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South Africa vs Australia - 3rd Test

Series: Australia tour of South Africa, 2018
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Date: 22-26 March 2018

Australia 107/10 (39.4 Ovs) RR: 2.70 | South Africa won by 322 runs

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Phewf! One heck of a game this. It had it [Quality batting, quality bowling and controversies of course] all. Such frenzied action in the span of 24 hours. One must be inhuman to soak all that happened and describe every minute detail that has swept into this 'tampering-marred' Test match. We hope there will be less 'cause celebre' and more cricket when we see you for the fourth and final Test match of the series, at Jo'Burg. On 30th March, it's a Friday. A loud shout out to all the readers for keeping us busy with all the witty, informative comments. You guys rock! Confessions can sometimes fling your life upside down. It's a big, bad world out there. Beware of your actions and act wise. It just takes a moment of tranquillity to make the right decisions. Just a moment. On that philosophical note, Raju Peethala bids goodbye on behalf of Ramakrishnan, Srivathsa and Praveen. Special mention to Pratyush Sinha for chipping in during crunch moments. Long day at office, time to put my feet up, au revoir!

MoM awards for Morne Morkel:
7/98 vs Eng, Joburg, 2010
6/77 vs NZ, Wellington, 2012
9/110 vs Aus, Cape Town, 2018*

Lowest totals after 50+ opening stand:
102 NZ v SL, Colombo SSC, 1992 (1st wkt: 58)
103 SA v Eng, Durban, 1939 (60)
105 Eng v Aus, MCG, 1908 (58)
107 Aus v SA, Cape Town, 2018 (57)*
111 Eng v WI, Georgetown, 1948 (59)

Biggest wins for SA against Aus (by runs):
323 Port Elizabeth, 1970
322 Cape Town, 2018*
309 Perth, 2012
307 Johannesburg, 1970
233 Johannesburg, 1966
231 Port Elizabeth, 2014

Best match figures for Morne Morkel - nine for 110 and also the first time SA have beaten Australia twice in a series at home since re-admisssion

Faf, SA skipper: It was proper power alright, I think it was 60 runs for 10 wickets [sic]. We felt that they were going to come out fighting for one or two wickets, but we knew if we get one or two, we would run through them. I've got a really good attack and to put a total on the board and then bowl them 50 underneath that. Our batting has been exceptional, Deano this match has been good and AB the whole series has been fantastic. The nature of the Test series is such that there are runs to be scored in the first 30-40 overs and both teams have got the capability, as soon as the ball reverses you get a wicket and then you can quickly rush through. The partnership between Lyon and Paine was very frustrating. He [Lyon] came out and really played his shots, but as I said a 50-run lead on that wicket was going to be more than any on another wicket. The Newlands wicket played really well - there was a good battle between bat and ball. Those three seam bowlers are class-acts. Really chuffed for Morne, this is his new home now and couldn't happen to a better guy. Kesh today - quality spinner and it is really a matter of time before he cashes in again. We were extremely motivated this series. Since that defeat in the first Test in Durban, our motivation levels have doubled. We feel we are playing some good cricket and I feel there are areas we can improve on and I believe we can put some more pressure on the Australian team with all the off-field stuff going on. There's a lot for us to work with."

Morne Morkel [9 wickets in the game including a fifer] Man of the Match: We need to keep this very short, little bit emotional at the moment. What an afternoon of cricket. Was hard graft out there. Faf just asked the boys to give it all. Keshav created that opportunity for us and we just followed. I don't think I have got one in 12 years [talking about his fifer stats here], sort of hoping that I could deliver something special. I'm glad it came in front of this amazing venue. For me the best thing was to keep on working hard and I got the chance to put my hand up and deliver as a senior player. As a young boy, you dream of such things (300 wickets) and I played with you for so many years, to join that club, so happy. The last one at Jo'Burg is going to be a big one, looking forward to that. The main thing for us - it is about the team, it is not all about me, but I'm going to enjoy this and head to Jo'Burg with a clear mind."

Tim Paine, Stand-in Australia skipper: "It's been a horrible 24 hours. Apologies to fans and Australians back home. The guys who have traveled over here deserved better than what we put up yesterday. It was difficult no doubt. One of the things we spoke about in the morning was going out there and compete. We are cricketers, from cricket's perspective, extremely disappointed with the way we folded in the last hour.. 45 minutes. It's been a real challenge for us. From this there's an opportunity for us to grow as a team and as individuals from it. Try to take some sort of positive out of that long term and turn ourselves into the cricket team we want to be. We kept getting ourselves back into the Test match, but it's really hard to come out on top. There were a few opportunities, but we couldn't take it and South Africa made us pay. Probably been the story of the series, our bowlers have been ok and our batters have had plenty of starts but no-one has got a hundred. You are not going to win too many Test matches when that's the case. At the end of the day, we have to regret, we are professional cricketers, we have to come back, put on a show for the Australian public, for our fans and our families. We will be certainly coming to Jo'Burg ready to go."

The series seemed to be heading towards an enthralling climax with scores reading 1-1 before the start of the Test match. Australia, however, lost patience with the ball and tampered with the laws and the spirit of the game. Only to stir a cloud of controversies which doesn't seem to fade away anytime soon. Cameron Bancroft played superbly in the first innings, but little did he knew of what was to follow. A moment of desperation hit them and with the 'leadership group' at the helm of things, Australia committed an untenable sin and paid the price for it. With all the off-field issues increasingly swelling, Australia just didn't turn up today. Just went through the motions and submitted themselves to a ruthless South African side. The hosts can't lose the series now, they will be heading to Jo'Burg for what should be a fitting finish of the series. Not quite so perhaps for Australia, but South Africa will be eyeing a grand farewell for the 'Big Morne'. Do hang around for the presentations. Interesting to see who comes out to speak as the losing captain. And it is not Smith. It is Paine!

The session started with Bancroft and Warner looking to stitch a healthy partnership, but the first ball of the session planted a seed of uncertainty in Warner's mind which triggered the 'collapse of 2018'. Maharaj's first ball landed in the rough, and spun sharply...that's it >> Australia switch panic mode on! Warner, in an attempt to get off strike against Maharaj called for a non-existent single and from that point, Australia's dressing room was kept busy with to-and-fro visits of their batsmen.

