Australia stutter after De Villiers' ton

AB de Villiers scores 19th Tet ton and Wayne Parnell takes two wickets in his first over to leave SA in command.

    South Africa struck quickly and regularly as Australia were left fighting for survival [GALLO/GETTY]
    South Africa struck quickly and regularly as Australia were left fighting for survival [GALLO/GETTY]

    JP Duminy, AB de Villiers, Wayne Parnell and Vernon Philander put South Africa on top as they reduced Australia to 112 for four on the second day of the second Test.

    Second day scorecard

    South Africa first innings 423 
    Australia first innings

    C Rogers lbw b Philander 5
    D Warner not out 65
    A Doolan c de Villiers b Parnell 8
    S Marsh c de Villiers b Parnell 0
    M Clarke c Elgar b Philander 19
    N Lyon not out 12

    Extras (lb 3) 3 
    Total (4 wickets; 25 overs) 112

    Fall of wickets 1-7, 2-41, 3-41, 4-81

    All-rounder Parnell, playing his first Test in four years, and paceman Philander grabbed two wickets apiece after South Africa had amassed 423 in their first-innings thanks to centuries from Duminy and De Villiers.

    It might have been even worse for the tourists as wicketkeeper De Villiers dropped David Warner on 43. The left-handed opener was still there on 65 at the close of play with Nathan Lyon 12 not out. 

    Nightwatchman Lyon was also dropped by Duminy in the gully and received another let-off when South Africa failed to go to the television review after the umpire gave him not out when he edged a rising ball down the leg side straight to De Villiers.

    Earlier, Duminy answered his critics with 123 while De Villiers struck 116. Duminy, who averaged 11 in his previous seven Test innings, looked assured from the start on Friday and brought up his third hundred off 199 balls before becoming off spinner Lyon's fifth victim, trapped leg before.

    De Villiers, who on Thursday passed 7,000 Test runs and became the first player to score half-centuries in 12 Tests in a row, reached his 19th century off 201 balls. He was removed with the score on 349, offering a sharp caught and bowled chance to Lyon who was the pick of the bowlers with five for 130.

    Australia are 1-0 up in the three-match series.

    SOURCE: Reuters


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Why is the West praising Malala, but ignoring Ahed?

    Why is the West praising Malala, but ignoring Ahed?

    Is an empowered Palestinian girl not worthy of Western feminist admiration?

    Inside the world of Chinese bitcoin mining

    Inside the world of Chinese bitcoin mining

    China is one of the main exchange markets and hosts some of the biggest bitcoin 'mining pools' in the world.

    Why some African Americans are moving to Africa

    Escaping systemic racism: Why I quit New York for Accra

    African-Americans are returning to the lands of their ancestors as life becomes precarious and dangerous in the USA.