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South Africa vs Australia - 2nd Test

Series: Australia tour of South Africa, 2018
Venue: St George's Park, Port Elizabeth
Date: 09-13 March 2018

South Africa 102/4 (22.5 Ovs) RR: 4.47 | South Africa won by 6 wkts

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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.

Deepu's corner:

Most 100s for SA against Aus in Tests:
6 AB de Villiers
5 E Barlow/ G Pollock/ J Kallis/ H Amla
3 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 Warner
Day 2, Ses 1: M Starc
Day 2, Ses 2: A Markram
Day 2, Ses 3: M Morkel
Day 3, Ses 1: C Bancroft
Day 3, Ses 2: T Paine
Day 3, Ses 3: N Lyon

2nd Test -
Day 1, Ses 1: C Bancroft
Day 1, Ses 2: Shaun & Mitchell Marsh
Day 3, Ses 1: L Ngidi
Day 4, Ses 1: D Elgar

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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.

22.5
4
Pat Cummins to Theunis de Bruyn, FOUR, Theunis de Bruyn finishes it off. South Africa level the series. Overpitched outside off, Theunis de Bruyn gets forward and drives through the vacant cover region. It slowly rolls into the cushions
22.4
0
Pat Cummins to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, good short delivery at pace, Theunis de Bruyn half-sits and weaves his head away to let it go
22.3
1
Pat Cummins to du Plessis, 1 run, full on middle, wristily flicked to deep square leg, just the single
22.2
0
Pat Cummins to du Plessis, no run, hits a good length on off, pushed to mid-off
22.1
0
Pat Cummins to du Plessis, no run, bouncer, flies over the head of du Plessis

Leg gully in for Cummins

Just four more needed to win

21.6
4
Lyon to Theunis de Bruyn, FOUR, too short and wide of off, Theunis de Bruyn smashes the cut off the back foot, wide of Mitch Marsh who is just a spectator as the ball runs away downhill
21.5
0
Lyon to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, flat and on leg, nudged to short fine
21.4
1
Lyon to du Plessis, 1 run, flat around off, du Plessis goes hard on the sweep, finds deep square leg
21.3
1
Lyon to Theunis de Bruyn, 1 run, "catch" was the cry as Theunis de Bruyn mistimed the big slog, luckily for him it falls short of Khawaja. Was in the air but since he didn't time it well, got away
21.2
2
Lyon to Theunis de Bruyn, 2 runs, cover is vacant and Theunis de Bruyn stretches forward to drive the tossed up delivery there, two
21.1
0
Lyon to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, wanted to advance did Theunis de Bruyn, but saw that it was fired in, then adjusted to defend
20.6
0
Pat Cummins to du Plessis, no run, full outside off, driven well but finds Warner at mid-off
20.5
1
Pat Cummins to Theunis de Bruyn, 1 run, full and slanting in, flicked late to fine leg for a run
20.4
0
Pat Cummins to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, back of a length outside off, rising, Theunis de Bruyn lets it go
20.3
0
Pat Cummins to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, dug in short, at Theunis de Bruyn who sways away and lets it go
20.2
0
Pat Cummins to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, pitched up outside off, left alone
20.1
0
Pat Cummins to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, full on off, pushed back watchfully
19.6
0
Lyon to du Plessis, no run, fired in on off, dead-batted

Now round the wicket

19.5
4
Lyon to du Plessis, byes, FOUR, was there glove on that? Looked to have brushed the top of the glove and goes just wide of leg-slip. Lyon has a wry smile on his face, du Plessis went for the sweep to a sharply turning off-break, beats everyone according to the umpire and runs away to the fence
19.4
0
Lyon to du Plessis, no run, defended from the crease watchfully
19.3
1
Lyon to Theunis de Bruyn, 1 run, tossed up outside off, Theunis de Bruyn swipes that from that region, oohs and aahs from the Aussies, but went to ground and to deep mid
19.2
2
Lyon to Theunis de Bruyn, 2 runs, thick inside edge on the forward block, runs wide of short fine, Cummins makes a half-stop on the slide, but can't prevent two

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

19.1
0
Lyon to de Villiers, out Caught by Bancroft!! First time in four innings a bowler has dismissed de Villiers this series. That honor goes to Lyon. Good bowling too. Saw de Villiers advancing and dropped it short, it turned as well, de Villiers tried to adjust but could only turn it low to FSL where Bancroft takes a good catch. Too late for Australia I reckon. de Villiers c Bancroft b Lyon 28(26) [4s-4 6s-1]

