South Africa vs Australia 2nd Test Day 2: De Villiers and Duminy flatten Australia

         

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De Villiers and Duminy put South Africa in the driver’s seat with their centuries

South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman AB de Villiers and all-rounder Jean Paul (JP) Duminy both scored centuries to flatten Australia on the second day of the second Test in Port Elizabeth.

De Villiers and Duminy were well supported by the left-arm pace bowler Wayne Parnell and fellow seamer Vernon Philander as they ripped through Australia’s top order with two wickets apiece.

Starting out the day on 214/5, South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman AB de Villiers and all-rounder Jean Paul (JP) Duminy managed to convert their 14-run partnership into a 149-run partnership, during which de Villiers brought up his 19th Test century and Duminy his half-century, before de Villiers was caught and bowled by Nathan Lyon for 116 off 232 balls, which included 14 boundaries and a six.

Vernon Philander only made six runs before he was caught and bowled by Australia captain Michael Clarke.

Wayne Parnell managed to make 10 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Lyon.

Duminy ended up registering his third Test century, during which he scored his 1000th Test run, before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Lyon.

Duminy fantastic knock of 123 came off 231 deliveries, which included 14 boundaries.

Duminy decided to review the decision, but the replays showed that the ball had pitched in line and was going on to hit middle and leg stump, which led to the third umpire upholding the original decision.

South Africa were bowled out for 423 when Morne Morkel was run out by Steven Smith for one run.

Lyon recorded his fifth five-wicket haul, while Clarke, Smith, Ryan Harris and Mitchell Johnson chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Trailing by 423, Australia got off to a poor start as opening batsman Chris Rogers was given out lbw off the bowling of Philander for five.

Alex Doolan only made eight runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Parnell.

Parnell struck again just two balls later when Shaun Marsh was caught behind for a duck.

Clarke failed to have an impact either as he was caught by Dean Elgar at short cover off the bowling of Philander for 19.

David Warner and Lyon, who came out at the nightwatchman, amassed a 31-run partnership, during which Warner brought up his half-century, before the umpires decided to bring play to an end for the day.

Parnell and Philander picked up two wickets apiece.

Australia ended the day on 112/4 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:30 local time or 08:30 GMT.

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