South Africa vs Australia 2nd Test Day 3: De Villiers, Rabada keep South Africa on top in Port Elizabeth

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AB de Villiers celebrates after scoring his 22nd Test century

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Following a superb 126 not out by South Africa batsman AB de Villiers, pace bowler Kagiso Rabada starred with the ball as he took three wickets to leave Australia in a serious spot of bother heading into the fourth day of the second Test in Port Elizabeth.

Even though Australia batsman Usman Khawaja struck a hard-fought 75, Australia still found themselves five down with a measly 41-run lead.

Starting off the day on 263/7, De Villiers and Vernon Philander converted their 36-run partnership into an 84-run stand before Philander was caught by Cameron Bancroft at short leg off the bowling of Pat Cummins for 36.

De Villiers and Keshav Maharaj kept the runs flowing with a 58-run partnership, during which De Villiers brought up his first century in 13 Tests, before Maharaj was clean bowled by Josh Hazlewood for a 24-ball 30.

South Africa ended up being bowled out for 382, which gave them a 139-run lead, when Lungi Ngidi was run out by Australia captain Steve Smith for five runs.

De Villiers was left stranded on 126 off 146 balls, which included 20 boundaries and a six.

Cummins was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Hazlewood and Mitchell Marsh snapped up two wickets apiece. As for Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Starc, the chipped in with one wicket each.

Trailing by 139 runs, Australia got off to a disappointing start as opener David Warner was clean bowled by Rabada for 13.

Bancroft, who opened the batting with Warner, scored 24 before he was cleaned up by Ngidi.

Australia captain Steve Smith did not last long at the crease as he was caught behind off the bowling of Maharaj for 11.

Things went from bad to worse for Australia on the second ball after the tea break as Shaun Marsh was caught behind off the bowling of Rabada for one run.

Khawaja and Mitchell Marsh stabilised the innings with an 87-run partnership before Australia were dealt a huge blow when Khawaja was trapped lbw off the bowling of Rabada in the penultimate over of the day.

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Usman Khawaja scored his 11th Test fifty

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Khawaja’s knock of 75 came off 136 balls and included 14 boundaries.

Mitchell Marsh and wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Paine managed to muster a seven-run partnership in the last 11 balls of the day before stumps was called.

Marsh finished on 39 off 119 balls, which included three boundaries and a six, while Paine remained undefeated on five.

Rabada was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Ngidi and Maharaj claimed one wicket each.

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Kagiso Rabada dismissed David Warner, Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja

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Australia ended day three on 180/5 and will continue batting on Monday at 10:00 local time or 08:00 GMT.

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