17:42 Local Time, 15:42 GMT, 21:12 IST: Lost 10 wickets in the session, Australia. Enough said! Smith and the background staff walk out to congratulate the Proteas. Morne Morkel is all pumped, he gets appreciation from every member of the South African side as he leads the team off the field and waves at the ever-enthusiastic spectators. Great scenes...

39.4
0
Morne Morkel to Hazlewood, out Caught by Philander!! Fifer Morne Morkel and South Africa thrash Australia to record second biggest win in the history of Test cricket against them (in terms of runs). Fires a short ball and all Hazlewood could manage was help the ramp straight into the mitts of Philander at fine third man. Hazlewood c Philander b Morne Morkel 5(6) [4s-1]

Morne Morkel to Hazlewood, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

39.3
0
Morne Morkel to Hazlewood, no run, short at the batsman, Hazlewood jumps inside the crease and fends it into the off-side
39.2
4
Morne Morkel to Hazlewood, byes, FOUR, bouncer, too high, Hazlewood flails at it and makes no contact. QDK leaps, but can't gather. South Africa won't mind
39.1
4
Morne Morkel to Hazlewood, FOUR, 100 up for Australia, courtesy a flayed stroke square of third man. Short ball outside off, Hazlewood transferred his weight onto the back foot and went hard at it
38.6
4
Maharaj to Paine, FOUR, down on one knee, sweeps the ball from just outside off and gets it wide of backward square. The South African fielders allow the ball to trickle towards the boundary ropes as they want Hazlewood to face the next over
38.5
0
Maharaj to Paine, no run, quicker and just outside off, so close to cut, Paine jumps back and slashes. Misses
38.4
0
Maharaj to Paine, no run, pushed back to the bowler
38.3
0
Maharaj to Paine, no run, full on middle, flicked to mid-wicket
38.2
0
Maharaj to Paine, no run, Tim Paine given out lbw. He reviews...legal delivery. It pitched outside leg I guess. Big turn from the rough and UltraEdge proves no hint of bat. There was a noise as the ball passed the bat, but it was off the bat hitting the ground. Waiting for ball-tracking and here it is - pitched well outside the leg stump. Not out. It was a nice toss up from Maharaj, got the drift and landed it in the rough before dipping, Paine was befuddled and was saved by the technology
38.1
1
Maharaj to Hazlewood, 1 run, and he slogsweeps Maharaj wide of long-on, can breathe a sigh of relief at the non-striker's end now
37.6
0
Morne Morkel to Paine, no run, short and well wide of off, Paine flashes hard and gets nothing. Hazlewood will have to face the first ball of next over, no choice left
37.5
0
Morne Morkel to Paine, no run, fuller and aiming for off, Paine prods at it with dead hands
37.4
0
Morne Morkel to Paine, no run, 141ks, Paine tucks round the corner
37.3
0
Morne Morkel to Paine, no run, plays the ball late and angles it with soft hands towards the gully region
37.2
0
Morne Morkel to Paine, no run, good length nibbling away in the fourth stump channel, left alone to the keeper
37.1
0
Morne Morkel to Paine, no run, good length on the stumps, Paine tucks to long leg but doesn't move an inch from his crease. Single refused
36.6
0
Maharaj to Hazlewood, no run, tossed up just outside off, Hazlewood bends forward and blocks

Josh Hazlewood, left handed bat, comes to the crease

36.5
0
Maharaj to Paine, out Lyon Run Out!! Too casual from Paine. Lyon departs without facing a ball. Ah, how quickly the tide turns. Pushed to cover and they run off in desperation, Lyon was slow to start and he had to put in a headfirst dive. Unfortunately for Australia, even that couldn't prevent him from the run out embarrassment. Needless to speak of Bavuma for he is one of the best fielders in the South African side. The throw was flat and accurate at the stumps. QDK did the rest. Lyon run out (Bavuma/de Kock) 0(0)

Maharaj to Paine, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!

Run-out check sent upstairs. Lyon is the man in question. He is gone

36.4
0
Maharaj to Paine, no run, pushes the ball with soft hands towards cover-point
36.3
0
Maharaj to Paine, no run, floated full on off-side, driven back to the bowler
36.2
0
Maharaj to Paine, no run, low full toss on middle, Paine drives to mid-on
36.1
0
Maharaj to Paine, no run, worked into the leg-side

Nathan Lyon, right handed bat, comes to the crease

35.6
0
Morne Morkel to Starc, out Caught by Markram!! This is brutal slaughter. No mercy. Much like 'No Holds Barred' version of the WWE. Another short ball and this time Starc had nowhere to go, stands cemented to his crease and shields his head with a dead-straight willow. Result? It thuds the splice of the bat and pops up a straightforward catch for Markram at FSL. Starc c Markram b Morne Morkel 7(14) [4s-1]

Morne Morkel to Starc, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

35.5
0
Morne Morkel to Starc, no run, he doesn't relent. Morne Morkel fires another bouncer at Starc, he fends it off the splice

In the meantime, Philander kicks a rugby ball that was lying on the ground towards the spectators. They are on fire, so are the Protea pacers. Okay, back to normal service. All set to resume...

35.4
0
Morne Morkel to Starc, no run, smacked banggggg on the helmet! Morne Morkel puts his hand up immediately in apology, Starc gives a thumbs up. Some concerned faces in the Australian dressing room and here comes the physio to conduct the concussion tests. Starc seems alright as he sips in a gatorade while taking time to compose himself on his feet. Bumper, arrowed in with plenty of pace and venom, Starc swivelled and missed the pull, the ball came in and crashed him whack on the side of the helmet. A part of the protection guard on the back of the helmet came off and guess there's some repair work needs to be done for Mitch Starc's helmet. It's like a carnival environment here at Newlands. The crowd are loving every bit of it
35.3
0
Morne Morkel to Starc, no run, tantalizingly short of Markram. Short ball, speared into the body, Starc rises on his tippy toes and defends, Markram at short leg looked to pounce on it with a cheetah-like dive, but just couldn't get there
35.2
0
Morne Morkel to Starc, no run, feeds a tempter outside off, gets the ball to shape away, beaten neck and crop is Mitch Starc

