Home > News >

Ryan Harris puts Australia in drivers seat against South Africa at lunch on Day 3, 3rd Test

Ryan Harris was on target for South Africa
Ryan Harris was on target for South Africa © Getty Images

Mar 1, 2014

Australia rocked the South African boat through their frontline bowlers, leaving them in trouble at lunch at 127 for four.

Michael Clarke, always looking to sniff a win whenever an opportunity presents itself, made an overnight declaration with total disregard for his own personal milestones and the move didn’t take more than five overs to reap rewards, with the tentative Graeme Smith’s miserable run continued with Ryan Harris inducing an edge of the South African captain’s bat for Brad Haddin to take a regulation catch.

Haddin’s moment of the session came a few overs later, when he took a brilliant diving catch of Dean Elagar. Credit should go to comeback man James Pattinson for setting up the wicket beautifully with an absolute peach.

The South African batsmen had two options at that point; either to trudge along nervously or go after the bowling. The hosts chose the later. Alviro Petersen led the charge with some fine all around the wicket. With Clarke attacking relentlessly with close-catching fieldsmen, the batsmen started to find the boundaries at will. There were a few half chances too. Petersen himself was dropped early in his innings albeit from a difficult chance for Steven Smith and Petersen’s attacking play found the palms of the fielders on a couple of occasions.

Petersen soon got his half-century and didn’t last long. The South African opener would be kicking himself for nicking a wayward delivery down the leg side to give Haddin his third catch.

The impregnable duo, Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers looked solid, especially Amla who played some beautiful cover drives but the warhorse Harris pulled a rabbit out of the hat with a full length delivery with a hint of late swing after pitching in the ‘rough’ to leave the hosts in trouble.

For Australia, Ryan Harris has been the pick of the bowlers while Mitchell Johnson has been his menacing self, targeting the helmet and the rib cage of the batsmen. Australia came out with a plan of getting wickets despite leaking runs and they have done just that.

Brief scores:

Australia 494 for 7 (David Warner 135, Michael Clarke 161*, Steven Smith 84; JP Duminy 4 for 73) lead South Africa 127 for 4 (Alviro Petersen 53, Hashim Amla 38, Dean Elgar 13; Ryan Harris 2 for 18) by 367 runs.

 

Full Scorecard

 

Photo Gallery

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 21, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Bulawayo

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Aug 22, 2014 (19:00 IST)   at St George's, Grenada

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 23, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Hambantota

India tour of England 2014

Aug 25, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Bristol

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Aug 25, 2014 (00:00 IST)   at Basseterre, St Kitts

More

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Aug 20, 2014  at St George's, Grenada

West Indies won by 3 wkts

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 19, 2014  at Bulawayo

South Africa won by 61 runs

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 17, 2014  at Bulawayo

South Africa won by 93 runs

India tour of England 2014

Aug 15, 2014  at London

England won by an innings and 244 runs

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 14, 2014  at Colombo

Sri Lanka won by 105 runs

Photos

Highlights of Mahela Jayawardene’s Test career

Videos

Hughes explains technique behind cut shot

West Indies vs Bangladesh Live Cricket Score, 1st ODI at St George’s: West Indies win by 3 wickets

Len Pascoe: There was a hospital ward named after Jeff Thomson and me

India tour of Australia 2014-15: 5 ways India can avoid another overseas embarrassment

MS Dhoni can benefit from borrowing the ‘Sourav Ganguly School of leadership’

Ravi Shastri inspired confidence as player and captain: Will he do it in a coaching capacity?

England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Pakistan Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka 2014 Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 2014 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2014

Rahul Dravid was BCCI’s first choice ahead of Ravi Shastri to oversee Indian ODI team

BCCI willing to give Ravi Shastri blank cheque if he continues till ICC World Cup 2015

Stuart Broad to undergo knee surgery on September 4

West Indies vs Bangladesh 2014: Why West Indies’ victory is statistically significant

West Indies beat Bangladesh by 3 wickets in 1st ODI at Grenada

Alex Hales’ inclusion a positive move by England for ODI series against India

13 things you may not know about Ravi Shastri

India Women vs England Women — Despite Test win, India will face tough challenge in ODI series

Duncan Fletcher speaks out; explains why Team India failed in the Test series against England!

India Women vs England Women ODI series: Test victory should motivate them to improve their ODI record in England

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

659 Posts | 6 Fans

India tour of England 2014: Sunil Gavaskar says Indian batsmen did not learn anything

OnePlus starts hiring in India ahead of launch

How much money has the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge raised till now?

Connect Broadband launches virus control system

Alex Hales’ inclusion a positive move by England for ODI series against India

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini suffers ankle ligament damage

Rahul Dravid was BCCI’s first choice ahead of Ravi Shastri to oversee Indian ODI team

Vidya Balan gets caught while watching Salman Khan’s Kick in disguise!

Hrithik Roshan will not romance Jacqueline Fernandez

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here