Lyon to de Villiers, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

18.6
0
Pat Cummins to du Plessis, no run, good length outside off, left alone
18.5
0
Pat Cummins to du Plessis, no run, full on off, du Plessis pushes it to mid-on

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

18.4
0
Pat Cummins to Amla, out Caught by Paine!! Gone. Uncharacteristic from Amla. He is seen shaking his head as he walks back. May have wanted to end this quickly. Went after a full wide delivery and edged it. Paine dives to his right and takes it. Amla c Paine b Pat Cummins 27(42) [4s-3]

Pat Cummins to Amla, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

18.3
0
Pat Cummins to Amla, no run, beaten on the extravagant cover drive. Hint of shape away, Amla fell for it, and missed. Was late on the shot
18.2
0
Pat Cummins to Amla, no run, down leg, good diving take by Paine
18.1
1
Pat Cummins to de Villiers, 1 run, full down leg, whipped stylishly to deep square leg
17.6
4
Lyon to Amla, FOUR, this time he gets it to the left of Marsh at backward point. Short and spinning in, Amla used the depth of his crease and cut it late, the ball runs away as Marsh gives up the chase
17.5
0
Lyon to Amla, no run, tossed up outside off, turns in, Amla gets forward to block

Back over the wicket

17.4
1
Lyon to de Villiers, 1 run, tossed up on off, de Villiers gets forward to drive to long-on
17.3
3
Lyon to Amla, 3 runs, Mitchell Marsh makes a mess of that stop running back and now isn't sure whether the ball has touched the cushions. The third umpire is having a look now. Looks like he has saved it. The ball stopped an inch short. Cut from off stump to the quicker ball, dangerous with the ball skidding on, but Amla played it really well. Marsh was slow to bend down and did so lazily
17.2
0
Lyon to Amla, no run, flat trajectory, rushes on, Amla defends off the back foot
17.1
0
Lyon to Amla, no run, tossed up but very full on off, Amla gets forward to smother
16.6
0
Pat Cummins to de Villiers, no run, nice line and length, full and in the corridor of uncertainty, but de Villiers shoulders arms
16.5
0
Pat Cummins to de Villiers, no run, short of length outside off, de Villiers shuffles across a bit and defends with a straight bat to cover
16.4
0
Pat Cummins to de Villiers, no run, fullish around off, de Villiers defends with an open face to backward point
16.3
1
Pat Cummins to Amla, 1 run, half-stopped by Bancroft diving at cover, but the ball deflects to mid-off and they complete a quick single. AB is well in by the time throw came at his end
16.2
0
Pat Cummins to Amla, no run, that has come off the thickish inside edge of the bat, shaped in late, Amla was a bit slow to bring the bat down. Runs off the edge to square leg
16.1
0
Pat Cummins to Amla, no run, fullish around off, Amla gets half-forward to block, the ball dies down near his feet

Some issues with Amla's bat. Temba runs out with replacements. Slight delay. Looks like the handle is loose and gone probably

15.6
1
Lyon to Amla, 1 run, tossed up outside off, Amla gets forward and eases a drive through the vacant cover region and will retain strike
15.5
0
Lyon to Amla, no run, beaten by the quicker one that slid across Amla, hurried off the deck and goes under the attempted steer of Amla. So easily could've nicked that. Good take by Paine
15.4
0
Lyon to Amla, no run, turning in a tad, Amla on the back foot pushes to short mid
15.3
0
Lyon to Amla, no run, tossed up outside off, Amla gets forward and drives well, but straight to the fielder at mid-off
15.2
0
Lyon to Amla, no run, again drifting into the pads, tucked behind square and this time de Villiers calls loudly and says no
15.1
2
Lyon to Amla, 2 runs, shortish and turning in, Amla whips off the back foot through mid-wicket. Easy two
14.6
0
Pat Cummins to de Villiers, no run, spears the ball well down leg and the batsman makes no effort to reach that. 33 more to win for SA and level it 1-1
14.5
1
Pat Cummins to Amla, 1 run, back footed punch fails to beat Warner to his left at mid-off. That was short and the batsman stood up time it away. Failed to get it away though
14.4
0
Pat Cummins to Amla, no run, stays back to a back of a length delivery and has been patted down into the deck
14.3
0
Pat Cummins to Amla, no run, cracking drive on the up as he found the length on the fuller side. The man at cover mopped it up
14.2
0
Pat Cummins to Amla, no run, combats the in-dipper by staying inside the crease
14.1
4
Pat Cummins to Amla, FOUR, top-edge but safe! Looks to pull, the extra bounce and the stick off the wicket forces the batsman to be in a soup. The ball trimmed the top-edge and went soaring over the keeper for a four

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

Five overs of ABD and SA are within touching distance of a win.