Floodlights are on

35.1
2
Morne Morkel to Starc, 2 runs, chipped back over the bowler's head, Starc gets the length he was looking after - full - and he deposits it slightly to the left of the bowler. Morkel that it was coming straight at him and took an evasive action, wasn't to be
34.6
0
Maharaj to Paine, no run, chips forward and overhit the drive, cover fielder moves to his right to field and prevent the single
34.5
1
Maharaj to Starc, 1 run, leans forward, tries to block, but the ball catches the inside edge and drops short of a diving FSL, dribbles past him to enable a single for the duo
34.4
0
Maharaj to Starc, no run, sits on the back foot and punches the ball into the off-side
34.3
0
Maharaj to Starc, no run, strides towards the line of the ball and pushes the drive to mid-off
34.2
0
Maharaj to Starc, no run, zips in off the pitch with the angle, Starc blocks off the back foot
34.1
1
Maharaj to Paine, 1 run, full and straight, Paine drives to deep mid-on and Rabada fires a wayward throw. A better throw at the striker's end would have had Starc in trouble

Tim Paine didn't look pleased with the decision from the TV ump. He certainly felt that came off Cummins' armguard. Well, that's a debate for another day

33.6
0
Morne Morkel to Starc, no run, another bouncer, Starc manages to get it away, holds his bat high in front of his eyes
33.5
0
Morne Morkel to Starc, no run, dug in short at the batsman, Starc stands tall and fends off the splice. Falls short of FSL
33.4
0
Morne Morkel to Starc, no run, camps back inside his crease and inside-edges the defence onto his thigh pad
33.3
4
Morne Morkel to Starc, FOUR, in the air and over the ring! Bowls a fullish delivery outside off and Starc just follows his instincts, which is to loft the ball. Came off the cue end, but got it over the off-side crowd

A hat-trick ball for Morne Morkel. He switches to round the wicket. 4 slips, short leg and short mid-wicket. Here we go...

Mitchell Starc, left handed bat, comes to the crease

33.2
0
Morne Morkel to Pat Cummins, out Caught by Elgar!! Pat Cummins is caught at gully, he is given out by the onfield umpire, but he reviews straightaway. Replays in: Fair delivery and it seemed to have hit him on the wristband, or the edge of the armguard? Tough to comprehend from the front-on angle. UltraEdge zooms in: There's a tiny spike as the ball passes the wristband, don't think there is conclusive evidence to overturn the onfield verdict for Ian Gould. Another zoomer in after the side-on replays and it seems to have glanced tiny bit of glove en route to the fielder. And here comes the decision from the tv ump. OUT. Morne Morkel, playing his final Test in Newlands, is having a splendid Test match. Pounds this short and gets the ball to explode off the pitch, Cummins had no clue. Looked to shield himself with the bat awkwardly and by the time he could open his eyes the South Africans are celebrating. Pat Cummins c Elgar b Morne Morkel 0(1)

Morne Morkel to Pat Cummins, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Pat Cummins, right handed bat, comes to the crease

33.1
0
Morne Morkel to Mitchell Marsh, out Caught by de Villiers!! If things don't happen, AB makes it happen. That's the kind of cricketer he is. Okay, don't get carried away by the dramatic words on display, but it really is a good catch from the superman. Mitchell Marsh who batted so well thus far has a brainfade; plays a wafty pull at a short and wide ball sans much conviction and he runs it off the thick toe-end towards gully. The ball looped up and was dipping in front of AB who dives forward to snaffle it inches above the turf. Another nail pinned down. South Africa 4 away, Australia 4000 miles away. Mitchell Marsh c de Villiers b Morne Morkel 16(28) [4s-3]

Morne Morkel to Mitchell Marsh, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

32.6
3
Maharaj to Mitchell Marsh, 3 runs, dolly. A full toss dipping on the pads, Marsh helps it with a gentle flick behind square and makes the big Morne run after it. Quite comical chase that as the big man ran after it huffing and puffing, but times his slide and pulls the back into play. All that to save a run
32.5
0
Maharaj to Mitchell Marsh, no run, not much turn, bounces a bit but the line is well outside off, Marsh doesn't bother with it
32.4
0
Maharaj to Mitchell Marsh, no run, presses across and squirts a faint outside edge on the push wide of slip
32.3
0
Maharaj to Mitchell Marsh, no run, fires it flat outside off, Marsh lunges forward and lets it go
32.2
0
Maharaj to Mitchell Marsh, no run, drags it a touch shorter, Marsh opens the bat face and taps the drive to backward point
32.1
0
Maharaj to Mitchell Marsh, no run, drifts it full on off-stump, Marsh hammers the drive and finds a diving extra cover to his right
31.6
0
Morne Morkel to Paine, no run, full and outside off stump, Paine lifts his bat and lets it go
31.5
0
Morne Morkel to Paine, no run, fullish and outside off stump, Paine drives it towards cover
31.4
0
Morne Morkel to Paine, no run, good length delivery outside off stump, left alone
31.3
0
Morne Morkel to Paine, no run, ooh! Unplayable. Back of a length delivery pitching on off and then nipping away off the surface, Paine definitely had no choice but to play the line, he tried to defend and the late movement beat him all ends up

The last time Steve Smith failed to reach 25 in an innings at least once for the first time in 25 Tests was in Bangladesh in 2017

31.2
0
Morne Morkel to Paine, no run, fullish and outside off stump, Paine defends
31.1
0
Morne Morkel to Paine, no run, short of length delivery on the off stump, Paine defends off the back foot
30.6
0
Maharaj to Mitchell Marsh, no run, that's an excellent dive by Big Vern to save four runs. Shortish and outside off stump, Marsh punches it hard off the back foot, Philander dives to his left and stops the ball
30.5
0
Maharaj to Mitchell Marsh, no run, fullish and on the stumps, Marsh defends
30.4
0
Maharaj to Mitchell Marsh, no run, punched nicely off the back foot but there is a man who is slightly deep at cover-point now
30.3
0
Maharaj to Mitchell Marsh, no run, forward blocked down the pitch
30.2
4
Maharaj to Mitchell Marsh, FOUR, square-driven nicely as Maharaj bowls a fullish length and gives room, hit with the turn through cover-point
30.1
0
Maharaj to Mitchell Marsh, no run, very full and on the stumps, Marsh drives it to cover
29.6
0
Morne Morkel to Paine, no run, good length delivery outside off stump, Paine shoulders arms

Lowest average in a series for Steve Smith:
23.66 in SA, 2018*
25.00 vs Pak in Eng, 2010
29.75 in Ban, 2017
31.80 Ashes, 2010/11
38.33 Ashes, 2013

29.5
0
Morne Morkel to Paine, no run, short of length delivery outside off stump, Paine shoulders arms
29.4
4
Morne Morkel to Paine, FOUR, that's a very good short first ball first up but Paine was equally good to rock back and pull solidly through square leg

Tim Paine, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Drinks time! South Africa are right on top and looking good to wrap it up today.

