After a shaky start in the first innings, South Africa came back strongly against Australia, in the third Test being played at the Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, also known as the WACA, in Perth. The match, at the moment, looks out of reach of the hosts and only a superlative batting performance only can save them from a defeat.
South Africa won the toss and had decided to bat first. However, their batting order collapsed like a pack of cards and had no real meaning in it. The only man that saved the blushes for the team with his battingwas Faf du Plessis. Coming in to bat at no. 7, he scored 78 runs in 142 balls with 12 boundaries and remained unbeaten till the end.
The Proteas somehow managed to reach 225 runs in exactly 74 overs. In fact, crossing the 200 run mark was a great achievement for them in a way, when they had lost 7 wickets for only 132 runs. A score of 225 runs looked too poor against a side like Australia.
But as they say, cricket is a gameof uncertainties it was proved on the first two days of the Test match. Only 258 runs were scored on the first day of the match with a total of 12 wickets falling. It was certainly a bowlers’ day for sure.
The fast bowlers from South Africa were too hot to handle for the home side. Batsmen like Ponting, Clarke and the ever dependable Hussey failed to make any impression at all. Considerable contributions from them would have meant a lead for them. However, they were bowled out only for 163 runs, giving South Africa a handsome and an important lead of 62 runs.
But when South Africa came out to bat, it suddenly looked as if the pitch was a different one being used in the second innings. The batsmen from the visiting side played so freely on the second day, they scored more freely. Hashim Amla and the captain Graeme Smith were the stars for the African side as they amassed 230 runs in just 38 overs when play stopped on the second day.
PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED IN DECEMBER 2012