South Africa vs Australia 3rd Test Day 3: Markram, De Villiers push South Africa’s lead to 294

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Aiden Markram scored his third Test fifty

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South Africa opener Aiden Markram and batsman AB de Villiers scored 84 and 51 not out respectively to extend their side’s lead over Australia to 294 on the third day in Cape Town.

Starting off the day on 245/9, Australia only added 10 runs to their overnight score before they were bowled out when Josh Hazlewood was sent packing by Kagiso Rabada for 10 runs.

With Australia being dismissed for 255, it gave South Africa a 56-run lead.

Rabada and Morne Morkel picked up four wickets apiece, while Vernon Philander chipped in with two.

With a 56-run lead in hand, South Africa made a poor start to their second innings as opener Dean Elgar was caught by Australia captain Steve Smith at slip off the bowling of Pat Cummins for 14.

Markram and Hashim Amla made up for the loss of Elgar with a 76-run partnership, during which Markram brought up his half-century, before Amla was caught by Cameron Bancroft at cover off the bowling of Cummins for 31.

Markram and De Villiers added 47 runs to the score before Markram was caught by Cummins at mid-on off the bowling of Mitchell Starc for 84, which came off 145 balls and included 10 boundaries and two sixes.

During their stand, Bancroft was witnessed taking a mysterious yellow paper-like item out of his pocket and putting it down his trousers.

Bancroft spoke to on-field umpires Nigel Llong and Richard Illingworth with Australia captain Steve Smith, but his actions led to people accusing him of ball tampering.

De Villiers and captain Faf du Plessis amassed a 45-run stand before Du Plessis was trapped lbw off the bowling of Nathan Lyon for 20.

Du Plessis opted to review the decision, but it went in vain as replays showed the ball was pitching in line and going on to hit leg stump.

Temba Bavuma was on his way back to the pavilion the very next over as he was removed by Josh Hazlewood for five runs.

De Villiers and Quinton de Kock steadied things with an unbeaten 37-run partnership, during which De Villiers registered his fifty, before bad light brought play to an end for the day.

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AB de Villiers’ excellent form with the bat continued

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De Villiers finished on 51 off 103 balls, which included six boundaries and a six, while De Kock remained undefeated on 29 off 33 deliveries, which included two boundaries and a six.

Cummins was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Starc, Hazlewood and Lyon claimed one wicket each.

South Africa ended day three on 238/5 and will continue batting on Sunday at 10:00 local time or 08:00 GMT.

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