29.3
0
Morne Morkel to Smith, out Caught by Elgar!! This is a repeat of the first innings. Morne got Smith in the first essay, and now he returns to the attack and strikes immediately. Smith looks back, probably at the big screen, meanwhile the crowd are booing him. The bounce doing the trick for Morne here. Back of a length, hit the pitch hard, got the lift, Smith was on the back foot to force it through the off-side, got a thick edge and it flew straight to Elgar at gully. A double failure in the game to go with all the controversy for Smith. It's 75/5 now. Can Australia push this to Day 5? Smith c Elgar b Morne Morkel 7(21) [6s-1]

Morne Morkel to Smith, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

29.2
0
Morne Morkel to Smith, no run, full and outside off stump, Smith drives to cover
29.1
0
Morne Morkel to Smith, no run, good length delivery outside off stump, Smith lifts his bat and lets it go

Morne Morkel [4.0-1-9-0] is back into the attack

28.6
0
Maharaj to Mitchell Marsh, no run, full and on the stumps, Marsh defends off the front foot
28.5
0
Maharaj to Mitchell Marsh, no run, fullish and just outside off stump, Marsh defends off the front foot
28.4
4
Maharaj to Mitchell Marsh, FOUR, short and wide, Marsh cuts hard off the back foot, gets it between the cover and the backward point fielder
28.3
0
Maharaj to Mitchell Marsh, no run, the one that doesn't turn much, Marsh defends off the back foot
28.2
0
Maharaj to Mitchell Marsh, no run, very full and outside off stump, Marsh drives it towards cover
28.1
0
Maharaj to Mitchell Marsh, no run, blocked from the crease
27.6
0
Rabada to Smith, no run, fullish and outside off stump, Smith shoulders arms
27.5
6
Rabada to Smith, SIX, that's a top edge that's gone all the way. Short delivery outside off stump, Smith tries to pull, only gets a thick edge, lucky that it didn't go straight up in the air and Rabada's pace helped the ball clear the rope
27.4
0
Rabada to Smith, no run, good length delivery nipping away, Smith plays inside the line and allows the ball to go through to de Kock
27.3
0
Rabada to Smith, no run, full ball, ignored
27.2
0
Rabada to Smith, no run, short of length delivery outside off stump, Smith lifts his bat and lets it pass
27.1
0
Rabada to Smith, no run, that surely seems to have slipped out Rabada's hands, went like a cutter that was way outside off stump
26.6
0
Maharaj to Mitchell Marsh, no run, flighted delivery on the stumps, Marsh defends and gets a thickish edge that rolls into the off-side
26.5
4
Maharaj to Mitchell Marsh, FOUR, very full and Marsh plays nice inside-out drive through cover, just clears his front leg a wee bit to get the placement right and found the gap
26.4
0
Maharaj to Mitchell Marsh, no run, pushed to cover
26.3
0
Maharaj to Mitchell Marsh, no run, oh how close was that to the off stump? Flighted delivery just outside off stump, Marsh leaves it alone, this didn't turn much and came close to disturbing the timber
26.2
1
Maharaj to Smith, 1 run, gets a stride forward and then off-drives the ball past Maharaj
26.1
1
Maharaj to Mitchell Marsh, 1 run, very full and on the stumps, Marsh drives it to long-off
25.6
0
Rabada to Smith, no run, shortish and rising, Smith hops and defends to short mid-wicket
25.5
0
Rabada to Smith, no run, fuller length delivery outside off stump, left alone

Oops! Rabada lost the ball as he was running in

25.4
0
Rabada to Smith, no run, that's a good ball, but well handled too, covered the sticks and shouldered arms even though it was close to the stumps
25.3
0
Rabada to Smith, no run, short of length delivery outside off stump, Smith lets it pass
25.2
0
Rabada to Smith, no run, Smith moves across to the off-side and then leaves the ball
25.1
0
Rabada to Smith, no run, fullish and outside off stump, ignored
24.6
0
Maharaj to Mitchell Marsh, no run, blocked off the front foot and it's a double-wicket maiden. Crowd right behind Maharaj
24.5
0
Maharaj to Mitchell Marsh, no run, full and just outside off stump, Mitchell Marsh defends towards silly-point
24.4
0
Maharaj to Mitchell Marsh, no run, leans forward and defends
24.3
0
Maharaj to Mitchell Marsh, no run, poor try for the hat-trick, full and on the leg stump, Marsh defends

Two slips, silly-point and short leg in

Mitchell Marsh, right handed bat, comes to the crease

24.2
0
Maharaj to Shaun Marsh, out Caught by Markram!! I can't believe my eyes. From 57/0 to 59/4 in a matter of minutes. The Aussies are crumbling. One poorly-judged run has cost them four wickets. And look at this ball. Pitched in the rough, spun sharply and bounced extra, took the glove as Marsh was trying to fend and Markram took a brilliant catch diving to his right at short leg. The Proteas mob him. Hmm, turn and bounce on a pitch that was seaming around a great deal in January. Maharaj thoroughly deserves the wickets for the way he's bowled and he's on a hat-trick now. Shaun Marsh c Markram b Maharaj 0(1)

Maharaj to Shaun Marsh, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Shaun Marsh, left handed bat, comes to the crease

