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SAfrica slumps to 307-6 on final day of 2nd test

SAfrica slumps to 307-6 on final day of 2nd test

Australia used the new ball to good effect Tuesday, removing key South African batsmen Jacques Kallis and A.B. de Villiers in the first hour of the fifth day as it moved toward a series-winning victory in the second test.
South Africa was 307-6 at lunch on the final day, 239 runs short of victory and in serious doubt of hanging in for a draw.
Mark Boucher was 8 not out at the break after Paul Harris was dismissed for 5 in the final over of the morning session.
Australian pacemen Mitchell Johnson, Ben Hilfenhaus and Peter Siddle applied pressure on the South Africans early on with a barrage of short-pitched deliveries as the hosts faced a daunting task surviving the rest of the final day to earn a draw and give themselves a chance of leveling the series 1-1 in the final test in Cape Town.
Kallis (93) was the first to succumb to the new ball in the sixth over when he edged a climbing Johnson delivery that slanted across him to Australian captain Ricky Ponting at second slip.
His departure signaled the end of a defiant 187-run third-wicket partnership with De Villiers that spanned 57 overs.
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Kallis, who was dropped by Michael Clarke while on 88 in the previous over, added two boundaries to his overnight tally of 11.
De Villiers (84) was beaten by a slight movement off the seam in the ninth over to become Siddle's third victim of the innings. He hit nine boundaries in his four-hours knock before providing a simple catch to wicketkeeper Brad Haddin.
J.P. Duminy, like Kallis, was given a life while on six, when Haddin dived low and left to grab an outside edge off Siddle, but could not hold onto the ball.
Duminy dismissed for 17 when he succumbed to a brute of a ball from Hilfenhaus 20 minutes before lunch. The left-hander could not get out of the way of the bouncer and it touched his glove on the way through to Haddin.
Wrist-spinner Simon Katich was brought on for the last over before lunch, and with his second ball induced Harris' top-edge to Siddle at wide mid-on.


Updated : 2020-12-01 05:17 GMT+08:00