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SA vs AUS – 3rd Test (Day 4)


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news on 22 Mar 2009 at 09:35
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The third century of South Africa’s mammoth innings proved the most destructive.

Cricinfo reports that on the second evening AB de Villiers had helped take the game away from Australia and today, after steering South Africa through a choppy first session, he grabbed it powerfully. de Villiers’ brilliant, brutal 163, which included four successive sixes off Andrew McDonald, was his third century in six consecutive Tests against Australia – and by far his most audacious – and, along with debutant Albie Morkel’s 58, gave the bowlers ample time to try and wrap up the dead rubber.

A reinvigorated Australia had come out under sunny skies and took wickets early on day three, but the one man they failed to dislodge hung on to play an exceptional innings. In the morning de Villiers chugged along without shelving his range of strokes – the swivelled pull and shuffled clips were on full view – and his running between the wickets was excellent. The first session set him up and the next allowed him to thoroughly boss the attack.

The range of shots was spectacular; the mode of execution effortless and the regularity with which he pulled it off splendid. When de Villiers cut, the ball whistled away; when he flicked it was with precision; when he pulled, you held your breath; and when he slog-swept … well, then the fielders just craned their necks.

Having shown a liking for the mediocre leg spin of Bryce McGain just before lunch – like Ashwell Prince and Jacques Kallis on the second day – de Villiers and Albie pasted him to all corners. A dab wide of sweeper cover brought de Villiers his hundred, which was followed by a period of sheer adrenalin.

Albie brought up his fifty with a single off McGain, and then smashed Peter Siddle for consecutive boundaries. Then he uncharacteristically became a spectator. No shot seemed to take effort once de Villiers reached his century. Wielding his bat like a rapier, de Villiers pulled, cut, heaved and slogged as he breezed his next fifty runs off just 32 balls. Two sixes in one over evoked memories of his assault on Harbhajan Singh in Ahmedabad last year. With de Villiers in complete control at the other end, the South African balcony was all smiles.

The de Villiers show made the proceedings resemble a Twenty20 played out in flannels – a 25-run over sent the crowd into a tizzy. In four balls eerily reminiscent of Shahid Afridi’s onslaught against India at Lahore in 2006, de Villiers swung, pulled, drove, and swatted four sixes in a row. The fifth ball, a crafty yorker, was flicked for a single and on the last the beleaguered McDonald beat Albie’s bat to disturb the stumps. A clipped four was followed by a golf-like tee and de Villiers finally fell playing that feisty swatted pull, picking out the man at deep square leg, for 163 with seven sixes and 12 fours. A few brave shots from Paul Harris took the total to 651.

Facing a 442-run deficit, Phillip Hughes began Australia’s second innings in robust fashion only to edge Harris to first slip (57 for 1). Harris, varying his pace, and Dale Steyn, running in with the wind behind him, stymied runs and when Ricky Ponting nicked Steyn for 12 the South Africans were over the moon. Simon Katich and Michael Hussey batted the final hour resolutely, but at the end of a long day Australia sloped off the field knowing they had been thoroughly outplayed.



56 Comments

  • Aus 134 / 2

    effective: -308 /2

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.03.09 11:55:48 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • The most boring session of cricket ever.Jeez.

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.03.09 12:06:30 by Claytie Reply
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  • Wicket,Katich out.

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.03.09 12:09:44 by Claytie Reply
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  • Morning pals.