24.1
0
Maharaj to Khawaja, out Caught by de Villiers!! Maharaj bowled brilliantly against Warner and now Khawaja edges one to slip. Khawaja's poor show continues. Looks like he's badly out of confidence. Nothing but a flighted delivery outside off stump, didn't spin alarmingly, Khawaja was on the front foot to defend, but got a thick edge and AB was low at first slip to take an easy catch. Right then, three quick wickets after tea and the energy levels are very high from South Africa. Khawaja c de Villiers b Maharaj 1(9)

Maharaj to Khawaja, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

23.6
0
Rabada to Smith, no run, that's a brave leave, brave because it was in with the off stump, but he trusted the bounce, the ball pitched in the short of length zone, came back in and hit Smith high on the pad, probably thigh pad, no appeal for LBW from the bowler as he knew it was too high
23.5
0
Rabada to Smith, no run, short of length delivery on the off stump, Smith defends
23.4
0
Rabada to Smith, no run, that takes off, shortish and outside off stump, Smith wanted to play at it, the bounce did him in, de Kock jumps high to collect
23.3
0
Rabada to Smith, no run, oh extra bounce from short of length and Smith is squared up, the ball takes the edge and rolls to gully, but credit to Smith for handling that with soft hands
23.2
0
Rabada to Smith, no run, short of length delivery just outside off stump, Smith defends

Booos all around as the crowd spots Smith walking out

Steven Smith, right handed bat, comes to the crease

23.1
0
Rabada to Warner, out Caught by de Villiers!! KG Rabada gets Davey Warner. Look at the reaction from AB. Points to someone - maybe he told that KG will get Davey. Excellent catch, but what sort of a shot was that from Warner? Back of a length delivery angling away, maybe just left him a touch, Warner was trying to cut, but played so late, ended up guiding it towards the cordon and AB was sharp enough at gully to pouch it with both hands. Looked like Warner was indecisive there for a moment and ended up playing a poor shot. Warner c de Villiers b Rabada 32(67) [4s-4]

Rabada to Warner, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

22.6
0
Maharaj to Khawaja, no run, Khawaja moves across the sticks and defends this flighted delivery towards silly-point
22.5
1
Maharaj to Warner, 1 run, fullish and on the stumps, Warner drives it to long-on
22.4
0
Maharaj to Warner, no run, defended into the off-side
22.3
0
Maharaj to Warner, no run, quicker through the air, Warner stays in the crease and defends
22.2
0
Maharaj to Warner, no run, beaten, flighted delivery, drawn forward in defence, but it doesn't turn as much as Warner expected and the ball beat the outside edge
22.1
0
Maharaj to Warner, no run, oh a stumping chance missed, but it's tough because the ball deflected off Warner. Again Warner runs down the pitch, tries to flick, misses, lucky that de Kock fumbled the deflection, gave him enough time to recover ground
21.6
0
Rabada to Khawaja, no run, Khawaja shoulders arms
21.5
0
Rabada to Khawaja, no run, another leave, good length from Rabada again, Khawaja is confident of where his off stump is
21.4
0
Rabada to Khawaja, no run, good leave, good length delivery just outside off stump, Khawaja covers the sticks and lets it pass
21.3
0
Rabada to Khawaja, no run, oh that's jumped on Khawaja and he awkwardly plays that, short of a length, Khawaja wanted to play at it, but the extra bounce made him think he wanted to pull out, got hit on the glove in the process
21.2
0
Rabada to Khawaja, no run, short of length delivery on the stumps, blocked to short mid-wicket

Three slips and a gully waiting for the edge

21.1
0
Rabada to Khawaja, no run, good length delivery just around the off stump, Khawaja defends

Maharaj is really getting the ball to turn from the rough against the left-handers.

20.6
0
Maharaj to Warner, no run, turning in, rotated to square leg
20.5
0
Maharaj to Warner, no run, down the leg-side, defended to short leg
20.4
0
Maharaj to Warner, no run, spinning back in, Warner watchfully defends
20.3
0
Maharaj to Warner, no run, flighted delivery on the off stump, Warner defends
20.2
1
Maharaj to Khawaja, 1 run, worked away to deep mid-wicket and he's off the mark

Usman Khawaja, left handed bat, comes to the crease

20.1
0
Maharaj to Warner, out Bancroft Run Out!! That's a brilliant piece of fielding from Faf. Ran to his right, picked up the ball with his right-hand, threw off balance, yet hit the middle stump from a wide angle. Top class! And look at the boooos from the crowd as Bancroft makes his walk back to the dressing room. This was a flighted delivery from Maharaj, Warner drives it to the right of cover, always wanted a run but it was risky, Bancroft hesitated and had no choice but to listen to his senior partner. Ends up sacrificing his wicket. Bancroft run out (du Plessis) 26(64) [4s-3]

Maharaj to Warner, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!

Direct-hit and Bancroft is OUT

19.6
0
Rabada to Bancroft, no run, short in length again, Bancroft fends towards the short leg position
19.5
0
Rabada to Bancroft, no run, defended off the back foot, this time he stood tall and played that right under his eyes
19.4
0
Rabada to Bancroft, no run, another one misses the edge. This is excellent bowling. Hitting the pitch hard and getting some movement, Bancroft was hurried on the back foot punch, that was so close to taking the outside edge
19.3
0
Rabada to Bancroft, no run, short and rising tall, ignored
19.2
0
Rabada to Bancroft, no run, this time the edge is taken but it doesn't carry to gully, good length delivery outside off stump, Bancroft wants to defend, but the ball moves away and troubles him
19.1
0
Rabada to Bancroft, no run, beaten, movement off the pitch and Bancroft can't handle it, pitched around the good length zone, Bancroft was inside the line trying to defend, lucky to survive trying to defend
18.6
4
Maharaj to Warner, FOUR, use of the feet again, he almost yorked himself there, but managed to hit it squarer from the cover fielder. This is exactly what he wanted to do with the first ball of the over
18.5
0
Maharaj to Warner, no run, flighted delivery on the stumps, Warner defends
18.4
0
Maharaj to Warner, no run, oh this is almost hit to the fielder. Warner is not that comfortable against Maharaj. He advanced and chipped the drive uppishly, lucky that the ball fell short of the diving Faf
18.3
0
Maharaj to Warner, no run, highly optimistic shout for LBW, Warner steps out, can't get to the pitch of the ball, so wears one on the pad, easily slipping down the leg-side
18.2
0
Maharaj to Warner, no run, allows the ball to spin and defends into the on-side
18.1
0
Maharaj to Warner, no run, Warner wanted to hit that in the gap at cover for four, but he mistimed this flighted delivery as he had to reach out to meet the ball
17.6
0
Rabada to Bancroft, no run, short of length outside off stump, left alone
17.5
0
Rabada to Bancroft, no run, short of length delivery on the off stump, Bancroft goes back and nudges to mid-wicket
17.4
0
Rabada to Bancroft, no run, good length delivery outside off stump, Bancroft defends
17.3
4
Rabada to Bancroft, FOUR, oh almost dragged on! Lovely fullish ball from Rabada, the ball tails back in late, may have just moved off the pitch, Bancroft was going hard on the drive and got a thin inside edge that escaped the off pole
17.2
0
Rabada to Bancroft, no run, well played, played inside line of this short of length delivery at the last moment to let it pass, dragged his bat away very late on seeing the ball just leave him
17.1
0
Rabada to Bancroft, no run, full and just tailing back in, Bancroft works it to mid-on

