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Australia v South Africa
WACA GROUND, NOVEMBER 3-7, 2016
1st Test - AUS v SAF
|South Africa 1st Inn||242 All Out|
|Australia 1st Inn||244 All Out|
|South Africa 2nd Inn||8/540|
|Australia 2nd Inn||361 All Out|
|South Africa won the toss and elected to bat|
|South Africa won by 377 runs|
|1 2 . . . . |||. . . . . . |||. ||
|Last Wicket:||Lyon, NM, 8 (LBW:Maharaj)|
|Current Partnership:||16 runs, 35 balls, RR:45.71|
Australia took command of the opening Test on the first day at the WACA in Perth and South Africa will now be expected to play catch-up on the second day. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the second day of this first Test from 1:30pm (AEDT).
As things stand at the end of the first day, Australia are in the driving seat in the Test match. They managed to get rid of the South Africans for 242 runs before David Warner’s onslaught helped them to 0/105 by the time stumps were called.
Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood bowled really well as a duo, sharing seven wickets between them in the first innings. While Starc claimed four wickets, Hazlewood had to be content with three scalps.
The visitors got off to a nervy start to the Test and things did not work out well for the Proteas. Quinton de Kock, perhaps unsurprisingly after his good performances in the tour matches, top-scored with 84 important runs for the visitors while Temba Bavuma hit a half-century as well.
South Africa’s bowlers were punished by Warner after the restart with Shaun Marsh resolute at the other end of the pitch. Warner scored 72 runs off just 62 deliveries, hitting 13 boundaries and a six, during the final session of play on Thursday. The man simply loves to bat against South Africa and has a phenomenal personal record against them.
Both Warner and Marsh looked well set at the centre when play was called off for the day. South Africa’s bowlers were visibly struggling as Australia scored at exactly five runs per over on the occasion. Dale Steyn and Kagiso Rabada were punished by Australia’s vice-captain and will need to get their line and length spot on come Friday.\
Vernon Philander was the pick of the visiting bowlers and looked the most likely to get a wicket.
The Australians have a good grip on the Test match and South Africa can ill afford to let them get away with it so soon in the contest. The Proteas have the quality in their bowling department to cause more than a few problems but Warner’s all-out approach appeared to unnerve them.
So be sure to join us on The Roar from 1:30pm (AEDT) to see if the visitors can put up a fight or if Australia’s batsmen can bat their way to an insurmountable position in the Test match.