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  • 4:37 PM IST
    LIVE – Australia 307/6; BATTING: Usman Khawaja 138, Mitchell Starc 16: A day that belonged to Australia, thanks to Usman Khawaja’s century and Steven Smith’s desciplinary batting that kept thg hosts ahead of the visitors. However, the final session saw wickets tumbling eventually opening the account for South Africa and thwarting the flow of runs. Australi have built decent lead and if they go beyond a certain point a strong lead can keep Australia in the game ahead.
  • 3:45 PM IST

    LIVE – Australia 285/6; BATTING: Usman Khawaja 132, Mitchell Starc 1: And thew wickets kept tumbling here on for Australia. Maddinson, Handscomb and Wade. With Starc and Khawaja around, what will this final few minutes hold?

  • 3:20 PM IST

    LIVE – Australia 273/4; BATTING: Usman Khawaja 127, Nic Maddinson 0: After the 99-run stand built between Handscomb and Khawaja, South Africa foudn solace in Abbott baghing his third wicket of the innings. It is time to introduce yet another new batsman Nic Maddinson in the crease.

  • 3:00 PM IST

    LIVE – Australia 266/3 BATTING: Usman Khawaja 121, Peter Handscomb 54: Handscomb getting inspired by Khawaja on the other and he gets his maiden Test fifty. Couldn’t be a better opportunity than this. With that they take lead by 7 runs.

  • 2:45 PM IST

    LIVE – Australia 243/3 BATTING: Usman Khawaja 120, Peter Handscomb 36: First Elgar and then Bavuma. Maybe we can see du Plessis coming to bat soon. But then Abbott comes back into attack. The only hope that South Africa are sticking to. Too many new balls taken in span of few overs.

  • 2:15 PM IST

    LIVE – Australia 230/3 BATTING: Usman Khawaja 117, Peter Handscomb 26: Back after Dinner and a game that belonged to Usman Khawaja all these while found it moving to new batsman Peter handscomb trying his luck with the boundaries as well. It is heading into the twilight zone again and Handscomb is not letting the spinners settle.

  • 1:49 PM IST

    LIVE – Australia 209/3 BATTING: Usman Khawaja 108, Peter Handscomb 14: Australia were on top of South Africa in the second session with Usman Khawaja’s century, 100-run partnership along with Steven Smith’s fifty. However, a simple miscommunication turned around th tables for a moment towards South Africa. Can the Proteas produce some magical innings in the final session?

  • 1:01 PM IST

    LIVE – Australia 191/3 BATTING: Usman Khawaja 103, Peter Handscomb 1: Annd that brings a fine innings from Khawaja. 100 for the opening batsman in style. Watching fall of wickets on the other and continuing his runs flowing, Australia will need this batsman to stay and cover up for losing his partner.

  • 12:48 PM IST

    LIVE – Australia 175/3 BATTING: Usman Khawaja 88, Peter Handscomb 0: Anddd South Africa get what they need. Break the fine partnership between Smith and Khawaja. Miscommunication between the two and that ends the big innings for Australia. Peter Handscomb is the new batsman in. Philander had his hand on handscomb and he could have been gone for a duck. Well safe for now.

  • 12:38 PM IST

    LIVE – Australia 173/2 BATTING: Usman Khawaja 86, Steven Smith 59: Australia are turning to be unstoppable here. Already 136-run stand between these well-settled batsmen is just testing the patience of South Africa bowlers. Dropped catches from Amla, JP Duminy brought into action. Nothing that went right for South Africa. Once again any magical innings coming in the final session?

  • 12:12 PM IST

    LIVE – Australia 149/2 BATTING: Usman Khawaja 69, Steven Smith 52: Australia are on a roll, first it was Khawaja and now Smith with their fifties. If these batsmen continue at this pace, Australia are definitely in safe position. Australia need more such coming if they want to end their campaign on a sound note.

  • 11:33 AM IST

    LIVE – Australia 116/2 BATTING: Usman Khawaja 59, Steven Smith 29: Back after Tea and Australia are as good as they can be. Smith has already struck a boundary now. Australia look in a comfortable position here, while South Africa have reasons to worry. Can the bowlers do anything different?

  • 11:12 AM IST

    LIVE – Australia 109/2 BATTING: Usman Khawaja 58, Steven Smith 23: Australia are currently on driver’s seat with 50 from Khawaja and also fifty-run stand is what the Australian needed after fall of early wickets. Faf du Plessis used varioud combinations but it finally, zeroed down to Smith and Khawaja’s composed batting. And that’s TEA!

  • 10:48 AM IST

    LIVE – Australia 90/2 BATTING: Usman Khawaja 44, Steven Smith 21: This is what Australia needed a 50-run stand. Two composed batsmen and Khawaja already settled. South Africa look in distress now with this growing partnership. Smith is getting those boundaries coming and Khawaja addoing his runs as well. Australia could not have been in a happier place.

