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South Africa vs Australia - 1st Test

Series: Australia tour of South Africa, 2018
Venue: Kingsmead, Durban
Date: 01-05 March 2018

South Africa 298/10 (92.4 Ovs) CRR: 3.22 | Australia won by 118 runs

commentary

That's it then, folks. See ya @Port Elizabeth!

If there is one thing you need to thank Mitchell Starc for, it's that he's making lower-orders irrelevant again. He's making tailenders look like tailenders. And he's just unmatchable when he gets that old ball reversing. Port Elizabeth is known to be dry and slow too. So he'll be on the prowl again. It probably won't make it any easier for the hosts to bounce back. We'll see if they can. Their second innings performance certainly inspires a lot of belief. That's a wrap from us here. I've been Sagar Chawla, and on behalf of Srivathsa, Rishi Roy and our scorer Shashikant Singh, it's a goodbye.

A bit of number-crunching in Deepu's stats corner today,
I'm going to throw a few your way (Hey that rhymes!)
- Highest score in 4th inngs in a losing cause:
222 N Astle v Eng, 2002
192 K Sangakkara v Aus, 2007
176 B Congdon v Eng, 1973
174 D Randall v Aus, 1977
143 A Markram v Aus, 2018 (Highest among opening batsmen)
- This is SA's 6th loss in the last 8 Tests at Durban,
- and also Australia's 3rd successive win in Durban.

The bitter aftermath of insolence: A Cricket Australia spokesperson has just confirmed that the Warner-de Kock incident has been discussed by the two team managers, and is now in the hands of the on-field umpires and match referee. We should hear more later. In the meantime news has come through that Nathan Lyon has been charged over the incident that followed AB de Villiers' run-out yesterday, when he dropped the ball next to the batsman's ear while de Villiers was lying sprawled on the ground. We've received intelligence that Lyon will not contest the charge, and sought out de Villiers to apologise last night.

Smith, Australia captain: Nice way to start, particularly against a quality opposition like SA. Really pleased with the way the boys played. Marsh deserved a hundred in the first innings. Tail contributed really well. They contributed a 130-odd which was the difference in the end. Really good game of cricket. Both are tough. Winning the toss and batting was ideal, probably the best of the conditions. Reverse-swing played a part throughout the game. It probably started reversing as early as the 25th over which is rare. It was a hard-fought Test match. Aiden Markram played exceptionally well, Quinton de Kock played well. It was getting a bit nervous there. Those guys were batting really well. With Mitch Marsh breaking the partnership, it made things easier. The new ball was probably the best time to bat. We just thought if we got one wicket, the way Starc bowls to the tail, it will happen very quickly. If we hadn't come off last night, it would have been over last night itself. But it was pretty dark to be fair. Really well prepared. Our practice and our practice game before this Test match was spot on. Got our plans in place for a quality opposition. No doubt, SA are a terrific side. They play well at home. No doubt they're going to come hard against us in PE. Hopefully our boys are up for the fight again.

Mitchell Starc, MoM: Nice to put a few in the right spot. To finish off the Test match like that in four and a bit days was very pleasing. Reversing the ball is going all right. Little bit of work to do with the new ball. As a bowling unit we've been doing well. The batsmen did well in the first innings to get to 350. Could have put a bit more on in the second innings. It's a more natural wrist position for me. When it is reversing, it's natural for me. With the new ball, I've got work to do to keep the seam upright. Our group probably got stuck in two minds for the home summer. Had a couple of weeks to work on a few things. Contributing with the bat is always encouraging for the tail, that's what we showed in the first innings - to add runs with Mitch Marsh who was batting fantastically. Great contribution from the whole side. Didn't mind who took the final wicket. There was a bit of a joke among the boys that I would be taken off the attack while on a hat-trick.

Faf du Plessis, SA captain: We gave probably 50 runs too many in the first innings. Credit to their tail how they batted along with Mitch Marsh. His was a very good knock. If you look throughout the Test, both teams were around 150-160/5 in both innings. There were real opportunities for us to close it out. Mitchell Starc bowled beautifully to make sure the tail didn't get many runs. Batters need to cash in and take responsibility once they get in. There wasn't enough partnerships for us. We just didn't get enough runs in the first innings. Massive positive for us, how we came back in the second innings. When you're in a position of strength like Australia were on day 4, they generally blow you away quickly. Kesh was brilliant in this match. The character of the batters who got runs. De Bruyn and Markram were fantastic. And then Quinny there at the end. Really proud of our fight. Just not good enough to beat Australia who were good in this game. In a big series like this, you want to step up against teams like Australia. Hopefully we can all chip in now. The biggest character of this team is that we'll never go down without a fight. Looking forward to the next Test.

10:30 Local Time, 08:30 GMT, 14:00 IST: The bigger story of this match might well be about how Australia are much the superior team in such conditions. On slow pitches lacking seam movement, their bowling attack probably outshines that of the hosts comfortably, with Starc providing that X-factor and being a huge difference-maker with his reverse-swing. The general opinion is that if South Africa are to compete, they'll have to do so on seaming tracks which aid the likes of Philander and Morkel. Time for the presentations..

10:25 Local Time, 08:25 GMT, 13:55 IST: The hosts fell so far behind in the first-innings, that try as they might, they were never going to catch up. Mitchell Marsh's 96 had taken Australia to 350, which many thought was a little over par. But all that changed when Mitchell Starc let rip those reverse-swinging deliveries over 140kph and blasted South Africa out for 162. Facing a huge deficit, the Proteas rallied through a well-concerted bowling effort, and later through Markram-de Kock's tremendous fightback, but as they found out, it was a bridge too far.

10:20 Local Time, 08:20 GMT, 13:50 IST: Very mellow celebrations from Australia after some of their misdemeanours found their way into overnight headlines. But all that aside, they've been absolutely brilliant to seal the game by 118 runs. The players walk off, shake hands on the staircase and it's all well and good in the end. Lyon shook de Kock's hand after his dismissal to congratulate for a fine innings. Pity he couldn't get to his hundred, with Starc robbing him of most of his partners last evening. This is South Africa's sixth loss in Durban in the last eight Tests.

92.4
0
Hazlewood to de Kock, out Lbw!! Given out, that's it. Hang on just a bit though. De Kock has gone for the review. But it's just for the sake of it. He went for a big slog down the ground to an in-swinger from Hazlewood this time. It slipped past his inside-edge and crashed into his back-pad. Ball-tracking shows it to be smashing leg-stump. de Kock lbw b Hazlewood 83(149) [4s-11]

Hazlewood to de Kock, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

92.3
3
Hazlewood to Morne Morkel, 3 runs, fullish delivery curving away from off, Morkel pokes and sends a thick outside edge through gully. Although the running isn't great, there's still enough time to come back for three
92.2
0
Hazlewood to Morne Morkel, no run, Morkel tries hammering this length ball down the ground, but Hazlewood's got some good shape going from round the wicket. Comfortably beats the outside edge
92.1
1
Hazlewood to de Kock, 1 run, single off the first ball. De Kock's quite happy to let Morkel take strike against Hazlewood. He went for a drive on the up here, but the away-swing caused the ball to be squirted off a thick edge through gully
91.6
0
Starc to Morne Morkel, no run, this one's at the stumps but Morkel survives again as he ekes out a thick inside edge through square leg. Won't be taking the run. If he keeps up this level of resistance, maybe de Kock could fancy a hundred here
91.5
0
Starc to Morne Morkel, no run, yorker length delivery well wide of off, left alone. Starc would be disappointed with this. Morkel's survived two balls against him
91.4
0
Starc to Morne Morkel, no run, ah, misses the target. 144kph, bowls this well wide of off, Morkel leaves
91.3
1
Starc to de Kock, 1 run, calls for two as he punches it wide of Warner at long-off, but it was too close to the Aussie opener. Misjudgement here from de Kock. And now Morkel's exposed to Starc. Can't see this going well
91.2
0
Starc to de Kock, no run, reversing in from a length at the stumps, skewed off a thick inside-edge to deep mid-wicket
91.1
0
Starc to de Kock, no run, swinging back into the pads, de Kock chips it in the air with his bottom hand coming off, but it lands well short of deep mid-wicket. Decides against the single
90.6
0
Hazlewood to Morne Morkel, no run, good length ball around off, flat-footed push to mid-off
90.5
0
Hazlewood to Morne Morkel, no run, short of length delivery just outside off, Morkel jumps in the crease to fend it off but the ball curves away from him to beat the edge. Credit to Morkel for not chasing it
90.4
0
Hazlewood to Morne Morkel, no run, hangs back to a full ball just outside off, pushed to mid-off
90.3
0
Hazlewood to Morne Morkel, no run, sprays it down the leg-side, probably looking for that big out-swinger but he never found it
90.2
0
Hazlewood to Morne Morkel, no run, slanted into the stumps, straightens just a tad, Morkel covers for it and defends
90.1
0
Hazlewood to Morne Morkel, no run, curls it away against the angle, full-pitched ball outside off, Morkel leans across and pushes with the swing to short cover

Josh Hazlewood [14.0-1-57-2] is back into the attack

Round the wicket comes Hazlewood

89.6
0
Starc to de Kock, no run, yorker length delivery just outside off, jammed to short cover. Morkel exposed now at the other end
89.5
0
Starc to de Kock, no run, full ball swinging in towards off, 139kph, de Kock with a closed-batted drive to mid-on
89.4
0
Starc to de Kock, no run, throws his bat in an attempt to drive through the covers, but the ball bends in late to beat the inside edge
89.3
0
Starc to de Kock, no run, full and tailing in at the stumps, de Kock squeezes it back off the inside half down the ground

Australia haven't taken the new ball, with this one doing quite a bit now in terms of reverse

89.2
0
Starc to de Kock, no run, another booming inswinger which crashes into de Kock's front pad as he plays across the line of it. Again, would have missed leg

Overcast skies here today morning

89.1
0
Starc to de Kock, no run, swings back in to hit the pad, but Starc won't get the hat-trick. It was doing too much, would have gone down leg

10:00 Local Time, 08:00 GMT, 13:30 IST: Righto, one wicket to get for Australia. Meanwhile, Starc's on a hat-trick here..

Aiden Markram: "It was quite special, but losing those wickets throughout the day was disappointing, but I was happy with the way I batted. There's a lot of experience in the side and the batting coach had given me a few tips and luckily it paid off. Could've gone either way with the ball spinning so much, but luckily things went my way today. Batting is not always about the result and QdK and I are proud of the way we batted and carried ourselves. Not in the ideal position right now and we lost those wickets in the back end so that was disappointing. Have some niggles but some ice should be good enough for that. About the single to get to my hundred, I tried to identify a fielder that was not David Warner, who is their best fielder, and luckily I managed. I'm happy with the way things went, but still three Tests to go so looking forward to it."

I don't think the broadcasters have bothered with an elaborate pitch report this morning. Graeme Smith, Allan Border and Mark Nicholas are just assessing the pitch and how it has played out until now. Slow. Fair enough.

A word from Tristan Holme in Durban: "No intervention from the weather gods this morning. It is hot and mostly sunny, and although there is some rain forecast for later in the day, Australia should have all the time they need to wrap this up."

P.S.: Mitchell Starc is on a hat-trick and on the verge of a ten-wicket maiden haul. With QdK on strike, will Smith give the ball to Starc? Or will he bring him on when Morkel is on strike to give him a better chance of taking the hat-trick? Going by the Aussie mentality, looks like they'd like to finish it off straightaway. Nice and clinical. Let's wait and watch...

9:35AM local time: Good morning and welcome to the final day's play here at Kingsmead. There are forecasts for showers but for now it looks like a fairly cloudy day, but it's certainly clear enough for one South African wicket to fall. We saw Markram and QdK begin to stage an incredible fightback, but with the wicket of Markram, the floodgates opened up for Mitchell Starc to transform into Lucifer and brutally gouge out the tail. As a result Morne Morkel and de Kock were left standing out there, stonewalling against the spin if Lyon and Smith in the twilight. Barring a miracle, I don't expect we'll be too long today. Perhaps even one ball. But then again, in cricket, you never can rule out miracles. On that note, it's Rishi Roy along with Sagar Chawla, Srivathsa and Shashikant Singh welcoming you on Academy Awards morning to a day of cricket that is likely to be more brief than the Best Actor speech. With the final moments coming up, send in your queries and/or predictions via Have Your Say on your desktops, or tweet away @_rrroy_, @shashi_CB, and @SagarChawla90. Live action coming up in a moment.

