South Africa chose to bat first at the toss. Australia took the field under Tim Paine, their 46th Test captain. The Aussies made four changes including injured Mitchell Starc being ruled out. Chadd Sayers made his debut.
Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram made positive start to their innings. They put on 53 runs for the opening wicket. Nathan Lyon got Elgar’s wicket once again in the series. Markram took South Africa to lunch after scoring his half-century with Hashim Amla unbeaten alongside.
Markram and Amla added 89 runs. Amla’s off-form continued as he made only 27 runs. On the other hand, the youngster brought up his fourth Test hundred in 152 balls. It was his second century in this series.
Markram and AB de Villiers dominated the play for the third-wicket with 107-run stand. Markram set up his new highest score. He made 152 runs from 216 deliveries including 17 fours and a six. Pat Cummins sent him and his captain Faf du Plessis on consecutive balls.
Soon after, de Villiers became Sayers’ maiden Test wicket in the 84th over. de Villiers scored 69 off 119 with 7 fours and a six. Kagiso Rabada was dismissed a ball later.
Australians got themselves back in the game. However, Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock finished the day safely for the Proteas. Bavuma is unbeaten on 25*. Cummins has taken three wickets so far for the Aussies.
South Africa 313/6 in 88 overs (Markram 152, de Villiers 69; Cummins 3/53, Sayers 2/64)
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com