Australia let their initiative slip through a poor batting effort marked by a meek capitulation to man-of-the-match Kagiso Rabada
11 March, 2018, 12:10
Rabada added a fifth wicket in the same spell as Australia were bowled out for 243 after winning the toss and batting on a green-tinged pitch on an overcast day at St George's Park. "He's done it for so long. AB came in and had good momentum, so fortunately we got some runs after that". This week we probably went outside the boundaries on a couple of occasions and that's not what we are about. "We don't look to find the grey areas".
With a near run-a-ball display de Villiers' was able on a different level and South Africa cruised past the Australian total late in the day with him in command.
After the departure of South Africa's nightwatchman, Amla (56) joined Elgar (57) to form a third-wicket alliance worth 88, the former twice using the review system to overturn lbw decisions given out on the field. But it was painfully slow going.
"A tough day for Australia ... but that's the positive side of it and we've still got the best bowling attack in the world ... and we're feeling confident".
".Cricket is a game that owes much of its unique appeal to the fact that it should be played not only within its laws, but also within the spirit of the game".
Match referee Jeff Crowe, who has had enough on his hands already in this series, walked onto the ground at the drinks break for a huddle with Dharmasena and fellow umpire S Ravi while the Australian team wondered what all the fuss was about.
"The wicket felt like it had a little bit in it all day and they batted especially well in the second session".
Amla was bowled by an excellent delivery from Mitchell Starc (1-78) that cannoned into his off-stump before Elgar edged Josh Hazlewood (1-73) to wicketkeeper Tim Paine. Rabada scored nearly as many runs as his captain Faf du Plessis, opening batsman Aiden Markram, and two other specialist batsmen, Theunis de Bruyn and Quinton de Kock, combined, and delighted with his technically correct strokeplay.
De Villiers and Quinton de Kock put on 44 for the seventh wicket before De Kock was bowled by off-spinner Nathan Lyon with a ball which spun sharply past the outside edge of his bat.
But they picked off the runs in the second hour, with Warner hitting eight fours to accelerate to 50 off 69 balls.
De Villiers reached the close on 74 (81 balls, 14 fours) and still had Vernon Philander (14 not out) for company.