South Africa pro­duces re­mark­able fightback

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South Africa over­came the loss of star pace­man Dale Steyn to an­other shoul­der in­jury to pro­duce a stun­ning come­back on the sec­ond day of the open­ing Test against Aus­tralia in Perth yes­ter­day.

In re­ply to South Africa’s 242, Aus­tralia were cruis­ing at 158 for none early on day two, but then lost all 10 wick­ets for just 86 runs to lead by only two af­ter the first in­nings. At stumps on the sec­ond day, the vis­i­tors were 104 for two, an over­all lead of 102 and ar­guably in the favoured po­si­tion in the match, which seemed un­think­able 24 hours ear­lier.

Dean El­gar was on 46 and JP Du­miny was on 34. Tha pair had added 59 af­ter the Proteas lost two early sec­ond in­nings wick­ets, but their re­mark­able fightback was soured by news that Steyn would miss the re­main­der of the se­ries.

Steyn left the field for scans on his trou­ble­some right shoul­der before lunch, just af­ter claim­ing the wicket of Aus­tralian opener David Warner for 97, and did not re­turn for the re­main­der of the in­nings. The 33-year-old broke the same shoul­der late last year and missed sev­eral months of cricket, and it was con­firmed late in the day he had a crack in a bone and would not take fur­ther part in the three-Test se­ries. He pulled up sore af­ter the fourth ball of his 13th over, hav­ing been by far the most men­ac­ing of the South African bowlers to that stage. With 417 Test wick­ets, Steyn is just four shy of Shaun Pol­lock’s record haul for South Africa.

In his ab­sence, Ver­non Phi­lan­der (4-56), Kag­iso Rabada (2-78) and debu­tant spin­ner Ke­shav Ma­haraj (3-56) ex­posed the home side’s bat­ting frailty. Aus­tralia, who were in to­tal con­trol before Warner fell, then lost four wick­ets for just 23 runs.

Warner has 768 runs in Tests in Perth at 96 apiece and his open­ing part­ner­ship with Shaun Marsh (63) was a record for Aus­tralia against the Proteas at the ground.

The dash­ing left-han­der ap­peared cer­tain to score his fourth Test century at the venue, but was caught at first slip by Hashim Amla and his dis­missal sparked a re­mark­able pe­riod of play.

Just eight runs later, Steyn left the field mid-over, af­ter ap­pear­ing to rein­jure his trou­ble­some right shoul­der in an around-the-wicket de­liv­ery to Us­man Khawaja.

One run later, Khawaja joined Warner back in the pav­il­ion when he was clean-bowled by young pace­man Rabada for four. South African hopes were fur­ther boosted when Aus­tralian cap­tain Steve Smith was the vic­tim of a highly con­tentious lbw de­ci­sion for a duck. Smith ad­vanced well down the wicket to Ma­haraj and was struck on the knee roll.

He was vis­i­bly shocked to be ad­judged out by vet­eran um­pire Aleem Dar, who has al­ready made a num­ber of con­tro­ver­sial de­ci­sions in the match. The Aus­tralian skip­per called for a de­ci­sion re­view, which showed the ball just clip­ping the out­side of the stumps, which is out under new rules in­tro­duced re­cently.

Marsh was then the fourth Aus­tralian to fall, trapped lbw by Phi­lan­der for 63.

He failed to get the de­ci­sion over­turned and cost his side their sec­ond and last de­ci­sion re­view, a move which came back to haunt them when Peter Nevill (23) ap­peared to be in­cor­rectly given out caught by um­pire Dar. — AFP

PERTH, Aus­tralia:

Scoreboard at stumps on the sec­ond day of the first Test be­tween Aus­tralia and South Africa at the WACA Ground on yes­ter­day.

South Africa first in­nings 242 Sec­ond in­nings

S. Cook c S Marsh b Sid­dle D. El­gar not out H. Amla b Ha­zle­wood JP. Du­miny not out Ex­tras (lb5, w5, nb1) To­tal (two wick­ets, 40 overs) Fall of wick­ets: 1-35 (Cook), 2-45 (Amla) Bowl­ing: Starc 9-4-18-0, Ha­zle­wood 10-2-31-1 (1nb), Sid­dle 84-12-1, Marsh 4-1-11-0 (5w), Lyon 9-2-27-0

Aus­tralia first in­nings

12 46 1 34 11 104

D. Warner c Amla b Steyn 97 S. Marsh lbw b Phi­lan­der 63 U. Khawaja b Rabada 4 S. Smith lbw b Ma­haraj 0 A. Vo­ges c and b Rabada 27 M. Marsh lbw b Phi­lan­der 0 P. Nevill c Amla b Ma­haraj 23 M. Starc c du Plessis b Ma­haraj 0 P. Sid­dle not out 18 J. Ha­zle­wood c Du­miny b Phi­lan­der 4 N. Lyon c El­gar b Phi­lan­der 0 Ex­tras (lb3, nb5) 8 To­tal (all out, 70.2 overs) 244 Fall of wick­ets: 1-158 (Warner), 2-167 (Khawaja), 3-168 (Smith), 4-181 (S Marsh), 5-181 (M Marsh), 6-202 (Vo­ges), 7-203 (Starc), 8-232 (Nevill), 9-243 (Ha­zle­wood), 10-244 (Lyon). Bowl­ing: Steyn 12.4-3-51-1, Phi­lan­der 19.2-2-56-4 (3nb), Rabada 20-1-78-2 (2nb), Ma­haraj 18.2-5-56.

PERTH: South Africa’s Jean-Paul Du­miny ducks a wild bal­lon the sec­ond day of play dur­ing their cricket test match against Aus­tralia in Perth, Aus­tralia, yes­ter­day. — AP

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