13.6
0
Lyon to de Villiers, no run, goes little across his sticks to defend that flatter delivery to the man at FSL
13.5
0
Lyon to de Villiers, no run, angles the ball across from round the wicket and was quick as well. Pushed back to the bowler
13.4
1
Lyon to Amla, 1 run, stays back to a delivery which was slightly shortish in length. Then tucks the ball behind square for a single
13.3
1
Lyon to de Villiers, 1 run, push into the off-side with soft hands and a quick single is taken
13.2
1
Lyon to Amla, 1 run, wristy drive to mid-on and a single has been stolen
13.1
0
Lyon to Amla, no run, tossed up delivery just outside off and has been defended into the on-side
12.6
0
Hazlewood to de Villiers, no run, gets the ball to deck in and the ball came back late for ABD to loosen his bottom hand and jab at it into the deck
12.5
0
Hazlewood to de Villiers, no run, squares up and defends it into the off-side as the ball was in the zone of uncertainty
12.4
4
Hazlewood to de Villiers, FOUR, we had a tormentor with the same maker's name who used to play some delightful drives down the ground off the very best. This man is right up there as well. Whattay hit! Too full and ABD just leant into the ball and drove it as straight as a ramrod
12.3
0
Hazlewood to de Villiers, no run, goes closer to the sticks, not close enough though to evoke a shot. Again shoulders arms does de Villiers
12.2
0
Hazlewood to de Villiers, no run, length ball, nibbling away and has been left alone
12.1
4
Hazlewood to de Villiers, FOUR, short, wide, cut away. FOUR..He won't miss out on those. Little bit of freedom and he cashed in. 45 needed now..
11.6
1
Lyon to de Villiers, 1 run, arm ball, skids on and the batsman gets the inside half of the bat as he trekked back. A single behind square for de Villiers
11.5
0
Lyon to de Villiers, no run, fuller ball, clipped to FSL as the ball speared into the pads
11.4
6
Lyon to de Villiers, SIX, that ball hitting the bat was music to my ears. Did a tango down the track and then clipped it away effortlessly to send it over cow corner. So easy! Ridiculously talented is this man..
11.3
0
Lyon to de Villiers, no run, stays back and turns the ball away to FSL by staying behind the line of the ball
11.2
4
Lyon to de Villiers, FOUR, the modern master brings out the reverse and Hazlewood at short third man comes up with a lame effort to allow the ball to go away from him. Bad bounce also did not help his cause
11.1
1
Lyon to Amla, 1 run, walks across his sticks and tucks the ball away with ease for a single. That is what he needs to do. Get off the strike
10.6
1
Hazlewood to Amla, 1 run, treks back and tucks the ball away into the on-side to eke out a single. 61 needed now!
10.5
0
Hazlewood to Amla, no run, stays his crease and taps the ball out into the off-side as it was a back of a length delivery outside off. The ball did straighten after landing
10.4
1
Hazlewood to de Villiers, 1 run, certainly has disrupted the line of the bowler. Bowls it too straight, tickled away to fine leg for a single
10.3
4
Hazlewood to de Villiers, FOUR, a little too short and this man! WOHH! Gets on top of the ball and pulls it away towards deep square leg for a four. Will that break the shackles a bit?

Two slips and a gully in place.

10.2
0
Hazlewood to de Villiers, no run, back of a length delivery and the angled bat comes down at an awkward angle to stab the ball away into the off-side. No timing on it
10.1
0
Hazlewood to de Villiers, no run, length ball outside off and has been patted away into the off-side. There is movement for Hazlewood
9.6
0
Lyon to Amla, no run, another appeal. Have they reviewed it? It looks like they have. The batsman was again hit on the move. The line seems to be good. It might well be hitting him on off. There is no inside edge. But there is a lot of turn on it and the huge front stride saves the batsman. The ball despite hitting in line was going well down leg. Australia lose a review and SA breathe easy
9.5
0
Lyon to Amla, no run, huge appeal as Smith and Paine clear their throats. The ball was turning in sharply from a length and the batsman trying to prod forward, missed the line totally courtesy the sharp turn
9.4
0
Lyon to Amla, no run, stays back and turns the ball into the on-side
9.3
0
Lyon to Amla, no run, jumps from a length outside off and turns in as well. The batsman covers the line of the ball by moving towards it and takes the soft blow on his torso
9.2
1
Lyon to de Villiers, 1 run, and he goes for a slapped drive straightaway. The ball was aired up outside off for the batsman to take the bait and he did. Mistimes the drive into the off-side for a single

ABD has come in. Even 10-12 overs of him will be enough. But will Australia allow him to dominate?

