Dec. 3, 2012
-- South Africa embossed their first ranking in this long format cricket, by this huge margin win against the mighty Australians in the last and series deciding test match. Ricky Ponting's way on his final day as an international cricketer once again failed to show his class of to the south Africans, he left his last and final steps in ground by just adding 8 runs on to his career. In his final innings, Punter came in to bat at no. 4 after Shane Watson’s dismissal. He began positively and delighted everyone with his trademark pull off Morne Morkel for a four to get off the mark. He scored his second boundary off Dale Steyn with a drive past mid-on fielder. Ponting is behind only India`s Sachin Tendulkar on the all-time list of leading Test run scorers. He had scored 13,378 runs for Australia in tests.
In the end it was the No. 10 Mitchell Starc who top scored with a freewheeling 68, entertainment for the crowd but an indictment on those before him. Australia lost the match by 309 runs. South Africa will feel very glad to beat the Australians in their own den, which was not an easy task to do. But the South Africans did it with class and style. For the first two matches, Australian had a hand over the South African performances;
they were put into a position to draw the match with some fighting finishes. But in this match it was South Africans who completely outplayed Australians in all department of the game.
Amla was given the man of the match award, for his innings of 196. We cannot forget the contribution of AB, Smith, and Styen. Man of the series was given to M.Clarke. It was Michael Clarke's first series loss as captain. Nathan Lyon hung around long enough to help Starc hit out with some effect, notching a half-century from a mere 32 balls, but his parting shots were of only the briefest irritation to South Africa, rightfully the world's best team.
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