Twitter Reactions: Australia struggle after South Africa ask them to chase an improbable total
by Ankit Editor
Published - Nov 6, 2016 10:05 am | Updated - Nov 6, 2016 10:24 am
Quinton de Kock and Vernon Philander started the proceedings for South Africa on the individual scores of 16 and 23 while they had 390 runs on the board for the loss of 6 wickets. They already had a lead that could secure them a win in the Test. But the lower order also kicked in with valuable contributions as both the batsmen scored half centuries and their total was past the 500-run mark.
Philander was dismissed for 73 by the Australian captain Steve Smith, debutant Keshav Maharaj also got into the act and was well on the way to a half century on debut but when he was nine short, Mitchell Marsh finally found success, his second wicket in the game and de Kock was on his way back. Just then South African captain Faf du Plessis also decided to call back his men as they had 540 runs on the board which meant a lead of 538 runs.
For Australia, Josh Hazlewood, Peter Siddle and Marsh shared a couple of wickets each while Mitchell Starc and skipper Smith had one wicket each. Nathan Lyon the only specialist spinner in the bowling attack returned without anything in his bag and that was possibly what hurt them the most given that the novice Maharaj had picked a four-wicket haul for South Africa in the second inning.
The bowling effort was definitely not satisfying given that the pitch was behaving oddly and they should have capitalized with wickets but couldn’t and let the Proteas get to a total that has never been scaled in the fourth innings in Test cricket.
When David Warner and Shaun Marsh walked out to bat, they had an improbable task at hand but Warner being Warner wasn’t affected by it and went about business in usual style. He carried his good form from the first inning but paid for underestimating Temba Bavuma’s fielding as he ran the Aussie opener out taking just a fraction of a second for the task.
Steve Smith and Adam Voges were also dismissed after starts by Kagiso Rabada who scalped all the three wickets. But Usman Khawaja stuck in and found some support from Mitchell Marsh. At stumps, Australia had 169 runs in their account for the loss of 4 wickets.
Here is how Twitter reacted during the day’s play:
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) November 6, 2016
RABADA ON FIRE, VOGES OUT
1st ball – Beats the edge
2nd ball – Beats the edge
3rd ball – Makes him drive
4th ball – Draws the edge#AUSvSA
— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) November 6, 2016
— Pavilion Opinions (@pavilionopinion) November 6, 2016
— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) November 6, 2016
Runs scored this week
34 Steve Smith
45 Jackson Bird#AUSvSA
— Swamp (@sirswampthing) November 6, 2016
— Zac Newton (@zacnewton17) November 6, 2016
What about that throw from Bavuma! Might have been in violation of the laws of physics. #AUSvSA
— Paul Dennett (@the_summer_game) November 6, 2016
A Run-Out chasing 500+ in the fourth innings…but above all…what a moment of brilliance from Bavuma. ??#AUSvSA
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) November 6, 2016
With a lead of over 500 fr SA,no Steyn which means a bowler less to pick up 10 Aus wkts and still no decl.Has to be d Warner Effect.#AusvSA
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) November 6, 2016
Adelaide, 2012: South Africa were 4 down after day 4 and saved Test. That should be template for Australia in Perth #AUSvSA
— Andrew Wu (@wutube) November 6, 2016
A great test match in Perth and it's going into the final day. Fantastic effort from ? ?, tough task now for ? ? to save it #ausvsa ?
— Chris Varney (@ChrisVarney1985) November 6, 2016
— Brett Sprigg (@BrettSprigg) November 6, 2016
— Eddie McChoir (@onlytwosince58) November 6, 2016
— S H A H I D ? (@cricket_worm) November 6, 2016
De kock: ek aur ardh satak jad diya.
Philander: hum kisi se kam nahi.
— Raees Lʌɗƙʌ (@tomnjerrytwo) November 6, 2016
I'm backing Mitch Marsh to silence the critics and blaze us to victory tomorrow #ausvsa
— Shane Gordon (@flashboy_gordon) November 6, 2016