By the end of Day 3, Australia was on stumps at 180 for 5. Adding the score to their previous figure of 243, the team now leads South Africa’s first inning knock of 382. The third day game featured a century off AB de Villiers. There was a good showdown from the batsmen partnering with the lower order. The day started with de Villiers and Vernon Philander batting with three wickets at hand.
Throughout the day’s batting stretch, he was the crucial player to bolster the lead with two strong partnerships. The first was with Philander for 84 runs and the next was with Keshav Maharaj for 58 runs. Also, there was the final stint with Nigidi before wrapping the inning. England bowlers could clip away only the other end leaving de Villiers unbeaten at 126.
Australia started their second inning by lunch. In the inning as well, South Africa posed a brilliant performance. The attack was spearheaded by Kagiso Rabada, who nicked three wickets in the day’s play of his 16 overs. The wobble began with David Warner done away by the bowler in slogging the team to 1 for 27. Warner lost his wicket in 13 runs.
In the latter stretch, Usman Khawaja and Cameron Bancroft pulled up the score to 62 by 22 overs. This time, Nigidi attacked ending his tally of 24 runs. Smith could not add big runs in the inning following Bancroft after four overs. The attack bolstered with Shaun Marsh taken away as the next wicket. By 30th over, Australia fell to 86 for 4.
The evening session was dominated by the partnership between Khawaja and Mitchell Marsh. The players added 87 runs together pulling a deficit tally to a lead of 41 runs. Khawaja scored a brilliant 75 runs playing with much perseverance in the partnership. He was taken down in the penultimate over of the day as Rabada added another name into his attack. By the end, Tim Paine was batting alongside Mitchell Marsh as the overnight batsmen.
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