Tim Paine 9(27); | (27);
Morne Morkel* 9.4-3-23-5; | Keshav Maharaj 12-2-32-2
Stuart Broad 1(19); | (19);
Todd Astle* 16.1-5-39-3; | Neil Wagner 32-11-77-3
And we leave you with a few user comments and must-reads from our man Tristan Holme at Newlands.
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, 20106/77 vs NZ, Wellington, 20129/110 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, 1970322 Cape Town, 2018*309 Perth, 2012307 Johannesburg, 1970233 Johannesburg, 1966231 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...
Morne Morkel to Hazlewood, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Josh Hazlewood, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Maharaj to Paine, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!
Run-out check sent upstairs. Lyon is the man in question. He is gone
Nathan Lyon, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Morne Morkel to Starc, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
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...
Floodlights are on
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
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
Morne Morkel to Pat Cummins, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Pat Cummins, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Morne Morkel to Mitchell Marsh, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
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
Lowest average in a series for Steve Smith:23.66 in SA, 2018*25.00 vs Pak in Eng, 201029.75 in Ban, 201731.80 Ashes, 2010/1138.33 Ashes, 2013
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.
Morne Morkel to Smith, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Morne Morkel [4.0-1-9-0] is back into the attack
Oops! Rabada lost the ball as he was running in
Two slips, silly-point and short leg in
Mitchell Marsh, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Maharaj to Shaun Marsh, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Shaun Marsh, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Maharaj to Khawaja, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Booos all around as the crowd spots Smith walking out
Steven Smith, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Rabada to Warner, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Three slips and a gully waiting for the edge
Maharaj is really getting the ball to turn from the rough against the left-handers.
Usman Khawaja, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Maharaj to Warner, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!
Direct-hit and Bancroft is OUT
Kagiso Rabada [6.0-2-21-0] is back into the attack
Slip and short leg in place
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.
We are having an extended second session because of the bad light yesterday that forced early stumps
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
Vernon Philander [4.0-2-6-0] is back into the attack
KG loses his run up once more. Warner's surprised too, gesturing something to the bowler
KG pulls out at the last moment. And he does it again. Twice in a row he lost his run-up
Morne Morkel, right-arm fast, comes into the attack
Smith wears a worried look on his face. He is constantly twitching his eyes in regret
There's a leg slip in place now
NEWS: Cameron Bancroft has been fined 75% of his match fee and handed three demerit points.
JUST IN: Steve Smith suspended for one Test and fined 100 percent of his match fee by .
The umpires examine the ball and chuck! No time wasting business, just flings it back to the bowler. All fine
Vernon Philander, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
The 'Big Vern' is into the attack now. Similar field for him
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
Three slips and a gully
Bancroft and Warner are at the crease. Bancroft is on strike. Rabada will open the attack