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.
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