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2nd Test, Australia tour of South Africa at Port Elizabeth, Mar 9-13 2018 | Match Summary | ESPNCricinfo
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2nd Test, Australia tour of South Africa at Port Elizabeth, Mar 9-13 2018 | Match Summary | ESPNCricinfo

1.53pm Another terrific game of Test match cricket. South Africa win by six wickets to level the series in Port Elizabeth, setting up their series very very well. There has been a lot of off-field noise, so loud that is threatened to spoil the activities on the field. But the cricket has let no one down. Australia were just maybe 100 runs short, just like SA were in Durban.

Two standout performances from South Africa this Test: AB de Villiers with the bat, one of his best Test innings ever to lead South Africa to a match-winning lead, and Kagiso Rabada, who took 11 wickets in the Test to lead the bowling effort. Australia just did not have enough to deal with the pyrotechnics of those two.

A good bowling performance from Australia in the fourth innings, taking four wickets, but again, just not enough runs to force the batsmen into mistakes.

Time for the presentation.

Cummins to de Bruyn, FOUR runs, full outside off, drilled through cover. SA level the series 1-1. No man there, vast expanses. And SA bounce back after Durban. Port Elizabeth is theirs, in a Test against Australia again.

Michelle: “So glad Australia won the toss in this game! I have a feeling it would have gone their way had SA won the toss and possibly chose to bat first.”

Cummins to de Bruyn, no run, short, outside off, de Bruyn this time gets underneath

Cummins to du Plessis, 1 run, 139 kph, on the pads, clipped away to deep square leg for one

Cummins to du Plessis, no run, full outside off, pushed towards mid-off

Cummins to du Plessis, no run, digs this in, Faf gets underneath

4 more required, the brass band is in full flow.

END OF OVER:

22 | 8 Runs | SA: 97/4

  • TB de Bruyn11 (12b)
  • F du Plessis1 (7b)
  • NM Lyon9-0-44-2
  • PJ Cummins4-0-8-1

Lyon to de Bruyn, FOUR runs, four of them. Shortish and wide, carved away in front of point for four. Good batting from de Bruyn.

Lyon to de Bruyn, no run, slow on the pads, worked to short fine leg

Lyon to du Plessis, 1 run, a hard sweep to deep square leg. 94 kph. 8 now, the countdown has begun.

Lyon to de Bruyn, 1 run, on the bounce to deep square leg. Flat outside off, some turn. Swept away with bad timing. Single-digits now

Lyon to de Bruyn, 2 runs, nicely done. Sees some flight and it’s full and wide, so he opens the bat face and guides the ball through cover.

Lyon to de Bruyn, no run, slow and flat and straight, smothered back.

END OF OVER:

21 | 1 Run | SA: 89/4

  • F du Plessis0 (6b)
  • TB de Bruyn4 (7b)
  • PJ Cummins4-0-8-1
  • NM Lyon8-0-36-2

Cummins to du Plessis, no run, 139 kph, overpitched outside off, driven away to mid-off

A dozen more required. Two sixes?

Cummins to de Bruyn, 1 run, full and straight, the ball moving in. De Bruyn somehow got bat on that, one to fine leg.

Cummins to de Bruyn, no run, back of a length outside off, 142 kph, another leave

Cummins to de Bruyn, no run, a short delivery outside off, de Bruyn lets this one go.

Cummins to de Bruyn, no run, well bowled, the one that goes away outside off. And a good leave too

Cummins to de Bruyn, no run, 146 kph, full outside off, worked away to mid-on

END OF OVER:

20 | 7 Runs 1 Wkt | SA: 88/4

  • F du Plessis0 (5b)
  • TB de Bruyn3 (2b)
  • NM Lyon8-0-36-2
  • PJ Cummins3-0-7-1

Lyon to du Plessis, no run, tossed up outside off, defended into the off side.

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