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SA vs AUS 2nd Test – Day 4


Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :In the news on 9 Mar 2009 at 10:37
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Rob Houwing reports for sport24.com that somebody may have to do a “Gary Kirsten” if South Africa are to escape from the hell-hole the second Test against Australia has become at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead here.

The epic 275 Kirsten made in a rearguard cause for his country at this ground against England in 1999/2000 serves as a rare beacon of hope for the Proteas to cling to in their quest to save the game.

The merciless Aussies, already 1-0 ahead in the series, were a whopping 506 runs to the good with seven second-innings wickets in hand after day three on Sunday, although their camp remained cagey over whether the South Africans would be inserted first thing on Monday.

There must be a good chance that Ricky Ponting will do that, because survival is almost certain to be the dominant thought on the embattled home team’s minds rather than any grandiose vision of a miracle, record-annihilating win.

Ponting will be quietly comforted, too, that the Proteas are a man down in the form of their injured captain Graeme Smith, likely to bat way down the order only if there is a realistic opportunity late on the final day of forcing the draw.

But at least there is some evidence in recent times that particularly high-scoring, stone-walling third or fourth innings at this venue are possible.

In the Test nine years ago Kirsten, now coach of India, took to the crease as one of the openers in the late afternoon of the third day’s play, and could not be budged until his dismissal in the lengthening shadows of day five led to the game being called off as a stalemate.

South Africa had followed on after scoring only 156 in reply to England’s first knock of 366 for nine declared, and Kirsten batted for the entire duration of the reply – nearly 15 hours – as his side posted 572 for seven in 209.2 overs.

Just who will step up to emulate, or even partially so, the gritty left-hander is anybody’s guess, because Smith would have been a strong candidate for a marathon vigil and several other potentially watchful and defiant batsmen like Jacques Kallis and Neil McKenzie are struggling for big scores.

Another factor to consider is that even when Smith is able to take his berth at the top of the order, the current Proteas team has a questionable tail, and now Paul Harris is quite likely to be pressed into service at No 7!

But the pitch had flattened out considerably on day three – helped by a rolling before play and then again at 10:07 as the South African first innings feebly folded – and Australia do not have a truly specialist spinner to exploit the rough that has begun to enter the equation.

In the third innings of a 2004/05 Test, England, this time, found Kingsmead late-match conditions surprisingly favourable as they amassed 570 for seven after a first knock of 139, which was just one more run than the Proteas managed in the present Test.

These may just be statistics but the team under Mark Boucher’s acting command need all the good harbingers they can get …



45 Comments

  • So Australia have declared. SA will chase a massive 546. Remember they’re down to 10 men, with Smith injured.

    :???: :roll:

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.03.09 10:43:05 by wpw Reply
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  • you seriously aren’t wasting your time with this mickey mouse team.

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.03.09 10:50:25 by try time Reply

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  • Extremely dissapointing. :cry:

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.03.09 10:50:59 by McLovin Reply

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  • Why do they always hide the nuts when a blind squirell approaches? :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.03.09 10:51:38 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Why did we even put up a thread for this mess? :evil:

    Just kidding – I’m not one to turn on my team in their time of playing rubbish… Go Proteas!!!

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.03.09 11:01:50 by blackshark Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 3) :

    The false hope they gave us when they dismissed the Aussies for less than 400… :cry:

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.03.09 11:02:45 by blackshark Reply

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  • Lunch day 4

    SA 35/0

    He who can’t bat (McKenzie) – 9*
    Amla 25*

    Only 511 more runs needed :roll:

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.03.09 12:27:08 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 7) :

    “He who can’t bat” is hitting boundaries :shock:

    He had 7 runs from 48 balls and now he is on 31 from 77… :roll:

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.03.09 13:04:16 by blackshark Reply

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  • Siddle to McKenzie, OUT, classic seam bowler’s dismissal! He lands it on the corridor of uncertainty outside off and gets the ball to come back in, McKenzie is forced to play at it but he fails to cover the line, there’s a big deflection off the outside edge

    Perfect jinx! :mrgreen:

    RSA 63 for 1 (+ Smith)

    483 more runs needed… :razz:

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.03.09 13:06:32 by blackshark Reply

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  • Nice!!! :???:

    Anyone defending McKenzie’s inclusion in the side needs seriaaas help!!! :roll:

  • Comment 10, posted at 09.03.09 13:08:55 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 10) :

    Hey…the man just made 31 RUNS …which happens to be the 2nd highest score for RSA in this match. Give him a break! :roll: :lol:

  • Comment 11, posted at 09.03.09 13:15:15 by blackshark Reply

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  • Kallis was dropped on a DUCK!