9.1
1
Lyon to Amla, 1 run, treks back and tucks the ball away into the on-side for a single

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

8.6
0
Hazlewood to Markram, out Caught by Smith!! The corridor of dilemma has the batsman edging and the rest was done by Smith at second slip. The ball takes off after landing on a length, the feet of Markram went no where and he still prodded at the ball. The thick edge was found and it flew for Smith to gobble it to his left. Aussies are not giving up without a fight. Markram c Smith b Hazlewood 21(28) [4s-3]

Hazlewood to Markram, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

8.5
0
Hazlewood to Markram, no run, shortish delivery outside off, skidding on low and the batsman chops the ball away into the covers
8.4
2
Hazlewood to Markram, 2 runs, back of a length delivery nipping in, tucked between mid-on and mid-wicket for a brace. The balance was superb as the bat met the ball
8.3
0
Hazlewood to Markram, no run, banged in short outside off and the batsman sways away from the line of the ball
8.2
0
Hazlewood to Markram, no run, curls in at the pads of the batsman and was tucked away to the man at square leg
8.1
0
Hazlewood to Markram, no run, length delivery outside off and was left alone
7.6
4
Lyon to Amla, FOUR, lovely hit! Amla drives and threads the ball through the covers between cover and mid-off for a four. It was looped up outside off and the batsman got his feet to the pitch of the ball
7.5
0
Lyon to Amla, no run, pushing forward with a set of glued bat and pad. The ball strikes the pad on the move and the appeal is made from the keeper and skipper at slip. That won't be categorized as no shot and hence the impact was outside off
7.4
0
Lyon to Amla, no run, offers the pads as the ball turned in a lot from well outside off. The height was a concern as the ball was hitting him on the flap of the pads
7.3
0
Lyon to Amla, no run, treks back and pushes the ball into the off-side as the ball turned in
7.2
0
Lyon to Amla, no run, shuffles a bit and tucks the ball softly to find the man at FSL
7.1
0
Lyon to Amla, no run, sharp turn, but well down leg accompanied by a lot of bounce as well. The line though saved the batsman
6.6
0
Hazlewood to Markram, no run, little too straight, the batsman clips the on-drive to find the man at mid-on
6.5
0
Hazlewood to Markram, no run, nice serpentine movement into the batsman and Markram meets the ball with another dead straight bat brought down by a highish elbow
6.4
2
Hazlewood to Markram, 2 runs, full ball and has been crisply driven back at the bowler. The ball curled in and the bat face came down straight to put it back at the bowler. Hazlewood got a hand to it and saved a couple for his side
6.3
0
Hazlewood to Markram, no run, fuller length delivery outside off and has been left alone as Markram shouldered arms
6.2
0
Hazlewood to Markram, no run, again, length ball, squares the batsman up and the ball takes the outer half of the bat to crawl into the off-side
6.1
1
Hazlewood to Amla, 1 run, bang on the money! On a length, nibbles in, the batsman was caught on the crease and manages to inside edge it towards the fine leg region for a single

Josh Hazlewood [2.0-0-7-0] is back into the attack

Amla against Hazlewood has been one-way traffic.

5.6
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, too short is the length and allows the batsman to step back and defend it into the deck
5.5
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, too leg-sidish is the line, tickled away to the man at 45 degrees
5.4
0
Lyon to Markram, no run, stays back and drops the ball dead under his eyes as the landed on a length
5.3
1
Lyon to Amla, 1 run, enough time for the batsman to camp back and tuck the ball away into the on-side
5.2
0
Lyon to Amla, no run, turn, bounce, hits the batsman almost on the chest as he bent forward to defend it. Went straight to ground

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.

Deepu's corner:

Best match figures for SA vs Aus in Tests:
13/165 H Taylfield, MCG, 1952
11/150 K RABADA, this Test *
10/116 CB Llewellyn, Old Wanderers, 1902
10/123 Fanie de Villiers, SCG, 1994

Most wickets for pacers after 28 Tests:
159 Waqar Younis
149 Ian Botham
140 Dennis Lillee/ Dale Steyn
137 Andy Roberts
135 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.

