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  • 3:36 PM IST

    Update: It is stumps! With 390 runs on the board and a lead of 388 runs, South Africa are in a comfortable position now. The hosts will look to end things soon for the visitors on Day Four as they already have a good target to chase.

  • 2:47 PM IST

    LIVE: Australia vs South Africa 1st Test, SA 352/6 | LEAD: 350 | Batting: Quinton de Kock 2, Vernon Philander 0: Soon after Quinton de Kock is dropped, South Africa lose the wicket of skipper du Plessis. South Africa still have a good lead and have a scope to improve that.

  • 2:45 PM IST

    OUT! Faf du Plessis c Peter Nevill (wk) b Mitchell Starc 32 (64)

  • 2:25 PM IST

    OUT! Temba Bavuma c Usman Khawaja b Mitchell Marsh 8(18)

  • 1:59 PM IST

    OUT! Dean Elgar c Mitchell Starc b Josh Hazlewood 127 (316)


    LIVE: Australia vs South Africa 1st Test, SA 324/4 | LEAD: 322 | Batting: Temba Bavuma 0,Faf du Plessis 14: South Africa are going great. Though they lost Elgar, they still have three technical batsmen left and will look to take the score to a huge one.

  • 1:19 PM IST

    LIVE: Australia vs South Africa 1st Test, SA 301/3 | LEAD: 299 | Batting: Dean Elgar 114,Faf du Plessis 4: Back from tea! So, South Africa lost a crucial wicket of Duminy just before tea but he has done his part scoring a magnificent century. Elgar is still at the crease and is set to give du Plessis the time to settle down. Yet another partnership here can change the game in favour of South Africa. They still have Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma. 300 up for the team.
    OUT! JP Duminy c Peter Nevill(wk) b Peter Siddle 141 (225)

  • 11:53 AM IST

    LIVE: Australia vs South Africa 1st Test, SA 268/2 | LEAD: 266 | Batting: Dean Elgar 95, JP Duminy 131: Starc has given a the ball. Working with his length, mixing in bouncers in between. Elgar looks a bit nervous approaching his hundred, Duminy confident.

  • 11:28 AM IST

    LIVE: Australia vs South Africa 1st Test, SA 239/2 | LEAD: 237| Overs 78| Batting: Dean Elgar 83 (222), JP Duminy 114 (185): Duminy has reached the three figure mark and is going on at a good pace. Elgar too has moved into the 80s and has started to play a few shots now. Elgar was given a reprieve when he was dropped by Starc. Australia need to take these half chances if they are to bounce back into this game.

  • 11:03 AM IST

    LIVE: Australia vs South Africa 1st Test, SA 213/2 | LEAD: 211| Overs 72| Batting: Dean Elgar 75 (205), JP Duminy 98 (166): Duminy is inching closer to his fifth Test century. He has played magnificently so far and has upped the ante after the lunch break, striking four boundaries in quick succession. Australia are once again on the back foot at the beginning of this session. They will want to get some quick wickets here.

  • 10:11 AM IST

    LIVE: Australia vs South Africa 1st Test, SA 183/2 | LEAD: 181| Overs 66| Batting: Dean Elgar 69 (194), JP Duminy 74 (141): And that’s lunch! South Africa will be extremely happy with their effort and will now look to add to Australia’s woes in the next session. The hosts will look to come all guns blazing in the post-lunch session. Australia will be in deep trouble, if they do not break this partnership at the earliest.

  • 9:28 AM IST

    LIVE: Australia vs South Africa 1st Test, SA 168/2 | LEAD: 166| Overs 59| Batting: Dean Elgar 68 (176), JP Duminy 64 (117): Duminy and Elgar are frustrating Australia at the moment. They seem to be in firm control and will look to hang around till lunch, which is just half an hour or so away. there have been a couple of close shouts, but they have not transpired into wickets for Australia so far, who are slowly losing the grip on this game.

