Rarely do we see days like these in test cricket. Cape Town was host to some of the most unpredictable and unimaginable cricketing scenes today that set all the records tumbling, albeit in a manner neither team would appreciate.
A total of 23 wickets fell today, with a part of all four innings being played. This definitely doesn’t happen too often.
Continuing from their overnight score of 214/8, Australia managed to reach 284 before being bundled out by the South Africans. In reply, the home team could manage only 96 runs, taking up 147 deliveries or 24.3 overs to reach the modest score. As if this wasn’t low enough, the Aussies took it up to themselves to shatter some records, being bundled up for a mere 47 in their second outing in just 108 balls (or 18 overs).
In fact, if it wasn’t for a 26-run last-wicket partnership between Peter Siddle and Nathan Lyon, Australia were struggling to reach even 47 as they were reeling at 21/9 when the pair came together. Meanwhile Lyon, batting at No. 11, amusingly ended as top-scorer with 14 runs to his name.
The day also saw two extraordinary spells of wicket-taking.
Shane Watson took 5-15 with his first 21 deliveries of the day. To match that, debutant Vernon Philander took 5-9 with his first 34 balls.
Philander ended with 5-15, the best innings figures by a South African Test debutant since Lance Klusener took 8-64 against India in 1996.
His match figures are right up there too.
And lastly, though both the sides have been playing some amateurish cricket, one of them is going to win tomorrow. It will create just the 12th instance of winning after scoring less than 100 in one of their innings.
Who will it be? South Africa or Australia?
Via Yahoo Cricket