Proteas set challenging target
Johannesburg - Australia need 310 runs to level the two-Test series after he Proteas were bowled out for 339 after lunch on the fourth day of the final Test against Australia at the Wanderers on Sunday.
Teenage debutant Pat Cummins bowled a two-wicket maiden first up after lunch, to get his first “fifer” in only his fourth first-class match, returning figures of six for 79 for the innings.
When Cummins took his fifth wicket, he had conceded 65 runs but Dale Steyn took it upon himself to ruin his figures, hitting 12 off Cummins’s next over, including a six and a boundary.
Steyn and Imran Tahir, who smashed a boundary of his own, added a valuable 25 runs the last wicket before Steyn fell to Cummins for 41.
Vernon Philander (23) and Steyn resumed on 314 for seven after lunch but Cummins struck with his first ball to send Philander back to the pavilion when he gloved a catch to Brad Haddin.
With his next ball, Cummins removed Morne Morkel’s stumps but missed out on a hat-trick as Tahir stood his ground.
Earlier, Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers set a new fourth-wicket Test record at the ground, putting on 147 together before debutant Pat Cummins made the breakthrough.
AB de Villiers (73) poked at a delivery from Cummins and edged it to Michael Clarke at second slip.
The previous record for the fourth-wicket stand at the Wanderers was 145 runs, set by the India’s Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly in 1996/97.
Amla guided the ball for four between gully and backward point to bring up his 14th Test century off 222 balls with 14 boundaries.
He went on to score 105 before giving Mitchell Johnson his second wicket of the match, and only his third of the series, with a well-taken catch by Haddin low to his right.
The other wickets to fall before lunch were that of Ashwell Prince (2), who was needlessly run out by Ricky Ponting, when he called for the run which was never on, and Mark Boucher who got a thick edge to Shane Watson at slip, to off-spinner Nathan Lyon.
Australia got off to the worst possible start in their run-chase when Vernon Philander bowled Shane Watson for a duck off the second ball of the innings.