  • 9:01 AM IST

    LIVE: Australia vs South Africa 1st Test, SA 151/2 | LEAD: 149| Overs 54| Batting: Dean Elgar 66 (160), JP Duminy 54 (103): The partnership between Duminy and Elgar has crossed 100 and could turn out to be a match-winning one. Steven Smith has rung in the bowling changes thick and fast, but Australia have not had any success whatsoever. This pair will want to bat through the entire first session now, which would dent Australia’s chances further.

  • 8:39 AM IST

    LIVE: Australia vs South Africa 1st Test, SA 144/2 | LEAD: 142| Overs 49| Batting: Dean Elgar 61 (143), JP Duminy 52 (90): Both Elgar and Duminy have scored their fifties and are looking in good touch now. Australia have not been able to make the breakthrough they were looking for. Hazlewood and Starc have leaked some runs and have not really managed to put any sort of pressure on the South African batsmen. South Africa continue to score at a brisk pace.

  • 8:12 AM IST

    LIVE: Australia vs South Africa 1st Test, SA 114/2 | LEAD: 112| Overs 43| Batting: Dean Elgar 48 (124), JP Duminy 42 (73): A quiet start to the morning for South Africa. Australian bowlers Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood have kept it tight so far, giving away almost nothing, making it difficult for the batsmen to score runs. Australia will desperately be looking for a couple o quick wickets in the first session of the day. Duminy however managed to open the shackles by hitting Starc for a couple of boundaries.

15Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of third day’s play of the first Test between Australia and South Africa at Western Australia Cricket Association (WACA), Perth on Friday. The second day has already seen a rollercoaster of a ride as Australia who started off in an attacking fashion were bowled out for 244. David Warner started off the Day Two with the overnight score of 72 and was definitely looking all poised to get to his century while Shaun Marsh, on the other hand, was looking very solid in his innings of 29. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs South Africa, 1st Test at Perth

But the visitors bowling came in extremely hard against the strong looking Australian opening pair. First, they dismissed Warner for 97 from 100 deliveries against the run of play. Later it was Usman Khawaja who had just scored 4 runs and before the hosts could stabilise their falling innings, their skipper Steven Smith was removed by South African debutant Keshav Maharaj. This was also the maiden wicket for Maharaj and this initiated the downfall of the Australian innings out of nowhere. Shaun Marsh had got to his half-century at the other end of the pitch while he had lost three partners in succession. But he too perished against Vernon Philander ending his innings for the score of 63 from 148 balls.

Adam Voges tried to provide some stability as he played a handful knock of 27 from 60 deliveries along with Peter Nevill who scored 23 runs off 53 balls. It was this partnership and Peter Siddle’s 18 runs from 25 balls that took Australia to the total of 242 giving them a lead of puny 2 runs over South Africa’s 242.

It was a remarkable comeback from South Africa as Vernon Philander became the pick of the bowler for them as he finished with the figures of 4 for 56. He was well supported by debutant Maharaj who finished with 3 for 56. Kagiso Rabada and Steyn finished with 2 and 1 wicket respectively. Carrying the same momentum in the second innings, South Africa have reached a score of 104 for the 2 as their opener Dean Elgar is unbeaten on 46 from 117 deliveries and has JP Duminy who will resume tomorrow from the score of 34.

The Proteas opener Stephen Cook continued his run of poor form from the first innings as he was dismissed by Siddle for just 12 runs from 55 deliveries. Hashim Amla too disappointed as he was removed by Josh Hazlewood for just one run. Both Elgar and Duminy had made 59 runs stand for the third wicket and they both have looked well-settled in their batting.

The Day Two has given us a cracker of cricketing action and the same can be expected form Day Three as the visitors have come out on top against their run of play. The hosts will be expecting a turnaround of things on Day Three as they seemed to have lost the strong grip of the game which they had by the end of Day One.

The visitors will be completely in a different zone as off now as they have pulled the game back in their court against the run of play. With two days still to be played and the second innings have already started, this Test match is definitely going to yield a result. But given the way this match has gone by, it will extremely difficult to predict a winner at this moment. As off now as that can be said is that a cracker of action awaits us as we get underway with Day Three.

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.