Duminy’s Record 180-Run Ninth-Wicket Stand With Steyn Puts South Africa In Pole Position After Third Day’s Play

Jean Paul Duminy stood tall with his maiden Test century to resurrect South Africa’s first innings to 459 against Australia on the third day’s play in the Boxing Day Test at the MCG here on Sunday. At the close of play, Australia were four for no loss with Matthew Hayden on one and Simon Katich two as South Africa lead by 61 runs.
It was a day when Australia flopped and allowed South Africa to recover stunningly riding on a sublime 166 from Duminy, who also played a crucial role with a match winning half-century in the first Test.

Dale Steyn (76) and Paul Harris (39) gave the left-handed batsman exceptional support that literally took the game away from the Australians, who had the visitors on the mat at 198 for seven on the second day. South Africa expected a miracle on the third day and Duminy weaved his magic to take his team to a position of strength against the listless world champions.
With Brett Lee, unable to bowl due to a sore left foot, Ricky
Ponting had an inexperienced bowling attack to rely on. But it was Duminy’s irritating stand with the tail that pained the Australians more than Lee’s absence. First it was the 67-run stand with Harris that reduced the threat of follow on and then the courageous 180-run stand with Steyn for the ninth wicket put the Proteas in command.
During the brave ninth wicket stand, which was the third-highest in history, Du
miny stayed calm while Steyn battled the pain of a stinging blow on each hand to frustrate the home side. Duminy played a matured innings and got his century by cutting Siddle through gully for four.