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2011-11-18 13:27

Johannesburg - Australia lost their third wicket after lunch in the second Sunfoil test against South Africa at Bidvest Wanderers when Ricky Ponting was trapped lbw for a duck.

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Vernon Philander took the first wicket of Australian batsman Phil Hughes shortly after lunch on day two of the second Test at the Wanderers on Friday.

Earlier Australia's opening batsmen steered the visitors to 169 without loss at lunch.

Shane Watson and Phillip Hughes did exactly what was required of them in the morning session, reduce the deficit after South Africa were all out for 266 on the opening day.

Hughes was first to reach his half-century, the third of his career, off 68 balls, and Watson followed shortly afterwards with his 16th half-century, from 74 deliveries, which included nine fours and a six.

When his score was on 68, Hughes reached 1 000 runs in Test cricket, playing in his 15th Test match.

The batsmen were happy to play their shots and took their chances through the air.

Hughes was dropped on 30 but it was a difficult chance which fell to Hashim Amla at backward short-leg, off the bowling of Morne Morkel.

He also survived a caught-behind appeal, which the South Africans chose not to review, when he was on 38.

Television replays showed the ball touched the bat before the pad on its way through to the keeper.

When the hosts did choose to review an appeal for lbw, against Watson off the bowling of an absolutely adamant Imran Tahir, it turned out to be a thick inside edge.

At lunch Watson was unbeaten on 76 and Hughes on 85.

Teams:

South Africa: GC Smith (captain), JA Rudolph, HM Amla, JH Kallis, AB de Villiers, AG Prince, MV Boucher (wk), VD Philander, DW Steyn, M Morkel, Imran Tahir

Australia:
SR Watson, PJ Hughes, RT Ponting, MJ Clarke (captain), UT Khawaja, MEK Hussey, BJ Haddin†, MG Johnson, PM Siddle, PJ Cummins, NM Lyon

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Comments
  • Niela - 2011-11-18 10:21

    Morkel is the key for SA. The wicket have enough bounce for him to be a real danger for Oz batsmen. Dale and Philander would get swing in hot overcast conditions and will be testing Oz skill level, but if Morkel finds the right length they will be in trouble. Oz to be bowled out for less than 250.

      Gunner - 2011-11-18 11:58

      Looks ominous for SA...with the likes of Steyn & Morkel bowling four balls almost every over...more likely a score of 400-500 likely from Aussies....like I said before too much talk from the SA camp before this test match...

      Andre - 2011-11-18 12:15

      i second that Gunner. Amla must be kicking himself for dropping Hughes early on

      Brent - 2011-11-18 14:49

      it aint over till its over

      Anthony - 2011-11-18 15:32

      quote from prickie ponting at potchestroom-''I AM NOW PLAYING AT THE PEAK OF MY PERFECTION'' LOL LOL bye bye prickie --u are sure to be dropped by the aussie selectors now --this is your third disgrace in 3 innings

  • Andre - 2011-11-18 10:36

    worry for SA here at thew moment Aus looking good, with Watson hitting Steyn all over the park

      Wesley - 2011-11-18 10:53

      ya not looking good at all, Kallis getting hammered

  • Andre - 2011-11-18 10:58

    Now Morkel is getting hammerd his rate is now 6 per over.

  • Andre - 2011-11-18 11:03

    Not Oz making good start but Oz hammering the chokers

      Shivaskar - 2011-11-18 11:36

      lol

      Deon - 2011-11-18 12:00

      The fat lady has not sung yet, feer not.

      Andre - 2011-11-18 12:10

      hope you are right deon

      Deon - 2011-11-18 12:16

      It might also be a good time to hope or pray for rain. I am sure the farmers can do with some rain.

  • Bonjo - 2011-11-18 11:37

    Is this what we've been reduced to? 49/0 qualifies as a great start? Shouldn"t we wait for them to score atleast 100 runs before saying they're off to a great start? smh

      Deon - 2011-11-18 12:44

      a Good start is probably now an excellant start now, I wonder what the weather man has to say?. It could be a long 2 sessions to go.

