South Africa vs Australia 2nd Test Day 1: Australia hold upper hand after see-saw first day

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Lyon dismissed Elgar and du Plessis

Australia spinner Nathan Lyon broke two threatening South African partnerships to give his side the upper hand on a see-saw first day in Port Elizabeth.

However, despite Australia holding on to an advantage heading into day two, South Africa’s batting trio of Dean Elgar, Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers all deserve credit for scoring half-centuries.

South Africa captain Graeme Smith would have been kicking himself for choosing to bowl first as he himself was given out lbw off the bowling of Ryan Harris for just nine runs.

Hashim Amla failed to trouble the scorers as he was also given out lbw, but only off the bowling of Mitchell Johnson.

Du Plessis and Elgar stabilised the innings with a 112-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before du Plessis was caught by Steven Smith at short leg off the bowling of Lyon.

Du Plessis’ excellent knock of 55 came off 126 balls and included five boundaries and a six.

Elgar and de Villiers kept the runs flowing with a 58-run partnership before Elgar was caught by Harris at mid-off off the bowling of Lyon. 

Elgar brilliant innings of 83 came off 193 deliveries, which included nine boundaries and two sixes.

Debutant Quinton de Kock only made seven runs before he was caught by Moises Henriques, who was the substitute fielder, at mid-off off the bowling of Smith.

De Villiers and Jean Paul (JP) Duminy amassed an unbeaten 14-run partnership, during which de Villiers registered his half-century, before bad light stopped play and eventually forced the umpires to bring play to an end for the day.

De Villiers finished on 51 off 126 balls, which included seven boundaries, while Duminy remained undefeated on two.

Lyon was the pick of the Australian bowlers with two wickets, while Johnson, Smith and Harris chipped in with one wicket apiece.

South Africa ended the day on 214/5 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:10 local time or 08:10 GMT.

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