Faf du Plessis and Dean Elgar have added 40 runs between them    Getty Images
Faf du Plessis and Dean Elgar have added 40 runs between them Getty Images

Despite a fightback from Australia, South Africa ended up on a strong position at close of Day 3 with a lead of 401. They finished Day Four at 134 for 3 in their second innings. Australia started their innings with overnight total of 110 for 6. They fought back and added 111 before being bowled out. South Africa did not enforce follow on as their retiring bowler Morne Morkel was struck by side strain. For Australia, Tim Paine set an example as he scored a defiant 62 despite a hairline fracture on his right thumb.

Paine and Pat Cummins ensured Australia’s fightback with the latter scoring his Test best 92-ball 50 before he was scalped by Keshav Maharaj. Their seventh wicket partnership saw 99 runs coming from it. Morkel, on the other hand, broke down as South Africa toiled in search of a breakthrough, leaving the field two balls into his fourth over of the day. The South African spokesperson said the injury was in the same area that had kept Morkel away from Bangladesh Test in October, eventually keeping him away for two months.

After lunch Morkel was back on field. However, South Africa did not risk using Morkel to bowl again. Aiden Markram shone with the bat again scoring 56-ball 37. Markram also complete 1,000 Test runs in the process. He became the only South African to reach the mark in fewer innings was former captain Graeme Smith, achieved the feat in 17 innings.

AB de Villiers tried to steady the innings after Nathan Lyon and Cummins scalped early wickets. But he was caught behind off Cummins. Dean Elgar is currently unbeaten on 158-ball 39 while Faf du Plessis is playing on 69-ball 34. The live telecast of Day Three will be available on Sony Six and Sony Six HD. Whereas, the live streaming of the match will be on SonyLIV.