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Donny
April 1, 2006, 03:19 AM
Jacques Kallis, South African captain for the injured Graeme Smith has won the toss and elected to bat on a patchy wicket. Boeta Dippenaar is in for Smith. This match is a milestone match for Justin Langer, who is celebrating his 100th Test appearance.

Some excellent bowling from the Australians saw SA on 2/67 at lunch. Midway through the afternoon session, Stuart Clark (2/38) took his second wicket.

Honours fairly even at early stumps (bad light) with SA on 6/238. Ashwell Prince (79 n.o.) has battled gallantly on a tricky wicket .

Donny
April 1, 2006, 03:59 AM
Shaun Pollock edged into the slips where Ponting pounced.

Stuart Clark's 3rd. wicket.

7/251.

sar2005
April 1, 2006, 04:08 AM
South Africa 272/7 (90.0 ov)

Is there any vdo link for this game?

Donny
April 1, 2006, 04:52 AM
The Aussies took 4/65 today. SA all out for 303.

Lee and Clark finished with 3 wickets each.

Prince scored 93 and Nicky Boje, 43.

Sovik
April 1, 2006, 05:38 AM
pollock did not open bowling. did he get injured again?

Donny
April 1, 2006, 05:41 AM
No, they just decided to go with Ntini and Nel.

Langer retired hurt after the first ball from Makhaya Ntini hit him behind the right ear.

Matt Hayden departed shortly after.

Ricky Ponting and Damien Martyn have since raced to 1/47 after 6 overs. Lunch.

Edited on, April 1, 2006, 10:45 AM GMT, by Donny.

Miraz
April 1, 2006, 06:52 AM
Australia is tattering!!

Langer retired hurt, bouncer hit his head and was bleeding while left the field.

Hayden, Martyn, Ponting Gone !

Australia 76/3 (15.1 ov)

Donny
April 1, 2006, 07:00 AM
Ntini has 4/48 from just 9 overs. :)

Aussies 4/89.

sar2005
April 1, 2006, 07:06 AM
wow, all the wickets are taken by Ntini so far.
By the way, how his Langer's injury? Is it serious??

Miraz
April 1, 2006, 07:07 AM
Ntini is really attacking with every deliveries. Aussies hit few boundaries against him but he kept it cool and delivering his best :up:

sar2005
April 1, 2006, 07:22 AM
Hi Miraz, any website link to see this match??

Miraz
April 1, 2006, 07:23 AM
I am not sure. I am watching live through Sky Sports.

Well I am trying to find a link and will let u know.

Miraz
April 1, 2006, 07:46 AM
Gilchrist gone!

Australia struggling.

Australia 113/5 (26.4 ov

sar2005
April 1, 2006, 07:47 AM
Australia 109/5 (26.0 ov).
Things are getting tougher for AUS. SW is on. Not many batsman to go.

James90
April 1, 2006, 08:49 AM
Is that you in the avatar Donny?

Donny
April 1, 2006, 09:31 AM
Yes, James.

Warney and now Brett Lee batting like in a one dayer. Warney hit 36 from 33 balls and Lee is 23 n.o. from 19.

6/213. Makhaya Ntini has 5/80.

Mike Hussey is 59 n.o. as the SA lead drops to 90.

Justin Langer has concussion and is sporting a couple of stitches. Unlikely to bat today.

Edited on, April 1, 2006, 2:34 PM GMT, by Donny.

Edited on, April 1, 2006, 2:36 PM GMT, by Donny.

Donny
April 1, 2006, 10:02 AM
6/239.

Hussey 71*
Lee 37*

64 behind.

Miraz
April 1, 2006, 10:14 AM
Hussey gone! plumb LBW.

Australia 242/7

Donny
April 1, 2006, 10:14 AM
Hussey out for 73 to Nicky Boje.

The partnership with Lee was 68.

7/242.

sar2005
April 1, 2006, 12:48 PM
So, Aus has finished the day with 246/7. The way Lee is batting, I would not be surprised if they take a lead with few runs. But definitely SA can think to remove remaining 3 asap.

Looks like everything will depend on 2nd innings. Who will bat better in 2nd innings will win the match.

