JP Duminy and Dean Elgar's partnership added 250 runs    Getty Images
JP Duminy and Dean Elgar’s partnership added 250 runs Getty Images

The first Test between Australia and South Africa has turned out to be one interesting competition between the teams. The match had started with the hosts dominating as they bundled out Proteas for 242. The first day was entirely one-sided, with Shaun Marsh and David Warner backing their team’s bowling performance with great display of batting. Australia, who had not lost a single wicket on Day One, went on throwing wickets to the South Africa bowlers, putting up 244 runs with a 2-run lead. The ball was now in South Africa’s court and they did not let the chance go, performing well with the bat despite losing two early wickets. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs South Africa, 1st Test at WACA, Perth

The Perth wicket, with a prominent crack running through its length, could not offer much of movement and the Aussie bowlers played with the extra bounce that they could produce. However, it was not enough for the touring party, as they already have 390 runs on the board and a batsman like Quinton de Kock at the crease. South Africa, who look comfortable in gaining a 450 plus lead from this stage, will be on the gainer’s side as Day Three ends.

The Day Two was one of the most eventful so far, but the following day was no less. Starting from runs to wickets and dropped catches, everything was there. As the teams prepare to spend yet another day, here are the highlights from Day Three of the match.

JP Duminy’s hundred: South Africa had already lost two of their most dependable batsmen on Day Two. Stephen Cook had departed scoring 12 while Hashim Amla’s contribution was a solitary run. It was upon the two at the crease to stop the landslide of wickets, bringing in stability in the South Africa innings. 36-match old Duminy was the one with more experience of the two and had to guide his mate. Under pressure, the cricketer played a much-needed knock. Ducking those deliveries which should be and playing the rest with ease, Duminy got to his half-century and gradually his fifth Test ton. Duminy contributed with 141 run before edging a Peter Siddle delivery to wicketkeeper Peter Nevill.

Dean Elgar’s hundred: While it was Duminy’s effortless batting at the other end, Elgar was not having as comfortable a time towards the beginning of his innings. He did not look very confident of the shots he was attempting for but he did the right thing at the right, taking his time and going after the lose deliveries. Duminy’s efforts could not have been as fruitful if it was not Elgar putting up a tremendous effort to play the perfect partner. Elgar got to his half-century much slowly but the innings helped South Africa absorb the shock of losing the two top-order players early. As he spent more time at the crease, Elgar scored 127 before departing. Full Cricket Updates, Australia vs South Africa, 1st Test, Day 3 at Perth

South Africa’s comeback: The first innings was not much fruitful for South Africa as the batting line-up failed to perform up to the mark. Most of the top-order batsmen were sent back early with Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma to be the two players who performed well. From being at backfoot having picked up no wickets on Day one to restricting the hosts within 244 and then gaining a lead of 388, South Africa have made a remarkable comeback.

Quinton de Kock dropped early in his innings: Catches definitely win matches and there have been many examples where good fielding effort has contributed towards a team’s victory vividly. On Day Three, Adam Voges failed to anticipate a catch that would have dismissed Quinton de Kock. Bowler Mitchell Starc looked disappointed and why not, as de Kock is among the most consistent players of the opponent’s side and is in a tremendous form. The batsman is unbeaten and will resume batting on Day Four and the day will decide how costly the missed catch was.

(Paulami Chakraborty, a singer, dancer, artist, and photographer, loves the madness of cricket and writes about the game. She can be followed on Twitter at @Polotwitts)