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  • 12:47 PM IST

    LIVE: South Africa 171/5 in Overs 55 | Bevuma 38* , Quinton de Kock 27 * : STUMPS South Africa must be the happier team of the lot gaining a 86-run lead over Australia on the very first Day. Vernon Philander along with Kyle Abbott, hashim Amla, Temba Bevuma were the stars with the bat for South Africa on a day where the Australians were handed a drubbing at their own home.

  • 12:19 PM IST

    LIVE: South Africa 155/5 in Overs 49.4 | Bevuma 30* , Quinton de Kock 24 * : Quinton de Kock and Temba Bevuma have managed to hold out Hazlewood’s threat in particular who was looking in fine form. de Kock took on the bowlers and smashed quite a few lusty blows against Asutralian bowlers. Bevuma on the other hand continued to dish out singles and doubles.

  • 11:53 AM IST

    LIVE: South Africa 132/5 in Overs 42.4 | Bevuma 28* , Quinton de Kock * : OUT! Josh Hazlewood does the trick for his team in his return over. Amla flashes and flashes hard to give keeper’ Nevill and easy catch. Amla missed his half-century by 3-runs making a 67-ball 47. This has a slow and very uninteresting session of play. Australia have called upon Nathan Lyon to pick up another wicket before to end of days’ play. Lyon has been sharp and on the money all day.

  • 11:27 AM IST

    LIVE: South Africa 105/4 in Overs 36.2 | Bevuma 10* , Amla 38* : Both Amla and Bevuma have batted sensibly so far, avoiding any risks. Amla in particular has been tight with the bat, blocking anything that is not worth of being hit. Bevuma on the other hand has given a few chances to the Australian, has showed determination to bat on for his team. South Africa currently lead Australia by 24 runs.

  • 11:05 AM IST

    LIVE: South Africa 86/4 in Overs 31 | Bevuma 1* , Amla 32* : Hashim Amla after the fall of du Plessis wicket ensured that their were no casualties suffered before South Africa get past Australia’s total of 85 runs. Bevuma has provided good support to Amla so far. Joe Mennie and Josh Hazlewood have bowled a super tight lenght and kept the flow of runs under control.

  • 10:50 AM IST

    LIVE: South Africa 76/4 in Overs 27.5 | Bevuma * , Amla 24* : OUT! Josh Hazlewood gets Faf du Plessis for 7. du Plessis playing down the wrong line missed the ball which struck him on the leg-stump line.

    Amla and du Plessis had consolidated the South African innings, both the players displayed immense calmness and have closed down on any chances of a Australian revival post Starc’s 3-wicket success.
  • 10:33 AM IST

    LIVE: South Africa 57/3 in Overs 24.4 | Faf du Plessis 3* , Amla 9* : Australia has persisted with Mitchell Starc after the bowlers grabbed quick 3-wickets. One more wicket for Australia will mean they will enter the tail and have a shot at redemption. du Plessis and Amla on the other hand will eye to resurrect their SA innings with their steady and calm batting.

  • 10:16 AM IST

    LIVE: South Africa 46/3 in Overs 20.4 | Faf du Plessis 0* , Amla 2* : OUT! Starc gets JP Duminy. Starc could very well get his own 5-for. Fastest ball of the match gets Duminy to edge on to Smith at first slip. Duminy lasted just 4 balls. Skipper Faf du Plessis is out in the middle.

  • 10:03 AM IST

    LIVE: South Africa 44/2 in Overs 19 | Duminy 0* , Amla 0* : OUT!!! Starc on fire, Stephen Cook departs for 23 runs. Starc keeps the ball on the corridor of uncertainty as Cook hands Peter Nevill a easy catch. Mitchell Starc strikes first ball after tea. Unplayable yorker to start a massive session for Australia. Dean Elgar departs for 17. Hashim Amla is out in the middle.

  • 9:40 AM IST

    LIVE: South Africa 42/0 in Overs 19 | Cook 23* , Elgar 16* : TEA- This has been a super session for South Africa they have commanded total control over the Australians’. Opening batsmen Stephen Cook and Dean Elgar have weathered any storm Mitchell Starc had plans of producing. Australia bowlers have failed to make use of the conditions to their advantage. South Africa now trail AUS by 42 runs.

  • 9:20 AM IST

    LIVE: South Africa 33/0 in Overs 13 | Cook 22* , Elgar 9* : Josh Hazlewood and Joe Mennie have bowled with all their might but have no rewards to show in their kitty. Cook and Elgar have played with much composure so far, and look in no hurry to score quick runs. SA main target will to get past Australia’s score of 85 and then build on a mammoth lead with rain warnings declared for the next fews days or so.

  • 9:09 AM IST

    LIVE: South Africa 31/0 in Overs 10 | Cook 20* , Elgar 9* : People at home would be thinking whether it was poor batting by Australia or excellent bowling by South Africa that saw a wickets tumble left,right and centre in the first half of the day. Cook and Elgar have looked unchallenged apart from a few deliveries.

  • 8:50 AM IST

    LIVE: South Africa15/0 in Overs 5 | Cook 13* , Elgar 2* : Good start for South Africa after seeing the Australia were off too losing 5 wickets for just the same amount of runs. Both Stephen Cook and Dean Elgar have looked in control playing the ball as late as possible to negate any swing.

  • 8:32 AM IST

    LIVE: South Africa 3/0 in Overs 1 | Cook 1* , Elgar 2* : Mitchell Starc to start the bowling for Australia. Smith will hope for Starc to rattle the South African batting line-up with conditions providing advantage to the bowlers. Starc could very well match Philander’s 5 for 21.

  • 8:24 AM IST

    Fact: This is Australia’s lowest at home since their 76 at Perth against West Indies in November 1984

  • 8:22 AM IST

    LIVE: Australia 85 in Overs 32.5 | Smith 48* : SUPERMAN QDK takes a marvellous catch to ouster Lyon and hand Vernon Philander a worthy 5-for. Steven Smith remained not-out on 48 runs off 80 balls. This was Philanders’ 10 5-for in Test, Abbott supported him well with a 3-for of his own.

  • 8:13 AM IST

    LIVE: Australia 77/9 in Overs 31.2 | Smith 41* ,Lyon * : OUT! Another wickets bites the dust, this time Josh Hazlewood perishes. Kyle Abbott replaced Dale Steyn and has proved his captain right. Hazelwood without any footwork tries to jab on to the ball and hands an thick edge to Amla.

  • 8:04 AM IST

    LIVE: Australia66/8 in Overs 29.4 | Smith 39* , Hazlewood * : OUT! Abbott gets his man, Starc goes for 4. the credit must be given to JP Duminy for an outstanding catch at third slip. Abbott intuited Starc to go for another drive on the off side and hands himself a wicket. Steven Smith must be furious at his tail-ender.

  • 7:57 AM IST

    LIVE: Australia 59/7 in Overs 28.3 | Smith 36*, Starc : OUT! A Ripper by Vernon Philander. Joe Mennie gets cleaned by a beauty in his debut Test. Credit to Philander had the ball coming into the batsmen with the ball going away in the earlier delivery. This has a been a good contest between the bat and ball with the latter winning every battle.

  • 7:46 AM IST

    LIVE: Australia 50/6 in Overs 26 | Smith 27*, Mennie 10*: Kyle Abbott to start the bowling for South Africa in post-lunch session. Good news for SA is that Vernon Philander is back on the ground. Super start by Smith this session, boundary right of the third ball. Full outside off-stump and Smith latches on.

  • 7:02 AM IST

    LIVE: Australia 43/6 in Overs 25 | Smith 20*, Mennie 10*: LUNCH! South Africa have ruled this session of play picking 6 wickets for just 41 runs. Philander was the star with the ball, claiming figures of 3 for 3. Steven Smith is only Australian batsmen to show some resistance for his team.

  • 6:49 AM IST

    LIVE: Australia 31/6 in Overs 20.1 | Smith 18*, Mennie 0*: OUT! South Africa get their second review right. Kagiso Radada joins the wicket takers’ list. Aleem Dar original decision is overturned after replays suggest that the ball would have crashed into the middle stump.

  • 6:34 AM IST

    LIVE: Australia 30/5 in Overs 17 | Smith 14*, Nevill 2*: Steven Smith has taken control of the Australian innings out in the middle. With the ball losing its shine it has become a tad-bit easy to bat. South Africa will want to get Smith or Nevill just before Lunch to have complete control of the game. Yet to see Keshav Maharaj bowl his left-arm spin.

