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South Africa stretch lead to 86 runs after bowling out Australia for 85

Vernon Philander (right) was impressive for South Africa
Vernon Philander (right) was impressive for South Africa
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Australia 85 (Philander 5-21) v
South Africa 171-5 (Amla 47)
Second Test, Hobart, day one

Vernon Philander was instrumental in bowling out Australia for 85 with a splendid five-wicket haul following which South Africa managed to take a 86-run at stumps on day one of the second Test in Hobart.

South Africa won the toss and elected to bowl first in overcast conditions. In the first over, Philander (5-21) had David Warner (1) caught behind while Kyle Abbott (3-41), who replaced Dale Steyn trapped Joe Burns (1) LBW in the second over.

Rain delayed the proceedings for about 15 minutes following which Philander delivered a double-wicket over dismissing Usman Khawaja (4) and Adam Voges (0).

In the 13th over of the innings, a clash between Philander and Steven Smith (48 not out) saw the former leave the field for the remainder of the first session with a shoulder injury. But, in the same Calum Ferguson (3) was run out by substitute fielder Dane Vilas when he was looking for the second run.

Kagiso Rabada (1-20) too joined the action soon after he dismissed Peter Nevill (3) to leave Australia reeling at 35 for six. By the end of the session, Australia were 45 for six.

It took South Africa just eight more overs in the final session to dismiss the remaining four wickets of Australia and have them bowled out at 85 runs in their first innings with Philander returning back to complete a five-wicket haul.

Stephen Cook (23) and Dean Elgar (17) gave a solid start of 43 runs for the Proteas but Mitchell Starc (3-49) struck thrice in quick succession to remove the openers along with JP Duminy (1).

Hashim Amla (47) continued to play strokes but South Africa lost Faf du Plessis (7) after he was trapped LBW by Josh Hazlewood (2-36).

The first 50-run stand of the game came between Amla and Temba Bavuma (38 not out) before the former was caught behind off Hazlewood. Bavuma and Quinton de Kock (28 not out) ensured South Africa reached 171 for five at stumps, managing a lead of 86 runs over Australia.

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