Kagiso Rabada is under threat of suspension © Getty Images
Kagiso Rabada is under threat of suspension © Getty Images

Australia were 180 for 5 on Day Three of the second Test at St George’s Park. They took a lead of 41 runs with wickets to spare at the close of the day. Kagiso Rabada struck shortly before the close. AB de Villiers century earlier in the day helped South Africa take a lead of 139. In response, Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Marsh shared a fighting fifth wicket partnership of 87 and almost succeeded in taking their team through to the fourth day with at least a glimmer of hope. The live telecast of the match will be available on Sony Six and Sony Six HD. Whereas, the live streaming of the match will be on SonyLIV.

Rabada struck for the third time in the innings. Bowling around the wicket he trapped Khawaja in front of his stumps with a full delivery after the left-hander made 75 off 136 balls. Khawaja and Marsh (39*) came together when Australia were 86 for four but batted for more than two hours on a pitch which was largely placid. Rabada, under threat of a suspension which could rule him out of the rest of the four-Test series, made a key breakthrough when he bowled David Warner for 13. Cameron Bancroft was bowled off an inside edge by Lungi Ngidi for 24 and Steven Smith was caught behind off left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj shortly before tea for 11.

It was the third time in four innings that Smith had fallen to left-arm spin – twice to Maharaj and once to part-timer Dean Elgar.