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Bavuma bats South Africa into commanding position

01 April, 2018, 03:34 | Author: Drew Briggs
  • Matt Renshaw leaves the field after being dismissed by Vernon Philander for eight runs

Temba Bavuma was stranded five runs short of a century as South Africa were all out for 488 on the second day of the fourth Test against Australia at the Wanderers Stadium on Saturday (March 31). The Proteas' lower order has held it together well as the Aussies have struggled to take the last few wickets to finish off the innings.

Markram, though, was the star on a day when players and spectators alike seemed to have tried to move on from the controversy and bad feeling which resulted in three Australian players, including sacked captain Steven Smith, being banned and banished for ball-tampering in the third Test at Cape Town last weekend.

On the recent ball tampering events in Cape Town, ICC CEO David Richardson stated: "The decision made by the leadership group of the Australian team to act in this way is clearly contrary to the spirit of the game, risks causing significant damage to the integrity of the match, the players and the sport itself and is therefore "serious" in nature".

There were no signs of nerves in the 90s for Bavuma when he reverse-swept Lyon for his 13th boundary, but he missed out on three figures when Cummins removed Morne Morkel - playing his last global - first ball.

Sayers took two wickets in three balls late in the day, sending back de Villiers and Kagiso Rabada in his 2-64 on debut.

South Africa, 2-1 up in the series, are unchanged with fast bowler Morne Morkel playing his final test match before he retires from global cricket.

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Markram and AB de Villiers continued to torment Australia as they forged a 105-run stand, during which Markram registered his hundred. Markram, whose innings was punctuated by several easy-on-the-eye drives, soon brought up his century from 152 balls and he looked keen for more.

Markram carved through the offside to reach the landmark but fell straight after as Cummins had him held by Mitchell Marsh at gully.

Kohli on his official Twitter handle wrote, "Aiden Markram".

He was then backed up by new cap Chadd Sayers, who took the place of the injured Mitchell Starc.

There were smiles as wicketkeeper Tim Paine was congratulated on becoming Australia's 46th official Test captain. De Villiers reviewed but replays confirmed the umpire's original decision and he walked off having made 69 from 119 balls.

Seamer Pat Cummins was comfortably the most effective bowler, recording excellent figures of 5-83 as he troubled the South African batsmen throughout the innings, but he was not backed up by his fellow bowlers. South Africa were 400 for seven at lunch, with Bavuma on 61 not out.

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