South Africa 110-2 vs. Australia, Rabada faces possible ban

Laverne Higgins
March 11, 2018

Their unbeaten 36-run stand has ensured a slender 20-run lead for the South Africans at the close of play.

CSA president Chris Nenzani apologised to the board of Cricket Australia and its officials, team management, players and their families. "He's done it for so long".

There have been calls on social media for spectators to wear the masks following a row between Warner and South Africa's Quinton de Kock during the first Test, which Warner blamed was sparked when De Kock insulted his wife.

De Villiers' innings was in complete contrast to the struggles of his teammates against superb reverse swing bowling.

South Africa lost Hashim Amla, Dean Elgar, Faf du Plessis and Theunis de Bruyn in a post-tea collapse of 4-28. But it was painfully slow going.

"Ideally we would obviously like a sizeable lead, the ball is tailing in and we have to bat last in the second innings".

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Amla was also saved by the DRS when he was judged lbw by Kumar Dharmasena on 40, with replays showing he clearly edged the ball onto his pads. We weren't taking wickets but we felt in the game the whole session. "Today was a tough day of Test cricket and I think those people who are Test match lovers will appreciate the skill of the bowlers and at times, especially when AB was batting, the skill of the batting", he said. That replicated Australia's first innings, when the tourists were 161-3 and 243 all out in a similar late slide.

South Africa's quest for a series-levelling win was given added impetus by a pending disciplinary hearing which could result in fast bowler Rabada being banned for the remaining two Tests after his shoulder made contact with Australian captain Steve Smith on Friday.

Amla had some luck, given out twice leg before wicket, only to have both decisions overturned on review - the first because he got outside the line to a Cummins delivery and the second due to a massive inside edge off Josh Hazlewood.

Amla successfully reviewed what would have been Pat Cummins' third wicket of the innings, with the ball-tracking replay suggesting it hit him outside off stump. By the close he had faced 81 balls and hit 14 boundaries.

De Villiers featured in an 84-run partnership with Vernon Philander for the eighth wicket as the pair saw off any potential impact of the new ball from an Australian attack that looked exhausted after their exertions on Saturday.

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