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2012South Africa battle towards draw
SYDNEY, Nov 13 (Agencies): South Africa's batsmen lived dangerously but survived long enough to creep within one run of making Australia bat again at tea on day five of the first Test in Brisbane.

The afternoon session was played out as a series of frenzied Australian appeals and grim South African occupation, Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla losing their wickets while Jacques Kallis flirted with dismissal more than once against a fiery James Pattinson, Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus.

In contrast to the problems posed by the pacemen, the spin bowler Nathan Lyon was clumped for 26 from his two overs, critical runs as the visitors seek to deprive Australia of the chance to chase a dramatic victory in the final session of the match. South Africa reached 3 for 114 at the interval, and another hour's stolid batting should be enough to ensure a stalemate.

Australia's captain Michael Clarke had declared with a lead of 115 after he reached the highest individual score in Tests at the Gabba. Michael Hussey made his century and Matthew Wade also hit out with some success as the hosts gave their opponents an awkward final day scenario to contend with.

Clarke's unbeaten 259 featured some rollicking shots on resumption, lofting drives down the ground and heaving over midwicket with plenty of force. Hussey's advance to a hundred was a little more edgy, and on 99 he escaped being LBW on South Africa's referral via the thinnest of edges picked up on Hot-Spot.

The pitch was starting to show the very first signs of deterioration, Morne Morkel extracting some variable bounce to strike Clarke in the ribs and on the back, while Vernon Philander gained some disconcerting seam movement. After Hussey lifted Morkel to cover - the first wicket to a bowler in 120 overs - Wade took his time getting in, and was beaten several times.

However once he had his sighter Wade unleashed a trio of rasping offside strokes, the first a drive that might have decapitated Rory Kleinveldt, and hurried Clarke towards his declaration.

South Africa's response to the scenario confronting them was uncertain. Pattinson found his rhythm and some early swing, and it was the combination of speed and movement that drew Alviro Petersen into an ambitious drive that resulted in a thin edge through to Wade. Smith battled through the session, snicking Siddle just short of the slips, and Amla was grateful for the third wicket off a no-ball in the match when he dragged Pattinson onto the stumps but was reprieved by Asad Rauf's referral.

The afternoon began with a tense and occasionally ill-tempered duel between Pattinson and Smith. Pattinson was irritated when Amla survived a caught behind appeal that was proven faulty by a decision review, and was further annoyed by Smith pulling away from one delivery as a bird flew across his eye-line. There was plenty of chatter over the next two overs before the bowler had the final say by coaxing a sliced drive that was well held by Rob Quiney in the gully.

At the other end Australia lost their second and final review when Hilfenhaus thought he had Kallis taken behind from an inside edge, but replays showed a large gap between bat and pad. The loss of the two referrals seemed costly when the hosts went up in unison for a caught behind appeal by Siddle against Amla, but again the video evidence of an edge was lacking.

Kallis survived another appeal from Siddle when avoiding a short ball that passed desperately close to his gloves, and Nathan Lyon's entry to the attack brought a brief flurry as both Kallis and Amla lofted down the ground with skill. Amla would lose his wicket shortly before tea when he pushed Siddle to Hussey at short cover, but it seemed at the interval that the South Africans had done enough to stave off the prospect of defeat.


News Updated at : Wednesday, November 14, 2012
 
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