Aussies get valuable win over South Africa
JOHANNESBURG - Agence France-Presse
Australian Ricky Ponting plays during the second test against South Africa. REUTERS photo
Teenage fast bowler Pat Cummins sealed a dream Test debut when he hit the winning runs to take Australia to a two-wicket win in the second and final Test against South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium yesterday.
Australia chased down a target of 310 to share the series. Cummins, who took six for 79 in South Africa’s second innings, was named man of the match.
Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin (55) and left-handed fast bowler Mitchell Johnson (40 not out) were mainly responsible for their team reaching the target, putting on 72 for the seventh wicket after all Australia’s specialist batsmen had been dismissed with 95 still needed.
South African opening bowler Vernon Philander claimed his second five- wicket haul in his second Test to keep South Africa in with a chance of winning but did not get enough support from his more experienced teammates. Philander took five for 70.
Philander bowled Australian Michael Clarke in the fourth over of the day after only three runs had been added to the overnight 142 for three.