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  • 4:47 PM IST

    LIVE- South Africa 194/6; BATTING: Stephen Cook 81, Quinton de Kock 0: And Nathan Lyon took South Africa for whirlwind with two consecutive wickets in the last over of the day keeping Australia ahead in the game. South Africa’s cook was lone man playing on 81 and a century awaits him on Day 4. Meanwhile, Abbott who was called as night-watchman was dismissed too soon bringing Quinton de Kock into action.

  • 3:40 PM IST
    LIVE- South Africa 154/4; BATTING: Stephen Cook 64, Temba Bvauma 0: That ends du Plessis show for this series. Cook is looking for a partner as this time he becomes the lone man on the crease. Australia could not contain the excitement as it was Faf on the crease. Here it is:

  • 3:23 PM IST

    LIVE- South Africa 148/3; BATTING: Stephen Cook 62, Faf du Plessis 8: Du Plessis might not have recieved a grand welcome, however, this remains his favourite ground. Cannot be denied. Du Plessis is taking his time while Cook is eager to get to his 100. Much needed here for the Proteas.

  • 2:59 PM IST

    LIVE- South Africa 134/3; BATTING: Stephen Cook 53, Faf du Plessis 3: So Lyon did not have to wait for 100 overs to get his first wicket. It was quick and snailed through the off-stump tp get Duminy. It was time for the captain to arrive, no booing around through. All’s well that ends well is it? 😀

  • 2:45 PM IST
    LIVE- South Africa 125/2; BATTING: Stephen Cook 51, JP Duminy 22: Cook and Duminy have made themselves comfortable. Australian bowlers trying all the possibility to break this building partnership. Meanwhile, Cook got his second fifty. What a better occasion than this.
  • 2:09 PM IST
    LIVE- South Africa 107/2; BATTING: Stephen Cook 49, JP Duminy 6: Look who has come into attack in the second session. Where one saw Bavuma bowling on Day Two, Warner comes into picture. Now it comes to Starc and Cook is on 48. Well Cook’s fifty has to wait.

    And what a distraction before heading for a fifty or maybe if Starc gets a wicket. Streaker alert!
  • 1:39 PM IST

    LIVE- South Africa 100/2; BATTING: Stephen Cook 43, JP Duminy 5: Cook and Duminy have handled it well as they added 18 runs since Amla’s wicket. Although, the pressure continues to build over South Africa despite two wickets Duminy and Cook on crease. Will the final session belong to South Africa as witnessed on Day One?

  • 1:16 PM IST

    LIVE- South Africa 94/2; BATTING: Stephen Cook 37, JP Duminy 5: Cook and Duminy have recovered well after two wickets down. Australia are going head-to-head against South Africa, keeping this series alive. Cook is now racing towards his fifty while Duminy has come with mindset to fire up.

  • 12:50 PM IST

    LIVE- South Africa 82/2; BATTING: Stephen Cook 30, JP Duminy 0: And that ends the Amla’s innings. Once again the competition between Amla and Hazlewood intensifies, for thr fourth time to be precise. It was a building partnership and now South Africa have to start afresh.

  • 12:46 PM IST

    How about getting Warner into attack with Amla on strike? 😀 remember 2012?

  • 12:43 PM IST

    LIVE- South Africa 82/1; BATTING: Stephen Cook 30, Hashim Amla 45: Australia are back to their sloppy fielding as South Africa grabbed the missed chance and Amla is already 5 runs away from his 32nd fifty. Meanwhile, Cook is complimenting Amla well as South Africa are on hunt of steady partnership.

  • 12:26 PM IST

    That expression when you pray that you have not overstepped:

  • 11:58 AM IST

    LIVE- South Africa 28/1; BATTING: Stephen Cook 19, Hashim Amla 7: Cook and Amla have pretty much controlled the innings against Australia after the first wicket. Although Australia re employing various meansto restrict the batsmen, Cook and Amla built steady partnership. Spinner Nathan Lyon’s wait for a wicket might take another 100 overs I guess 😀

  • 11:33 AM IST

    LIVE- South Africa 15/1; BATTING: Stephen Cook 11, Hashim Amla 2: This will be ideal time for Amla to shine. He has scored just 1,0,47 and 5 so far in this series. Cook also has given decimal performance in this series. Hazlewood will be itching to get those wickets with the pink-ball on hand. South Africa are going as per the slow and steady policy.