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.03.09 12:22:00 by klempie Reply

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  • @Claytie (Comment 2) :

    Aus are obviously better at doing the “Russell” than we are. :wink:

    142 / 3

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.03.09 12:59:25 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 4) :

    hey

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.03.09 12:59:39 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Mr Cricket Batsman…gone! :mrgreen:

    146/4

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.03.09 13:29:27 by klempie Reply

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  • 68.6 Steyn to Hussey, OUT, Steyn has again nailed Hussey. It burst up from back of length, on the middle and off stump line, bit like Ambrose or a McGrath delivery, Hussey was caught at the crease, tried to rush back but stabbed a dolly to gully. Four down now and Haddin walks out.
    MEK Hussey c Duminy b Steyn 39 (197m 153b 5×4 0×6) SR: 25.49

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.03.09 13:32:29 by klempie Reply

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  • Gudden dag

  • Comment 9, posted at 22.03.09 13:51:41 by Claytie Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 7) : :cool:

  • Comment 10, posted at 22.03.09 14:06:08 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • 190 / 5 :cool: :cool:

    46 overs left in the day.

  • Comment 11, posted at 22.03.09 14:13:23 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • New ball taken after 84 overs.

  • Comment 12, posted at 22.03.09 14:38:19 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Wicket

  • Comment 13, posted at 22.03.09 15:00:57 by Claytie Reply
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  • watching live now. :cool:

    236 / 6

    Effectively: -206 / 6

  • Comment 14, posted at 22.03.09 15:35:33 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • This stupidly expensive hotel has 84 channels but NO Sky Sports!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH :evil:

  • Comment 15, posted at 22.03.09 16:58:36 by klempie Reply

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  • I’ve just put my finger on why I HATE Pommie adverts. Tell me if anyone else feels that UK ads talk to you like you’re a 5 year old… :roll:

  • Comment 16, posted at 22.03.09 17:00:56 by klempie Reply

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  • OK WTH. The 7th wicket just put on 150. :roll:

  • Comment 17, posted at 22.03.09 17:06:01 by klempie Reply

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  • McDonald gone for 68. :cool:

    Looks like Johnson will get a hundred though… :roll:

  • Comment 18, posted at 22.03.09 17:23:14 by klempie Reply

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  • McGain duck.389 for 9

  • Comment 19, posted at 22.03.09 17:30:42 by Claytie Reply
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  • Who is this Engelbrecht chap?

  • Comment 20, posted at 22.03.09 17:32:27 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • OK it’s all action now. :shock: Siddle went for a duck. Then Johnson to 100 and then got McGain gets run out. Last wicket.

  • Comment 21, posted at 22.03.09 17:32:28 by klempie Reply

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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 20) : Sub.

  • Comment 22, posted at 22.03.09 17:33:50 by klempie Reply

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  • 49 needed to avoid an innings hiding.

  • Comment 23, posted at 22.03.09 17:34:11 by klempie Reply

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  • Looks like the Aussies have unleashed another world class all rounder this season…

  • Comment 24, posted at 22.03.09 17:49:48 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 20) : Got famous for fielding in the u/19 WC

  • Comment 25, posted at 22.03.09 17:50:27 by Claytie Reply
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  • Out!Oz first innings defeat since 1998

  • Comment 26, posted at 22.03.09 17:52:56 by Claytie Reply
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  • Japies carrying on like they didn’t lose the series in RSA?

    Good result all the same…

  • Comment 27, posted at 22.03.09 17:53:13 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • @Claytie (Comment 25) :

    Thanks mate… can he bat or bowl too?

  • Comment 28, posted at 22.03.09 17:58:48 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 27) : The way I see it is it’s 3-all for the summer after we lost every single toss and we handed them the only innings defeat in the last game. I think we can say we’ve got our noses in front.

  • Comment 29, posted at 22.03.09 18:00:01 by klempie Reply

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  • oh Harro got 6-fer in the 2nd innings. Well timed too as Imran Tahir is about to qualify for SA.

