Published: Wed, April 04, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Brilliant Bavuma denied test ton as South Africa seize control

Brilliant Bavuma denied test ton as South Africa seize control

Bavuma, making his return after two months out with a fractured finger, deserved a second Test hundred but was left unbeaten on 95 when the Proteas were bowled out for 488 on Saturday.

The ongoing series between Australia and South Africa has been in the news for all the wrong reasons.

There were no signs of nerves in the 90s for Bavuma when he reverse-swept Lyon for his 13th boundary, but he missed out on three figures when Cummins removed Morne Morkel - playing his last worldwide - first ball.

Bavuma and De Kock (39) put on 85 for the seventh wicket - the fifth partnership of 50 or more in the innings. However, in the middle of all of this, one cricketer who is gracing the game regularly is South African opener Aiden Markram.

It took Australia 21 overs to secure the breakthrough when Quinton de Kock somehow got tangled up and bunted a Nathan Lyon long-hop to Mitch Marsh at mid-on.

It was South Africa's day from the time Temba Bavuma and De Kock weathered a tricky period against a ball that was nearly new after resuming at 313 for six. Aussies skipper Paine's 62 represented his top score since he returned to the Australian side at the beginning of the Ashes. Both Burns and Renshaw had been batting in Brisbane on Tuesday, rushed to South Africa, and were in the Test team by Friday, and if that was flawless preparation for a Test then everyone would do it.

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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. Cummins ended up with 5 for 83, remarkably just his second five-wicket haul in first-class cricket, the other having also come at the Wanderers when he made his Test debut in 2011.

Debutant Chadd Sayers ( two for 64) removed AB de Villiers (69) with the new ball and two deliveries later had nightwatchman Kagiso Rabada caught without scoring.

Australia is playing its first match since the cheating scandal broke a week ago in the third test in Cape Town, where captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft plotted to tamper with the ball using a piece of sandpaper in an effort to give the Australian bowlers an unfair advantage. Handscomb ultimately chose to leave the delivery but the ball swung-in sharply, clipping the edge of his bat before crashing onto the stumps leaving Australia reeling at 38-3. During the second Test, who scored 94, providing a good base for South Africa to build a huge score on.

"When a guy like AB strolls down the wicket and says, 'This is tough, I don't feel like I am batting too well, ' you kind of have to take a step back yourself".

Mitch Marsh dragged on an expansive drive to be castled for four before his older brother Shaun was caught at first slip off the bowling of Maharaj to fall for 16.

It was the fourth century for the home side in the series, and second for Markram, with Australia's batsmen yet to break their duck, a major difference between the two sides.

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