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Mar 01, 2014 at 10:49pm IST

As it happened: South Africa vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 1

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Crushing victories for either side in the first two matches have set up a potentially thrilling decider when South Africa host Australia in the final Test at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday.

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The tourists blazed their way to a comprehensive 281-run victory in the opening game in Pretoria, but South Africa proved their resilience with an equally emphatic 231-run success in Port Elizabeth last weekend. The Proteas are now seeking a first home Test series win over Australia in 44 years on a ground where they have lost just once in 12 years and 16 matches - to the Australians in 2006.

As it happened: South Africa vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 1

A file photo of Australia captain Michael Clarke. (Getty Images)

Commentary (South Africa 2nd Innings)

That's it from us, do join us for the first T20 on Sunday, 9th March. Until then good bye.

David Warner is named the Man of the Match. He says it's a massive achievement for him to get this award. The efforts the bowlers have put in today for the win was amazing.

Australia declared twice during the match with big totals of 494 and 303. They gave South Africa a huge total of 511 to chase. South Africa had a little more than four sessions to see off and were on the brink of saving the Test but Australia held their nerves and edged the hosts out right at the death.

Australia win the series 2-1. South Africans fought well to play out the overs but Harris and Johnson bowled exceptionally well. They both took seven wickets together in the second innings while Pattinson took a couple. Australia needed six wickets at the start of the day and they got it right in time before stumps.

134.3 R Harris to Morkel, OUT! Bowled 'em! The bowling change does the trick for Clarke and Harris gets the last two wickets in three deliveries. Harris comes from round the wicket and bowls a full length delivery to Morkel which comes back in. Morkel tries to defend it but it goes between his bat and pad onto the stumps. That's it. Australia win by 245-runs. 265/10

134.2 R Harris to Morkel, Wide down the leg side Morkel lets it go through. 265/9

Morne Morkel is the last man in.

134.1 Harris to Steyn, OUT! Bowled 'em! Ryan Harris comes in to bowl and gets his man off the first ball. Perfect yorker on the off stump and Steyn could not get his bat down in time. Last one wicket remaining for Australia to take and win the match. 265/9

Ryan Harris comes in to bowl.

133.6 M Johnson to Philander, Another one outside the off stump, Philander leaves it again. 265/8

133.5 M Johnson to Philander, Way to wide outside off, Philanders lets it go to the keeper. 265/8

133.4 M Johnson to Philander, Not Out! Good length Delivery from round the wicket, Philander tries to defend but misses. It hits him on the pads and the Australian team appeal. The umpire turns down the appeal. Clarke takes the review. Replays show the ball is missing leg. 265/8

Appeal for an LBW from Australians, the umpire turns it down. Clarke takes the review.

133.3 M Johnson to Philander, Bouncer! Philander does well to duck under it right on time. 265/8

133.2 M Johnson to Philander, Good length ball outside off, Philander plays it to point. 265/8

133.1 M Johnson to Philander, Short on the off stump line, Philander gets out of the line of the delivery on time. 265/8

132.6 S Watson to Steyn, Full on the pads, Steyn works it on the leg side. 265/8

132.5 S Watson to Steyn, Length delivery outside off, Steyn shoulders his arm to that one. 265/8

132.4 S Watson to Steyn, Good length delivery outside off, Steyn lets that one go through. 265/8

132.3 S Watson to Steyn, Fullish on the off stump, Steyn gets his front foot out and defends it into the ground. 265/8

132.2 S Watson to Steyn, Short outside off, Steyn lets it go the the keeper. 265/8

132.1 S Watson to Steyn, Bouncer! Steyn ducks down on time. 265/8

131.6 M Johnson to Philander, Way too wide on the off side, no problems for Philander. 265/8

131.5 M Johnson to Philander, Full on the pads, Philander works it on the leg side. 265/8

131.4 M Johnson to Philander, Philander leaves the ball outside the off stump. 265/8

131.3 M Johnson to Philander, Short of a length on the leg side, Philander tries to work it down the leg side but does not connect well. 265/8

4th Test fifty for Philander.

