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Late wickets leave Australia in massive trouble in Johannesburg Test

South Africa's Vernon Philander celebrates taking the wicket of Australia's Usman Khawaja
South Africa's Vernon Philander celebrates taking the wicket of Australia's Usman Khawaja

South Africa 488 (Markram 152) v
Australia 110-6 (Khawaja 53)
Fourth Test, Johannesburg, day two

Vernon Philander led South Africa's charge with the ball with a three wicket haul as they restricted Australia to 110 for six at stumps on day two of the fourth Test in Johannesburg.

The visitors now find themselves in deep trouble as they trail South Africa's first innings total by another 378 runs with four wickets in hand.

Kagiso Rabada (1-24) provided the breakthrough when Joe Burns (4) edged one to the slips and soon Philander (3-17) had the visitors in a spot of bother as he had Matt Renshaw (8) caught behind and in the next delivery castled Peter Handscomb (0) too leaving them reeling at 38 for three.

Shaun Marsh (16) and Usman Khawaja (53) began the reconstruction with a 52-run stand for the fourth wicket with the latter being the aggressor among the two. As Shaun was struggling to score runs, Khawaja completed his half-century with a boundary in the 29th over.

However, their recovery took a beating when Philander in his new spell had Khawaja caught behind while Mitchell Marsh (4) and Shaun fell in a span of four deliveries with Morne Morkel (1-23) and Keshav Maharaj (1-35) being the bowlers.

Skipper Tim Paine (5 not out) and Pat Cummins (7 not out) managed to see through the remaining overs without losing a wicket as Australia finished the day with a score of 110 for six.

Earlier, South Africa started the day with a score of 313 for six. Quinton de Kock (39) and Maharaj (45) made valiant contributions but the decisive knock came from Temba Bavuma (95 not out) as the Proteas reached 488 before they were bowled out.

Cummins (5-83) was the pick of the Australian bowlers with a five-wicket haul while Nathan Lyon (3-182) had three to his name.

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