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De Villiers help South Africa take lead on day two of Port Elizabeth Test

AB de Villiers looked at his fluent best on day two of the Port Elizabeth Test
AB de Villiers looked at his fluent best on day two of the Port Elizabeth Test

Australia 243 (Rabada 5-96) v
South Africa 263-7 (de Villiers 74no)
Second Test, Port Elizabeth, day two

AB de Villiers played a fluent 74 run unbeaten knock as South Africa went on to post 263 for seven at stumps on day two of the second Test against Australia in Port Elizabeth.

Earlier, South Africa resumed the day with a score of 39 for one, trailing Australia by 204 runs.

Kagiso Rabada (29), who was charged with a level 2 offence early on for a send-off during Australia's innings started the day confidently before he was castled by Pat Cummins (2-55).

In the 23rd over, Australia had Hashim Amla (56) LBW but he used a review to overturn the decision as the impact was outside off. Both Amla and Dean Elgar (57) saw through the remainder of the first session without losing a wicket as South Africa reached 110 for two heading into the break.

The grinding continued in the second session as well with the duo adding six runs from five overs and with Mitchell Starc (1-78) and Josh Hazlewood (1-73) bowling in tandem, it even tightened things for South Africa.

Amla was the first to reach his fifty, needing 122 deliveries for it and soon Elgar completed his half-century as South Africa headed into tea at 153 for two. Just 43 runs came in the second session from 26 overs.

The first over of the final session saw Starc castle Amla to get his first wicket and in the next over, Elgar nicked a Hazlewood delivery behind the stumps.

De Villiers (74 not out) looked positive from the outset but a double strike from Mitchell Marsh (2-26) saw him trap Faf du Plessis (9) and Theunis de Bruyn (1) LBW and at the stroke of stumps, Nathan Lyon (1-29) castled Quinton de Kock (9).

However, de Villiers exhibited a lot of class as seen in the 79th over when he hit Cummins for three boundaries and reached his fifty with back to back boundaries off Starc in the 85th over.

The visitors took the new ball in the 90th over but de Villiers' brilliance meant South Africa went past Australia's first innings lead and ended the day with 20-run ahead with Vernon Philander (14 not out) accompanying him at the other end.

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