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De Kock, Bavuma puts South Africa in control

Quinton de Kock scored his second century in Tests
Quinton de Kock scored his second century in Tests
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Australia 85 & 121-2 (Khawaja 56no) v
South Africa 326 (de Kock 104)
Second Test, Hobart, day three

A brisk century from Quinton de Kock and a splendid 74 from Temba Bavuma were the highlights of the day as South Africa went on to post 326 in their first innings, claiming a massive lead of 241 over Australia in the second Test in Hobart.

However, Usman Khawaja and David Warner led Australia's fightback as the hosts knocked down 121 off the deficit at stumps on day three.

South Africa resumed the action at 171 for five after the entire second day was washed out due to rain. With four boundaries in the first five overs, the overnight pair of de Kock (104) and Bavuma (74) stretched the lead past 100.

Bavuma reached his fifty in the 65th over and soon de Kock completed his fifth consecutive half-century. De Kock survived a stumping chance following which Australia took the second new ball, which did not cause much trouble as the wicket-keeper batsman notched his second century.

Josh Hazlewood (6-69) finally broke the 144-run stand when he castled de Kock and South Africa went into lunch at 288 for six.

In the second over of the post-lunch session, Joe Mennie (1-85) claimed his maiden Test wicket by having Bavuma caught at point and Hazlewood went on to complete his five-wicket haul by dismissing Keshav Maharaj (1) and Kyle Abbott (3).

A cameo from Vernon Philander (32) ensured South Africa reached 326 before they were bowled out.

Trailing by 241 runs, Australia lost Joe Burns (0) in the very first over bowled by Abbott (2-55). South Africa had to use a review to overturn the decision.

A 79-run stand between Warner (45) and Khawaja (56 not out) helped Australia cover some ground but once again Abbott castled the former leaving the home side in trouble.

Khawaja went on to complete a fine half-century and with support from Steven Smith (18 not out) , Australia ended the day at 121 for two, still trailing the Proteas by 120 runs.

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