South Africa vs Australia 1st Test Day 5 Highlights – Mar 5, 2018

South Africa vs Australia 1st Test Day 5 Highlights – Mar 5, 2018,AUS v SA highlights today – First Sunfoil test day five from Kingsmead, Durban (South Africa) