SA v AUS – 2nd Test – Day 1


Can the Proteas repeat their stunning victory in Perthoriafontein and beat the OZmob once again?
This thread especially for the sufferers of insomnia, the diehards and especially for JT in Austria.
►Test starts at 02:30 SA Time and is on SuperSport2 for those with deep pockets, Radio 2000 and for the rest of us. Enjoy!

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  1. SA stuck to JP Duminy in the
    place of the injured Prince.

    Pitch and conditions

    The MCG pitch is generally one of those surfaces that has something for everyone. It’ll offer some early seam movement, a bit of swing and some turn later in the match. After Hayden made a century there last year he called it the toughest surface he had batted on for two years. No batsman has made a century in the two Sheffield Shield games at Melbourne this season and spin has accounted for only two wickets in those matches.

    That statistic is slightly disingenuous though; Victoria’s primary slow bowler Bryce McGain is injured and only one spinner has been given a decent spell at the MCG this season.

  2. 7.2 Ntini to Hayden, OUT, caught!. Loose drive from Hayden and he’s fallen at his fortress! He moves forward to drive a good length ball which moves away from him a touch, he slices it in the air straight to Duminy at point who takes a pretty simple catch, a hush falls over the tens of thousands of fans at the MCG.
    Haden 8 fails again
    OZmob 22/1

  3. Ricky Horror Show at the crease.
    Steyn . . 1 . . .

    Babelaas? Any bets on?

    Ntini 1 . . . . 4
    28/1 after 10 overs

  4. SA bowlers off the mark,
    batsmen don’t have to play at many.

    Then Kallis let’s go a stright one
    and has Captain Pout in slight trouble.

    DRINKS 28/1 Katich 17* Ponting 3*

  5. Morkel to Ponting SIX!
    Not a poor delivery they say.

    . . . . .
    Morkel bowling at 145 +

    50/1 after 16 overs

    Kallis to Katich . 1 1 . . .

    52/1 after 17 overs

    Morkel to Ponting FOUR! 1 . 2 3 nb .

    Things not looking good.

    Lone Ranger signing off

  6. Reply to Boertjie @ 3:01 am:

    Ponting got his 100 after McKenzie dropped him when Aus was 68/1 :realangry:
    Morkel was bowling all over the place :rant: but Steyn & Ntini looked good! Harris is also looking dangerous.
    All in All SA brought it back to evens at the end of days play with Aus on 280/6 – npw if we can just bowl them out for around 320 I wuld be very happy

  7. Surreal situation: Smith not sure if it carried and the umpires go to the “TMO” and is given out – I bet if it was an Aussie it would have been claimed and the question would have been more than asked! Well done Smith! Showing good character!

  8. He he he – and then you wake up too the reality . . . .

    Aussies near 400 and SA about 200 runs behind with only their tail left . . .

    left where – is the real question . . .

    Last week was awesome – amazing – one to remember

    This week . . . . so far . . . well :noshake: :bangheadt: