Proteas lose early wickets

2011-11-20 12:05

Herman Mostert

Cape Town - The Proteas lost four early wickets on Day 4 of the second Test against Australia at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.

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The South Africans lost four wickets for 37 runs after starting the day's play at a commanding 229 for three.

AB de Villiers fell early, caught by Australia's captain Michael Clarke off the bowling of quickie Pat Cummins for 73.

Ashwell Prince was run out by Ricky Ponting for two before Hashim Amla was caught behind by wicketkeeper Brad Haddin off Mitchell Johnson for a well played century. Amla scored 105, but lost his wicket a crucial stage to leave the home team on 260 for six.

Mark Boucher's batting woes continued when he was caught at slip by Shane Watson off the bowling of spinner Nathan Lyon for 13 to leave the South Africans reeling at 266/7, with an overall lead of only 236.

However, Vernon Philander (18 not out from 56 balls) and Dale Steyn (14 not out from 24 balls), have since steadied the ship with a 36-run partnership to give the home team a lead of 272 with 25 minutes to go before lunch.