Australia vs South Africa, 1st Test, Day 2 – As it happened...
Major blow for South Africa as Dale Steyn has been ruled out of the series with a fractured right shoulder.
Perth: Cricket score and updates from Day 2 of the first Test match between Australia and South Africa being played at Western Australia Cricket Association Ground.
SOUTH AFRICA 2ND INNINGS
OVER 40 | SCORE 104/2 (Elgar 46, Duminy 34)
Much better performance from South Africa as compared to the first innings. Elgar and Duminy put in a 59 run partnership before stumps on Day 2. Day 3 first session will be tricky for the visitors but if they pass through it, they will stand real chances of winnings the 1st Test.
OVER 30 | SCORE 77/2 (Elgar 39, Duminy 22)
Elgar-Duminy put on 34 runs for 3rd wicket partnership. Hazlewood-Starc the new combination being tried by skipper Steve Smith for Australia.
OVER 21 | SCORE 49/2 (Elgar 27, Duminy 4)
After a decent stand off by opening batsmen, Cook and Amla sent back by Siddle and Hazlewood respectively. JP Duminy comes in to partner Dean Elgar in the middle.
HM Amla b Hazlewood 1 (7b)
SC Cook c SE Marsh b Siddle 12 (55b)
OVER 12 | SCORE 29/0 (Cook 11, Elgar 13)
Australian bowlers still striving for their first wicket of the day. Siddle, Marsh attacking since start but the South African openers look like they are here to stay.
OVER 5 | SCORE 11/0 (Cook 4, Elgar 6)
Cautious start for South Africa, who lead Australia by 9 runs in 2nd innings. The match already looks like a 4-dayer.
AUSTRALIA 1ST INNINGS
OVER 70.3 | SCORE 244/10 (Siddle 18*)
Australia bowled out with a lead of just 2 runs. Terrific fight back by South Africa who were once being smashed left-right-centre by David Warner and Shaun Marsh. Aussies barely put up a partnership since the departure of their openers.
NM Lyon c Elgar b Philander 0 (2b)
JR Hazlewood c Duminy b Philander 4 (5b)
PM Nevill c Amla b Maharaj 23 (53b)
MA Starc c du Plessis b Maharaj 0 (5b)
AC Voges c & b Rabada 27 (60b)
OVER 60 | SCORE 200/5 (Voges 25*, Nevill 4*)
200 up for Australia and it is rather surprising to see them 5 wickets in process considering they were 158 for no loss at one stage. Can the South Africans continue clinching wickets?
OVER 52 | SCORE 188/5 (Voges 11*, Nevill 2*)
Philander with another one to his name. Mitch Marsh gone for duck. South Africa rally back by picking wickets at regular intervals.
MR Marsh lbw b Philander 0 (8b)
OVER 46.5 | SCORE 168/4 (Voges 10*)
Another set batsman, Shaun Marsh falls to Vernon Philander. Trapped plum in front of the stumps LBW. Lunch taken straight away.
SE Marsh lbw b Philander 63 (148b)
OVER 42 | SCORE 168/3 (Marsh 61, Voges 0*)
Immensely productive phase for South Africa to claim three wickets including the big one of the danger-man David Warner. Debutant Maharaja meanwhile, got his maiden Test wicket - removing Aussie captain Steve Smith for a duck.
SPD Smith lbw b Maharaj 0 (4b)
UT Khawaja b Rabada 4 (17b)
DA Warner c Amla b Steyn 97 (100b)
OVER 30 | SCORE 133/0 (Warner 82, Marsh 44)
Philander-Steyn continue their spell despite failure to make the most of early morning conditions in WACA. Warner, Marsh racing towards their century and half-century respectively.
OVER 25 | SCORE 116/0 (Warner 75, Marsh 38)
Wicketless South Africa struggling for success against the Aussie duo of Daivd Warner and Shaun Marsh.
David Warner and Shaun Marsh put the hosts in total control on the opening day, where they added unbeaten 105-run stand for the opening wicket.
Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood left South Africa wobbling as they picked wickets at regular intervals. Starc struck in the first over itself where he removed right-hander Stephen Cook for a duck. Hazlewood then got the big fish, as he scalped Hashim Amla (0) in the fourth over of the innings.
The two seamers hunted in pair and the Proteas were left in tatters, with the scoreboard reading 5/81 at one stage. It was then that Temba Bavuma (51) and Quinton de Kock resurrected the innings with a praiseworthy 71-run stand for the sixth wicket. De Kock, in particular, looked very impressive during his 101-ball 84.
Starc and Hazlewood were the pick of the bowlers for Australia as they picked four and three wickets respectively. Nathan Lyon picked two wickets while Peter Siddle grabbed one on comeback.
In reply, Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander proved to be no show as the two Australian left-handers dictated proceedings with a flurry of stupendous shots. In the last over of the day bowled by Keshav Maharaj, Warner hit three boundaries.
The highlight of Warner's knock was a six he hit against Steyn, where he lost balance, but the timing was good enough to sail the ball over wide third man.
At stumps on Day 1, Warner had cruised to 73 off just 62 balls and he was very well supported by Marsh, who remained unbeaten on 29.