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Johnson claimed the wickets of Smith, Petersen, du Plessis and McLaren
Australia left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Johnson absolutely ripped through South Africa’s batting line-up with his four wickets to leave the Proteas in absolute tatters at the end of the second day of the first Test in Centurion.
Johnson was well supported by fellow pace bowler Peter Siddle and spinner Nathan Lyon as they both took one wicket apiece.
Starting out the day on 297/4, Australia’s batting duo of Shaun Marsh and Steven Smith managed to convert their 199-run partnership into a 233-run partnership, during which Smith brought up his fourth Test century, before he was caught by Alviro Petersen at second slip off the bowling of Ryan McLaren.
Smith’s fantastic knock of 100 came off 213 balls and included 13 boundaries.
Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin failed to trouble the scorers as he was given out lbw off the bowling of Robin Peterson for a duck.
Haddin decided to review the decision, but the replays showed that the ball was going on to hit the top of middle stump, which led to the third umpire upholding the original decision.
Marsh ended up making a career-best 148 off 288 balls, which included 15 boundaries, before he was caught by South Africa captain Graeme Smith at first slip off the bowling of Vernon Philander.
Ryan Harris managed to score 19 runs before he was clean bowled by Dale Steyn.
Mitchell Johnson smashed 33 runs, which included six boundaries, before he was cleaned up by Peterson.
Peter Siddle only scored two runs before he had his stumps shattered by Steyn.
Steyn was the pick of the South African bowlers with four wickets, while McLaren and Peterson snapped up two wickets apiece and Philander and Morne Morkel chipped in with one wicket each as Australia were bowled out for 397.
Trailing by 397, South Africa got off to a horrible start as Smith was caught by Marsh off the bowling of Johnson for 10.
Petersen only made two runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Johnson.
Johnson struck again in his very next over as Faf du Plessis was caught by Australia captain Michael Clarke at second slip for three runs.
Hashim Amla managed to score 17 runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Siddle.
Australia decided to go for a review after the decision was given not out initially and the replays showed that there was no inside edge and that the ball was going on to hit the stumps, which led to third umpire overturning the original decision.
Jean Paul (JP) Duminy and AB de Villiers stemmed the bleeding with a 67-run partnership before Duminy was brilliantly caught by Johnson mid-off off the bowling of Nathan Lyon for 25.
McLaren failed to have much of an impact either as he was clean bowled by Johnson for just eight runs.
De Villiers and Peterson amassed an unbeaten 14-run partnership, during which de Villiers registered his half-century, before the heavens parted and the umpires had no choice but to bring play an end for the day.
De Villiers finished on 52 off 94 balls which included four boundaries and a six, while Peterson remained undefeated on 10 off 19 deliveries, which included two boundaries.
Johnson was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Siddle and Lyon chipped in with one wicket each.
South Africa ended the day on 140/6 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:30 local time or 08:30 GMT.