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South Africa reined control of the second Test versus Australia after a thumping victory at Perth. Africa leading 1-0 in the 3-Test series banked on their bowling to provide them with wickets, and that is just what Vernon Philander did. The second Test at Hobart got underway with rain clouds hovering over the Belllerive Oval with Philander ready to unleash himself on the Australian. Philander knocked off Australia s famed top-order to grab figures of 3 for 3 before leaving the field due to an injury. The only good news for the hosts was the form of Steven Smith, who batted with much authority to help Australia put a brave face. Going into lunch on Day One, Australia are 43 for 6 with Smith not-out on 20* and Joe Mennie not-out on 10*. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs South Africa, 2nd Test at Hobart

Star from the first Test, Kagiso Rabada finally got a wicket to himself as Peter Nevill was adjudged leg-before for 3. Nevill and Smith added 14 runs for the sixth wicket facing 7.3 overs together. Smith continued to provided resistance as he sees all his partners’ come and go. Smith has maundered himself well in the crease against the fast-bowlers to negate any movement. Smith and debutant Ferguson did manage to put a hold on the fall of wicket for a few overs, but their resistance came to an end soon. Ferguson chanced on the arm of substitute fielder Dane Vilas standing at backward point, who shows pin-point accuracy with his throw, as de Kock dislodges the bails. Just before the run-out there was drama all around with Philander leaving the ground. A collision of shoulders meant that Philander was left grounded amidst a super spell. Smith crashed into Philanders right shoulder while trying to attempt a run, while the bowler was busy appealing for a leg-before.

Philander continued his near beauty show with the ball after the rain break. Philander powered on by helpful conditions, struck 2-in-2 getting the key wickets of Usman Khawaja and Adam Voges. Khawaja became Philander s second victim as he edged a catch to the diving Hashim Amla at slips. Philander got the ball to move away from a good length region producing an edge. Voges fell to a peach of a delivery giving a simple catch to de Kock. The ball from a good length spot moves just that bit away from the batsmen to find the edge of the bat.

Joe Burns and David Warner came out to bat for Australia with Hobart being covered with dark clouds all over. South Africa would have hoped for some assistance from the conditions. Vernon Philander stated the bowling for Africa, and struck in his first over. After a few poor deliveries down the leg side for Warner, another loose ball on the off provided him with a wicket. Warner trying to go for an expansive drives edged a simple catch to Quinton de Kock for 1.

Abbott who was roped in for Steyn also struck in his first over. Abbott swung the ball in-towards the batsmen and caused a bit of trouble for Burns. Burns trying to play straight on misjudged the ball completely and was struck on his pads. The ball was just clipping the leg-stump for a good decision by the umpire Kettleborough.

South African skipper Faf du Plessis won the toss and elected to bowl first on a good batting pitch which had a good amount of cloud cover around it. South Africa included Abbott for Steyn who was ruled out of the series, after suffering a shoulder injury at Perth. Australia made as many as three changes in their squad, calling in Joe Burns, and handing Joe Mennie and Callum Ferguson their Test caps. Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh and Peter Siddle were all replaced after they suffered injuries at Perth.

Brief scores:

Australia 43 for 6 (Steven Smith 20*, Joe Mennie 10*; Vernon Philander 3 for 3 ) vs South Africa