SA reeling under Aus fire

South Africa’s batting crumbled after Australia pacer Mitchell Johnson struck hard at their top order on the second day of the second Test at Kingsmead...

Written by Agence France Presse | Durban | Published:March 8, 2009 12:36 am

South Africa’s batting crumbled after Australia pacer Mitchell Johnson struck hard at their top order on the second day of the second Test at Kingsmead on Saturday. South Africa were 138 for seven at close in reply to Australia’s first innings total of 352. JP Duminy stood defying the Aussies single-handedly with an unbeaten 73.

Johnson took two wickets in his first over,then forced Graeme Smith to retire hurt with the third ball of his next over to throw the South African innings into disarray. Smith suffered a fracture on his little finger on his right hand and is likely to be out of action for two weeks. In his second spell Johnson hit Jacques Kallis on the jaw. He too retired hurt. He required three stitches under his chin,but X-rays revealed no damage.

Brief scores: Australia (1st innings) 352 all out in 107.4 overs (P Hughes 115,S Katich 108; D Steyn 3/83,J Kallis 2/49); South Africa 138 for 7 in 57 overs (P Duminy 73 no; M Johnson 3/37,A McDonald 3/25)

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