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Aus (394 & 247) v SA (459& 183/1) 2nd Test SA Win by 9 Wickets

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news on 30 Dec 2008 at 01:25
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South Africa 459 & 30/0 (Smith 25*) need another 153 runs to beat Australia 394 & 247 (Ponting 99, Steyn 5-67)

Peter English writes for cricinfo that South Africa need another 153 runs to overturn two decades of Australian dominance at home after Dale Steyn continued his heroics by earning 10 wickets for the game. Steyn, who took 5 for 87 and then scored 76 in the first innings, backed up with 5 for 67 and was responsible for ending Australia’s tiny chance for a series-levelling victory.

Ricky Ponting’s almost lone hand of 99 extended the small advantage to 182 and was the only bright spot, apart from Mitchell Johnson’s unbeaten 43, on another horrible day for the home side. Australia have not lost a series in their backyard since West Indies toppled them in 1992-93, but if the predicted rain stays away on Tuesday South Africa can dethrone the world champions.

Once Australia were dismissed for 247, South Africa had to negotiate six overs before stumps and Graeme Smith did it easily while reducing the target by 30. Smith off-drove Brett Lee’s first offering for four and hit another four boundaries in his 25 from 19, while Neil McKenzie, who was bowled by a Lee no-ball, made it through with 3.

While Steyn led the charge through a self-destructive batting line-up, Ponting tried to hold things together with his second outstanding display of the game. However, he was becalmed in the 90s and spent 40 minutes there before chipping a catch to Smith at cover off Morne Morkel. He left with a straight face, most supporters at the ground were disappointed, and the South Africans knew they were nearly there.

After allowing the visitors a sensational comeback on the third day, Australia suffered an awful start when their first three batsmen departed before they had erased the 65-run deficit. Steyn captured Matthew Hayden and Simon Katich in two overs in the morning and then returned to knock over Michael Clarke and Andrew Symonds in six balls to limit the recovery. He bowled in short spells but each time he returned the batsmen were uncomfortable and his haul, which was completed when Peter Siddle edged to Mark Boucher, pushed him to 74 wickets for the year.

Ponting is the only great in Australia’s team playing like one and he did his best to keep the side in with a hope of setting a threatening victory target. However, with his partners exiting to rash shots on a firm pitch, Ponting was battling two teams. He did the best for his outfit and was unfortunate to miss becoming the only person to score twin centuries four times.

At lunch Ponting had no boundaries in 32, but he picked up seven in the second session as he drove and pulled superbly. There were plays and misses and crisp straight fours in the same over as Ponting carried on his fine form after 101 on the opening day. After tea he was more subdued as the task turned to batting for time while slowly expanding the lead. The lack of freedom and a tighter field eventually cost him.

Ponting had taken the side ahead 35 minutes before lunch and was the most comfortable by far of a struggling outfit. The picture was more promising for Australia during his bright 96-run combination with Clarke (29), but when it ended with Clarke’s cut straight to McKenzie at cover there was more trouble.

Steyn struck again five balls later when Symonds edged for a second time towards Jacques Kallis, who picked up a fine take at second slip. Australia were 5 for 145 and the lead was a meagre 80. Brad Haddin could not restrain himself and flashed at a wide delivery from Makhaya Ntini on 10 in another example of poor decision-making. Kallis (2 for 57) popped in to bowl Lee and Nathan Hauritz and Morkel, whose bounce was testing, picked up 2 for 46.

Hayden’s position becomes more doubtful by the innings and he started the day wanting to attack, speeding to 23 off 28 balls with a mixture of encouraging and frightening shots. Just as he looked to be feeling comfortable, hitting two fours from a Steyn over, he went for another and drove to JP Duminy at short cover. He showed slightly more emotion than usual as he left the field.

Steyn was then able to entice Katich (15) into slashing at an almost unreachable delivery outside off stump. The hosts were still 16 behind when Hussey’s unfortunate match continued with him being the victim of an Aleem Dar mistake. Morkel’s searing bouncer thudded into Hussey’s helmet and deflected high to Hashim Amla at square leg; Dar was convinced the ball had brushed Hussey’s glove. It missed it by a long way, and Hussey left in a disappointed daze, rocking back his head as Ponting shook his.

After a missed catch on Sunday, when Hussey didn’t get close to a ball stuck in front of the sun, he didn’t deserve any more embarrassment. He scored 2 and took his collection in the past four innings to 10, a return worse than Hayden’s. With two major batsmen faltering, and Symonds and Lee injured, the assignment of beating a committed outfit has become too hard.

