You miss, I hit, said Mitchell Starc to end South African first inning when he clean bowled Dale Steyn of a deadly yorker. They managed to put up 242 runs despite shaky start, Faf du Plessis and young Temba Bavuma helped visitors recover from struggling moments.
Faf du Plessis (37 runs) was sent back by Mitchell Starc at score of 37 runs and South Africa were again left struggling at 85/5. Wicket-Keeper batsman Quinton de Kock counter-attacked Aussies bowling and played flawless inning of 84 runs to script visitors fight back along with Temba Bavuma.
Earlier, opting to bat first South Africa lost three wicket in quick succession, first to go was Stephen Cook in first over and then soon Hashim Amla was sent back by Jos Hazlewood, both got out without scoring any run. Dean Elgar couldn’t resist Aussies pace attack and he could add only 12 runs to the total.
Vernon Philander (10 runs), Keshav Maharaj (16 runs) and Kagiso Rabada (11 runs) made small but crucial contribution in the end. Though 242 runs is not big still visitors will take it looking at the situation they were initially.
Mitchell Starc chipped four wickets while Jos Hazlewood took 3 wicket. Nathon Lyon managed to take wickets Temba Bavuma and Keshav Maharaj.
Two Australian opener started on contrasting note, Warner looked dangerous while Shaun Marsh struggled at other end. David Warner raced to his half-century in just 39 balls, most of his runs in the form of boundary. He is unbeaten on 73 runs while Shaun Marsh after playing scratchy inning is not out on 29 runs.
David Warner didn’t allowed the bowlers to settle down, also bowlers didn’t seemed to find right line and length. They need to fix this as soon as possible to get back into this game else the way Warner is scoring, this match can slip out of their reach.
South Africa 1st Inning: 242 all-out [Quinton de Kock (84 runs) , Temba Bavuma (51 runs) ; Mitchell Starc (4 wkts for 71 runs) , Jos Hazlewood (3 wkts for 70 runs)]
Australia 1st Inning: 105/0 [David Warner* (73 runs), Shaun Marsh* (29 runs)]