Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

De Villiers moves Proteas ahead despite batting collapse

De Villiers moves Proteas ahead despite batting collapse

Philander - who resumed unbeaten on 14 in the morning - stuck around for the first hour before fending a Pat Cummins short ball to Bancroft at short leg, ending an 84-run stand for the eighth wicket. He had battled hard for his 75 but his dismissal left Australia with a tough fight to stay in the match. Rabada will have a disciplinary hearing in Port Elizabeth later on Saturday, the South African team said.

The Proteas began what they like to call "moving day" on the front foot, with de Villiers and Vernon Philander taking advantage of the hard new ball to find the boundary as Australia's fast bowlers were unable to create any lateral movement.

After the departure of South Africa's nightwatchman, Amla (56) joined Elgar (57) to form a third-wicket alliance worth 88, the former twice using the review system to overturn lbw decisions given out on the field. Later, the main competition has started and now in the 2nd Test match, Australia got packaged in 243 runs in the first innings.

When spinner Nathan Lyon (1-29) bowled Quinton de Kock (9), South Africa still trailed by 16 runs with three wickets remaining, but De Villiers continued to play positive cricket as he looked supremely comfortable at the crease, in stark contrast to just about every other batsman in the game.

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"Today was a tough day of test cricket and those people who are test-match lovers would appreciate the skill of the bowling and, especially when AB was batting toward the end, the skill of the batting", Amla sad.

The charge typically carries with it three demerit points, which would take Rabada to eight in total in the past 12 month period - triggering a two-Test ban, which would rule him out of the rest of the series with Australia.

Australia won in Durban by 118 runs to lead the four-test series 1-0.

South Africa is in a strong position after bowling Australia out for a below-par score, when fast bowler Rabada took 5-96 before padding up and helping South Africa see out the last few overs of the first day with the bat.

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Umpires made a beeline for South African captain Faf du Plessis after the incident, registering their disappointment. The talismanic batsman notched up his 22nd test century.

South Africa are expected to argue Rabada's contact with Smith, which came amid a spirited send-off in which he also screamed in the face of Australia's captain, was not deliberate.

Rabada will need to prove contact with Smith wasn't intentional if he is to play again in this series.

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