AUSSIE LOSE FOUR WICK­ETS

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

EMERG­ING South African pace­man Kag­iso Rabada claimed three cru­cial wick­ets as South Africa closed in on vic­tory against Aus­tralia on the fourth day of the open­ing Test in Perth yes­ter­day. Set an in­tim­i­dat­ing vic­tory tar­get of 539, the home side were wob­bling on 169 for four at stumps and fac­ing a po­ten­tial record de­feat against South Africa. Us­man Khawaja was on 58 and Mitchell Marsh on 15, with South Africa’s un­beaten record at the ground set to be ex­tended. An ex­tra­or­di­nary piece of field­ing by the diminu­tive Temba Bavuma re­moved the dan­ger­ous David Warner for 35 to end an open­ing stand of 52. Warner dropped the ball in front of him and set off for a quick sin­gle, but Bavuma pounced from cover and un­leashed a pow­er­ful throw while hor­i­zon­tal and still in midair. It rat­tled the stumps at the non-striker’s end with Warner cen­time­tres out of his ground. The dis­missal set the stage for Rabada (3-49) to dis­play his qual­ity in the ab­sence of cham­pion pace­men Dale Steyn due to a shoul­der in­jury suf­fered on the first day. South Africa’s mas­sive to­tal was un­der­pinned by 141 from Du­miny and 127 from Dean El­gar. The pair put on 250 for the third wicket as part of a re­mark­able come­back by the tourists af­ter their dis­ap­point

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