South Africa vs Australia: Kagiso Rabada sends Warner’s stumps for a walk
Australia are currently 150/4 as the hosts are slightly ahead in the game.
Published - Mar 23, 2018 6:31 pm | Updated - Mar 23, 2018 6:41 pm
The third Test match between South Africa and Australia is currently underway at Newlands in Cape Town with the teams looking to get an upper hand. The series is locked at 1-1 and this game would potentially decide which way it is going. South Africa have been bowled out for 311 courtesy some stunning bowling from Pat Cummins. But South Africa have also scalped key wickets of the visitors early. However, Kagiso Rabada picked the prized scalp of David Warner by bowling a peach of a delivery.
The game was right in the balance after Dean Elgar heroically carried his bat staying unbeaten on 141 as they were bundled out for 311 after being comfortably placed at 220/2. But Cummins bowled an excellent spell of reverse swing bowling which triggered the infamous collapse of the home side. Though the score in excess of 300 was always going to be challenging as Aussies needed to bat well to overcome their total.
Australia, in response to South Africa’s first innings total, started off briskly as the openers attacked Kagiso Rabada to throw him off his line. David Warner hit him for a wonderful six when he bowled a bouncer and cleared his intentions from the word go. But the youngster came back superbly to bowl a wonderful delivery which was pitched on leg-stump and went on to pinwheel the off-stump of the batsman. Even Warner was shocked with his dismissal and had to walk back after scoring an enterprising 30 off just 14 balls.
His wicket brought a huge relief in the hosts’ camp as they scalped Usman Khawaja and Steve Smith quickly to reduce the visitors to 72/3. Though the duo of Shaun Marsh and Cameron Bancroft calmed the nerves with a stand of 78 runs for the fourth wicket. However, Morne Morkel picked a key wicket of the former at the right time for his team.
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