Elgar and de Villiers knock reaps Aussie bowlers in Day 1 of Cape Town Test Schedule

 . Last updated on July 3, 2018, 11:33 AM
Elgar and de Villiers knock reaps Aussie bowlers in Day 1 of Cape Town Test Schedule
Dean Elgar knocked a century in the first day remaining unbeaten in the inning so far.

South Africa played a brilliant inning in the first day against Australia still keeping it alive for the following day. By the end of the sessions, the team was at 266 runs for 8 wickets, playing 87 overs. Still, the team had a rare collapse by the concluding sessions when they faltered from 220 for 2. In 64 runs, team lost 6 wickets in about 21 overs.

It was Dean Elgar and AB de Villiers who made the day for South Africa. It is the best stretch so far in the test schedule from the former. Elgar knocked 121 runs, his 11th Test century, remaining unbeaten throughout the day. He partnered with AB de Villiers for about 30 overs forging 128 runs together.

De Villiers knock of 64 was the major thrust in the momentum. His half-century came up in 80 balls, while he smashed 10 boundaries in the inning. But, the slog began with his wicket as the rest of the lineup could not compile any partnership with Elgar. In this international test series, de Kock has been batting with an impressive form.

Pat Cummings started the showdown for Australia taking down de Villiers, du Plessis, Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock in the stretch of next 8 overs. The run rate slowed down and by 75th overs in the Test match inning, South Africa could score 242 runs. The last two wickets of the day were dismissed by Mitchell Marsh and Mitchell Starc, removing Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj respectively.

As the day ended, Elgar was playing alongside Kagiso Rabada, the latter playing at 6 runs. Australia need a single wicket, that of Morne Morkel, to wrap up the lineup. Cummings finished the day with the figure of 4 for 12 runs bowling only 8 overs. Earlier, it was Josh Hazlewood on attack sending back Aiden Markram and Hashim Amla. Amla played 87 balls to score 31 runs.

Australia bowlers had a little luck in bowling against Elgar and de Villiers. But it was the stunning catch by David Warner removing the latter that turned the inning. Cummings found a form in the latter deliveries of his 21 overs. Mitchell Starc also bowled 21 overs but it was only for a single wicket. Nathan Lyon could not have a nick, but he bowled 6 maiden overs.

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