South Africa in Australia T20I Series, 2014/15
The GOAT stood up in the final session with three key wickets. A late-day flurry of wickets brought about by the magic of Nathan Lyon was enough to put Australia in a firm position at stumps on day three. The tourists have built a run lead in the evening session with four wickets to spare going into day four with Quinton de Kock at the crease. A handy knock from Stephen Cook — who sits at 81 not-out at the end of the day — will be their go-to man to build a convincing total in the first session tomorrow — but a new ball expected early-on will be plaguing their minds, especially with in-form Mitchell Starc at the helm of the attack.
South Africa will need to place a lot of faith in de Kock and their in-form tailenders to build a total if they have any hope of applying pressure on the Australian batsmen in the second innings.
Everything looked in favour for Australia from the first over with a stunning catch from Steve Smith at second slip to remove Dean Elgar for a duck — but the Proteas were able to dig in and slowly but surely ebb away at the lead until their collapse in the final thirty minutes.
Nathan Lyon has snagged a much-needed wicket at the close of day three at the Adelaide Oval. Temba Bavuma was showing a strong intent to score on his way to 21, but it all came to an end after he top-edged a sweep shot to Steve Smith. Bavuma went upstairs for a review to check he had not hit the ground, but it was quickly revealed he had edged it. The carnage continued soon after nightwatchman Kyle Abbott arrived at the crease with Lyon trapping him LBW on the leg stump.
Lyon troubled Quinton de Kock after arrived at the crease, beating his bat and putting worry in the South African wicketkeeper in the few balls he had to face. The Kettle gets another one spot on! Faf du Plessis has been dismissed with a brilliant catch from Peter Handscomb in the gully after the South African skipper flashed at a wide one from Mitchell Starc. Temba Bavuma has now arrived at the crease during the toughest time to bat: This final hour will test the South African batsmen.
He's out for South Africa now have a lead of seven runs as the in-form Faf du Plessis enters the crease. It was fun while it lasted. Play was briefly interrupted after a daring fan strutted his stuff across the Adelaide Oval shortly after the dinner break. So not the smartest thing that gentleman has done.
They are taking some time to get him off the ground as well. After a lengthy delay in play, the streaker was caught, but it took up to five security guards to catch him, dress him in a towel and shaft him out of the ground. Amla departs for After being granted a life after being dropped in the slips, Hashim Amla looked to be progressing towards a big score.
That all ended when Josh Hazlewood speared one in just outside off stump to clip the edge of the South African batsman and send a catch through to Matthew Wade. The third umpire took no time in deeming the ball to have hit the bat and sent the message through to send Amla on his way.
Usman Khawaja was not convinced it was a safe run and stood his ground as his skipper bolted down the pitch. Smith soon realised his error and shot back towards his crease but was easily run-outby Quinton de Kock.
Smith was visibly enraged by the blunder, yelling on his long walk back to the sheds. A senseless run out ausvsa. Smith is filthy, and so he should be at himself. Run out on 59 but it brings Peter Handscomb to the crease https: The captain passes fifty in the middle session of day two.
Steve Smith has dug in for a well-earned fifty alongside Usman Khawaja. An edge off the bowling of JP Duminy in the previous over appeared to be his only fault off his 88 balls faced at the crease. Australia now trail South Africa by runs. After playing a crunching cover drive off JP Duminy, Steve Smith looked to be hitting everything from the spinners out of the middle. That all changed when Duminy floated one up well outside off stump to tempt the Aussie skipper again.
Smith edged it through to Hashim Amla at first slip who initially got a hand on it, but fumbled it high into the air out of his reach. The South African veteran attempted to fix his blunder by diving backwards but was far too late to take the catch. Smith edges but gets a life.
When asked who is the best opening batsman in the game, many fans will point to David Warner. However, a recent dip in form has seen the year-old hit a low point in his career with his average for Test matches in dipping well below what is expected of a top order player. Since the year commenced, Warner has scored runs at an average of Warner fell early in the day on 11, skewing a ball to Dean Elgar at slip off the superb seam bowling of Kyle Abbott.
With the ball slowly deteriorating Faf du Plessis has opted to bring spinner Tabriaz Shamsi into the attack as the innings passes the 40th over mark. Usman Khawaja has brought up his fifty in explosive fashion, hitting the danger man Kyle Abbott for two consecutive boundaries through mid-wicket via pull shots.
Khawaja hits back to back pulls for four and gets to After a slow start to the innings, Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja have begun to play their shots and accelerate the run rate. Kyle Abbott has easily been the pick of the bowlers this morning with figures of from his ten overs at the end of his first spell. Warner departs for David Warner has fallen to Kyle Abbott early in his innings after edging one through to Dean Elgar at second slip for his second catch this morning.
A faint hint of seam movement was enough to catch Warner by surprise and send him to the pavilion with Michael Slater pondered on the unpredictability of the day two Adelaide deck, suggesting there is still something in it for the bowlers.
Australian legend Adam Gilchrist compared the on-fire Abbott to the great Andrew Flintoff who destroyed Aussie batsmen in the Ashes series. Out or not out? South Africa celebrated when Dean Elgar — standing at third slip — dived to his right to take what appeared to be a good catch to get rid of debutant Matt Renshaw. Bowling from around the wicket, Kyle Abbott got one to leave the left-hander just enough off the seam and caught his outside edge.
To some it may have looked like the ball brushed the turf before the South African scooped it back up, but ultimately it was deemed a fair catch and Renshaw was on his way. Can't give that out ausvsa.
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