PROTEAS THRASH THE AUSSIES
By: Nasiphi Mvunyiswa
South Africa won the 2nd Test match against Australia by an outstanding 231 runs at St Georges Park in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.
It was evident early in the match that Proteas were playing for nothing less than a win. Hashim Amla started Day 4 with his overnight score of 93 and managed to hit 16 boundaries. Amla finished with a score of 127, his 21st test century and his 5th against Australia.
Graeme Smith declared on 270/5 and set a run chase of 448 for the visitors.
Australia started off with impressive batting, with the century opening partnership between David Warner and Chris Rogers. Warner got taken out by JP Duminy with a score of 66 from 77 balls. At tea Australia were at a comfortable 141/1. Chris Rogers was on 69 and Alex Doolan on 1.
After tea, the Australians started falling victim to the South African bowlers. Alex Doolan got taken out by Morne Morkel after only scoring 5 runs from 43 balls. The Aussies’ batting line up soon crumbled, Shaun Marsh was taken out by Vernon Philander for a duck.
The biggest problem for the Australian side proved to be the fast bowler, Dale Steyn. Steyn took out the captain, Michael Clarke and Steve Smith in the same over.
And ten runs later, Steyn hit Brad Haddin’s middle stump. Ryan Harris was also taken out by Steyn for an lbw. Mitchell Johnson was another victim of an lbw in the hands of Philander.
The final wicket to fall for the visitors was Nathan Lyon at the bowling of Dean Elgar. The Australians were all bowled out with a score of 216.
The Proteas have now levelled the 3 match series. The Proteas test captain, Graeme Smith, said on the Cricket South Africa press statement that he is overjoyed and proud of the way his team won the test match.
“It was a tough week building up into this game. I’m so proud of the guys and the way they performed in this game. For them to take 20 wickets in four days is amazing,” Smith said.
The 3rd test match will take place at Newlands in Cape Town from the 1st of March.