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Saturday, July 21, 2018

South Africa vs Australia 3rd Test: South Africa win by 322 runs

Chasing a daunting target of 429, Australia began on a good note but after Tea, it all went wrong for the Kangaroos as they were bowled out for a mere 107.

south africa vs australia live South Africa won the Test by 322 runs. (Source: Reuters)

Day 4 of the third Test at Cape Town witnessed a dramatic ending as Australia were bowled out for 107 and South Africa won the Third Test by a massive margin of 322 runs. Chasing a daunting target of 429, Australia began on a good note as openers Cameron Bancroft and David Warner forged a 50-run stand. But after Tea, it all went wrong for the Kangaroos as they fell like nine pins. Morne Morkel was the star of the show as he returned with figures of 5/23. For his match figures of 9/110 Morkel was awarded the man of the match.

Earlier, South Africa extended their lead closer to 400 on day four of the third Test against Australia. They lost both overnight batsmen AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock but were in a very strong position. Australia, who were hit by ball-tampering controversy last day, had a disturbing news again on Sunday when captain Steve Smith was handed a one-match ban due to yesterday’s controversy. Tim Paine was leading team in the third Test and had to suffer a disappointing loss in his first outing.

  1. 9:16PM
    25 Mar, 18
    South Africa win by 322 runs

    That's It! Australia are all out for 107. ud83cuddffud83cudde6 have won the third Test by 322 runs. Morne Morkel picks up 5 wickets in the second innings.ud83dudc4f What a performance by the Proteas side. They were sledged, cheated, called names but South Africa did not let the mind games affect their show on the field and beat Australia in Cape Town Test.

  2. 9:00PM
    25 Mar, 18
    RUN-OUT! AUS- 94/9, need 336 runs.

    Nathan Lyon departs without facing a ball. Poor call by stand-in skipper Tim Paine. How the once mighty Australians are falling at Cape Town.  AUS- 94/9, need 336 runs.

  3. 8:58PM
    25 Mar, 18
    WICKET!

    Morne Morkel gets his fourth wicket! Mitchell Starc is unable to handle a short ball by Morkel, edges it straight to short-legAUS- 94/8, need 336 runs

  4. 8:43PM
    25 Mar, 18
    WICKET! AUS- 86/7, need 344 runs

    Pat Cummins is out for a duck. Morkel strikes, is on a hattrick.  On-field umpires declare him but he reviews straightaway. Replays show that the ball hit his wrist- a bit of his glove. So it is out. AUS- 86/7, need 344 runs

  5. 8:35PM
    25 Mar, 18
    OUT! AUS- 86/6, need 344 runs

    Morne Morkel strikes again! Mitchell Marsh has to make his way back to the dressing room for 16. Short ball, goes for a pull but edges it straight to de Villiers. AUS- 86/6, need 344 more runs to win.

  6. 8:21PM
    25 Mar, 18
    BIG WICKET! AUS- 75/5, need 355 to win

    Steve Smith edges one straight to gully. Morne Morkel strikes. Carbon-copy of his dismissal in the first innings. The crowd booing him once again as he returns to the pavilion. Proteas are tightening the noose over the Kangaroos.  AUS- 75/5, need 355 to win

  7. 7:56PM
    25 Mar, 18
    WICKET! AUS- 59/4, need 371 to win

    Aiden Markram grabs a fine catch at short-leg to dismiss Shaun Marsh. Keshav Maharaj picks up his second wicket. Australia are falling like nine pins. A double wicket maiden for Keshav Maharaj. From 59/1, Australia are - 59/4, need 371 to win.

  8. 7:55PM
    25 Mar, 18
    GONE!

    This time it is Usman Khawaja who edges one off Keshav Maharaj. South Africa are on a roll after Tea. AUS- 59/3, need 371 to win

  9. 7:50PM
    25 Mar, 18
    OUT! David Warner, AUS- 59/2

    OUT! David Warner is out for 32. Once again it is Kagiso Rabada who picks up his wicket. Steve Smith arrives at the crease amidst loud boos.

