Another humiliation for the Proteas – 3rd Test vs. Australia

Australia 7-494 declared (Michael Clarke 161, David Warner 135, Steven Smith 84, Jean-Paul Duminy 4-73) and 5-303 declared (Warner 145, Chris Rogers 39, Kyle Abbott 3-61) beat South Africa 287 (Faf du Plessis 67, Alviro Petersen 53, Mitchell Johnson 4-42) and 265 (Vernon Philander 51*, Faf du Plessis 47, Ryan Harris 4-32) by 245 runs.

The unstoppable Kangaroos proved their supremacy over the hosts South Africa while beating them all ends up in the final Test and the three match series.

The Aussies declared their first innings after piling up 494 for the loss of seven wickets and declared the second one for 5-303. The Proteas were bowled out for 287 runs in the first one and their second innings was rolled back for 265 in 134.3 overs.

David Warner (Australia) was declared ‘player of the match’ and ‘Player of the series’ for his awesome batting.

The third and final Test of the series concluded on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at Newlands, Cape Town.

The jubiliant Australian squad after beating the Proteas 2-1
The jubilant Australian squad after beating the Proteas 2-1

Earlier, the hosts started the fifth day at a dismal position of 4-71 in 41 overs whereas AB de Villiers and Kyle Abbott were at the crease for 16 and 1 runs. The batsmen took off in a planned defensive mode and managed just 21 runs in the first 20 overs. They crept to 95 in 66.1 overs when Abbott was clean bowled by James Pattinson for 7 off 89 balls.

Faf du Plessis walked in next and few boundaries were witnessed in the coming overs. The sixth wicket fell at 136 as de Villiers left the scene after scoring 43 off 228 with 6 fours and was replaced by Jean-Paul Duminy. The tempo of the match was continued by the duo and du Plessis was declared leg before wicket off Steven Smith for 47 as the total touched 173.

Vernon Philander associated with Duminy and they shared a 73 runs valuable partnership for 8th wicket when the latter was dismissed for 47. Philander went past his fifty in the 132nd over and remained unbeaten for 51 as the entire South African team was sent back to the pavilion for 265 after 134.3 overs.

Ryan Harris was the supreme bowler with four wickets, Mitchell Johnson held three, James Pattinson and Steven Smith got one wicket.

Australia triumphed in the encounter with a huge margin of 245 runs and clinched the series at 2-1.


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