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Day Two fell victim to heavy rain as play got abandoned with out a ball being bowled in the second Test between Australia and South Africa. The match in contention is being played at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart, where contrary to popular beliefs rain has hampered matches one to many times. 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. 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. Mind you South Africa lead the 3-Test series 1-0 , and this could be a perfect opportunity to go 2-up. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs South Africa, 2nd Test at Hobart

In reply, Stephen Cook and Dean Elgar bolstered the visitors’ chance of exceeding past Australia s total. A strong first wicket stand enabled South Africa get a steady start that was taken advantage by Hashim Amla, Temba Bevuma and Quinton de Kock. Amla and Bevuma held forte for South Africa after triple strikes by Mitchell Starc somewhat brought back excitement for the home side. Starc s fiery pace out did the batsmen which meant the South African had to curb the instincts of scoring big runs. Amla got out for 47 runs, while Bevuma carried his bat alongside de Kock to give them a 86-run lead over the Australians.

South Africa would have hoped to score plenty on Day Two with de Kock going all guns blazing and Bevuma tying one end up. With an near impending lead ready to cross the 100-run mark, Australia would have wanted to go into damage control more than anything else. With day two announced as a wash-out , both teams would now head into Day Three with a new approach and newer strategies to put in place.

Lets talk about the hosts first who will be vary of the fact that anything less than a perfect show by their bowlers will mean the end of the Test for them. Australia will want to gain control of the proceeding early into Day Three with overhead conditions favouring the likes of Starc and Hazlewood. Hazlewood in particular will be the key with his seam-up bowling much like what Philander did for South Africa. Starc will want to outpace the batsmen like on Day One, where he clocked 147 kmph to get rid of Elgar.

Joe Mennie was tight and made the batsmen play at every delivery, while Nathan Lyon was by far their best bowler not to show a wicket beside his name. With the pitch being under the covers for a full day; the moisture and dampness might help Lyon to open his can of tricks .

As far as South Africa is concerned with Bevuma and de Kock still out in the middle, they will hope the pair adds quick runs and build a lead past 15- run mark to be safe in the game. With rain looming over South Africa will want as many runs as possible on the table before Australia are put into bat for a second time. Given the form De Kock is in, it should be of no worry to for the score to accelerate. This is also the last recognised pair South Africa have, and will want to stay in the middle for a long time, not exposing the tail to Starc or Hazlewood.

(Vishal Mehra is a reporter at CricketCountry, currently tripping on #BlackMirror and #TheFlashS03, enjoying his weekly dose of anime, monthly viewing of sitcoms, daily playing cricket once every few hours, and also venturing into table-tennis. He can be followed on Twitter @capturethecatch)