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Deepu's stats corner has one more stat to offer for the day...
Highest individual scores by SA WKs in 4th innings:
103 AB de Villiers v Ind, Joburg, 2013
81* Q DE KOCK v Aus, Durban, 2018
69* Jock Cameron v Eng, Old Wanderers, 1931
60 Johnny Waite v Eng, Oval, 1955

SA batsmen bowled in each innings for a pair:
PS Twentyman-Jones, 1902/03
Bert Vogler, 1910/11
F Nicholson, 1935/36
CN McCarthy, 1948/49
Peter Heine, 1956/57
Keshav Maharaj, 2017/18

However, just as it was getting interesting, Mitchell Marsh provided huge relief by getting rid of Markram. That left the tail open to Starc's reverse-swinging thunderbolts, and didn't he just dismantle them with three wickets in one over. Nevertheless, South Africa should take heart from how they've fought these last couple of days. Given that this is such a long series, this fightback should give them the belief of being able to bounce back. We'll be back tomorrow to wrap things up. It's a goodbye from Sagar Chawla, Rishi Roy, Srivathsa, and our scorer Shashikant Singh.

17:55 Local Time, 15:55 GMT, 21:25 IST: Okay people, we'll have to come back tomorrow for the solitary wicket. That's it for today due to bad light. There were just five minutes left anyway. Australia were handicapped for the last 25 minutes, having to bowl spin, but it was largely ineffective as de Kock and Morkel kept blunting them without any fuss. There's little to groan for the visitors of course, who'll end up winning the match after overcoming a slight scare in the form of the Markram-de Kock partnership. Those two led a tremendous fightback and almost entertained thoughts of pulling off an epic coup, after South Africa's horrendous start. Aiden Markram hit a sensational hundred, showing so much character at just 23 years old. Today's knock could do wonders for his career going forward. De Kock, on the other hand, pretty much hit his way back into form by batting very positively.

88.6
0
Lyon to Morne Morkel, no run, no turn, slides on from a length at 93kph, Morkel defends to silly point
88.5
0
Lyon to Morne Morkel, no run, another comfortable forward defence
88.4
0
Lyon to Morne Morkel, no run, tossed up on a length around off, forward and defended
88.3
0
Lyon to Morne Morkel, no run, big appeal, but this is probably sliding down leg with the arm. Australia don't have any reviews left to check
88.2
0
Lyon to Morne Morkel, no run, defended to short leg
88.1
0
Lyon to Morne Morkel, no run, drifting in on leg, defended off the inside half
87.6
0
Smith to de Kock, no run, dabbed towards point
87.5
0
Smith to de Kock, no run, pushed through well outside off, de Kock covers his stumps and pads it to slip
87.4
0
Smith to de Kock, no run, springboards out of the rough, de Kock is standing nice and tall on the back foot to fend it off
87.3
0
Smith to de Kock, no run, well wide outside off, de Kock stretches across and kicks it away
87.2
0
Smith to de Kock, no run, defended with the turn to leg-slip
87.1
0
Smith to de Kock, no run, kicks and turns off the rough, de Kock was lunging towards it and gets hit on the glove

There's some drama out there, having nothing to do with the fate of this match. Australia will win this eventually. But just 10 minutes to go for stumps.

86.6
0
Lyon to Morne Morkel, no run, onto the front foot, blocks back to Lyon
86.5
0
Lyon to Morne Morkel, no run, now some turn for Lyon to beat the outside edge again with Morkel pressing forward in defence
86.4
0
Lyon to Morne Morkel, no run, darted in on a length outside off, Morkel pushes inside the line of it and is beaten again
86.3
0
Lyon to Morne Morkel, no run, fired in on middle, 93kph, Morkel defends to short mid-wicket
86.2
0
Lyon to Morne Morkel, no run, forward and defended
86.1
0
Lyon to Morne Morkel, no run, almost snuck through. Morkel played right back to a slider, and just about got his bat down for a thick inside edge
85.6
0
Smith to de Kock, no run, drifting in on leg, nurdled to backward square
85.5
0
Smith to de Kock, no run, defended into the on-side
85.4
0
Smith to de Kock, no run, slips in an off-break at the stumps, de Kock defends

Round the wicket

85.3
0
Smith to de Kock, no run, juicy full toss, slapped back slightly uppishly towards Smith who dives across. But it falls just short of him
85.2
0
Smith to de Kock, no run, driven to sweeper cover
85.1
0
Smith to de Kock, no run, turning in from a length, rips into de Kock's front pad, but it would have turned past leg
84.6
0
Lyon to Morne Morkel, no run, fired in on leg, a little bat-pad chance here? No, it dropped just wide of short leg's grasp
84.5
0
Lyon to Morne Morkel, no run, skidding on from a length on off, 90kph, easily negotiated by Morkel on the front foot
84.4
0
Lyon to Morne Morkel, no run, drifting in on leg, defended to short leg
84.3
0
Lyon to Morne Morkel, no run, defended to silly point
84.2
0
Lyon to Morne Morkel, no run, skidding on from a good length, Morkel gets a thick outside edge wide of cover in defence
84.1
0
Lyon to Morne Morkel, no run, quick length ball at the stumps, forward and defended
83.6
0
Smith to de Kock, no run, wanted to work this through mid-wicket to keep strike, but ends up with a soft leading edge which rolls back to Smith
83.5
0
Smith to de Kock, no run, overpitched, de Kock jams it back to the bowler
83.4
0
Smith to de Kock, no run, lunges out and smothers it back down the pitch

The umpires got together a couple of balls back, but decided to continue

83.3
0
Smith to de Kock, no run, turned to short leg in defence
83.2
0
Smith to de Kock, no run, very high full toss, patted down to long-off

Pretty bizarre passage of play this. Spin not looking very effective, and de Kock too is just hanging on for stumps.

83.1
0
Smith to de Kock, no run, turned to short leg
82.6
0
Lyon to Morne Morkel, no run, full at the stumps, 94kph, pushes to mid-on
82.5
0
Lyon to Morne Morkel, no run, defended to mid-on
82.4
1
Lyon to de Kock, 1 run, 90kph, back of a length delivery outside off, de Kock leans back and punches it wide of cover-point. Leaves Morkel with two balls
82.3
0
Lyon to de Kock, no run, fired in full at the stumps, 98kph, pushed to long-on
82.2
0
Lyon to de Kock, no run, sliding in on middle and leg, tucked to long leg
82.1
0
Lyon to de Kock, no run, defended on the front foot
81.6
0
Smith to Morne Morkel, no run, ooh, wanted to drive out of the rough but the ball spat in at him. It hits him pretty high on the bat before dribbling into the on-side
81.5
0
Smith to Morne Morkel, no run, floated right up, drilled to mid-on
81.4
1
Smith to de Kock, 1 run, big turn from round the wicket, de Kock has enough time on the back foot to adjust. Clips it through mid-wicket
81.3
0
Smith to de Kock, no run, looped up at the stumps, played back down to Smith
81.2
0
Smith to de Kock, no run, defended to short leg
81.1
0
Smith to de Kock, no run, rips it in from round the wicket, de Kock defends to short mid-wicket

Steven Smith [1.0-0-2-0] is back into the attack

Now Smith takes his cap off

80.6
0
Lyon to Morne Morkel, no run, slider on off, defended back
80.5
0
Lyon to Morne Morkel, no run, defended to mid-on
80.4
0
Lyon to Morne Morkel, no run, sliding on with the arm, thick inside-edge from Morkel to short leg. On the bounce
80.3
0
Lyon to Morne Morkel, no run, length ball just outside off, defended back
80.2
0
Lyon to Morne Morkel, no run, drifting in from round the wicket, hits Morkel on the pad. Would have gone down leg
80.1
1
Lyon to de Kock, 1 run, drifting in on leg, clipped through mid-wicket

Nathan Lyon [27.0-4-84-0] is back into the attack

Morne Morkel, left handed bat, comes to the crease

Light not good enough to keep pacers going. Dharmasena lets Smith know that he'll have to bring the spinners on or else they'll have to go off

79.6
0
Starc to Rabada, out Bowled!! Wow, just wow. Starc roars his way to a fourth wicket. What a pity for de Kock who's standing helpless at the non-striker's end. Quick, full and swinging in late, bursts through Rabada's gate and shatters the stumps. Rabada b Starc 0(1)

Starc to Rabada, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

Kagiso Rabada, left handed bat, comes to the crease

79.5
0
Starc to Maharaj, out Bowled!! Castled by a ripper! Too much to ask of these lower-order batsmen to keep Starc at bay, especially with him getting the ball reversing from round the wicket. Maharaj is opened inside out on his half-forward defence. The ball swings away late past the edge and rattles off stump. Maharaj b Starc 0(3)

Starc to Maharaj, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

79.4
0
Starc to Maharaj, no run, now this one swings away against the angle and leaves Maharaj high and dry in defence
79.3
0
Starc to Maharaj, no run, slants this back in at the stumps, Maharaj defends from the crease

Keshav Maharaj, right handed bat, comes to the crease

79.2
0
Starc to Philander, out Caught by Paine!! Big fist-pump from Starc as he finds Philander's edge from round the wicket. South Africa now threatening to fizzle away after that superb fightback. Round the wicket, angled in towards off stump and then curving away to leave Philander squared up in defence. Some extra bounce too, which led to the edge being found high on the bat. Australia three wickets away. Philander c Paine b Starc 6(16)

Starc to Philander, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

79.1
0
Starc to Philander, no run, bit of extra bounce from a good length, Philander takes his bottom hand off as it hits his splice in defence
78.6
0
Mitchell Marsh to de Kock, no run, short ball sitting up for de Kock, who doesn't quite find the timing on his pull shot. Skews it to short mid-wicket
78.5
1
Mitchell Marsh to Philander, 1 run, good length ball tailing in on leg, clipped through mid-wicket
78.4
1
Mitchell Marsh to de Kock, 1 run, mistimes his cut to the sweeper
78.3
0
Mitchell Marsh to de Kock, no run, back of a length delivery on off, blocked towards short cover
78.2
3
Mitchell Marsh to Philander, 3 runs, back of a length delivery outside off, steered away through backward point. Bancroft with a desperate dive to flick it back in
78.1
0
Mitchell Marsh to Philander, no run, good length ball outside off, left alone
77.6
1
Starc to Philander, 1 run, angled in on middle and leg, glanced down to fine leg

Dharmasena looks skywards. That light-meter could be out soon.

77.5
0
Starc to Philander, no run, angled in at the stumps, turned to short mid-wicket

Light has faded away drastically here. Floodlights coming on now

77.4
0
Starc to Philander, no run, back of a length delivery just outside off, blocked towards point
77.3
0
Starc to Philander, no run, good length ball outside off, left alone
77.2
0
Starc to Philander, no run, lovely yorker, jammed back down the pitch
77.1
0
Starc to Philander, no run, curving away late from round the wicket, beats Philander's outside edge as he tentatively pokes at it

Mitchell Starc [14.0-0-73-1] is back into the attack

76.6
1
Mitchell Marsh to Philander, 1 run, inswinging yorker on middle, squeezed off the inside edge through square leg
76.5
0
Mitchell Marsh to Philander, no run, slanting down the leg-side, acrobatic take from Paine
76.4
0
Mitchell Marsh to Philander, no run, blocked towards short cover
76.3
0
Mitchell Marsh to Philander, no run, short of length delivery outside off, Philander flashes a cut at it but gets a thick under-edge to the keeper
76.2
0
Mitchell Marsh to Philander, no run, short of length delivery at the body, fended back down the pitch

Vernon Philander, right handed bat, comes to the crease

76.1
0
Mitchell Marsh to Markram, out Caught by Paine!! Mitchell Marsh has broken through for Australia, who can now breathe a huge sigh of relief. Whether they'd like to admit it or not, it was getting a little too tense for their liking. Back of length delivery just outside off, Markram looks to angle it away through backward point but all he ends up with is a faint outside edge. Paine was up at the stumps, so it really worked in his favour that the deflection was just a faint one. What a knock from Markram though. Tremendous fightback. Gets a standing ovation as he leaves the scene. Markram c Paine b Mitchell Marsh 143(218) [4s-19]

Mitchell Marsh to Markram, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Highest successful run-chases in Tests:
418–7 West Indies (v Australia), 2002–03
414–4 South Africa (v Australia), 2008–09
406–4 India (v West Indies), 1975–76
404–3 Australia (v England), 1948
Can SA find a spot between the top two tomorrow?

