[QODLink]
Cricket

Johnson burst leaves SA reeling

Mitchell Johnson takes 4-51 as South Africa crash to 140-6 at close on day two of 1st Test, still trailing on 257.

Last updated: 14 Feb 2014 10:55
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Mitchell Johnson got things going for Australia with the fourth ball of the innings [Reuters]

Mitchell Johnson continued his Ashes form with a devastating bowling performance on the second day of the first Test against South Africa at Centurion's SuperSport Park.

Johnson took four for 51 as South Africa crashed to 140 for six at the close of play, still 257 runs behind Australia's first-innings of 397.

Second day scorecard

Australia first innings 397
South Africa first innings 

 

G Smith c Marsh b Johnson 10
A Petersen c Haddin b Johnson 2
H Amla lbw b Siddle 17
F du Plessis c Clarke b Johnson 3
AB de Villiers not out 52
JP Duminy c Johnson b Lyon 25
R McLaren b Johnson 8
R Peterson not out 10

 

Extras (b 10, lb 2, w 1) 13 
Total (6 wickets; 43.3 overs) 140
Fall of wickets 1-11, 2-15, 3-23, 4-43, 5-110, 6-126

Johnson needed just four balls to strike a major blow for Australia when he dismissed South African captain Graeme Smith with a vicious bouncer. He followed up with the wickets of Alviro Petersen and Faf du Plessis in his third and fourth overs. Peter Siddle trapped Hashim Amla leg-before for 17.

JP Duminy staged a minor recovery with a fifth wicket stand of 67 but Johnson was involved in his dismissal, taking a superb diving catch running back from mid-off when Duminy mistimed a lofted drive against off-spinner Nathan Lyon.

Johnson struck again when he bowled Ryan McLaren, beating the all-rounder for pace. 

Earlier, Australia earlier lost their last six wickets for 66 runs. Shaun Marsh and Steve Smith took their fifth wicket stand to 233, seeing off the threat of Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander with the second new ball.

Smith took 33 balls to advance from his overnight 91 to his fourth Test century, made off 211 deliveries, but was out two balls later. Brad Haddin, one of the stars of Australia's 5-0 series win over England, lasted just three balls before he swung across the line against left-arm spinner Robin Peterson and was leg-before without scoring.

364

Source:
AFP
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Featured on Al Jazeera
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Israel's Operation Protective Edge is the third major offensive on the Gaza Strip in six years.
Muslims and Arabs in the US say they face discrimination in many areas of life, 13 years after the 9/11 attacks.
At one UN site alone, approximately four children below the age of five are dying each day.
Featured
A revolutionary new treatment is halving hospitalisation rates for severe asthma sufferers.
The conservative UMP party suffers from crippling internal divisions and extreme debt from mismanagement.
More than fifty years of an armed struggle for independence from Spain might be coming to an end in the Basque Country.
After the shooting-down of flight MH17, relatives ask what the carrier has learned from still-missing MH370.
Human rights and corporate responsibility prompt a US church to divest from companies doing business with Israel.
join our mailing list