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Australia 1st Innings: 494-7 dec.
South Africa 1st Innings: 287
Australia 2nd Innings: 303-5 dec.
South Africa 2nd Innings
Alviro Petersen lbw b Harris ..................9
Graeme Smith c Doolan b Johnson ..3
Dean Elgar b Johnson ................................0
Hashim Amla lbw b Pattinson ...........41
AB de Villiers c Haddin b Harris ....... 43
Kyle Abbott b Pattinson ...........................7
Faf du Plessis lbw b Smith ...................47
JP Duminy c Lyon b Johnson .............43
Vernon Philander not out ......................51
Dale Steyn b Harris .......................................1
Morne Morkel b Harris ..............................0
Extras: (8b, 5lb, 2w, 5nb) .....................20
TOTAL: (all out) ...............................265
Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-12, 3-15, 4-68,
5-95, 6-136, 7-173, 8-246, 9-265, 10-
Bowling: Ryan Harris 24.3-15-32-4,
Mitchell Johnson 34-11-92-3, James
Pattinson 27-10-62-2, Nathan Lyon
22-17-10-0, Shane Watson 9-6-6-0,
Steve Smith 13-3-43-1, Michael Clarke
Result: Australia wins by 245 runs,
wins series 2-1
Umpires: Aleem Dar, Pakistan, and
Kumar Dharmasena, Sri Lanka.
TV Umpire: Ray Illingworth, England.
Match Referee: Roshan Mahanama.
Ryan Harris goes under the knife
for knee surgery after this series -
he does not know what the future
holds. He may play Test cricket
again, but at 34 there are no guar-
Whatever happens, he has deliv-
ered one of the great triumphs in
Australia's recent Test history, bowl-
ing the team to a series victory over
South Africa, the world's No.1-
ranked side, when it seemed almost
inevitable that Graeme Smith would
be farewelled by his men with a
fighting, fitting draw.
SCORES: Australia 494 for 7 dec
and 303 for 5 dec beat South
Africa 287 and 265 (Philander 51,
Harris 4-32, Johnson 3-92) by 245
Vernon Philander and Dale Steyn
batted together for 75 minutes as
Australia sought the two remaining
wickets they needed for victory and
as the shadows grew longer, the
looks on the faces of Michael Clarke
and his men became more desperate.
With five overs left, Clarke asked
Harris for one last effort and he
delivered, yorking Steyn first ball
and then slipping one past Morne
Morkel's bat two balls later to clatter
the off stump and deliver a 245-run
win, and a 2-1 series success.
Harris finished with 4 for 32 from
24.3 overs, a remarkable achievement
for a man who looked spent. At
times throughout the day he was
hobbling and he pulled up in his
delivery stride once late in the day,
stretching and checking on his knee
as he walked back to his mark again.
Mitchell Johnson picked up three
wickets but Harris was the man who
delivered when it mattered most,
including by getting rid of the
stonewalling AB de Villiers after
For much of the day it seemed
that South Africa might just pull off
one last draw for Smith. Under his
leadership they won a lot but just
as notable has been their ability not
Their last series defeat before this
was against Australia five years ago.
Smith will leave the game having
lost only two of his last 27 Test series
as captain. That is some sort of
record. In the end, his men were
unable to keep the Australians out
for long enough.
That a day on which only 194
runs were scored in 93.3 overs could
be so gripping is encouraging for
Test cricket. This day was never
going to be about the runs; South
Africa could have batted until day
seven and not reached their target
of 511. It was simply a question of
wickets - could Australia claim the
six they needed throughout the day.
South Africa's ability to bat out a
draw in similar circumstances in
Adelaide a year and a half ago sug-
gested that it would be tough work.
And as in Adelaide, de Villiers and
Faf du Plessis did their best to deny
Australia. They came together after
the nightwatchman Kyle Abbott
frustrated the Australians during a
near two-hour innings of defiant
defence. At times when he faced
Johnson all nine fielders were in
catching positions. Eventually he fell
for 7 from 89 balls when he shoul-
dered arms to a James Pattinson ball
that nipped in and clipped the top
of off stump.
De Villiers was laborious but
effective for South Africa's purposes,
using up 326 minutes and 228 balls
for his 43. Harris was the man who
got rid of de Villiers, who pushed
half-heartedly outside off stump and
got a thick edge behind off a ball
that nipped away just enough off
the seam. It was a vital breakthrough
after lunch, although an equally
important one came just before tea
when Steven Smith struck in the
first ball of a new spell, drifting one
in and turning it just enough to have
du Plessis lbw for 47.
That left four wickets needed in
the final session. Worryingly for
Clarke, Nathan Lyon was having no
impact, just as had been the case in
that Adelaide draw. At times he
bowled too quick, and like his col-
leagues, offered up too many balls
that the South Africans could leave.
The Australians became frazzled and
frayed, but Clarke managed to man-
ufacture a wicket by placing a leg
slip, Lyon, who pouched a leg glance
off Johnson to end JP Duminy's
innings on 43.
But Philander and Steyn were not
going to fold quickly. Philander was
the only South African who really
played his shots throughout the final
day, but rarely did he create a chance.
Even more impressive was that he
spent part of the innings battling a
painful blow to his hand after an
accidental beamer from Pattinson
jammed him on the right glove.
Another glove-related incident was
Immediately before the final hour
began, the Australians won an out
decision from Aleem Dar when
Johnson banged in a short ball that
tickled Philander's thumb on the
way to being caught, but Philander
asked for a review.
The third umpire, Richard Illing-
worth, felt there was enough evi-
dence that Philander's hand was off
the bat at the time when the ball
struck his glove and overturned the
decision, much to the dismay of the
Australians, and things really heated
up on the field after that.
Whatever Clarke tried did not
seem to work. Philander and Steyn
just batted on and on. The bowlers
wearied, and sent down ball after
ball that could be left alone.
Harris bowls Aussies
to last-gasp victory
Australia's Ryan Harris celebrates dismissing AB de Villiers of South Africa
on the fifth day of the third Test in Cape Town yesterday.
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