South African bowlers especially Kagiso Rabada hurled hard against Australian batting line up pushing the visitors to gain a slender lead of 41 runs at stumps of day three at the St. George’s Park in Port Elizabeth. Australia will resume the day four with 5 wickets in hand at the score of 180.
Rabada stunted top three of the Australian order, David Warner, Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh; toiling Khawaja rescued his side after they tumbled down at the score 86 runs for the loss of 4 wickets.
Khawaja’s 75 came off 136 deliveries containing 14 fours. Rest of them could not attach into the wicket in front of firing pace and bounce from Rabada and Ngidi.
Earlier in the South African innings, AB de Villiers produced one of his career best hundred boosting the hosts stead past 350 runs. Eventually the Proteas completed their first innings at the score of 382 runs, some 139 runs ahead of the Australian first innings.
Two more half centuries from Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla helped South Africa toned up the innings in contrast of Australia’s first innings of 243 runs.
For Australia, Pat Cummins claimed 3 while Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Marsh picked up 2 wickets each.
Australia 1st innings 243 all out
David Warner 63, Cameron Bancroft 38, Tim Paine 36
Kagiso Rabada 5/96, Lungi Ngidi 3/51, Vernon Philander 2/25
Watch AB De Villiers innings here-
South Africa 1st innings 382 all out
AB de Villiers 126, Dean Elgar 57, Hashim Amla 56
Pat Cummins 3/79, Josh Hazlewood 2/98, Mitchell Marsh 2/26
Australia 2nd innings 180/5 (63 overs)
Usman Khawaja 74, Mitchell Marsh 39*, Tim Paine 5*
Kagiso Rabada 3/38, Keshav Maharaj 1/70, Lungi Ngidi 1/21
Australia leading by 41 runs.