AUSTRALIA TOUR OF SOUTH AFRICA, 2018
Cricbuzz Staff •
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Australia 243, 196/6 (66.0 Ovs)
Paine 9 (12)
South Africa 382
Day 4: 1st Session – Australia lead by 57 runs
Kagiso Rabada is closing in on a 10-wicket haul in the match © AFP
Rabada strikes early:
Mitchell Marsh struck a boundary early but it was a risky shot as he drove in the air, just short of the fielder at cover. Marsh also got an inside edge that saved his from being out leg-before but Rabada got the better of him eventually, getting one to nip back in and beat the defence of Marsh, who was bowled for 45. Australia slip to 186 for 6, leading by 47.
“There are few more burn marks on this pitch than yesterday. But I don’t think there is anything to fear. Fear would be the reverse swing and turn Maharaj would get. You should not be afraid to bat on this pitch. The odd ball will misbehave but this pitch is still decent to bat on,” reckon the experts – Mark Nicholas, Michael Holding and Shaun Pollock.
AB de Villiers and Kagiso Rabada were the stars on Day 3 as their contributions helped South Africa gain a commanding position in the second Test. De Villiers’s unbeaten 126 and his half-century stands with Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj helped the home team take a sizeable 139-run lead. Australia managed to wipe out the deficit and take a 41-run lead by the time stumps were called, thanks to Usman Khawaja’s 75. However, South Africa managed to inflict plenty of damage in terms of wicket, with Rabada being the wrecker-in-chief.
The onus is on Mitchell Marsh and Tim Paine to help Australia towards a competitive score. While we wait for the start of Day 4, here’s what de Villiers was going through in the nervous nineties. Meanwhile, there is a lot of sympathy for Rabada from both camps. Find out why.