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South Africa lead by 401 runs at the end of Day 3 against Australia

South Africa 488 (Markram 152) & 134-3 v
Australia 221 (Khawaja 53, Paine 62, Cummins 50)
Fourth Test, Johannesburg, day three

South Africa are in a commanding position and lead by 401 runs with 7 wickets remaining, at the end of play on Day 3 , at the Wanderers, in Johannesburg, in the Fourth and final Test of this series, against Australia.

Earlier, South Africa had bowled out Australia in their first innings for 221; the wickets were pretty much evenly spread throughout the top South African bowlers – Mararaj, Rabada and Philander all with three and Morkel with one.

Australia started the day, in deep trouble, on 110-6, however, a 99 run 7th wicket partnership and stubborn resistance from skipper Paine (62) and Cummins (50) took Australia to 221.

South Africa then batted again and moved a lead of 400 runs with 2 more days left to play in this controversial series.

Australia will have to bat extremely well to have any chance of coming back again in this match and take an unlikely victory away from South Africa.

It will be an enthralling day’s cricket tomorrow again tomorrow, as South Africa will want to score quickly and give them time to bowl Australia out again.

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