South Africa opener Dean Elgar dropped anchor to steer his facet to 134 for 3 of their second innings on the shut of the third day of the fourth and ultimate take a look at in opposition to Australia on Sunday, giving the hosts a frightening lead of 401 runs. (SA v AUS, 4th Take a look at, Day Three scorecard)
Elgar amassed 39 from 158 balls in a affected person knock that has been the glue for South Africa’s second innings, as they appear to construct an unassailable lead with two full days remaining on the Wanderers.
Australia want victory to keep away from a primary sequence defeat in South Africa since 1970, however have been rocked by the ball-tampering scandal that noticed former captain Steve Smith, his deputy David Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft despatched residence and slapped with hefty bans after the third take a look at in Cape City.
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Elgar will resume on the fourth morning, together with his captain Faf du Plessis on 34, because the pair look to extend the lead in direction of the 500-run mark.
With a lot time left within the take a look at, a declaration at that time would make South Africa heavy favourites to win or safe a draw on the very least.
The wicket is starting to misbehave with variable bounce and there’s sideways motion to help the bowlers, which has introduced Australia some success.
The wonderful Pat Cummins (2-35) eliminated in-form Aiden Markram (37) when he edged to Peter Handscomb at second slip, however not earlier than the opener, enjoying simply his 18th take a look at innings, went previous 1,000 runs within the 5 day sport, the second quickest to achieve that mark for South Africa behind Graeme Smith (17 innings).
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Hashim Amla (16) was caught at backward quick leg by Mitchell March from a Nathan Lyon supply, whereas AB de Villiers (six) gloved a rising Cummins ball to wicketkeeper Tim Paine.
South Africa had earlier bowled Australia out for 221 of their first innings with a rush of wickets after lunch having been annoyed within the morning session by Paine (62) and Cummins (50), who placed on 99 for the seventh wicket.
New Australia captain Paine batted bravely with a stress fracture on his thumb to attain a beneficial half-century, his fourth in take a look at cricket, however was the final man out as Elgar took a superb working catch at mid-off from a Kagiso Rabada (Three-53) supply.
Cummins was the one wicket to fall within the morning session when he was trapped leg earlier than wicket by spinner Keshav Maharaj (Three-92), however South Africa ran by the tail after lunch.
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The house facet have a health fear as seamer Morne Morkel, enjoying in his ultimate take a look at earlier than retirement from worldwide cricket, was compelled from the sphere with a left facet pressure, however he did return to the pitch after the interval and shall be monitored in a single day.