Australia vs South Africa, 2nd Test: Skipper Smith slams ton after Morkel takes five-for on day 2

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SOUTH AFRICA Over: 67 II Score: 217/2 (Smith 111*, Rudolph 25*)

Led by captain Graeme Smith, who scored a century, South Africa have begun well in response to Australia’s first innings total of 550/10. The day belonged to the visiting team as they first picked the remaining six Oz wicket for just 68 runs. Morne Morkel took 5/146. By the end of the third day’s play, South Africa had lost two wickets (Peterson and Amla) with Smith and Rudolph still batting.
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SOUTH AFRICA Over: 60 II Score: 197/2 (Smith 102*, Rudolph 14*)

Graeme Smith has completed his 26th Test century. He reached the milestone with a boundary of Nathan Lyon. South Africa lost their second wicket in Hashim Amla who was stumped by Wade after he charged down the track for a drive but missed it giving ample time to the keeper to dislodge the bails. He scored 11 (26b, 4X2).
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SOUTH AFRICA Over: 49 II Score: 163/1 (Smith 83*, Amla 10*)

Australia managed to get a breakthrough after a rookie mistake from Alviro Peterson saw him being run out after a direct hit from Michael Hussey shattered the stumps as he didn’t drag his bat in on time. He scored 54 (112b, 4X7).
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SOUTH AFRICA (AT TEA) Over: 35 II Score: 117/0 (Smith 57*, Peterson 47*)

Openers Grame Smith and Alviro Peterson have begun the reply to Australian’s first innings total on a strong note completing a hundred-run partnership for the first wicket. Skipper Smith has completed his half-century while Peterson is just three runs away from the milestone.
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Earlier, South Africa wasted no time in wrapping up the Australian tail on the second day of the Adelaide Test on Friday. The hosts, who had a field day on the opening day of the second Test, were posted 550/10 in their first innings as Morne Morkel took five wickets.

The visitors faced four overs before the lunch was taken without any damage.

In a stark contrast to the Oz innings on the first day when they scored 482/5, the Proteas took their remaining five wickets while giving away just 68 runs.

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