Mitchell Johnson picked up five wickets in the second innings © Getty Images (File Photo)
Feb 15, 2014
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Australia have completely annihilated the world’s No 1 team, South Africa by 281 runs to win the 1st Test. Mitchell Johnson was the architect of the win as he destroyed the Australian batsmen and took 12 wickets in the match. The South Africans are hit and down, but don’t count them out of the series. For now, here’s the match report. See you guys at the second Test.
Vernon Philander is providing some entertainment to the fans in the stadium with a flurry of boundaries.
And OH NO! Wait, what have they done. A big mix up and Morkel is run out. That’s it! Australia win the 1st Test by 281 runs. Amazing Victory!!
OUT! M Morkel 1(4)
Another wicket down. One more to go for the Aussies. Ryan Harris gets his second of the innings. This is going to be a famous victory for the visitors.
OUT! D Steyn 3(8)
Another one goes down. Peterson’s brief cameo comes to an end as Siddle as gets his second wicket of the innings. Another wicket for him off a ball that kept really low.
OUT! R Peterson 21(23)
Mitchell Johnson vs Robin Peterson is turning into a ruthless affair. Peterson has no place to hide. But AB DE VILLIERS is gone! Smashes but is caught at short cover.
OUT! de Villiers 48(90)
And we are underway after Tea. And Mitchell Johnson’s hostility continues. He is showing no respite for Mclaren. Short ball after short ball. Too good for Mclaren as he finally edges one and is caught by Haddin.
Robin Peterson is the new man in. Gets a snorter first up. But survives.
OUT! R Mclaren 6(19)
We have reached the end of the second session of Day Four of the 1st Test, and South Africa have already lost half their side for just 132 on board. Mitchell Johnson has already picked up three wickets in this innings, and 10 for the match. Here is the Tea Report.
OH! This is not good. A Johnson-snorter has crashed into Mclaren’s front ear. He took his eyes off it. And he is bleeding. He went down instantly. Johnson goes to him, bends down and consoles him. Mclaren gets the ear padded, and is ready to resume duty now. And defends the last ball before tea.
Mitchell Johnson is the go-to man, and he delivers again! Duminy the victim this time. He now has 10 wickets in this match. Amazing effort from the speedstar.
OUT! JP Duminy 10(60)
de Villiers and Duminy are slowly building a partnership here. Not much runs scored, but they are biding time well.
AB de Villiers has looked absolutely at ease so far. While all the other South African batsmen have had difficulty coping with the Australian bowlers’ pace and movement, de Villiers has looked like he is batting on a different plane altogether.
The 100 comes up for the South Africans. They still need another 381 runs to win. But they would do really well to even save the Test from here on.
That’s the needed breakthrough. And Ryan Harris gets it this time. Amla doesn’t connect with his trademark drive off the backfoot, gets the outside edge. Shaun Marsh at first slip takes the easiest of catches. JP Duminy, the last recognised batsman is in now. Huge appeal against him in the very first ball. Umpire Gould turns down. DRS taken. Decision stayed. Duminy survives.
OUT! H Amla 35(71)
Spin into the attack for the first time now. de Villiers will like this challenge.
de Villiers is trying to break the shackles here. Hits two delightful boundaries in this over off Johnson.
Mitchell Johnson to bowl alongside Siddle here post-lunch. Starts off with a maiden.
And we are back with the post-lunch session now. Siddle starts the proceedings against de Villiers. 4 off that over.
Australia have ended the first session on Day Four on top of South Africa, and ever closing in on a win. Here’s the lunch report.
AB de Villiers is the new man in.
OUT! Faf du Plessis 18(47)
David Warner is surprisingly brought onto the attack here. It’s probably for a change of ends for the pacers.
10 overs gone now in the 4th innings. Amla and du Plessis are consolidating after the disastrous start. du Plessis has looked more solid in defense than Amla. But Johnson is now rested for a while. This could be the window these two batsmen may have been looking for to build a partnership.
Amla is finding himself in all sorts of bother against Johnson. Played a couple of classical cover drives for four in this over. But he is still very unsure against Johnson.
Mitchell Johnson is unplayable right now. He gets Smith with another snorter. Alex Doolan takes a smart catch at short-leg. South Africans in deep trouble.
OUT! G Smith 4(10)
And the man with the handlebar is on now from the other end. He is just loosening up. And he’s got the 1st wicket. Petersen is squared up by an away swinger. Haddin takes an easy catch. Amla is the new man in.
OUT! A Petersen 1(9)
Ryan Harris makes an impressive start here. Moving the ball both ways. And you can see from the body language, the Aussies are charged up.
Australia have declared their innings here at 290 for the loss of four wickets. So they batted just for 3.2 overs today. South Africa now face the daunting target of 482 to win the Test. But we know very well, if there is a batting line-up capable of chasing humongous scores in world cricket today, it is this South African team. They had almost chased down 459 against India a couple of months back.
Hang on. We are in for two enticing days of cricket here.
Dale Steyn gets the breakthrough. Shaun Marsh edges one to de Villiers who obliges.
Wait. That’s the end of the Australian 2nd innings. Michael Clarke has declared. So the target now for the South Africans to win the Test is 482.
OUT! S Marsh 44(84)
Steyn opens the bowling alongside Morkel. He will be hungry for a few wickets here. The two-faced bounce of the pitch comes to the fore again as a bouncer from Steyn shoots way up. Called a wide.
Morne Morkel starts the proceedings for the day. And starts off with a couple of short ones. The second hits a ducking Marsh on his shoulder. Dale Steyn is warming up. He should be up next.
Hello and welcome to the live updates of fourth day’s play from the first Test between South Africa and Australia at the SuperSports Park in Centurion. The visitors ended Day Three in a commanding position, thanks to a seven-for from Mitchell Johnson to end South Africa’s first innings at 206, and then some fine batting by the likes of David Warner and Alex Doolan, which ensured that Australia ended the third day with a massive lead of 479 runs.
Shaun Marsh and captain, Michael Clarke are currently occupying the crease for the Australians, as the visitors will look to declare early today and have a full blast at the South African batsmen for at least one and a half days.