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Morkel five-wicket haul steers South Africa to 2-1 lead

Morne Morkel completed a nine-wicket haul in the game
Morne Morkel completed a nine-wicket haul in the game

South Africa 311 & 373 (Markram 84) beat
Australia 255 & 107 (Morkel 5-23) by 322 runs
Third Test, Cape Town, day four

Morne Morkel claimed nine wickets in the game as South Africa wrapped up Australia for 107 in the final innings to complete a 322-run victory in the controversy-marred third Test in Cape Town to take a 2-1 unassailable lead in the series.

Earlier, Steven Smith and David Warner stepped down from captaincy and vice-captaincy roles with Tim Paine taking over the reins following the ball-tampering scandal that broke out. Smith has also been banned for one game while opener Cameron Bancroft, who implemented the act was handed three demerit points.

South Africa started the day with a score of 238 for five, having a lead of 294 runs. AB de Villiers (63) and Quinton de Kock (69) combined hit four boundaries in the first three overs to get going before Josh Hazlewood (3-69) got Australia back into the game having the former caught in the slips.

With a boundary in the 84th over, de Kock went on to complete a half-century and with support from Vernon Philander (52 not out) and Kagiso Rabada (20), the Proteas went on to post 373 runs before they were dismissed. Hazlewood, Pat Cummins (3-67) and Nathan Lyon (3-102) all picked three wickets apiece for Australia.

Chasing an improbable 430, Cameron Bancroft (26) and Warner (32) started the innings positively taking the score to 47 for naught before the dinner break but the final session saw total collapse from the visitors as they lost all 10 wickets in a span of 23.4 overs.

The fallout started with Bancroft run out by Faf du Plessis while Rabada (1-31) having Warner caught. Morkel (5-23) playing his last series in international cricket took total control of the game as he ripped the Australian batting line-up and dismissed them for 107. Mitchell Marsh (16) was the only other batsmen to cross the double figures apart from the openers.

Morkel without doubt was named the player of the game as South Africa take a 2-1 lead in the four-game series.

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