  10. 7:32PM
    25 Mar, 18
    GONE! Cameron Bancroft is dismissed thanks to a brilliant direct hit by Faf Du Plessis, Australia 57/1

    Que to boos. Warner looks to snatch a single off Maharaj but his partner Bancroft struggles to make it, Du Plessis is sharp and makes the perfect throw from covers. Warner is at fault though, there was no single in that Bancroft was in trouble even without a direct hit. Bancroft has played fairly well but that doesn't stop the South African crowd from booing him off the field, understandably so.

  11. 7:17PM
    25 Mar, 18
    Welcome back after Tea!

    After a good session, Australia resumes their innings on 47/. Keshav Maharaj has opened the bowling for the Proteas. This a crucial session for both the teams and it might well decide the outcome of this match.

  12. 6:56PM
    25 Mar, 18
    TEA on Day 4, Australia 47/0, Warner 25 (44), Bancroft 22 (52)

    A good session for Australia overall but such is the nature of this match that what is most prominent is the fact that Faf Du Plessis is speaking with Nigel Llong about something as they walk back into the pavilion. Judging by the body language, it does seem like they are sorting some difference of opinion about something between the two. 

  13. 6:49PM
    25 Mar, 18
    Australia 44/0, Warner and Bancroft have given them a good start here

    The two are steadily working away and the fact that Australia haven't lost a wicket yet bodes well for them. Meanwhile,  umpire Nigel Llong has had a word about something between deliveries with Faf Du Plessis with Quinton de Kock in the frame as well. 

  14. 6:10PM
    25 Mar, 18
    Australia 13/0, Bancroft 10 (23), Warner 3 (15)

    Hard work for the batsmen to get runs at the moment. Rabada and Philander are keeping it tight, not letting the two free their arms at all. Meanwhile, the ICC has announced that Steve Smith has been fined 100 per cent of his match fee and banned for 1 Test, Bancroft 75 percent of match fee and receives three demerit points. 

  15. 5:59PM
    25 Mar, 18
    Bancroft and Warner open for Australia

    Three overs have been bowled so far and the South Africans, especially those at the slip cordon, are screaming all the time, making it as uncomfortable as possible for the Australians. They have made 4 runs so far. 

  16. 5:38PM
    25 Mar, 18
    South Africa all out for 373, Australia need to make 430 to win this Test match

    Vernon Philander managed to reach his half century and that means that South Africa have set a target of 430 for Australia to make in in the rest of this day and the fifth day. David Warner was seen sprinting back into the dressing room. 

  17. 5:23PM
    25 Mar, 18
    WICKET! Keshav Maharaj c Pat Cummins b Nathan Lyon

    Nathan Lyon gets his 301st wicket in Test cricket! He tried to clear the boundary but could not clear the ropes. He is caught by Cummins at the boundary! South Africa are 9 down with the lead of 418 runs

  18. 5:07PM
    25 Mar, 18
    WICKET! Kagiso Rabada st Tim Paine b Nathan Lyon 20

    Lyon gets his second wicket! Rabada was eagar to go over the top and charged down the pitch to hit Lyon for a big shot. Misses it as there is a sharp turn. Paine with a good take behind the wicket and removes the bails before Rabada can get it

  19. 5:01PM
    25 Mar, 18
    South Africa lead past 400

    Kagiso Rabada with a flick off his hips which goes for four and South Africa's lead is now past 400! A brilliant batting effort this from the home side against Australia, who are clearly affeceted by whatever happened yesterday. Some quick runs expected now

  20. 4:47PM
    25 Mar, 18
    Players are back!

    South Africa batsmen Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada are back on the field for the second session of play. Australia team is in a huddle. South Africa will like to get some runs quickly and then declare. Australia will also look to bowl them out.

