Dale Steyn revels at Perth as Australia crumble

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Perth: Dec 1, 2012

South Africa quick Dale Steyn picked up four wickets as Australia limped to 118 for seven at lunch on Day Two of the third and final Test match at the Western Australia Cricket Association (WACA) ground.

Australian wicket-keeper batsman Matthew Wade (60 not out) provided the lone resistance for the home side as the South African pace attack ripped through the hosts’ batting line-up.

Steyn (four for 33) was the first to strike, and sent back overnight batsmen David Warner (13) and Nathan Lyon (7) in his very first over of the day after finding the leading edges.

Ricky Ponting (4) couldn’t inspire a fightback as he was trapped in front by Vernon Philander (two for 41) after facing just seven balls.

Captian Michale Clarke (5), who has been South Africa’s tormentor with the bat in the series, couldn’t help but knick a fiery Steyn to keeper AB de Villiers as Australia fell to 45 for six.

Michael Hussey and Wade then shared a 55-run partnership before Morne Morkel (one for 13), who had set up Hussey well by probing him with delieveries outside off-stump, found the edge that carried to Graeme Smith at first slip.

Brief Score: South Africa 225 (Faf du Plessis 78, Robin Peterson 31; Nathan Lyon 3 for 41, Mitchell Starc 2 for 55, Mitchell Johnson 2 for 54) lead Australia 118 for 7 (Matthew Wade 60*; Dale Steyn 4 for 33, Vernon Philander 2 for 41) by 107 runs

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