Australia chose to bat first after winning the toss. Success came very soon for the hosts after the start of play with Vernon Philander getting the wicket of Cameron Bancroft. Usman Khawaja nicked Kagiso Rabada on 14.
David Warner batted his way to a half-century. He made 79-ball 51 runs with 6 fours. He was sent back by Philander just before the lunch which put the Aussies on the backfoot.
Skipper Steve Smith added 56 runs stand with Shaun Marsh. Smith scored 56 runs on his outing with the bat. Keshav Maharaj struck just as the partnership was building on. The left-hander also got rid of Marsh, who made 40.
Mitchell Marsh and Tim Paine made sure Australia don’t lose any further wickets in the day. Bad light stopped the play at Kingsmead. The play was called off for the day.
Younger Marsh, Mitchell is unbeaten on 77-ball 32 runs hitting 7 boundaries. Paine is on 21* Australia are 225/5 in 76 overs at stumps. There will be no early start tomorrow to cover loss of play.
Australia 225/5 in 76 overs (Smith 56, Warner 51; Philander 2/36, Maharaj 2/69)
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com 1 of 1