In the first day of Australia-South Africa first test match, the home team trailed behind the visitors by 137 runs with 10 wickets remaining at hand. In their first inning, South Africa scored 242 runs with 10 wickets playing 63.4 overs. The top order fell easily into the hands of Aussie bowlers. The team fell to 81 for 5 wickets in the 28th over. Mitchell Starc was first to strike, taking down Stephen Cook in the fourth ball of the first over. The slog continued further with Hasim Amla going down in the fourth over. A couple of overs latter, Dean Elgar was dismissed. Both the wickets were taken down by Josh Hazlewood. JP Duminy was removed in the 13th over when the score reached only to 32. Four South Africa batsmen were taken down before the tea break.
However, the score that ran pass the 200 mark was brought up by the rest of the batsmen down the line. Even if they could not withstand the bowling attacks for long the players contributed substantial runs in the inning. Faf du Plessis stood up against the attacks and knocked 37 runs. The player smashed 5 fours before being dismissed by Starc. The inning recovered under Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock. The players brought the best runs of the inning, knocking a half century each. De Kock neared a century scoring 84 off 101 balls. The player had a strong grip over his wicket and delivered 11 fours and a six. Bavuma racked up 51 runs hitting 8 fours in the inning. The player was dismissed in the 44th over hauling the score to 152. After him, de Kock partnered with the lower order pulling up the score to 227. Finally, the team was out of batsmen when Dale Steyn was removed. The score was 242.
Australia posed a strong beginning in their inning and even by the day's end, South Africa bowlers remained futile to take any wicket. David Warner and Shaun Marsh partnered for 105 runs as the opening batsmen. South Africa bowled 21 overs without any wickets, but pouring out runs at the rate of 5 per over. Warner scored 73 off just 62 balls delivering a strong knock of 13 fours and a six. He faced an lbw appeal from Philander, which the player could escape as the delivery turned out to be a no ball. On the other hand, Marsh scored 29 runs in the inning remaining unbeaten. Thus, Australia was at 105 for loss of no wickets in the first day setting the tone for a victory in the match.
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