75.6
1
Lyon to Markram, 1 run, defended in front of point for a single
75.5
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, slightly overbalances after defending to short leg. Manages to keep his back foot grounded in the crease though
75.4
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, turned to short mid-wicket
75.3
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, flat length delivery outside off, blocked back
75.2
1
Lyon to de Kock, 1 run, leans away from the line of the ball and punches it through point
75.1
0
Lyon to de Kock, no run, flat delivery on off, de Kock blocks to short leg
74.6
1
Mitchell Marsh to de Kock, 1 run, good length ball angling away wide of off, scythed by de Kock to deep backward point
74.5
0
Mitchell Marsh to de Kock, no run, good length ball just outside off, solid defence from de Kock to short cover
74.4
0
Mitchell Marsh to de Kock, no run, full pitched ball just outside off, pushed to mid-off

Mood is a lot more cheerful in the South African balcony now

74.3
4
Mitchell Marsh to de Kock, FOUR, nicely steered away past the fielder at gully, waiting on this back of length delivery and chopping it late

Australia desperately waiting for that second new ball. Not much is happening for them at this stage.

74.2
1
Mitchell Marsh to Markram, 1 run, good length ball on leg, glanced down to fine leg
74.1
1
Mitchell Marsh to de Kock, 1 run, back of a length delivery just outside off, stabbed through backward point
73.6
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, tossed up on a length outside off, hits Markram high on the bat in defence
73.5
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, kicks up a touch from a back of length, Markram takes his bottom hand off and defends to ground
73.4
1
Lyon to de Kock, 1 run, slight misfield from Warner at backward point with de Kock cutting this ball hard. They capitalize and take the single
73.3
0
Lyon to de Kock, no run, drifting in from a length to take a thick inside edge on the bounce to short leg
73.2
1
Lyon to Markram, 1 run, 90kph, sliding across off, Markram dabs it late past slip for a single
73.1
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, slides it across off from a back of length, Markram turns it to short leg

Lyon from round the wicket

Tired of the stats? No? Here's another...
Highest individual score for SA in 4th innings:
189* B Mitchell v Eng, Oval, 1947
154* G Smith v Eng, Edgbaston, 2008
140* Aiden Markram v Aus, Durban, 2018

72.6
0
Mitchell Marsh to de Kock, no run, full ball outside off, driven to short cover
72.5
0
Mitchell Marsh to de Kock, no run, another flashy drive away from the body, he has ridden his luck with this shot. Beaten on the edge
72.4
0
Mitchell Marsh to de Kock, no run, pitched up just outside off, driven to mid-off
72.3
0
Mitchell Marsh to de Kock, no run, driven down the pitch, hammers the stumps at the non-striker's end. Very unfortunate for de Kock, robbed of a certain boundary
72.2
1
Mitchell Marsh to Markram, 1 run, full at leg-stump, flicked down to fine leg

Geez, they need less than 150.

72.1
2
Mitchell Marsh to Markram, 2 runs, back of a length delivery slanted in on middle, clipped away through mid-wicket

Mitchell Marsh [3.0-2-5-0] is back into the attack

The ever-so-prompt Deepu is quick to pounce on another vital stat...
Highest 6th wicket stands for SA in 4th innings:
128 Markram/de Kock
117 McMillan/Rhodes v Eng, Leeds, 1998
112* Smith/Boucher v Eng, Edgbaston, 2008
101 Dippenaar/Boucher v SL, Colombo SSC, 2004

71.6
4
Lyon to de Kock, FOUR, driven through the covers for four more. Lyon would be disappointed here, giving away an easy boundary courtesy an overpitched delivery
71.5
1
Lyon to Markram, 1 run, tucked with the turn through mid-wicket
71.4
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, chops it off the back foot but can't get it past slip
71.3
4
Lyon to Markram, FOUR, shimmies out and hammers this past Nathan Lyon, who raised his hand belatedly - just as well. Could have really risked injury if he got in the way of that bullet. Tremendous power in the shot from Markram
71.2
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, nicely turns it off the back foot to short leg
71.1
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, left alone outside off

To those of you concerned about the light, we have a whisper from Tristan Holme in Durban:
"Can't see any clouds at the moment, so we should play past 5PM at least," he says gleefully. "Very difficult to predict beyond then, but the light is still very good at the moment."

They were going off for bad light at this time yesterday. But there's bright sunshine right now. Shouldn't be an issue today

70.6
0
Pat Cummins to de Kock, no run, chases a wide half-volley and squeezes it to short cover
70.5
1
Pat Cummins to Markram, 1 run, this short ball hits Markram high on the bat as he mistimes it through square leg
70.4
2
Pat Cummins to Markram, 2 runs, good length ball outside off, creamed up on the up wide of sweeper cover
70.3
1
Pat Cummins to de Kock, 1 run, nails the half-volley but straight to short cover, there's a fumble from Bancroft and de Kock rushes through for the single
70.2
0
Pat Cummins to de Kock, no run, leans across and drives a full ball to short cover
70.1
0
Pat Cummins to de Kock, no run, back of a length delivery on middle, 135kph, blocked
69.6
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, he hung back there to a full delivery, manages to smother it back down the pitch
69.5
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, defended towards point

Markram does a little jog on the spot to get himself going again

69.4
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, another solid front foot defence
69.3
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, now he comes forward and smothers it
69.2
2
Lyon to Markram, byes, 2 runs, goes right through Markram on the back foot as Lyon gets the ball to bite off those footmarks. Probably should have been forward to defend. The length was full enough. Didn't miss off-stump by much
69.1
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, flighted off-break on off, defended back down the pitch
68.6
0
Pat Cummins to de Kock, no run, back of a length delivery just outside off, blocked to short cover
68.5
0
Pat Cummins to de Kock, no run, full ball outside off, de Kock is into the cover-drive early and gets it off the inside half back down the pitch
68.4
0
Pat Cummins to de Kock, no run, back of a length delivery around off, turned to short mid-wicket
68.3
0
Pat Cummins to de Kock, no run, back of a length delivery just outside off, chopped to gully
68.2
1
Pat Cummins to Markram, 1 run, fuller than a good length outside off, driven to deep point
68.1
1
Pat Cummins to de Kock, 1 run, thick inside-edge past leg-stump as de Kock flashes a drive away from the body. Single down to fine leg

A rather important stat, this; 100s by SA openers in 4th innings of home Tests:
101 H Taylor v Eng, Old Wanderers, 1923
104 H Gibbs v Aus, Durban, 2002
101*G Smith v Aus, Cape Town, 2011
100 A MARKRAM *

Another over-ly stat from Deepu:
Fewest inngs to three Test 100s for SA:
09 A Melville
12 S Cook/ Aiden Markram
15 G Smith/ F du Plessis
16 J Sinclair/ E Barlow

It's time for drinks. Phew, exhilarating passage of play that. Australia scratching their heads a little now as Markram's hundred and de Kock's fifty have just about kept South Africa alive, even though there's still a long way to go.

67.6
1
Lyon to de Kock, 1 run, no great timing on the cut on this occasion, it's in the vicinity of Warner at backward point who leaps across and snatches it with his left hand
67.5
0
Lyon to de Kock, no run, cuts it late but straight to backward point this time
67.4
4
Lyon to de Kock, FOUR, on the shorter side outside off, de Kock leans back and cuts it late past backward point. Should Australia start to be worried now?
67.3
0
Lyon to de Kock, no run, steps out and is nearly outdone by Lyon, who pulls the length back and fires it in at 91kph. de Kock had to lunge towards the ball to prevent himself from being stumped
67.2
0
Lyon to de Kock, no run, blocked to backward point
67.1
0
Lyon to de Kock, no run, driven to short cover

A stat shot in by Deepu, our stats guy:
This is the first 50 in 16 Test innings for Quinton de Kock.
His scores in the last 15 innings: 1, 17, 5, 24, 1, 8, 28*, 24, 43, 8, 0, 12, 8, 0 & 20

66.6
1
Pat Cummins to de Kock, 1 run, gets on top of this pull shot nicely to deep square leg
66.5
0
Pat Cummins to de Kock, no run, slower ball at the stumps from round the wicket, defended to short mid-wicket
66.4
1
Pat Cummins to Markram, 1 run, banged in short again, 133kph, mistimed pull from Markram this time as he helps it to fine leg
66.3
2
Pat Cummins to Markram, 2 runs, third consecutive two as Markram drives this length ball wide of sweeper cover. 136kph from Cummins, curving away outside off, but Markram is timing everything so sweetly now
66.2
2
Pat Cummins to Markram, 2 runs, another fine pull shot between fine leg and long leg, this time it's Lyon who makes the stop. Two more
66.1
2
Pat Cummins to Markram, 2 runs, takes the short ball on and belts it to the left of fine leg where Starc is forced into a sliding stop
65.6
0
Lyon to de Kock, no run, drifting in on a length on off, de Kock resolutely defends
65.5
1
Lyon to Markram, 1 run, flat, turning in at the stumps, clipped to deep mid-wicket
65.4
4
Lyon to Markram, FOUR, Lyon a bit lost for answers here. Overpitches this one outside off and is drilled through the covers. It's probably come to a stage where Australia can't wait for the second new ball
65.3
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, pushed through quicker at the stumps, defended to short mid-wicket
65.2
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, turned wide of short mid-wicket, Shaun Marsh dives and stops
65.1
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, tossed up on off, defended back down the pitch
64.6
1
Pat Cummins to Markram, 1 run, hangs back to a full ball and inside-edges it past leg-stump to fine leg
64.5
1
Pat Cummins to de Kock, 1 run, balloons off the bat-splice, was rushed by this short ball. Gets it over mid-wicket though. South Africa have to be careful here. Too many shots. But it does make for exhilarating cricket
64.4
1
Pat Cummins to Markram, 1 run, short of length on leg, pulled down to fine leg
64.3
1
Pat Cummins to de Kock, 1 run, short and wide, late-cuts to deep backward point
64.2
0
Pat Cummins to de Kock, no run, short of length at the body, fended back
64.1
0
Pat Cummins to de Kock, no run, back of a length delivery shaping away against the angle from round the wicket, invites a very loose waft from de Kock. He was beaten by at least a few inches
63.6
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, smothered back down the pitch
63.5
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, fired in full outside off, driven to cover
63.4
4
Lyon to Markram, FOUR, beautifully driven against the turn past mid-off. The bite seems to have gone off this track, so while there is turn, it's slow turn
63.3
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, flat delivery outside off, left alone
63.2
1
Lyon to de Kock, 1 run, drifting in at the pads, de Kock works it through mid-wicket
63.1
0
Lyon to de Kock, no run, drifting in on leg, nurdled to backward square leg

Nathan Lyon [20.0-3-56-0] is back into the attack

Bit of a delay here as Markram is being tended to. A substitute was running out with an arm-guard, but he's been sent back.

