Australia in complete control after Day 1 against South Africa

Australia bowled the perfect line to bowl out South Africa for 242 on the opening day before David Warner took command with the bat.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: November 4, 2016 8:41 am
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South Africa get the Australia tour off to a poor start as the visitors, after electing to bat first, were bundled out for only 242 and couldn’t find a breakthrough when Australia came out to bat later in the day. Mitchell Starc was pick of the bowlers for the hosts as the seamer returned with impressive figures of 4/71. For South Africa, Bavuma and Quinton de Kock chipped in with fighting fifties. Australia came out to bat with intent and David Warner breezed to a fifty off just forty balls. The hosts were comfortably placed at 105/0 when umpire signalled end of day’s play.

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STUMPS! Australia close opening day at 105/0 with three fours in the final over. David Warner is in complete control at 73 and Shaun Marsh on 29. Trail by 137 runs

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Hundred up for Australia and it is just the 21st over of the inning. Warner has been cruising through this final session and it shows in the final over of the day’s play.

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FIFTY! That’s fifty for David Warner and it comes in glorious fashion. Gets on to his front foot and uses the pace of the ball to gently push it on to off side. Brings up his fifty in just 40 balls

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David Warner is on the charge. He’s just stepped back on the backfoot to create room and slash the ball for a four. A six and a four then to a speedy Dale Steyn

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Australia are out in the middle with David Warner and Shaun Marsh opening the proceedings. Dale Steyn on one end while Vernon Philander takes charge on the other.

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ALL OVER! South Africa bundled out for 242 on Day 1; Starc pick of the bowlers with 4/71. De Kock and Bavuma were the only positives from an otherwise disappointing outing with the bat. A good performance with the ball by Australia and some exceptional catching display

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WICKET! Hazlewood ends a brilliant innings from De Kock as the left-hander miscues the pull to Shaun Marsh. The left-hander is out after scoring a 101-ball 84. South Africa 227/9

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WICKET! Maharaj (16) goes big, gets the height but not the distance. Warner takes the catch in the ring to give Lyon his second wicket. South Africa 223/8

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On a not so good day for the batters, De Kock continues to cruise as he enters the 80s. He’s scoring runs at a brisk pace and pushing South Africa to a respectable total in the process

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De Kock goes for the uppish drive and Starc, on the follow through, fails to get his hands on that. Could have been spectacular catch no.4. South Africa 204/7 and De Kock moves to 72

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The final session of play is underway and on the expected lines, debutant Maharaj is facing music from Starc and co. The seamers continue to test him with sharp bouncers, and the fielders add more pressure with plenty of noise

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WICKET! No.3 for Starc as Philander, going for the pull, drags one back on to his stumps. South Africa lose their seventh wicket, 175/7 in the 53rd over. And, with that it’s Tea at the WACA

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FIFTY for De Kock. He got off to a scratchy start but is looking solid now. Moving his feet well against Lyon, and timing the ball sweetly in the middle. South Africa 174/6 after 52 overs

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That nearly got stuck in Lyon’s hand and could have been the third stunning catch of the match. Philander didn’t control the shot on that occasion and the ball popped up. Lyon dived on his right, got hand to it but it spilled out of his palm. South Africa 163/6

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WICKET! Shaun Marsh, you beauty. Bavuma inside-edges the Lyon delivery on to his pads, ball pops up and Marsh, stationed at short-leg, goes full stretch to his right and manages to get his under that one. The right-hander is out after scoring a fighting 51. South Africa 152/6

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Bavuma uses his feet, finds the gap on the off-side and brings up his FIFTY, team’s 150 with a boundary. South Africa move to 152/5

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Can see that shot over and over again. Hazlewood pitches one up and Bavuma gets into a brilliant position to cream it through covers for another boundary. The right-hander moves to 44, South Africa 137/5 in the 31st over

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Bavuma picks the length early and pulls the Marsh delivery away for a boundary, brings up the FIFTY-run partnership with De Kock. The pair doing a fine recovery job for the visitors in the afternoon session

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Meanwhile, the star cast for the commentary sneaks in some time for selfies

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De Kock is brisk, as the scoreline suggests, but not convincing as of now. He’s fishing outside the off-stump and yet to hit the solid gear. Steve Smith continues to shuffle his bowlers in search of the wicket which will expose the visitors tail. 117/5 after 37 overs

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100 up for South Africa. Runs on the board at a decent rate but they have lost five wickets in the process. Not much batting to follow and all hopes of posting a good total rest with the pair of Bevuma-De Kock

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WICKET! Needless shot by Du Plessis and his thick edge is safely collected by Voges at first slip. Starc, operating from around the wicket, got one to angle into the right-hander. The skipper went hard at the delivery and could only manage a thick edge. South Africa slip further to 81/5

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Starc and Siddle to bowl in tandem after the interval. Both were impressive in the morning session and operated at a decent pace

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The two teams are out in the middle for the second session of play. South Africa would look to do what they did in the second half of the first session – resist

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Lunch! South Africa head into the break at 78/4. Fine session for the hosts as they manage to pick four wickets in the morning session. It could have been worse for the visitors but Du Plessis-Bevuma stand ensured no more damage before the first break in the day’s play

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Du Plessis and Bavuma are resisting for South Africa after the poor start. Du Plessi, in particular, has looked solid from the start. The two take the total to 71/4 in the 23rd over of the innings

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FIFTY comes up for South Africa in the 18th over of the innings. Bavuma and Du Plessis the two men out in the middle. They should look to stay there till Lunch and put the innings back on track

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That could have been close. Inside-edge saved South Africa skipper Du Plessis there. Siddle got one to angle into the right-hander but thick part of the willow denied the seamer his second wicket of the day

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Win the toss, bat first and find yourself reeling at 4/32. Not the kind of start South Africa wanted in the series opener

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WICKET! On-field decision stays and Australia pick another one. Duminy walks back after scoring just 11, South Africa 32/4

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Hang on! Duminy goes for the review straight away and initial replays suggest it could be very tight. The bat is very close to the pad and the third umpire is in for a hard time now

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Siddle gets one now. Gets one to come back into Duminy and the left-hander has no chance but to defend that one, gets some bat in the process and another regulation catch for Nevill

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WICKET! It’s Hazlewood again and South African top-order is back in the pavillion in the first hour of day’s play. The seamer bowls a brilliant line and Elgar, looking to get his bat out of the way, fails and gets a faint edge. Nevill does the rest behind the stumps and South Africa are now reeling at 20/3

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WICKET! Hazlewood joins the act now as he sends dangerman Amla back to the hut. The right-hander is out without troubling the scorers, and the visitors are struggling big time at 5/2

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Hashim Amla is the new man in the middle for South Africa and the visitors need to steady proceedings after losing opener Cook in the first over of the innings

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WICKET! Marsh takes a blinder to get rid of opener Cook, Starc gets the crowd going with the breakthrough in first over of the innings. The seamer got one to shape away just a bit and Cook’s edge was taken brilliantly by Mitchell Marsh at gully

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South Africa openers Stephen Cook and Dean Elgar make their way out to the middle. It will be an early test for the opening duo, and they will be kept on their toes by Starc and co.

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Up goes the coin and Du Plessis gets the flip in his favour. The South African skipper elects to bat with no hesitation. The visitors are heavy on seam for this contest and the only spinner in the line-up is debutant Keshav Maharaj

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The first Test between Australia and South Africa is about to get underway at the WACA, Perth. It’s bright and sunny in the middle and the conditions are ideal for Test cricket. The two captains Faf Du Plessis and Steve Smith are making their way out for the all important toss