Friday, Oct 31, 2014

Dean Elgar’s batting lessons rescues South Africa

Dean Elgar, who took 20 balls to score his first run in this match, opened his tally against Australia, having been dismissed for a pair in Perth on his Test debut (AP) Dean Elgar, who took 20 balls to score his first run in this match, opened his tally against Australia, having been dismissed for a pair in Perth on his Test debut (AP)
Associated Press | Port Elizabeth | Posted: February 21, 2014 5:48 am | Updated: February 21, 2014 11:43 am

frenzied few minutes out in the middle just before choosing to bat under heavy cloud cover.

With South Africa in early disarray, Harris and Johnson struck, with Harris extracting seam movement off a fairly grassy surface to send Smith back lbw for 9. Johnson had Hashim Amla, also lbw, for a duck and Australia had South Africa under grinding pressure again in the muggy and overcast conditions.

The South Africans didn’t completely subdue Johnson but they found the going much easier on the south coast after their first-test nightmare against the fast bowler on a cracking surface up in Centurion.

Elgar and Du Plessis managed Johnson more than dominated him, with Elgar hit on the upper arm and on the shoulder by short-pitched balls from Johnson. He took a painstaking 20 balls and 42 minutes to score his first run, but gritted it out and later unleashed two sixes off Lyon as he passed 50 for the second time in tests.

Brief scores: SA 214/5 in 83 overs (D Elgar 83, F du Plessis 55, Ab de Villiers 51*; N Lyon 2/47, S Smith 1/18, R Harris 1/36)

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