62.6
0
Pat Cummins to Markram, no run, hits Markram on the elbow, loops up to short leg. Brutal from Cummins. Short at the body, Markram took his eyes off it and was just hoping for this ball to miss him. It didn't miss him though, and has left him in quite some pain. The physio is out
62.5
0
Pat Cummins to Markram, no run, an absolute rip-snorter from Cummins. Has that taken the glove? Dharmasena doesn't think so, but Smith wants to find out. Markram doesn't seem too flustered though so he thinks he's safe. Replays are in, and it's come straight off the helmet. But what a ball this. It vaulted up from the middle of the pitch, Markram was jumping to fend it away but it leapt over his bat and hammered into his badge, before ballooning to first slip
62.4
4
Pat Cummins to Markram, FOUR, short of length on leg, neatly glanced past the keeper. Flurry of runs for South Africa here. Crowd getting louder and louder
62.3
2
Pat Cummins to Markram, 2 runs, back of a length delivery outside off, punched through the covers. Mitch Marsh was sent back to the boundary, and he sprints across before tumbling over to flick this back in
62.2
4
Pat Cummins to Markram, FOUR, very tired chase from Mitch Marsh as Markram steers this past him at backward point. It beats him comfortably
62.1
0
Pat Cummins to Markram, no run, good length ball curling away outside off, left alone

Pat Cummins [10.0-3-19-1] is back into the attack

61.6
0
Starc to de Kock, no run, full at the stumps, flicked to short mid-wicket
61.5
4
Starc to de Kock, FOUR, edged but in the gap. Dangerous shot with the ball swinging away from him as he plays away from the body. But it's well wide of gully
61.4
4
Starc to de Kock, FOUR, oh glorious from de Kock, leans into the drive and caresses it through the covers. Brings up his half-century. Welcome return to form
61.3
1
Starc to Markram, 1 run, that's an absolutely crazy single, but importantly, Markram is safe. He's covered in dirt and glory after diving into his crease at the non-striker's end. Du Plessis punches the air in the balcony. A full-pitched ball at the stumps, Markram squeezes it towards mid-on and it's a total rush of blood which leads to him dashing towards the other end. Fortunately for him, Cummins is off-balance on the throw so it ends up missing the stumps by a long way. Would have been gone otherwise. As it turns out, he gets to his third Test hundred. This could do wonders for his career
61.2
0
Starc to Markram, no run, back of a length delivery on off, right behind the line is Markram
61.1
0
Starc to Markram, no run, pretty good from Starc. 141kph, angled in on off, holds its line a touch. Markram defends off the outside half into the covers

Slow claps from the crowd in anticipation of Markram's ton

60.6
0
Hazlewood to de Kock, no run, banged in short, it sticks into the pitch which leads to de Kock swivelling through with his pull too early. The ball arrives late and deflects off his arm into the cordon
60.5
0
Hazlewood to de Kock, no run, back of a length delivery just outside off, chopped late by de Kock but Australia have two gullies now. This shot finds one of them
60.4
0
Hazlewood to de Kock, no run, good length ball close to off-stump, well left by de Kock
60.3
0
Hazlewood to de Kock, no run, another bait thrown pretty wide of off, de Kock learns his lesson and resists the temptation
60.2
4
Hazlewood to de Kock, FOUR, chops it into the turf, bounces past gully for four. Played it nice and late, opening the bat-face on contact
60.1
0
Hazlewood to de Kock, no run, drawn into driving away from the body, very loose shot. Hazlewood pushing it across with the angle and getting some late swing to beat the edge
59.6
4
Starc to Markram, FOUR, soft hands from Markram after getting squared up with some late swing, the edge rolls away through gully for four. 99 now
59.5
0
Starc to Markram, no run, good length ball heading for the throat of off-stump, Markram keeps it out
59.4
1
Starc to de Kock, 1 run, good length ball tailing in on off, just a straight-batted defence through mid-wicket from de Kock. It sneaks past mid-wicket for a single
59.3
0
Starc to de Kock, no run, 147kph, spears it in full around off with some tail back in, de Kock jams it to mid-off
59.2
0
Starc to de Kock, no run, yorker length ball outside off, squeezed to mid-off
59.1
0
Starc to de Kock, no run, belligerent inswinging yorker at the stumps, de Kock just about gets his bat down in time to eke out an inside edge to square leg
58.6
0
Hazlewood to Markram, no run, pounds it in short, loops over Markram's head as he ducks. Good testing over
58.5
0
Hazlewood to Markram, no run, bends this one in from a back of length, Markram defends on the back foot. Good bit of bowling this, getting a couple to curl away, and then a few to come in
58.4
0
Hazlewood to Markram, no run, curling away late from a good length, Markram covers it nicely in defence
58.3
0
Hazlewood to Markram, no run, caught in the crease to a back of length delivery that stays a touch low, blunts it to mid-on
58.2
0
Hazlewood to Markram, no run, tailing in late from a good length, Markram had to hurry there as his bat came across the line. Turns it to square leg
58.1
1
Hazlewood to de Kock, 1 run, late dab at this away-going delivery, taps it through backward point
57.6
0
Starc to Markram, no run, solid in defence. Really good stride onto the front foot to get on top of this length ball
57.5
0
Starc to Markram, no run, back of a length delivery on off, blocked into the covers
57.4
4
Starc to Markram, FOUR, overpitched, sliced away through the covers. Lovely timing again from Markram on this open-faced drive. He jumps onto 95. The sparse crowd here at Kingsmead starting to find some life with a milestone approaching
57.3
0
Starc to Markram, no run, pitched right up on off, smothered back to Starc
57.2
2
Starc to Markram, 2 runs, uppishly played back past the bowler. A check-drive from Markram with the ball slightly stopping on him from a fullish length. It was well wide of Starc though, so no real danger there
57.1
0
Starc to Markram, no run, back of a length delivery just outside off, blocked to short cover
56.6
2
Hazlewood to de Kock, 2 runs, doesn't hesitate to go on the up, leans into the drive and times it nicely through the covers. Warner hunts it down and keeps them to two
56.5
0
Hazlewood to de Kock, no run, short of length delivery on off, wanted to dab it to the third man boundary but he finds gully in the way
56.4
0
Hazlewood to de Kock, no run, good length ball on off, 139kph, de Kock blocks
56.3
4
Hazlewood to de Kock, FOUR, another loosener on the pads, de Kock doesn't miss out this time either. They've now added a fielder at short mid-wicket
56.2
0
Hazlewood to de Kock, no run, pitched up outside off, driven to mid-off
56.1
4
Hazlewood to de Kock, FOUR, strays on the pads from round the wicket and de Kock clips it nicely through mid-wicket. He's finding a bit of form
55.6
0
Starc to Markram, no run, Smith is really keen to review this, but Paine just walks past him towards the other end. Absolute peach from Starc from round the wicket, just the kind of delivery he was wreaking menace with in the first innings. Angled in, curves away late and squares Markram up on the back foot. Seemed to have missed the edge
55.5
1
Starc to de Kock, 1 run, sits up for de Kock from a short of length and he cracks a lovely pull to deep mid-wicket. Little slip for Mitch Marsh out there but nothing too worrisome
55.4
0
Starc to de Kock, no run, pitched up around off, not a great deal of reverse for Starc. De Kock punches to mid-off
55.3
0
Starc to de Kock, no run, full ball outside off, 144kph, driven to mid-off
55.2
4
Starc to de Kock, FOUR, short of length delivery on off, de Kock stabs it through the gully region and it beats Lyon's chase for the boundary
55.1
0
Starc to de Kock, no run, good length ball outside off, pushed on the up to the right of Warner at mid-off
54.6
0
Hazlewood to Markram, no run, fullish on off, smothered back
54.5
0
Hazlewood to Markram, no run, just as you praise him, he plays a stinker. Good length ball outside off, has a big dart at it on the up and is beaten on the edge
54.4
0
Hazlewood to Markram, no run, back of a length delivery bending in towards off, gets a little hustled after being cramped for room. Manages to dab it towards gully
54.3
0
Hazlewood to Markram, no run, goes wide of the crease for a back of length delivery just outside off, punched towards point
54.2
4
Hazlewood to Markram, FOUR, exquisite from Markram. What an innings this has been. A little fuller than a good length outside off, Markram plants his front foot across and laces it through the covers
54.1
1
Hazlewood to de Kock, 1 run, gets a bit too straight from round the wicket, enables de Kock to work him wide of square leg for one

Josh Hazlewood [10.0-1-37-2] is back into the attack

53.6
0
Starc to Markram, no run, speared in from a good length on off, defended from the crease
53.5
0
Starc to Markram, no run, back of a length delivery on off from round the wicket, Markram gets behind the line of it
53.4
1
Starc to de Kock, 1 run, such a half-hearted pull, if you could even call it that. Just left his bat hanging against this short ball, swivelled across, and it ran off the face down to fine leg. More luck than control
53.3
0
Starc to de Kock, no run, pitched up just outside off, de Kock punches to mid-off
53.2
0
Starc to de Kock, no run, looks to push it straight back, but because of the reverse-swing his bat-face closes and he skews it off the inside half to short mid-wicket
53.1
2
Starc to de Kock, 2 runs, tailing in on the pads, de Kock clips it away to deep mid-wicket

15:18 Local Time, 13:18 GMT, 18:48 IST: Welcome back. Markram's fight has delayed Australia's charge towards victory, but there's still a full four sessions to go. Also, this is pretty much the last recognized pair. All set for the final session today. Starc to de Kock

14:57 Local Time, 12:57 GMT, 18:27 IST: There was a lot of talk after SA's gritty and celebrated players were gone before the team score reached 50. Nevertheless, the young brigade came to the rescue as Markram showed the grit that we saw in Port Elizabeth in the Boxing Day Test 2 months ago and he remains unbeaten on 85. de Bruyn and Markram stitched together an 87-run partnership, before Hazlewood snaffled the former. The latter, though carried on, with de Kock as he essays a potentially career-defining knock. Just one wicket for 104 runs this session, and it has given the Proteas some hope. Despite Starc chirping away and Lyon threatening to take a wicket every ball, SA have absorbed the pressure and are looking to make a contest out of this. Join us in 20 minutes for the final session of the day.

52.6
0
Pat Cummins to Markram, no run, short of length delivery again and heading towards off and middle, Markram jumps and rams it down to prevent it from rising. Dropped into the on-side, and it is tea
52.5
4
Pat Cummins to Markram, FOUR, short of length delivery just outside off, Markram gets on his back foot and plays that back foot punch that he has made his own to sweeper cover for four. It was in the air for a while, but it was placed to the left of short cover
52.4
0
Pat Cummins to Markram, no run, back of a length delivery just outside off, Markram waits for it and meets it under his eyes to check the drive straight to short cover
52.3
0
Pat Cummins to Markram, no run, fuller length delivery just outside off, Markram reaches out with a big stride and drives it to short cover
52.2
0
Pat Cummins to Markram, no run, bumper! Outside off and heading for the head, Markram hops up high and fends it down with a loose bottom-hand. Not too fast, @136kmph, but hurried him up
52.1
1
Pat Cummins to de Kock, 1 run, short of length delivery just outside off and angling in, de Kock drops it to short mid-wicket off the back foot and they scamper across for a quick single
51.6
1
Smith to de Kock, 1 run, drags it down shorter from round the wicket, pitching outside off and turning in towards leg and middle, tickled around the corner to short fine leg for a single
51.5
1
Smith to Markram, 1 run, full delivery on middle, a little flatter than the last few, driven down to long-on for a single
51.4
0
Smith to Markram, no run, full delivery on leg-stump, the leg-break straightens, Markram gets it off the outer half towards mid-off
51.3
0
Smith to Markram, no run, full delivery on off, Markram tries a whip-drive and gets an outside edge towards point
51.2
0
Smith to Markram, no run, tossed up outside off and straightening, pushed back to the bowler
51.1
0
Smith to Markram, no run, loopy delivery on middle and leg, dead-batted off the front foot

Steven Smith, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack

50.6
0
Pat Cummins to de Kock, no run, short of length delivery outside off and heading towards off and middle, de Kock gets on his toes and punches it towards mid-on
50.5
0
Pat Cummins to de Kock, no run, back of a length delivery just outside off and straightening off the seam of the ball, de Kock remains stoic in his back foot defence
50.4
0
Pat Cummins to de Kock, no run, short delivery but a tad wide outside off, de Kock sways out of the way
50.3
0
Pat Cummins to de Kock, no run, back of a length delivery just outside off and heading towards off and middle, de Kock drops his wrists on and gets it to mid-wicket
50.2
0
Pat Cummins to de Kock, no run, fuller length delivery just outside off, de Kock comes forward and drives it back towards Pat Cummins. Poorly timed as the bat-face closes upon impact
50.1
0
Pat Cummins to de Kock, no run, short of length delivery in the channel outside off, de Kock is solidly behind it with a back foot defensive
49.6
1
Lyon to de Kock, 1 run, back of a length delivery on middle and straightening a tad, de Kock shuffles across and tickles that away to fine leg for a single
49.5
0
Lyon to de Kock, no run, tossed up on middle and straightening towards off, de Kock comes half-forward and defends
49.4
1
Lyon to Markram, 1 run, full and flighted on off, Markram nails the clip-drive to mid-on for a single
49.3
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, fuller length delivery outside off, Markram comes forward and pushes to cover. The spin was smothered
49.2
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, length ball on off, turning in towards leg, Markram turns it towards forward short leg
49.1
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, length delivery outside off and turning in, loopy trajectory, Markram plays inside the line
48.6
0
Pat Cummins to de Kock, no run, fuller length delivery on off-stump, push-driven to mid-off
48.5
0
Pat Cummins to de Kock, no run, back of a length delivery on off and heading for middle, de Kock dead-bats off a half-cocked stance
48.4
0
Pat Cummins to de Kock, no run, back of a length and just a touch wide outside off, de Kock tries to cut it away off the back foot but chops it off the bottom-edge into the off-side
48.3
0
Pat Cummins to de Kock, no run, back of a length delivery against, seaming away just a tad, de Kock drops it into the pitch from the crease
48.2
0
Pat Cummins to de Kock, no run, back of a length delivery on off and heading towards middle and leg with the angle, straightening off the seam, de Kock comes across and fends it close to his body
48.1
1
Pat Cummins to Markram, 1 run, short of length delivery with no width, de Kock gets on top of it and guides it to point for a scampered single

