South Africa vs Australia 2nd Test Day 4: Amla and Steyn level series in style


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Amla celebrates his century, while Steyn is pumped after taking a wicket

South Africa batsman Hashim Amla scored a magnificent century and pace bowler Dale Steyn took four wickets to help the Proteas to a 231-run win over Australia on the fourth day of the second Test in Port Elizabeth.

Starting out the day on 192/4, South Africa batsman Hashim Amla and debutant Quinton de Kock managed to convert their 25-run partnership into a 64-run partnership, during which Amla brought up his 21st Test century, before de Kock was caught by Australia captain Michael Clarke off the bowling of Nathan Lyon for 34.

Amla and Jean Paul (JP) Duminy amassed an unbeaten 39-run partnership before South Africa skipper Graeme Smith decided to declare when his team were on 270/5.

Amla finished on 127 off 176 balls, which included 16 boundaries, while Duminy remained undefeated on 18 off 18 deliveries, which included two boundaries.

Mitchell Johnson and Peter Siddle picked up two wickets apiece, while Lyon chipped in with one.

Set a target of 448 to win, Australia got off to an excellent start as their opening pair of David Warner and Chris Rogers put together a 126-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before Warner was given out lbw off the bowling of Duminy.

Warner reviewed the decision after he was given out, but the replays showed that the ball was going on to clip the leg stump and it was enough evidence to make the third umpire uphold the original decision.

Warner’s fantastic knock of 66 came off 73 balls and included nine boundaries and a six.

Alex Doolan only made five runs before he was caught by Smith off the bowling of Morne Morkel.

Shaun Marsh failed to trouble the scorers as he was given out lbw off the bowling of Vernon Philander for a golden duck.

Clarke failed to have an impact either as he was caught by Faf du Plessis at second slip off the bowling of Dale Steyn for just one run.

Steyn struck again the very next ball as Steven Smith was given out lbw for a golden duck.

Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin only scored one run before he was comprehensively bowled by Steyn.

Johnson only managed to make six runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Philander.

Graeme Smith decided to review the decision after it was given not out initially and the replays showed that the ball was going on to hit the top of leg stump, which forced the third umpire to overturn the original decision.

Ryan Harris made six runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Steyn.

Harris reviewed the decision immediately, but the replays showed that the ball was going on to hit the top of leg stump, which led to the third umpire upholding the original decision.

Rogers ended up scoring his fourth Test century, but failed to convert it into a bigger score as he was run out by Alviro Petersen, who was the substitute fielder, for 107 off 237 balls, which included 12 boundaries.

South Africa’s celebrations began the very next over when Lyon was given out lbw off the bowling of Dean Elgar for a duck.

Steyn was the pick of the South African bowlers with four wickets, while Philander snapped up two and Duminy, Elgar and Morkel chipped in with one wicket each.

Clarke admitted that Australia were “outplayed” by South Africa, and said: “Our first innings was crucial. Credit to South Africa. They outplayed us throughout the Test. Both with ball and bat.

“Steyn was exceptional today, and Morkel’s pace and bounce in the first. Having said that we knew this was coming our way, so we should have done better. Going to be a great third Test, no doubt. Exciting for the game.”

Smith was ecstatic to have levelled the series at 1-1, and said: “It’s been amazing. A lot of emotion in the public. The key was to make it count. Key guys coming in under pressure and performing exceptionally well. Such high expectations from Dale. He is expected to take five every time. Today he got his bit between the teeth with the ball reversing. Great drama for cricket today. The crowd enjoyed it, the band made it really difficult to tell the nicks.

“I hear PE is getting the Boxing Day Test so that’s great. I always felt we would get better in the series. The biggest challenge was we hadn’t played a lot of cricket together, being away for T20. Looking forward to Cape Town. It is going to be exciting.”

Duminy edged out Amla for the Man of the Match award, and said: “Speechless. The way we stuck to our guns. Outstanding. The spell from Dale. It means a huge amount. Been a long time coming. Especially in Tests. Was under pressure. Team was under pressure too so getting this is very satisfying.”

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