James90
April 1, 2006, 08:35 PM
Donny, you remind me of the late Barry Sheens.

Donny
April 1, 2006, 09:56 PM
And you remind me of a rock lobster. :floor:

James90
April 1, 2006, 10:52 PM
Touche.

fishyguy
April 2, 2006, 12:18 AM
Donny I like your hair.

RazabQ
April 2, 2006, 03:34 AM
Donny's got a bit of Michael "highway to heaven" Landon about him :)

thebest
April 2, 2006, 03:48 AM
Originally posted by RazabQ
Donny's got a bit of Michael "highway to heaven" Landon about him :)
Thats the guy I was thinking. I forgot the name.

Donny
April 2, 2006, 03:51 AM
Aussies all out for 270.

Ntini took 6/100.

Lee scored a personal best 64.

Miraz
April 2, 2006, 03:58 AM
SA back in action. Very nice bowling from Ntini indeed

Donny
April 2, 2006, 05:01 AM
Abe de Villiers picked the wrong ball to shoulder arms to. Bowled by Stuart Clark.

Clark now has 17 wickets @ 14.88 - excellent effort.

Boeta Dippenaar (20) was playing well when Matt Hayden snapped him up with a brilliant catch at backward point. Once again, Clark was the bowler.

2/57.

Miraz
April 2, 2006, 05:09 AM
If SA can extend their lead above 250, it will be a real nailbiting test.

Donny
April 2, 2006, 06:11 AM
2/83 at lunch.

Miraz
April 2, 2006, 07:33 AM
Warney is making the difference here. Another wicket for Warney. Its really difficult to contain him when u r defensive. You really need to attack him like Sachin did ;)

Donny
April 2, 2006, 07:48 AM
5 down.

Warne gets Gibbs (53) and Prince and Clark traps Kallis for 27.

That's 19 wickets @ 15.1 for Clark in the series.

5/130.

Donny
April 2, 2006, 07:54 AM
Make that 20 wickets @ 14.59

Clark finds the edge of Rudolph's bat.

6/140.

Donny
April 2, 2006, 09:22 AM
Warney finds another way to get a wicket. Beats Boje with a classic googly then bowls a rank full toss.

Boje pulls it and Symmo takes a blinder at mid wicket.

8/194.

BanCricFan
April 2, 2006, 10:23 AM
SA 246/8

Well played Boucher and Nel!

This could be a crucial partnership. From BD point of view, lets hope for a SA win in this test. Aussie will finnish on a loosing note and no practice match before they play us...! They might find themselves under a bit of a pressure providing BD plays really tight on the first day!

Donny
April 2, 2006, 10:24 AM
The very last thing Bangladesh needs is to be playing Australia with them coming off a loss. :)

Mark Boucher and Andre Nel share an unfinished 56 run partnership as players go off in fading light.

SA takes a lead of 283 into day 4 with 2 wickets in hand.

Edited on, April 2, 2006, 3:26 PM GMT, by Donny.

Donny
April 3, 2006, 03:36 AM
All out.

Lee (3/57) wrapped it up quickly.

Aussies need 292 to win.

Donny
April 3, 2006, 03:45 AM
Mike Hussey to open with Matt Hayden.

Sovik
April 3, 2006, 04:50 AM
292 is not a easy task. but the way ponting is playing these days if he gets the support from hussy, gili, martin and symonds they could win this match today

Donny
April 3, 2006, 05:02 AM
2/37.

Hayden (0) and Ponting (20) both out.

Hussey is 15 n.o.

thebest
April 3, 2006, 06:06 AM
Run Machine Ponting misfunctioned in this test. Hope this would continue till BD series. I am actually more worried about ponting than Warne and Lee.

Donny
April 3, 2006, 07:02 AM
2/90.

Hussey 41*
Martyn 27*

Sovik
April 3, 2006, 07:25 AM
Looks like a whitewash in home ground for south africa

Donny
April 3, 2006, 07:48 AM
Stepping up the pace now.

The 100 partnership comes up.

159 needed to win.

Hussey 61*
Martyn 50*

Sovik
April 3, 2006, 08:57 AM
Australia require another 113 runs with 8 wickets remaining

Donny
April 3, 2006, 09:02 AM
2/189.

