And well, so that’s the end of Day One. An abrupt end for sure. Michael Clarke called for the 2nd new ball, but umpire Kumara Dharmasena told if he took it, they can’t continue anymore in the bad state of light. And Clarke said he was fine with calling it a day. So that’s it for today then. Another day in this series belongs to Australia. AB de Villiers has much on his plate for tomorrow. Here’s the day report. Join us tomorrow again for the second day’s play.
Another 50 for AB de Villiers. How good is this guy. No matter what the conditions are, how the pitch is, he gets the runs.
de Villiers is carrying along nonchalantly. Not long to go for the close of play. He will be wary of how crucial it is for him and Duminy to preserve their wickets here.
Lyon, on the other hand, is really getting the ball to talk.
And de Kock’s impatience gets the better of him. Reckless shot from him results into a top edge, and comfortably taken at mid-off by 12th man, Moises Henriques.
Part timer Steven Smith gets a wicket.
OUT! Quinton de Kock 7(17)
de Kock is looking for some quick runs here. He is getting impatient when the square cuts are not finding the gaps.
Australia will be liking this intent from de Kock. Gives them a sniff of a wicket.
With de Kock and de Villiers, may be we can expect a momentum shift in terms of run rate now.
Siddle is now bowling his 21st over. The most by any of the Australian today. He still looks the freshest of the lot. Talk about fitness.
And Lyon breaks another partnership. And another soft dismissal. Elgar clearly lost his concentration, and skied a slog, only to be caught at short third man. What a poor end to a brilliant innings.
Debutant Quinton de Kock comes in now.
OUT! D Elgar 83(193)
The second new ball will soon be available. Meanwhile, Elgar is closing in on what could be a fantastic century. He is 17 short off it. Will he reach there by day end? Tough question.
The lights in the stadium have taken full effect.
The 50-run partnership between the two batsmen is up. While Elgar is looking to end the day not out, de Villiers is charging now and then.
de Villiers is making a move on here. He dispatches two half volleys for fours.
South Africa would really like some quick runs before the new ball is taken.
We are witnessing a rather dull period of play here. The batsmen are leaving almost everything.
Mitchell Johnson starts proceedings after tea with a loosener bouncer. And Elgar soon retaliates with a classical straight drive for four.
We are in for an interesting last session.
South Africa will be considerably happy with their post-lunch session performance. Here’s the tea report.
And that’s TEA on Day 1. Brad Haddin is chatting up Dean Elgar here. Elgar is trying to avoid him. But the nasty old man of Australia is trying to get under his skin.
Meanwhile, de Villiers is settling in.
de Villiers is slowly settling in. He is not taking any rash chances. And Johnson is persisting with his short stuff.
Harris comes back into the attack now. Australia are looking to get de Villiers before he gets set. We all know how dangerous he can be when he gets going, and how entertaining as well.
This is what a wicket can do. The Aussies have their tail up again. Lyon is engaged in an enticing battle with de Villiers who is yet to get off the mark.
On the other end, the pacers are still trying to get into the body of Elgar.
Change of bowling does the job for Australia. Du Plessis falls to Nathan Lyon. An absolute gift of a wicket. Edges a nothing ball to Steven Smith at short leg. Just the wicket Aussies needed. De Villiers is the new man in now.
OUT! Faf du Plessis 55(126)
And now Elgar gets to his fifty. Brilliant knock this has been, but he knows that the job is just half done. He will be eyeing 3-figures here.
And that’s the 100-run partnership between Elgar and du Plessis. Superb batting by the two so far.
The 100 is up for South Africa, and 50 up for du Plessis. Meanwhile, Mitchell Johnson is firing a barrage of short-pitched stuff on Elgar. But Elgar has resisted successfully so far. He can thank the slow nature of the pitch as well.
Elagr vs short ball will make for a good montage at the end of the day.
Elagr vs short ball will make for a good montage at the end of the day.
Mitchell Johnson is brought back into the attack now. Time to sit a little upright. du Plessis watches off the first over of Johnson post-lunch.
Ryan Harris is bowling at some really good speeds here. Constantly near the 145-mark. But du Plessis too is growing in confidence by the minute. Anything marginally off-target is being punished here. Elgar’s looking good too, really good.
