Things are happening at Newlands! First, Morne sizes up Pup by hitting his arm, forcing the armguard to come up. Then he hit the grille of the helmet before rapping him on the gloves. The last ball sears past the Australian captain’s nose. Vintage stuff! Meanwhile, Steyn has left the ground with an injured hamstring. Elgar on.
There it is! Abbott bowls short, Warner pulls, and deep fine-leg cannot reach in time. Warner brings up his seventh hundred, and does the trademark underarm punch, helmet held firmly in hand. A hundred off 104 balls. Be ready for more.
Loud appeal as Warner tries to pull Steyn. Dar says not out, Smith reviews, and not out it is. The ball has clipped the thigh-pad. South Africa ends up losing a review! A fuming Steyn hits Clarke on the pads. He is still not looking as hostile as he usually does, Steyn…
Few contrasts have been as big: Steyn runs in, pumped up, nostrils flaring, barraging the batsmen with bouncers; Abbott, on the other hand, looks exhausted for some reason as he ambles down and sends down one harmless delivery after another. Australia on top, for sure.
Smith tried to pull off a trick by replacing Abbott with Duminy, but it did not work. Clarke, meanwhile, eased on to one just outside off from Philander and opened the face for a four past third-man. Here’s Warner, then, ten short of his hundred, as Smith brings Steyn back…
What do you say? He got his eyes in, he was looking confident, and all he had to do was to keep the occasional good ball out. Instead, he goes for a completely useless pull off Philander, and Steyn runs to his right to take an easy catch.
OUT! Doolan c Steyn b Philander 20(66)
This is Warner in a completely new avatar: not only is he scoring fast, he is also getting his runs fast and without any risk. First a cut to the left of point, then an excellent improvised stroke past extra-cover, with identical results. 88 from 82, and this is just into the second session…
Philander strayed a bit, and Doolan leaned forward, driving with ease past mid-wicket. It’s amazing, the way he has turned things around despite the criticism over his selection. He has gone past those initial anxious moments and now looks all set for a big one.
A serene start to the second session as Abbott and Philander start proceedings. Smith has already gone on the defensive with just a couple of slips on, and once Warner decides to open up things may change for the worse.
Read the report for the first session here
With that it’s lunch on Day One at Newlands. Smith replaced Abbott and Steyn with Philander and Morkel, but to no avail. Warner and Doolan have settled down. Philander bowled a bouncer that soared over AB’s head for five wides: Smith won’t like that. It will take a special effort from South Africa to turn things around in the second session, and who can be a person better than Steyn to pull that off? Do tune in after lunch.
The runs keep piling on. Warner hit an exquisite cover-drive. Doolan hit a beautifully punched four and a pull for boundaries, but survived a close leg-before appeal in between.
What a way to bring up your fifty! Warner pushed Steyn to mid-on and sprinted for a single and Philander threw the stumps down at the non-striker’s end. The ball, unfortunately, hit the stumps and sprinted through the empty extra-cover. A gift, really, but what a fifty!
Smith brings back Steyn, and the great man strikes immediately! He somehow sucked Rogers into playing a drive that wasn’t quite there, and Smith showed good reflexes at first slip to finish things off.
OUT! C Rogers 25(41)
Abbott finds some seam movement, beating Rogers’ outside edge. With Abbott and Morne in tandem, maybe the hosts might pull things further back. Meanwhile, in case you’re wondering who Abbott is, he has played a single Test and had taken seven for 29 on debut.
Morkel seems to have lost the nip a bit after the initial burst. He bowled a bit too full to both Rogers and Warner, and was driven accordingly. On the other hand, the Duminy ploy has certainly not worked. Maybe it’s time to get Steyn from the other end? Oh wait – Kyle Abbott is here…
Morne has just bowled the best over of the innings till now. He has run in hard, has made the ball bounce, and the last ball grazed Rogers’ shoulder. Something might happen in his next over. Meanwhile, here’s Duminy, bowling in the tenth over of the match. Who would’ve thunk?
Warner has taken on Big Phil: two pulls, one cut, three fours in all.
This is jaw-dropping stuff, folks: Australia means business.
Woah, this is interesting! Dale Steyn has leaked runs today, conceding 17 off his first two overs. Smith summons Morkel immediately.
Morkel has looked the most threatening of the trio so far, bowling a steady line and making the ball lift off a length. He has started off at 148 kph and has even clocked 150, and does not really seem very willing to relent from that.
An extremely positive start from Australia nevertheless.
Steyn does not look as menacing as one might think he could have been. Warner drives him beautifully through cover for a four and punches him for a three.
Chris Rogers seems to have taken off from where he had finished in the previous innings. A cut past point and a glance off his hips, and he is on his way. Over to Warner and Philander now.
Hello and welcome to the live updates of the third Test between South Africa and Australia at Cape Town. South Africa will be raring to and clinch their first home series victory against Australia after returning to international cricket in 1991.
Australia have won the toss and has elected to bat first. Kyle Abbott replaces injured Wayne Parnell for South Africa. For Australia, Shane Watson replaces Shaun Marsh and James Pattinson replaces Peter Siddle.
After being annihilated by Australia within four days in the first Test, South Africa came back strong to defeat the visitors by 231 runs in the second Test at Port Elizabeth. The series is leveled at 1-1.
South Africa: Graeme Smith (c), Alviro Petersen, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers (wk), Dean Elgar, Vernon Philander, Kyle Abbott, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel.
Australia: David Warner, Chris Rogers, Alex Doolan, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke (c), Steven Smith, Brad Haddin (wk), Mitchell Johnson, James Pattinson, Ryan Harris, Nathan Lyon.
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