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Cummins lead Australia fightback after Elgar century

Dean Elgar scored unbeaten 121 on day one of Cape Town Test
Dean Elgar scored unbeaten 121 on day one of Cape Town Test

South Africa 266-8 (Elgar 121no) v Australia
First Test, Cape Town, day one

After Dean Elgar scored an unbeaten 121 run knock, Pat Cummins helped Australia make a comeback restricting South Africa to 266 for eight at stumps on day one of the first Test in Cape Town.

South Africa won the toss and decided to bat with Temba Bavuma and Morne Morkel returning to the line-up while Australia retained the same XI.

Josh Hazlewood (2-37) struck in the fourth over of the innings when he had Aiden Markram (0) caught in the slips and a tight bowling from Australia meant, South Africa managed just 18 runs in the first 10 overs.

Hashim Amla (31) showed a lot of class when he hit Cummins (4-64) for two boundaries in the 18th over and Elgar (121 not out) repeated the same in the 25th over from Mitchell Marsh (1-26) as South Africa headed into lunch with a score of 75 for one.

With two more boundaries in the second session, Elgar went on to complete his 12th Test fifty but his 86-run stand with Amla ended the latter was caught at fine leg in an attempt of a pull shot to give Hazlewood his second wicket.

Elgar soon crossed the 3,000 run mark in Test cricket but the introduction of AB de Villiers (64) injected the much-needed momentum in the innings as the duo looked aggressive. As the boundaries came at good rate, South Africa added 110 runs in the session and headed into tea with a dominant position of 185 for two.

The third over of the final session saw the duo completing their 100-run stand while Elgar also notched his 11th Test century. The milestone kept coming for the home side with de Villiers completing his third score of over 50 in the series in the next over as the Proteas crossed the 200-run mark with just two down.

The 128-run stand for the third wicket ended when Cummins (4-64) had de Villiers caught at mid-off and the lanky pace bowler was in the middle of a terrific spell where he also accounted for Faf du Plessis (5), Temba Bavuma (1) and Quinton de Kock (3).

The wickets continued to tumble for the hosts with Mitchell Starc (1-81) and Mitchell Marsh also claiming their first wicket in the game removing Keshav Maharaj (3) and Vernon Philander (8) respectively as South Africa ended the day with 266 for eight with Elgar remaining unbeaten.

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