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Philander, Rabada take South Africa close to win

Philander, Rabada take South Africa close to win
South Africa celebrating the wicket of Steven Smith.
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South Africa 242 & 540-8 dec (Duminy 141) v
Australia 244 & 169-4 (Khawaja 58no)
First Test, Perth, day four

After Vernon Philander and Quinton de Kock scored fluent half-centuries to set a target of 539 runs, Kagiso Rabada's three-wicket haul restricted Australia to 169 for four at stumps on day four of the first Test in Perth.

South Africa resumed the day at 390 for six, with a lead of 388 runs over Australia.

Australia had their chances in the first hour when de Kock (64) successfully used reviews on two occasions to survive while Philander (73) was dropped at deep fine leg by Josh Hazlewood (2-107). The pair added 16 runs in the next two overs to up the ante.

De Kock reached his fifty off 81 deliveries - his second in the game but was soon caught at short cover off Mitchell Marsh (2-77).

Philander reached his own fifty in the 148th over and South Africa went into lunch at 508 for seven, adding 118 runs in the session.

Keshav Maharaj (41 not out) plundered Nathan Lyon (0-146) for four sixes in two overs and South Africa declared their innings following the dismissal of Philander, who was castled by Steven Smith (1-3). The target for Australia was set at 539 runs.

Australia started the chase positively with David Warner (35) smashing four boundaries in the first five overs. By the end of 10 overs, the home team were 43 for naught.

The innings took a turn for Australia in the 13th over as they lost both Warner and Shaun Marsh (15). Warner was run out while Marsh edged a Rabada (3-15) delivery.

In the next over, Usman Khawaja (58 not out) was given out LBW but he used a review to overturn the decision. With some aggressive batting, Khawaja and Smith (34) took Australia to 84 for two at tea.

Runs came at good pace in the final session with both Smith and Khawaja counter-attacking the Australian bowlers. However, the 92-run stand finally came to an end, when Rabada had Smith caught behind and soon he dismissed Adam Voges (1) also in the similar fashion.

At stumps, Australia were placed at 169 for four, needing another 370 for a win.

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