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Proteas in ascendancy

2011-11-19 17:31

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.

Teenager 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.

The dismissal of Kallis right on the lunch interval was a body blow for the home side.

But Amla 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.

The pair 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 against Australia.

Amla 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.

The Proteas 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.

Cummins was 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.

There can be no doubt at all that he is going to become the spearhead of the future Australian attack.

Peter 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.

Sport24

Comments
  • Wesley - 2011-11-19 17:43

    well done boys,good to see the top order firing again for SA, all top 6 have done well during the series, Smith looks better than he has in 2 years and Kallis looked good in the first innings

  • Moss Mphahlele - 2011-11-19 17:51

    Soo, no bookies ths time haa!!

      Ian - 2011-11-19 21:14

      they busy with bafoona bafoona

  • Gareth - 2011-11-19 19:46

    Why don't they start the match an hour earlier tomorrow instead of the usual half an hour?The forecast ain't good either for Joburg as its suppose to rain over there tomorrow.The India-West Indies test series in India starts at 8.30 so why can't the officials in South Africa do the same sort of thing. Apparently broadcast arrangements and rights don't allow for that to happen which is rather stupid.The Wanderers ground was bathed in sunshine all of this morning so no problems there which is ideal playing surface for an even earlier kick off.South Africa needs to win this series 2-0 to close the gap on England for the number one test ranking position,and on today's evidence I can't see us being bowled out so as to not win the match.Anything towards a 280 total and beyond as a lead should be enough for South Africa I reckon and bowl Australia out the second time.

      Marcus - 2011-11-19 21:18

      Damn right Tony! It annoys the hell out of me. Broadcasters decide timings but when it impacts on the game its just stupid!!

  • Werner Breytenbach - 2011-11-19 20:03

    Great to see the younger guys starting to make the runs. Smith and Kallis on their way down and Amla and De Villiers on their way up.

      David - 2011-11-19 21:26

      Kallis on his way down? Last 10 matches or so he averaging almost 90....

      David - 2011-11-19 21:30

      Make that 87.38 for the last 10 matches - up to and including the 1st test against Oz, in which he scored 0 & 2*

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-11-20 08:26

    Team Proteas, Jacques Rudolf must learn to calm down and score runs when necessary. Kallis must raise his game and Smith must be consistent. All in all, we are playing better cricket. Why are they starting late? They should at least start @ 8h30.

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