South Africa have out-played, out-fought and out-thought their opponents in a way that is shocking for those who have grown used to Australia’s position. Over the past three months Ponting’s men have showed they are not even the second-best team in the world.


  • Tellytubby refering to Fanie’s great bowling attack during the pitch report. 🙂 He must be hoping they can do it as well.

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.12.08 01:30:15 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • The 12th man in this game Watson has been ruled out of the next match also.

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.12.08 01:32:42 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Oh i already love the Aussie audio more than the Saffa Audio, 😀

    Greig and someone else in there at the moment, The other guy says: it is unbelievable that McKenzie can do the same thing in both innings to be bowled out to which grieg immediately replies it is unbelievable that the bowlers keep bowling no-balls to NOT make the wicket count. 😛

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.12.08 01:36:54 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Sun is shining brightly and Stadium is empty. Not good for Aus. 🙂

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.12.08 01:42:18 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Thanks for alerting to the new blog. 🙄

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.12.08 01:42:58 by klempie Reply
  • @klempie (Comment 5) :

    😳 I am not here I am still asleep. 😳

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.12.08 01:45:42 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • How’s the Aussie Headline “Steyn Remover cleans up” 😆

    These guys keep saying SA have never won a test series in Australia?

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.12.08 01:47:41 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • lol @ comment 3.

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.12.08 01:50:11 by klempie Reply
  • Correct KSA. We have NEVER won there. :mrgreen: Today’s the day.

    I hope that ass Chappell is commentating at the moment of victory.

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.12.08 01:53:56 by klempie Reply
  • Lee looks very uncomfortable.

    50 Partnership up in the 12th Over.

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.12.08 01:56:38 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Man the Stadium IS empty, even the crowds at Ellispark are bigger than this on occasion. 🙄

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.12.08 01:59:42 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @ comment 11. There’s a certain air of inevitability isn’t there? 😉

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.12.08 02:02:24 by klempie Reply
  • SLOW WIDE FULLTOSS to Smith and he despatches it, would be a four had it not been for a very wet outfield due to the overnight rain. 🙁

  • Comment 13, posted at 30.12.08 02:02:53 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Warne and Healy in the commentary seat now.

    Can we expect cries of “Commented Warnie!” from Healy?

  • Comment 14, posted at 30.12.08 02:04:18 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Oh man these two are worth sheet at commentators mate. 😕
    Talk about people washing their cars and hanging out laundry to encite the rain and then where the rain comes from. 😕

  • Comment 15, posted at 30.12.08 02:06:57 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • 60 up with a four from Smith.

    Smith 43
    Mck 13

    Warne trying to talk the team into winning. 😆 ” Even though SA are 60/0 there is no need to panic” 😛 😀 😆

  • Comment 16, posted at 30.12.08 02:12:39 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @ comment 15: clutching at straws. 😕

  • Comment 17, posted at 30.12.08 02:12:40 by klempie Reply
  • Where are the other Sharksworlders? 👿 losers.

  • Comment 18, posted at 30.12.08 02:15:02 by klempie Reply
  • @klempie (Comment 18) :

    Kette is sleeping, (not that she is a loser, she is just the only one whose whereabouts i know about) 😛

  • Comment 19, posted at 30.12.08 02:16:33 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Then wake her up man!

  • Comment 20, posted at 30.12.08 02:18:49 by klempie Reply
  • If SA win this we will be only the 5th nation to have more wins than losses in the history of the game. 119 Wins to 118 Losses.

    The other four are, Aus WI England Pakistan

  • Comment 21, posted at 30.12.08 02:21:55 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • HAHA! Mac given not out when the Eye of Hawk has it hitting the top of middle. Then he edges one for 4.

  • Comment 22, posted at 30.12.08 02:22:54 by klempie Reply
  • 😆 😆 😆 Superman, Spiderman and Batman in the stands with posters “We are here to Save Australia” 😆 😆 😆

    Smith goes to his 50 with a four of 58 Ball. Nine fours in there

  • Comment 23, posted at 30.12.08 02:23:36 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 20) :

    Do I look that brave. 🙂

  • Comment 24, posted at 30.12.08 02:24:18 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Biff gets his 50. 😎

  • Comment 25, posted at 30.12.08 02:24:27 by klempie Reply
  • 80/0 after 17,3 Overs

  • Comment 26, posted at 30.12.08 02:25:21 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • SA go to 87/0 less than 100 needed now

  • Comment 27, posted at 30.12.08 02:37:27 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • 88/0 after 20 overs. 😎

  • Comment 28, posted at 30.12.08 02:39:57 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • McK Four over the bowlers head!!!!!

