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A day of three rollercoaster sessions is what was witnessed on Day Three of the first Test between Australia and South Africa which is been played at the W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth. A pace friendly track witnessed its completely opposite happenings on the first Day when the Australian pacers destroyed the strong seeming South African side for a mere total of 242. After the domination with the ball, Australia upped their command with some impressive strokes from David Warner who single-handedly took the hosts to a total of 105 for no loss. There were some glimpses of good batting from the visitor’s thanks to sturdy half-centuries from Temba Bavuma and Quinto de Kock. But apart from this, it was all Australia written over it. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs West Indies, 2nd Test at Abu Dhabi

That is how much a bad first day of the series opener and it was very much expected that Australia would carry on in the same fashion on Day Two. Of course, they have the home advantage and anyone would expect Steven Smith and Co. to dominate. But completely against the run of playing the Chokers as they are infamously called applied choke to the Australian run chariot and came out as the dominating team at Stumps on Day Two. Based on these happenings, Rohan Arun Sawant presents to you some of the highlights that entertained the WACA crowd:

David Warner’s dismissal – David Warner is the perfect opener the Australia has in any format of the game. Like seriously, irrespective of the format, games situation he can go out against the opposition bowling from the very first ball. He goes perfectly apt with the word ‘maverick’. Warner started the Day Two with the overnight score of 73 runs off just 62 which are laced with 13 cracking boundaries and one huge sixer.

With the approach that he was batting it looked very certain that soon in the first session of Day Two he would be raising his bat to the crowd to acknowledge his 17th Test century. He started off well but looked little out of touch as compared to what he was on Day One. The Proteas bowling were bowling on much tighter line and length which did make the Warner and his opening partner Shaun Marsh struggle for runs. Marsh was playing the perfect second fiddle to Warner and never looked to be the hero by going for some over the top shots.

Warner on Day two scored two boundaries, one was against Kangiso Rabada which had to be punished as it was way outside off and allowed the Warner to free his arms. It did seem like he was itching to do so since the start of Day Two. The second one came against Vernon Philander which came in an unceremonious way, to be frank. It was a full and wide outside off delivery from Philander which Warner got a thick outside edge and flew through gully. It was Mark Nicholas in the commentary box who, ”In a Test match he has never been out in the 90s, and the next ball from Steyn, Warner had edged the ball to Hashim Amla at the second slip. I don’t know if that was a curse or a jinx, but that wicket did falter the host’s innings as he remained the top scorer for his team in the first innings.

Dale Steyn’s injury – Dale Steyn has had a bad patch due to his shoulder injury which has kept him off the field various times and that too for a prolonged period. He made a comeback in Test cricket after almost 8 months after he injured his shoulder against India. he played against New Zealand in South Africa and he was once again handed the responsibility of leading the South African pace attack against Australia for the three-match Test series.

He was bowling a very tightly in the initial stage of the game and was rewarded with the wicket of Warner for 97 runs as he made the left-handed batsman edge the ball to Amla at the second slip. The 33-year-old right arm 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. He is expected to fly back to South Africa soon with all possibility to undergo a surgery.

His loss has spurred a lot of worries for the visitors who will be left without the experience, pace and aggression of someone like Steyn. They did fare out excellently in the second innings after Steyn departed as they bundled out Australia for just 244. But what remains to be seen is how will they cope up against the Australians in the second innings of the match because in all possibility they would soon be naming a replacement for Steyn-gun. This injury has also raised serious concerns if Dale will be making a comeback to the international cricket after the prolonged injury which will be keeping him away from the game for 6 months.

Steve Smith’s dismissal – Australian captain Steve Smith was dismissed for a duck in controversial scenes to bring South Africa back into the contest in the first Test. Smith was given LBW by field umpire Aleem Dar from the bowling of spinner Keshav Maharaj, but it was immediately reviewed by the Aussie skipper.

He could not believe he was given out after dancing several strides down the pitch to meet the ball. The Decision Review System supported Dar’s call. The predictive system judged only part of the ball would have his Smith’s leg stump, but it was enough for the DRS to deliver a verdict of umpire’s call. Keeper Quinton de Kock hardly appealed initially and Smith immediately reviewed the verdict, but ball-tracking replays deemed it was an “umpire’s call”.

Maharaj has made one grand of a debut in the Test cricket in this Test has first he got off the mark with the bat with an audacious six off Mitchell Starc and then in the second innings this wicket of Smith to open his account of wickets tally!

Keshav Maharaj – Keshav Maharaj made his international Test debut against Australia in the ongoing test at Perth and has inscribed his name in the history by becoming the first spinner to have scalped a wicket. Maharaj had three wickets to his name in the first innings, which makes him the only spinner to have picked a wicket while making his international debut at Perth. It s an interesting record to hold as many as six spinners have debuted at this venue barring him but without much of a success. Having made his debut in such a banging fashion, Maharaj certainly seems to have the necessary oomph within to cement his place in the longest format of the game for Proteas.

Dean Elgar – JP Duminy partnership – After reducing Australia for just 244 runs, it was expected that the visitors would play sensible cricket and extend their lead as they had a lot of time with themselves. But Stephen Cook and Amla were dismissed for cheap as Australia seemed to have laid the platform for a strong comeback after the initial debacle. But it is the 59 stand between Elgar and Duminy that has taken the game away from Australia at Stumps on Day Two. The visitors were in a tight spot as they lost Cook and Amla in quick successions.

They were two wickets down for the score of 45 and it seemed like they were again following the same route as they did in the first innings. But a timely knock from Elgar and Duminy has saved the day for them. This knock will have further impetus when it comes to Elgar has he has scored 40 + runs in Test cricket after January 2016.

The last time he had scored 40 + runs was against England in Johannesburg in the first innings when he scored 46. Since then he has not been able to convert the starts into big numbers and this innings can just be the right opportunity for him while the same can be said about Duminy who too has been off track in the recent times in the whites.

(Rohan A. Sawant is a reporter for CricketCountry. He loves Football, Cricket and is a die-hard Arsenal fan. He is an avid writer and has some knowledge about cricket and so he is trying his best to pour with his Laptop as he finds writing with pen and paper very clumsy. You can follow him on Twitter @iswandering)