Proteas, Oz set for thriller

2011-11-21 15:50

Johannesburg - Australia needed 88 runs to secure victory and level the Test series against South Africa, but had only four wickets in hand going into the final session of a tense battle at the Wanderers on Monday.

Live scoring

Play only got underway after lunch on the final day of the match after the morning session was lost to rain.

Australia lost both their overnight batsmen early in the first session of play.

Resuming at 142/3, Michael Clarke, who made two, did not last long, adding only one run to his overnight score before he was bowled through the gate by Vernon Philander.

Ricky Ponting, the subject of much discussion as he fights for survival in the Australian team, seemed to settle in with Michael Hussey as the pair ran well between the wickets.

Just when the Baggy Greens looked to be chasing down their target, Ponting tried to cut a shortish delivery from Morne Morkel and top-edged it to Jacques Rudolph at second slip for 62.

It was a huge wicket for the Proteas as it brought out-of-form Brad Haddin to the crease.

Hussey, however, fell next, trapped lbw to Philander for 39.

At tea, Australia were 222/6 with Haddin on 24 and Mitchell Johnson on six.


  • Lionel - 2011-11-21 16:04

    Hopefully Double Nelson will strike!!!!!!!

  • Andre - 2011-11-21 16:07

    Not looking good here aus only needing 62 runs now. Once again we can't finish a tail

      Lionel - 2011-11-21 16:10

      This live scoring still says 88,damn,come on boys!!!!!!!

      Andre - 2011-11-21 16:16

      57 runs needed and 4 wtks in hand

  • Andre - 2011-11-21 16:17

    I must say if Aus tie this series it will be a failure because of losing the ODI series and at home.

  • dave.cohen2 - 2011-11-21 16:17

    Whoever wins this test, it has been a great series. What a pity that we could not have a full five-match series. Vernon Philander has certainly proved me wrong!! Well done to him, Hashim and both teams for a wonderful series.

  • Lionel - 2011-11-21 16:18

    My man of the series will be between Amla and Philander,I might just be heading for Philander!!!!!!

  • Andre - 2011-11-21 16:23

    Cummins for man of the series as SA do not deserve a man of the series for choking once again

      Deon - 2011-11-21 16:41

      It is not over till it is over.

  • BJ - 2011-11-21 17:11

    And Aus win. SA could not win any of the 3 series this tour. Disappointing.

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