he won't give his wicket that easily.
JP Duminy c Lyon b Johnson 43 (99b)
Over 110 || Score 213/7
Steven Smith got his side another major wicket when Faf played him through a wrong line and was hit on the pads. The right-hander reviewed it, but it was going to hit the stumps. So Faf's resilience has ended as well and even though JP Dumiy is playing a good hand at 26, he is very well suported by Philander, who has already hit a six off Mitchell Johnson. Australia now need 3 wickets as these two are batting extremely well. Game on! Another thriller of a Test match between Australia and South Africa.
Vernon Philander 23* (27b) JP Duminy 26* (74b)
F du Plessis lbw b Smith 47 (109b)
Over 100 || Score 168/6
This South African team continued to show why they have been the No. 1 side in Tests for quite some time. Every batsman who has come the crease has spent enough time, making sure the overs are played and they managed to steal a draw. Now JP Duminy and Faf du Plessis have added unbeaten 32 runs for the seventh-wicket partnership. Faf is playing another gem of an innings here, and Duminy, who has scored a century in this series would want to show once again why he deserves to be a regular part of this world class squad.
Faf du Plessis 46* (105b) JP Duminy 10* 45(b)
Over 90 || Score 139/6
The Aussies managed to dismiss the big fish – AB de Villiers – when after battling for 228 balls, he was forced to play one from Ryan Harris and he edged it to the keeper. AB's form has been phenomenal, and it is for the first time in 13 Tests, that he has gone without a half-century in a Test match. AB and Faf added 42 runs for the sixth-wicket partnership and batted for almost 20 overs. Faf is still unbeaten at the crease and the South African team management would now want him to add another partnership with JP Duminy – who is the new man at the crease.
AB de Villiers c Haddin b Harris 43 (228b)
Over 80 || Score 122/5
As expected, the pair of AB and Faf has batted extremely well so far and they have added 22 runs in the last ten overs. AB in particular, has been outstanding, as he has now batted for 214 balls. South Africa still trail by a huge margin, but this pair can for sure spoil Australia's party.
AB de Villiers 39* (214b) Faf du Plessis 14* (44b)
Over 70 || Score 100/5
Abbott's resilience ended when he played a premeditated shot of leaving the ball, that nipped in and hit the off-stump. AB and Abbott added 27 runs for the fourth-wicket, but more importantly, batted for almost 30 overs. AB is now given company by Faf du Plessis, and like these two have done on so many numerous occasions in the past, South Africa need them to stitch a big partnership.
Over 50|| Score 82/4
Abbott is up for a fight on Day 5 where he has played 40 balls for his two runs. This fourth-wicket partnership had started frustrating the Australian bowlers as AB and Abbott have batted for 15 overs after the fall of the third wicket. These two have added unbeaten 14 runs and have batted for nine overs on Day 5. AB is showing confidence in Abbott's batting, as he has shown a good technique.
KJ Abbott b Pattinson 7 (89b)
Newlands: South Africa is on the cusp of losing the match and series. On the final day of the Test match Proteas have six wicket in hand and an impossible target of 511 to chase. When South Africans resume batting on the final day, they will look to survive marauding Australia`s bowling. As skipper Graeme Smith is going to retire today the team will play for the face-saver.
South African captain Graeme Smith was out for three in his last Test innings as South Africa lost three quick wickets after being set a massive 511 to win on the fourth day of the third and final Test with Australia at Newlands on Tuesday.
South Africa were 15 for three at tea but finished the day on 71 for four in front of a sparse crowd, which was a surprise after Smith`s announcement on Monday that this would be his final international game and on his home ground.