131.2 M Johnson to Philander, FOUR! Full on the pads, Philander works it fine down the leg side for a boundary. That's fifty for him. 265/8

131.1 M Johnson to Philander, Way too wide outside off, Philander shoulders his arm to that one. 261/8

Johnson comes in to bowl.

130.6 S Watson to Steyn, Length delivery outside off, Steyn gets his front foot out and defends it into the ground. 261/8

130.5 S Watson to Steyn, Steyn defends good length ball off the back foot. 261/8

130.4 S Watson to D Steyn, Edged again! Full on the middle stump line, Steyn tries the drive again but gets an outside edge. 261/8

130.3 S Watson to Steyn, Bouncer! Steyn does well to leave it. 261/8

130.2 S Watson to Steyn, Steyn gets to the back foot and defends a good length delivery. 261/8

130.1 S Watson to Steyn, Fullish delivery on the off stump line, Steyn tries to drive but gets an outside edge to gully. 261/8

Shane Watson comes in to bowl.

129.6 J Pattinson to Philander, Short delivery, Philander stands tall and defends it. 261/8

129.5 J Pattinson to Philander, Fullish on the middle, Philander drives it to mid off. 261/8

129.4 J Pattinson to Philander, Good length ball on the leg side, Philander flicks it to the leg side. 261/8

129.3 J Pattinson to Philander, Philander goes to the back foot and defends the length delivery. 261/8

129.2 J Pattinson to Philander, Short down the leg side, Philander lets it go through. 261/8

129.1 J Pattinson to Philander, Bouncer! Pattinson bangs in a short delivery, Philander ducks under it. 261/8

128.6 N Lyon to Steyn, Steyn comes in the line of the delivery and defends the ball. 261/8

128.5 N Lyon to Steyn, Steyn gets his front foot out and defends the ball. 261/8

128.4 N Lyon to Steyn, Steyn goes to the back foot and defends it into the ground. 261/8

128.3 N Lyon to Steyn, Steyn stays in his crease and defends it. 261/8

128.2 N Lyon to Steyn,Full outside the off stump line, Steyn drives it through mid off. There is a misfield there and the ball goes to the boundary line. The batsmen don't run. 261/8

128.1 N Lyon to Steyn, Wide outside off, Steyn lets it go through. 261/8

Nathan Lyon comes in to bowl.

127.6 J Pattinson to V Philander, Fullish outside off, Philander drives it to covers. 261/8

127.5 J Pattinson to Philander, Fullish on the pads, Philander flicks it through mid-wicket region. 261/8

127.4 J Pattinson to Philander, On the pads, Philander works it down the leg side. 261/8

127.3 J Pattinson to Philander, Bouncer! Down the leg side, Philander lets to go through. 261/8

127.2 J Pattinson to Philander, Philander chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 261/8

127.1 J Pattinson to Philander, Short delivery, Philander gets on his toes to defend but the ball hits the handle of his bat and falls on the off side. 261/8

126.6 R Harris to Steyn, Bouncer! Steyn picks it up early and ducks under it on time. 261/8

126.5 R Harris to Steyn, Steyn shoulders his arms to the short ball outside off. 261/8

126.4 R Harris to Steyn, Way too wide outside off stump, Steyn lets it go through. 261/8

126.3 R Harris to Steyn, Steyn defends the fullish delivery off the front foot. 261/8

126.2 R Harris to D Steyn, Steyn tries to defend the fullish delivery but gets an outside edge. The ball goes it gully fielder on the bounce. 261/8

126.1 R Harris to Steyn, Steyn shoulders his arms to the ball outside off. 261/8

125.6 J Pattinson to Philander, Philander stays in his crease and defends the length ball. 261/8

125.5 J Pattinson to Philander, The ball is way outside the off stump, easy leave for Philander. 261/8

125.4 J Pattinson to Philander, Short on leg, Philander works it to the leg side. 261/8

125.3 J Pattinson to Philander, On the pads,Philander works it down the leg side to fine leg for a couple. 261/8

125.2 J Pattinson to Philander, Wide outside off, Philander leaves it alone. 259/8

125.1 J Pattinson to Philander, Fullish on the middle stump, Philander drives it to covers. 259/8

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