Gives someone like Gazza [Lyon] a bit of confidence. The ball was aired up outside off for the batsman to take the bait and he did. The ball takes off after landing on a length, the feet of Markram went no where and he still prodded at the ball. Amla drives and threads the ball through the covers between cover and mid-off for a four.1-1 at the halfway point - makes for an exciting rest of the series. Cut from off stump to the quicker ball, dangerous with the ball skidding on, but Amla played it really well. Looks like the handle is loose and gone probably Pat Cummins to Amla, FOUR, top-edge but safe! Mistimes the drive into the off-side for a single ABD has come in. The thick edge was found and it flew for Smith to gobble it to his left. Markram c Smith b Hazlewood 21(28) [4s-3]Hazlewood to Markram, THAT'S OUT!! It was looped up outside off and the batsman got his feet to the pitch of the ball Lyon to Amla, no run, pushing forward with a set of glued bat and pad.It slowly rolls into the cushions Lyon to du Plessis, byes, FOUR, was there glove on that? Went straight to ground Hashim Amla, right handed bat, comes to the crease We are back for perhaps the final session of the game.Looked to have brushed the top of the glove and goes just wide of leg-slip. Lyon to continue Lyon to de Villiers, out Caught by Bancroft!! Saw de Villiers advancing and dropped it short, it turned as well, de Villiers tried to adjust but could only turn it low to FSL where Bancroft takes a good catch. de Villiers c Bancroft b Lyon 28(26) [4s-4 6s-1]Lyon to de Villiers, THAT'S OUT!! SA need only 79 more and the Aussies will do well to fight it out.Rabada who was poor with the new ball on day 1 then bowled a sensational spell sandwiched either side of tea to take a five-fer which broke the back of the innings. But Australia fought back with the ball to have the hosts at 183/6 before that man - AB conjured up a masterly hundred - his first in 3 years in Tests. Let's wait and see what happens at the presentation which will be up shortly. On a length, nibbles in, the batsman was caught on the crease and manages to inside edge it towards the fine leg region for a single Josh Hazlewood [2.0-0-7-0] is back into the attack Amla against Hazlewood has been one-way traffic.Along with the lower order he piloted his side to a 139-run lead. Local Time, GMT, IST: 1-1 now after PE. Pat Cummins to Theunis de Bruyn, FOUR, Theunis de Bruyn finishes it off. Overpitched outside off, Theunis de Bruyn gets forward and drives through the vacant cover region. Lyon to Amla, no run, turn, bounce, hits the batsman almost on the chest as he bent forward to defend it.It wouldn't be nice on my part if I don't recognise their contributions. Do catch up on all the coverage as it happens and don't forget to read whatever is served up. Pretty much for us the whole four days we have played, we have been in a position of strength.
Of course, a win for South Africa will be vital but the fans also have their fingers crossed for the verdict on Rabada that will be delivered by the end of the day.
Unfortunately a target of 100 was a little bit too short. Australia lose a review and SA breathe easy Lyon to Amla, no run, huge appeal as Smith and Paine clear their throats.
Yesterday morning was a tough one, we were hoping to get the three wickets quickly and maybe them have a lead of around 50-odd, that's when the game got away from us. Got AB out conventionally for the first time this series which is nice. The ball was turning in sharply from a length and the batsman trying to prod forward, missed the line totally courtesy the sharp turn Lyon to de Villiers, 1 run, and he goes for a slapped drive straightaway. The corridor of dilemma has the batsman edging and the rest was done by Smith at second slip.
Could've gone either way, it was a tough decision (at the toss) but we battled through the tough period. But there is a lot of turn on it and the huge front stride saves the batsman.
When the ball started reversing, we let ourselves down, Rabada bowled exceptionally well and opened our middle-order up in both innings. The ball despite hitting in line was going well down leg.