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South Africa pacers restrict Australia on day two

Morne Morkel (centre) completed 300 wickets on day two of Cape Town Test
Morne Morkel (centre) completed 300 wickets on day two of Cape Town Test

South Africa 311 (Elgar 141no) v
Australia 245-9 (Bancroft 77)
Third Test, Cape Town, day two

After South Africa managed to post 311 runs in the first innings, their pace bowlers kept Australia in check and restricted them to 245 for nine at stumps on day two of the third Test in Cape Town.

The Proteas started the day with a score of 266 for eight. Dean Elgar (141 not out) and Kagiso Rabada (22) kept the Australian attack at bay as they added 41 more runs at the start of the day allowing South Africa to cross the 300-run mark.

Nathan Lyon (2-43) finally made a mark as he removed both Rabada and Morne Morkel (4) in quick succession to bowl the Proteas for 311. Meanwhile, Elgar batted for the entire innings and remained unbeaten for the third time in his career, thereby becoming the second player to do so after Desmond Haynes.

David Warner (30) signalled his intention very early in the innings as he smashed Rabada (3-81) for hat-trick of boundaries in the fourth over. Warner went on to smash him for another six and a four in the next over but Rabada made a brilliant comeback to castle the Australian vice-captain and ended his 14-ball blistering knock.

Australia raced to 44 for one in the first six overs but South Africa managed to pull back things as Morkel (4-87) dismissed Usman Khawaja (5) and Steven Smith (5) on either side of the lunch break.

The consolidation was done by Cameron Bancroft (77) and Shaun Marsh (26) with the former going on to complete his third fifty in Test cricket but at the stroke of tea, Morkel went on to claim his 300th Test wicket when he had Shaun caught behind.

Double strikes each from Vernon Philander (2-26) and Rabada put Australia in deep trouble with Bancroft, Mitchell Marsh (5), Pat Cummins (4) and Mitchell Starc (2) also dismissed.

Late contributions from Lyon (47) and Tim Paine (33 not out) with their 66 run stand for the ninth wicket helped Australia make a brief recovery but Morkel once again returned to dismiss the former ass the visitors ended the day with a score of 245 for nine, still trailing South Africa's first innings total by 66 runs.

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