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Stephen Cook's unbeaten 81 keep South Africa alive

Stephen Cook (left) remained unbeaten on 81 for South Africa in their second innings
Stephen Cook (left) remained unbeaten on 81 for South Africa in their second innings
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South Africa 259-9 dec & 194-6 (Cook 81no) v
Australia 383 (Khawaja 145)
Third Test, Adelaide, day three

Stephen Cook remained unbeaten on 81 as South Africa managed a 70-run lead with four wickets in hand at stumps on day three of the Third Test against Australia in Adelaide.

Australia resumed the day at 307 for six after having a lead of 58 runs over South Africa. Usman Khawaja (145) failed to carry on as Vernon Philander (2-100) trapped him LBW. He went for a review but went in vain.

Mitchell Starc (53) decided to up the ante as he smashed three boundaries and a six to reach his fifty but Kagiso Rabada (3-84) had him caught and bowled.

It took South Africa just six more overs to dismiss Australia for 383 with Tabraiz Shamsi (1-101) also picked his maiden Test wicket.

Trailing Australia by 124 runs, South Africa lost Dean Elgar (0) early after he edged one to the slips off Starc (2-71).

After dropped by Matt Renshaw in the slips, Hashim Amla (45) added 81-run stand with Cook (81 not out) but was caught behind off Josh Hazlewood (1-22), as South Africa went into dinner break at 102 for two.

In the final session, Cook completed his first fifty of the series but South Africa lost JP Duminy (26), Temba Bavuma (21) and Kyle Abbott (0), all three to Nathan Lyon (3-48) while Starc claimed the wicket of Faf du Plessis (12).

South Africa ended the day at 194 for six after managing a 70-run lead with Cook remaining solid with his 199-ball knock.

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