Kagiso Rabada [6.0-2-21-0] is back into the attack

16.6
0
Maharaj to Warner, no run, good bowling, Warner advanced, Maharaj dropped it short and forced the batsman to take the defensive line, pushed to mid-off despite not getting to the pitch of the ball
16.5
0
Maharaj to Warner, no run, full delivery outside off stump, Warner defends with angled bat and rolls towards point
16.4
2
Maharaj to Warner, 2 runs, catch is the cry as Warner pulls uppishly but he hit it well of the fielder at deep mid-wicket, who ran to his right to tidy up
16.3
0
Maharaj to Warner, no run, spinning back in, Warner nudges into the on-side
16.2
0
Maharaj to Warner, no run, on the stumps, blocked off the front foot

Slip and short leg in place

16.1
0
Maharaj to Warner, no run, flighted delivery just outside off stump, Warner leans forward to defend, gets an inside edge that rolls into the on-side

The break is done and the players are in the middle. Slight cloud cover near the ground, but there's nothing threatening on the radar.

Highlights of the session: Lyon got his 300th Test wicket and became only the fifth off-spinner to do so. Australia cleaned South Africa up for 373, but not before conceding a mammoth lead of 429. Warner and Bancroft got beaten mutiple times on the edge, but they also displayed great bit of purpose to hang around in the crease. Smith's facial expressions (inside the dressing room) suggests something grimmer, much like Newlands weather right now. Possibly some communication passed on by Cricket Australia? We will try and shatter all the web surrounding this Test match. Be back in for the final session in 15...

15:24 local: The umpires are still having a discussion with Faf on their way back to the pavilion . It certain doesn't look casual by any means. There's no clarity on what the concern is. We will try and track that down ASAP for you.

15.6
0
Morne Morkel to Bancroft, no run, beats the edge! Drags Bancroft forward to have a poke and seams it away past his outside edge. And that will be tea on day 4
15.5
0
Morne Morkel to Bancroft, no run, throws it way wide of off-stump, Bancroft not interested
15.4
3
Morne Morkel to Warner, 3 runs, classic Warner, extended push off the front foot and the timing takes care of the rest, past Markram's dive to his right at cover and he gets three
15.3
0
Morne Morkel to Warner, no run, back of a length shaping back in towards middle, Warner prods at that defensively
15.2
0
Morne Morkel to Warner, no run, covers his stumps and defends back to the bowler
15.1
0
Morne Morkel to Warner, no run, hops back in his crease and blocks Morkel's length ball under his eyes
14.6
0
Philander to Bancroft, no run, touch fuller than good length, not anywhere close to Bancroft's off-stump, left alone
14.5
0
Philander to Bancroft, no run, 'have a crack at that' echoed Philander's full and wide delivery, Bancroft's willow says 'next time maybe'
14.4
0
Philander to Bancroft, no run, darts it closer to off-stump, Bancroft leaves it on length
14.3
3
Philander to Warner, 3 runs, wobbles away off the seam, Warner gets behind it and punches along the ground through covers, Elgar gives chase and does well to make a diving stop near the boundary triangles

We are having an extended second session because of the bad light yesterday that forced early stumps

14.2
0
Philander to Warner, no run, short of length and not threatening Warner's off-stump, he shoulders arms
14.1
0
Philander to Warner, no run, prods forward and defends this fullish delivery into the off-side

Faf and QDK are having a conference with umpire Nigel Llong. The umpires aren't happy with something? Don't think there's too much chirping around in the cordon. Will update you as and when I get more info. on this

13.6
0
Morne Morkel to Bancroft, no run, lands on middle and slides down the leg-stump, Bancroft exposed his leg and a part of his middle stump while trying to glance, no dice
13.5
0
Morne Morkel to Bancroft, no run, angles it in, hits the seam and decks away, Bancroft caught clueless on the back foot for the umpteenth time this innings
13.4
2
Morne Morkel to Bancroft, 2 runs, juicy half-volley outside off, Bancroft relies on timing and chips the drive wide of cover. Markram hunts down and flicks the ball back inside the ropes, only two
13.3
0
Morne Morkel to Bancroft, no run, slanting back in towards off, blocked off the meat of the bat
13.2
2
Morne Morkel to Bancroft, 2 runs, this one doesn't kick up from a length, Bancroft punches that through covers and squeezes two
13.1
0
Morne Morkel to Bancroft, no run, and now Morkel gets into the act, uses his height to generate extra bounce and beats Bancroft's hanging blade outside off. Absolute jaffa!
12.6
0
Philander to Warner, no run, perfect channels! That's James Anderson line and length for you. He did trouble Warner in that channel in the Ashes. Touch fuller than the good length, angles it across and rips past his outside edge
12.5
0
Philander to Warner, no run, this ball doesn't rise. Fuller, skids on and keeps low outside off, Warner went after it and with the ball lacking bounce it dropped dead in front of gully
12.4
0
Philander to Warner, no run, 137ks, doesn't have enough room to free his arms, a cramped punch to cover
12.3
0
Philander to Warner, no run, jags away outside off, blocked
12.2
4
Philander to Warner, FOUR, Philander refuses to change his plans, Warner too refuses to change his shot. Plays this one in a more controlled manner and gets the ball to slide past a diving backward point to his right. Back to back boundaries for DW
12.1
4
Philander to Warner, FOUR, uses Philander's pace and direction to guide the ball past gully. Neatly done by Warner. Did well to play the ball late and put it in the gap, got the desired result too

