South Africa vs Australia 4th Test Day 2: Philander strikes thrice after Bavuma’s 95*

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Vernon Philander dismissed Matt Renshaw, Peter Handscomb and Usman Khawaja

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Following an unbeaten 95 by South Africa batsman Temba Bavuma, pace bowler Vernon Philander took a three-wicket haul to keep the Proteas in complete control over Australia on the second day in Johannesburg.

Starting off the day on 313/6, Bavuma and Quinton de Kock converted their 14-run partnership into an 85-run stand before De Kock was dismissed by Nathan Lyon for 39.

Philander was on his way back to the pavilion shortly after, but Bavuma and Keshav Maharaj stabilised the innings with a 76-run partnership before Maharaj was caught behind off the bowling of Pat Cummins for a career-best 45.

South Africa were bowled out for 488 the very next ball as Morne Morkel was caught by Peter Handscomb at second slip for a golden duck.

Bavuma was left stranded on 95 off 194 balls, which included 13 boundaries.

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Temba Bavuma fell just short of his second Test century

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Cummins was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets, while Lyon snapped up three and debutant Chadd Sayers chipped in with two.

Trailing by 488 runs, Australia were dealt an early blow as opener Joe Burns was caught by South Africa captain Faf du Plessis at second slip off the bowling of Kagiso Rabada for four runs.

Matt Renshaw didn’t fare much better as he was caught behind off the bowling of Philander for eight runs.

Philander struck again in his next over as he clean bowled Handscomb for a duck.

Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh steadied things with a 52-run partnership, during which Khawaja brought up his fifty.

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Usman Khawaja scored his 12th Test fifty

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However, he was unable to make the most of it as he was caught behind off the bowling of Philander for 53, which came off 84 balls and included nine boundaries.

Mitchell Marsh did not last long at the crease as he was clean bowled by Morkel for four runs.

Things went from bad to worse for Australia as Shaun Marsh was caught by AB de Villiers at first slip off the bowling of Maharaj for 15.

Pat Cummins and Australia captain Tim Paine ensured their side didn’t lose anymore wickets as they forged an unbeaten 14-run stand before stumps was called.

Cummins finished on seven off 12 balls, which included a boundary, while Paine also struck a boundary during his nine-ball five.

Philander was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Rabada, Maharaj and Morkel claimed one wickwt each.

Australia ended day two on 110/6 and will continue batting on Sunday at 10:00 local time or 08:00 GMT.

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