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Johnson takes seven as Australia builds lead

CENTURION: Mitchell Johnson continued his rampant test form here in Centurion as he took seven wickets to dismiss the hosts for 206 runs, ARY News reports on Friday.

South Africa started the day at 140/6 with AB de Villiers and Robin Peterson on strike.

This was Johnson's third seven wicket haul in his test career. He had dismissed three out of the four batsmen on earlier this morning starting with Robin Peterson.

AB de Villiers was the only batsman who could provide any resistance to the Australian left arm pacer but he too was dismissed from a slow ball from the fast bowler just short of his century. He showed his class when he hit Johnson for a boundary at cover and a six to Nathan Lyon.

Vernon Philander provided assistance to AB de Villiers as they contributed 49-runs together. The partnership was broken after Nathan Lyon trapped the tail ender leg before.

Dale Steyn came on strike but could not play Johnson. The team was back in the pavilion on 206 runs with AB de Villiers playing as the stand out batsman.

Leading by 191 runs, Australia came to bat in the second innings 90 minutes before lunch. Chris Rogers was clean bowled by Dale Steyn as he edged the ball to the stumps while attempting to play a stroke on the off side.

 At lunch, the visitors were at 18/1 with David Warner and Alex Doolan on the crease and lead the Proteas by 229 runs. Although the pitch has some bounce and swing, the Proteas pace attack will have to take quick wickets to make a comeback in the test match.



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