  • Shirley - 2011-11-18 11:41

    We are going down! Oz on 100/0. Suppose just have to be positive.[its getting harder each game]

  • Andre - 2011-11-18 11:42

    100 / 0 at the moment

  • Andre - 2011-11-18 11:52

    116/0 and batting @ 4.8 per over. Aus showing us how to bat

  • stshibudzi - 2011-11-18 12:04

    i think SA play well underpressure, if there is no pressure the relax.

  • Andre - 2011-11-18 12:09

    SA is not bowling badly but Aus is batting very good. We shouldv'e batted like this aswell. So i am still blaming the batsmen for not getting enough runs.

  • Gerhard Uys - 2011-11-18 12:10

    Cricket is a game where everything can change in a short space of time. . .

      Deon - 2011-11-18 12:17

      I agree, we hope they have another 2 hours of madness like on Newlands.

  • Dennis - 2011-11-18 12:31

    The way SA batted yesterday one has to wonder whether that truly was their best and honest effort. Shot selection and apparent rush makes me wonder...

  • Andre - 2011-11-18 12:34

    Lunch 169/0...... Scary stuff ahead for SA

      Deon - 2011-11-18 12:47

      We lost this session badly. If we don't win a session or 2 today we are in deep trouble.

      Deon - 2011-11-18 15:28

      51/4 this last session, we need to repeat it asap.

  • Michael - 2011-11-18 13:11

    Choke, choke, choke. Kirsten should really be looking at solving the riddle of why the Proteas always wilt under pressure........ That is a perfect batting pitch and will only get better (for Australia of course) they knew this and just had to wait for the Proteas to succumb to a little bit of pressure. Dont bother watching mates, all will be over in 4 days as the hapless Proteas get dismissed with about 80 -100 runs short.

      Andre - 2011-11-18 13:18

      I am also at that point, i am so disgusted in the protea team. They one 1 match then lose about 10.

      Deon - 2011-11-18 14:56

      The pitch is looking a bit more dicey now. Don't underestimate our fighting back spirit.

      Stephen - 2011-11-18 18:21

      @Michael and Nitronic, man how stupid are these commnets. South Africa fighting back yet again and the dumbos cant even give credit

  • Thopa - 2011-11-18 13:16

    Fair play obviosly doesn't apply were Australia is corncerned. Why didn't Hughes walk when he nicked the ball? I'll tell because they are a Stupid bunch of cheats!

      Andre - 2011-11-18 13:30

      remember thopa Kallis also did not walk in the first test when he nicked it

      Deon - 2011-11-18 13:44

      This is not just a sport but theire jobs. Very few people walk nowadays.

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-18 14:22

      To be fair the ball also hit the pad so he wouldn’t have been sure. The umpire wasn’t sure and neither were the players. I think that if the umpire’s view is obscured by the bowler (1st SA review) then the umpire should call a review.

  • Jacob - 2011-11-18 13:32

    Why do they not post up a scoreboard? I want to see how each player fared

      Deon - 2011-11-18 13:41

      Click on live scoring on the top.

  • Andre - 2011-11-18 13:43

    Good but im afraid damage has been done

      Deon - 2011-11-18 14:24

      We have lots of time left in the match, we are at last fighting back and seems like winning this session at least.

  • Skinfaxi - 2011-11-18 14:18

    South African batting – got out cheap South African bowling – been expensive Ponting out for a duck – Priceless!

      Andre - 2011-11-18 14:20

      Can i get a whooohaaaa for that!!!

  • moby.quest - 2011-11-18 14:24

    The only problem with the Proteas is that they are consistently inconsistent. When the top order batsmen of teams like Australia, India, England etc get an opening partnerships of 100+ then its normal. When one of them lose an early wicket, we are shocked. With the Proteas its the other way around!

      Deon - 2011-11-18 15:32

      We have been battling for a while to get a suitable number 2 since Gibbs left. Where are those earlier days of 200 + partnerships (Smith and Amla came close with 195 at Newlands)

  • Brent - 2011-11-18 14:48

    its a shame there isnt a 5 test series because both games has been great sofar

  • gazz.botha - 2011-11-20 01:34

    SA done well this bowling outfit is the most balanced in the world, just need to bowl better with the new ball, and hit the right areas.

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