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South Africa keep Australia down to 225 for five before bad light brings early end to day one

Mitchell Marsh playing a shot on the opening day of the first Test in Durban
Mitchell Marsh playing a shot on the opening day of the first Test in Durban

Australia 225-5 (Smith 56) v South Africa
First Test, Durban, day one

David Warner and Steven Smith scored half-centuries but South Africa bowlers struck at regular intervals to keep Australia in check with a score of 225 for five before bad light brought a premature end to the first day's play in the Durban Test.

Earlier, Australia won the toss and decided to bat first. In the third delivery of the innings, South Africa unsuccessfully reviewed an LBW against Cameron Bancroft (5) with the ball missing the leg and also going over the stumps.

However, Bancroft did not last long as he edged a Vernon Philander (2-36) delivery to the keeper. South Africa though soon lost their second review when they appealed an LBW decision against Warner (51) with the delivery missing the leg stump.

Usman Khawaja (14) started the innings positively but Kagiso Rabada (1-58) got the second breakthrough for South Africa when he had him caught behind.

The innings was brought back on track with a 56-run stand for the third wicket between Smith (56) and Warner with the latter going on to complete his half-century off 72 deliveries.

But, the honours were even when Warner was caught at second slip in the final delivery before lunch to give Philander his second wicket. Australia headed into the break with a score of 95 for three.

Smith started the second session positively with five boundaries from as many overs and notched yet another half-century coming in the 44th but just like his deputy, he fell soon after it when he edged a delivery from Keshav Maharaj (2-69).

With Shaun (40) and Mitchell Marsh (32 not out) at the crease, the boundaries were coming freely with the latter even going on to complete 1000 Test runs and Australia ended the second session with a score of 170 for four.

In the third over of the final session, the 26-run stand between the Marsh brothers ended when Shaun edged a Maharaj delivery to AB de Villiers in the slips but Mitchell along with Tim Paine (21 not out) saw them through to 222 for five in 76 overs before the officials called off the day's play due to bad light.

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