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TEST 4, DAY 2. Wanderers, Johannesburg


The day started off positively for the Proteas with de Cock and Bavuma striking the ball with ease until de Cock lobed one straight to mid off of Lyon. Philander soon followed de Cock by handing one to Khawaja of Lyon.

Then came the hefty strides from the Proteas keeping them at the bay, Bavuma and Maharaj added a gritty 76 runs for the ninth wicket. The partnership between Bavuma and Maharaj was eventually broken by the exuberant Pat Cummins and Proteas were bundled out for 488.

Pat Cummins should be given a lot of credit for bowling his heart out against a steady batting unit under some testing conditions. He consistently made the ball do the talking by getting it to nip in and out and through to the keeper. Bowling the real effort deliveries, he thoroughly earned the accolades of their fellow teammates and a lot of people across the world.

Pat stood out for the Aussies by picking up his 2nd 5-fer at the very same venue where he started his career in 2011 (He picked up his 1st 5-fer on his debut).

Australian innings was a complete disparate. The replacements of Warner, Bancroft, and Smith could only contribute 12 runs together. With three of their top four batsmen getting back to the hut the onus was now on the experienced Khawaja and S Marsh to carry their bat through.

When they were looking like they are getting into their groove to push the Australian score to a respectable one from its current under the ruins situation, Khawaja nicks one down the leg side of Philander where de Cock gloves that perfectly even though he was up to the stumps.

Soon, both the Marsh brothers also found their way back to the hut. After bowling his heart out, Cummins join the Australian Captain Paine in the middle to rescue the sinking Aussie ship.   

Key Takeoffs:

Cummins mesmerizing effort to pick up 5 wickets 

Bavuma's gritty 95*

Maharaj's effective 41

Proteas consistency with the ball


Mini Scoreboard:
Tim Paine: 5*,  Pat Cummins: 7*,  and Khawaja: 53
Philander: 3/17 and Morkel: 1/23
South Africa: 488/10 and Australia: 110/6

Can Australia survive the follow-on? Can South Africa close the doors for the Kangaroos?
Day 3 has the answers. Stay tuned.

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