Pat Cummins [7.0-2-13-1] is back into the attack

47.6
0
Lyon to de Kock, no run, flat delivery on middle and leg, a little round-arm, pitching on a length, and de Kock turns it away off his pads into the on-side. Fails to find the gap
47.5
0
Lyon to de Kock, no run, back of a length delivery just outside off, de Kock gets low in his stance and carves it late to point
47.4
1
Lyon to Markram, 1 run, full delivery outside off, Markram comes down the track and takes it on the full, whips it to long-on for a single
47.3
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, fuller length delivery outside off and turning in, keeping alarmingly low, and Markram gets his bat down to keep it out
47.2
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, good length delivery just outside off, turning in, Markram gets on the back foot and jabs his bat down on it
47.1
1
Lyon to de Kock, 1 run, back of a length delivery on middle and leg, straightening, tucked away to backward square leg for a single
46.6
1
Hazlewood to de Kock, 1 run, skiddy back of a length delivery angling towards off and middle, de Kock is cramped for room on the cut with his feet rooted to the ground and is hurried as well as he gets a thick inside edge into the on-side
46.5
0
Hazlewood to de Kock, no run, short of length delivery coming in with the round the wicket angle and seaming in as well, de Kock is alarmed by the bounce, stands up tall (as tall as he can) and taps it on the head to gully
46.4
2
Hazlewood to de Kock, 2 runs, length delivery just outside off, de Kock trusts the bounce and checks the drive towards deep extra cover for a brace
46.3
4
Hazlewood to de Kock, FOUR, short of length delivery outside off, de Kock steers that outside off the back foot and doesn't bother to keep it down as it falls just short of Khawaja at gully, as it blazes away to the square third man fence for four
46.2
0
Hazlewood to de Kock, no run, good length delivery outside off, de Kock comes forward and push-drives to mid-off
46.1
1
Hazlewood to Markram, 1 run, back of a length delivery just outside off, Markram taps it to cover point from the crease for a single
45.6
0
Lyon to de Kock, no run, flat length ball on off, straightening, de Kock taps it into the off-side from the crease
45.5
0
Lyon to de Kock, no run, back of a length delivery on middle and leg, de Kock tucks it off the back foot into the on-side
45.4
0
Lyon to de Kock, no run, back of a length delivery just outside off and turning wildly away, off the footmarks, de Kock pulls out of the cut
45.3
0
Lyon to de Kock, no run, flatter delivery on middle and off, de Kock comes forward and defends; plays for the turn and gets it off the inside half towards the on-side
45.2
0
Lyon to de Kock, no run, tossed up off-break on off, straightening, de Kock comes forward and dead-bats
45.1
2
Lyon to de Kock, 2 runs, back of a length delivery on middle and leg, straightening a tad, de Kock gets back and tickles it to fine leg for a couple
44.6
1
Hazlewood to de Kock, leg byes, 1 run, short-ish delivery aimed at the elbow, de Kock is in that side-on position and offers no shot, cops a blow on the elbow as it trickles away towards square leg. They scamper a leg-bye
44.5
0
Hazlewood to de Kock, no run, back of a length delivery in the channel outside off, de Kock comes forward and across and shoulders arms
44.4
4
Hazlewood to de Kock, FOUR, back of a length delivery outside off and jagging back in off the seam sharply, de Kock is cramped for room and opens the face of the bat to guide it down wide of the slip cordon for a boundary
44.3
0
Hazlewood to de Kock, no run, fuller length delivery just outside off, tapped to mid-off off the front foot
44.2
2
Hazlewood to de Kock, 2 runs, fuller length delivery on middle and off from round the wicket, de Kock just extends a forward defence into a check-drive to long-off for a couple
44.1
0
Hazlewood to de Kock, no run, good length delivery fractionally wide outside off, de Kock leans into a cover drive but mistimes it to the man inside the circle
43.6
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, loopier delivery just outside off, Markram comes forward and gets to the pitch, guides it towards point with an open bat-face
43.5
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, fullish delivery and flat just outside off, Markram comes forward and smothers the spin with a forward defence
43.4
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, given not out, and Australia take the review. A good length off-break outside off, turning in, and seems to be hitting the pad as Markram plays down the wrong line. Didn't anticipate the degree of turn. Lobs up off the pad and to Smith at slip. Given not out. One review left for Australia
43.3
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, flatter length ball outside off, Markram reaches out and pushes to cover
43.2
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, loopy delivery fractionally wide outside off, Markram leaves it alone watchfully
43.1
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, full and flat outside off, dead-batted by Markram
42.6
0
Hazlewood to de Kock, no run, fullish on off, de Kock is half-forward to block that
42.5
2
Hazlewood to de Kock, 2 runs, surprise short ball and de Kock wasn't expecting that, luckily gloves it down and it bounces wide of Paine's dive, two to get off the mark
42.4
0
Hazlewood to de Kock, no run, keeps it there outside off and de Kock has another sighter
42.3
0
Hazlewood to de Kock, no run, pitched up outside off, sucker delivery, de Kock shoulders arms
42.2
0
Hazlewood to de Kock, no run, good length angled across de Kock, left alone

Quinton de Kock, left handed bat, comes to the crease

42.1
0
Hazlewood to Theunis de Bruyn, out Caught by Paine!! Look at that roar from Hazlewood. Suddenly gets something extra from the pitch and takes out Theunis de Bruyn. Just when things were going smoothly and the bowlers were being silenced, Hazlewood strikes. This pitches fuller than a good length outside off, makes Theunis de Bruyn play, steeples to take the feather and a good catch by Paine who was unsure which method to take it. Eventually clutched it to his chest and heaved a sigh of relief. Delighted faces in the Aussie camp. End of a mini-fightback. Theunis de Bruyn c Paine b Hazlewood 36(84) [4s-6]

Hazlewood to Theunis de Bruyn, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

41.6
1
Lyon to Theunis de Bruyn, 1 run, too short and flat, whipped away wide of short leg

Round for the last ball

41.5
1
Lyon to Markram, 1 run, when it's too full like that, he will use his bottom-hand to play a Kohli-esque whip to long-on
41.4
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, flighted delivery outside off, Markram watches it pitch and turn in, before smothering
41.3
1
Lyon to Theunis de Bruyn, 1 run, good sweep. Right on top of the ball and hit hard, took it from outside off and smashed it. But there's Usman at deep square
41.2
1
Lyon to Markram, 1 run, tossed up again, Markram gets forward and on-drives to long-on
41.1
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, tossed up and driven back to Lyon, who feigns to throw it back

Right now the pitch looks so easy for batting. A pity from a Protea viewpoint that AB got run out. A criminal waste that!

40.6
2
Hazlewood to Theunis de Bruyn, 2 runs, Theunis de Bruyn is playing really well as well. On a good length and outside off, outstanding timing on the back foot punch, only Lyon's athletic ability and dive at sweeper prevented the boundary
40.5
0
Hazlewood to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, goes full, angling in, Theunis de Bruyn on-drives with a straight bat to mid-on
40.4
1
Hazlewood to Markram, 1 run, fullish outside off, Markram gets forward and plays a flowing drive to the sweeper on the off-side

Starc has been taken off the attack - that is a small victory for the batsmen

40.3
0
Hazlewood to Markram, no run, wide of the crease, angled in on off, defended
40.2
2
Hazlewood to Markram, 2 runs, uses the tiny amount of width on offer to steer it wide of gully, comes back for the second
40.1
0
Hazlewood to Markram, no run, fullish on off, neat forward block with the head right on top of the ball

Josh Hazlewood [6.0-1-16-1] is back into the attack

39.6
0
Lyon to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, too much turn and Lyon after appealing for a long time, gestures that it is missing leg. Theunis de Bruyn misjudged the length there, and the amount of turn the ball would eventually take, went back to punch and was cramped for room, luckily the ball struck him on the back pad in line with leg stump. The turn would've taken it down, rightly Smith and Co. don't take the review
39.5
0
Lyon to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, lots of flight on that, driven hard but straight back to Lyon
39.4
1
Lyon to Markram, 1 run, this time he gets forward and wrists the drive to long-on
39.3
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, tossed up on off, Markram gets forward to block
39.2
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, lovely ball and Lyon is on his knees, well almost. Bancroft at short leg is deep and standing parallel to the batting crease, this turns in, short of the defence, takes the inside edge onto the pad and pops well wide of him. Had he been forward and in front of Markram, he would've had a great chance
39.1
1
Lyon to Theunis de Bruyn, 1 run, low full-toss outside off, swept with control to deep square leg

Nathan Lyon [14.0-2-44-0] is back into the attack

38.6
0
Starc to Markram, no run, dug in short and rising at Markram, who defends in front of gully, wants a single but Theunis de Bruyn isn't interested
38.5
1
Starc to Theunis de Bruyn, 1 run, angled in, on a good length on off, tapped wide of mid-on for a single
38.4
0
Starc to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, good leave. Full outside off, Theunis de Bruyn lets it go and walks away even as Starc has a few words to say
38.3
0
Starc to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, pitched up outside off, Theunis de Bruyn drives to mid-off
38.2
1
Starc to Markram, 1 run, on the hips, nudged to fine leg
38.1
0
Starc to Markram, no run, first ball and Starc beats Markram. On a length outside off, hint of curve back in, Markram tries a punch, played outside the line of the ball and it didn't miss the inside edge by much

The ball is being passed through the circular hoops. It doesn't pass the test - one side it has to go in and the other not - and we will have a ball change. Disappointed faces in the Protea camp. Amla is seen having a lot to say. Meanwhile the umpire crosses the one that is being sent off with a pen. Not sure what he was scratching there. Anyway. Starc to go again with a changed ball.

37.6
0
Mitchell Marsh to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, beautiful off-drive, lovely straight bat but Warner at mid-off gets across to cut it off
37.5
0
Mitchell Marsh to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, back of a length outside off, Theunis de Bruyn punches with no timing wide of short cover
37.4
0
Mitchell Marsh to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, good length outside off, holding its line, left alone
37.3
0
Mitchell Marsh to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, that's a bit over-ambitious from Theunis de Bruyn. Looks to pull a delivery that is climbing on him, off the front foot as well, splices it and it lands safely
37.2
0
Mitchell Marsh to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, pitched up outside off, Theunis de Bruyn drives well and controls it to short cover
37.1
0
Mitchell Marsh to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, pitched up and on off, on-driven with a straight bat to mid-on
36.6
1
Starc to Theunis de Bruyn, 1 run, another delivery in the blockhole, late movement in, squirted out to the vacant point region
36.5
0
Starc to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, tailing in yorker, at the base of off, Theunis de Bruyn is a bit late to bring his bat down, but the bottom edge stays near his feet. This time Starc just has a look at the batsman without saying anything
36.4
0
Starc to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, Theunis de Bruyn is on the walk as Starc attacks off with a good length delivery, defended well
36.3
0
Starc to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, short of length on the stumps, Theunis de Bruyn is back and across to block

Now Theunis de Bruyn vs Starc. Pity the stump mics aren't turned up fully as was the case in the India series. There we got to hear some real gems. At the same time one has to understand that you won't always get pleasant things from the Aussies and it is being watched by millions around the world. Still, no fun without hearing what's being said!

