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Monday, February 24, 2014

How? Why? Rogers & Warner give Australia 4th innings solid foundation before meltdown gifts Test to South Africa: T2D4

South Africa  423 & 5/270dec (64ov, Amla 127*/176b/16x4, deKock 34, Johnson 2/51, Siddle 2/89) def Australia 246 & 216 (73.4ov, Rogers 107/237b/12x4, Warner 66/73b/1x6 9x4, Steyn 20-5-55-4, Philander 2/39, Elgar 1/24, Duminy 1/33, Morkel 1/46) by 231 runs; T2/3 D4/5 at Port Elizabeth. Series 1-1 ith one to play.

After South Africa, propelled by Hashim Amla's emphatic return to form, had declared and set Australia an unlikely, probably impossible,  448 to win, Chris Rogers and David Warner took up the challenge adding 126 before Warner fell, and the rest of the batting melted down.

This was an embarrassing shambles of a response.

With heavy rain forecast for D5 Australia needed at least to survive until the end of the day and keep their fingers crossed for what would have been an unmerited draw. But it didn't happen. South Africa, minus a frontline bowler injured, and Morne Morkel hit out of the attack by Warner, persisted and broke the back of Australia's middle and lower order batting to sweep to a massive series levelling victory.

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