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Australia struggling at 112/4 after day two

PORT ELIZABETH: Australia were reeling at 112/4 at stumps on the second day of the second test match here in St.George’s Park, Port Elizabeth on Friday, ARY News reports.  

South Africa got to 423 thanks to the centuries made by AB de Villiers and Jean Paul Duminy. However, the Proteas grabbed four wickets in the last session of the day to put them in a commanding position in the match.

Australia would not like to be in the position. This was the first time since the Mohali Test against India in 2013 in which the visitors conceded 400 runs above in a test innings.

The Australians crumbled in the innings. Chris Rogers survived a scare in the very first over of the innings by Dale Steyn but was leg before to Vernon Philander after scoring only 5 runs.

Parnell was brought into the attack in the tenth over of the Australian opener and provided the breakthrough in his first ball of the match. Alex Doolan edged the ball going across to keeper AB de Villiers. Two deliveries later, Shaun Marsh nicked the ball to de Villiers which swung a fraction away from him.

Australia were in trouble at 41 for 3, but David Warner and Captain Michael Clarke decided to respond to the South African bowlers with boundaries. However, Clarke was caught off Philander as he tried to cut the ball to the short cover region.

Warner got the spectators on the edge of their seats as he played wonderful strokes to reach his half century in 55 balls.

Pacer Morne Morkel was proving to be hostile against the Kangaroos. He got more bounce from the pitch than any pacer.

De Villiers got his 19th Test ton from 202 deliveries as he displayed some wonderful strokes on a slow pitch.

The South African wicket keeper-batsman needed a partnership and that’s where Duminy came to assist de Villiers with the scoring. The left handed was batting for a permanent place in the test side. He answered his critics with some brilliant shots including a lofted six to Nathan Lyon.

It was the first time in seven innings that Duminy managed to score above fifty. He was looking confident in his batting and did not hesitate to play extravagant shots. He regularly played the sweep shot against the spinner. He also raised his bat after the century after playing the sweep against Lyon.

The South Africans were scoring more than three runs per over.

A riveting contest was witnessed between de Villiers and Lyon. He got consecutive boundaries against the spinner. Clarke was trying different fielding positions to dismiss the partnership. de Villiers, responded to the field set up when he flicked Peter Siddle for a six over the leg side.

AB de Villiers’ innings came to an end as he was caught and bowled by Lyon after he dived to his right. After de Villiers went back to the pavilion, scoring rate dropped down for the Proteas as Duminy was playing carefully to reach his hundred.

Philander stayed at the crease for 37 deliveries but gave a low catch to Michael Clarke. He kept rotating the bowling attack and the Proteas were back in the pavilion after scoring 45 runs in either side of the tea break.

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