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  • 3:39 PM IST

    Update: It’s stumps. South Africa end day with a decent kead of 102 runs and 8 wickets in hand. Australia will look to get early scalps on Day Three but names like du Plessis, de Kock still await their turn to bat. Wicket looks good to bat on so far, though there are visible cracks.

  • 3:31 PM IST

    UPDATE: Dale Steyn ruled out of the series with a fracture in the shoulder-bone.

  • 3:30 PM IST

    LIVE – South Africa 104/2; JP Duminy 34, Dean Elgar 46 | Lead by 102 | : Elgar last touched the 50-run mark in December, 2015 against England when he scored a standout 118 for a losing cause. A good knock will be equally needed by him and the team here.

  • 2:48 PM IST

    LIVE – South Africa 77/2; JP Duminy 20, Dean Elgar 38 : Elgar can be the key to success for South Africa from here. Duminy is a very sensible player and knows the importance of his wicket. Playing with patience will pay off surely as South Africa need a good partnership.

  • 2:11 PM IST

    LIVE – South Africa 49/2; JP Duminy 4, Dean Elgar 27 : After a duck in the first innings, Amla departs for 1 in this. Perth is doing no good to the batsman. The Hazlewood delivery comfortably finds the gap and hits the stump. South Africa struggling to find the initial kick with the bat.

  • 2:04 PM IST

    OUT! Hashim Amla b Josh Hazlewood 1 (7)

  • 1:56 PM IST

    LIVE – South Africa 38/1; Hashim Amla 0, Dean Elgar 21 : First breakthrough for Australia and at the right time. There was a partnership building between Cook and Elgar and that has been broken. South Africa have to score well looking at the long Aussie batting. The hosts will not be throwing wickets every time like they did in their first innings.

  • 1:54 PM IST

    OUT! Stephen Cook c Shaun Marsh b Peter Siddle 12 (55)

  • 1:39 PM IST

    LIVE – South Africa 29/0; Stephen Cook 13, Dean Elgar 11 : Steven mixing bowlers well but his team is yet to taste any success. These two can do what Warner and Shaun Marsh did for Australia the other night.

  • 1:01 PM IST

    LIVE – South Africa 11/0; Stephen Cook 4, Dean Elgar 6 : South Africa start their batting with Mitchell Starc opening the bowling. The two will look to play carefully as Starc at Perth is dangerous. Meanwhile, a huge appeal comes from Australia, Aleem Dar not interested.

  • 12:21 PM IST

    LIVE – Australia 244; Peter Siddle 18 : It’s tea!Two soft dismissals down the order and Australia end their innings with 2-run lead. Good fight-back by the Proteas, especially after the big partnership between Shaun Marsh and David Warner from last night. Concern for them will be the absence of Dale Steyn though.

  • 12:18 PM IST

    OUT! Nathan Lyon c Dean Elgar b Vernon Philander 0 (2)

  • 12:16 PM IST

    OUT! Josh Hazlewood c JP Duminy b Vernon Philander 4 (5)

  • 12:13 PM IST

    LIVE – Australia 238/8; Peter Siddle 17, Josh Hazlewood 0 : Another wicket for Australia but was there any edge? Hot-spot shows there is none. Amla executed a very good catch but the ball surely hit the pad first.

  • 12:05 PM IST

    OUT! Peter Nevill c Hashim Amla b Keshav Maharaj 23 (53)

  • 11:48 AM IST

    LIVE – Australia 209/7; Peter Siddle 0, Peter Nevill 10 : Back to back wickets for South Africa. Rabada executes a good return catch to dismiss Voges while Starc lofts a full-length Maharaj delivery to du Plessis at midwicket.

  • 11:45 AM IST

    OUT! Mitchell Starc c Faf du Plessis b Keshav Maharaj 0 (5)

  • 11:42 AM IST

    OUT! Adam Voges c & b Kagiso Rabada 27 (60)

  • 11:19 AM IST

    LIVE – Australia 190/5; Adam Voges 15, Peter Nevill 4 : Trailing by 55 runs, Australia will seek a partnership like the one last night. Both look to settle down, take time. Phillander looks really good with the ball.

  • 10:59 AM IST

    LIVE – Australia 181/5; Adam Voges 10, Peter Nevill 0 : So, Proteas continue getting wickets after lunch as they get Mitchell Marsh for a duck. Mitch tries to defend but the ball finds its way to the back leg. No doubts there.

