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What a cracker of a contest this has been. At tea, it looked like were heading for the fifth day. With rain forecast, South Africa would have their prayers ready as well. They came out an inspired unit after tea, the spell from Steyn was one of the best ever and Australia simply had no answers. That means the 3-Test series will have a decider at Cape Town. Join us on March 1st for the winner takes all battle. For now, cheers and bye..
Duminy: 'I am speechless, good all-round performance from the bowlers, particularly the pacers. The reverse swing they managed to get was unbelievable. This century means a lot to me, I was under pressure to deliver with the bat. I guess being the only spinner meant I had to do a job, Robin was unlucky to miss out here, he has been a huge role model for me. We play hard on the field, but the mutual appreciation is always there.'
JP Duminy is the MoM for his 123
Smith: 'It has been amazing. It was a difficult week going into the game. The public and media were tough on us. We have performed incredibly well to win in 4 days, our bowlers have done a superb job. We know the quality of Dale Steyn, he has always been wonderful for us. The part-time spinners did a great job as well. We were a bit nervous, with reports of rain around tomorrow. It was a great crowd here, and they deserve the Boxing Day Test later this year. It has been a superb feeling to win, we are getting better, we had a long break and did not play well at Centurion. We had a few niggles, injuries and some sickness did not help us either. Nice to be going to Cape Town for the decider.'
Clarke: 'I think our first innings was crucial, SA played better. Steyn was class today, with the ball reversing. We knew we were up against a fantastic bowling unit, need to do some work before Cape Town. Nathan Lyon and Chris Rogers were wonderful. The next Test will be great, we need to work on a few of our issues, we are up for the decider.'
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He dismissed Clarke and Smith in consecutive deliveries, and then knocked out Haddin's middle stump. Philander and Morkel did their bit, and Australia crashed from 141/1 at tea to 216 all-out.
It seemed to bite him as well with Australia getting off to a breezy start. 126 runs came in no time, as Warner and Rogers took a liking to the bowling. Duminy broke the stand, sending back Warner for 66 but at 141/1 at tea, no one could have thought this match was getting over today itself. In one sensational spell, Dale Steyn, who otherwise had had an ordianry time with the ball turned things around.
Hashim Amla took control in South Africa's 2nd innings, scoring a supremely well compiled 127*, also answering his critics in the best way possible. That helped Smith declare early today at 270/5, an overall lead of 447 runs. Heavy thunderstorms were predicted for tomorrow, and experts felt Smith left the declaration a bit too late.
The epitome of this South African comeback was their bowling though. The pace attack fired in unison restricting the visitors to just 246 in their first innings. Morkel was particularly threatening, and was unlucky not to have got more than 3 wickets. Wayne Parnell, back in the Test team grabbed two wickets in his very first Test, and later in the match played no further part, hobbling out with a groin injury.
Clarke looks dejected, so are some of the Australians in the dressing room. SA are delighted, the world number one team have bounced back in a superb fashion. They were written off at the start of the Test match, they batted first on a slow and low wicket, AB de Villiers and JP Duminy scored hundreds to steady the ship after the early blows. The twin tons took them to 423.
73.4 Dean Elgar to Nathan Lyon W
Lyon is OUT. SA have won and have levelled the series at 1-1.
10 wickets down for AUS. Out batsman is Nathan Lyon. It is all over for AUS.
Elgar to Lyon, no run, tossed up outside off and shaping away, left alone
73.3 Dean Elgar to Nathan Lyon 0
no run, flighted delivery and on off, Lyon presses across in defence
73.2 Dean Elgar to Nathan Lyon 0
no run, tossed up and on off, Lyon lunges forward and defends it

Match details

Toss : South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first

Umpires : Richard Illingworth (England) and Ian Gould (England)

TV umpire : Aleem Dar (Pakistan)

Match referee : Roshan Mahanama (Sri Lanka)

Teams

South Africa : Graeme Smith(c), Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers(wk), Jean-Paul Duminy, Quinton de Kock, Wayne Parnell, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel.

Australia : Chris Rogers, David Warner, Alex Doolan, Shaun Marsh, Michael Clarke(c), Steven Smith, Brad Haddin(wk), Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris, Nathan Lyon.

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