South Africa
Test Series
Match Basics
2nd Test Match – DAY 2: Australia vs South Africa
Date: 9th March, 2018
Ground: Port Elizabeth
Umpires: Kumar Dharamsena, Chris Gaffaney
Toss won by: Australia, elected to bat first.
Scorecard Summary
South Africa’s 1st Innings(Ongoing): 263/7 (95 Overs, RR: 2.76)
Performers (Day 2):
Batting: Dean Elgar 57 runs off 197 balls, Hashim Amla 56 runs off 148 balls, AB de Villers 74* off 81 balls.
Bowling: PJ Cummins 2/55 in 20 overs, Mitchell Marsh 2/26 in 9 overs.
Player of the match: In-Process

Australia vs South Africa – 2nd Test Day 1 Summary and Analysis

Highlights & Analysis
  1. South Africa continued on Day 2 from where they left off and Australia’s fast bowlers looked to rattle the South Africans with their express pace and bounce that the green wicket offered them.
  2. Elgar and the night watchman Rabada walked out in the middle. The first wicket came in little time that of Rabada but he made the Australian bowlers work for it. Both Elgar and the young pacer shared a 45-run partnership before the latter was bold by Cummins.
  3. The elegant batsmen Hashim Amla now joined his partner on the crease and grounded their feet with the intent of giving their team a lead on the first day. Australia tried everything but could not stop both batsmen to reach their individual fifties. The session belonged to South Africa and they were well ahead.
  4. However, Amla gave his wicket to Starc as he misjudged a ball that shattered his stumps but not before sharing an88-run partnership with Dean Elgar. Starc gave Australia an opening and they were not going to let South Africa go that easily.
  5. What followed was the rapid loss of three wickets for South Africa which included the prize wicket of the South African captain Faf du Plessis who got lbw by Mitchell Marsh. Quinton De Kock also came onto the crease to support AB but his stay was over quickly as Nathan Lyon delivered an exquisite delivery to uproot the stumps of the Wicketkeeper batsmen.
  6. At this point South Africa were 7 down, however the new batsman Vernon Philander and Ab deVillers shared a 36* run partnership to see off the Australian ballers. AB de Villers reached his fifty and now stands at 74* from 81 balls strongly supported by the fast bowler Philander who is 14* from 39 balls.
  7. The day belonged partly to Australia as they took quick wickets of the South African middle order batsmen, however it was South Africa who took the honors by taking a lead of 20 runs with 3 wickets still in hand.
  8. Tomorrow, is a really important day for both teams because if South Africa manage to take a 100-run lead thing will be in their favor. On the other hand, if Australia cleans out the tail before it does any damage then they will be favorites for the day.
  9. Both teams will come tomorrow with the intent to win and it will be a great contest to see who wins it in the end.
South Africa Australia
D Elgar
AK Markram
K Rabada
HM Amla
AB de Villiers
F du Plessis – Captain
TB de Bruyn
Q de Kock
VD Philander
KA Maharaj
L Ngidi
CT Bancroft
DA Warner
UT Khawaja
SPD Smith – Captain
SE Marsh
TD Paine
MR Marsh
PJ Cummins
MA Starc
NM Lyon
JR Hazlewood

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