Graeme Smith survived two close calls to post his 26th test century and guide South Africa's comeback Friday after Morne Morkel's five-wicket haul swiftly stemmed Australia's run flow in the second cricket test.
South Africa reached stumps at 217-2 on day two in reply to Australia's first innings of 550, with Smith unbeaten on 111 and Jacques Rudolph on 25. The tourists were in a radically better position than they were at stumps the previous day, when Australia posted its second-highest first-day score of 482-5.
Morkel triggered Australia's tailend collapse when he bowled Michael Clarke for 230 and finished with 5-146. The Australians added only 68 in 21 overs before being dismissed just before lunch on Friday.
Australia, 1st Innings
David Warner c Smith b Morkel 119
Ed Cowan c and b Kallis 10
Rob Quiney c Smith b Morkel 0
Ricky Ponting b Kallis 4
Michael Clarke b Morkel 230
Mike Hussey b Steyn 103
Matthew Wade c de Villiers b Morkel 6
Peter Siddle c Smith b Kleinveldt 6
James Pattinson c Smith b Steyn 42
Ben Hilfenhaus c Kleinveldt b Morkel 0
Nathan Lyon not out 7
Extras: (11lb,1w,11nb) 23
TOTAL: (all out) 550.
Fall of wickets: 1-43, 2-44, 3-55, 4-210, 5-482, 6-494, 7-501, 8-503, 9-504, 10-550.
Bowling: Dale Steyn 23.4-4-79-2, Morne Morkel 30-5-146-5, Jacques Kallis 3.3-1-19-2, Rory Kleinveldt 20.1-4-81-1 (1w 6nb), Imran Tahir 23-0-180-0 (5nb), Faf du Plessis 7-0-34-0.
South Africa, 1st Innings
Graeme Smith not out 111
Alviro Petersen run out (Hussey) 54
Hashim Amla st Wade b Warner 11
Jacques Rudolph not out 25
Extras: (7b,2nb,3w,4nb) 16
TOTAL: (for two wickets) 217
Fall of wickets: 1-138, 2-169.
Still to bat: AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, Jacques Kallis, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Rory Kleinveldt, Imran Tahir.
Bowling: Ben Hilfenhaus 12-4-36-0, James Pattinson 8-0-40-0 (4nb,1w), Nathan Lyon 24-2-53-0, Peter Siddle 12-3-34-0, Michael Clarke 3-0-10-0, Mike Hussey 1-0-7-0 (2w), David Warner 5-0-27-0, Rob Quiney 2-1-1-0.
Toss: won by Australia.
Umpires: Billy Bowden, New Zealand, and Richard Kettleborough, England.
TV Umpire: Asad Rauf, Pakistan. Match Referee: Ranjan Madugalle, Sri Lanka.