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Johnson ripped through South Africa’s batting line-up
Australia left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Johnson took four wickets to leave South Africa in absolute tatters at the end of the third day of the third Test in Cape Town.
Johnson was well supported by fellow pace bowler Ryan Harris, who claimed three wickets.
While Australia dominated the day for the most part, South Africa did have a two flashes of brilliance, which came from opener Alviro Petersen and batsman Faf du Plessis as they both scored valiant half-centuries.
Prior to the start of play, Australia captain Michael Clarke decided to declare on the team’s overnight score of 494/7.
Trailing by 494, South Africa got off to an awful start as skipper Graeme Smith was caught behind off the bowling of Harris for just five runs.
Dean Elgar only made 11 runs before he was brilliantly caught by Brad Haddin behind the stumps off the bowling of James Pattinson.
Hashim Amla and Petersen stabilised the innings with a 53-run partnership, during which Petersen brought up his half-century, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Johnson.
Petersen’s solid knock of 53 came off 62 balls and included eight boundaries.
Amla ended up making 38 runs before he was comprehensively bowled by Harris.
Wicketkeeper AB de Villiers scored 14 runs before he was caught by Clarke at second slip off the bowling of Johnson.
Jean Paul (JP) Duminy failed to have an impact with the bat as he was caught behind off the bowling of Harris for only four runs.
Du Plessis and Vernon Philander stemmed the bleeding with a 95-run partnership, during which du Plessis registered his half-century, before he was caught by David Warner at gully off the bowling of Johnson.
Du Plessis’s fantastic knock of 67 came off 135 balls and included six boundaries.
Kyle Abbott only made three runs before he was clean bowled by Shane Watson.
Dale Steyn made a quickfire 28 before he was caught by Watson at first slip off the bowling of Johnson.
Morne Morkel scored seven runs before he was also caught by Watson at first slip, but only off the bowling of Pattinson.
Johnson was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Harris snapped up three, Pattinson claimed two and Watson chipped in with one.
With a lead of 207 in hand, Australia got off to a solid start as Warner and Chris Rogers put together an unbeaten 27-run partnership before the umpires decided to bring play to an end for the day.
Warner finished on 25 off 17 balls, which included four boundaries, while Rogers remained undefeated on one.
Australia ended the day on 27/0 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:00 local time or 08:00 GMT.