South Africa wrapped up a massive 309-run win in the Perth Test after taking a little over an hour in the final session on Day 4 to bowl out the Aussies. An annoying 10th wicket stand of 87 runs between Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon managed to delay the inevitable South African victory.
It wasnât tough for the South Africans to make inroads in the Australian middle order despite the pitch being pretty flat. After Lunch, Ed Cowan (53 from 149 balls with 5 fours and a six) departed after pulling Steyn into the hands of deep backward squareleg. Michael Clarke along with Michael Hussey collected some easy runs but threw his wicket away to leave the Aussies at 188 for 5. Clarke (44 from 52 balls with 8 fours) had jumped out of his crease to a tossed up delivery from Robin Peterson and got beaten by the turn for a stumping.
Michael Hussey lasted 52 balls for his 26 before his cover drive on the up off Steyn was caught behind. Wicket Keeper Matthew Wade (10) followed him soon by dragging a heave off Peterson into the hands of short mid wicket. The next to fall was Mitchell Johnson caught behind in a backfoot drive off Philander while John Hastings (20) played a couple of big shots before he edged Morne Morkel into the slips.
South Africa somehow couldnât quickly dislodge the 10th wicket pair and that allowed Mitchell Starc to play some lovely shots through the line. Starc raced away to a maiden Test fifty and remained unbeaten on 68 (from just 43 balls with 9 fours and 2 sixes) before last man Nathan Lyon (31 from 43 balls) was eventually edged out to slips by Dale Steyn. Skipper Graeme Smith took as many as five catches in the innings. Australia were bowled out in just 82.5 overs for 322.
The Man of the Match award rightly went to Hashim Amla while the Player of the Series was given to Michael Clarke for his two double centuries.
With that South Africa win this Third and Final Test by 309 runs and take the 3-match Test Series 1-0. South Africa also retain the World No.1 Test ranking with this.
Over 82.5 DW Steynto Nathan Lyon, Caught!
And finally the second new ball has done the job for the Proteas. This annoying last wicket stand comes to an end. Lyon comes half forward and pushes at this speedy outswinger to edge it low to Smith at first slip who holds onto it to his right.
Over 82.4DWSteyn bowls good length delivery to Nathan Lyon, gets forward and leaves it outside off to the wicket keeper.No runs
Over 82.3DWSteyn bowls short and wide to Nathan Lyon, goes back and cuts it away towards the thirdman region.Boundary!
Over 82.2DWSteyn bowls short of length delivery to Nathan Lyon, gets forward and leaves it outside off to the wicket keeper.No runs
Over 82.1DWSteyn bowls good length delivery to Nathan Lyon, gets forward and defends it towards the bowler.No runs