Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon shared 5 wickets to restrict South Africa on Day Three    Getty Images
Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon shared 5 wickets to restrict South Africa on Day Three Getty Images

An Australia dominated day saw South Africa ending the third day at 194 for 6 with lead of 70 runs in the final Test. It was Nathan Lyon s lucky day as he ended with a three-wicket haul in final few minutes of the day. Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood shared three wickets, keeping South Africa on toes. However, South African opener Stephen Cook s second fifty came handy to save his side from the trouble. Cook and Quinton de Kock were not out at 81 and 0 at stumps. Post Kyle Abbott s wicket, it will be a fresh start for the Proteas. South Africa have clinched the series by 2-0 and Australia are trying all their best to avoid sixth consecutive Test defeat and first-ever whitewash at home. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs South Africa, 3rd Test at Adelaide

The final session saw Steven Smith introducing David Warner into the bowling attack. Warner was last called for bowling in the first Test against Sri Lanka recently. Warner did not find any luck against Sri Lanka then. Against South Africa, Warner conceded 5 runs from his first over. The game halted further with a surprise streaker adding smile on every player s face amidst the pressure and entertaining the Adelaide spectators. At the moment, Cook was playing on 48 and Starc was called into attack. As the game progressed, Cook, after 117 deliveries, reached his second Test fifty that included 2 fours. South Africa, who headed for dinner break trailing by 24 runs, took the lead by 45th over.

Cook was targeted by Hazlewood, who bowled a probing line against him. A partnership that was building up between Cook and JP Duminy broke as the off-spinner picked the latter for 26 uprooting the off-stump. Captain Faf du Plessis was once again welcomed with boos by Adelaide spectators since the ball-tampering issue. Du Plessis and Cook took their time and crawled to 21 runs by 56th over. Australia continued to stamp their authority in the final session, as Starc grabbed hold of the major man du Plessis for 12 with Peter Handscomb getting his maiden catch

Matt Renshaw got his first catch in this game in the first innings, this time it was Handscomb moment. Cook was the lone man this time for South Africa and found Bavuma coming in for support post du Plessis wicket. After adding 36 runs for third wicket with Bavuma, Lyon got his second wicket of the right-hander. Smith fumed over the decision of referral due to time lapse; however, it was a big wicket for the Australians at the end of the day. Kyle Abbott was called as the night-watchman to support Cook ahead of de Kock. But Lyon s delivery ripped into hit Abbott s pad, stuttering South Africa further. Finally, De Kock was called into action at No. 8. ALSO READ: Australia vs South Africa, day-night Test, Day 3 Dinner Report: Proteas trail by 24

Earlier in the day, South Africa fought to stay alive in this game after losing two early wickets of Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla. South Africa headed for dinner break at 100 for 2 post the decent lead of 124 built by Australia. Cook was unbeaten on 43 while Duminy was not out on 5. Starc provided the flying start for Australia snapped by Smith at the second slip. Amla, who was dropped by Renshaw at the first slip, was picked by Hazlewood for 45.

In the afternoon, Khawaja was picked for 145, which was his second highest Test score since his of 174 against New Zealand in Brisbane last ywar. Starc ended with a fifty to provide while Hazlewood remained not out on 11 as Australia ended their innings at 383.

Brief Scores:

South Africa 259/9 (Stephen Cook 40, Faf du Plessis 118*, Quinton de Kock 24, Tabraiz Shamsi 18*; Mitchell Starc 2 for 50, Josh Hazlewood 4 for 36, Jackson Bird 2 for 57) & 194/6 (Stephen Cook 81*, Hashim Amla 45: Nathan Lyon 3 for 48, Mitchell Starc 2 for 71) lead Australia 383 (Usman Khawaja 145, Steven Smith 59, Peter Handscomb 54, Mitchell Starc 53; Kyle Abbott 3 for 38) by 70 runs.