Proteas in control as Aus stumble

South Africa are in full control as they have set Australia for a target of 612 runs in the fourth Test at The Wanderers, Johannesburg. The visitors need 524 runs to win on the final day.

Proteas in control as Aus stumble

South Africa were 134/3 overnight. The day four morning had some rain which stopped the play for a while. Dean Elgar and his skipper Faf du Plessis put on 170 runs for the fourth-wicket.

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du Plessis reached his 8th Test hundred in 163 balls. He amassed 120 runs from 178 deliveries including 18 fours and 2 sixes. Elgar made a steady 81 off 250 with 10 fours and a six.

South Africa piled on more runs until tea break. Temba Bavuma scored 40-ball 35* while Vernon Philander contributed valuable 33* runs. The Proteas declared at 344/6 in 105 overs. Pat Cummins bagged four wickets for the Aussies.

In reply, Matt Renshaw survived a first-ball dismissal after he opted for a review. However, he was soon trapped lbw by Morne Morkel, who was bowling with some pace off. Usman Khawaja failed to contribute.

Joe Burns made 42 runs off 80 balls with 5 fours and a six. He was also given lbw off Morkel. Australia ended day four on 88/3 in 30 overs. Peter Handscomb (23*) and Shaun Marsh (7*) are at the crease.

Australia need 524 runs with seven wickets remaining to level series 2-2. Currently, South Africa are leading the series by 2-1. If this match is won by the Proteas or drawn this will be the first time South Africa winning a Test series against Australia at home.

Brief scores:

South Africa 488 and 344/6d (du Plessis 120, Elgar 81; Cummins 4/58, Lyon 2/116)

Australia 221 and 88/3 in 30 overs (Burns 42, Handscomb 23*; Morkel 2/18, Maharaj 1/45)


-Ruffin, Correspondent,

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