  • 10:28 AM IST

    LIVE – Australia 73/2 BATTING: Usman Khawaja 36, Steven Smith 12: Smith is looking more or less setteled and considering Khawaja is accustomed to the conditions and is playing at ease with occasional boundaries. How far can these men go from here?

  • 10:06 AM IST

    That feeling 🙂

  • 10:04 AM IST

    LIVE – Australia 52/2 BATTING: Usman Khawaja 18, Steven Smith 9: Steven Smith is in full swing and wants to taste revenge. Smith punishes Rabada and SIX! Watching the pink-ball fly all the way towards square leg fence. PRICELESS! Fifty up for Australia in style.

  • 9:51 AM IST

    But the banter never stops and look who has shown some sport 😀

  • 9:44 AM IST

    LIVE – Australia 37/2 BATTING: Usman Khawaja 6: Just when one thought it was the runs supporting Warner. Elgar and Abbott combination get heavy on Australia. That wraps the Warner’s day out. It’s a good afternoon for Elgar!

  • 9:43 AM IST

    LIVE – Australia 37/2 BATTING: David Warner 3, Usman Khawaja 6: And Warner comes back. South Africa strategies have finally been answered. They did break the opening p[artnership, but Khawaja and Warner can be a big deal indeed. How do the visitors aim to counterattack this partnership? Meanwhile, Warner is for ‘runs’. okbye

  • 9:19 AM IST

    LIVE – Australia 22/1; BATTING: David Warne 3, Usman Khawaja 6: So I am back. You come on Thursday morning and witness some athletic skills from Dean Elgar at the slips and there you go, boom! Out goes newbie Matt Renshaw. Welcome, Kyle Abbott!

Australia will look to gain command with their batting against South Africa bowlers © Getty Images
Australia will look to gain command with their batting against South Africa bowlers © Getty Images

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage between Australia and South Africa. This is the third Test and here you will get all the live updates of Day Two. The match is being be played at the Adelaide Oval. The Day One was filled with enough excitement thanks to a very composed and perfect battle by South African skipper Faf du Plessis century and also excellent comeback by Australian bowlers who came up with figures like 4 for 58 by Josh Hazlewood and two wickets apiece by Jackson Bird and Mitchell Starc. Australia are coming with five consecutive Test loss and are on the brink of yet another whitewash at home. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs South Africa, third Test, Day One at Adelaide

South Africa decided to go ahead with sudden declaration on knowing that David Warner has gone away for shoulder treatment. Taking this opportunity, South Africa decided to bring their best bowlers run through the Steven Smith-led new pack. As per the plan, Warner was kept away to enter along with newbie Matt Renshaw and joining him was Usman Khawaja. However, Proteas were unable to bag any wicket with Australia added 14 runs at the end of Day One. Australia ruled at Adelaide with wickets at regular intervals. However, du Plessis added vital partnership along with Stephen Cook, Kyle Abbott and Tabraiz Shamsi to keep South Africa ahead in the game.

Du Plessis put his ball tampering controversy behind him to defy Australia’s bowlers and produce his most satisfying century to put South Africa in early control. Du Plessis was booed by the crowd as he walked out to bat, following a ball-tampering incident for which he was found guilty and fined, but cleared to play in the match. But he single-handedly lifted the Proteas before declaring at 259 for nine leaving him unbeaten on 118 off 164 balls after the tourists had been struggling at 95 for four against Smith’s revamped team. English-born debutant opener Renshaw played watchfully for eight with Khawaja on three.

It was yet another crucial knock by du Plessis at the Adelaide ground where four years ago his defiant 376-ball unbeaten knock of 110 denied Australia victory to earn the Proteas a backs-to-the-wall draw. Hazlewood was the best of the Australian bowlers with four wickets for 68. Dashing wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock, who has scores of 84, 64 and 104 in the series, had a failure by comparison, managing just 24 off 33 balls. Vernon Philander lost a third umpire review when ‘Snicko’ detected the faintest of edges off Hazlewood to Matthew Wade for four nearing the dinner break, while Kyle Abbott chipped in with a spirited 17.

Temba Bavuma failed to get a start when he edged Bird for eight and Starc recovered from his early Cook blunder to entice a thick edge from Dean Elgar to Khawaja at third slip for five. Australia are fighting off the threat of their sixth straight Test defeat, after losing 3-0 in Sri Lanka in July and August. They are also on the brink of their first-ever home Test series whitewash.

Squads:

Australia: Steven Smith (c), Matthew Wade (wk), David Warner, Matt Renshaw, Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Nic Maddinson, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Jackson Bird.

South Africa: Faf du Plessis (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Stephen Cook, Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Kagiso Rabada, Temba Bavuma, Vernon Philander, Tabraiz Shamsi and Kyle Abbott.