South Africa crumble after Johnson blast

Updated: 07 March 2009 15:56 IST

South Africa's batting crumbled after Oz fast bowler Mitchell Johnson struck hard at their top order on a dramatic second day of the 2nd Test at Kingsmead.

South Africa crumble after Johnson blast

Durban:

South Africa's batting crumbled after Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson struck hard at their top order on a dramatic second day of the second Test at Kingsmead here on Saturday.

South Africa were 138 for seven at the close in reply to Australia's first innings total of 352.

Johnson took two wickets in his first over, then forced Graeme Smith to retire hurt with the third ball of his next over to throw the South African innings into disarray.

Smith was unlikely to bat again after suffering a fracture at the base of the little finger on his right hand, an injury likely to keep him out of action for two to three weeks, almost certainly ruling him out of the third and final Test.

In a second spell Johnson hit senior batsman Jacques Kallis on the jaw. He too retired hurt.

He required three stitches under his chin. But X-rays revealed no damage and Kallis returned to bat at the fall of the fifth wicket.

He was dismissed two balls later without adding to his score of 22.

Johnson yorked Mark Boucher and had figures of three for 37, while medium-pacer Andrew McDonald took three for 25. JP Duminy was the only South African batsman to play with confidence, making 73 not out.

South Africa crumble after Johnson blast Durban, Mar 7 (AFP) South Africa's batting crumbled after Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson struck hard at their top order on a dramatic second day of the second Test at Kingsmead here today.

South Africa were 138 for seven at the close in reply to Australia's first innings total of 352.

Johnson took two wickets in his first over, then forced Graeme Smith to retire hurt with the third ball of his next over to throw the South African innings into disarray.

Smith was unlikely to bat again after suffering a fracture at the base of the little finger on his right hand, an injury likely to keep him out of action for two to three weeks, almost certainly ruling him out of the third and final Test.

In a second spell Johnson hit senior batsman Jacques Kallis on the jaw. He too retired hurt.

He required three stitches under his chin. But X-rays revealed no damage and Kallis returned to bat at the fall of the fifth wicket.

He was dismissed two balls later without adding to his score of 22.

Johnson yorked Mark Boucher and had figures of three for 37, while medium-pacer Andrew McDonald took three for 25. JP Duminy was the only South African batsman to play with confidence, making 73 not out.

Hussey and North added 63 for the fifth wicket at just over two runs an over.

Steyn and Morkel were rested but North (38) was caught at square leg off Kallis before Brad Haddin and Johnson were dismissed off successive deliveries by Makhaya Ntini in the next over. Steyn needed only four balls after lunch to take the last two wickets.


Scoreboard at stumps on the second day of the second Test between South Africa and Australia at Kingsmead here today.

Australia 1st innings (overnight 303-4)
P. Hughes c McKenzie b Kallis 115
S. Katich c Smith b Steyn 108
R. Ponting c McKenzie b Harris 9
M. Hussey b Morkel 50
M. Clarke b Harris 3
M. North c Steyn b Ntini 38
B. Haddin c Amla b Ntini 5
A. McDonald not out 4
M. Johnson lbw b Ntini 0
P. Siddle c Boucher b Steyn 0

Extras (B-6, LB-4, NB-8, W-2) 20

Total (all out in 107.4 overs) 352

Fall of wickets: 1-184, 2-208, 3-269, 4-266, 5-329, 6-348, 7-348, 8-348, 9-352.

Bowling: Steyn 25.4-3-83-3; Ntini 19-4-58-2; Morkel 24-4-81-1; Kallis 15-4-49-2; Harris 21-5-66-2; Duminy 3-1-5-0.

South Africa 1st innings

N. McKenzie c Haddin b Johnson 0
G. Smith retired hurt 2
H. Amla lbw b Johnson 0
J. Kallis c Ponting b McDonald 22
A. de Villiers lbw b Hilfenhaus 3
J. Duminy batting 73
M. Boucher b Johnson 1
P. Harris b McDonald 4
M. Morkel b McDonald 2
D. Steyn batting 8

Extras (B-10, LB-12, NB-1) 23

Total (7 wkts in 57 overs) 138

Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-0, 3-6, 4-62, 5-104, 6-104, 7-106.

Bowling: Johnson 16-5-37-3; Hilfenhaus 11-2-28-1; McDonald 12-4-25-3; Siddle 13-6-20-0; North 4-3-6-0; Clarke 1-1-0-0.



Topics : Cricket South Africa
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