Temba Bavuma joined in the fun of piling the misery on Australia in the fourth and final Test, but he was left stranded on 95* as South Africa were dismissed for 488 in their first innings.
Bavuma returned from a long injury lay off during the third Test in Cape Town – but his contribution was insignificant.
While many backed him to come good at the ground where he has played most of his domestic cricket, he still had a few doubters.
South Africa were already well poised in the match with Aiden Markram setting the tone with a century on day one.
The Proteas were in no hurry to declare, though, with plenty of time left in the match. The lower order pottered along – under Bavuma’s tutelage – and he looked on course to notch up the second Test century of his career.
He dug in his heels – with just one run off 49 balls int he morning session.
With Keshav Maharaj, the pair combined for a 76 partnership, with Maharaj swinging wildly and Bavuma finding his own rhythm.
But Maharaj had one swing too many and was dismissed, with Morkel following soon after and Bavuma was left stranded on 95* – the agony on Twitter was real.
— Bheki Ronald Mkhonza (@sbh3kza) March 31, 2018
Heh. The way Maharaj is playing, he may reach his 100 before Bavuma does. And everytime Maharaj plays his shot, I'm sure Bavuma has his heart in his mouth.
— Karunakaran (@kskarun) March 31, 2018
Maharaj was going too wild, good knock but eish Bavuma needs support
— Waseefa (@Cfa89) March 31, 2018
Agggg Maharaj is out .Now Morkel is the one that needs to help Bavuma to get his 100 #SAvAUS
— Catalan (@CpheDexter) March 31, 2018
— Szietar (@Szietar) March 31, 2018
Temba bavuma, what a player! Gutted for him but still an awesome knock #SAvsAUS
— Jess Lewis (@jesslewis1994) March 31, 2018
— uLicky Lick (@Boujwazee) March 31, 2018
BAVUMA DESERVED A CENTURY ??????????? pic.twitter.com/NweHwMnLp9
— Yaa Asentewaa ? (@Rose_Bud_Doll) March 31, 2018
Amper, maar nie stamper nie? Bavuma
— uSiya® (@usiya) March 31, 2018
— Thembani Moyo (@realthembani) March 31, 2018
Ao Morkel bathong! How could he do that with Bavuma on 95? All he had to do is survive he didn't have to play that ball at all! Ag retire already #SAvsAUS
— Sphola (@siphosmit) March 31, 2018
What a knock from Temba Bavuma, after all the criticism he held it down today. Well done lad @tbavuma10 ???
— Thabae (@ThabiPheko) March 31, 2018
241 runs added while Bavuma was at the crease. This is what he does.
— . (@thentshingila) March 31, 2018
— Shankurah (@SarahMthembu2) March 31, 2018