De Villiers, Rabada keep South Africa in control

Sports Sunday 11/March/2018 20:28 PM
By: Times News Service
De Villiers, Rabada keep South Africa in control

Port Elizabeth: Usman Khawaja scored 75 runs to lead an Australia fightback on the third day of the second Test against South Africa at St George's Park, but succumbed just before close of play after seeing the tourists cancel out a first innings deficit.
Australia will take a 41-run led into the fourth day after finishing Sunday's play at 180 for five wickets.
Khawaja and Mitchell Marsh put together a 87-run partnership for the fifth wicket before Khawaja, whose place in the team has been under threat because of a lack of form, was trapped leg before wicket by Kagiso Rabada in the second last over of the day.
It was a blow to the tourists who had been showing strong resistance after teetering at 86 for four just after tea.
Marsh played a solid supporting role to be 39 not out at the end of the day. He will resume on Monday with Tim Paine, who has five runs to his name.
Australia lost three wickets in the second session after lunch, including that of captain Steve Smith, and then Shaun Marsh with the second ball of the last session before Khawaja dashed home hopes of rattling through the Australian batting line-up.
Smith, ranked the world's top Test batsmen, went cheaply as he was caught behind for 11 after he got a slight edge to the spin bowling of Keshav Maharaj while David Warner, also key to their hopes, was bowled by Kagiso Rabada for 13.
South Africa had a first innings lead of 139 after being bowled out for 382 just before lunch.
AB de Villiers notched up his 22nd Test century in scoring an unbeaten 126 in a busy morning session to help South Africa into a good lead.
He had not scored a ton in his last 13 Tests but featured in an 84-run partnership with Vernon Philander (36) for the eighth wicket and further 58 with Keshav Maharaj, who swatted at the Australian bowling to score 30 off 24 balls.
Australia lead 1-0 in the four-Test series.

Australia 1st innings: 243
(D. Warner 63; K. Rabada 5/96, L. Ngidi 3/51)
South Africa 1st innings
D. Elgar c T. Paine b J. Hazlewood 57
A. Markram lbw P. Cummins 11
K. Rabada b P. Cummins 29
H. Amla b M. Starc 56
AB de Villiers (not out) 126
Faf du Plessis lbw M. Marsh 9
T. de Bruyn lbw M. Marsh 1
Q. de Kock b N. Lyon 9
V. Philander c C. Bancroft b P. Cummins 36
K. Maharaj b J. Hazlewood 30
L. Ngidi run out 5
Extras (b-9, lb-2, w-2) 13
Total (all out, 118.4 overs) 382
Fall of wickets: 1-22, 2-67, 3-155, 4-155, 5-179, 6-183, 7-227, 8-311, 9-369.
Bowling: Mitchell Starc 33.4-5-110-1; Josh Hazlewood 30-5-98-2; Pat Cummins 24-6-79-3; Nathan Lyon 22-5-58-1; Mitchell Marsh 9-1-26-2.
Australia 2nd innings
C. Bancroft b L. Ngidi 24
D. Warner b K. Rabada 13
U. Khawaja lbw K. Rabada 75
S. Smith c Q. de Kock b K. Maharaj 11
S. Marsh c Q. de Kock b K. Rabada 1
Mitchell Marsh (not out) 39
Tim Paine (not out) 5
Extras (lb-10, w-2) 12
Total (5 wkts, 63 overs) 180
Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-62, 3-77, 4-86, 5-173.
To bat: Cummins, Starc, Lyon, Hazlewood
Bowling: Vernon Philander 14-5-38-0; Kagiso Rabada 16-7-38-3; Keshav Maharaj 20-2-70-1; Lungi Ngidi 10-4-21-1; Aiden Markram 3-1-3-0.