  • Comment 29, posted at 30.12.08 02:43:41 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • 101/0 up for SA in the 23rd over 😎 😎

    McK 30
    Smith 60

  • Comment 30, posted at 30.12.08 02:50:06 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • McK get’s caught off the forearm and the aussie commentators have to eat humble pie mid sentence as they are giving him a hard time for acting as if he didn’t hit it. 😆

    Dar ge’s it spoton. 😎


  • Comment 31, posted at 30.12.08 03:02:24 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • 121/0 after great four from Smith

  • Comment 32, posted at 30.12.08 03:13:21 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • LBW Smith 75


  • Comment 33, posted at 30.12.08 03:15:00 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Smith gone for 75. Hit outside the line of off but given anyway.

    This is somewhat anticlimactic.

  • Comment 34, posted at 30.12.08 03:16:36 by klempie Reply
  • KSA. Gerald de Kock has just instructed you to go wake up Kette.

  • Comment 35, posted at 30.12.08 04:05:31 by klempie Reply
  • Mac gets 50. 😎 Well done boet.

  • Comment 36, posted at 30.12.08 04:33:27 by klempie Reply

    Have a great day everyone!

  • Comment 37, posted at 30.12.08 05:11:05 by klempie Reply
  • Morning Protea fans!

  • Comment 38, posted at 30.12.08 05:45:36 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!
  • Damn! I fell asleep on the couch. 😳


  • Comment 39, posted at 30.12.08 05:48:30 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • KSA! Shocker! 😯

  • Comment 40, posted at 30.12.08 05:51:51 by klempie Reply
  • For Rob’s attention. It seems the blind squirrel has now stumbled on another squirrel’s winter stash!

  • Comment 41, posted at 30.12.08 05:58:03 by klempie Reply
  • 🙄

  • Comment 42, posted at 30.12.08 05:58:56 by klempie Reply
  • Good ending for 2008…now lets go and complete the whitewash to start 2009 on top baby! Can I please get some respect for Biff… Check u in about 20 mins when I get to work.

  • Comment 43, posted at 30.12.08 06:59:27 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply
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  • Cricinfo

    2.06pm And thus South Africa clinch a historic series victory over Australia, their first ever in the country. These really are stirring scenes to take in. The South Africans embrace and their emotions are palpable. After years of failure, they have beaten Australia. Smith is down in the middle, uprooting the stumps and waving to the crowd. How proud he must feel right this moment.

    The smattering of a crowd cheers, the South African fans wave their flags. Look at Kallis and Boucher, who have been playing for over ten years and haven’t had a chance to experience this moment. Steyn, Harris, Duminy and the younger lot walk around the boundary to shake hands with the fans. This is South Africa’s 11th win this year, while Australia have won two of their last eight.

    This is South Africa’s tenth unbeaten series on the trot. Full marks to them. Smith has been central to South Africa’s success this year with some aggressive captaincy and 1652 runs. South Africa can claim top ranking from Ricky Ponting’s side if the tourists sweep the series 3-0 with victory in Sydney.

    On the flip side, Ponting becomes the first Australian captain in 16 years to preside over a series defeat on home soil.Australia have not lost a home series since going down 2-1 to West Indies in 1992-93.

    How often have we seen Australia suffer demoralising back-to-back defeats? The end of an era? Australia have been hit by injuries and slumps and the injury epidemic – Andrew Symonds has a knee problem and Shane Watson will be out for up to six months with back stress fractures – will ensure there are significant changes for Sydney. Australia only took 25 wickets in four innings and had very little chance to put pressure on the batsmen despite bowling on a wearing fifth day pitch.

  • Comment 44, posted at 30.12.08 07:18:48 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Oh, what a beautiful mornin’,
    Oh, what a beautiful day.
    I got a beautiful feelin’
    Ev’rything’s goin’ my way.

  • Comment 45, posted at 30.12.08 07:40:53 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply
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  • @blckshrk – PROTEAS (Comment 45) : 😀

    I normally sing that when we have thumped a fellow S14 Side. 😛

  • Comment 46, posted at 30.12.08 07:59:04 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Well done Proteas! U made us all proud!

  • Comment 47, posted at 30.12.08 09:15:24 by wpw Reply

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