South Africa completed a 231-run victory over Australia on Day 4 of the 2nd Test in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, levelling the series at 1-1.
After eight extra overs were added by the umpires, and with light fading fast, the tourists were dismissed for 216 in their second innings.
Dale Steyn starred with the ball, taking 4-55 from his 20 overs, with Vernon Philander weighing in with two wickets, and the rest spread around the South Africa attack.
Sunday began with South Africa looking to increase their lead in their second innings. The hosts resumed on 192-4 and reached 270-5 before making their declaration.
Hashim Amla remained unbeaten on 127, with his knock lasting 274 minutes and taking in 176 balls. He scored 16 fours and made the most emphatic response possible to his first-innings duck.
|South Africa 2nd innings|
|Elgar||c Haddin||b Siddle||16||53||46|
|du Plessis||c Haddin||b Siddle||24||62||35|
|AB de Villiers||c Haddin||b Johnson||29||47||39|
|de Kock||c Clarke||b Lyon||34||90||58|
|EXTRAS||0nb 0w 2b 6lb||8|
|TOTAL||For 5, Declared||270||(64.0 ovs)|
Australia's reply was never about chasing victory, but the tourists' slim hopes of playing for a draw looked up as they reached 126 without loss.
David Warner then fell for 66, with Alex Doolan following soon after. Shaun Marsh and Steven Smith were both dismissed first ball, as Australia's middle order suffered a dramatic collapse.
Brad Haddin and Michael Clarke both went for just a run, and both fell victim to Steyn.
Australia's only hope lay in Chris Rogers, who held firm for a gutsy 127 before eventually being run out in the extra time added by the umpires.
|Australia 2nd innings|
|Rogers||run out (Sub)||107||326||237|
|Doolan||c Smith||b M Morkel||5||56||43|
|S Marsh||lbw||b Philander||0||3||1|
|Clarke||c du Plessis||b Steyn||1||21||16|
|EXTRAS||0nb 2w 2b 17lb||21|
|TOTAL||ALL OUT||216||(73.4 ovs)|
Rogers' innings lasted 326 minutes and 237 balls. He hit 12 boundaries in that time and—according to Cricinfo—was applauded warmly on his return to the pavilion by both sets of fans.
Rogers was Australia's ninth man down. South Africa wrapped up victory when Nathan Lyon was trapped LBW by Dean Elgar.
The two teams now move on to Cape Town, where the 3rd Test will start on March 1.
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