103 to win.

Hussey 86*
Martyn 80*

156 partnership.

nayef
April 3, 2006, 09:04 AM
looks like they r pushing for the win now... great partnership ... good to see Martyn making the #4 his own again.

Donny
April 3, 2006, 09:12 AM
Huss out for 89 to Boje.

94 to win.

sar2005
April 3, 2006, 09:46 AM
Gilcrist and Symonds are also out.
58 more are required. Should be easy for Aus with 5 wickets on hand.

Sovik
April 3, 2006, 09:53 AM
Australia require another 55 runs with 4 wickets remaining

Donny
April 3, 2006, 09:54 AM
Drama.

Symmo and Gilly gone in 3 balls.

Marto 86 n.o.

Edited on, April 3, 2006, 2:56 PM GMT, by Donny.

Donny
April 3, 2006, 09:55 AM
A bit more drama.

Warney also gets an edge. Ntini (3/56) gets another.

Lee walks to the crease, takes guard and off drives for 4. Very Happy

51 to win.

Donny
April 3, 2006, 10:03 AM
Of added interest here: Justin Langer is at the ground but not in his whites so we can safely assume he won't bat.

Michael Kasprowicz went to hospital yesterday with a lower back injury and his position is unclear.

Stuart Clark is padded up.

Tigers_eye
April 3, 2006, 10:10 AM
So if another two wicket falls what will happen?

Donny
April 3, 2006, 10:14 AM
Unlikely to be much more play today. The artificial lights are on.

Umpires are conferring. Off they go.

6/248. Martyn is 93 n.o.

44 to win.

Sovik
April 3, 2006, 01:30 PM
i will be very happy if australia beat south africa. and there is a reason behind that

Baundule
April 4, 2006, 02:25 AM
Originally posted by sovik
i will be very happy if australia beat south africa. and there is a reason behind that

You are right! Australia coming to BD after white washing SA would be nice. May be we can pull of a draw, or more likely a win (draw against the aussies is a tough job because they score so quickly) against them ;)

Donny
April 4, 2006, 04:18 AM
Fantastic finish!

Marto out for 101.

Ntini takes his 10th. wicket when Clark went for 10.

Brett Lee (24 n.o.) gets the Aussies home! :) :bravo:

Edited on, April 4, 2006, 9:23 AM GMT, by Donny.

Edited on, April 4, 2006, 10:51 AM GMT, by Donny.

Donny
April 4, 2006, 04:48 AM
Brett Lee was awarded the Man of the Match trophy for his 64 and 24 n.o. and 3/57 in both innings.

Stuart Clark took out the Player of the Series for his 20 wickets @ 15.85 :clap:

On to Bangladesh. :)

Sovik
April 4, 2006, 10:26 AM
home ground white wash.

Tigers_eye
April 4, 2006, 12:31 PM
Originally posted by sovik
home ground white wash.
back to back. :(

nayef
April 4, 2006, 12:43 PM
Sound beating... but the scoreline wouldn't still capture how close the games were.

Donny
April 5, 2006, 12:03 AM
Name Mat O M R W Ave Best 5 10 SR Econ

SR Clark 3 118 32 317 20 15.85 5-55 1 - 35.4 2.68
B Lee 3 116 29 332 17 19.52 5-69 1 - 40.9 2.86

Stuart Clark has received due accolades with his Player of the Series award but I'm impressed by the way Brett Lee has stepped up to lead the attack, especially his under 3 r.p.o. economy rate.

He's generally done well since his return to the Test team but there were still the days he was cannon fodder.

Part of the reason for this change is Ponting's realisation that he's best used in 5 over bursts. You don't bowl the Lees and Akhtars of this game into the ground. They just come back on and get hit.

His batting continues to improve and some of his off drives and cuts in the recent Test/s looked as good as any from the top batsmen.

Huda
April 5, 2006, 12:40 AM
Stuat clark reminds me of simon jones, he seems a skiddy type of bowler, although SJ is a bit quicker. I thinkthe aussies needed a 3rd seamer to perform especially with the ashes this winter. If mcgrath plays, he will be an excellant support.