South Africa vs Australia 1st Test Day 3: South Africa fight hard, but Australia push lead to 402

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Australia opener Cameron Bancroft led the way in the second innings as he scored his second Test fifty

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South Africa put up a brilliant fight on the third day in Durban, but Australia still hold the upper hand as they extended their lead to a mammoth 402.

Starting their second innings at the beginning the day, Australia began on a solid note as David Warner and Cameron Bancroft amassed a 56-run partnership before Warner was dismissed by Kagiso Rabada for 28.

Usman Khawaja failed to have an impact with the bat as he was caught behind off the bowling Keshav Maharaj for six runs.

Bancroft went on to make 53 off 83 balls, which included 10 boundaries, before he was stumped by Quinton de Kock off the bowling of Maharaj.

Australia captain Steve Smith managed to make 38 before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Dean Elgar.

Smith opted to review the decision, but his gamble didn’t pay off as the on-field decision was upheld.

Once Smith was gone, Australia began to lose wickets at regular intervals, but despite this, their lead continued to grow.

Ultimately, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood amassed an unbeaten four-run partnership before bad light brought play to an end for the day.

Cummins finished on 17 off 49 balls, which included a boundary and a six, while Hazlewood remained undefeated on four off three deliveries, which included a solitary boundary.

Maharaj and Morne Morkel picked up three wickets apiece, while Rabada took two and Elgar claimed one.

Australia ended day three on 213/9 and will continue batting on Sunday at 10:00 local time or 08:00 GMT.

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