Bavuma de­nied ton as S.Africa skit­tle hap­less Aus­tralia

Stabroek News Sunday - - SUNDAY SPORT -

JOHANNESBURG, (Reuters) - South Africa’s Temba Bavuma was left stranded on 95 not out as they tight­ened their grip over scan­dal-hit Aus­tralia af­ter re­duc­ing the hap­less vis­i­tors to 110 for six at the close on the se­cond day of the fourth and fi­nal test yes­ter­day.

Aided by Bavuma’s bril­liance, South Africa posted 488 in their first in­nings and lead by a mas­sive 378 runs at the Wan­der­ers as they seek a first home se­ries win over the Aus­tralians in al­most 50 years.

The con­tro­ver­sial tour looks to be com­ing to a meek end for the vis­i­tors in a game they need to win to share the se­ries and their new cap­tain Tim Paine (five) and Pat Cum­mins (seven) will re­sume on the third day fac­ing a daunt­ing task.

Aus­tralia need a win to share the se­ries, an out­come that would pro­vide hol­low com­fort af­ter the chaos that en­gulfed the team in the wake of their ball-tam­per­ing in the third test in Cape Town and the cri­sis that fol­lowed this week.

The squad was bol­stered by open­ers Joe Burns and Matt Ren­shaw, who ar­rived in the coun­try 48 hours be­fore the start of the fourth test along with all-rounder Glenn Max­well, af­ter de­sposed cap­tain Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Ban­croft were sent home for their part in the scan­dal.

How­ever, if the tourists had hoped that fresh blood at the top of the or­der might spark a change of bat­ting for­tunes, it proved false op­ti­mism as they were blasted out.

Burns’ (four) tame prod saw him edge Kag­iso Rabada to a div­ing Faf du Plessis at se­cond slip, while Queens­land open­ing part­ner Ren­shaw (eight) pro­vided a sim­ple catch to wick­et­keeper Quin­ton de Kock off Ver­non Phi­lan­der (3-17). AUS­TRALIAN DIS­AR­RAY Peter Hand­scomb has been on tour since the start, but his long wait for a chance to bat lasted one ball when he played onto his stumps as Phi­lan­der found the right amount of move­ment.

Aus­tralia were in dis­ar­ray at that stage on 38 be­fore Us­man Khawaja (53) and Shaun Marsh man­aged a slow re­cov­ery.

The pair put on 52 for the fourth wicket, but Khawaja was su­perbly caught by De Kock hav­ing got a feather-edge down the leg-side to give Phi­lan­der his third.

Mitchell Marsh (four) then played on to a Morne Morkel de­liv­ery as the light faded, his early prom­ise on the tour hav­ing now been long for­got­ten, while his brother Shaun (16) edged to AB de Vil­liers at slip (Reuters) Mar­cus Mor­ris had 25 points and nine re­bounds and Jayson Tatum scored 24 as the Bos­ton Celtics beat the Toronto Rap­tors 110-99 in a bat­tle of East­ern Con­fer­ence pow­er­houses last night in Bos­ton.

Terry Rozier added 21 and seven as­sists and Al Hor­ford had 14 points for the Celtics, who earned their sixth straight vic­tory and pulled within two games of the Rap­tors for first place in the East with six games re­main­ing for each team.

De­Mar DeRozan scored a game-high 32 points with seven as­sists and seven re­bounds, Serge Ibaka had 15 points and 10 re­bounds and Jonas Valan­ci­u­nas had 13 and 11 for Toronto, which suf­fered its fourth loss in the last seven games fol­low­ing an 11game win streak.

The Rap­tors beat the Celtics 111-91 at home in their most re­cent meet­ing on Feb. 6, but lost the first game of the sea­son se­ries 95-94 on Nov. 12 in Bos­ton. The two teams off Ke­shav Ma­haraj.

Af­ter Ai­den Markram’s mas­ter­ful 152 on the open­ing day, Bavuma was left stranded five runs short of what would have been a se­cond test cen­tury when he ran out of part­ners.

His 95 not out was de­serv­ing of three fig­ures as he ma­noeu­vred the ball around the ground with great skill, adding 85 for the sev­enth wicket with De Kock (39) and 76 for the ninth wicket with Ma­haraj, who smashed a ca­reer-best 45 from 51 balls.

But when the lat­ter slashed at a wide de­liv­ery from the ex­cel­lent Pat Cum­mins (5-83) and was caught by wick­et­keeper Paine, Morkel, play­ing in his fi­nal test, edged the first ball to Hand­scomb at se­cond slip and Bavuma was de­nied the chance to claim a de­served ton. play again Wed­nes­day night in Bos­ton.

DeRozan’s floater off the glass with 0.7 sec­onds left in the third quar­ter put the Rap­tors up 84-82 en­ter­ing the fourth.

A run­ning layup by DeRozan knot­ted the score at 94 with 5:26 re­main­ing in the fi­nal pe­riod, but Hor­ford’s re­verse layup and en­su­ing free throw with 5:05 on the clock put Bos­ton up two and sparked a game­clinch­ing run for the Celtics.

Mor­ris knocked down a 3-pointer with 4:18 left and Tatum’s fin­ger roll at 3:19 put Bos­ton ahead 104-94. Kyle Lowry’s three with 3:04 to play gave the Rap­tors life, but Bos­ton iced the game at the free-throw line in the fi­nal minute.

Toronto led 55-53 af­ter a first half in which nei­ther side led by more than five points. The Rap­tors were also up 33-31 af­ter 12 min­utes.

Bos­ton is at Mil­wau­kee on Tues­day, while the Rap­tors visit the Cava­liers be­fore Wed­nes­day’s re­match in Bos­ton.

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