Australia in SA
Bad light halts SA's progress
Hashim Amla (Gallo Images)
Johannesburg - Bad light ended play on day three of the second Test between
Australia and South Africa at Bidvest Wanderers. South Africa's overall
lead is 199. Amla 89 De Villiers 70. SA 229/3.
half-centuries by Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers pushed South Africa
161 runs ahead of Australia at tea on day three of the second Test at
Wanderers on Saturday.
Amla (69 not out) and De Villiers (54 not
out) ground out an unbroken 101-run partnership to take South Africa to
191-3 in its second innings, defying Australia throughout the session
after teenage fast bowler Pat Cummins struck twice to have the home team
90-3 in the morning.
Amla hit nine fours in a cautious 157-ball
innings, easing the pressure following the departures of Jacques
Rudolph, Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis.
De Villiers collected
nine boundaries in his 54 from 89, shrugging off an early blow on the
toe from a Cummins delivery to help put South Africa in command of the
match and the series.
South Africa leads the two-Test contest 1-0.
(2-46) struck early, with the debutante dismissing Rudolph in the
eighth over and forcing out Kallis with a fierce delivery. In between,
Graeme Smith fell to offspinner Nathan Lyon as Australia imposed itself
in the morning session.
But Amla and De Villiers responded to
wrestle back control for the Proteas. The pair added 97 for no wicket
after lunch, holding off Cummins, Lyon (1-35) and the wicketless pair of
Mitchell Johnson and Peter Siddle.
The 18-year-old Cummins forced
Rudolph to top edge a quick, short delivery and the left-hander was
caught by wicketkeeper Brad Haddin for 24. Graeme Smith fell for 36 to a
loose cut shot which went straight to Phillip Hughes at backward point
as Australia made early inroads.
Cummins took the crucial wicket
of Kallis (2) two overs before lunch when his fast outswinger beat South
Africa's veteran No 4 and an edge flew to captain Michael Clarke in
Cummins, Australia's second youngest Test debutante
ever, had impressive figures of 2-27 off nine overs in the first
session, repaying Australia's move to give him his first cap in this
match as the tourists try to save their 41-year unbeaten Test series
record in South Africa.
But Amla and De Villiers' solid
partnership in the afternoon moved South Africa toward a significant - and possibly series-clinching - lead.
Smith and Rudolph had combined for a 40-run opening stand with Rudolph, in particular, eager to score quickly.
in his second Test since returning from a five-year sabbatical from
international cricket, Rudolph hit five fours for his 24 off 23 balls
before trying to force a hook shot off Cummins. Haddin held on to a
high, swirling catch behind the stumps.
Smith had six fours but his misplaced shot left South Africa 75-2.
Kallis didn't have chance to settle before Cummins struck again.
become the fourth player and first South African to pass 12 000 Test
runs on Thursday, Kallis was undone by pace and swing from Cummins to
leave South Africa in trouble early.