Australia collapsed from 158/0 to 244/10 and manage only a two-run lead over South Africa on Day 2 of the first Test at the WACA. David Warner’s (97) wicket triggered the slide and Australia kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Shaun Marsh (63) was the other major contributor with the bat as only three other batsmen entered double-digits. For South Africa, Vernon Philander was the star performer with 4/56.
In reply, South Africa lost Stephen Cook and Hashim Amla quickly but the Aussies couldn’t continue with that momentum after JP Duminy and Dean Elgar steadied the ship for them. At close, South Africa were 104/2 and were in the lead by 102 runs.
STUMPS! That is stumps on Day 2 for South Africa. They’re 104/2 at the end of the day and lead by 102. Dean Elgar is on 46 and JP Duminy on 34. An interesting day’s play which saw the hosts collapse in a heap. In reply, they picked up two wickets before the Proteas steadied themselves. Smashing bit of cricket already and it looks unlikely that it will go the distance.
South Africa’s 100 come up with an extra. Short delivery by Mitchell Marsh on middle and leg and it is way over JP Duminy and even goes over Nevill. Wide called for the height and it goes running to the ropes for a four
JUST IN: Dale Steyn has been ruled out of the series. Scans confirm a fracture to the shoulder bone
Dean Elgar and JP Duminy have steadied the South African innings after those two quick wickets. And a change in plan is needed with Starc coming around the wicket. A leg gully and short leg in place
SIX! Dean Elgar goes on the front foot and sends the ball flying straight down over Nathan Lyon for a six. A lovely clean hit after coming down the track
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Hashim Amla chops it back on and Hazlewood strikes on return to another spell. Amla wanted to cut the ball away but it came back in to take the inside edge and rattle stumps. Big, big wicket for the Aussies.
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GONE! And that’s a well-taken catch by Shaun Marsh at midwicket. Moving swiftly to his left after a mini-pull with the ball climbing on to Cook and the ball a bit to the on side making it a tough shot to play. Marsh does very well to hold on with both his hands
Still about 30 overs left in the day’s play. If South Africa can survive without losing too many wickets, it would put them in a really strong position in the series opener. They have done the job with the ball, it’s batsmen’s turn now. They also need to keep in mind that they’ll be without the services of Dale Steyn
England 100-0 to 164 all out in Dhaka. Now Australia 158-0 to 244 all out. Like tug-of-war? The anchor stumbles, everyone rolls over?
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 4, 2016
Testing period for South Africa openers as Australia bowlers operate with fire in their belly. This is quality Test cricket on offer
South Africa wipe off the two-run deficit, and are now four runs ahead of Australia at the WACA
South Africa openers Dean Elgar and Stephen Cook are out in the middle. Starc and Hazlewood to commence proceedings with the ball for the hosts
WICKET! Lyon out for a duck, Australia bundled out for 244, take a two-run lead over the visitors. Good all-round show by the bowlers and Philander pick of them with figures of 4/56
WICKET! Catching practice for Duminy as Hazlewood hits one straight to him in the gully region. Australia, with a lead of one run, are 243/9 now
SIddle takes a quick single and the scores are level at the WACA now. Australia have two wickets in hand, and whatever they add will be crucial runs for the team
WICKET! Bat-pad, ball spoons up in the air and Amla, stationed at first slip, moves to his right, gets down in time and collects the ball to send the wicketkeeper-batsman Nevell back to the hut. Maharaj picks his third wicket, Australia 232/8
SIX! Nevill puts the dancing shoes on and hits Maharaj all the way for a maximum. Australia now trail by only 10, 232/7
Siddle is showing intent. Not a bad option as Australia should look to wipe out the deficit at the earliest. Still 21 runs behind, and three wickets in hand
WICKET! Another one bites the dust as Starc hits the Maharaj delivery straight to Du Plessis who takes a well-judged catch to get rid of the seamer. Australia 203/7
WICKET! Australia falling apart. Rabada with another one as he now takes a sharp return catch to get rid of Voges. Looking to work it away for a single, Voges could only chip it back to the bowler. Australia 202/5
200 up for Australia, still trail by 42 runs. Voges and Nevill the two men out in the middle for the hosts
A grinding period now for Australia as they resist after a collapse in the morning session. Voges and stumper Nevill in the middle for the hosts. Australia 194/5
WICKET! Loud shout and the finger goes up. Australia get the afternoon session off to a terrible start as they lose Mitchell Marsh for a duck. Philander traps the right-hander in front. Australia lose their fifth, 181/5
Two teams are out in the middle for a crucial afternoon session. Australia would look for a steady stand while South Africa would press hard for a couple of wickets. The hosts are still 61 behind, and have six wickets in hand
Fine session this for South Africa as they manage to remove the set opening pair of Warner and Marsh, and add wickets of Smith and Khawaja. Exciting afternoon session on the cards as a couple of more wickets could make the contest very very interesting at the WACA
WICKET! Marsh comes down the pitch but is hit on the pads, in line of the stumps, by Philander. The left-hander reviews the decision but replays suggest it would have clipped the leg-stump. On field decision stays and Australia are now four down, 181/4
Adam Voges joins S Marsh in the middle. The hosts need to steady things after losing three wickets in quick succession
WICKET! Keshav Maharaj, on debut, traps Steve Smith in front for a duck. The Australian skipper reviews the decision but replays suggest no bat involved, and ball would have clipped the leg-stump. Top decision by Aleem Dar. Australia 168/3
WICKET! Rabada, operating from around the wicket, angles one sharply into Khawaja and the left-hander is castled by the beauty….Australia lose their second wicket, 167/2
And, Steyn has done some damage to his bowling shoulder. Grabs it as soon as he bowls the delivery and out comes the physio. Steyn it seems won’t continue as of now as he heads back to the dressing room
Just when they were saying 'Warner's never been out in 90's'..he obliges & Lo behold Warner is gone fr 97..funny game Crkt..ain't it?!
— Bishan Bedi (@BishanBedi) November 4, 2016
Usman Khawaja is the new man in and he joins Marsh in the middle. Steyn operating with a spring in his stride
WICKET! Nervous 90s….Warner (97) looks to run one down the third-man region but manages a thick edge. Hashim Amla completes the catch in the slips and triggers a pumped-up celebration from Dale Steyn who picks the first wicket of the inning. Australia 158/1
FIFTY for Marsh! He gets there with a beautiful boundary. Relief for the family cheering from the stands, and the opener himself. Wasn’t all at ease at the start, but is looking good now. Australia continue to dominate with the opening stand. 156/0
Warner pushes one straight, reaches the non-striker end and triggers the move from Shaun Marsh who was ball watching. Could have been dangerous but the left-hander reached the other end in time. Australia 149/0
Rabada is getting a nice angle across the left-handers. Warner not falling in the trap and happy to shoulder arms to those deliveries. Not doing anything silly as he nears a brilliant, counter-attacking hundred at the WACA
Very little change in Warner’s approach. He continues to look for runs, and continues to keep the scoreboard ticking. Australia have added brisk runs in the morning session and the opener has entered the 90s
Testing phase this for Marsh. Some play and misses but if he survives this period, he could well go on to make a big score. Conditions are ideal for batting
While Marsh was the watchful customer, Warner dominated proceedings on the opening day of the first Test. The left-hander raced to fifty and is looking set for another big score at the WACA – the venue where he has enjoyed a lot of success in his career
Australia overnight pair of David Warner and Shaun Marsh make their way out to the middle. They will resume proceedings at 105/0, in complete control of proceedings