Australia vs South Africa: 1st Test, live cricket scores, updates (Day 2)

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    Australia v South Africa


    1st Test - AUS v SAF

    South Africa 1st Inn 450 All Out
    Australia 1st Inn 5/565
    South Africa 2nd Inn 5/166
    South Africa won the toss and elected to bat
    Match Drawn
    South Africa Over:68.0  RR:2.44
    Batsmen Runs B 4s 6s SR
    AB de Villiers 29 114 3 0 25.44
    VD Philander* 1 14 0 0 7.14
    Bowlers O M R W Econ
    JL Pattinson* 19.0 3 58 2 3.05
    NM Lyon 13.0 5 41 2 3.15
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    Last Wicket: Rudolph, 11 (LBW:Lyon)
    Current Partnership: 1 runs, 30 balls, RR:3.33

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    Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis gave Australia a lesson in batting on the opening day of the Brisbane Test match but the home team will take some heart from a tough day.

    We’ll bring you the live scores and commentary of the action throughout the first Test match, with the match starting at 10.30am AEDT on Saturday.

    First, though, the South African batting. It was a no-nonsense affair, from three batsmen whose demeanour from their art usually exudes calmness.

    Calm they were and half-centuries for all three of them ensured that the first day of such a high-profile series belonged totally to South Africa.

    And Australia will need to contend with Amla and Kallis again on the second morning when play hopefully resumes at the Gabba, with the weather forecast being a concern.

    Alviro Petersen’s 64 was an almost chanceless innings that laid the foundation for Amla and Kallis to exploit later. A close lbw shout went against Australia on the DRS thanks to a minor tweak in the rules but that aside Petersen looked good to bat out the day.

    While he fell to a surprising rush of blood against Nathan Lyon, Amla and Kallis were stubborn in their resistance for most part of the day. Both gave chances for the bowler Peter Siddle, but neither were taken.

    Kallis’ swivel-pull landed into the eager hands of mid-off but the third umpire ruled it a no-ball. Later Amla drove one back to the bowler but a relatively easy catch was spilled was Siddle.

    From Australia’s perspective, they were not totally shut out by the Kallis-Amla partnership. The aforementioned chances will give them hope, as will the fact that the South African batting will be shortened because of the unfortunate achilles injury to JP Duminy just minutes after the day’s play.

    To give Australia a chance in the match, the bowlers must return back to the habits that saw them trounce the Indians last season.

    Bowling fuller will reap dividends, even against the pedigree of Kallis and Amla, but the trio of Siddle, Ben Hilfenhaus and James Pattinson will need to be more consistent.

    Else, weather permitting, Australia could be in for another long day in the field.

    We will bring you the coverage throughout the game from the Gabba in Brisbane and hope to receive your opinions as the action unfolds.

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    • 8:26am
      WayneO said | 8:26am | ! Report

      Day 3 and the weather is still looking extremely dodgy. I am on the Gold Coast and it has rained all night. Much anticipated series being wrecked by rain. And there has not been hardly any rain for weeks. Very annoying.

    • Roar Guru

      langou said | 10:46pm | ! Report

      Not a bad day for the aussies

    • 8:32pm
      Johnno said | 8:32pm | ! Report

      No cricket today this well help both teams in a way today. the aussy bowlers will freshen up, and the proteas havnt bowled yet anyway and will be really fresh. Duminy is not as big a blow they already have good batting depth, and very few spinners do well at gabber anyway.

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      Suneer Chowdhary said | 5:11pm | ! Report

      Right, so the day has been officially called off without a ball being bowled. It has been an utter waste of a day and we will now now hope to cover it up by playing an hour extra everyday – half hour in the morning and the same time in the evening.

      South Africa are still at 2/255 and Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis will hopefully resume batting tomorrow after the washout today. Hoping for a better forecast.

    • 3:07pm
      Disco said | 3:07pm | ! Report

      Meanwhile, Khawaja’s in the runs again today.

      • 3:16pm
        Red Kev said | 3:16pm | ! Report

        Looks like a difficult pitch too since Tassie got rolled for 95. Khawaja needs to turn it into a century.

        • 4:28pm
          Jason said | 4:28pm | ! Report

          He’s currently 94 off 120. None of the other 14 batsmen in the match have gone past 25.

          • 4:43pm
            Red Kev said | 4:43pm | ! Report

            100 off 126 – his first century of the season, good scoring rate, difficult pitch – good on him.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 2:17pm | ! Report

      And there is no respite yet from the rain. According to reports, some of the cricketers have headed back to the hotel while some are in the ground. Difficult to see any play happen today.

      • 3:30pm
        Peter Wickham said | 3:30pm | ! Report

        Is it still raining there? Will play resume today?

        • Roar Guru

          Suneer Chowdhary said | 4:23pm | ! Report

          Continues to rain Peter, chances of any play look bleak. This could essentially turn out to be a four-day Test match (with play to start half hour early and end half hour late).

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 12:43pm | ! Report

      Lunch to be taken at 11.50 am at the Gabba. Still continues to rain and that means there may not be play immediately after the lunch break.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 11:36am | ! Report

      Still raining at Brisbane, so no play yet. It does seem like we will be off for a long time. Will have more updates as soon as I hear something.

      • 1:05pm
        Thabang said | 1:05pm | ! Report

        I woke up in the early hours of the morning(in Johannesburg) hoping to see the Amla-Kallis show, now the rain, as usual, spoilt my morning.

        • Roar Guru

          Suneer Chowdhary said | 2:21pm | ! Report

          My sympathies are with you Thabang, it is at times like these that I feel that it may not be such a bad idea to have cricket played under a closed roof.

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