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2014-03-05 15:30

Cape Town - Australia took two wickets in the session after lunch to leave South Africa on the verge of a series defeat in Cape Town on Wednesday.

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Australia took two wickets in the session after lunch to leave South Africa on the verge of a series defeat in Cape Town on Wednesday.

With the series poised at 1-1, the hosts were 201 for seven at tea in the third Test, looking to bat out the final day after being set a target of 511 in their second innings.

Faf du Plessis played a resolute innings of 47 from 109 balls before being trapped lbw by Steven Smith just before tea.

He had shared in a 37-run stand from 107 balls with JP Duminy.

At the break, Duminy was unbeaten on 22 and Vernon Philander on 16.

Ryan Harris struck after lunch to remove AB de Villiers for 43 (228 balls, six fours).

The batsman was caught behind by wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, ending a 322 minute stay at the crease.

Before lunch, De Villiers and nightwatchman Kyle Abbott, who managed seven runs of 89 balls, frustrated the visitors as South Africa accumulated only 51 runs from 39 overs in the session.

Abbott was finally out as James Pattinson got the ball to reverse and hit the top of offstump.


  • Shayne Ronald Barker - 2014-03-05 13:19

    Win this? Doubt it.. but we can pull a draw.

  • Brian Enslin - 2014-03-05 13:26

    Such a poor display of defeatist sportsmanship by South Africa. We have lost the game and the series. History will reflect that we drew. South Africa will come away from this thinking that we had a semi-successful series. What we should do is limp away from this, licking our wounds, acknowledging our failures and rebuild. Walking away thinking we "drew" this series, will have a lower psychological impact on the process we need to follow from this result. I just can't stand the way we have settled for mediocrity in this series.

      Rory Faherty - 2014-03-05 13:55

      Brian - Go watch T20, it's more your cup of tea. This is fantastic FIGHTING cricket. AB De Villiers the No 1 batsman in the world with an attacking mindset being able to Defend so valiently. Heroic stuff ...

      Harris Philip - 2014-03-05 14:58

      How would Austrlia have handled this I wonder .......with more than 4 sessions still to go ....and a realtively batsman friendly wicket .....what would Michael Clarke do ? I think that Clarke and the Aussies wouold have had a go at it. That (IMO) is the difference between them and us.

  • Hansie Crook - 2014-03-05 14:07

    Faf and JP in the crease now...These are two men whose careers were defined by the heroic centuries they scored against Australia in Australia...Can they repeat the feat?

  • Ridwaan Paruk - 2014-03-05 15:57

    Theres a clear difference between SA and Aus right now, and that is the attacking mindset, SA bowlers (except Morkel against Clarke for an over) did not even test the Australian batsman. Why isnt Morkel a more attacking bowler ? He bowls that idiotic line outside offstump, that the southern hemisphere batsmen just leave and then score of his bad ball. He should be using his height and speed to cramp batsmen up and make it umcomfortable. He is more than capable as shown with Clarkes over. There needs to be a different mindset when playing teams from different continents. The offstump line is okay for subcontinent teams. Not with Australia. I also agree, with the rest of the world, Mitch Johnson is a far better bowler than Steyn. More consistent, and more attacking. (even though ICC rankings prove otherwise)

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