Proteas on course for series win after Australia collapse

Arnold Nichols
April 5, 2018

Markram on Friday struck 152 runs in Johannesburg as South Africa concluded the first day of the fourth and final Test at 313/6.

New cap Chadd Sayers, who replaced Starc, toiled without success for much of the day before taking two wickets in three deliveries with the second new ball. South Africa will win their first home series against Australia in the post-isolation era.

Shortly after, Kagiso Rabada chipped Sayers to mid-off to give Australia more reason to celebrate, although the Proteas bowlers will be encouraged by the opportunities the pitch offered on day one.

The Proteas go into the final test with a 2-1 lead. The ball somehow sticks in his hands, ending Paine's knock and Australia's first innings.

Lyon had his third wicket nine overs later when Vernon Philander's hoick was caught on the mid-wicket rope by Khawaja and Australia had renewed hope of a quick finish. Here, Australia were 378 runs behind and the pressure was very different.

His career-best score took his series tally to 443 runs at an average of 63.28 and he is the leading run-scorer despite being one of the most inexperienced batsmen involved.

"The Test hasn't gone the way we would have liked, but we've got three more days and we will fight as hard as we can to make this game competitive, but at the moment we are a long way behind the eight ball".


The tourists were reduced to 38-3 after Joe Burns, Matt Renshaw and Peter Handscomb - recalled following suspensions handed out to Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft for their part in the ball-tampering scandal - fell cheaply. Bavuma finished the over with another boundary to move to 94 before Pat Cummins came back to finish the job. But Cummins found the energy to remove Markram and South Africa captain Faf du Plessis in the space of two balls, du Plessis for a first-ball duck.

There were no signs of nerves in the 90s for Bavuma when he reverse-swept Lyon for his 13th boundary, but he missed out on three figures when Cummins removed Morne Morkel - playing his last worldwide - first ball.

Having undoubtedly now cemented his place in the South African side, the 23-year-old is now ready to claim the destiny which always seemed ahead of him when he led the SA U19 team to Junior World Cup glory.

But unfortunately for the elegant left-hander his stay was cut short by a brilliant catch by de Kock, who crabbed down the leg-side to take Khawaja's glance off Philander whilst up to the stumps.

Even though Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers were dismissed for 16 and six runs respectively, Elgar and captain Faf du Plessis ensured South Africa didn't lose another wicket as they forged an unbeaten 40-run partnership before stumps was called.

The wicketkeeper was captaining Australia for the first time officially after standing in for Smith on the last day of the Cape Town test as the tampering plot broke last weekend.

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