What a day of Test cricket we have witnessed here at Port Elizabeth. Absolutely exhilerating stuff. First South Africa batted beautifully to end their first innings at 423. Then their pacers finally came to the party. If one needed to see a pack of wolves, there they were — hungry and hunting. Australia have been torn apart, as they finished Day 2 at 112 for 4. Here’s the final report of the day.
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And that’s the end of Day 2. Australia will be disappointed with their start to the innings. On the other hand, South African pacers will be mighty pleased with their efforts late in the day. They have been accurate, they have been hostile, and above all, they have taken the wickets.
100 up for Australia now. This has been extremely fast scoring so far, despite the hostile bowling and fall of wickets. They can thank Warner for that matter, I guess.
And another wicket goes down! This time it is Michael Clarke. Vernon Philander back into the attack, and what a start to the second spell.
South Africa are well and truly on top.
OUT! M Clarke 19(28)
Both David Warner and Michael Clarke aren’t missing out on scoring opportunities here. In fact, they are moving at just below five runs an over.
Clarke played a wonderful pull off Morkel in the last over. So they are maintaining the positivity here. Not getting bogged down.
Morne Morkel is probably bowling the quickest spell of his life. Consistently up in the region of 148-150ks. This is exhilerating stuff.
What a start for Wayne Parnell! Gets Doolan walking back to an absolute peach of a delivery. And then Shaun Marsh. TWO WICKETS IN 3 BALLS!!
Where was this man for so long!!
OUT! S Marsh 0(2), A Doolan 8(15)
Oh, this is a mouth watering contest between Warner and Philander. Both are having a go at each other, but Warner has prevailed as the superior one so far. Two boundaries of this over.
Warner has taken the attack to South Africa here. But he shouldn’t get carried away. Got involved in a mild altercation with Philander there.
And that’s the first wicket. South Africa have started brilliantly, and Philander makes the first blow. Chris Rogers is trapped plumb in front. He reviews the decision, but to no avail.
OUT! C Rogers 5(12)
Oh, what a start! Dale Steyn straight on the money. Close shout, appeal turned down against Rogers, decision reviewed. But third umpire stays it.
Dale Steyn is all fired up here.
South Africa should be pleased with their first innings effort. They have got the runs on board. Now it’s time for the bowlers to come to the party. Here is the innings report.
And there goes the last wicket. That’s the end of the South African innings. Morne Morkel is run out. Australia will have to bat for a considerable period of time in the last session today. We are in for some exciting cricket.
OUT! M Morkel 1(4)
OUT! JP Duminy 123(231)
Spin and Michael Clarke continue for Australia post-tea. It will be interesting to see for how many overs Australia get to bat today.
South Africa enjoy another favourable session, but Australia did peg back with 3 wickets. JP Duminy was the star of the session with a hundred to his name, and pushing South Africa’s total past 400. Here’s the tea report.
And that’s Tea on Day 2. South Africa will be mighty pleased with their efforts so far on Day 2, even though they lost Parnell’s wicket on the last ball of the second session. They have batted out Australia’s lingering dominance over the Test. They go into the last session in an ideal space where they can declare the innings and have a blast at the tired Australian batsmen.
OUT! W Parnell 10(37)
Nathan Lyon looks like he can take another wicket here. Both Parnell and Duminy have had close shaves in the last few overs. We are 15 minutes away from tea on Day Two.
JP Duminy gets to his hundred. What a special knock this has been. He has been out of form, but this has been brilliant stroke play.
And Michael Clarke gets back to taking wickets. He gets rid off Philander who looks absolutely disgusted with himself on handing an easy return catch to the Australian captain.
Three more wickets to go. How much can Duminy add in between them?
OUT! V Philander 6(37)
South Africa are enduring a very quite phase here. Not many runs coming, but they cannot get impatient. Australia have maintained very accurate lines post-lunch. But they have to be patient here, especially Duminy.
All eyes will be fixed on Duminy now who just crossed 1000 Test runs. Can he push the total past 400? Very much doable. Philander’s no bunny with the bat. And Parnell’s a handy bat too.
