Sports - - Nov 15,2016
South Africa is forcing its control on the second Test match against Australia, being 8 wickets away from a memorable and historic series win.
The Proteas had a great start on the third day of the Hobart Test, as only one wicket fell in the first session. Wicketkeeper batsman Quinton de Kock made a brilliant century on a pitch that had seam, bounce and swing. A 144 run stand between de Kock and Temba Bavuma helped the visitors reach 326 with a lead of 241 runs. Josh Hazlewood was the pick of the bowlers for Australia, taking 6 wickets in his 31 overs, followed by Mitchell Starc’s tally of 3 wickets.
Australia started its second innings disastrously, losing Joe Burns in the very first over bowled by Kyle Abbott. Usman Khawaja steadied the innings along with David Warner, who got a couple of chances before finally getting out on 47.
Stumps had to be called early due to bad light, while brief rains intervened several times during the day’s play. Australia stood at 121/2 at the end of day’s play, with Steven Smith and Usman Khawaja at the crease.
Second day of the match was washed out without a ball being delivered after a humiliating first day for Australia where they were bowled out for a mere 85 runs within 33 overs. This was Australia’s lowest total at home in 30 years. The team is under harsh criticism for not being able to adapt its game.
Australia is still in a deficit of 120 runs and with the conditions favoring bowlers, the visitors would fancy their chances to finish the match on its 4th day. The penultimate day of the Test will start half an hour early to compensate the overs that have been lost due to persistent rain. South Africa is leading the 3 match series by 1-0 and a win at Hobart will secure them a series win.