Morkels Superb Play Secures A lead For The Proteas

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A successive four-day victory over Australia at PPC Newlands, secured a lead of 2-1 for the Proteas in the Sunfoil test series.

Morne Morkels was the hero of these four-day match as he got a 10-wicket haul, making it easy for South Africa to confidently get a lead in the series.

He took 5/23, including two wickets off successive balls, to go with his 4/87 in the first innings to give him a career-best 9/110 in the match. It was the first time he had taken 9 wickets in a Test match. He was named Sunfoil Man of the Match.

following the half centuriesby Quinton de Kock (65 off 97 balls, 8 fours and a six) and and Vernon Philander 952 not out off 79 balls, 6 fours and a six) the Australians were set an improbable world record of 430 for victory following second innings.

This means the proteas followed their 199 for the last four wickets in the previous Test in Port Elizabeth with 173 for the last 5 wickets this time out.

The Proteas margin of victory of 322 runs was their second largest in terms of runs margin being beaten only by the 323-runs margin in the last pre-unity series in 1970.

The Aussies seemed distracted after the ball tempering saga that cause Smith to step down as the Captain of the Australian team.

The Proteas now head to the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, 30 March 2018, for the final Sunfoil Test of the series with a 2-1 lead and the chance to score their first home series victory over Australia since unity.