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  • 1:39 PM IST

    LIVE- Australia 127/3; BATTING: Matt Renshaw 34, Peter Handscomb 1: Aaannnddd Australia win the last Test of the three-Test series against South Africa by 7 wickets. A well-deserved win indeed with an all-round performance by the Australians here. Australia did lose Smith but newbie Peter Hsndscomb received the opportunity to play the winning shot. Tough luck for Stephen Cook and Faf du Plessis who scored centuries enabling South Africa some chance to stand tall.

  • 1:07 PM IST
    LIVE- Australia 104/2; BATTING: Matt Renshaw 24, Steven Smith 28: South Africa has almost lost the game here. With 26 to win and Smith, Renshaw going strong the game has been won here already. Australia might not have clinched the series but they have won the hearts here with their all-round performance.
  • 12:44 PM IST

    LIVE- Australia 89/2; BATTING: Matt Renshaw 20, Steven Smith 17: South Africa are using Plan B. If they cannot get wicket, add pressure on the new entrants. Renshaw was once again under spotlight as this time he was lucky getting second life and Souht Africa consuming all their reviews.

  • 12:18 PM IST

    LIVE- Australia 71/2; BATTING: Matt Renshaw 16, Steven Smith 3: Oh, what just happened here. A game that was tilting towards Australia suddenly saw twists with a run-out by Warner and then a wicket for Shamsi of Khawaja. Surely Test cricket can get interesting in the final few sessions.

  • 11:37 AM IST

    LIVE- Australia 44/0; BATTING: David Warner 33, Matt Renshaw 7: Warner is looking for early finish here. With three boundaries already so far since the beginning of the session, Australia look in safe psoition needing 83 to win.

  • 11:11 AM IST

    LIVE- Australia 27/0; BATTING: David Warner 20, Matt Renshaw 3: Australia sniff victory as David Warner and Matt Renshaw who already stitched 27 runs on board and have headed for Tea in comfortable position with 10 wickets intact. South Africa have mountain task if they need to whitewash Australia at any point.

  • 10:43 AM IST

    LIVE- Australia 14/0; BATTING: David Warner 9, Matt Renshaw 2: What a beginning for the Australians here. Warner is already going ahead with boundaries and South Africa are targetting the newbies. Not the ideal start for the Proteas with target of just 127.

  • 10:27 AM IST

    LIVE- South Africa 250; BATTING: Tabraiz Shamsi 0: So Cook goes and Starc ends with 4 wickets. What an innings from the right-hander. Shamsi was the man who remained unbeaten leaving target of 127 against Australia in the final Test.

  • 10:10 AM IST

    LIVE- South Africa 249/8; BATTING: Stephen Cook 103, Kagiso Rabada 7: South Africa are on a roll. After the new ball, Philander was dismissed, Cook got his second century and South Africa took lead of 100 as well. It is indeed a mixed afternoon at the moment.

  • 9:38 AM IST

    LIVE- South Africa 219/7; BATTING: Quinton de Kock 90, Vernon Philander 11: And what a beginning to the Sunday morning. Switch on the tv and you find de Kock walking back. Not the start South Africa needed at the moment. But Philander comes to join Cook. You can feel for the opener who is looking for a partner.

Australia need 4 more wickets to wrap South Africa innings on Day Four © Getty Images
Australia need 4 more wickets to wrap South Africa innings on Day Four © 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 Four. The match is being be played at the Adelaide Oval. With the loss of consecutive wickets, South Afria were brought down to 194 for 6 with lead of 70 at the end of Day Three. Australians handled the task well after building lead of 124 in the first session. Opener Stephen Cook is in hunt of second Test century and joined him along is new No. 8 batsman Quinton de Kock, who yet to open his account. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs South Africa, 3rd Test at Adelaide

Australia have already shown their heroics with Usman Khawaja’s eight-hour knock of 145. Following his suit was tail-ender Mitchell Starc’s fifty keeping Australia secured in the final Test. Post Tea, Australia toppled over South Africa with ease. Starc captured the big wicket of du Plessis who, motivated by the events of his controversial pre-Test ball-tampering case, scored a career pinnacle unbeaten 118 in the first innings of the match. Du Plessis attempted to drive Starc only to get an outside edge to newcomer Peter Handscomb, who took a brilliant diving two-handed catch in the gully.

It was moment to cherish for Australia knowing his strength and the consistency he can provide in pressure situations. Starc started the ball rolling, removing Dean Elgar with the fourth ball of his opening over for a duck and fellow paceman Josh Hazlewood had Hashim Amla caught behind for 45. It was the fifth time Hazlewood had captured Amla’s wicket in five innings in the series. However, it was Nathan Lyon who kept South Africa on toes with his last hour dramatic twists with two consecutive wickets and ending with 3 wickets at the end of the day. ALSO READ: AUS vs SA 3rd Test Day 3 Preview and Predictions: Hosts strengthen grip

JP Duminy played across the spinner and was bowled for 26 and Temba Bavuma fell three overs from stumps, caught off his gloves by Steve Smith sweeping Lyon for 21. JP Duminy played across the spinner and was bowled for 26 and Temba Bavuma fell three overs from stumps, caught off his gloves by Steve Smith sweeping Lyon for 21. A lot is now dependent on de Kock and Cook to atleast build competitive lead of 150-200 to stay in the competition that is already towards the Australian way. Khawaja earlier top scored with 145 with the last four wickets adding 100 runs to put the home side in command.

It was the Pakistan-born batsman’s fifth Test century, all posted over the last 12 months. Khawaja achieved this knock at a crucial point of his career that could have gone in vain had he not achieved this feat. Apart from the century, he also becomes the highest run-scorer for his side in this series apart while Hazlewood is in contention as the most wicket-taker bowler from the hosts. Du Plessis decision of early declaration has somewhere back-fired on the captain and he will need to ensure the game ends in his favour to provide Australia their first-ever 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.