South Africa had a disappointing opening day of the first Test against Australia but brought things to level after Day 2. The Test stood evenly poised at that stage. Now, after Day 3, things hinge towards the visiting side with them closing play at 390/6 and in the lead by 388 runs.
The day belonged to JP Duminy and Dean Elgar who struck 141 and 127 respectively to dominate the first two sessions of play even though JP was dismissed right before Tea.
The final session saw Australia restore some pride and even create a chance to dismiss the visitors on the day itself but Faf du Plessis (32), Quinton de Kock (16*) and Vernon Philander (23*) snatched that momentum from them.
STUMPS! South Africa are 390/6 at the end of Day 3 in the first Test. Quinton de Kock on 16 and Vernon Philander on 23. The visitors lead by 388 runs. The day belongs easily to the Proteas and to the duo of JP Duminy and Dean Elgar who both struck their fifth Test tons to snatch the game away from the Aussies.
Very close to stumps now as Vernon Philander (15) and Quinton de Kock (13) hold fort for South Africa at 379/6. Lead by 377 and there’s Hazlewood on one end and Lyon on the other
Faf du Plessis c Nevill b Starc 32 (64)
Australia finally getting something in the final session of play. Starc coming round the wicket and pitches the ball outside off and gets the faintest of edges to hand the catch to Nevill. South Africa are 352/6
Temba Bavuma and Faf du Plessis in the middle for South Africa now and the score is 324/4 with a healthy lead of 322.
Dean Elgar c Starc b Hazlewood 127 (316)
And after a stellar inning, Dean Elgar throws his wicket away with a poor shot. Overpitched outside off and it swings further away and Elgar tries to flash it but gets an edge that is taken by Starc at gully. Special inning nonetheless!
JP Duminy c Nevill b Siddle 141 (225)
In the final over before Tea, Australia finally have a wicket they were working towards. Peter Siddle produces an edge from JP Duminy and the bowler, umpire didn’t think it was gone. But the slip and Nevill behind is convinced there’s something. Steve Smith reviews and the Snicko confirms there was some deviation on that. Third umpire says OUT!
And with that, it is Tea. South Africa may have lost a wicket right at the close of the session but it has been their day so far. In the lead by 293
FOUR AND HUNDRED! Nathan Lyon comes around the wicket and the ball pitches outside off which is gently caressed for a four by Dean Elgar through the covers. Keep running for good measure but not required in the end. A kiss of the badge and the bat is raised towards the dressing room.
For the third time in the last few overs, the umpires have a look at the ball. Run it through the measuring contraption and it doesn’t go through with ease. A new ball is brought out in place.
Dean Elgar is slowly but casually working his way towards the 100 run mark. On 95 now with South Africa on 269
New ball is taken by Australia after the stipulated 80 overs. South Africa are 245/2
200 partnership comes up for JP Duminy and Dean Elgar. From 45/2 and in bit of trouble, South Africa have made things easier for themselves at 245/2. But then they’re sans Dale Steyn which would make things trickier.
HUNDRED! Overpitched outside off by Mitchell Marsh and JP Duminy picks up two after sending it to deep cover. He’s got to love WACA, eh?
PLAY UNDERWAY AFTER LUNCH. Starc opened the session before Hazlewood and the spin of Nathan Lyon being introduced.
LUNCH! It has been an exhausting first session for Australia. South Africa go into lunch at 183/2 and lead by 181. 77 runs in the session for the Proteas. Some purchase off the pitch for the Aussie seamers but frustratingly, nothing to show for it.
Could very well be a match-saving or match winning stand this. South Africa are on to 182/2 and lead by 180
Has this been a match winning partnership? Elgar and Duminy trying to get through to lunch.
— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) November 5, 2016
CLOSE! JP Duminy almost chops this one on by Josh Hazlewood. A delivery outside off and JP gets an inside edge but inside of rattling the stumps, the ball bounces over.
Things not going well for Australia in the first session. There is little to trouble South Africa despite beat of the bat here and there. Dean Elgar is on 68 and JP Duminy on 64. South Africa comfortably in the lead by 166
DRINKS! And the batsmen are given chairs to sit on and umbrellas for shade as they sip on some much needed beverages. It is 37 degrees in Perth today. PHEW!
FOUR! JP Duminy brings up his fifty and floors his partner Elgar in the process – literally. After being beaten by a delivery that jagged off a crack, JP with a glorious straight drive to Hazlewood to bring up his fifty. Played from the full face of the bat after going on his front foot. GORGEOUS!
FOUR! Mitchell Starc straying on the leg side and Dean Elgar gently tucks it on the square leg area for a four to bring up his fifty.
