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South Africa squared the series – 2nd Test vs. Australia

Zia Rana February 23, 2014

South Africa 423 (Jean-Paul Duminy 123, AB de Villiers 116, Nathan Lyon 5-130) and 5-270 declared (Hashim Amla 127*, Quinton de Kock 34, Mitchell Johnson 2-51) beat Australia 246 (David Warner 70, Steven Smith 49, Morne Morkel 3-63) and 216 (Chris Rogers 107, Warner 66, Dale Steyn 4-55, Vernon Philander 2-39) by 231 runs.

The Proteas came back in the series by demolishing the strong batting line up of the Kangaroos twice within four days and clinched the encounter comfortably.

The hosts amassed 423 in the first innings and declared the second at 270 in 64 overs after losing five wickets. The tourists were sent back to the pavilion for 246 in their first one and their second innings was squeezed for 216 mere runs.

Jean-Paul Duminy (South Africa) was declared ‘Player of the match’ for his all round performance.

The fourth day of the second Test came to an end on Sunday, February 23, 2014, at St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth.

Hashim Amla - 21st Test ton

Hashim Amla – 21st Test ton

Earlier, the hosts started the day at 4-192 in 47 overs whereas Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock were unbeaten for 93 and 9. The latter was dropped on the second ball of the day by Steven Smith and Amla plundered his 21st Test century with a boundary. The score was pushed to 231 when de Kock was gone for 34 and was replaced by Jean-Paul Duminy. The latter held his crease for 18 and Hashim Amla was at the other end at 127 when Garem Smith declared the second innings at 5-270.

Mitchell Johnson and Peter Siddle shared two wickets each whereas Nathan Lyon got one.

Australia was given a task of scoring 448 runs to win the game in almost two days. Chris Rogers along with David Warner gave their side a positive beginning by scoring 55 runs in 11 overs with 10 fours. The latter got a life at 36 and he attained his consecutive Test fifty in the 24th over. Rogers reached his sixth Test half century in the process and the opening partnership was broken at 126 when Warner was declared leg before wicket off Dumniy for 66. The Proteas bowlers never looked back from there and especially Dale Steyn became unplayable.

Chris Rogers witnessed the downfall of the middle and lower order batting of his team as the wickets kept on falling like ninepins. The remaining batsmen were unable to enter the double figures while Rogers powered his fourth Test hundred in the 58th over. He was finally dismissed for 107 as the entire Aussies side was bowled out for 216 runs in 73.4 overs.

Dale Steyn was the top wicket taker with four, Vernon Philander held two whereas Morne Morkel, Jean-Paul Duminy and Dean Elger chipped in with one wicket each.

Australia grabbed the game with a wide margin of 231 runs and levelled the series at 1-1. The third and final Test will commence on March 1, 2014, at Newlands, Cape Town.

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