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  • 3:03 PM IST

    LIVE: Australia vs South Africa 1st Test, AUS 169/4 and 244 | Need 370 | Batting: Mitchell Marsh 14, Usman Khawaja 58 : Stumps! Terrific performance by the visitors with ball and on the field. Getting over that run out by Bavuma will require some time. Rabada tasted success later towards the day after bowling brilliantly throughout. Commendable effort from the bowlers despite not having Steyn around.

  • 2:28 PM IST

    OUT! Adam Voges c Quinton de Kock b Kagiso Rabada 1 (12)

  • 2:25 PM IST

    LIVE: Australia vs South Africa 1st Test, AUS 146/3 and 244 | Need 393 | Batting: Adam Voges 1, Usman Khawaja 50 : FINALLY! Rabada strikes and it is a big wicket. Big success for the visitors before stumps as they get a set Smith out. De Kock elated, du Plessis delighted, Amla animated! Shows how crucial a wicket this was!

  • 2:17 PM IST

    OUT! Steven Smith c Quinton de Kock(wk) b Kagiso Rabada 34 (91)

  • 1:57 PM IST

    LIVE: Australia vs South Africa 1st Test, AUS 133/2 and 244 | Need 406 | Batting: Steven Smith 32, Usman Khawaja 44 : DROPPED! It was a chance, Rabada has been producing such chances with a very disciplined bowling. Getting movement as he swung the ball away from Khawaja, who edges it between ‘keeper and Hashim Amla. Amla dives to his right but fails to hold on to it. The team will have to make use of the chances.

  • 1:44 PM IST

    LIVE: Australia vs South Africa 1st Test, AUS 124/2 and 244 | Need 415 | Batting: Steven Smith 26, Usman Khawaja 41: So, here’s one partnership building for the hosts. They have a long batting line-up and though South Africa have bagged 2 wickets, they cannot call themselves safe. If Australia manage to chase this down, it will be their highest ever chase in Tests.

  • 12:35 PM IST

    LIVE: Australia vs South Africa 1st Test, AUS 76/2 and 244 | Need 463 | Batting: Steven Smith 7, Usman Khawaja 16: South Africa have already done much damage so far and it is time for skipper Smith to play a captain’s knock. Chance for Khawaja here to play a big knock as well. The outfield is fast and all the cricketers need to do is defend the good deliveries and find the gaps. Meanwhile Khawaja dances down the crease and hits Keshav Maharaj for a six over long-off.

  • 12:08 PM IST

    LIVE: Australia vs South Africa 1st Test, AUS 52/2 and 244 | Need 487 | Batting: Steven Smith 0, Usman Khawaja 0: What is on with South Africa here? Back to back wickets and there goes another appeal! Nigel Llong gives out but there’s pad before. The ball is pitched way outside off but the third umpire is keen to check for lbw, I wonder why! Meanwhile, brilliant delivery from Rabada; bit of swing and Shaun Marsh is outwitted.

  • 12:01 PM IST

    OUT! Shaun Marsh c Faf du Plessis b Kagiso Rabada 15 (45)

  • 11:59 AM IST

    LIVE: Australia vs South Africa 1st Test, AUS 52/1 and 244 | Need 487 | Batting: Shaun Marsh 15, Usman Khawaja 0: WHAT AN EFFORT! Temba Bavuma collects and executes a flying throw and gets Warner run out! My colleague Aditya Sahay says Warner was a bit lazy, I loved what Bavuma did. Terrific flexibility!

  • 11:55 AM IST

    OUT! David Warner run out 35 (33)

  • 11:20 AM IST

    LIVE: Australia vs South Africa 1st Test, AUS 13/0 and 244 | Need 526 | Batting: David Warner 10, Shaun Marsh 3: Australia have started batting and they need to build up a big partnership. Warner and Shaun Marsh will have to replicate their performance and the middle-order needs to take things forward.

