South Africa vs Australia: International cricket Second Test – Day 2, live scores, blog

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    South Africa v Australia

    St George's Park, March 9-13, 2018

    2nd Test - South Africa v Australia Test Series 2018

    Australia 1st Inn 243 all out
    South Africa 1st Inn 382 all out
    Australia 2nd Inn 239 all out
    South Africa 2nd Inn 4/102
    Australia won the toss and elected to bat.
    South Africa win by 6 wickets
    South Africa Over: 22.5  RR: 3.97
    Batsmen Runs B 4s 6s SR
    F. du Plessis 2 10 0 0 20.00
    T.B. de Bruyn* 15 14 2 0 107.14
    Bowlers O M R W Econ
    N.M. Lyon 9.0 0 44 2 4.89
    P.J. Cummins* 4.5 0 13 1 2.69
    Last Wicket: A.B. de Villiers, 28 (c. Bancroft b. Lyon) - 4/81

    A fiery spell of fast bowling from Kagiso Rabada has put South Africa in a strong position against Australia, after an eventful opening day of the second test. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match from 7pm (AEDT).

    ‘I was extremely happy to lose the toss’. Content to field first on a pitch that was expected to assist the bowlers in the first hour of play, Proteas captain Faf du Plessis couldn’t have seemed more wrong as Australia’s openers laid a solid foundation.

    An uncharacteristically quiet David Warner and Cam Bancroft initially blunted the South African attack, before accelerating towards the end of the first session, as the ball started to lose its shine.

    Scoring his third successive half-century of the series, Warner looked set for a special innings, while Bancroft – fresh of a fifty in his last innings – seemed every bit as assured as his batting partner.

    Conceding 75 runs at a run a ball in the last hour of the first session, the signs were looking ominous for South Africa.

    But a Vernon Philander outswinger that drew the outside edge of Bancroft on the last ball before lunch brought the Proteas to life.

    South Africa struck again after the break, as Philander prolonged Usman Khawaja’s slump in foreign conditions, before recalled paceman Lungi Ngidi bowled the perfect inswinger to disturb Warner’s stumps.

    Enter Kagiso Rabada.

    With his teammates providing the initial breakthrough, the number two ranked test bowler in the world was at brilliant best, kick starting an Aussie collapse.

    Trapping Smith plumb in front, a red hot Rabada is likely to draw some attention from match officials after he sent the Aussie skipper back to the dressing room with a bump.

    Rabada put his aggression to good use though, finishing with figures of 5-96, as he destroyed Australia’s middle order with a scintillating spell, picking up four wickets within just seven deliveries.

    Partnering with the tail Tim Paine ensured it wagged, as the last two wickets added 61 valuable runs to the visitor’s total, before Ngidi finished the innings by dislodging Paine’s off stump.

    Pat Cummins sent Durban centurion Aiden Markram packing early, but it was to be South Africa’s and Rabada’s day as the Proteas paceman added 17 runs as nightwatchman to lead his team to a strong position entering Day 2.

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    • Roar Guru

      Kishan Badrinath said | 2:44am | ! Report

      That’s all from me tonight, I hope you enjoyed the Roar’s coverage of Day 2 of the 2nd Test!

    • Roar Guru

      Kishan Badrinath said | 2:42am | ! Report

      Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla started the day cautiously and were perhaps a little too tame during the second session in which they scored at less than two an over.

      The Aussie pacemen toiled away hard and started to see results in the post tea session in which they claimed 5 wickets. Australia threatened to rip through the Proteas batting order after Mitch Marsh picked up his second wicket, but a brilliant knock from AB de Villiers has seen South Africa earn a slim lead.

      Unbeaten on 74, de Villiers seemed to be batting in different conditions to that of his teammates and it seems only a lack of batting partners will stop him from reaching triple figures.

      The game is evenly poised heading into Day 3 with much resting on the shoulders of de Villiers. It should be another ripping day of cricket and you can keep up with all the action here on the Roar!

    • Roar Guru

      Kishan Badrinath said | 2:34am | ! Report

      So another compelling day of Test cricket, with honours being shared evenly as the Proteas finish the day with a 20 run lead and with AB de Villiers still at the crease on 74. If he can add a further 50-100 with the tail, South Africa will feel very bullish about levelling the series.

    • Roar Guru

      Kishan Badrinath said | 2:32am | ! Report

      End Of Session
      And Philander closes Day 2 by defending a good length ball to mid on.

      de Villiers 73
      Philander 14

      Over: 95.0
      Score: 7/263

      • 2:35am
        Rats said | 2:35am | ! Report

        Thank you, Kishan.
        Amazing day if test cricket. Good display of batting and bowling. No clear favourites at the moment? May be AUS slightly ahead considering what Starc can do to tailenders.

    • Roar Guru

      Kishan Badrinath said | 2:31am | ! Report

      Philander has just two more deliveries left to see out.

    • Roar Guru

      Kishan Badrinath said | 2:30am | ! Report

      de Villiers takes a single of the first ball after tapping a length ball to the legside

      de Villiers 73
      Philander 14

      Over: 94.1
      Score: 7/263

    • Roar Guru

      Kishan Badrinath said | 2:29am | ! Report

      Probably only time for one more over, as Josh Hazlewood gets set to bowl his 24th.

    • Roar Guru

      Kishan Badrinath said | 2:27am | ! Report

      Just one run from the Cummins over.

      de Villiers 73
      Philander 14

      Over: 94.0
      Score: 7/262

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