South Africa beat Australia by 492 runs, win series by 3-1

South Africa registered their first Test home series win against Australia since 1970, with Vernon Philander claiming his best figures ever of 6 for 21.

South Africa are playing 4th Test against Australia. Vernon Philander recorded his best figures in Test cricket, claiming 6 wickets for 21 runs. (Reuters)

The final day of the fourth Test between South Africa and Australia belonged to one man- Vernon Philander. Australia, who were at 88/3, in a matter of a few overs were down to 101/9 with the right-armer taking 6 wickets. He started his haul with two wickets in the first over of the day, dismissing the brother duo of Shaun Marsh and Mitchell Marsh in the same over. Skipper Tim Paine and Pat Cummins, who led the resistance in the first innings, adding 99 runs together, too failed to impress on Tuesday and were dismissed cheaply by Philander. While Paine added 7, Cummins only made 1 run. Chadd Sayers was dismissed on the first ball itself as Australia were left with the impossible task of playing out the rest of the day with just one wicket left to save the match. Nathan Lyon’s run out gave the Proteas a 492-run win with the home side taking the series by 3-1.

South Africa vs Australia highlights:

  1. 3:02PM
    03 Apr, 18
    RECORDS

    South Africa registered their first Test home series win against Australia since re-admission in 1990-91.

    It is also Vernon Philander's best figures in Test cricket as he claimed 6 wickets for 21 runs.

    It is also the 4th biggest win in Test cricket by runs

  2. 2:54PM
    03 Apr, 18
    SOUTH AFRICA WIN BY 492 runs

    GONE! Nathan Lyon is run out by Aiden Markram and Australia are ALL OUT for 119. South Africa win the 4th ODI by 492 runs to win the series by 3-1. What a Huge win for South Africa at home. 

  3. 2:27PM
    03 Apr, 18
    AND ANOTHER ONE!

    VERNON PHILANDER HAS SIX WICKETS! He is on a hat-trick. Chadd Sayers is gone on first ball for a duck. Edged one to Dean Elgar at slips. This is massive collapse. South Africa need one more wicket to win. Australia 100/9

  4. 2:23PM
    03 Apr, 18
    GONE!

    PHILANDER HAS FIVE! BOWLED 'EM! Pat Cummins departs this time. Australia are falling thick and fast. Superb bowling from Philander too. 

  5. 2:16PM
    03 Apr, 18
    GONE!

    Vernon Philander it is once again! Fourth wicket of the morning for him and Tim Paine walks back for 7. Australia go seven down. Stayed on the attack on the outside off region and is rewarded finally. Paine has a poke at it and gets the outside edge which is comfortable for De Kock. 

  6. 1:57PM
    03 Apr, 18
    GONE!

    Peter Handscomb departs in identical fashion to the way he fell in the first innings. Pitched outside off and little on it to bother the batsman. Tried to let the ball go but late to get the bat out of the way and gets the inside edge to rattle the stumps. Hangs head immediately as he looks back. Australia are 96/5

  7. 1:37PM
    03 Apr, 18
    GONE!

    Australia's troubles double. Fourth ball of the day and Philander strikes once again. Mitchell Marsh walks this time for a duck. Pitched outside off and moved away late to get the edge. Falls kindly for Quinton de Kock. That is Vernon Philander's 200th Test wicket!

  8. 1:35PM
    03 Apr, 18
    GONE!

    Shaun Marsh departs on the first ball of the day. What a miserable start for Australia. Philander with a beautiful delivery - perfect length, moves in a touch and gets a thick edge on to the pad. Lobs to Bavuma at gully. Simple catch. Australia are 88/4

  9. 1:31PM
    03 Apr, 18
    South Africa vs Australia Live

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