Six wickets for Paul Harris helped South Africa to an innings and 20 run victory over Australia at Newlands.
With the help of Mitchell Johnson’s debut Test century Australia looked set to force South Africa to bat again in order to claim victory, but with both time and the light against them, the hosts managed to wrap up the third Test with just eight minutes left to play on the fourth day.
Australia resumed day four on 102-2 with a proverbial mountain to climb. The Proteas made the first breakthrough when Harris got the crucial wicket of Simon Katich for 54 and the visitors added just eight runs before Hussey was back in the change room when Dale Steyn forced him onto his back foot and the left-hander spooned the ball to JP Duminy at gully.
Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin put on a 50 run partnership before the Aussie wicketkeeper was removed by a fine catch from Duminy at mid-on off the bowling of Harris. The pair of Clarke and Andrew McDonald added just 27 before Clarke became Steyn’s third victim of the innings with an inside edge onto his stumps.
Trailing by 251 runs and with just four wickets in hand the hosts look set to finish the Aussies off with a day to spare, but once again Johnson, this time aided by McDonald, continued to frustrate the South Africans as the pair put on a 163 run partnership before Harris’s two wickets in two balls gave the hosts hope that they could finish of proceedings before the close of play.
Johnson brought up his century with a six off the bowling of Dale Steyn, but just two balls later Bryce McGain completed his debut from hell when he was run out by replacement fielder Sybrand Engelbrecht leaving South Africa needing just one wicket to record a moral boosting win.
With the light quickly fading, it seemed that South Africa would have to come back on Monday to wrap up the match, and with Johnson in supreme form there was even a chance that Ashwell Prince and Imraan Kahn would have to don their pads, until Harris finally removed Ben Hilfenhaus to complete the win.
Australia 209 (1st innings)
Simon Katich 55, Brad Haddin 42, Dale Steyn 4-56, Paul Harris 3-34.
South Africa 651 (1st innings)
AB de Villiers 163, Ashwell Prince 150, Jacques Kallis 102, Mitchell Johnson 4-148.
Australia 422 (2nd innings)
Mitchell Johnson 123*, Andrew McDonald 68, Paul Harris 6-127, Dale Steyn 3-96.
South Africa won by an innings and 20 runs.
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