Australia in SA

Philander, Steyn steady SA

2011-11-20 12:53
Dale Steyn (File)
Herman Mostert

Cape Town - Vernon Philander and Dale Steyn have steadied South Africa's ship after the home team lost four early wickets on the fourth day of the second Test against Australia at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.

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Philander (23 not out off 71 balls) and Steyn (20 not out off 47 balls) have shared a 48-run partnership to steer the home side to 314 for seven at lunch, with an overall lead of 284.

Earlier, the Proteas lost four early wickets for 37 runs after starting the day's play at a commanding 229 for three.

AB de Villiers fell early, caught by Australia's captain Michael Clarke off the bowling of Pat Cummins for 73.

Ashwell Prince was run out by Ricky Ponting for two before Hashim Amla was caught behind by wicketkeeper Brad Haddin off Mitchell Johnson for a well played century. Amla scored 105 - his 14th Test century - but lost his wicket a crucial stage to leave the home team on 260 for six.

Mark Boucher's batting woes continued when he was caught at slip by Shane Watson off the bowling of off-spinner Nathan Lyon for 13 to leave the South Africans reeling at 266/7, with an overall lead of only 236.

However, with Philander and Steyn looking solid at the crease the South Africans are still in a good position to post an imposing target.



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