Rain delays play on day five of Test

2011-11-21 11:14

Persistent overnight and early morning rain meant that there was no play during the first session on day five of the second Sunfoil test between South Africa and Australia at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium.

The overhead conditions cleared during the course of the morning. The players took an early lunch and 70 overs are scheduled to be bowled.

Australia will resume their fourth innings run chase on 142/3, needing a further 168 to win the game and square the series and will be joined by captain Michael Clarke. They are Australia’s two best batsmen and Australia’s chances of victory rest upon their shoulders.

Ponting, who has been under pressure to justify his place in the team, is well placed on 54 off 104 balls. He has hurt South Africa twice before with fourth innings centuries, in Cape Town in 2002 and Sydney in 2006.

South Africa need to take seven wickets or a draw to seal their first series win against Australia at home since readmission.

For Australia to win, they will have to go past the 294/8 they overhauled in 2006, which is the highest fourth innings total that has been chased down at the Wanderers.

The Aussies bowled their hosts out for 339, with Hashim Amla making 105 and teenage fast bowler Pat Cummins completing an impressive debut with 6/79 and match figures of 7/117.

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