(With the series levelled 1-1 the third Test of the contest is expected to be a humdinger. All the good work done by Mitchell Johnson in the first Test had been equalled by Dale Steyn in the second. Catch live cricket scores of the match in our live blog below)
OUT!D Steyn 1(44)
A decision was reviewed it was a total waste when the ball was clearly going down the leg side. 5 overs to go
Watson is getting some reverse swing but Steyn’s cultured defense is inducing further furrowed brows in the Australian camp. 6 overs left in the day.
Philander reaches Half-century on course to play the innings of his life
Steyn defends a Watson over for a maiden. Frustration levels reach fever pitch as Watson tries to intimidate Steyn. 8 overs left for Australia to play.
Phlander blocks out another over. 9 more overs left in the day
Steyn is not backing off. He wants to stay at the strikers end and every ball is greeted by the minuscule crowd that tuned in and 10 overs remain in the day.
Ryan Harris is clearly struggling and Australia are still coming to grips with the decision that went against them, that sparked off a heated duel
Its Tea on Day five. Philander has come in and is an aggressive mood. H even hooked Johnson for a six. Australians need to calm down and focus on the job ahead to finish things off post tea.
Who would have guessed? Shane Warne’s spiinning lessons paid of after all! Steven Smith traps du Plessis in front for an LBW. The decision is reviewed but it is a straightforward decision and ball would crash on the middle stump and Australia can smell victory
OUT!Faf du Plessis 47(108)
South Africa have firmly dropped anchor. JP Duminy has also settled in but its bound to by ‘squeaky bum’ time for a Proteas fan every delivery as one silly mistake is all it takes.
South Africa are settling in. Apart from a few snorters from Johnson, only Ryan Harris has looked potent for the Australians. Faf du Plessis is closing in on his half-century but South Africa need him there till the end.
Michael Clarke turns to Shane Watson to breach du Plessis’s defense and has three close catching fielders on the leg side but the Protea batsman is unperturbed and pulls Watson to the boundary.
JP Duminy has endured a tough welcome at the crease; he his treated with a barrage of bouncers from Johnson an Pattinson,both of whom are getting in the face of the southpaw.
This was coming and it is terrific stuff from Ryan Harris. The pacer had already beaten de Villiers’s edge by a lick of paint earlier but his nagging line outside tthe off stump is rewarded with the prized scalp that the Aussies craved. De Villiers nicks it to Haddin
OUT!AB de Villiers 43(228)
Play resumes after lunch; de Villiers spanked a drive through the covers off Ryan Harris and the strategy of the Proteas would be the same-stealing a leaf out of Geoffrey Boycott Institute of blocking the ball
du Plessis has settled in nicely and is now a clone of de Villiers playing with a “block to death” attitude. Well done South Africa in the 1st session. This session has yielded 51 runs in 39 overs with the lone wicket of Abbott.
For a change, we have seen two boundaries in the last two overs and the long time buddies at the crease are determined to grind it out, like they have on a few occasions already.
South Africa reach hundred in the 70th over. Du Plessis is handed out some hostile stuff after coming into the crease.
Oh dear! What was Kyle Abbott doing? The South African offers no shot off a straight delivery from James Pattinson to end the nightwatchman’s stiff resistance after doing all the hard work. The ball kindly knocks back Abbott’s off-stump.
OUT!K Abbott 7(89)
South Africa are not led by de Villiers, they are led by Kyle Abbott. He has completely frustrated the bowling so far and every bowler from Johnson to Steve Smith have shown signs of anxiety while David Warner keep chatting away from silly point. Clarke relying on spin at the moment for a breakthrough
South Africa continue to frustrate Australia. Mitchell Johnson’s mean stare and choice words to de Villiers say that while Shane Warne is chatting away with Nathan Lyon on the boundary, offering him spinning tips
South Africa’s pick of the bowlers some tips on handling Mitchell Johnson. The pick of the the hosts’ bowlers in this match has showed a lot of tenacity at the crease as well. Australia turn to Nathan Lyon to scalp their first wicket of the day.
de Villiers scrapping it out but he did have a narrow escape a couple of overs ago after being foxed by Pattinson’s seam movement. The ball fell short of second slip and went for a boundary.
Day 5 starts off — The first two overs were bowled by James Pattinson and Ryan Harris. The Newlands ground is near empty. You would atleast think there would would be a sizable turnout to bid farewell to one of the greatest Test captains. As for South Africa, AB de Viliers needs to play out of his skin is a cliche I would look to avoid during the day as many times as possible.
Hello and welcome to the live updates of the fifth and final day of the third Test between South Africa and Australia at Cape Town, which is hanging heavily in the visiting team’s favour. Today is a huge day for both the nations in their cricketing history. I am Radhakrishnan Vishal and I will be updating you with all the action.
On one hand, if Australia manage to complete the superb job they have done so far, they will be rewarded with an away series win against the world’s best Test team, who have not lost a series since they became No 1. This win could pave the way for another era of Australia’s dominance in world cricket.
And on the other hand, South Africa, today, bid goodbye to their leader, Graeme Smith, who has led them to the pinnacle of Test cricket over the last 11 years. Their most illustrious left-hander of the last decade has called it a day, and the Proteas, rest assured, will play out of their skins to save the Test and make it his day.
We are in for some mouth-watering action, and probably a fitting finale to what has been a brilliant Test series so far.