Usman Khawaja’s late dismissal puts Australia under threat on day three

Usman Khawaja’s late dismissal puts Australia under threat on day three

first_imgCricket Usman Khawaja’s late dismissal ensured Australia were under the pump at stumps on day three of the second Test against South Africa.Khawaja and Mitch Marsh had fought back well during an 87-run stand in Port Elizabeth on Sunday, building a small lead as Australia reached 180-5 in their second innings.Khawaja produced his second highest score outside Australia, only to fall to Kagiso Rabada on 75 with seven minutes of play remaining. The left-hander averaged 24.59 outside Australia before Sunday’s dogged innings, having either been dropped or failed to get a game on the Test side’s three previous tours. Rabada’s eighth wicket of the match kept the Proteas on track to level the bad-tempered four-Test series, with Marsh to resume on 39 knowing he and Tim Paine must do the bulk of the work if the tourists are to scrape together a decent target.Two of Australia’s most criticised cricketers stepped up when a fired-up Rabada had the ball reverse-swinging and a day-three finish was a distinct possibility.Steve Smith departed amid a collapse of 24-3, with South Africa boasting all the momentum after AB de Villiers’ sublime century gave them a first-innings advantage of 139 runs.Frustration built amid Khawaja’s four-hour vigil at the crease, in which he negotiated tricky spells from Rabada, Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj and Lungi Ngidi.The South Africa captain Faf du Plessis wasted both reviews during the final session. Rabada delivered the breakthrough, trapping Khawaja lbw with a ball that dipped late.The home side had resumed at 263-7 on day three, with De Villiers unbeaten on 74 and their lead just 20 runs.De Villiers, having steadied after a post-tea collapse of 28-4 on day two, batted sublimely to register his 22nd Test century in 117 balls. He finished 126 not out, lifting South Africa to a total of 382.Rabada then hammered home his side’s advantage, clean bowling Warner for 13 with a sensational delivery that triggered another spirited send-off. Rabada, already facing a two-Test ban for making contact with Smith on day one, screamed in Warner’s face as the Australian opener left the crease.Smith was out edging to Maharaj for the second time in the series, a dismissal sure to result in more questions about his poor record against left-arm spinners. Cameron Bancroft reached at a wide ball and played on to Ngidi, while Shaun Marsh prodded forward to Rabada and watched the edge fly to Quinton de Kock. Share on Facebook Since you’re here… Read more Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn South Africa cricket team Topics … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.center_img David Warner: Cricket South Africa apologises over Sonny Bill Williams masks Australia cricket team Share on Twitter Share via Email Support The Guardian Australia sport Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Reuse this contentlast_img

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