The South African skipper, Faf du Plessis, will rue his decision to declare the innings early after watching Australian team getting away with the game on the day 3. A reminder call, skipper Faf Du Plessis called for an early declaration with still a wicket to go so as to keep Warner away from the crease for last 12 over the day but that tactic has cost him heavily as at the end stumps on day 3, South Africa is already six down with a score of 194 and possesses a minimal lead of 70 runs. Had Plessis and Shamsi played continued to play on day 1, the things could have been different here.
Now all the hopes are on Stephen Cook and Quinton de Kock who will have an early task to hold the ground for at least a session or two to keep the team afloat but they will find it difficult to do this tomorrow.
Earlier in the day, the Australian team lost an early wicket of Usman Khawaja who could just add seven runs to his yesterday’s total but Mitchell Starc, who took two wickets in the first innings compensated by scoring a half century to help Aussies gain a lead of 124 runs.
A pressurised African team lost wicket of Dean Elgar at a score of just one on the board. Amla and Cook added another 81 runs but Amla could resist against the beauty of Hazelwood and gave a catch to a moustached Wade behind the stumps. South Africa continued to lose regular wickets and ended the day with a score of 169/6 with just a lead of 70 runs.
As said, the first session will be very crucial and if visiting batsmen are not able to resist the first session, then we might see the game coming to an end before the end of the first session itself.
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