Publicado: Sol, Marcha 11, 2018
Deportes | Por Godofredo Marrero

Elgar, Amla hit 50s, South Africa makes progress in 2nd test

Elgar, Amla hit 50s, South Africa makes progress in 2nd test

South Africa made steady progress on the second day of the second Test against Australia at St George's Park on Saturday despite the distraction of disciplinary issues. Australian wicket keeper batsmen, Tim Paine saved Australia's blushes with a fighting knock of 36 runs which lifted a disastrous 200 score to a more respectable score, but still underwhelming total of 243 runs in the first innings.

The Proteas had struggled to take the initiative in spite of a good effort by the night watchman Kagiso Rabada who helped Dean Elgar add 45 for the second wicket and then the third wicket stand of 88 between Elgar and Hashim Amla.

That equated to only 43 runs in 26 overs. In a fiery spell of fast bowling, he tore apart Australian middle and lower order en route to a five-for.

South Africa were 39 for one wicket in reply at the close, losing Aiden Markram for 11 runs.

South Africa's Kagiso Rabada may miss rest of the matches of the Test series against Australia after he was hit with level two offence following his aggressive send-off of Australian captain Steve Smith on Friday.

Amla was twice given out leg before wicket, on seven against Pat Cummins and on 40 against Hazlewood, but survived on review on both occasions.

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The on-field umpires Chris Gaffaney and Kumar Dharmasena charged Rabada with making physical contact with Smith, but South Africa have indicated they will contest the charge on the basis that contact was accidental.

David Warner was fined 75 percent of his match fee and given three demerit points following a bust-up with South Africa's Quinton de Kock as the players went to the dressing rooms at the tea interval on day four. Marsh trapped South Africa captain Faf du Plessis and Theunis de Bruyn lbw in successive overs.

Rabada has appealed against the charge and will be appearing before match referee Jeff Crowe after the end of second day's play to defend his case on Saturday night.

Australian spinner Nathan Lyon (one) was found guilty of deliberately dropping the ball on a sprawled AB de Villiers after the latter was run out in the same game.

Rabada's loss would be a massive blow to the hosts' hopes of recording their first home series win over Australia in the post-apartheid era.

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