  • Comment 30, posted at 22.03.09 18:08:03 by klempie Reply

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  • Spin class ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    :oops: I’m not embarrassed, That’s the colour of my face at the moment. :wink:

  • Comment 31, posted at 22.03.09 18:15:14 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 31) : Pffft. You ignored me yesterday. I did 2.4km in 10 mins. :wink:

  • Comment 32, posted at 22.03.09 18:26:42 by klempie Reply

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  • Bugger it. I duffed up my tags. :evil:

  • Comment 33, posted at 22.03.09 18:27:14 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 32) :

    I didn’t see that. :oops:

    4:10 per km. :cool:

  • Comment 34, posted at 22.03.09 18:29:07 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Hello

  • Comment 35, posted at 22.03.09 18:29:08 by wpw Reply
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  • Liverpool 1 nil ahead against Aston Villa. Go you Mighty Reds!!! :grin:

  • Comment 36, posted at 22.03.09 18:30:19 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 35) :

    Hey.

  • Comment 37, posted at 22.03.09 18:31:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 34) : Well…it’s an unofficial time. I set the time to 10 minutes thinking I would be at the edge by the time I got to my current target of 2.2km. But I got to 2.2 and felt great so I decided to push for 2.4. It cut out before I got there and I missed the distance. It’s sooooo much easier training at low altitude. :cool:

  • Comment 38, posted at 22.03.09 18:34:39 by klempie Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 36) : Soccer’s gay… :wink:

  • Comment 39, posted at 22.03.09 18:35:06 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 38) : Sorry…decided to push to 2.6. :oops:

  • Comment 40, posted at 22.03.09 18:36:34 by klempie Reply

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  • Liverpool now 2 nil up! Whoop Whoop! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 41, posted at 22.03.09 18:41:41 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 41) : 3-0…I don’t even watch and I’m ahead of you. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 42, posted at 22.03.09 18:45:01 by klempie Reply

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  • Liverpool 3 Astin Villa 0

  • Comment 43, posted at 22.03.09 18:45:11 by wpw Reply
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  • Wonder where my good friend Villie is at?? He supports Villa doesnt he? And he hates Liverpool??

  • Comment 44, posted at 22.03.09 18:46:17 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 43) : Villie must be ranting

  • Comment 45, posted at 22.03.09 18:53:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • Liverpool 4 Villa 0 :wink:

  • Comment 46, posted at 22.03.09 19:14:24 by wpw Reply
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  • Can someone say 5-0?? Gerrard with 3 goals!!

  • Comment 47, posted at 22.03.09 19:43:43 by wpw Reply
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  • I just found an air density calculator, and Joburg has 20% LESS air than London. :shock:

  • Comment 48, posted at 22.03.09 19:55:29 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 48) :

    yeah of course!!!!!!!! It’s that altitide thing everyone bitches about :wink:

  • Comment 49, posted at 22.03.09 20:01:58 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 49) : Well after my run last night I can see what they are on about! :shock:

  • Comment 50, posted at 22.03.09 20:04:59 by klempie Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 49) : I knew it was less but didn’t think was as much as a 1/5th!

  • Comment 51, posted at 22.03.09 20:05:36 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 48) : I’ve emphasised this all wrong… :roll:

  • Comment 52, posted at 22.03.09 20:08:54 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 50) :

    Hehehehhehe. No problem with that heart disease at sea level? :wink:

  • Comment 53, posted at 22.03.09 20:17:58 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 53) : It’s not heart disease. :roll: It’s Barlow’s Syndrome aka mitral valve prolapse. Well, that is what the GP reckoned 8 years ago and I haven’t fallen down dead yet. She said I should go to a cardiologist before I turn 50 so I have time to spare. Basically, one of the valves in my heart doesn’t close properly under stress. It gives you stabbing chest pains and feels (I would imagine) alot like cardiac arrest though it’s rarely fatal. That was got me to the doc. Had a really bad episode one night but it was over in 3 minutes.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitral_valve_prolapse

  • Comment 54, posted at 22.03.09 20:27:19 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 54) :

    oh okay cool. or uncool. :wink:

  • Comment 55, posted at 22.03.09 20:45:24 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 55) : Point is, my heart gets used to it as I go further and further anyway. It’s just the first few times after I push to a new target. :razz:

  • Comment 56, posted at 22.03.09 20:46:32 by klempie Reply

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