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Elgar, Duminy centuries put South Africa in dominant position

Dean Elgar (right) and JP Duminy (left) in action for South Africa on day three
Dean Elgar (right) and JP Duminy (left) in action for South Africa on day three
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South Africa 242 & 390-6 (Duminy 141) v
Australia 244 (Warner 97)
First Test, Perth, day three
Scorecard

Dean Elgar and JP Duminy slammed tons as South Africa strengthened their grip over the Perth Test against Australia by stretching their lead to 388 at stumps on day three.

South Africa resumed the day with 104 for two. Duminy (141) set the tone for the day with two boundaries off Mitchell Starc (1-99) in the 43rd over. Elgar (127) reached his fifty in the 45th over and two overs later Duminy brought his own half-century.

The pair brought the 100-run stand in just 188 deliveries. Despite, bowling well, Australia ended the session wicketless as South Africa reached 183 for two, adding 79 runs in it.

Duminy decided to up the ante as he scored five more boundaries in the first three overs of the second session to take South Africa past the 200-run mark. He also completed his century, needing 168 deliveries for it.

Duminy's aggression was pretty evident as he plundered another 19 runs in the next three overs. Australia took the new ball when it was available but it did not give them much success with Elgar also managing to reach the three-figure mark.

The 250-run stand finally ended when Duminy edged a Peter Siddle (2-47) delivery to the keeper as South Africa headed into tea at 295 for three.

Even though, Australia managed to pick Elgar, Faf du Plessis (32) and Temba Bavuma (8), South Africa ended the day strong at 390 for six with Quinton de Kock (16 not out) and Vernon Philander (23 not out) at the crease. They now lead Australia by 388 runs.

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