South Africa’s Dean Elgar plucks on to a perfect stunner – to end Tim Paine’s heroics on day three of the fourth Test at Johannesburg.
Meanwhile, Australia ended their first essay on 221 after reeling at 96 for six.
After an eventful last week, cricket took the centre stage once again when both the teams locked horns in the fourth Test.
The host took an early advantage during the match while batting first. They posted 488 on the board while banking on Aiden Markram (152) and Temba Bavuma (95*).
Paceman Pat Cummins led the attack with a five-for after Mitchell Starc missed the Test with an injury, increasing Australia’s worry. Debutant Chadd Sayers and Nathan Lyon provided good back up, but it was too late.
The Aussies truly missed their opening duo of David Warner and Cameron Bancroft as their new opening pair failed to make a mark. Matt Renshaw (8) and Joe Burns (4) went early as Australia was striving at 34 for two.
Australia ended the second day at 110 for six with Vernon Philander doing the damage for the Proteas.
Since then, Paine and Cummins batted sensibly to add 99 runs as Australia went close to 200-run mark.
However, post-Cummin’s departure it was a landslide once again. The visitors lost their last four wickets within 26 runs.
However, it was a brilliant catch from Elgar to dismiss Paine that stole the day.
In the 70th over of the match, Paine runs down the track and tries to clear the stands to a pretty short delivery from Kagiso Rabada.
However, Paine mistime’s only to get the top-edge, but it flies high, with enough legs to drop into long-off. But Elgar’s chasing it, never mind the grey skies, runs, dives and plucks it as cleanly as things get.
Here’s the stunning catch by Dean Elgar:
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Meanwhile, there were many moments of brilliance in the game so far, however, it certainly has to be the best of all.