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The first day of play for the final tes hasn't been a stand out. Australia started on a high, winning the toss and electing to bat on a slow pitch. Simon Katich and Matthew Hayden put on 62 for the first wicket, before Katich was caught behing off a Kallis bowl. Immediately after, Ponting got out for a golden duck, his second for the summer, which left them 2/63. Shortly after, Hayden was bowled by Dale Steyn for 31, which might not be enough to keep his place in the starting 11. Hussey followed with 30, caught by Kallis off a Harris bowl. Next to fall was debutant Andrew Mcdonald, who was caught by Boucher by Ntini. He got 15 runs, leaving Australia at 5/162, a troubled score. Clarke and Haddin then put on a 75 run partnership, steadying the score to 6/237. At the end of the day Australia are 6/267, with Michael Clarke (73) and Mitchell Johnson (17) at the crease.

Australia are still my favorite to win, and I think Clarke and Johnson will put on a 100 run+ partnership.
 

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South Africa are still on the backfoot, but are fighting back with Boucher and Morkel at the crease.

McDonald has been good on debut, snaring one wicket so far.

Even with wickets in hand, it will be difficult for South Africa to suprass 400.

Stranger things have happened...
 

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South Africa were bowled out for 327, with Mark Boucher making 89 and Amla with 51. Morkel also got 40. outscoring de Villiers (11), Duminy (13), and Kallis (37). The biggest partnership was 115 for the 7th wicket of Boucher and Morkel. Siddle struck 5 times, Johnson twice, debutant McDonald taking one, with the other wicket of de Villiers run out from a great Mitch Johnson throw. Out of Siddle's 27.5 overs, he got an outsdanding 11 maidens.

At the end of the third day Australia are at 0/33 with Hayden who is on on 18 and Katich with 9. They are at 5.66 an over which will be well enough to finish the game with a win.

At stumps Australia lead by 151 runs, with 2 days remaining.

Australia are favourites to win, but there is a little better odds on a draw.
 

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Day 4-
Australia started well, gaining 62 for the first wicket before Hayden fell for 39. Ponting came in, and got 53 which include 9 fours, before being dismissed after a 72 rune partnership with Simon Katich who fell shortly after for 61. Hussey and Clarke put on 76 before Clarke fell for 41, and Ponting declared, leaving Hussey stranded on 45.

South Africa needs 376 to win, with Australia declaring at 4/257. South Africa was given 26 overs that night, and tommorow to get the required total.

The proteas opened badly, achieving only 2 runs before Nightwatchmen Morne Morkel fell for a duck, making Australia's odds even higher to finish the seires with a win.

South Africa are at 1/62 at stumps, with Mckenzie at 25 and Amla with 30. Australia need to get 8 wickets tommorow, which is very likley, but, as we saw in test 1, South Africa are able to chase down high scores like 414, which is second highest successful chase second only to the West Indies against the world champions.
 
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