Warner batter South Africa after Starc, Hazlewood sizzle on day one
South Africa 242 (de Kock 84) v
Australia 105-0 (Warner 73no)
First Test, Perth, day one
Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood shared seven wickets between them to restrict South Africa to 242 in their first innings following David Warner played a blinder of a knock to take Australia to 105 for naught at stumps on day one of the first Test in Perth.
South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first. Starc (4-71) announced his arrival at WACA after inducing an edge of Stephen Cook (0) in the fourth ball of the innings while his new ball partner Hazlewood (3-70) got rid of Hashim Amla (0) in the fourth over.
The wickets continued to tumble for the Proteas as they lost Dean Elgar (12) and JP Duminy (11) as well to Hazlewood and Peter Siddle (1-36) respectively. South Africa were struggling at 32 for four.
Faf du Plessis (37) and Temba Bavuma (51) stabilised the innings and took South Africa to 78 for four at lunch.
The 49-run resistance of the duo ended in the second over of the post lunch session when du Plessis edged a Starc delivery to first slip.
Quinton de Kock (84) continued his form from the tour games and got struck into Siddle in the 31st over where he plundered back-to-back boundaries.
Bavuma brought the 50-run stand with de Kock with two more fours in the the 40th over and soon completed a fine fifty. Just when South Africa looked to break the shackles, they lost Bavuma was caught at short leg off Nathan Lyon (2-38).
De Kock survived a review from Australia for caught behind in the 51st over and in the same over, he completed a 67-ball fifty. Just at the stroke of tea, Starc castled Vernon Philander (10) as South Africa ended the session with 175 for six.
De Kock continued to play his shots and with support from Keshav Maharaj (16) took South Africa past the 200-run mark. The pair added a vital 48-run stand following which Australia managed to dismiss South Africa for 242.
Australia continued to press the dominance when they came on to bat as Warner (73 not out) smashed Philander (0-26) for three boundaries in the fourth over.
With two more boundaries off Dale Steyn (0-34), Warner took Australia to 32 for naught in seven overs. With a six followed by a couple of boundaries, Warner reached his fifty off 39 deliveries.
The Australian vice-captain gave no respite whatsoever for the South African bowlers as he scored three more boundaries in the final over of the day to take the home side to 105 for naught at stumps on day one.
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