Abu Hider Rony* 0(0); | Mushfiqur Rahim 72(0);
Shardul Thakur* 4-0-37-1; | Mohammed Siraj 4-0-50-1
Joe Root 51(91); | Dawid Malan 13(91);
Scott Kuggeleijn 15-2-50-4; | Ajaz Patel 23-4-68-0
Michael Leask 28(28); | (28);
Tendai Chatara 4-0-26-1; | Blessing Muzarabani 5.1-0-36-1
Theunis de Bruyn* 15(14); | Faf du Plessis 2(14);
Pat Cummins* 4.5-0-13-1; | Nathan Lyon 9-0-44-2
On that note, I take leave on behalf of my colleagues - the darling of Bhubaneswar, the fast learner from Lucknow, the don of Kathriguppe - figure out yourselves who is who! and our very own Tristan Holme at PE who has been terrific throughout, have all played a massive part in bringing this coverage to you all over the world. It wouldn't be nice on my part if I don't recognise their contributions. The next Test starts on the 22nd of March - nice break till then for everyone. But the cricket continues here on our site. It never stops, does it? Do catch up on all the coverage as it happens and don't forget to read whatever is served up. Till next time it's goodbye from here. Be well!
KG as well - a champion. And at just 22. Has the best strike-rate of all time for bowlers who have taken 120 wickets or more. Woah. Serious, serious talent. If only he could channel his aggression and control his on-the-spot outbursts. If only! But one should talk about his bowling in the game - came back to life on day 1 after an ordinary spell and just was consistenly awesome bowling long spells in the heat and humidity of PE. Ran in all the time and whenever a wicket was needed, he put his hand up. Undoubtedly the leader of the attack now. Steyn can breathe easy. His successor has been found. Donald--> Pollock--> Ntini-->Steyn--> KG - the baton has passed on seamlessly. South Africa are lucky to have him. Test cricket needs him. And let's hope and pray that he gets to play in the remainder of the series - for it won't be the same without him.
So it is KG who wins the MoM. As they say batsmen set up Test matches it is bowlers who win it. And it wouldn't have mattered much if the award went to AB. What an out-worldly talent he is with the bat. In all formats. When he puts his mind and soul to it, in my opinion there's no-one better in the world across formats. You may have the Kohlis, Roots, Williamsons and others. But there's only one AB. This Test match proved how insanely talented he is. When the ball was reversing around corners, he dealt with Starc with utmost ease. Then on day 3, completely changed the complexion of the game. A pity that his Test record doesn't match up to his unbelievable skill. Just 22 tons to his name is what the stats will show currently, but stats will never paint a true picture of the champion.
Most 100s for SA against Aus in Tests:6 AB de Villiers5 E Barlow/ G Pollock/ J Kallis/ H Amla3 A Faulkner/ G Smith/ JP Duminy
Most 10-fers for SA:5 D Steyn (86 Tests)4 K RABADA (28*)4 M Ntini (101)3 A Donald (72)
Batsman dismissed in the last over of a session this series:1st Test -Day 1, Ses 1: D WarnerDay 2, Ses 1: M StarcDay 2, Ses 2: A MarkramDay 2, Ses 3: M MorkelDay 3, Ses 1: C BancroftDay 3, Ses 2: T PaineDay 3, Ses 3: N Lyon2nd Test -Day 1, Ses 1: C BancroftDay 1, Ses 2: Shaun & Mitchell MarshDay 3, Ses 1: L NgidiDay 4, Ses 1: D Elgar
Faf: "Serious character. My mind goes back to Dean and Hashim's partnership where it was tough, the ball was reversing and if you have got a player like AB de Villiers in your side, you can then transfer that pressure back onto the opposition. Pretty much for us the whole four days we have played, we have been in a position of strength. The first hour was brilliant - we bowled really well on day 1, but then went to the beach for 45 minutes or an hour or so but came back again brilliantly. Absolute champion of a bowler Kagiso Rabada, really proud of him. They were in a different level this game [KG and AB]. AB looked like he was batting on a different wicket to all the other batters. Really good to see him in top form again, really really hungry. Looking forward to him playing a huge part in the upcoming games. As I said before this game, there are two bowlers - Starc and Rabada who would get excessive reverse swing, exceptional bowlers. As a bowling unit we went for 2.8rpo, we knew if we keep this Australian batting quiet - that's half the battle. It's disappointing for the series. We would want the best players to play in the series, we will still challenge that to make sure he [Rabada] can still play a part in the series. Couple of days to get away from the game a little mind. Refresh our mind - 10 days of tough Test cricket, back to back. We will come back and practice hard and look forward to the next Test match."
Rabada: "I'm glad. Put in the preparation and things happened for me in this Test match. Always nice bowling with a hard new rock. No, I don't think so. I will stick to being nightwatchman. One to David Warner was quite special [on the dismissal he enjoyed the most]. Australia were never going to give in easily, they are not gonna roll over so had to go into the reserve tank and do your best. I could've bowled one or two more spells today but it was tough work."
