Port Elizabeth - Australian opening batsmen David Warner and Chris Rogers plundered the South African bowling attack to reach tea on 141 for one, on day four of the second Test at St George's Park, in Port Elizabeth, on Sunday.
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South Africa claimed a single wicket in the session while Australia put on a score of 126 for the opening wicket.
Chasing 448 to win, Warner reached his 50 off just 61 balls, but not before he was dropped on 36.
JP Duminy attempted to take the catch off his own bowling, but collided with the non-striking batsman and the ball spilled out.
It marked the fourth time Warner was dropped in the series but Duminy eventually trapped the left-hander lbw on 66.
Meanwhile, Chris Rogers played the anchor role with a knock of 69 before the interval and he was supported in the middle by Alex Doolan with one run to his name.
South Africa had declared in the morning session as they moved to 270 for five in their second innings. Hashim Amla top scored with 127 not out as the hosts scored at over four runs an over in their innings.
Quinton de Kock was the only South African batsman to depart on the day as he scored 34 runs from 58 deliveries. De Kock was out caught by Michael Clarke off the bowling of Nathan Lyon.
Mitchell Johnson had the best figures for Australia in the innings with