36.2
1
Starc to Markram, 1 run, yorker length outside off, dug out to the vacant point region
36.1
4
Starc to Markram, FOUR, tonked. Markram is playing so well at the moment. This one he lays into as he sees the full delivery outside off, doesn't bother to keep it down and sends the ball flying past a diving short cover. Raced away to the fence

Time for drinks. A terrific hour for South Africa. Everyone expected them to just crumble. But Markram and Theunis de Bruyn have counter-attacked and at the same time kept the good ones away. The partnership has crossed 50 and both batsmen seem to be in a mood to fight it out. There was a chance when Paine didn't go for the catch that would've sent Theunis de Bruyn back. Shaun Marsh was expecting Paine to take it, that's why he didn't fly to catch at slip. Can they continue the fightback? The Aussies as is their wont have started to reverse the ball and are upping their sledging game. Don't leave your seat for anything else. This is unmissable Test cricket. Starc to continue...

35.6
1
Mitchell Marsh to Markram, 1 run, short and wide outside off, Markram cuts to the sweeper and retains the strike

Sweeper back now. Short cover and short mid catching now

35.5
0
Mitchell Marsh to Markram, no run, late movement for Mitchell Marsh, pitches outside off and shoots back to off and middle, Markram keeps it out well
35.4
0
Mitchell Marsh to Markram, no run, tailing in late, full and drifting down on the pads, Markram falls over and can only get an inside edge onto the pad
35.3
0
Mitchell Marsh to Markram, no run, inside edge onto the pad and doesn't go back on. Oohs and aahs from the Aussies. On a length on the stumps, Markram is a bit late on the back foot defence, gets lucky
35.2
0
Mitchell Marsh to Markram, no run, short of length outside off, holding its line, left alone
35.1
4
Mitchell Marsh to Markram, FOUR, lovely shot. Mitchell Marsh overpitches now and it's creamed square of the wicket by Markram. Knelt down and timed it off the middle of the bat. The flurry of boundaries continue
34.6
0
Starc to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, end of a very eventful over. On a short of length on the stumps, compactly defended. Starc again has a go at Theunis de Bruyn
34.6
1
Starc to Theunis de Bruyn, no ball, wow! This is now turning out to be a full-fledged sledging battle. Theunis de Bruyn gets carried away by the good shots in the over and attempts a drive, played down the wrong line and missed. Then the real action started. Paine threw the ball back at the stumps, Starc, Smith and Warner were in Theunis de Bruyn's ear and the crowd who seem to be up for it, are roaring. What gripping action and Starc has just bowled the first no-ball of the game

In all that excitement, the umpires seem to have signalled over. Ok. They get themselves sorted and we will have Starc get a go again

34.5
4
Starc to Theunis de Bruyn, FOUR, smashed. And Starc is having a right go at Theunis de Bruyn. Overpitched again outside off, Theunis de Bruyn times the cover drive and no-one moved a muscle on the field. Sped away and to his credit the batsman didn't retort back. Smith too had a few words to say to Theunis de Bruyn
34.4
0
Starc to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, Starc pulls the length back and it hits Theunis de Bruyn's splice on the defence. Starc has a go at the batsman and the crowd got behind the batsman. They certainly want to see a fight here
34.3
4
Starc to Theunis de Bruyn, FOUR, when the ball isn't reversing and it is full, easy to drive, Theunis de Bruyn does the same and gets it wide of mid-off. Nice high elbow and a straight bat to boot
34.2
0
Starc to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, full and angling in, Theunis de Bruyn offers a dead bat
34.1
4
Starc to Theunis de Bruyn, FOUR, that is so unlike the Aussies. We saw this happen with Parthiv and Che during the India series here. Now it is Paine and Shaun Marsh. Both leave the edge to each other and it flies away. Certainly Paine's catch as Theunis de Bruyn slashed at it hard. Paine took a step to his right and then didn't go for it. A definite chance missed. Marsh from the corner of his eye saw Paine's movement and then assumed he would go for it
33.6
0
Mitchell Marsh to Markram, no run, swinging in, Markram does well to drive with a straight bat to mid-on. Excellent opening over from Mitchell Marsh
33.5
0
Mitchell Marsh to Markram, no run, tight delivery on the stumps, met with a straight-batted block

Markram has to be careful against Mitchell Marsh here, can't afford to take him easily. Marsh is running in nicely and bowling in the high 130s

33.4
0
Mitchell Marsh to Markram, no run, pitched up again, late movement in, Markram pushes it back to Mitchell Marsh
33.3
0
Mitchell Marsh to Markram, no run, stump to stump line from Mitchell Marsh, full, driven back to him
33.2
0
Mitchell Marsh to Markram, no run, ooh! Mitchell Marsh has got this ball to reverse now. Late tail in on the yorker, Markram does well to dig it out

Just a lone slip in

33.1
0
Mitchell Marsh to Markram, no run, pitched up outside off, a loosener from Mitchell Marsh, Markram lines up for a big square drive, mistimes it back to the bowler

Mitchell Marsh, right-arm medium, comes into the attack

32.6
0
Starc to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, yorker length outside off, Theunis de Bruyn could've left that alone, but he tries to dig it out and doesn't make contact. Oohs and aahs all around
32.5
0
Starc to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, angled in, on a good length on the stumps, whipped to mid-wicket
32.4
0
Starc to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, now the ball is going. Starc is running in hiding it, so that the batsmen don't know which side is what, pitches outside off, and then moves away late, beating the loose flail from Theunis de Bruyn
32.3
1
Starc to Markram, 1 run, sprayed down leg, full, Markram is mindful of not closing the bat face, eventually flicks with a straight bat and gets a thick edge that falls in front of Cummins at mid-on
32.2
0
Starc to Markram, no run, that's the ball I was talking about previously. Angled in on a good length and then holds its line to beat the attempted defence of Markram who was playing for the original line
32.1
1
Starc to Theunis de Bruyn, 1 run, short of length and angling in, pushed wide of mid-on
31.6
4
Lyon to Markram, FOUR, he is playing Lyon so well. Lyon flights this outside off, looking for the footmarks, but it's a tad too full and Markram cashes in with a flowing cover drive past the diving fielder. Putting the pressure back on Lyon
31.5
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, tossed up again, Markram defends from the crease
31.4
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, now right forward and smothers the tossed up delivery
31.3
4
Lyon to Markram, FOUR, shot. Cut from the rough, fraction short and didn't spin back in, Markram rocked back and cut that past point. That's the way to play spin
31.2
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, watches it turn from the pitch and since the trajectory is flat, he defends off the back foot
31.1
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, got too close to the pitch of it as he advanced, dug out in the end
30.6
4
Starc to Theunis de Bruyn, FOUR, went for the attempted yorker, but got it wrong, low full-toss around off, whipped beautifully by Theunis de Bruyn wide of mid-on and it races away
30.5
0
Starc to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, and that's the change-up. The surprise short ball followed by the stare. Theunis de Bruyn has to be quick to move his head out of the way and does so well
30.4
0
Starc to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, pitched up again, Theunis de Bruyn drives lavishly with a big followthrough, but doesn't time it at all, finds short cover
30.3
0
Starc to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, again full, so far no hint of swing, driven through the line to mid-off
30.2
0
Starc to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, pitched up outside off, pushed to short cover who dives to his right to stop

This is where things will get spicy. When Starc comes round the wicket with a semi-new ball to the right-hander, then expect some reverse. The killer delivery will be the one that shapes in naturally and then holds its line or jags away. Remember James Vince in the Ashes? Both edges in play now as well as the lbw and bowled!

30.1
0
Starc to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, from round the wicket, full and driven to mid-off

Mitchell Starc [4.0-0-18-1] is back into the attack

29.6
1
Lyon to Theunis de Bruyn, 1 run, drags it down, whipped off the back foot to deep mid-wicket
29.5
0
Lyon to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, tossed up outside off, Theunis de Bruyn stretches forward to smother, but the length is short of his attempted defence, pad-bat in the end but no-one at silly point
29.4
1
Lyon to Markram, 1 run, 50 for Markram. Applause from everyone at Kingsmead. He has played very well in this innings. Compact and skilful. Gets to the milestone by driving to long-on
29.3
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, turns from a flatter trajectory, defended off the back foot

Leg-slip disappears

29.2
4
Lyon to Markram, FOUR, not to the pitch but went through with the shot. Came down the track and was beaten in flight, lofts and slices it enough clear mid-off. Good positive batting
29.1
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, tossed up and turning towards off, Markram gets the bat in front of the pad to block
28.6
0
Pat Cummins to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, back of a length outside off, Theunis de Bruyn stands tall to punch to short cover. He's handled Pat Cummins pretty well so far
28.5
0
Pat Cummins to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, forced off the back foot again, wide of short cover but they won't take on Warner once more

Not long before Starc gets a go. To see whether there's any reverse on offer

28.4
0
Pat Cummins to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, short of length outside off, stabbed from the crease to backward point
28.3
0
Pat Cummins to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, pitched up outside off, hint of shape away, Theunis de Bruyn hoists his bat high up before leaving. Close to the bottom edge as he took the bat up in the air
28.2
0
Pat Cummins to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, shortish outside off, Theunis de Bruyn forces off the back foot to short cover
28.1
0
Pat Cummins to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, well left. In the corridor of uncertainty, on a good length outside off, holding its line
27.6
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, tosses it up just a bit, Markram stretches forward to defend
27.5
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, bit quicker, flat trajectory, defended off the back foot

Both men near the bat - short leg and leg-slip are under the helmet

27.4
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, tad too full outside off, smothered
27.3
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, that in-between length, neither short nor full, turn and bounce and has Markram in trouble, a thin edge onto body and dies near his feet
27.2
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, good leave even though it spun appreciably from outside off, Markram saw that till the last moment and then lets it go
27.1
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, tossed up outside off, Markram lines up for a big on-drive, but hits it straight to the fielder at mid-on
26.6
0
Pat Cummins to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, dug in on a back of a length around off, Theunis de Bruyn drops it down with soft hands
26.5
0
Pat Cummins to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, dug in short and just outside off, Theunis de Bruyn half-sits and sways away to leave
26.4
0
Pat Cummins to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, played at that and is beaten. Good length outside off, holds its line and doesn't miss the edge by much. Theunis de Bruyn tried to pull the bat inside the line, a tad too late
26.3
0
Pat Cummins to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, short of length on off, Theunis de Bruyn is back and across to block

Two slips, a gully and a short leg in

26.2
1
Pat Cummins to Markram, 1 run, short of length on off, nudged off the back foot in front of mid-on. Easy run and they take it
26.1
0
Pat Cummins to Markram, no run, good length on off stump, Markram defends from the crease. Neatly in behind that
25.6
0
Lyon to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, safely played back down the pitch
25.5
0
Lyon to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, defended nicely on the front foot
25.4
4
Lyon to Theunis de Bruyn, FOUR, loud cheers as de Bruyn reverse-sweeps this for four behind backward point. Aussies don't mind this either with Paine going "nice, Gazza"
25.3
0
Lyon to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, forward and defended
25.2
0
Lyon to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, floated up too full, de Bruyn drills it to mid-off
25.1
0
Lyon to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, turning in from a length, takes a thick inside edge towards leg-slip. It died off the bat immediately
24.6
1
Pat Cummins to Theunis de Bruyn, 1 run, tucked wide of mid-on
24.5
3
Pat Cummins to Markram, 3 runs, closes the bat-face as he drives it wide of mid-on. The ball was pretty full from Cummins, searching for the reverse-swing. Markram jammed down on it pretty well. It fetches him three
24.4
0
Pat Cummins to Markram, no run, short of length delivery on off, jumps back in the crease and blocks comfortably
24.3
0
Pat Cummins to Markram, no run, short ball in line with middle and leg, Markram hunkers under it
24.2
0
Pat Cummins to Markram, no run, full ball with a hint of in-swing at the stumps, punched to mid-on
24.1
0
Pat Cummins to Markram, no run, good length ball tailing in at the stumps, Markram plays it late as he prods half-forward in defence
23.6
0
Lyon to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, turning in from the footmarks, de Bruyn pads it away
23.5
4
Lyon to Theunis de Bruyn, FOUR, excellent flourish on the sweep from de Bruyn, absolutely belts it through square leg for four
23.4
0
Lyon to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, flighted off-break turning in from outside off, defended back
23.3
1
Lyon to Markram, 1 run, now he uses his feet and whips it wide of mid-on. He's looked good in this innings
23.2
2
Lyon to Markram, 2 runs, because Markram was able to smother the previous one, Lyon pulls his length back which allows Markram to rock onto the back foot and punch this through the covers
23.1
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, tosses it up wide of off and turns it back in, good stride from Markram to smother
22.6
0
Pat Cummins to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, back of a length delivery on off, no timing on the punch from de Bruyn to mid-on. Got it right at the bottom
22.5
0
Pat Cummins to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, short ball down leg, de Bruyn lets it pass
22.4
0
Pat Cummins to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, oh boy, this stayed reasonably low from a good length. It was headed straight towards the front pad, before de Bruyn's bat came down at the last moment and eked out a toe-edge
22.3
0
Pat Cummins to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, back of a length delivery at the stumps, blocked back
22.2
0
Pat Cummins to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, de Bruyn trying to be positive. Looks to punch this good length ball through the covers, but it straightens off the deck outside off and beats his outside edge. That his feet were rooted in the crease didn't help
22.1
0
Pat Cummins to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, good length ball at the stumps, de Bruyn is forward in defence

12.41pm local: Welcome back. Will South Africa last this session? Here's Cummins.