  • 11:11 AM IST

    LIVE- South Africa 6/1; BATTING: Stephen Cook 3, Hashim Amla 1: So Australia are at it once again with that big wicket of Dean Elhar. Starc struck and perfect catch at second slip by Steven Smith. His romance with the first wicket never ends right?

  • 10:48 AM IST
    LIVE- Australia 383; BATTING: Josh Hazlewood 11: And that wraps the Australian innings heading for early Tea for the day. South Africa have to chase lead of 124 and with the depth in batting, can they build much better lead and gain control over Day 3? That’s to unfold in the second session.
  • 10:13 AM IST

    LIVE- Australia 366/8; BATTING: Josh Hazlewood 4, Nathan Lyon 9: South Africa find their answers back as Rabada strikes and gets his second target in form of Starc. Australia had not reached the 100-run lead yet keeps Australia in the league. This time Shamsi also gets his maiden wicket and thankfully no mistake by Amla this time.

  • 10:02 AM IST

    LIVE- Australia 357/7; BATTING: Mitchell Starc 53, Josh Hazlewood 4: Shamsi has come into attack and Starc has not spared any bowler so far. From Six to boundaries, he is playing on 48 approaching his seventh fifty, smacking boundary to Shamsi he reaches his fifty in style. And the lead is now approaching 100 runs.

  • 9:45 AM IST
    LIVE- Australia 338/7; BATTING: Mitchell Starc 37, Josh Hazlewood 1: And with that perfect length from Philander, Khawaja goes for 145. The entire Adelaide Oval applauds for the young man. But with Starc around, he has come and with that SIX to Philander he is approaching his fifty. What a start from Saturday afternoon indeed.
  • 9:19 AM IST
    LIVE- Australia 316/6; BATTING: Usman Khawaja 143, Mitchell Starc 20: It is Saturday morning here in India and Good Afternoon to the Australians around. There is no Saturday or Sunday for Khawaja. He continues his legacy. Starc has joined him along as well. Philander began the attack and Australia took an easy 50 run lead.

    And as my Saturday goes, nothing interesting in this session so far.
Australia will look to build decent lead to stay in the game against South Africa © Getty Images
Australia will look to build decent lead to stay in the game against South Africa © 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 Three. The match is being be played at the Adelaide Oval. If Day One saw South Africa ruling the day with captain Faf du Plessis century, Day Two belonged to Usman Khawaja. Australia fought back hard with successful partnerships along with the opening batsman carrying the bat until now. Skipper Steven Smith, debutant Peter Handscomb got fifties building a decent lead for Australia at the end of the day’s play. With Khawaja still unbeaten on 138, Australia will aim for 100 lead to continue ruling the game. 

South Africa had their share of laugh with two early wickets of Matt Renshaw and David Warner. Renshaw already received praises from the cricket fraternity for his foot work and composure while Warner was forced to enter late, following the surprising declaration by du Plessis on Day One. However, Khawaja and Smith stitched a healthy partnership if 137 runs for third wicket taking Australia to a new level and keeping them ahead in the league. Smith got to his fifty while Khawaja got to his fifth Test century. In the process, Khwaja also built steady partnership with Handscomb of 99 runs and has built 35 runs along with Mitchell Starc to stay ahead in the race. South Africa picked early wickets in similar fashion with Dean Elgar the man of the moment capturing the wickets at the third slip while Kyle Abbott rejoiced as he ended up maximum wickets at the end of the day.

Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada ended with wicket apiece to thwart Australia in the final session. But the spinners were taken for a ride and sorely missed Keshav Maharaj, as the Tabraiz Shamsi has been wicketless throughout the Test so far. He has proven his mettle with the bat but his ball needs to do the talking. South Africa used various combinations as well bringing Elgar and Temba Bavuma as well to bring some variations. But Australia’s Khawaja and Starc added the much needed stability after continuous fall of wickets. Nic Maddinson and Matthew Wade went cheaply, leaving the pressure on the tail-enders.

South Africa captain shut the critics with ease as he got to his sixth Test century and also built decent partnership with Stephen Cook and Abbott along with the much needed stand with Shamsi for the final wicket. Australia on Day One showed excellence with the ball as Josh Hazlewood shone with the pink-ball and grabbed 4 wickets. Starc and Jackson Bird got two wickets while Nathan Lyon got a wicket to rejoice. With just two days left for the final Test, Australia will try all the methods to avoid their first-ever whitewash at home and also sixth consecutive loss in Test this year.

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.