5.1
0
Lyon to Elgar, out Caught&Bowled!! This dismissal is almost an action replay of the first innings of the first Test match. Another wicket has fallen at the stroke of the lunch. This has been a strange pattern throughout this series. Coming back to the ball, it was a flighted delivery on off, Elgar wanted to turn it to the leg-side. He got a leading edge and Lyon dives forward and takes a fantastic catch. Elgar c and b Lyon 5(17)

Lyon to Elgar, THAT'S OUT!! Caught&Bowled!!

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

4.6
4
Starc to Markram, FOUR, on the pads asking for punishment and Markram gives the treatment it deserves. He gets in a good good position and flicks it wide of mid-wicket fielder for a boundary
4.5
4
Starc to Markram, FOUR, good length delivery angling away from Markram who wanted to play it uppishly through cover, gets an outside edge and the ball goes through backward point for a four. Lucky but Markram won't mind it!
4.4
0
Starc to Markram, no run, this fuller length delivery squared Markram, the ball goes to gully off the outer half of the blade
4.3
3
Starc to Elgar, 3 runs, drifting on the pads, Elgar clips it to deep mid-wicket and takes three runs
4.2
0
Starc to Elgar, no run, back of a length delivery angling in to Elgar who was beaten by the extra pace and he ends up missing it. The ball hits him where it really hurts
4.1
1
Starc to Markram, 1 run, pushes it to deep extra cover and takes a single
3.6
0
Hazlewood to Elgar, no run, tad fuller of good length and on the fourth stump line, many batsmen would be enticed into playing on that ball but Elgar is a patient lad. He lets it go to the keeper
3.5
0
Hazlewood to Elgar, no run, stays in the crease and taps it to gully with soft hands
3.4
0
Hazlewood to Elgar, no run, takes his bat away from the line of the ball that was just outside off and moving away, the ball thudded into the gloves of the de Kock
3.3
1
Hazlewood to Markram, 1 run, goes back in his crease a touch and punches it to sweeper cover for a single
3.2
0
Hazlewood to Markram, no run, again he was on to the front foot in a flash. His feet always move nicely. Blocks this delivery to the off-side
3.1
0
Hazlewood to Markram, no run, good length delivery outside off, Markram gets a positive stride forward and leaves it alone
2.6
0
Starc to Elgar, no run, fuller length at the stumps, not much deviation in this delivery and Elgar defends it to mid-off
2.5
0
Starc to Elgar, no run, back of a length delivery outside off, left alone
2.4
2
Starc to Elgar, 2 runs, good length delivery aiming at the stumps, Elgar gets his bat down on time and pushes it wide of the mid-off fielder for a brace. He gets off the mark with it
2.3
0
Starc to Elgar, no run, good length delivery angling away from Elgar who lets it go to de Kock
2.2
0
Starc to Elgar, no run, pushes it to the off-side
2.1
0
Starc to Elgar, no run, back of a length delivery angling in to Elgar, ball his him on the stomach. That extra pace of Starc defeats Elgar
1.6
0
Hazlewood to Markram, no run, stands tall and punches it to cover who dives and stops a boundary
1.5
0
Hazlewood to Markram, no run, Oh Dear! Mitchell Marsh drops a dolly at 1st slip. This should have been taken at any level. It came at a perfect height for him too. Good length delivery angling away from Markram who play this delivery away from the body and gets an outside edge, Mitchell Marsh at slips drops a sitter of sitters
1.4
2
Hazlewood to Markram, 2 runs, good length delivery just outside off, Markram opens the face of the bat to point for a brace
1.3
4
Hazlewood to Markram, FOUR, length was good but there was room provided. Markram pounces on to it and plays a back foot punch for a boundary through cover
1.2
0
Hazlewood to Markram, no run, good length delivery outside off, left alone
1.1
0
Hazlewood to Markram, no run, fuller length to start his spell. This is not the original length of Hazlewood but considering the target he starts off bowling much fuller today. Markram comes on the front foot and defends it to the off-side

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

0.6
0
Starc to Elgar, no run, fuller length delivery at the stumps, Elgar wanted to let it go but hangs his bat out at the last moment. Ball strikes the inside half of the blade and came back to hit his back foot
0.5
0
Starc to Elgar, no run, Elgar pushes that good length delivery to mid-off
0.4
0
Starc to Elgar, no run, nice away shape for Starc. It was on a fullish length and left Elgar who thought about playing at it but decides to leave it alone at the last moment
0.3
0
Starc to Elgar, no run, good length delivery outside off, left alone
0.2
0
Starc to Elgar, no run, back of a length delivery outside off, Elgar stands tall in the crease and defends it to slips. He played this with very soft hands
0.1
1
Starc to Markram, 1 run, fuller length delivery coming back into Markram who flicks it to fine leg and gets off the mark

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