Port Elizabeth: The Australian team known for its superb bowling looks helpless in front of AB de Villiers, friend of Virat Kohli. Alam is that in the ongoing series between South Africa and Australia, so far the guests have not been able to dismiss the bowlers of the team. In the first innings of the first Test, De Villiers returned unbeaten by playing 71 innings innings. In the second innings, out on zero. In the first innings of the second Test, the De Villiers played an unbeaten century.
Having achieved a strong lead in the first innings of the century of the experienced AB de Villiers, South Africa shook the Australian top order in the second innings with the sharp edging of Kagiso Rabada and strengthened his position here on the third day of the second test match. Australia have scored 180 runs for five wickets till the end of the third day and it is still only 41 runs ahead of South Africa.
De Villiers played a magnificent innings of 126 runs. He got good support from the tail batsmen, especially Vernon Philander (36) and Keshav Maharaj (30), which helped South Africa score 382 runs in their first innings and gain 139 runs. Australia had scored 243 runs in the first innings.
After this fast bowler Rabada wreaked havoc. He has taken three wickets with 38 runs so far. Australian wicketkeeper Mitchell Marsh was on 39 runs at the time of the collapse. With him wicketkeeper Tim Paine scored five runs on the crease. Rabada gave David Warner (13) bold first blow to Australia. In the first spell, Rabada’s speed was worth seeing. Then his fastest speed was 151 km.
Cameron Bancroft (24) played with Lungi Enigid ball on the wicket while left-arm spinner Maharaj took a valuable wicket of Steven Smith (11) before the tea break. He caught the Australian captain behind the wicket
Soon after the tea break, Rabada caught Shann Marsh (1) in the hands of wicketkeeper Quintan Dickak and then dismissed Usman Khawaja (75). Khawaja shared a 87-run partnership for the fifth wicket with Mitchell Marsh before losing his wicket in the last minute of the day.Earlier, De Villiers made 84 useful contributions for the eighth wicket with Philander and 58 for the ninth wicket with Maharaj.
De Villiers kept the bowlers on target from the start and completed his sixth century against Australia in 22nd and Australia. He played 146 balls in his innings and hit 20 fours and a six.