Vernon Philander [4.0-2-6-0] is back into the attack

11.6
0
Morne Morkel to Bancroft, no run, too short and way wide of off-stump, Bancroft doesn't interrupt its direction
11.5
0
Morne Morkel to Bancroft, no run, nagging channels once again, Bancroft's circumspect, ignores it to the keeper
11.4
0
Morne Morkel to Bancroft, no run, rose sharply in the corridor of uncertainty, unplayable stuff from Morne, Bancroft lifts his bat and lets it go
11.3
0
Morne Morkel to Bancroft, no run, moves slightly outside off and plays it back towards the bowler
11.2
0
Morne Morkel to Bancroft, no run, nips the ball back in off a length, Bancroft plays outside the line and gets struck around the groin, past his inside edge and wham!
11.1
0
Morne Morkel to Bancroft, no run, bends his back and bowls a corker in the channel, so hard to get behind such deliveries, Bancroft does the right thing by leaving it to the keeper
10.6
0
Rabada to Warner, no run, jumps back and splices the defence into the off-side
10.5
4
Rabada to Warner, FOUR, save your legs David Warner! Too short and Warner had enough time to jump on the back foot and flick-pull that over mid-wicket, was a bit tucked for room, but Warner ensured he lobbed it over the fieldsman on the leg-side
10.4
0
Rabada to Warner, no run, and he follows up with a perfect edge-beater! Draws Warner that tiny bit forward, tempts him into a push and snakes the ball past his outside edge

KG loses his run up once more. Warner's surprised too, gesturing something to the bowler

10.3
1
Rabada to Bancroft, 1 run, 140ks, speared into the body, Bancroft deflects it into the leg-side with an angled bat and nabs a quick single

KG pulls out at the last moment. And he does it again. Twice in a row he lost his run-up

10.2
1
Rabada to Warner, 1 run, is sitting like a wounded duck on the back foot is David Warner, bat comes a long way out of his front pad serching for the ball, gets a thick inside edge which deflects off the pad into the leg-side
10.1
1
Rabada to Bancroft, 1 run, fiery pace, Bancroft did the wise thing by playing it off the back foot which enabled him more time to read the angle of KG. Tap-and-run single round the corner
9.6
0
Morne Morkel to Warner, no run, waits inside the crease, allows the ball to come to him, drops near his feet and thinks of a quick single, rejected instantly
9.5
0
Morne Morkel to Warner, no run, pokes into the leg-side and shouts a big no
9.4
0
Morne Morkel to Warner, no run, extra bounce once again, lands short of length and goes onto crack Warner on the thigh, he was hopping on the back foot and hoping to work the ball into the leg-side. Does all sorts of ballerina dance moves to evade that
9.3
0
Morne Morkel to Warner, no run, straying on Warner's pads, manoeuvred into the leg-side
9.2
0
Morne Morkel to Warner, no run, homing in on off-stump, blocked from the crease
9.1
2
Morne Morkel to Warner, 2 runs, chips the drive in the air andddddd it lands safe! This back of a length delivery exploded off the pitch and smacked the splice of Warner's blade as he attempted to lift Morkel over extra cover. It looped up in the air for a catch, Markram did everything he could at cover (running back and diving full length in the air), but just tipped over the bar. Fingertips

Morne Morkel, right-arm fast, comes into the attack

8.6
0
Rabada to Bancroft, no run, goes for a regulation forward defence and doesn't pick this variation from Rabada, the ball moved in sharply before straightening past his outside edge
8.5
0
Rabada to Bancroft, no run, outside Bancroft's off-stump, ignored

Smith wears a worried look on his face. He is constantly twitching his eyes in regret

8.4
1
Rabada to Warner, 1 run, clicks the inside half as Warner attempts to tuck, down to long leg for a single
8.3
1
Rabada to Bancroft, 1 run, short and skids onto the batsman, Bancroft hops inside the crease and turns the ball off the splice towards square leg
8.2
0
Rabada to Bancroft, no run, Rabada tempts him into a similar shot, Bancroft fails to get bat on it this time

There's a leg slip in place now

8.1
4
Rabada to Bancroft, FOUR, too easy for Bangers. A leg-side gimme and Bancroft accepts it gleefully, just helps the ball race in its intended direction. Flies down to the fine leg fence in a jiffy
7.6
0
Philander to Warner, no run, on a length and fizzes back in slightly, blocked off the top half of the blade into the off-side
7.5
1
Philander to Bancroft, 1 run, gets inside the line of this back of a length delivery and helps it down to fine leg
7.4
0
Philander to Bancroft, no run, shuffles outside his off-stump and plonks out a defence to mid-on

NEWS: Cameron Bancroft has been fined 75% of his match fee and handed three demerit points.

7.3
0
Philander to Bancroft, no run, loose shot! 127ks, but the ball shaped a long way away from the right-hander, Bancroft had a waft and got beaten comfortably
7.2
0
Philander to Bancroft, no run, brings his bat in front of pad to smother the movement into the off-side
7.1
0
Philander to Bancroft, no run, edged and dropped short. Looks to block off the front foot, the ball hooped away and caught the outside edge, drops in front of a diving second slip to his left. Faf's the fielder, reckon Bancroft played that with soft hands
6.6
0
Rabada to Warner, no run, 143ks, defended into the covers
6.5
0
Rabada to Warner, no run, typical Warner, tries to bring out one of his many T20 strokes. Attempts a flashy pull at a short ball and gets beaten for pace
6.4
0
Rabada to Warner, no run, a yell of no after nudging the ball into the leg-side
6.3
0
Rabada to Warner, no run, nowhere near now, pitches outside leg and nearly lures Warner into a false shot. Lucky that he didn't get an edge on that. Looked to play with a closed bat face on the hop, the ball zipped past his blade and hit him on the thigh pad

JUST IN: Steve Smith suspended for one Test and fined 100 percent of his match fee by .

