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Australia will definitely go 1-0 up in 4 match test series on day 5.
South Africa chasing 417 runs to win in 4th innings. Proteas were 293-9 till the stumps. They still required 124 runs with only one wicket in hand
Mitchell Starc ripped through South African batting in both innings. He took 5 wicket haul in 1st innings and 4 wickets so far in the 2nd innings.
He showed the supreme class of reverse swing to trouble South Africa batsman
Aiden Markram gutsy 143 runs gave South Africa hope of miracle win in the 1st test.
Theunis De Bruyn 36 and Quinton De Kock 81 not out tried to resist in the 2nd innings.
Great combination and teamwork helped Australia to outplayed host South Africa in the 1st test. South Africa batting crumbled in both the innings against Australia bowlers. Despite some heroic from Ab Devillers in the 1st innings and Aiden Markram, Theunis De Bruyn and Quinton De Kock in 2nd innings. South Africa other batsmen failed to cope up against Australia bowling attack. Their biggest disappointment came in the form of Hasim Amla failure in both innings.
Proteas failed as a unit. Their both departments clicked in the second half of the test match. But in the phases which didn’t help South Africa in the match.
Australia played the test match with full intensity to hammered South Africa bowlers in both their innings. The lower order of Australia is very strong and the biggest difference creator between both teams. South Africa lower order failed miserably. While South Africa bowlers missed the trick and allowed Australia lower order batsman to score runs freely and quickly.
Australia top order scored well and good to give their team a good start. Both Aussie openers scored Half-centuries in the match. Steve Smith played well in both the innings to provide solidity at number 3 batting position. Mitchell Marsh emergence as an impactful all-rounder from the Ashes gave Australia proper balance in the team. He scored vital 96 runs in the 1st innings and picked important wicket of Aiden Markram in the 2nd innings.
AUS 351, 227,RSA 162, 293/9 (89.0 Ovs)