  • 10:56 AM IST

    OUT! Mitchell Marsh lbw Vernon Phillander 0(8)

  • 10:10 AM IST

    LIVE – Australia 181/4; Adam Voges 10 : It is lunch. What a session for South Africa, hosts losing back to back wickets here at Perth. Bad news is: Steyn is being taken to the hospital for further assistance with his problematic shoulder. Losing their No. 1 bowler in the very fast match is not something the visitors would want.

  • 10:00 AM IST

    OUT! Shaun Marsh lbw b Vernon Philander 63 (148)

  • 9:42 AM IST

    Update: Pitched in line and clips the leg stump. Aleem Dar’s decision reviewed and Australia lose both a review and their skipper. South Africa going right with their plan here, as revealed by Steyn and what a way to get his maiden international wicket for Keshav Maharaj!

  • 9:39 AM IST

    OUT! Steven Smith lbw b Keshav Maharaj 0 (4)

  • 9:38 AM IST

    LIVE – Australia 167/2; Steven Smith 0, Shaun Marsh 60: What a delivery that by Rabada! The ball finds the gap between bat and pad as Khawaja takes time to bring his bat down. ‘Head of the snake’ is out in the middle and probably out as well! Aleem Dar’s decision reviewed!

  • 9:32 AM IST

    OUT! Usman Khawaja b Kagiso Rabada 4 (17)

  • 9:21 AM IST

    Update: Dale Steyn leaves the field with his problematic shoulder troubling him. Has been on and off due to the problems. Bad news for the visitors.

  • 9:11 AM IST

    Update: Finally a wicket for Steyn! Totally animated as he gets Warner in the 90s. Warner disappointed, hits the ground with bat in disgust. Shane Warne in the commentary box looks animated as well. Steyn’s aggression, good Aussie batting, a delight for Test cricket lovers, this game!

  • 9:07 AM IST

    OUT! David Warner c Hashim Amla b Dale Steyn 97(100)

Australia will look to take a massive lead on Day 2.
Australia will look to take a massive lead on Day 2.

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of second day’s play of the first Test between Australia and South Africa at Western Australia Cricket Association (WACA), Perth on Friday. Australia have fared well in the Test so far as their pace bowlers id well to scalp early wickets and put South Africa under pressure. Australia bowlers stood up on the big occasion as Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood accounted for seven wickets between them. Starc bowled with immense guile while Hazlewood showed some serious control over his line and length. It has been an interesting session so far and one can expect Day 2 to be packed with action. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs South Africa, 1st Test at Perth

Australia once again lived upto his reputation as their bowlers did the job after which David Warner and Shaun Marsh batted extremely well to get their team off to a flying start. They remained unbeaten at stumps and will look to add some crucial runs on Australia  as they have done well in  the game. David Warner looked unstoppable as he garnered runs at a brisk rate.

Earlier, South Africa faltered in the first session as Australian bowlers were on top of their game bagging four wickets with the score reading 78 for 4 at lunch. South Africa’s skipper du Plessis and middle-order batsman Bavuma built healthy partnership of 49 runs before the skipper departed for a well made 37. Starc, who entered the squad after the forgettable Sri Lanka series and an injury, drew first blood and got Stephen Cook in the third ball of the first over off a blinder from Mitchell Marsh. It was Hazlewood and Peter Siddle who continued to rattle the South African batsmen with the former being most accurate while others chipped in as well.

South Africa began their innings with Cook and Dean Elgar. While Starc’s pace and length got the better of Cook, Elgar got to a start somehow before going for 12. Hashim Amla looked out of action at No. 3 as he went without troubling the scorers for 0. JP Duminy was promoted at No. 4 but he also faltered for 11 off Hazlewood. Later on, du Plessis showed character, rotated the strike well with Bavuma and played some crispy shots but just when he was looking set for a half-century, he was dismissed for 37 just after the lunch break.

du Plessis’ dismissal brought de Kock at the crease and he looked in sublime touch after a strong of good scores in the tour games. He came to the pitch of the ball, timed everything from the middle, ran hard with Bavuma and stood his end with confidence. Had it not been an innings of character, as displayed by de Kock, South Africa would have fallen for less than 200. Vernon Philander fell for a poor pull shot, playing close to the body, off Starc. Starc and Hazlewood did what was expected as they bowled with steam, pace and accuracy while Nathon Lyon and Peter Siddle chipped in too.

Squads: 

Australia: Steven Smith(c), David Warner, George Bailey, Scott Boland, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Mitchell Marsh, Joe Mennie, Chris Tremain, Matthew Wade, Daniel Worrall, Adam Zampa, James Faulkner, Shaun Marsh.

South Africa: Faf du Plessis(c), Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock, Jean-Paul Duminy, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn.