Live Updates

  • 12:13 PM IST

    LIVE, AUS 121/2 , Smith 18* , Khawaja 50* : STUMPS after BAD LIGHT STOPED PLAY Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja have decided to take light as the players come off the ground. FIFTY for Khawaja, well played. Steven Smith and Usman Khawaja ensured that no wickets were lost in the last one hour or so with South Africa having a edge over them. With the introduction of Keshav Maharaj the flow of runs is back and batsmen have would have taken a sigh of relief. Maharaj’s pace act as a added advantage to the batsmen on a pitch which is slowing down,

  • 11:52 AM IST

    LIVE, AUS 93/2 , Smith 12* , Khawaja 35* : This has been a dry spell for Australia as South African bowlers have hounded them with unplayable deliveries. Abbott and Rabada in particular took turns as they exhibited intense seam bowling against Smith and Khawaja. Smith played and missed a lot, while Khawaja was on a mission to survive.PERIOD.

  • 11:35 AM IST

    LIVE, AUS 82/2 , Smith 3* , Khawaja 33* : Outstanding display of seam bowling by Kagiso Rabada and Kyle Abbott to be witnessed in Hobart. Both Smith and Khawaja have been unable to get any idea of where the ball is darting around. Rabada in particular has managed to extract bounce of the wicket against Smith. SMith on the other hand, has defended the ball with all his energy.

  • 11:24 AM IST

    LIVE, AUS 79/2 , Smith 0* , Khawaja 32* : OUT! Unlucky for David Warner. The ball went off his thigh pads on to his elbow and then on to his leg stump. Abbott kept the line really tight and has reaped rewards for it. Steven Smith is out in the middle to rally his troops around.

  • 11:17 AM IST

    LIVE, AUS 77/1 , Warner 44* , Khawaja 32* : Kagiso Rabada will continue for southafrica, gets the ball on the money on the very first ball. Khawaja is looking in trouble, with more misses than usual. Khawaja has been stuck in the crease with absolutely no foot-work. South Africa’s ground fielding has been tight as an air-tight container.

  • 11:06 AM IST

    LIVE, AUS 77/1 , Warner 44* , Khawaja 32* : And the RAIN is back.. Grrrr such has been the day. Warner and Khawaja would be more than happy to go of the field as both Abbott and Rabada were displaying some great seam bowling.

  • 10:50 AM IST

    LIVE, AUS 63/1 , Warner 36* , Khawaja 26* : SO far this session has seen a good contest between bat and ball. Philander and Rabada has often been too good for the batsmen not to edge a ball to the keeper’s gloves. Warner steadily has moved into his 30s. Khawaja on the other hand is hanging in their supporting his vice-captain.

  • 10:35 AM IST

    LIVE, AUS 56/1 , Warner 31* , Khawaja 24* : Kagiso Rabada to continue the bowling for South Africa in the final session. Vernon Philander looks a bit jaded with his shoulder injury causing a bit of a problem again. David Warner will be the key for aus , if he stays not-out by the end of play aus might have a chance to win the match. Khawaja needs to be smart and not give his wicket away like he did at Perth.

  • 10:05 AM IST

    LIVE, AUS 54/1 , Warner 29* , Khawaja 24* : TEA. Abbott to continue, Oooh Warner survives as Dean Elgar completes miss sights the ball in slips. Kagiso Rabada is the second change by du Plessis in as many overs. Rabada was a main tormentor for aus in the second innings at Perth, will want to again showcase his talent with the ball. JP Duminy has been called upon by Faf du Plessis to pick up a wicket at the nick of tea. Khawaja has looked settled against spin bowling welcomed Duminy with a boundary and than again a boundary in the same over. Khawaja and Warner have looked solid after being troubled by the bowlers early on.

  • 9:46 AM IST

    LIVE, AUS 26/1 , Warner 16 * , Khawaja 9* : Warner and Khawaja have consolidated a bit for Australia. Khawaja has been troubled by Kyle Abbott who is bowling from over the wicket him. Warner, on the other hand has looked more in control and has cashed in a boundary to his name. Vernon Philander will want to immulate his show from the 1st innings. aus are still 215 runs behind.

  • 9:25 AM IST

  • 9:25 AM IST

    LIVE, AUS 7/1 , Warner 5 * , Khawaja 2* : Vernon Philander into the attack for sa. Gets treated by a boundary by David Warner on the very first ball. Philander has been in great form in this Test a 5-for in the first innings while bowling and then a quick fire 32 this morning. Important for Warner to stay put and play every ball on its merit.

  • 8:54 AM IST

    LIVE, AUS 0/1 , Warner 0 * : OUT! Joe Burns is out playing a leg glance. Poor manner to get out. Kyle Abbott hands SA the perfect start. Just as Burns was going off the field, rain comes calling in. Australia are looking in trouble already trailing SA by 241 runs. Usman Khawaja will be under pressure to make runs.

  • 8:42 AM IST

    LIVE, SA 326 all-out , Rabada 5* : OUT! Hazlewood gets a 6-for. South Africa all out for 326. Lead by 241 runs. Vernon Philander’s small but entertaining cameo comes to an end after he tried to hit Hazlewood over the top only to perish for 28-ball 32.

  • 8:24 AM IST

    LIVE, SA 297 for 9, Rabada 0*, Philander 8* : OUT! Kyle Abbott goes for just 3 runs. Josh Hazlewood gets to his fourth 5-for in Tests. This has been an excellent display of swing bowling by him. Australia have come out hard at the South Africans this session and have looked dominating side.

  • 8:13 AM IST

    LIVE, SA 293 for 8, Abbott 0*, Philander 7* : OUT! knocked him over is the right word. Hazlewood gets Maharaj for 1. No footwork what so ever and Maharaj gets his stumps rattled. Kyle Abbott is out in the middle.

  • 8:07 AM IST

    LIVE, SA 292 for 7, Maharaj 0*, Philander 7* : Joe Mennie into the attack, perfect line to start the spell. OUT! Bevuma departs making a solid 74. The ball came a fast and bounced on to the bat as Bevuma spooned a simple catch to point fielder. Keshav Maharaj out in the middle now.

  • 8:03 AM IST

    LIVE, SA 292 for 6, Bavuma 74*, Philander 7* : FOUR to start the session for South Africa. Josh Hazlewood gave a simple half-volley on the pads. Australia looking tired and unmotivated a bit. Bavuma will look to get his second Test ton. South Afirca will eye quick runs this session with rain already looming.

  • 7:52 AM IST

    Update: Play to start 9 minutes from now if there is no rain.

  • 7:40 AM IST

    Post-lunch session could start a bit late as it is drizzling in Hobart.

  • 7:39 AM IST

  • 7:01 AM IST

    LIVE, SA 288 for 6, Bavuma 74*, Philander 3* : LUNCH! This session has been all about South Africa getting easy runs while Australia have struggled to any luck. De Kock got to his second Test ton before departing for 104. Bavuma continue to anchor the SA innings eyeing a hundred for himself. The lead for South Africa now stand at a mammoth 203.

  • 6:42 AM IST

    LIVE, SA 276 for 6, Bevuma 65*, Philander : OUT! Loose shot by de Kock after reaching his hundred. Josh Hazlewood gets his reward for tight bowling. de Kock falls a splendid 103 off 143 balls. 100! splendid knock this has been by de Kock. He has been a image of calmness for his side on this Australian tour, with a 84 & 63 against his name at Perth. de Kock took just 139 balls to smash his second Test ton.

  • 6:27 AM IST

    LIVE, SA 251 for 5, De Kock 87* , Bavuma 57*: Dry session of play for both Australia and South Africa, with latter team much in command of the match. de Kock slowly is moving on to his second Test ton looking at complete ease in the middle. Starc and Hazlewood have been able make batsmen play each and every ball but with no luck to their name.

  • 6:09 AM IST

    LIVE, SA 244 for 5, De Kock 80* , Bavuma 57* : Australia take the new-ball and call on their premier fast bowler Mitchell Starc to provide them with wickets. Just the one over from skipper Steven Smith. Smith would be hoping this new-ball does wonders for his team or else they are in trouble. de Kock and Bavuma have look unchallenged so far with no fuss what so ever on their faces.

  • 5:59 AM IST

  • 5:54 AM IST

  • 5:53 AM IST

    LIVE, SA 233 for 5, De Kock 72* , Bavuma 56* : de Kock has raced passed Bavuma when it comes to scoring run. The introduction of Nathan Lyon instilled a certain spark in de Kock that he has been on the attack against the offie. Bavuma on the hand, has almost dead-batted in his session of play allowing de Kock to take control of the partnership now.

  • 5:37 AM IST

    LIVE, SA 224 for 5, De Kock 63* , Bevuma 56* : de Kock has looked a much controlled and aggressive batsmen against Nathan Lyon, while has been conservative against the fast bowlers. Bevuma has slowed down the runs, while de Kock looks to get a move-on. Lack of assistance from the pitch would be hurting Australia now with the 2nd new ball just 8 overs away. South Africa’s lead has extended past 139-runs.

  • 5:27 AM IST

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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 Three. The match is being be played at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart. Day Two was a complete wash-out thanks to increment rain. Rain played hide and seek all through the day but not before umpires deemed the conditions unfit to play. South Africa are currently ahead by 86-runs with Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock batting on 38* and 27* respectively. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs South Africa, 2nd Test at Hobart

After winning the toss, South Africa invited Australia to bat first in a track which has good amount of grass and was visible that it will offer swing for pacers. South African pacers take the full advantage of that by exploiting the condition as their strike-bowler Vernon Philander scalped his 10th five wicket haul in Tests, while Kyle Abbott took three wickets. Australia lost half of their wickets in just 17 runs, which is their second lowest score of losing first five wickets in a Test innings at home. The lowest score for Australia at the fall of first five wickets is 16, which came long back in 1936 at Brisbane.

Philander was the architect of Australia’s batting collapse and Abbott played the supporting role in that. 9 out of Australia’s 10 wickets were because of either poor shot from their batsman or an excellent delivery from South African bowlers. They could score only 85 and thanks to their skipper Steven Smith for his lone 48-run knock.

South Africa made a steady start, but they stumbled in mid-way. Stephen Cook scored 23 off 49 balls with 2 boundaries and Deab Elgar, who had vowed to frustrate Australia even more in this Test, 61 pain staking deliveries. Hashim Amla displayed a bit of his form, but missed-out on a well deserved half-century. Amla was quick in his innings of 47, facing 67 balls and striking 5 boundaries. While JP Duminy and Faf du Plessis fell for 1 and 7 respectively, Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock ensured that South Africa ended the day one on a high. Bavuma reached 38 off 85 balls with 5 boundaries, and de Kock was on 28 not out off 40 balls with 3 boundaries.

FULL BALL-BY-BALL SCORECARD AND LIVE COMMENTARY:  Australia vs South Africa, 2nd Test at Hobart