Early blows leave SA struggling

South Africa struggled to handle Australia's seam attack on a tricky Wanderers pitch,limping to 85 for three at stumps on the second day of the first Test on Friday....

Johannesburg | Published:February 28, 2009 2:36 am

South Africa struggled to handle Australia’s seam attack on a tricky Wanderers pitch,limping to 85 for three at stumps on the second day of the first Test on Friday. The visitors were bowled out for 466 and South Africa’s reply got off to the worst possible start when captain Graeme Smith was out for a duck.

Neil McKenzie remained 35 not out as Hashim Amla made one and Jacques Kallis 27. AB de Villiers was 13 not out. Earlier,a debut century by Marcus North and his record 117-run eighth-wicket partnership with Mitchell Johnson lifted Australia. North fell for 117 while Johnson scored a career-best 96 not out.

SCOREBOARD

Australia 1st innings: P Hughes c Boucher b Steyn 0,S Katich c McKenzie b Steyn 3,R Ponting b Ntini 83,M Hussey c Kallis b Morkel 4,M Clarke c Boucher b Steyn 68,M North st Boucher b Harris 117,B Haddin c Harris b Ntini 63,AB McDonald c Kallis b Steyn 0,M Johnson not out 96,P Siddle c Kallis b Morkel 9,B Hilfenhaus c de Villiers b Morkel 0; Extras (b-6,lb-8,w-2,nb-7): 23

Total: 466; FoW: 1-0,2-18,3-38,4-151,5-182,6-295,7-296,8-413,9-466; Bowling: Steyn 30-4-113-4,Ntini 27-6-71-2,M Morkel 28.4-3-117-3,Kallis 8-0-33-0,Harris 18-2-64-1,Duminy 14-2-54-0

South Africa 1st innings: N. McKenzie batting 35,G. Smith c Haddin b Johnson 0,H. Amla c Ponting b Hilfenhaus 1,J. Kallis c Hussey b Siddle 27,A. de Villiers batting 13; Extras (b-4,lb-4,nb-1): 9; Total (for 3 wickets): 85

FoW: 1-1,2-2,3-49; Bowling: Johnson 9-5-8-1,

Hilfenhaus 10-5-14-1,Siddle 9-1-39-1 (nb-1),McDonald

7-3-11-0,North 2-0-5-0

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