South Africa reign in Australia

2011-11-18 14:21

Disciplined bowling helped South Africa restrict Australia to 220/4 at tea on the second day of the second Sunfoil test at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium.

They are 46 runs behind South Africa’s first innings total of 266.

The Proteas discipline was in contrast to their waywardness in the first session.

After conceding 169 runs at 5.1, they conceded only 51 runs, reducing the rate to 3.8 while taking four wickets.

All the bowlers except Vernon Philander, went at over five an over, but they all pulled it back superbly, with the picks being Philander and Jacques Kallis with 1/37 off 13 overs and 1/36 of 10 respectively.

First to perish was Phil Hughes, who sparred a Philander delivery to AB de Villiers at first slip for 88 off 111 balls, ending the 174-run opening partnership.

The wicket was just reward for Philander, who has been South Africa’s best bowler on show.

It was the second time that Philander had taken the New South Welshman’s wicket.

Philander’s wicket energised the rest of the attack, who found the right areas which were absent in the first session.

Philander continued to trouble the batsmen, especially Watson, who grew impatient and eventually holed out to Imran Tahir, who took an excellent running catch, off Jacques Kallis for a well-played 88 off 140 to leave Australia at 192/2.

That brought Ricky Ponting to the crease, but his stay was short-lived as he was trapped in front by Dale Steyn for a duck, leaving Australia at 193/3.

Ponting has failed to get past single figures in the series and the calls for his axing could get louder.

The stranglehold exerted by South Africa was so tight; the first post lunch boundary was hit at 1.48pm.

The introduction of Tahir gave Australia no respite as the legspinner sought to redress his messy bowling figures.

Australian captain Michael Clarke looked in solid touch during his 33-ball 11, which included two silky boundaries through midwicket.

 However his stay was terminated by a rising delivery from Morkel, which he guided to De Villiers at first slip, pushing the score to 212/4.

Michael Hussey and Usman Khawaja ensured there were no further scares, with the former unfurling a trademark cover drive off Tahir while Khawaja, who strolled to a 53-ball 12, pulled the leggie through midwicket.

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