Lyon and Paine frustrate Proteas after Morkel joins 300 membership


South Africa are on high in Cape City following a landmark day for Morne Morkel, however they have been annoyed by Nathan Lyon and Tim Paine.

23 Mar 2018, 22:26 IST


South Africa paceman Morne Morkel

Morne Morkel took his 300th Check wicket as South Africa had the higher of day two however a defiant ninth-wicket stand from Nathan Lyon and Tim Paine gave Australia hope at Newlands.

The magnificent Dean Elgar spent over seven hours on the crease and was 141 not out when the Proteas have been bowled out for 311, Lyon (2-43) taking the ultimate two wickets on Friday.

Morkel (Four-87) then grew to become the fifth South African to succeed in the 300-wicket mark within the longest format, whereas Kagiso Rabada (Three-81) – cleared to play after interesting towards a two-match ban – and Vernon Philander (2-26) additionally did harm to place Australia on the ropes.

Cameron Bancroft made 77 on the high of the order however the vacationers have been in serious trouble on 175-Eight earlier than Lyon, who made a Check-best 47 off solely 38 balls, and Tim Paine (33no) placed on 66 for the ninth wicket.

Stumps have been known as as a consequence of unhealthy mild with Australia 245-9, trailing by 66 runs.

Pat Cummins tore by South Africa within the night session on day one, however the immovable Elgar and Rabada (22) placed on 50 for the ninth wicket to get their facet over the 300 mark after resuming on 266-Eight.

Lyon had Rabada and Morkel caught by Steve Smith at first slip to finish the innings, the steely Elgar – who struck a six and 20 fours – carrying his bat.

David Warner focused Rabada when Australia began their reply, hitting him for 3 consecutive boundaries and an enormous six earlier than the fast eliminated his off stump to ship the opener on his method for 30 off solely 14 balls.

Warner exchanged phrases with a supporter as he trudged off and Australia have been 72-Three with Usman Khawaja and captain Smith falling for 5 apiece to Morkel both facet of lunch.

Bancroft regarded composed and Shaun Marsh (26) supplied help in a much-needed partnership of 78, the opener timing the ball exquisitely to seek out the boundary on either side of the wicket to convey up his third Check half-century off 59 balls.

Marsh gave it away when he was caught behind chasing a large supply to take Morkel into the 300 membership and Philander received within the on act by trapping Bancroft in entrance earlier than eliminating Mitchell Marsh in an outstanding spell.

Australia had misplaced 5 wickets for 25 runs and have been teetering on 175-Eight after AB de Villiers caught Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc at second slip off Rabada, however Lyon and Paine annoyed the Proteas within the remaining session with Philander off the sphere with whiplash after falling awkwardly trying a catch.

Lyon took a optimistic method, hitting eight fours and looking out set for a maiden Check half-century after being dropped by Hashim Amla and De Villiers, however Elgar caught the spinner beautifully to present Morkel a fourth wicket and stumps have been drawn quickly after with the stable Paine nonetheless holding fort.

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