    What a weakling…

  • Comment 12, posted at 09.03.09 13:16:42 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 12) :

    Dude, Kallis is going to score his maiden double hundred in this innings!!! :shock: :roll:

  • Comment 13, posted at 09.03.09 13:29:03 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 13) :

    I’m tired of repeating that to myself… :smile:

  • Comment 14, posted at 09.03.09 13:32:54 by blackshark Reply

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  • AMLA OUT for 43 :evil:

  • Comment 15, posted at 09.03.09 13:35:20 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 15) :

    :cry: No signs of rain …

    You think if everybody at Kingsmead starts crying / spitting at the same time the umpires will ask for the covers??? :cry:

  • Comment 16, posted at 09.03.09 13:52:24 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 16) :

    First of all, men NEVER cry and secondly, the spitting is just gross… lol :mrgreen: :twisted:

  • Comment 17, posted at 09.03.09 13:54:49 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 17) :

    At least I’m trying to make a plan here…can’t say the same thing for Boucher and Arthur…and the entire Proteas squad.

    Bring on the ODI’s… :evil:

  • Comment 18, posted at 09.03.09 14:09:09 by blackshark Reply

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  • What kind of a cricket thread are you guys running???????????? :evil:

    What is the bloody score?

  • Comment 19, posted at 09.03.09 14:21:42 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 19) :

    A moaning thread… :evil:

    RSA 126/2 (420 still required)

    Kallis 19* (181 runs to go )
    AB De Villiers 20* ( 130 runs to go)

  • Comment 20, posted at 09.03.09 14:25:29 by blackshark Reply

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  • South Africa RR 3.30
    Last 10 ovs 48/0 RR 4.80

    Min overs remaining 38.0

    Still time to add another 100 runs to the score… :roll:

  • Comment 21, posted at 09.03.09 14:35:11 by blackshark Reply

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  • SA 172/2

    AB de Villiers 42*
    Kallis 42*

    We need 374 runs to win!!! No probs!!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 09.03.09 15:42:44 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 22) : Dude- have you eaten anything today? :twisted: I dont see us reaching 300…

  • Comment 23, posted at 09.03.09 15:57:06 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 23) :

    Just had lunch now… why??? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 24, posted at 09.03.09 16:03:11 by wpw Reply
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  • Kallis 50.

  • Comment 25, posted at 09.03.09 16:19:43 by klempie Reply

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  • AB 50.

  • Comment 26, posted at 09.03.09 16:20:09 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 25) : @klempie (Comment 26) : Only another 150 each to go. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 27, posted at 09.03.09 16:21:02 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 27) : Yeh. :twisted:

  • Comment 28, posted at 09.03.09 16:23:24 by klempie Reply

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  • I’d like to win a toss sometime this season… :roll:

  • Comment 29, posted at 09.03.09 16:24:58 by klempie Reply

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  • 200 up.

  • Comment 30, posted at 09.03.09 16:31:38 by klempie Reply

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  • There are 97 overs left in the match. Even if we score at 3 an over the whole way we will still end up 41 runs short…

  • Comment 31, posted at 09.03.09 16:47:07 by klempie Reply

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  • Kallis just spanked two consecutive 4s off that ratface Katich. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 32, posted at 09.03.09 16:50:34 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 29) : you can have Luke

  • Comment 33, posted at 09.03.09 16:53:56 by rahul Reply

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  • @rahul (Comment 33) : ROFL!!!

  • Comment 34, posted at 09.03.09 16:55:24 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 31) : 41 We can make up easy… its the wickets thats a problem. basically 3 down

  • Comment 35, posted at 09.03.09 17:01:49 by rahul Reply

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  • @rahul (Comment 35) : Pffft. Remember SCG. Biff will come out if there are 20 to get.

  • Comment 36, posted at 09.03.09 17:04:18 by klempie Reply

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  • Stumps Day 4 – 302 needed with 8 wickets in hand.

    Why do they always do this? Giving us hope? AHHHHHHHHH

  • Comment 37, posted at 09.03.09 17:11:51 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 37) : When do they take the new ball?

  • Comment 38, posted at 09.03.09 17:16:02 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 38) : First ball tomorrow.

  • Comment 39, posted at 09.03.09 17:16:35 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 39) : :shock: If we can make it past that then we should be ok-ish. I hope. :neutral:

  • Comment 40, posted at 09.03.09 17:19:37 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 40) : I’m outta here.

  • Comment 41, posted at 09.03.09 17:22:32 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 41) : Cheerio.

  • Comment 42, posted at 09.03.09 17:25:51 by McLovin Reply

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  • We once scored 438 in 50 overs… :lol:

  • Comment 43, posted at 09.03.09 19:39:22 by blackshark Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 37) :

    :mrgreen:

    @blackshark (Comment 43) :

    I have that DVD, maybe i should put it in tomnorrow and fool myself into believing that it is live. :lol:

  • Comment 44, posted at 09.03.09 19:42:21 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Go Proteas!! Woohoo

  • Comment 45, posted at 09.03.09 22:36:11 by wpw Reply
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