6.2
0
Rabada to Warner, no run, 139ks, pounds it short and keeps Warner on his heels, played back to the bowler
6.1
0
Rabada to Warner, no run, short of length around off and middle, Warner blocks from the crease
5.6
0
Philander to Bancroft, no run, inswinger, so Bancroft's guessed this one right and he's able to deal with nimble feet defence
5.5
0
Philander to Bancroft, no run, walks across his off-stump and hurriedly drags his bat away from the line of fire, expected inswing but the ball went other way round
5.4
0
Philander to Bancroft, no run, push-drives a full ball to mid-off
5.3
2
Philander to Bancroft, 2 runs, gets into Bancroft's pads and gets picked away backwards of square for a couple of runs

The umpires examine the ball and chuck! No time wasting business, just flings it back to the bowler. All fine

5.2
0
Philander to Bancroft, no run, blocked back to the bowler
5.1
3
Philander to Warner, 3 runs, swings away a fraction in the air, but the length's fuller, Warner miscues the drive but gets it in the gap wide of cover. They get three, but unfortunately the throw from the fielder smacks Bancroft on his back (while completing the third run). Not intentional though
4.6
0
Rabada to Bancroft, no run, gets inside the line of this back of a length delivery and dead-bats it into the leg-side
4.5
4
Rabada to Bancroft, FOUR, nothing wobbly about this though, gets a gift (read: full ball) from Rabada and he makes full use of it, extends his forward stride through the drive and picks the gap through covers
4.4
0
Rabada to Bancroft, no run, smashed in the groin! Bancroft's wobbled and it is showing in the way his feet are moving. Doesn't get anywhere in-line with this inswiger and takes a blow. Tough times
4.3
0
Rabada to Bancroft, no run, bumper, good pace, Bancroft hurries back inside his crease and lets it go
4.2
0
Rabada to Bancroft, no run, lovely presentation of swing bowling from KG, the seam presentation is just so good to watch, Bancroft not encouraging any thoughts of getting close to such fiery stuff. Outside off, left
4.1
0
Rabada to Bancroft, no run, hit on the elbow, bam! Bancroft doesn't read the swing on this, plays much sooner than he should have, the delivery tails back in, past the inside edge and clattttter on the flesh. Ouch!
3.6
0
Philander to Warner, no run, digs the pitch hard and gets that extra zip, Warner had to do some snake dancing to deal with that. Gets into all sorts of tangle to drop it off the splice into the leg-side
3.5
0
Philander to Warner, no run, blocked back to the bowler
3.4
0
Philander to Warner, no run, outside off, left alone to the keeper
3.3
0
Philander to Warner, no run, squares him up completely, Warner thinks this was nipping back to him and goes across to block that, but the ball darts away sharply to beat him on the outside edge. Extra bounce too
3.2
0
Philander to Warner, no run, good length on off-stump, Warner dabs with soft hands towards backward point
3.1
0
Philander to Warner, no run, short and climbs into Warner's ribcage, he hops and drops it dead in the vicinity. Oh I just realized how dangerous a word is 'vicinity.' *Imagine if Bancroft wasn't in the vicinity of that so called 'leadrship group meeting' yesterday
2.6
0
Rabada to Bancroft, no run, on a length and just outside off, Bancroft pushes it with high elbow into the off-side
2.5
0
Rabada to Bancroft, no run, consistency personified from KG, doesn't alter his plans, a punchy defence is the response from Bancroft
2.4
0
Rabada to Bancroft, no run, wobbles away in the channel, nothing doing from 'Bangers' - That's what Smith called him in the press conference yesterday
2.3
0
Rabada to Bancroft, no run, persists with similar lines and length does Rabada, Bancroft's happy to let it go past him
2.2
0
Rabada to Bancroft, no run, reverts to back of a length delivery around fifth stump, Bancroft gets in line and plonks a straight bat in defence
2.1
0
Rabada to Bancroft, no run, shorter in length and skipping down the leg-side, well past Bancroft's glance
1.6
0
Philander to Warner, no run, angling in on middle and leg, nudged away into the leg-side
1.5
0
Philander to Warner, no run, excellent diving effort from Markram at mid-off, saved a certain boundary there. Warner timed the push off the front foot and thought it would race past mid-off to his left, wasn't to be. The duo thought about a single and had to rush back to their respective ends
1.4
0
Philander to Warner, no run, fuller, skids and keeps low outside off, Warner hops back and negotiates with dead hands
1.3
0
Philander to Warner, no run, fullish and tight on off-stump, Warner's feet doesn't move, plays out a jabby defence to cover
1.2
0
Philander to Warner, no run, more firm now, the defence, goes searching for the delivery outside off and pats to backward point
1.1
0
Philander to Warner, no run, gets the ball to pitch on a good length and jags away a fraction outside off, Warner taps with a slightly open bat face into the off-side

Vernon Philander, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

The 'Big Vern' is into the attack now. Similar field for him

0.6
2
Rabada to Bancroft, 2 runs, hangs his bat out to dry outside off and slices a push off the outer edge wide of backward point
0.5
0
Rabada to Bancroft, no run, closing in on off pole, Bancroft taps it gently down the pitch
0.4
0
Rabada to Bancroft, no run, wide of off-stump, Bancroft can breathe now, watches it carefully and shoulders arms
0.3
2
Rabada to Bancroft, 2 runs, it's getting more intense, the battle. Another delivery that moves in sharply and snicks Bancroft's inside edge on the push, his bat face turned on impact and guess that was too hot to handle for the Western Australian

Stat: There have been two higher totals than 430 in the 4th inngs of a Test in SA.
654/5 by Eng vs SA in Durban, 1939 (timeless Test)
450/7 by SA vs Ind in Joburg, 2013
- Both ended in draws

0.2
0
Rabada to Bancroft, no run, didn't take long, did it? The crowd are booing Bancroft. He's been knocked around the mid riff region before the ball deflected off his pad. Inswinger from Rabada, came back in sharply and defeated Bancroft's inside edge on the block dance

Three slips and a gully

0.1
0
Rabada to Bancroft, no run, walks across to a good length delivery on off and blocks with a straight blade into the leg-side

Bancroft and Warner are at the crease. Bancroft is on strike. Rabada will open the attack