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Clear blue skies over Hobart meant that Day Three between Australia and South Africa could commence, after Day Two was abandoned with out a ball being bowled thanks to heavy rain. Australia would have wanted to gain control of the proceeding expecting the overhead conditions to be favouring the likes of Starc and Hazlewood, which sadly for them was not to be. South Africa on the other hand, were found to be in complete command over their lackluster hosts, where Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock carried their bat into the lunch notching up their respective milestones. South Africa going into lunch were 286 for 6 , gaining a lead of 203 runs, with Vernon Philander not-out on 3* and Bavuma not-out on 74*. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs South Africa, 2nd Test at Hobart

de Kock after a steady start to Day Three, got into his A game scoring runs at will against Lyon. de Kock who was a thorn in Australia’s loss at Perth continued to yield out runs. de Kock recorded in secodn Test ton in 139 balls that had 17 beliigerent boundaries as well. de Kock soon departed after his hundred as Josh Hazlewood provided Australia with a much needed wicket. Hazlewood got the ball to cut back into the batsmen and snick past the gap and onto the stumps. de Kock added 144 runs for the sixth wicket along with Bavuma. Bavuma’s role in the stand was as much valuable as he kept one end blocked and provided stability to the team. De Kock was lucky to survive after keeper’ Peter Nevill missed a clear stumping of Lyon in the 75th over of the day, such has been a session for Australia; a story of misses.

The pair of de Kock and Bavuma notched up their 100-run stand with a four coming towards the mid-wicket region by the formers bat. de Kock who was slow to begin the day with, chanced his bat against Lyon in the very first over of the day for him, and bantered 8 runs from the over via 2-cracking boundaries. de Kock went for a big slow-sweep to bring up his seventh Test half-century as well, also his fifth in a row. With this De Kock joins the likes of Hashim Amla, Hansie Cronje, Jacques Kallis and Alan Melville as the only South Africans to have made 50+ scores in 5 consecutive Test innings.

Bavuma notched up his fourth half-century in 119-balls that included six boundaries past the fence. De Kock and Bavuma continued their stand to guide their team past the 100-run lead in the first half and hour of play. de Kock in particular was under the pressure to provide quick runs, which was displayed in parts as an injury to his wrist meant he could not go whole heartedly. Bavuma on the other hand, looked solid and played more defensive than anything else.

Earlier, South Africa out matched Australia on Day One bundling the hosts for just 85-runs, where Vernon Philander wrecked havoc on the top order in accordance with Kyle Abbott. Philander picked up his 10th Test 5-for to incite a downfall for Austrlia, which has been a trend in the past year or so. Skipper Steven Smith was the only batsman from the home side that displayed the will to battle it out against a rampaging South African attack. Smith remained not-out on 48*that lead to his team even get to a score of 85. Debutant Joe Mennie was the only other batsmen to get tino double figure mark.

South Africa lead the 3-Test series 1-0 , and this could be a perfect opportunity to go 2-up.

Brief scores:

Australia 85 all-out (Steven Smith 48*, Joe Mennie 10; Vernon Philander 5 for 21 ) trail South Africa 288 for 6 (Hashim Amla 47, Temba Bavuma 75*, Quinton de Kock 104 ; Josh Hazlewood 3 for 66 ) by 203 runs.

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