12:03 Local Time, 10:03 GMT, 15:33 IST: So the Aussies didn't declare overnight, and added 14 runs to the lead, setting SA 417. Elgar and Markram started off well, until Elgar nicked one off the diabolical Starc. And then, SA lost their Big 3. Amla reviewed an LBW decision that was given out on umpire's call (Oh boy, when will SA's rotten luck with the DRS end?). And then it happened: AB de Villiers took off for a headless run and Markram sent him back. The last time the sound of silence was heard was 15th November 2013 (any guesses?), and then it was heard again today in Durban. Another AB run-out in a pressure situation. Faf lost his off-stump to a peach, and as a result, SA are staring at defeat. 63/4, and 354 more to win. Even the most optimistic fan is unlikely to believe. Join us after the lunch break in 40 minutes...

21.6
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, back of a length delivery outside off, missing the rough but still getting a hint of turn, Markram gets in the way and stonewalls off the back foot. And that is lunch on Day 4.
21.5
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, good length delivery outside off, tossed up, Markram watchfully blocks from the crease
21.4
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, off-break on a back of a length outside off, spits and takes Markram's inside edge to the right of forward short leg and away to square leg
21.3
4
Lyon to Markram, FOUR, tossed up but he's overpitched, Markram hammers it to the long-off fence for four. Bottom-hand drive straight down the ground
21.2
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, good length delivery and a little flatter outside off, Markram is intimidated into staying on the back foot and jabs his bat down whilst on the back foot
21.1
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, loopy delivery on a length outside off, Markram gets a big stride in and dead-bats
20.6
1
Pat Cummins to Markram, 1 run, a short of length delivery on the hips, Markram is off his feet as he hops and tucks that away towards mid-wicket for a quick single
20.5
4
Pat Cummins to Markram, FOUR, short of length delivery outside off, Markram gets back and across and punches it hard towards deep backward point for four. Lots of forearm power and the use of the bowler's pace on that too. Exemplary shot
20.4
0
Pat Cummins to Markram, no run, fuller length delivery on middle, Markram gets into a front-on stance, opens up his torso and gets forward and block it solidly towards mid-on
20.3
0
Pat Cummins to Markram, no run, short of length delivery just outside off, Markram steers it with a vertical bat towards point again
20.2
0
Pat Cummins to Markram, no run, short-ish delivery pounded into the pitch on off-stump, Markram hops and watches that onto the bat, steers it to point by angling the bat upon impact
20.1
0
Pat Cummins to Markram, no run, back of a length delivery just outside off, Markram goes for the back foot punch and is beaten by the away movement off the seam
19.6
0
Lyon to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, length delivery flighted outside off, turns in sharply and impact outside off as Theunis de Bruyn does some deliberate padding. Huge appeal, because the impact doesn't matter if you haven't offered a shot. Too much uncertainty for the umpire, and he declares it not out
19.5
0
Lyon to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, just a tad shorter behind the footmarks outside off, a hint of turn, tapped into the on-side
19.4
0
Lyon to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, fuller length delivery again fired in flat outside off, Theunis de Bruyn stretches forward and dead-bats
19.3
0
Lyon to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, loopy delivery on a fullish length outside off, Theunis de Bruyn comes forward to smother the turn
19.2
0
Lyon to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, back of a length delivery bouncing alarmingly from outside off and turning towards middle, Theunis de Bruyn is upto it as he stands tall and drops it into the on-side
19.1
1
Lyon to Markram, 1 run, too full and tossed up outside off, whip-driven to mid-on for a quick single
18.6
0
Pat Cummins to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, short delivery banged in outside off and going down leg with the angle as Theunis de Bruyn ducks under it. Pounded in @143km/h, that one. Pat Cummins really bending his back
18.5
0
Pat Cummins to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, fuller length delivery on middle and leg, check-driven to mid-on

Just 2 slips now.

18.4
2
Pat Cummins to Theunis de Bruyn, 2 runs, back of a length delivery on the pads, Theunis de Bruyn nurdles it towards deep mid-wicket for a brace
18.3
0
Pat Cummins to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, good length delivery in the channel outside off, Theunis de Bruyn gets into a front-on stance and punches it to mid-on

Three slips now, and a forward short leg

18.2
0
Pat Cummins to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, good length delivery on off and skidding towards middle, Theunis de Bruyn stands his ground and blocks it back to the bowler
18.1
1
Pat Cummins to Markram, leg byes, 1 run, length delivery on leg-stump, Markram misses the glance and gets it off the pads towards fine leg for a single
17.6
0
Lyon to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, back of a length delivery wide-ish outside off and turning in towards off-stump, Theunis de Bruyn gets right back in his crease and gets it the way of the ball to defend
17.5
0
Lyon to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, fuller length delivery, very loopy outside off, Theunis de Bruyn gets on his knee and reaches out to drive it back to the bowler
17.4
0
Lyon to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, dragged a little shorter than he would have liked outside off, Theunis de Bruyn gets back and pushes it back to the bowler
17.3
0
Lyon to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, back of a length and a lot of turn again towards middle and leg, Theunis de Bruyn taps it off the back foot towards the on-side
17.2
0
Lyon to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, back of a length delivery just outside off, turning in towards off, Theunis de Bruyn is right back in his crease to dead-bat
17.1
1
Lyon to Markram, 1 run, back of a length delivery outside off and tunring in sharply, Markram gets back to cut it away and ends up getting cramped for room, gets an inside edge to backward square leg for a single. Ooohs and aaahs all around...
16.6
0
Pat Cummins to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, good length delivery on off-stump, heading towards middle from the angle but straightening off the seam, Theunis de Bruyn defends from the crease in a stoic manner
16.5
0
Pat Cummins to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, short delivery and it doesn't rise, Theunis de Bruyn ducks and it fizzes past his head to the keeper's left
16.4
0
Pat Cummins to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, fuller length delivery tailing in slightly from outside off towards the off-stump line, Theunis de Bruyn defends it compactly from the crease

Theunis de Bruyn, right handed bat, comes to the crease

16.3
0
Pat Cummins to du Plessis, out Bowled!! Is that curtains for South Africa? Back of a length ball in the channel outside off, scrambled seam, landing on a 7'o'clock position and seaming in, du Plessis comes forward and tries to defend but the abrupt seam movement beats his inside edge and goes through the gate to uproot the off-stump. Cummins strikes in his first over. du Plessis b Pat Cummins 4(8) [4s-1]

Pat Cummins to du Plessis, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

Faf takes middle-stump guard

16.2
1
Pat Cummins to Markram, 1 run, length delivery on the pads, nudged to mid-wicket and they scurry across for a single
16.1
0
Pat Cummins to Markram, no run, back of a length delivery just outside off and into the off-stump line, Markram gets cramped and taps it off the back foot towards mid-on. A loud NO by the batsmen! Don't want any more damage because of run-outs

Pat Cummins, right-arm fast, comes into the attack

Stat: SA batsman getting run out most often in all international cricket:
28 AB de Villiers
27 J Kallis
25 H Cronje
23 G Kirsten/ H Amla

15.6
1
Lyon to Markram, 1 run, a rare full toss outside off, Markram whips that to mid-on for a quick single
15.5
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, good length ball just outside off, Markram comes forward and dead-bats to smother the turn
15.4
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, turn and bounce! Pitching on a back of a length outside off and turning in towards the thigh, lobs off the thigh guard into forward short leg's palms
15.3
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, tossed up on a good length outside off, Markram gets forward and dead-bats
15.2
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, fuller length delivery wide-ish outside off, Markram leans into a slice towards point
15.1
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, flighted delivery outside off, slightly full, Markram comes well forward and blocks that into the off-side

Stat: SA batsman getting run out most often in Tests:
7 JHB Waite
6 J McGlew/ J Kallis/ H Amla/ AB de Villiers

14.6
1
Hazlewood to Markram, 1 run, good length delivery in the channel outside off, Markram comes forward and pushes that to cover for a scampered single
14.5
0
Hazlewood to Markram, no run, short delivery and it doesn't take off. it was aimed at the face, Markram ducked but it zipped through a little low. Fizzed just above the helmet and to the keeper
14.4
0
Hazlewood to Markram, no run, good length delivery but too wide outside off Markram chases after it and tries to cut. Misses it completely as it skids through underneath his horizontal bat
14.3
0
Hazlewood to Markram, no run, good length delivery pitching on off-stump and angling towards middle and leg, nudged towards short mid-wicket

Stat: Bowlers dismissing Amla most often:
8 S Broad
7 M Johnson
6 S Sreesanth/ J HAZLEWOOD

14.2
0
Hazlewood to Markram, no run, fuller length delivery on off, dead-batted compactly by Markram
14.1
0
Hazlewood to Markram, no run, good length delivery wide-ish outside off, seaming away and keeping low, Markram tries to adjust to the behaviour of the ball and punch it away to the off-side but misses it altogether
13.6
0
Lyon to du Plessis, no run, back of a length delivery pitching wide-ish outside off, skidding and turning in towards off, du Plessis gets back and hurriedly jabs his bat down to tap it into the off-side
13.5
3
Lyon to Markram, 3 runs, tossed up delivery just outside off but errs in length, too full and Markram leans forward to punch that away to sweeper cover where Hazlewood dives to cut it off and manages to do so
13.4
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, straighter delivery tossed up just outside off-stump, Markram gets fully forward and pushes it back to Lyon
13.3
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, tossed up on a length outside off, turning in, Markram comes forward and dead-bats

Stat: Amla vs Hazlewood in Tests:
6 innings (when he has faced him)
62 balls
31 runs
3 fours
6 dismissals

13.2
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, Lyon saw him coming down and shortened the length outside off, Markram shimmied down and tucked it to forward short leg and hurried back into his crease
13.1
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, flat and fullish outside off, Markram defends that into the off-side with an angled bat
12.6
4
Hazlewood to du Plessis, FOUR, very full delivery on middle, du Plessis almost loses balance but manages to nudge it away with supreme timing to the deep mid-wicket fence for four
12.5
0
Hazlewood to du Plessis, no run, back of a length delivery outside off and just skidding a little and seaming away, du Plessis shuffles across outside off and adjusts his shot late to bunt it down into the wicket
12.4
0
Hazlewood to du Plessis, no run, back of a length delivery in the channel outside off and seaming in sharply, watchfully left alone by du Plessis
12.3
0
Hazlewood to du Plessis, no run, full delivery on the pads, on middle, clipped towards short mid-wicket
12.2
0
Hazlewood to du Plessis, no run, back of a length delivery just outside off, late-block guided down to gully because of the backspin and pace on the ball
12.1
0
Hazlewood to du Plessis, no run, good length delivery on the pads, du Plessis clips it towards short mid-wicket

Faf du Plessis, right handed bat, comes to the crease

11.6
0
Lyon to Markram, out de Villiers Run Out!! Oh you have got to be kidding me! A good length ball on leg stump, nudged towards Warner at backward square leg, AB goes for the run and is sent back by Markram. Quite rightly so too! And Warner fires in a throw to the non-striker's end. Lyon collects it and breaks the stumps and look at the Aussies! They have endless energy after that big wicket! Oh this is a massive moment in this Test match. Silence around Kingsmead. AB dived, and he had lost balance even before he reached the crease. He was hobbling almost on his knees! de Villiers run out (Warner/Lyon) 0(1)

Lyon to Markram, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!

