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SA v AUS: 3rd Test, Cape Town, Day 3 Review: South Africa extends their lead

The moving day of the 3rd Test match between Australia and South Africa belonged to the hosts as they ended up with a lead of 294 while setting a fourth-inning target for the Aussies.

The day started off with South Africa completing the formalities by picking up the last wicket. Australia, in the first innings, were bowled out for 255. giving the home-side a handy lead of 56.

Yet again, it was Kagiso Rabada who ended up amongst the wickets as he clinched a four-wicket haul. Morkel was the pick of the bowler as he too bagged a four-for.

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South Africa’s gritty opener could not replicate his performance in the first innings as he was dismissed cheaply while playing a tired shot outside the off stump.

Hashim Amla and Aiden Markram looked firm at the crease for their partnership of 76 runs. Yet, Amla gave his wicket away after a promising start for his 31.

For the Proteas, it was Aiden Markram who was the star of the day with his splendid 84. Markram was all set for his second hundred in the series before he succumbed to a soft dismissal.

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Faf du Plessis and Temba Bavuma could not provide enough support to AB de Villiers at the other end who remained unbeaten for his anchoring 51. Pat Cummins was the pick of the bowlers as he ended up with a couple of wickets.

Before bad lights stopped play, it was South Africa who had their noses ahead with five wickets in hand and 238 on the board.

However, the talking point of the day arrived when Cameron Bancroft was caught red-handed while tampering the ball.

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Also, Bancroft hid a sandpaper between his middle and index finger to scratch the ball in order to scruff it up. He immediately slipped his right hand into his trousers’ pocket to hide it.

Moreover, unaware of all the cameras around, Barncroft was clearly spotted red-handed during his activities.

After the entire motion of Bancroft was broadcasted, coach Lehmann contacted Peter Handscomb, present in the dugout, via walkie-talkie, and asked him to convey Bancroft that he had been caught by the cameras.

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Since being intimated about the incident, Barncroft sneaked in the questionable object inside his underpants. Yet, the on-field umpires clearly had a conversation with the Aussie amidst the chaos.

However, the two umpires did not decide to change the ball, which the protocol usually suggests that ball has to be replaced if such instances of ball tampering occur during play.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to the day’s play

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