3rd Test, Day 3: South Africa vs Australia - As it happened...
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Australia, 2nd innings:
Over 6 || Score 27/0
Australia have scored 27 runs in the first six overs, 25 of which have come from Warner's bat and he looked brutal, as he has throughout the series. So the Aussies now lead by 234 runs with ten wickets in hand. With two more days remaining, that lead could be decisive, but we never know considering the way South Africa have fought from precarious situations in recent times.
David Warner 25* (17b) Chris Rogers 1* (19b)
South Africa, 1st innings:
Over 82.5 || Score 287/10
As a result of some brilliant bowling, the hosts have been bundled out for 287 runs, conceding a 207-run lead to the Aussies!
Shane Watson picked his first wicket of the match when a short of a length delivery uprooted Abbott's off-stump. Dale Steyn came to crease amid a standing ovation from the crowd and was courageous enough to score five boundaries without being intimidated. Steyn was finally dismissed by Johnson, when Steyn ducked under a short ball and was caught at slips. Pattinson picked the final wicket as Morkel was caught at first slip by Shane Watson.
M Morkel c Watson b Pattinson 7 (9b)
DW Steyn c Watson b Johnson 28 (27b)
KJ Abbott b Watson 3 (25b)
Over 70 || Score 244/7
Johnson got the much-needed breakthrough for the Aussies when he bowled a length delivery, du Plessis went after it and it flew towards gully where Warner takes a good low catch. That wicket would have been a huge relief for the Aussies as they managed to break the 95-run partnership for the seventh wicket. Philander is looking comfortable at the crease and the team expect him to face most of the deliveries now that the tail has been exposed. Kyle Abbot is the new man in. South Africa now trail by 250 runs with three wickets in hand.
F du Plessis c Warner b Johnson 67 (171m 135b)
Over 60 || Score 207/6
Faf du Plessis and Philander continue to impress with their resilience. Not to forget, the hosts were 146/6 at one stage and these two, especially Philander, have batted out of their skin to rescue their team out of the slump to a certain extent. Having said that, South Africa still trail by 287 runs with four wickets in hand. Du Plessis is now just three runs short of another stupendous half-century.
Faf Du Plessis 47* (108b) Vernon Philander 20* (57b)
Over 50 || Score 176/6
Faf du Plessis and Philander are trying their best to take this game as far as possible. These two made sure the hosts didn't lose any more wickets in the last ten overs, even though the runs have dried up. 30 runs have been scored in the last ten overs and Australia still are in commanding position.
Over 40 || Score 146/6
South Africa continued to wobble as Australia continue to pick wickets. The visitors have managed to scalp the big fish – AB de Villiers – who was lured by a length delivery and Michael Clarke at second slip did no mistake to take a clean catch. JP Duminy was the sixth wicket to fall as he edged one to the keeper. South Africa trail by 348 runs with just four wickets in hand. Faf du Plessis is joined by Vernon Philander at the crease.
JP Duminy c Haddin b Harris 4 (8b)
AB de Villiers c Clarke b Johnson 14 (37b)
Over 30 || Score 124/4
Aussies are strengthening their command over the game by picking wickets at regular intervals. Johnson ended Petersen's fluent innings when the latter was surprised with a short one which was aimed at his rib cage, he awkwardly edged it to the keeper. The hosts suffered another massive blow when Hashim Amla was dismissed by Harris, who has been brilliant today with his line and length. Faf du Plessis and Ab are the two new batsmen at the crease, and they need to build in another strong partnership here.
HM Amla b Harris 38 (52b)
AN Petersen c Haddin b Johnson 53 (62b)
Over 20 || Score 89/2
Australia lost another wicket when Brad Haddin took a brilliant catch behind the stumps diving to his right off Pattinson's delivery. South Africa have scored runs at pace in the last ten overs (58), as Alviro Petersen reached his half-century off just 49 balls. Petersen played some superb strokes off the Australian pacers and his quick runs have somewhat covered up for the 31 runs which were scored in the first ten overs by the hosts.
D Elgar c Haddin b Pattinson 11 (20b)
Over 10 || Score 31/1
Graeme Smith's forgettable series continued when he was dismissed by Ryan Harris in the fifth over of the innings. It has been a slow start by South Africa after Australia declared their first innings at 494 and they still have a mammoth task ahead of them.
GC Smith c Haddin b Harris 5 (24m 19b)
South Africa is on the backfoot following the brilliant ton by Australian skipper Michael Clarke on Day 2. At the start of the Day three of the Test, Australia will try to capitalise on the magnificent batting by scoring some quick runs before declaring the innings. South Africa on the other hand will try hard not to lose wickets and trail Australia`s mammoth total.
Newlands: Australian captain Michael Clarke hit an unbeaten 161 to guide his team to a strong position on the second day of the third and final Test against South Africa at Newlands on Sunday. Australia were 494 for seven when rain brought an early tea. Part-time off-spinner JP Duminy claimed Test-best figures of four for 73, taking three wickets after lunch as Australia went for quick runs. Australia added 103 runs for the loss of Steve Smith`s wicket on a chilly, windy morning and added another 60 runs in 13.4 overs after lunch before rain stopped play.