Clarke has brought back Johnson into the attack to get another breakthrough.
Finally the wicket comes for Australia. Nathan Lyon is the man again. Brilliant catch. Brilliant knock AB!
OUT! AB de Villiers 116(232)
Brad Haddin is now standing up to Peter Siddle. Tells a lot about who well these two batsmen have batted so far. Clarke is running out of options.
Lyon is the only bowler for Australia to get any purchase from the wicket. It’s gripping a little for him.
And we are back now for the post-lunch session. The first session completely belonged to the hosts. Can they continue the good work in this session?
Lyon starts off the session.
And it’s lunch on Day Two at Port Elizabeth. South Africa will be mighty pleased with the efforts of AB de Villiers and JP Duminy. They have been outstanding so far. de Villiers reached his hundred, while Duminy has also crossed his fifty. Here’s all the details of the session gone by in our lunch report.
This has been an absolutely brilliant partnership so far. They have nullified everything the Aussies have had to offer.
Duminy, in particular has been so impressive. He was in poor form coming into this Test, but this innings will silence a few.
And that’s it. AB de Villiers scores another hundred. What a majestic innings this has been. Absolutely brilliant.
50 up for Duminy. It has been a fabulous knock so far. de Villiers is closing in on his 100.
Both the batsmen are looking in sublime touch now. de Villiers is closing in on a magnificent ton. Duminy too is closing in on his fifty.
Siddle vs de Villiers is unfolding as an interesting battle. de Villiers on top so far. Last over, Siddle invited him to play on the up on the leg-side, and de Villiers obliged by hitting a six. This over, he punches a boundary through the off-side. Australia are getting restless now.
Lyon bowls the 100th over of the innings. This will be a very interesting phase. He is getting the ball to turn. But de Villiers is not shy of the challenge of taking him on. Two fours in consecutive balls.
Duminy thrashes Siddle through the covers here. And that’s the 50-run partnership between the two. Duminy has been the aggressor this morning so far.
Johnson is back from the other end now. But is not really affecting the batsmen. Duminy is actually finding it quite easy against Johnson.
Michael Clarke holds a long discussion with his pacers. You wonder what it could be all about. Meanwhile, Johnson comes off, and Peter Siddle comes into the attack. de Villiers welcomes him with a punishing straight drive.
And the very next delivery, the ball holds up, and de Villiers almost holed out to a caught & bowled. Oh! Action-packed over. The next ball, he gets an edge, but it doesn’t carry to first slip.
Duminy is moving his feet really well here. He is shuffling smooth, and with proper balance. Shouldn’t throw his wicket away here.
And the 2nd new ball has worked well for the batting side so far. It’s coming on much better.
So it seems like JP Duminy will be the aggressor. He hits Johnson for three boundaries this over. Three superb shots. Good start for South Africa here. They need quick runs. They cannot just keep blocking.
Meanwhile, Dean Elgar is getting an ultrasound done on his left shoulder where Johnson hit him yesterday.
And now, its Mitchell Johnson first up against AB de Villiers. de Villiers is looking positive here. What else do you expect from someone in such good nick.
It will be interesting to see what tactics Johnson uses in this flat surface.
And we are off with Day 2 now. Ryan Harris starts off as usual. Duminy is getting his eye in. All hopes rest on de Villiers for South Africa.
Hello and welcome to the live updates of Day Two of the second Test between South Africa and Australia at Port Elizabeth. South Africa won the toss and decided to bat first on a slow, flat deck, but all their batsmen found it difficult to score runs freely on Day One. They finished the first day at 214 for the loss of five wickets.
The hosts still have their vice captain, AB de Villiers in the middle, along with JP Duminy, and they will be hoping the two of them can put together a good partnership to propel their first innings score to something respectable. Australia bowled really well yesterday, keeping in mind the nature of the pitch.
It will be interesting to see if Nathan Lyon gets more purchase on the second day morning. He did get some turn last night.