Harris takes two wickets in three balls to seal series by 2-1
CAPE TOWN: Australia sealed the series by 2-1 with the third test victory over world's No.1-ranked side, South Africa at Newlands, Cape Town on Wednesday, ARY News reported.
Australian pacer Ryan Harris, who finished with 4 for 32 from 24.3 overs ook two wickets in three balls to win the Newlands Test with only 4.3 overs to spare.
While chasing 511, it seemed that South Africa might just pull off one last draw for Graeme Smith in his farewell test.
On the last day, South Africa scored only 194 runs in 93.3 overs.
As the fifth day of Australia-South Africa test wasn't about the runs as South Africa could have batted until day seven and not reached their target of 511.
It was simply a question of wickets – could Australia claim the six they needed throughout the day.
AB De Villiers was laborious but effective for South Africa's purposes, using up 326 minutes and 228 balls for his 43.
Later the day, Vernon Philander and Dale Steyn batted together for 75 minutes as Australia sought the two remaining wickets they needed for victory and as the shadows grew longer, the looks on the faces of Michael Clarke and his men became more desperate.
With five overs left, Clarke asked Harris for one last effort and he delivered, yorking Steyn first ball and then slipping one past Morne Morkel's bat two balls later to clatter the off stump and deliver a 245-run win, and a 2-1 series success.
Mitchell Johnson picked up three wickets but Harris was the man who delivered when it mattered most, including by getting rid of the stonewalling AB de Villiers after lunch.
David Warner for making tons in both the inning was announced as the Man of the match for the third and final test.
The two teams will play three T20s which will be played on March 9, March 12 and March 14.