KG is the Man of the Match for his 11-fer
Smith: "They outplayed us in every aspect of the game. AB was unbelievable and probably a big difference between the sides with his hundred in the first innings. We weren't too far away though. Probably 75 runs in the first innings and 50 in the second, might have been a different ball-game but we were certainly outplayed. Could've gone either way, it was a tough decision (at the toss) but we battled through the tough period. When the ball started reversing, we let ourselves down, Rabada bowled exceptionally well and opened our middle-order up in both innings. Unfortunately a target of 100 was a little bit too short. Yesterday morning was a tough one, we were hoping to get the three wickets quickly and maybe them have a lead of around 50-odd, that's when the game got away from us. A lead of 140 was a lot. Got AB out conventionally for the first time this series which is nice. Gives someone like Gazza [Lyon] a bit of confidence. 1-1 at the halfway point - makes for an exciting rest of the series. We've got a bit of break - three or four full days off for the boys to do what they like. Couple of days of good training, Cape Town is a tremendous city and we are excited to get there for the Test match."
Time for the presentations!
This time Rabada set the tone with the new ball. From ball one yesterday after lunch, he showed his immense talent. Knocked over Warner and then came back late in the day to get the doughty Khawaja out. And then today morning nipped out three quick wickets to grab another ten-fer. He ended with 11 in the game. A target of 101 was never going to test the hosts and despite them losing four wickets - more to end the game quickly rather than through good bowling - they cantered to the target to level the series.
Before that let's wrap up this game briefly. Australia started strongly in their first innings after opting to bat under cloudy and bowling-friendly conditions. Rabada who was poor with the new ball on day 1 then bowled a sensational spell sandwiched either side of tea to take a five-fer which broke the back of the innings. 243 was an under par score on this wicket. But Australia fought back with the ball to have the hosts at 183/6 before that man - AB conjured up a masterly hundred - his first in 3 years in Tests. Along with the lower order he piloted his side to a 139-run lead.
13:53 Local Time, 11:53 GMT, 17:23 IST: 1-1 now after PE. The customary handshakes from everyone. Lots of happy faces in the South African camp. The series now is beautifully set up. South Africa have stormed back to win in style here. The heroes of the win were KG and AB. Will be a tough choice for the Man of the Match adjudicator. Why not give it to both? Has happened before and interestingly it was Steyn and Morkel who were the last recipients of the award in 2010. Let's wait and see what happens at the presentation which will be up shortly.
Leg gully in for Cummins
Just four more needed to win
Now round the wicket
Theunis de Bruyn, right handed bat, comes to the crease
The players look like they have taken drinks. Yes they have. Three wickets in that hour but South Africa are just 20 away from a win. Should be a formality. We are into the final moments of the game. Lyon to continue
Lyon to de Villiers, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Faf du Plessis, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Pat Cummins to Amla, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Back over the wicket
Some issues with Amla's bat. Temba runs out with replacements. Slight delay. Looks like the handle is loose and gone probably
Pat Cummins, right-arm fast, comes into the attack
Five overs of ABD and SA are within touching distance of a win.
Two slips and a gully in place.
ABD has come in. Even 10-12 overs of him will be enough. But will Australia allow him to dominate?
AB de Villiers, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Hazlewood to Markram, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Josh Hazlewood [2.0-0-7-0] is back into the attack
Amla against Hazlewood has been one-way traffic.
Hashim Amla, right handed bat, comes to the crease
We are back for perhaps the final session of the game. SA need only 79 more and the Aussies will do well to fight it out. They did manage to remove Elgar but the runs of the board are pretty meek. Of course, a win for South Africa will be vital but the fans also have their fingers crossed for the verdict on Rabada that will be delivered by the end of the day. Dale Steyn also is trying tooth and nail to prove his fitness ahead of the third Test but looks slightly unlikely that he will be fit enough for the next Test. Amla has come in at number 3. He got some runs in the first innings and would want to carry on with it in this innings as well.
Best match figures for SA vs Aus in Tests:13/165 H Taylfield, MCG, 195211/150 K RABADA, this Test *10/116 CB Llewellyn, Old Wanderers, 190210/123 Fanie de Villiers, SCG, 1994
Most wickets for pacers after 28 Tests:159 Waqar Younis149 Ian Botham140 Dennis Lillee/ Dale Steyn137 Andy Roberts135 K RABADA
Lunch day 4- That dismissal of Elgar has spoiled a perfect session for the Proteas. But Faf won't mind it at all. They have done their business in the first hour of the session and victory should be a formality for them. On the contrary, Australian new ball bowlers have started on the right note.They have pitched a lot fuller and ball has deviated after pitching. In this Test match reverse swing has come in to play around the 40 over mark and I don't think South Africa would drag this match till the 40th over. Anyway often predictions have been wrong so we will have to find that out when the action restarts after lunch. Do join us for that.
Lyon to Elgar, THAT'S OUT!! Caught&Bowled!!
Nathan Lyon, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Josh Hazlewood, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Markram and Elgar are at the crease. Markram is on strike. Starc will open the attack