South Africa vs Australia 2nd Test Day 2: De Villiers scores 74* as South Africa battle hard to forge 20-run lead

AB de Villiers 74 South Africa Australia 2nd Test Day 2 Port Elizabeth cricket

AB de Villiers struck 14 boundaries during his unbeaten knock of 74

Image courtesy of: Zimbio

South Africa stumbled during the second day in Port Elizabeth, but AB de Villiers kept Australia at bay with an unbeaten 74 and handed the Proteas a slim 20-run lead.

Starting off the day on 39/1, South Africa added 28 runs to their overnight score before Kagiso Rabada, who was sent in as the nightwatchman, was clean bowled by Pat Cummins for 29.

Hashim Amla and Dean Elgar steadied things with an 88-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries.

Hashim Amla 56 South Africa Australia 2nd Test Day 2 Port Elizabeth cricket

Hashim Amla scored his 39th Test fifty

Image courtesy of: Zimbio

However, Amla was unable to really push on after scoring his fifty as he was cleaned up by Mitchell Starc for 56, which came off 148 balls and included six boundaries.

Elgar was on his way back to the pavilion the very next over as he was caught behind off the bowling of Josh Hazlewood for 57, which came off 197 deliveries and included six boundaries.

Dean Elgar 57 South Africa Australia 2nd Test Day 2 Port Elizabeth cricket

Dean Elgar made his 11th half-century in Test cricket

Image courtesy of: Zimbio

Things went from bad to worse for the Proteas as captain Faf du Plessis and Theunis de Bruyn were both trapped lbw off the bowling of Mitchell Marsh for nine and one run respectively.

De Villiers and Quinton de Kock temporarily halted Australia’s charge with a 44-run stand before De Kock was clean bowled by Nathan Lyon for nine runs.

De Villiers and Vernon Philander kept the runs flowing with an unbeaten 36-run partnership before stumps was called.

De Villiers finished on 74 off 81 balls, which included 14 boundaries, while Philander remained undefeated on 14 off 39 deliveries, which included two boundaries.

Cummins and Marsh picked up two wickets apiece, while Starc, Hazlewood and Lyon claimed one wicket each.

South Africa ended day two on 263/7 and will continue batting on Sunday at 10:00 local time or 08:00 GMT.

Leave a Reply