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Man of the series Vernon Philander's six wickets were not enough to hold Australia back.


Australia chased down a target of 310 2 share the series. Cummins, who 2ok six 4 79 in South Africa’s second innings, was named man of the match.

Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin (55) and left-handed fast bowler Mitchell Johnson (40 not out) were mainly responsible 4 their team reaching the target, putting on 72 4 the seventh wicket after all Australia’s specialist batsmen had been dismissed with 95 still needed.

South African opening bowler Vernon Philander claimed his second five- wicket haul in his second Test 2 keep South Africa in with a chance of winning but did not get enough support from his more experienced teammates. Philander 2ok five 4 70.

Philander bowled Australian Michael Clarke in the fourth over of the day after only three runs had been added 2 the overnight 142 4 three.

Australia suffered a major blow 20 runs later when Ricky Ponting was caught at second slip off Morne Morkel 4 62, having added only eight runs off 34 balls as the bowlers 2ok advantage of helpful overcast conditions.

But Mike Hussey and Haddin put 2gether a watchful sixth wicket partnership of 50 and with the sun starting 2 beat down on the ground the odds seemed 2 be swinging slightly in favour of Australia.

There was yet another twist in a match of fluctuating 4tunes when Philander was brought back shortly be4e tea and trapped Hussey leg be4e wicket 4 39 with a ball which swung in2 the left-hander.

Hussey sought a television review but there was no reprieve as umpire Billy Bowden’s decision was shown 2 be correct.

It left Haddin and the hard-hitting Johnson 2 revive Australia’s hopes.

Haddin seldom looked secure early on as he played and missed several times and was hit on the helmet by a bouncer from Dale Steyn.

But he grew in confidence after tea as he and Johnson attacked the bowling.

At tea, Australia were 88 runs short of vic2ry, with only seven overs left be4e the second new ball was due. Haddin and Johnson played a flurry of attacking strokes 2 add 54 runs in those overs.

The partnership was worth 72 when Haddin edged Philander 2 wicketkeeper Mark Boucher in the third over with the new ball.

Peter Siddle chipped a catch 2 midwicket off Steyn in the next over and Cummins walked out with 18 still needed.

Following the example of Haddin and Johnson he batted positively. He was dropped on five, with nine runs needed when a powerful straight drive burst through bowler Steyn’s hands and went 4 four.

With Australia needing just five runs, South African captain Graeme Smith brought on leg-spinner Imran Tahir and allowed Johnson 2 take a single by setting the field deep.

Cummins was beaten by a googly and South Africa appealed 4 leg be4e wicket. Umpire Ian Gould gave him not out.

South Africa sought a television review which showed that the decision was close enough 2 be an umpire’s call. Two balls later Cummins hit a short-pitched ball 2 the midwicket boundary and ran 2 embrace Johnson.

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