Elgar and Plessis are looking more confident and positive in this session so far. First Elgar cover drives Harris for a four, and now du Plessis punishes some poor bowling from Lyon.
They are looking good here.
Ryan Harris starts off after lunch against Dean Elgar. And it’s a very interesting field set here. Five man inside the circle on the off-side at catching positions. They want him to poke.
And we are back for the post-lunch session here at Port Elizabeth. Australia will look to peg back, while South Africa will like to continue from where they left off.
We have had an interesting first session on Day 1. Australia struck early, but South Africa have fought back. Faf du Plessis and Dean Elgar have looked solid so far. Here’s the lunch report. Stay with us for the next session’s action.
And that’s it for the first session. We go for lunch now. Good session overall for South Africa after the early blows.
David Warner too rolls over his arm. But the more important fact here is that the 50-run partnership is up for Elgar-du Plessis. Good batting from the two here.
The 50′s up for South Africa. It has taken them over 20 overs, but they wouldn’t worry about time here. Good partnership building between Elgar and du Plessis.
Dean Elgar and Faf du Plessis are doing a fine job here. They are blunting the Aussie pace attack with rock solid defense. All they seem interested in is preserving their wickets. The first thumb role of Test match batsmanship is being implemented here.
Johnson is back into the attack now. Get ready for some short stuff. Elgar is happy and content to pick him off his legs so far.
And it’s drinks at Port Elizabeth right now. du Plessis and Elgar have looked rather comfortable so far. They will be confident of moving smoothly.
This pitch is definitely slower than what we at Centurion for the 1st Test. It hardly has any demons, as far as the batsmen are concerned. The South African batsmen should have little worry about when it comes to genuine pace on this track. But they have to work on their confidence for now.
du Plessis, meanwhile, has played some glorious flicks on the leg side. Lyon vs Elgar is looking interesting as well.
A very interesting move from Michael Clarke here. He has already introduced Nathan Lyon into the attack. Lyon is a quick customer, and can be valuable here.
Peter Siddle comes into the attack now. He will like the slight nip in the pitch.It suits the skidy customer that he is.
In the meantime, Elgar has finally scored a run.
And there’s a slight drizzle in the air. By the way, Dean Elgar has now faced 3 overs for no runs. He is certainly taking his time in the middle.
In the meanwhile, Faf du Plessis almost joined Amla and Smith in the list of goners. Plays a lazy pull which just fell short of Alex Doolan at square leg.
And now Amla goes. Just the second ball he faced, and Johnson gets his bunny again.
He thought about reviewing the LBW decision, but after discussing with Elgar, thought of not wasting it.
OUT! H Amla 0(2)
And that’s the first wicket of the innings. Graeme Smith is gone to a Ryan Harris beauty. It came in sharply and Smith was plumb in front.
Amla’s the new man in.
OUT! G Smith 9(19)
Smith is looking to be positive and not get bogged down by the Aussie tactics.
But can’t say the same for Elgar. He is yet to find his feet.
And the first runs on the board. Smith is dealing in edges right now. Edges which are not carrying, edges which frustate the bowler.
Mitchell Johnson starts alongside Harris. And he is starting to rip it gently. It’s a testing start for Elgar — facing Mitch up front.
Graeme Smith and Dean Elgar open the batting for the home team. Elgar comes in place of a sick Alviro Petersen.
Ryan Harris starts proceedings for Australia. The pitch has lot of grass, but is pretty damp as well.
Hello and welcome to the live updates of the second Test between South Africa and Australia at Port Elizabeth. South Africa will be raring to go out there, and avenge the defeat in the first Test. The world’s No 1 team were annihilated by the Australians within four days in the first Test. South Africa will be eager to win the match and level the series at 1-1.
The news from the centre now is that South Africa have won the toss and have elected to bat first. They have brought in three changes to their XI, compared to none by the Aussies.
South Africa: Graeme Smith(c), Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers (wk), Dean Elgar, Vernon Philander, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel.
Australia: David Warner, Chris Rogers, Alex Doolan, Shaun Marsh, Michael Clarke (c), Steven Smith, Brad Haddin (wk), Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris, Nathan Lyon