Hashim Amla scored a beautiful century in South Africa's second innings © Getty Images
Hashim Amla scored a beautiful century in South Africa’s second innings © Getty Images

 

Feb 23, 2014

 

South Africa have declared their their second innings at 270 for the loss of five wickets on Day Four of the second Test against Australia, thus setting Australia a target of 448 in the fourth innings to win the match.

 

After Australia were bowled in their first innings for 246, in reply to South Africa’s first innings total of 423, the hosts had gained a massive first innings lead of 177 runs.

 

They then batted aggressively in their second outing, with Hashim Amla leading the way with a magnificent ton (127 off just 176 balls), and with small contributions from AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock, thus managing to amass 270 for the loss of five wickets in just 64 overs.

 

They therefore stretched the lead to  447, before Graeme Smith felt it is a big enough total for them to successfully defend and declared the innings.

 

Australia will be hoping for an improved show with the bat in their second innings. The pitch has deteriorated over the course of four days so far, but is still a very good batting track. The South African attack will be missing the services of Wayne Parnell in the second innings as the paceman suffered a hamstring injury during the second innings.

 

South Africa will expect Morne Morkel to bowl with equal venom and spite as in the first innings.

 

Brief scores:

 

 

South Africa 423 and 270 for 5 decl. (Hashim Amla 127*, Quinton de Kock 34; Mitchell Johnson 2 for 51) lead Australia 246 (David Warner 70, Steven Smith 49; Morne Morkel 3 for 63) by 447 runs.

 

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