Johannesburg - Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers shared an unbroken century partnership for the fourth wicket
to get the Proteas Castle Lager squad back in the ascendancy on the third day
of the second Sunfoil Test match against Australia at the Bidvest Wanderers
Stadium on Saturday.
Patrick Cummins appeared to have swung the game significantly in favour of the
visitors when he dismissed both Jacques Rudolph and Jacques Kallis in the
morning session. With Graeme Smith having also fallen to the off spin of Nathan
Lyon the Proteas were struggling at the lunch interval at 94/3 for an overall
lead of just 64 runs.
dismissal of Kallis right on the lunch interval was a body blow for the home
and De Villiers turned the match around with an unbroken fourth wicket stand of
139 to take the total to 229/3 for an overall lead of 199 before bad light
brought about an early close for the third day in a row.
were only six runs short of the fourth wicket record for the Wanderers Stadium
of 145 set up by Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly of India in the 1996/97
series. De Villiers had also completed 1 000 Test runs against Australia
while Amla was on target to complete his second century in back-to-back Tests
finished the day on 89 (196 balls, 13 fours) and De Villiers on 70 (122 balls,
10 fours and a six) and the Proteas will be looking to both of them to go past
three figures on the fourth day.
No team has
ever made more than 300 runs in the fourth innings to win at this particular
venue and the Proteas will want to set a target beyond that mark.
are in the happy position of knowing that they are not under any time pressure
as they lead the series 1-0 so they can afford to bat deep into the fourth day.
once again a cut above the rest of the Australian attack. The manner in which
he dismissed Kallis suggested a far more experienced cricketer and yet he is
playing in only his fourth first-class match.
be no doubt at all that he is going to become the spearhead of the future
Siddle also put in some good spells at high pace but Amla and De Villiers
proved themselves the equal of anything the Australian attack could produce.