|Dale Steyn (from left), Robin Peterson, Faf du Plessis and Graeme Smith
celebrate the wicket of Brad Haddin, in Port Elizabeth, on Sunday. (Reuters)
Calcutta / Port Elizabeth: Dale Steyn produced a ferocious spell of fast bowling to inspire South Africa to a crushing 231-run victory over Australia in fading light, on the fourth day of the second Test on Sunday.
With rain predicted for Monday, Steyn charged in and took four wickets, including the key scalp of Australia captain Michael Clarke, as the tourists lost 10 wickets for 90 runs having looked comfortable at 126 without loss chasing a record 448 for victory.
Steyn took three wickets for four runs in 15 balls to break through the Australian resistance.
The Proteas had taken the extra half-hour in their bid to win the match ahead of the predicted storms on Monday. There were only two balls left when part-time spinner, Dean Elgar — the seamers could not bowl in rapidly fading light — dismissed last man Nathan Lyon leg before wicket.
South Africa took nine wickets after tea to level the three-match series at St George’s Park on Sunday.
Set to make 448 to win, Australia were bowled out for 216 after South Africa claimed the extra half hour with Australia seven down at the scheduled close. South Africa took four top order wickets for four runs shortly after tea to swing the game in their favour. Fast bowler Dale Steyn took four of the wickets that fell after tea to finish with four for 55.
Chris Rogers and David Warner put on 126 for the first wicket, scoring at more than four runs an over, and Rogers then fought a lone battle before being the ninth man out, run out for 107.
Part-time off-spinner JP Duminy made the breakthrough when he trapped Warner leg before wicket for a sparkling 66, made off 73 balls.
The scoring rate slowed but Australia still looked comfortable at 141 for one at tea. Alex Doolan struggled for more than an hour, scoring only five runs off 43 balls before he was caught at first slip off Morne Morkel.
Shaun Marsh, who made 148 and 44 in the first Test in Centurion, was out first ball, trapped in front by a full delivery from Vernon Philander.
It completed a “pair” for the left-hander, who faced only two balls in the first innings.
Steyn claimed the key wicket of Clarke, who edged one low to second slip, where Faf du Plessis held a good catch, tumbling to his right.
Steyn, who was gaining reverse swing, had Steve Smith leg before with a full delivery, which swung in to the right-hander. Ten runs later, Steyn’s fast reverse swing sent Brad Haddin’s middle stump flying.
Mitchell Johnson stayed long enough to see Rogers to his century but became a fourth lbw victim. Philander’s appeal was turned down by umpire Richard Illingworth but South Africa sought a review which showed the ball was hitting leg stump.
Earlier, Hashim Amla completed his 21st Test century — and his fifth against Australia — and finished on 127 not out when Smith declared at 270 for five. South Africa added 78 runs in 17 overs on Sunday. Quinton de Kock (34) was the only batsman dismissed.
Amla , who was 93 not out overnight, hit 16 boundaries in a 176-ball innings.