Published: Sun, April 01, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

South Africa vs Australia, 2018: 4th Test, Day 2 - Statistical Highlights

South Africa vs Australia, 2018: 4th Test, Day 2 - Statistical Highlights

It seemed like The Proteas were heading towards a relatively comfortable end of day's play for South Africa, however, following Temba Bavuma's dismissal in for a duck, Australia will go back to the hotel hoping to wrap up the tail on Saturday morning.

Maharaj left and defended properly, displaying far great patience than has been the case throughout this series and showing, that in fact he is a much better player than your average no.10. Cummins ended up with 5 for 83, remarkably just his second five-wicket haul in first-class cricket, the other having also come at the Wanderers when he made his Test debut in 2011. "It just hasn't worked this game".

Seemingly fortified by the turmoil roiling Australian cricket in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal and buoyed by a crowd baying for blood, a confident South Africa has been making short work of the visitors' attack on the opening day of the fourth Test.

He added: "We've tried to really care for each other this week".

The batsman who stood in as skipper during the ODI series against India after Faf du Plessis was ruled out with injury said the Proteas will look to put a good score on the board.

Here again he was the player who nabbed two in two balls on the first day as South Africa's total threatened to blow out.

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A battle without a scalp this time for the newcomer, at least by mid-afternoon, with Cummings claiming Amla's wicket for 27. And with Philander and Kagiso Rabada starting bowling spells that were equally threatening in totally contrasting styles, the pressure built from the start.

Khawaja nicked Philander down the leg side, Mitchell Marsh boomed at Morkel and became the second batsman to chop on, and while Shaun Marsh was freakishly reprieved from a stumping after de Kock was stung by a bee at the crucial moment, he edged a straight ball from Maharaj to slip moments later.

Australia took the second new ball in the final half hour before the close, and Sayers got his first Test wicket when De Villiers edged behind, with the decision upheld on review.

"But the opposition bowled particularly well and we didn't deal with that".

Paine suffered a painful blow to the thumb early in the session while standing up to the stumps to Sayers. However, with Australia a long way off avoiding the follow-on here he nearly certainly won't get the opportunity to try and complete it.

With Markram and AB de Viliers at the crease and the score at 247/2 the hosts were in control, but a fightback, led by Pat Cummins (3/53), saw Australia take late wickets and finish well on a tough day in the field.

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