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Amla demolished Australia’s bowling attack
South Africa batsman Hashim Amla scored an unbeaten 93 to keep the Proteas in firm control against Australia on the third day of the second Test in Port Elizabeth.
Amla was well supported by the pace duo of Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel as they tore through Australia’s batting line-up with three wickets apiece.
Starting out the day on 112/4, Australia opening batsman David Warner and the nightwatchman Nathan Lyon only managed to add eight runs onto their 31-run partnership before Warner was caught by South Africa captain Graeme Smith at first slip off the bowling of Philander.
Warner’s brilliant knock of 70 came off 78 balls and included 10 boundaries.
Lyon was finally dismissed for the first time after nine Test innings when he was clean bowled by Morkel for 15.
Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin was the next to go as he was had his stumps shattered by Dale Steyn when he was on nine runs.
Mitchell Johnson made a quickfire 27 before he was clean bowled by Jean Paul (JP) Duminy.
Steven Smith managed to score 49 runs off 72 balls, which included eight boundaries, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Morkel.
Smith reviewed the decision immediately after it was given out and despite there being only a slight spike on the Snicko technology, it was enough evidence for the third umpire to uphold the original decision.
Ryan Harris scored 26 runs before he was caught by Smith at first slip off the bowling of Morkel.
Morkel and Philander picked up three wickets apiece, while Wayne Parnell snapped up two and Duminy and Steyn chipped in with one wicket apiece as Australia were bowled out for 246.
With a lead of 177 in hand, South Africa got off to a poor start as Smith was clean bowled by Johnson for 13.
Dean Elgar only made 16 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Peter Siddle.
Amla and Fad du Plessis stabilised the innings with a 70-run partnership, during which Amla brought up his half-century, before du Plessis was caught behind off the bowling of Siddle for 24.
Following his outstanding century in the first innings, AB de Villiers failed to have the same kind of impact in the second innings as he was caught behind off the bowling of Johnson for 29.
Amla and debutant Quinton de Kock amassed an unbeaten 25-run partnership before the umpires decided to bring play to an end for the day.
Amla finished on 93 off 126 balls, which included 12 boundaries, while de Kock remained undefeated on nine off 24 deliveries, which included one boundary.
Johnson and Siddle snapped up two wickets each.
South Africa ended the day on 192/4 and will continue batting at 10:30 local time or 08:30 GMT.