South Africa vs Australia: International cricket third Test – Day 1, live scores, blog, highlights

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    South Africa v Australia

    Newlands, March 22-26, 2018

    3rd Test - South Africa v Australia Test Series 2018

    South Africa 1st Inn 311 all out
    Australia 1st Inn 255 all out
    South Africa 2nd Inn 373 all out
    Australia 2nd Inn 107 all out
    South Africa won the toss and elected to bat.
    South Africa win by 322 runs
    Australia Over: 39.4  RR: 2.35
    Batsmen Runs B 4s 6s SR
    T.D. Paine 9 27 2 0 33.33
    South Africa
    Bowlers O M R W Econ
    M. Morkel* 9.4 3 23 5 2.38
    K.A. Maharaj 12.0 2 32 2 2.67
    Last Wicket: J.R. Hazlewood, 5 (c. Philander b. Morkel) - 10/107

    South Africa welcome Australia to Cape Town with the series level at 1-1. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 7:30pm (AEDT).

    The result in Port Elizabeth was great for this Test series. With South Africa levelling it up, it certainly puts an importance on Cape Town for both these sides.

    One does get the feeling South Africa are favourites to now win this series as momentum is with them, but you can never rule out Australia.

    The Australian batsmen found ways to get starts in Port Elizabeth, but not go on with it. That was probably the difference in the end, as we saw a sublime innings from AB de Villiers which opened the whole game up for his team.

    It was considered one of the great innings. The way he attacked the Australian bowlers hasn’t really been something we have seen before. They come with such a reputation that most batsmen fear taking them on, but de Villiers showed his class and confidence.

    For South Africa, Kagiso Rabada, who was man of the match in Port Elizabeth after taking eleven wickets over both innings, will feature in Cape Town after escaping punishment for making physical contact with Steve Smith.

    As for Australia, Mitch Marsh and Mitch Starc are both fit despite having some niggles over the past few days. It would have been a worrying time in the Aussie camp with the uncertainty of these two. You cannot help but think that South Africa would have taken an easy 2-1 lead if both were deemed unfit, especially since Rabada is available for selection.

    One man who will be looking for a big score is Cameron Bancroft. He has actually done a decent job at the top of the order in terms of seeing the new ball off, but the big score, which he is yet to get next to his name, is the one thing the public keep pointing to. He might be a feeling a bit of pressure heading into Cape Town.

    If Australia are to win it will take an almighty effort. South Africa have the momentum and have key players in form. They should be heading into Cape Town with supreme confidence.

    South Africa to take a 2-1 lead.

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    • Roar Guru

      Lachlan Ballingall said | 2:58am | ! Report

      We are going off for bad light here and that will be stumps. Dean Elgar remains 121 not out. It was Pat Cummins who got Australia back in the game. I’m off to bed, thanks to everyone that followed the coverage today!

      Over: 87.0
      Score: 8/266

    • 2:57am
      Guy said | 2:57am | ! Report

      Commentators said they could have easily gotten 2 more over in stupid umpiriing.

    • 2:53am
      Guy said | 2:53am | ! Report

      They have taken the new ball too late.

    • Roar Guru

      Lachlan Ballingall said | 2:52am | ! Report

      Elgar gets a single.

      Over: 86.3
      Score: 8/266

    • Roar Guru

      Lachlan Ballingall said | 2:50am | ! Report

      Hazlewood will get the first crack with it.

    • Roar Guru

      Lachlan Ballingall said | 2:50am | ! Report

      New ball taken

    • Roar Guru

      Lachlan Ballingall said | 2:49am | ! Report

      Lovely cover drive from Rabada.

      Over: 85.6
      Score: 8/265

    • 2:48am
      Ouch said | 2:48am | ! Report

      Strange days when Shane Warne improves the commentary.
      Graham smith and mike Haysman are terrible. So whiny.

      • 3:01am
        Guy said | 3:01am | ! Report

        Yea Warne wasnt actually that bad he might get alot of slack for the character he is but he does have good things to say when it comes to cricket.

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