Australia stumble after Watson, Harris bundle out South Africa for 96

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Cape Town: Nov 10, 2011

Shane Watson took five wickets in 20 balls to send South Africa crashing to 96 all out on the second day of the first Test against Australia at Newlands on Thursday.

The Australian all-rounder enabled his side to take a 188-run first innings lead with a devastating spell in which he took five wickets for 17 runs.

South Africa struck back, reducing Australia to 13 for three at tea after an extraordinary session in which 12 wickets fell for 60 runs in 18.1 overs.

South Africa were 49 for one at lunch in reply to Australia’s 284 but lost nine wickets for 45 runs in 11.3 overs after the interval.

Australian captain Michael Clarke took his first innings score to 151 before he was last man out in a frustrating morning for the South Africans in which Australia reached 284 after starting the day precariously placed on 214 for eight.

Tailender Peter Siddle made 20 and supported Clarke in a ninth wicket stand of 59, the second best of the innings, as the last two wickets added 70 runs.

Watson struck with the second ball after lunch when the Australians successfully called for a review after umpire Ian Gould gave Hashim Amla not out after he was struck on the pad. Replays showed the ball would have hit the top of leg stump.

Four balls later Jacques Kallis was out for nought, again after a review, caught at second slip when replays showed he had got a faint edge to an attempted pull which looped off his shoulder to Ricky Ponting.

Watson made another double strike, bowling Graeme Smith for 37 off an inside edge and trapping Ashwell Prince leg before wicket with a full, straight ball before AB de Villiers became the third batsman out to a reviewed decision, lbw to Ryan Harris after being given not by umpire Billy Doctrove.

Mark Boucher was Watson’s fifth victim – with television umpire Billy Bowden again called into action, this time because the batsman queried Gould’s lbw decision.

Watson fell to the third ball of Australia’s second innings, leg before to Steyn. Ironically if he had called for a review he would have survived because replays showed the ball would have gone over the top of his stumps. Ponting was leg before to Vernon Philander and Phil Hughes was caught at third slip off Morkel.

Australian batsman Shaun Marsh did not bat at number three because he was off the field for the whole South African innings because of a back problem.

Brief Scores: Australia 284 (Michael Clarke 151, Shaun Marsh 44; Dale Steyn 4 for 55, Vernon Philander 3 for 63, Morne Morkel 3 for 82) & 11 for 2 (Vernon Philander 1 for 3, Dale Steyn 1 for 8) lead South Africa 96 (Graeme Smith 37; Shane Watson 5 for 17, Ryan Harris 4 for 33) by 199 runs.

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