South Africa all out 450 runs against Australia 1st Test Match.South Africa were all out for 450 in the final session of the third day of the first Test against Australia at the Gabba on Sunday.Ben Hilfenhaus polished off the South African innings with the wickets of Dale Steyn (15) and Morne Morkel (0). JP Duminy was unable to bat after rupturing his Achilles on Friday’s opening day. Jacques Kallis top-scored with 147, his 44th Test century, while Hashim Amla made 104 and Alviro Petersen 64. James Pattinson was Australia’s best bowler with three for 93.
South Africa’s march was slowed by a steady stream of wickets and an apparent haziness of purpose as Australia’s bowlers were rewarded for a much-improved third day showing in the first Test at the Gabba.
From an imposing 3 for 357 at lunch, the visitors slid to 450 all out shortly after tea, the meagre rate of scoring as potentially damaging as the loss of six wickets for less than 100. James Pattinson claimed the two senior batsmen in a wholehearted spell, Peter Siddle chimed in with Philander’s wicket and Nathan Lyon was rewarded for a thoughtful residency at the bowling crease by luring out Rudolph.
Kallis’ innings was astute and efficient until its final ball, but his departure stripped South Africa of the batsman who struck the best balance between attack and defence. De Villiers, Rudolph and Philander all soaked up a lot of balls for few runs, allowing Australia to feel more confident of their bowling even as the tally crept towards 450.
The period after tea had Dale Steyn peppered with short balls by Ben Hilfenhaus, including one that struck him a painful blow on his bowling shoulder. Morne Morkel received similar treatment, and it remains to be seen whether this will spur the duo on to a fiery stint at the bowling crease this evening.
Amla’s celebration was muted, his intent to go well beyond the century mark, but on 104 Siddle pinned him on the crease with a delivery seaming back. Australia’s appeal was beseeching, Asad Rauf’s finger was raised, and Amla exited without calling for a review. Had he done so, the decision would have been reversed, as ball tracking showed a path going over the stumps after Amla was struck on the knee roll.
De Villiers announced his arrival by punching his first ball down the ground, and with Kallis he set about establishing another partnership of deliberate intent. Kallis reached his century by pushing Hilfenhaus through midwicket, and continued to bat with unhurried insouciance. At one point he shaped to avoid a Pattinson bouncer before waving his bat at it as he crouched, but it was a rare lapse.
Lyon delivered a teasing spell in the 45 minutes up to lunch, finding turn as well as bounce, and encouraged Michael Clarke to bring himself on before the interval, coaxing a couple of airy shots from Kallis though no wicket. Australia had bowled far better than they had done on day one, but only one wicket for the session left them much to do in the afternoon.
Kallis’ progress to a 150 seemed straightforward when the day resumed, until Pattinson extracted some extra bounce to force an airborne forcing stroke that skewed to an alert Rob Quiney in the gully. In his next over Pattinson struck again, de Villiers playing another over-eager forcing stroke that was pouched at point by David Warner.
Rudolph and Philander then engaged in a diffident partnership that reaped only 26 runs in a little more than 12 overs, leaving many to wonder what South Africa’s innings goal had become. Philander ultimately fenced at Siddle and snicked the first slips catch of the match, before Rudolph was done in the air by Lyon and collected at cover.
Steyn might have joined them in falling LBW, but unlike Amla his referral of Rauf’s verdict from Hilfenhaus’ bowling found the ball passing well over the top of the stumps. His and Morkel’s exits after tea followed a lively 15 minutes in which Rory Kleinveldt struck a pair of sixes and Hilfenhaus did his best to discomfort his opposite numbers.