Australia vs South Africa: 1st Test, Day 4 – As it happened...
Zee Media Bureau
Centurion: Live updates from Day 4 of the first Test match being played between Australia and South Africa.
South Africa, 2nd innings:
Over 50 || Score 146/6
Alex Doolan took another good catch at short leg to dismiss Duminy, who did spent some time at the crease, but hardly made an impact on the scoreboard. On the other hand, Johnson continued to intimidate Ryan McLaren who was hit on his right-year, off one of Johnson's snorters. The left-hander was finally dismissed off another short delivery which went past his past in a flash and was caught by haddin. Johnson is spitting fire once again, as South Africa find themselves in big big trouble with just four wickets remaining.
R McLaren c Haddin b Johnson 6 (19b)
JP Duminy c Doolan b Johnson 10 (60b)
Over 40 || Score 111/4
As they did in the first innings, AB de Villiers and JP Duminy are in the process of stitching another vital partnership for their team. These two have added unbeaten 14 runs in the last ten overs. South Africa need much more than that for sure.
Over 30 || Score 97/4
Just when Hashim Amla was looking all set to play a big knock, he went after a ball which had width on offer and was caught at second slip by Marsh. This was a big wicket for the Aussies as it also ended Amla's 48-run partnership with AB de Villiers. Now once again, AB's wicket is the key as JP Duminy has just walked to the crease.
HM Amla c Marsh b Harris 35 (71b)
Over 20 || Score 65/3
Lunch: Faf du Plessis was the third wicket to fall on Day 4 and he was dismissed by Peter Siddle. AB de Villiers is the new man in and a lot depends on this partnership now. Amla has played a patient knock so far and South Africa would desperately expect him to play a big knock, which is due from his willow for quite some time now.
F du Plessis lbw b Siddle 18 (47b )
Over 10 || Score 40/2
Mitchell Johnson was at his usual best as he dismissed both the South African openers for meagre totals. While Peterson edged a straight delivery to the keeper, Smith worked a length delivery straight to the man at short leg. The Proteas scoreboard had just 12 runs on the board when their two wickets fell. Amla was welcomed with a snorter by Mitchell Johnson but since then, Amla has played some superb shots on the off-side. Amla and du Plessis have added unbeaten 28 runs for the third-wicket partnership. South Africa still trail by 434 runs with four wickets remaining.
GC Smith c Doolan b Johnson 4 (10b)
AN Petersen c Haddin b Johnson 1 (9b)
Australia, 2nd innings:
Over 72.2 || Score 290/4d
South Africa had to wait for just 20 balls to get their first breakthrough of the day. Morkel and Steyn had showed positive signs and finally Marsh edged one to AB de Villiers. The declaration came immediately from Clarke who would want his seamers to capitalise on the seaming conditions. South Africa need 482 runs to win the match. Wouldn't be easy against Johnson & Co.
SE Marsh c de Villiers b Steyn 44 (84b)
Australia have dominated the first Test on all three days and while they have a massive lead of 479 runs, they might look to declare after scoring some quick runs in the first session on Day 4.
The Proteas were pathetic on the field on Day 3, as a result of which David Warner slammed yet another century and was involved in a record 205-run partnership for the second wicket with Alex Doolan who missed his much deserved maiden Test ton on debut by 11 runs. Shaun Marsh was batting on 44 when the day was called off and the left-hander would be responsible to score quick runs with skipper Clarke who is unbeaten on 17.
South Africa on the other hand would be eagerly waiting for the declaration as their bowlers and fielders had a tiring day on the field on Day 3. Three catches were dropped and Philander also missed an opportunity to run-out Warner. The hosts are anyways on the backfoot as Aussies lead by 479 runs.