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Bowlers lead South Africa's incredible comeback

Vernon Philander (left) celebrating the wicket of Mitchell Marsh on day two
Vernon Philander (left) celebrating the wicket of Mitchell Marsh on day two
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South Africa 242 & 104-2 (Elgar 46no) v
Australia 244 (Warner 97)
First Test, Perth, day two

After a fabulous bowling performance that restricted Australia to 244 in their first innings, South Africa managed to stretch their lead to 102 runs with eight wickets in hand at stumps on day two of the first Test in Perth.

However, it wasn't a perfect day for the visitors as Dale Steyn has been ruled out of the tour with a shoulder fracture which he sustained during first session of play.

Australia started the day at 105 for naught. South African bowlers bowled with a lot of control on day two not allowing the Australian openers, especially David Warner (97) to score easy runs.

Shaun Marsh (63) completed his fifty on his second innings as an opener in Australia in Tests. Just after bring the 150-run stand, Warner edged a Steyn (1-51) delivery to the slips, ending three runs short of a deserving century.

However, in his next over, Steyn felt discomfort on his shoulder and left the field and was later announced that the pace spearhead will miss the remainder of the series.

Kagiso Rabada (2-78) castled Usman Khawaja (4) while Keshav Maharaj got his maiden Test wicket when he trapped Steven Smith (0) LBW. Australia were reeling at 168 for three.

The last delivery before lunch, Vernon Philander (4-56), who looked South Africa's best bowler in the game, dismissed Marsh as Australia ended the session with 181 for four.

Philander continued his wicket taking form and dismissed the younger Marsh, Mitchell (0) in the fourth over of the post lunch session.

Australia also lost Adam Voges (27) and Mitchell Starc (0) in successive overs bowled by Rabada and Maharaj respectively. The innings finally ended when Philander removed both Josh Hazlewood (4) and Nathan Lyon (0) in the 71st over, bowling Australia for 244 as they managed a slender two-run lead.

In their second innings, South Africa started cautiously at 35 for naught but lost Stephen Cook (12) and Hashim Amla (1) in quick succession.

However, the precession of wickets finally ended when Dean Elgar (46 not out) and JP Duminy (34 not out) shared an unbeaten 59-run stand to take South Africa to 104 for two at stumps. In the process they also stretched their lead over Australia to 102 runs.

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