Steyn Leads Proteas To Victory In Remarkable Final Session

Dale Steyn celebrates
Dale Steyn jumps for joy after dismissing Michael Clarke.
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South Africa 423 & 270-5d (Amla 127no) beat
Australia 246 & 216 (Steyn 4-55) by 231 runs
Second Test, Port Elizabeth
Scorecard | Day One | Day Two | Day Three

South Africa rendered the last day forecast irrelevant by taking nine wickets in the extended final session to complete victory over Australia inside four days and so level the Test series at 1-1 heading into Saturday’s decider in Cape Town.

Australia began the last session on 141 for one and would have been certain that the forecast last day rain was going to play a role in this Test. However, Dale Steyn led the Proteas attack as he found enough reverse swing to take four wickets.

After Chris Rogers and David Warner had added 126 for the first wicket, no other man reached double figures. JP Duminy dismissed Warner for 66 just before tea with a procession of batsmen then following him back to the pavilion.

A collapse of four for four began the evening session as Morne Morkel (1-46) removed Alex Doolan (5), Vernon Philander (2-39) dispensed with Shaun Marsh for a duck, and Steyn got Michael Clarke (1) and Steve Smith (0) with successive deliveries to make it 156 for five.

Brad Haddin didn’t last too long before becoming Steyn’s third victim and it was then over to the tail to keep Rogers company and take the Test into day five. Mitchell Johnson hung around with him for around half an hour but was trapped in front by Philander for six, with Ryan Harris then also keeping him company for around 30 minutes before Steyn claimed him as his fourth wicket.

Rogers had completed his fourth Test ton a little earlier but would be ninth man dismissed when run out by substitute fielder Alviro Petersen. The win was sealed when, because of fading light, South Africa brought on Dean Elgar. He had Nathan Lyon adjudged LBW for a duck to spark scenes of jubilation for South Africa.

They had begun the day on 192 for four in their second innings and allowed Hashim Amla to complete his century and end not out on 127. Quinton de Kock was the only man dismissed, by Lyon for 34, as South Africa declared on 270 for five to set Australia an unlikely 448 to win.

© Cricket World 2014

 
Fixtures & Results

12th-16th February: 1st Test, Centurion
AUS 397 & 290-4d. beat RSA 206 & 200 by 281 runs
20th-24th February: 2nd Test, Port Elizabeth
RSA 423 & 270-5 dec. beat 246 & 216 by 231 runs
1st-5th March: 3rd Test, Cape Town
AUS 494-7d & 303-5d beat RSA 287 & 265 by 245 runs
9th March: 1st T20I, Port Elizabeth
Match abandoned without a ball bowled - rain
12th March: 2nd T20I, Durban
AUS 81-5 beat RSA 80-1 by 5 wickets
14th March: 3rd T20I, Centurion
AUS 129-4 beat RSA 128-7 by 6 wickets