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Proteas level series with Australia

South Africa put a sensational 231 run victory to level the Test series in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.

South Africa put a sensational 231-run victory to level the Test series in Port Elizabeth on Sunday. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Proteas fought hard to level the Test series 1-1 with Australia after a sensational 231 run victory in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.

Graeme Smith declared 40 minutes before lunch, setting Australia's 448 for victory.

The visitors made a great start after David Warner and Chris Rogers put on an opening stand of 126.

But they remarkably lost 10 wickets for 90 runs after a mesmerising spell of reverse swing bowling from Dale Steyn to slump to victory.

Dean Elgar trapped Nathan Lyon LBW to seal the victory.

Smith says that the impending bad weather didn't play a role in how they played.

"I still believe that there will be enough time to get at least two sessions of playing from the information that I have been given. Composure and character was certainly something we needed and once we got the ball reverse swing we were right in the game."

Smith says that he and the coaching staff fortunately timed their declaration perfectly in the end.

"As soon as you start to draw on your years of experience and the many ups and downs that you have been through and you try and respond and come up with ideas that are fresh. We created few chances in this game and ultimately we scored 28 wickets."