  • 6:20 AM IST

    LIVE: Australia 18/5 in Overs 13 | Smith 7*, Nevill 1*: OUT!!! Callum Ferguson gets run-out on his debut Test for 3. Australia are in deep trouble. Super throw by Dane Vilas on the mark. Disappointment all on the faces of Ferguson’s father and brother who had flown from England. Philander has left the ground will now be assessed for any injuries.

  • 6:08 AM IST

    LIVE: Australia 15/4 in Overs 9 | Smith 7*, Ferguson 2*: Steven Smith has looked determined and gritty against the likes of Vernon Philander and Kyle Abbott. Kagiso Radada finally comes into the attack, will be interesting how much support he gets from conditions. Callum Ferguson finally gets off the mark after playing 9-balls.

  • 5:57 AM IST

    LIVE: Australia 8/4 in Overs 9 | Smith 2*, Ferguson 0*: OUT! Another one bites the dust. Adam Voges goes for zero. Perfect ball by Philander shaping away from the batsmen. Poor start for Australia continues as Usman Khawaja departs for 4. Philander was looking dangerous and his hard work pays off. Khawaja was taken a back by the bounce and give a smart catch to Amla standing in slips.

  • 5:48 AM IST

    LIVE: Australia 8/2 in Overs 8 | Smith 2*, Usman Khawaja 4*: Philander has looked dangerous with his in-swinging deliveries. Smith has been trouble with bounce and that very problematic ball coming into him. This will a frustrating day of cricket for both the teams with regular disruptions due to rain.

  • 5:44 AM IST

    Welcome back again, the covers are off as Philander continues his march. This will a frustrating day with rain playing hide and seek.

  • 5:33 AM IST

saausblog Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of South Africa in Australia 2016-17. This is the second Test and here you will get all the live updates of Day One. The match will be played at the Bellerive Oval, Hobart. South Africa are in a comfortable position in the series now after posting an emphatic victory over the hosts at the WACA ground, perth. They are one up and will look to win the series straight away while the hosts will put in their hundred per cent to keep the series alive by winning the second Test. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs South Africa, 2nd Test at Hobart

The Proteas pulled off a terrific comeback in the first Test. They were at the back foot at the start of the match, ending their first innings with 242 runs on the board against a long Australian batting line-up. David Warner and Shaun Marsh provided the team the perfect start, bringing up teams’ hundred. The duo remained unbeaten on Day One and continued batting on Day Two. Unsuccessful on Day One, the visitors’ bowlers were effective the following day. Dale Steyn provided them the first breakthrough, removing a set Warner for 97 and Australia kept on throwing wickets afterwards, getting all out for 244 with a 2-run lead. The following innings, Perth crowd witnessed a terrific show with the bat as both Dean Elgar and JP Duminy scored their individual Test tons. Though the team had lost early wickets in Hashim Amla and Stephen Cook, Elgar and Duminy made up for it as the partnership added a mammoth 250 runs. Quinton de Kock remained consistent with runs as he scored a good 64 after his lone effort of 84 in the first innings.

Vernon Philander did a great job, building up a crucial partnership with de Kock as well as the tail-enders and scoring 73 runs. A cameo of 34-ball 41 came from debutant Keshav Maharaj to push the score to 540 for 8 upon declaration. Chasing the target, Australia could do nothing much in front of a Steyn-less bolwing. Kagiso Rabada utilised the pitch beautifully, producing reverse swing and getting 5 wickets in the innings while all the other bowlers also joined hands. It was only Usman Khawaja among the top-order batsmen who scored some good runs while Peter Nevill’s 60 not out was commendable. Earlier, Keshav Maharaj had bagged 3 wickets during Australia’s first batting innings, making his debut special. South Africa won the match comfortably by 177 runs.


Australia: Steven Smith (c), David Warner, Peter Nevill (wk), Jackson Bird, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Marsh, Joe Burns, Callum Ferguson, Adam Voges, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Joe Mennie. Withdrawn players: Shaun Marsh and Peter Siddle.

South Africa: Faf du Plessis (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Dane Vilas (wk), Stephen Cook, Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Temba Bavuma, Keshav Maharaj, Dwaine Pretorius, Vernon Philander, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rilee Rossouw, Kyle Abbott. Withdrawn player: Dale Steyn.