Cummins ran in with vigour and purpose to nip out the middle-order in the final session. Elgar soldiered on from one end and saw his partners deserting him one after the other. He is still there and has an able Rabada for company. But the honours on day 1 sit firmly with Australia. With the wicket expected to develop cracks, the first innings bargain was meant to be crucial. Will Australia drive home the advantage or will SA bounce back with the ball? The answers coming up tomorrow. Join us then..
Whatta day of cricket. The advantage oscillated and dwindled from one end and finished at the other by the end of the day. The Proteas won an all-important toss and decided to bat on a wicket where the grass covering was trimmed. The wicket provided little seam assistance and the first to fall prey was Markram. Then Amla and Elgar got together. They had a good partnership and added 86 runs for the second wicket. Post lunch, the short ball saga started and Amla fell victim to it. ABD came in and South Africa took control of the situation. Elgar brought up his 11th Test ton and ABD another fifty. SA were 220 for 2 when a chipped drive found the man at mid-off. ABD was gone. That was the start of the decline. A massive fall I should rather say.