  • 10:58 AM IST

    LIVE: Australia vs South Africa 1st Test, SA 540/8 decl. | LEAD: 538 | Batting: Keshav Maharaj 41: DECLARED! So, finally the visitors declare their innings with a huge lead. Some serious hitting in the last few overs. Three sixes from Maharaj while one came off Philander’s bat. Smith does it for the hosts, removing Philander.
    OUT! Vernon Philander b Steven Smith 73 (143)

  • 10:11 AM IST

    LIVE: Australia vs South Africa 1st Test, SA 508/7 | LEAD: 506 | Batting: Vernon Philander 63, Keshav Maharaj 19: It is lunch. Probably, it is the absence of Dale Steyn which has restricted Faf du Plessis from declaring the innings. With a lead over 500 runs now, South Africa look to be on top of the game. Philander has brilliantly bowled in the previous innings and will have to replicate such a performance, leading the pace attack.

  • 9:53 AM IST

    LIVE: Australia vs South Africa 1st Test, SA 498/7 | LEAD: 496 | Batting: Vernon Philander 59, Keshav Maharaj 15: South Africa have a huge lead now and declaration should come anytime soon now. Philander played a brilliant innings scoring his fifth Test half-century while de Kock played his style of cricket. Very good session for the visitors.

  • 9:45 AM IST

    OUT! Quinton de Kock c Adam Voges b Mitchell Marsh 64 (100)

  • 9:01 AM IST

    Update: GIVEN OUT! And reviewed straight away by de Kock. What’s there we see, Snicko shows a deflection, de Kock’s got some glove there and he survives!

  • 8:55 AM IST

    LIVE: Australia vs South Africa 1st Test, SA 437/6 | LEAD: 435 | Batting: Quinton de Kock 47, Vernon Philander 39: If Australia chase the total down, it will be their highest ever chase in Tests. South Africa setting the bars high for the hosts here at Perth. De Kock proceeds toward his half-century with ample support from Vernon Philander. Some glorious shots on Sunday morning including a six!

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Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of fourth day’s play of the first Test between Australia and South Africa at Perth on Sunday. It has been an interesting Test match so far, which has witnessed plenty of actions in three days. A result is on the cards as South Africa find themselves in a commendable position as they have a lead of 388 runs to thier name in the second innings. South Africa returned from the dead after getting bowled out in the first innings for 242. Their batting order collapsed as Australian bowlers did a commendable job with the ball. Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma played well adn helped their side to a decent total.  LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs South Africa, 1st Test at Perth

Australia in the first innings started of well with David Warner, Shaun Marsh firing with all guns but South African bowlers returned from the dead and chipped wickets in heap only to bring down Australia for 244. The visitors had a lead of 2 runs in the first innings, which was too low after the kind of start Warner got off to. Vernon Philander had four scalps to his name while Keshav Maharaj had an impressive debut with three big wickets to his name. It was some magnificent bowling from South African bowlers get the momentum back.

South Africa started their second innings well as Dean Elgar and JP Duminy both scored tons and steered their side to a commanding position. Duminy played with unmatched confidence and was equally backed by Elgar from the other end. Faf du Plessis also chipped in with some runs. Quinton de Kock and Philander are at the crease and on can expect some fireworks on Day 4.

Australian skipper Steve Smith was quoted in a report from ESPNCricinfo saying, “We let ourselves down yesterday, to only get two runs in front of their score wasn’t good enough. After the start we got with Davey [David Warner] and Shaun Marsh we got a great opportunity to post a big first innings score and we weren’t good enough. Credit to the South Africa bowlers at the same time, they came out yesterday morning and bowled really well, but the batters didn’t do the job.”

“It’s been pretty slow, the ball’s got soft very quickly. We’ve got to get the wickets in the morning, then if we an keep them out there, tie their two fast bowlers down and be a little more positive against the spin, there’s no reason why we can’t chase down a total on that. So far the balls that have misbehaved have been quite wide, so it’s still a pretty good wicket. It started to go pretty quick and the umpires handled it or whatever was going on out there. I think [reverse swing] has been a pretty big player during this game for both sides, very uncharacteristic of the WACA. But when the ball’s reversing it’s a tough one, you want to bowl spin but the way he holds the ball can soften that side and stop the ball reversing. You’ve got to use the quicks as long as you can and make the most of the ball while it’s going,” Smith further added.

Wickets will be the key for Australia as the game is now in South Africa’s favour. South Africa will look to get some quick runs and invite the visitors to chase, which is expected to be a difficult one. Expect another action filled day on Day 4.