FOUR! After a single from Josh Hazlewood’s opening over of the day, Mitchell Starc returns from the other end and an overpitched delivery is easily pushed forward by JP Duminy for an on-drive and it goes running to the boundary
Good morning! Things underway at the WACA with JP Duminy taking guard on 34. Dean Elgar is at the other end at 46. Mitchell Starc opens Australia’s attack with the ball
South Africa lose Dale Steyn for Test, series and maybe six months
The playing future of South African fast bowler Dale Steyn appeared in grave doubt Friday, with the cricketer expected to need surgery on his troublesome right shoulder as he faces the prospect of being sidelined for at least six months.
Steyn, who first hurt his shoulder late last year, aggravated the problem before lunch on the second day of the first Test against Australia in Perth as his series came to a premature end. The 33-year-old right-armer had just bowled the fourth ball in his 13th over when he clutched at the shoulder and left the field.
Scans at a local hospital revealed a fracture in his right shoulder and he will return to South Africa for possible surgery at the conclusion of the Test.
Team doctor Mohammed Moosajee said Steyn, who is just four Test wickets shy of Shaun Pollock’s South African record, was likely to be sidelined for at least six months. “Today while he was bowling he felt something thud or pop,” Moosajee said. “He will return home and see an orthopaedic surgeon in Cape Town and a decision will be made on what the best method of treatment will be.
“I assume in all likelihood that he will need surgery. “The estimated return date we will have to wait and see,
“The estimated return date we will have to wait and see, the literature says six months, but we don’t know.”
Moosajee said it was unclear what caused the original injury, which he said was a very rare stress reaction. He said Steyn had experienced some discomfort in the shoulder during a warm-up match in Adelaide, but scans had revealed no problems. Moosajee said Steyn was extremely disappointed and admitted the bowler’s future was “up in the air”.
“Time will tell, but only when healing has occurred will we be able to make a call on whether he can come back and play,” he said. “Knowing the kind of person that he is, he will make every effort to get back onto the park. He has been through adversity before and knowing Dale he will come back much stronger.”
Fellow paceman Morne Morkel is expected to be available for selection for the second Test in Hobart, starting on November 12.
First Test evenly poised after South Africa fightback
South Africa staged a remarkable comeback and shrugged off the loss of fast bowler Dale Steyn to injury in the first cricket Test at the WACA on Friday. After the openers piled up 158-0, swing bowlers Vernon Philander (4-56) and Kasigo Rabada (2-78), and leftarm spinner Keshav Maharaj (3-56) exposed the soft underbelly of the Australian batting to dismiss the host for 244 runs. South Africa was bowled out for 242 after winning the toss and batting first on the opening day.
The visitors were in trouble at 45-2 in the second innings when it lost opener Stephen Cook (12) and Hashim Amla (1). But opener Dean Edgar (46 not out) and Jean-Paul Duminy (34 not out) closed the second day on 104-2, a lead of 102 runs.
Maharaj bowled with guile and control to claim the wickets of skipper Steve Smith, Peter Nevill and Mitchell Starc.
Australia lost 10-86 before and after lunch following an aggressive stand between David Warner (97) and Shaun Marsh (63).
Warner was racing toward his 17th career century when he pushed at a delivery from Steyn away from the body, and was caught by first slip Amla.
Warner’s dismissal triggered a top-order collapse as Australia lost Usman Khawaja (4), Smith (0), and Marsh in the space of 23 runs before lunch.
Khawaja was yorked by Rabada, and two overs later, Maharaj dismissed Smith lbw for his maiden Test wicket.
Soon after dismissing Warner, Steyn left. Maharaj completed Steyn’s unfinished over and in his very next over trapped Smith, who unsuccessfully reviewed the on-field decision.
Steyn was taken to a nearby hospital for scans.
Warner batted for 2 hours and hit a six and 16 fours. He has shared century opening stands in each of the past three Tests against South Africa, after he and Chris Rogers put on 126 and 123 in the last two Tests of the 2013-14 series.
Marsh played second fiddle to the aggressive Warner, and batted for over three hours and hit seven fours off 148 balls.
Resuming on 181-4 after lunch, Australia immediately lost Mitchell Marsh (0) trapped lbw by Philander. But Adam Voges (27) and Nevill lifted the innings before Rabada took a return catch to dismiss Voges off a leading edge.
Soon Australia lost 2-1 and slumped to 203-7 when Starc (0) was well caught by Faf du Plessis off Maharaj.
Australia was at risk of conceding a first-innings deficit but Nevill (23) and Peter Siddle (18 not out) shared a 29-run eighth-wicket stand.