South Africa are well and truly on top on Day 4 of 1st Test vs Australia    Getty Images
South Africa are well and truly on top on Day 4 of 1st Test vs Australia Getty Images

In the second session of Day Four between Australia and South Africa, visitors have tightened their screws against hosts and are just eight wickets shy from taking 1-0 lead in three-Test series. Resuming at 390 for 6, South Africa added 540 for 7 on board before declaring their innings. They have, thus, given a daunting task to Australia to win or draw the game, chasing 539. Coming out to bat in the decisive innings, David Warner and Shaun Marsh again gave a fitting start to their side but the former departed for 35, courtesy a brillaint run-out by Temba Bavuma. This was a big setback for Australia who also lost Marsh off Kagiso Rabada for 15. At tea break, Australia are 84 for 2, with Steven Smith and Usman Khawaja having a herculean task to produce some magical innings. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs South Africa, 1st Test at WACA, Perth

Day Four began with an aggressive intent carried out by South Africa’s overnight pair of Quinton de Kock and Vernon Philander. The pair added 116 runs for the seventh wicket before de Kock scored another fifty in the match. Philander led charge after his dismissal along with a vital supporting innings from Keshav Maharaj. Maharaj was attacking after lunch as he blasted three maximums off Nathan Lyon. Maharaj remained unbeaten at 41 while Philander got out for 73 after which South Africa declared.

South Africa had done all the hard work in their second innings with the bat after getting dismissed for 242 in their first attempt. Dean Elgar and JP Duminy’s centuries rescued South Africa’s ship after Hashim Amla and Stephen Cook fell in the fag end of Day Two. Australia bowled well and seemed patient for rewards but were overshadowed by some classy innings and cautious approach of Duminy-Elgar. They, however, lost few wickets in form of Faf du Plessis and Temba Bavuma but again recovered. ALSO READ: Australia vs South Africa, 1st Test, Day 4 Lunch Report: Proteas strengthen lead over 500

Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Marsh and Peter Siddle picked up two wickets each while Mitchell Starc and Smith picked up one scalp each. Australia have a big task to save the test with four full sessions left and huge amount of runs to be made. The likes of Adam Voges, Marsh, Peter Nevill will have to support from their end while Smith will have to play a sublime innings if Australia are to counter some embarrassment at Perth.

Brief scores:

South Africa 242 & 540 for 7 decl. (Dean Elgar 127, JP Duminy 141, Quinton de Kock 64, Vernon Philander 73; Josh Hazlewood 2 for 107, Peter Siddle 2 for 62) lead Australia 244 & 84 for 2 (David Warner 35, Shaun Marsh 15, Usman Khawaja 16*; Kagiso Rabada 1 for 33) by 455 runs.