South Africa vs Australia 3rd Test Day 4: Warner’s century puts Australia on the brink of victory

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Warner is ecstatic after scoring back-to-back centuries

Australia opening batsman David Warner smashed a breathtaking century to put the baggy greens on the brink of victory on the fourth day of the third Test in Cape Town.

Warner was well supported by left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Johnson, who took two quick wickets to dent South Africa’s chase.

Starting out the day on 27/0, Warner and Chris Rogers managed to convert their 27-run partnership into a 123-run partnership, during which Warner brought up his half-century, before Rogers was run out by Dale Steyn for 39.

Warner and Alex Doolan kept the runs flowing with a 65-run partnership before Doolan was caught by Kyle Abbott at fine leg off the bowling of Morne Morkel for 37.

Warner and Shane Watson made a quickfire 57-run partnership, during which Warner registered his eighth Test century, before Watson was caught by Jean Paul (JP) Duminy at point off the bowling of Abbott for 25.

Australia captain Michael Clarke failed to trouble the scorers as he was caught by Quinton de Kock, who was the substitute fielder, at mid-off off the bowling of Abbott for a golden duck.

Warner ended up making 145 off 156 deliveries, which included 13 boundaries and four sixes, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Abbott.

Clarke eventually declared when Australia were on 303/5, leaving South Africa a target of 511 runs to win the match and series.

Abbott was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Morkel snapped up one.

Chasing 511 to win, South Africa got off to a terrible start as opening batsman Alviro Petersen was given out lbw off the bowling of Ryan Harris for just nine runs.

South Africa captain Graeme Smith failed to have a major impact in his last Test innings ever as he only scored three runs before being caught by Doolan off the bowling of Johnson.

Dean Elgar fared no better as he was clean bowled by Johnson for a duck.

Hashim Amla managed to make 41 runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of James Pattinson.

Amla reviewed the decision immediately, but replays showed that the ball was just pitching in line and going on to hit the stumps, which led to the third umpire upholding the original decision.

AB de Villiers and Abbott put together an unbeaten three-run partnership before the umpires decided to bring play to an end for the day.

De Villiers finished on 16 off 100 balls, which included one boundary, while Abbott remained undefeated on one run.

Johnson was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Harris and Pattinson chipped in with one wicket each.

South Africa ended the day on 71/4 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:00 local time or 08:00 GMT.

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