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Khawaja's 138 help Australia claim 48-run lead

Usman Khawaja celebrating his century on day two of the Adelaide Test
Usman Khawaja celebrating his century on day two of the Adelaide Test
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South Africa 259-9 dec (du Plessis 118no) v
Australia 307-6 (Khawaja 138no)
Third Test, Adelaide, day three

Usman Khawaja scored a brilliant unbeaten 138 as Australia reached 307 for six at stumps on day two extending their first innings lead to 48 runs against South Africa in the third Test in Adelaide.

Australia resumed the day at 14 for naught, trailing South Africa by 245 runs. Kyle Abbott (3-38) drew first blood after having Matt Renshaw (10) caught in the slips.

David Warner (11) failed in his new position at three and was Abbott's second victim as the hosts were struggling at 37 for two.

Steven Smith (59) signaled his intention with a six off Kagiso Rabada (1-61). After bringing the 50-run stand with Smith, Khawaja (138 not out) smashed back to back boundaries to bring his own fifty.

Australia went into tea at 109 for two, after adding 95 runs in the session.

Runs started to come more freely in the second session as Smith and Khawaja took control of the situation and they brought their 100-run stand in the 50th over.

In the 51st over, Hashim Amla dropped Smith off JP Duminy (0-25) and he soon crossed the 50-run mark.

The 137-run stand finally ended when Smith was run out as a result of a horrible mix-up when Khawaja sent him back. However, Khawaja went on to complete a fine century and took Australia to 209 for three at tea.

Any chances of South Africa making a comeback was negated when debutant Peter Handscomb (54) came to bat.

Handscomb scored his half-century of 70 deliveries smashing six boundaries in it while adding a 99-run stand with Khawaja.

After extending Australia's lead to 24 runs, Handscomb was castled by Abbott and Vernon Philander (1-82) removed Maddinson and Matthew Wade (0) respectively as Australia were restricted to 283 for six.

However, Khawaja along with Mitchell Starc (16 not out) ensured there were no further hiccups as Australia ended the day at 307 for six, having a 48-run lead over South Africa.

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