Australia vs South Africa, 3rd Test, Day 2 – As it happened...
Khawaja was top-scorer for Australia with an innings of 138 not-out.
New Delhi: STUMPS on Day 2! Australia have been emphatic throughout the 102 overs. Usman Khawaja will head into Day 3 not out on 138 with Mitchell Starc in company. Steve Smith and Peter Handscomb had good cameos too with their respective half centuries. Day 3 first session will be tricky again but Proteas will be determined to wrap-up the Aussies before Tea.
OVER 100 | SCORE 305/5 (Khawaja 136, Starc 16)
300 up for Australia, Khawaja and night watchman Starc hope to hold on until stumps.
OVER 90 | SCORE 281/5 (Khawaja 129, Maddinson 0)
Kyle Abbott picks up his third! It seemed like he is the only Proteas bowler good enough to take wickets today but then Rabada clean bowled Nic Maddinson. Australia now have a lead over 20 runs.
PSP Handscomb b Abbott 54 (78b)
NJ Maddinson b Rabada 0 (12b
OVER 79 | SCORE 241/3 (Khawaja 119, Handscomb 35)
Hardly any trouble for the Australians post dinner. Khawaja and Handscomb progress with confidence. Du Plesis will will be looking to make the new ball work, which will be available after one over.
OVER 70 | SCORE 209/3 (Khawaja 108, Handscomb 14)
200 up for Australia as play halts for Dinner. What an effort from Usman Khawaja to complete his 5th Test 100. The session clearly goes to Australia who have been in-charge of the situation for quite a while.
— ICC (@ICC) November 25, 2016
OVER 63 | SCORE 178/3 (Khawaja 91, Handscomb 0)
An absolute gift to South Africa! Mix-up between Khawaja an Smith costs the latter his wicket. Run-out provides the visitors their 3rd wicket of the day.
SPD Smith run out 59 (113b)
OVER 56 | SCORE 155/2 (Khawaja 70, Smith 57)
Skipper Steve Smith also completes his fifty. Terrific effort from the pair as they continue guiding Australia towards comfort. South African bowlers really striving for wickets in the post-tea phase.
OVER 50 | SCORE 137/2 (Khawaja 67, Smith 42)
100-run partnership between Khawaja and Smith completed as Australians take charge of the situation in Adelaide. Faf du Plesis trying different combinations but remains unsuccessful to really test the current batting pair.
OVER 41 | SCORE 109/2 (Khawaja 58, Smith 23)
Usman Khawaja's slow but solid half-century and captain Steve Smith's sensible batting leave the game evenly poised at TEA on Day 2.
OVER 33 | SCORE 76/2 (Khawaja 39, Smith 12)
Khawaja-Smith start to build a partnership as Du Plesis brings in Shamsi in attack to partner Philander.
OVER 25 | SCORE 44/2 (Khawaja 17, Smith 2)
Warner couldn't trouble the Proteas this time, Abbott strikes again to pick his second wicket of the day. Aussies feeling the heat suddenly.
DA Warner c Elgar b Abbott 11 (25b)
OVER 20 | SCORE 32/1 (Khawaja 8, Warner 10)
Debutant Renshaw fails to make the opportunity count, falls to Abbott after third umpire had to intervene as the ball looked to have fumbled out of Elgar's hands and touch the ground. Warner comes out to bat after Day 1 hiccup.
MT Renshaw c Elgar b Abbott 10 (46b)
OVER 15 | SCORE 19/0 (Renshaw 10, Khawaja 6)
No early setbacks for Australian openers (so far), Renshaw and Khawaja, who continue to opt cautious approach in this early phase of first session at Adelaide.
Debutant Matt Renshaw along with makeshift opener Usman Khawaja, who usually bats at No. 3, started the Australia's proceedings with the bat on Day 1 after South African captain Faf du Plesis declared innings when the visitors were 259/9.
David Warner, who had just returned to the field after receiving treatment for a shoulder complaint, was not eligible to open the innings for the hosts as he was required to spend 6 minutes more on field before it was Australia's turn to open the innings.
On Day 1, it was an exceptional knock of 118 by Du Plesis along with a 40-run innings by opener Steve Cook which guided the Proteas to 259, amid some breathtaking display of bowling by the Aussie seamers who ripped through the visitors batsmen throughout the day.
Mitchell Starc with 2, Josh Hazlewood with 4, Jackson Bird with 2 and Nathan Lyon with 1 were among wickets for the hosts.
All in all, it was a fairly even day's play after South Africa won the toss and opted to bat. The pitch had enough swing to offer for the pacers, who did make the most of the conditions barring Faf's incredible ton.
The tourists, who looked shaken up for most part of the match, recovered later on thanks to their skipper's heroics.
Hazlewood was undoubtedly Australia's star with the ball with a 4-wicket-haul.
Faf, with his bold decision to declare innings while Warner was out, was thinking of picking up a couple of wickets by stumps but couldn't execute his plan then. His side still has the opportunity to execute it in the first session.