  21. 4:06PM
    25 Mar, 18
    Lunch: South Africa 333/7, lead by 389 runs

    That is Lunch on Day 4 of the Cape Town! South Africa have reached 333 for the loss of seven wickets in the second innings. They lead by 389 runs with three more wickets in hand. Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada are the two batsmen for South Africa, who will be very happy with this session

  22. 3:42PM
    25 Mar, 18
    WICKET! Quinton de Kock c Tim Paine b Pat Cumming 65

    Gone! Big wicket for Australia as Quinton de Kock is caught behind. Big flash over the leg-side but he fails to connect it. Closes the face of the bat too early and there is a big leading edge which flies to Paine. South Africa now seven down

  23. 3:29PM
    25 Mar, 18
    South Africa 316/6, lead 372 runs

    When do South Africa declare? Surely not in this session but with the lead close to 400, a declaration in the second session is highly likely. The South African batsmen have not looked in trouble while batting so this will also factor which will in their mind while deciding to declare

  24. 3:13PM
    25 Mar, 18
    South Africa 299/6, lead by 355 runs

    South Africa will look to bat at least till Tea. Ideally, they would love to declare the innings instead of being bowled out. The lead is 355 runs now. Quinton de Kock and Vernon Philander are the two batsmen at the crease

  25. 3:06PM
    25 Mar, 18
    South 297/6, lead by 353 runs

    Quinton de Kock is a very class batsman. Nothing is stopping him from scoring runs through boundaries. There have been those odd deliveries that have beaten the outside edge of his bat but otherwise he has been sublime and moving towards a century

  26. 2:50PM
    25 Mar, 18
    FIFTY! Quinton de Kock half-century

    Brilliant innings from Quinton de Kock! He has reached his 13th half-century in Test cricket with a four throught the square-leg and this has been a quick innings. South Africa need him there with the tail

  27. 2:48PM
    25 Mar, 18
    WICKET! AB de Villiers c Shaun Marsh b Josh Hazlewood 63

    Spoke too soon! AB de Villiers has edged one to the first slip off Hazlewood. He is dismissed for 63 as Marsh holds on to a good catch. The partnership is broken. AB de Villiers is clearly disappointed to miss out on the century again.

  28. 2:43PM
    25 Mar, 18
    De Villier-De Kock strong

    This partnership has been a good one for South Africa. AB de Villiers was dismissed for 63 in the first inning so he will love to get a century now. He is batting at the same score. De Kock is nearing his half-century

  29. 2:32PM
    25 Mar, 18
    South Africa 263/5

    Second new ball available for Australia. They have bowled the 80 overs. Will they take it or will another over of pace come hoping for reverse swing? Lyon is also bowling.

  30. 2:11PM
    25 Mar, 18
    Tim Paine is Australia captain

    AB de Villiers continues to accumulate runs! Australia players look a bit grim. Tim Paine is the stand-in skipper for the remainder of the Test. This has turned to be a landmark match. So much happening

  31. 2:00PM
    25 Mar, 18
    Steve Smith steps down

    Steve Smith steps down as captain of Australia team after discussions with Cricket Australia. David Warner has also agreed to step down as vice-captain of the team for the remainder of this Test match. Tim Paine will lead the side

  32. 1:51PM
    25 Mar, 18
    Did you miss it?

    Bancroft was caught on camera using a "yellow tape" change the condition of the ball and after he footage came on camera, he "panicked." After the day's play, Smith and Bancroft attended the press conference and admitted to it. He also revealed that he has been charged by ICC. Here is the video

  33. 1:13PM
    25 Mar, 18
    Fourth day: How will Australia cope up?

    More than cricket, this match will be rememebered for ball-tampering. Australia captain Smith and batsman Bancroft admitted to changing the condition of the ball yesterday. Australia are under heavy criticism for this and it is likely that today will be a very awkward day for Australia to come out on the field. South Africa lead by 296 with 5 wickets in hand. More than that, how will Australia cope up with the embarrasment on Sunday?