Ehsan Khan 16(46); | (46);
Alasdair Evans* 7.2-3-19-3; | Tom Sole 10-5-15-4
Graeme Cremer* 11(16); | Sikandar Raza 60(16);
Shapoor Zadran* 5.3-0-20-0; | Rashid Khan 6-0-33-0
Shimron Hetmyer* 93(68); | Shai Hope 0(68);
Rohan Mustafa* 9-0-58-1; | Ahmed Raza 7-0-55-1
Chad Soper* 11(24); | Tony Ura 100(24);
Tim Murtagh* 7-0-14-0; | Kevin O Brien 4-0-22-0
Morne Morkel 3(38); | (38);
Josh Hazlewood* 15.4-2-61-3; | Mitchell Starc 18-2-75-4
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.
Hazlewood to de Kock, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
Josh Hazlewood [14.0-1-57-2] is back into the attack
Round the wicket comes Hazlewood
Australia haven't taken the new ball, with this one doing quite a bit now in terms of reverse
Overcast skies here today morning
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.
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, 201381* Q DE KOCK v Aus, Durban, 201869* Jock Cameron v Eng, Old Wanderers, 193160 Johnny Waite v Eng, Oval, 1955
SA batsmen bowled in each innings for a pair:PS Twentyman-Jones, 1902/03Bert Vogler, 1910/11F Nicholson, 1935/36CN McCarthy, 1948/49Peter Heine, 1956/57Keshav 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.
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.
Round the wicket
The umpires got together a couple of balls back, but decided to continue
Pretty bizarre passage of play this. Spin not looking very effective, and de Kock too is just hanging on for stumps.
Steven Smith [1.0-0-2-0] is back into the attack
Now Smith takes his cap off
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
Starc to Rabada, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Kagiso Rabada, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Starc to Maharaj, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Keshav Maharaj, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Starc to Philander, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Dharmasena looks skywards. That light-meter could be out soon.
Light has faded away drastically here. Floodlights coming on now
Mitchell Starc [14.0-0-73-1] is back into the attack
Vernon Philander, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Mitchell Marsh to Markram, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Highest successful run-chases in Tests:418–7 West Indies (v Australia), 2002–03414–4 South Africa (v Australia), 2008–09406–4 India (v West Indies), 1975–76404–3 Australia (v England), 1948Can SA find a spot between the top two tomorrow?
Mood is a lot more cheerful in the South African balcony now
Australia desperately waiting for that second new ball. Not much is happening for them at this stage.
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, 1947154* G Smith v Eng, Edgbaston, 2008140* Aiden Markram v Aus, Durban, 2018
Geez, they need less than 150.
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 Kock117 McMillan/Rhodes v Eng, Leeds, 1998112* Smith/Boucher v Eng, Edgbaston, 2008101 Dippenaar/Boucher v SL, Colombo SSC, 2004
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
Markram does a little jog on the spot to get himself going again
A rather important stat, this; 100s by SA openers in 4th innings of home Tests:101 H Taylor v Eng, Old Wanderers, 1923104 H Gibbs v Aus, Durban, 2002101*G Smith v Aus, Cape Town, 2011100 A MARKRAM *
Another over-ly stat from Deepu:Fewest inngs to three Test 100s for SA:09 A Melville12 S Cook/ Aiden Markram15 G Smith/ F du Plessis16 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.
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
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.
Pat Cummins [10.0-3-19-1] is back into the attack
Slow claps from the crowd in anticipation of Markram's ton
Josh Hazlewood [10.0-1-37-2] is back into the attack
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.
Steven Smith, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
Pat Cummins [7.0-2-13-1] is back into the attack
Quinton de Kock, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Hazlewood to Theunis de Bruyn, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Round for the last ball
Right now the pitch looks so easy for batting. A pity from a Protea viewpoint that AB got run out. A criminal waste that!
Starc has been taken off the attack - that is a small victory for the batsmen
Josh Hazlewood [6.0-1-16-1] is back into the attack
Nathan Lyon [14.0-2-44-0] is back into the attack
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.
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!
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...
Sweeper back now. Short cover and short mid catching now
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
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
Just a lone slip in
Mitchell Marsh, right-arm medium, comes into the attack
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!
Mitchell Starc [4.0-0-18-1] is back into the attack
Not long before Starc gets a go. To see whether there's any reverse on offer
Both men near the bat - short leg and leg-slip are under the helmet
Two slips, a gully and a short leg in
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...
Just 2 slips now.
Three slips now, and a forward short leg
Theunis de Bruyn, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Pat Cummins to du Plessis, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Faf takes middle-stump guard
Pat Cummins, right-arm fast, comes into the attack
Stat: SA batsman getting run out most often in all international cricket:28 AB de Villiers27 J Kallis25 H Cronje23 G Kirsten/ H Amla
Stat: SA batsman getting run out most often in Tests:7 JHB Waite6 J McGlew/ J Kallis/ H Amla/ AB de Villiers
Stat: Bowlers dismissing Amla most often:8 S Broad7 M Johnson6 S Sreesanth/ J HAZLEWOOD
Stat: Amla vs Hazlewood in Tests:6 innings (when he has faced him)62 balls31 runs3 fours6 dismissals
Faf du Plessis, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Lyon to Markram, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!
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?
Hazlewood to Amla, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
Josh Hazlewood [2.0-0-9-0] is back into the attack
Amla on a pair.
Hashim Amla, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Starc to Elgar, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
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..
A stern word from Umpire Dharmasena to Starc about running in the danger area.
Josh Hazlewood, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Two slips, a gully and a forward short leg
Markram and Elgar are at the crease. Markram is on strike. Starc will open the attack