11.5
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, good length delivery and flighted outside off, turning in, Markram plays inside the line again and is beaten on the outside edge
11.4
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, good length delivery outside off and turning in, dead-batted
11.3
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, fuller length delivery on middle and off, whipped away towards forward short leg who fires a throw back to the stumps
11.2
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, massive shout for LBW! Tossed up delivery outside off, turning in, Markram can't get his bat down in time, but I think it has hit him outside off. Australia do not review and in fact it has struck him outside the line
11.1
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, fullish delivery tossed up just outside off, lands on the footmarks but no alarms, Markram defends off the front foot
10.6
0
Hazlewood to de Villiers, no run, short of length delivery but wide-ish outside off, left alone comfortably by de Villiers

AB de Villiers, right handed bat, comes to the crease

That was Amla's 6th dismissal to Hazlewood in the last 7 innings. Having trouble against the seaming ball, are we Mr. Amla?

10.5
0
Hazlewood to Amla, out Lbw!! Amla is given! And it is reviewed by Amla immediately. Good length ball just outside off and seaming in sharply. Amla tried to gets across and play a cross-batted flick away into the on-side. There's no bat involved. The ball seems to have hit him pretty low and it looks out. Impact in line and it is OUT! Wickets hitting and it's umpire's call! Oh, the South Africans will be rather miffed at the umpiring in this Test match. So many have gone against them on umpire's call. Amla lbw b Hazlewood 8(19) [4s-1]

Hazlewood to Amla, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

10.4
0
Hazlewood to Amla, no run, short delivery but this time down leg side, Amla leaves it alone by getting his bat out of line and protecting his elbow. Oh, when the leather ball hits the funny bone, it hurts
10.3
0
Hazlewood to Amla, no run, short of length delivery but a fraction wide outside off, left alone by Amla. Hazlewood pumping up the pace too! That last one was banged in @144km/h
10.2
2
Hazlewood to Amla, 2 runs, fuller length delivery on middle and off, Amla gets back and across and whips it away expertly to deep backward square leg for a brace
10.1
0
Hazlewood to Amla, no run, length ball heading for off-stump, not much seam movement, Amla gets across to off-stump and dead-bats
9.6
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, dragged just a fraction short outside off, Markram gets back and cuts it to point
9.5
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, length ball outside off, not much turn, Markram comes down the track and dead-bats
9.4
1
Lyon to Amla, 1 run, fuller and flatter on middle and off, Amla shuffles across and clips it to deep square leg for a single
9.3
0
Lyon to Amla, no run, length ball outside off and turning sharply in, left alone by Amla
9.2
4
Lyon to Amla, FOUR, full-ish delivery on middle and off, Amla shimmies down and whips it away expertly to deep mid-wicket for four
9.1
1
Lyon to Markram, 1 run, ripper! A back of a length ball hissing from the surface, pitching outside off and turning sharply towards the ribcage as Markram is pushed to the back foot and gets a glove away to square leg. Bancroft at forward short leg got a hand to it, but that really can't go down as a drop
8.6
0
Hazlewood to Amla, no run, cross-seamer? Could've kept low if it landed on the leather part. A length ball in line with off-stump and it keeps low, but Amla is watchful in his defence as he gets forward and jabs his bat down in time
8.5
0
Hazlewood to Amla, no run, length ball pitching just outside off and seaming in towards middle and leg, Amla gets back and across and nudges it into the on-side from the crease
8.4
0
Hazlewood to Amla, no run, good length delivery on middle and off, a little skiddy, Amla defends it from the crease
8.3
0
Hazlewood to Amla, no run, a bit of late outswing, full delivery, but waaaay too wide outside off, Amla wants nothing to do with that and leaves it alone
8.2
0
Hazlewood to Amla, no run, good length delivery in the channel outside off, seaming in as Amla played inside the line but keeping low. Amla gets a thick edge but since he played it with soft hands, if fell short of Smith at 2nd slip
8.1
0
Hazlewood to Amla, no run, short of length delivery just fractionally wide outside off, Amla shoulders arms

Josh Hazlewood [2.0-0-9-0] is back into the attack

7.6
1
Lyon to Amla, 1 run, back of a length delivery just outside off and turning in towards off and middle, Amla gets deep in the crease and whips it away in front of deep square leg for a single
7.5
0
Lyon to Amla, no run, tossed up a little more on off, Amla shuffles across and turns it towards forward short leg again
7.4
0
Lyon to Amla, no run, fullish on middle, turned away towards forward short leg off the front foot
7.3
0
Lyon to Amla, no run, fuller length delivery on middle and off, stonewalled off the front foot
7.2
1
Lyon to Markram, 1 legbye, off-break outside off, tunring in, Markram gets an inside edge onto his pad as it lobs towards backward square leg for a single
7.1
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, off-break tossed up in the rough outside off, Markram comes forward and blocks solidly
6.6
0
Starc to Amla, no run, the fired up Starc bowls a middle-stump bouncer and Amla has to jump it the air to get on top of that one and fend it off into the pitch. Took one hand off to keep it down

Amla on a pair.

Hashim Amla, right handed bat, comes to the crease

6.5
0
Starc to Elgar, out Caught by Paine!! Squared up! Not an unplayable ball given the slow bounce. A short of length delivery in the hallway of hesitation outside off-stump, seaming away sharply but not very fast. Elgar could have picked that up and left it alone, but his last-moment instinct deceives him and he has a poke at it whilst airborne. Gets a feather through to Paine behind the stumps, and it's that man Starc again, scalping his sixth Protea of the match. Elgar c Paine b Starc 9(20) [4s-2]

Starc to Elgar, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

6.4
0
Starc to Elgar, no run, length delivery angling in towards off-stump, Elgar gets forward and pushes it to cover. Couldn't quite reach the pitch of it, so he had to trust the bounce
6.3
0
Starc to Elgar, no run, back of a length delivery but far too wide outside off to cause Elgar any trouble. He shoulders arms comfortably
6.2
0
Starc to Elgar, no run, back of a length delivery in the channel outside off and seaming away, Elgar defends it towards point from the crease and takes one hand off the bat to keep it down. The typical gritty survivor, is Elgar
6.1
3
Starc to Markram, 3 runs, back of a length delivery on the hips, tucked away towards deep mid-wicket for three. A bit of a punch more than just a flick. Used his forearm power, did Markram
5.6
1
Lyon to Markram, 1 run, tossed up delivery on a length pitching on middle, a hint of turning and Markram helps it on its way to backward square leg for a comfortable single
5.5
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, good length delivery on off and turning towards middle and leg, Markram blocks off a half-cocked stance
5.4
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, wide-ish outside off, on a length, Markram plays for too much turn and plays inside the line and it turns past his outside edge
5.3
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, dragged a little short and flatter than usual, wide outside off, left alone by Markram
5.2
1
Lyon to Elgar, 1 run, length delivery on middle and leg and straightening a little towards leg, tickled down to fine leg for a quick single
5.1
0
Lyon to Elgar, no run, fuller length and flat on middle, defended back down the pitch

Nathan Lyon, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

Gazza it is again! The man who picked up Elgar and Amla in his first over last time..

4.6
0
Starc to Markram, no run, short delivery but down leg side as Markram leaves that alone. He's really putting that extra effort into the last ball of each over. Banged in @148km/h, was this one

A stern word from Umpire Dharmasena to Starc about running in the danger area.

4.5
0
Starc to Markram, no run, short of length delivery angling towards off, Markram taps it off the back foot towards point
4.4
0
Starc to Markram, no run, short delivery aimed at the head, cramped for room because of the angle, Markram is alarmed and caught by surprise so he jumps, and finally sees sense at the last moment; ducks under it and lets it sail through
4.3
0
Starc to Markram, no run, fuller length delivery on middle and leg @144km/h, tries the yorker, Markram pushes it back to the bowler from the crease
4.2
4
Starc to Markram, FOUR, shortish delivery just outside off, angling away, Markram hops up and gets on top of the bounce to tap it on its head, and it races away to the sweeper cover fence for four
4.1
0
Starc to Markram, no run, short of length delivery on middle and leg and angling towards off, Markram hops and fends it off towards forward short leg. Kept it down with soft hands
3.6
0
Hazlewood to Elgar, no run, short-ish delivery but too wide outside off to cause him any trouble. Left alone by Elgar
3.5
0
Hazlewood to Elgar, no run, short one aimed at the face, Elgar hops up and fends it off the back foot back to the bowler! Did that hit his pinky? Yes it did. And it's the right hand too, the finger that got injured yesterday! Oh that's gotta hurt
3.4
0
Hazlewood to Elgar, no run, good length delivery but just a fraction wide of off-stump, and Elgar isn't trouble by that. Leaves it alone comfortably
3.3
0
Hazlewood to Elgar, no run, good length delivery from round the wicket in the channel outside off, Elgar comes forward and tries to push it towards mid-off, the bat turns in his hand and trundles away towards wide mid-on
3.2
1
Hazlewood to Markram, 1 run, short-ish delivery angling in towards the face, Markram is on a front-on position, thanks to his trigger movement, and is a fraction of a second early into the elevated hook to fine leg for a single. Didn't time that too well
3.1
4
Hazlewood to Markram, FOUR, just a fraction short and wide outside off, Markram has room to free his arms and he obliges; carves that away to square third man for a boundary. Placed perfectly between gully and backward point
2.6
0
Starc to Elgar, no run, outswinger pitching in the corridor of uncertainty and on a good length, nipping away just a tad too, Elgar comes half-forward and vigilantly pushes that to cover
2.5
4
Starc to Elgar, FOUR, full delivery on the pads, whipped away to the backward square leg fence for four. Easy pickings
2.4
0
Starc to Elgar, no run, slightly fuller than the last, on a good length, and a little straighter to, but not close enough to the stumps. Elgar, a traditional opening batsman, leaves it alone comfortably. Knows exactly where his off-stump is
2.3
0
Starc to Elgar, no run, short of length delivery outside off, seaming away off the pitch and left alone by Elgar
2.2
1
Starc to Markram, 1 run, short of length delivery angling outside off, Markram hops onto the back foot and plays an impressive punch past cover for a single. That attracted some appreciation from my comm-box colleagues
2.1
0
Starc to Markram, no run, full and wide outside off, Markram gets on one knee and is tempted into the drive, ends up chopping it towards point.
1.6
0
Hazlewood to Elgar, no run, short ball, very short in fact and aimed at the head, Elgar ducks under it as it sails over his head through to the keeper who is moving to his right
1.5
0
Hazlewood to Elgar, no run, good length delivery angling into the left-hander from round the wicket, seaming in just a smidge, as Elgar shoulders arms. No alarms
1.4
0
Hazlewood to Elgar, no run, back of a length delivery on middle, angling towards off-stump, Elgar gets on to the back foot and remains stoic in defence
1.3
4
Hazlewood to Elgar, FOUR, length delivery on leg and middle and jagging away with the angle, Elgar is stuck on the crease and pokes at it, gets a thick outside edge to third man for four
1.2
0
Hazlewood to Elgar, no run, shortish delivery pitching just outside leg, angling towards off and middle, Elgar hops onto the back foot and shuffles across to defend
1.1
0
Hazlewood to Elgar, no run, good length delivery pitching on middle and off and angling away, no deviation off the seam, and pushed to mid-off

Josh Hazlewood, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

0.6
0
Starc to Markram, no run, length delivery angling away from off-stump hurled in @147kmph, a bit of swing in towards off-stump and Markram defends it late off a half-forward stance back to the bowler
0.5
0
Starc to Markram, no run, short delivery @144km/h, but angling away towards the off-side. Markram half-ducks under it, but it wasn't going to hit him anyway
0.4
2
Starc to Markram, 2 runs, back of a length delivery on off, Markram gets on the back foot and gets a thickish outside edge towards deep backward point for a brace. Managed to keep it down as it was played with soft hands

Two slips, a gully and a forward short leg

0.3
0
Starc to Markram, no run, short of length delivery on middle and off, Markram gets on his toes and steers it to point with an angled vertical bat off the back foot
0.2
4
Starc to Markram, FOUR, full toss at 144km/h, on off, Markram slices that drive to the deep extra cover fence for four
0.1
0
Starc to Markram, no run, oh dear! Inswinger on a good length from that angle, pitching just outside off, and swinging in perilously close to off-stump as Markram leaves it alone

Markram and Elgar are at the crease. Markram is on strike. Starc will open the attack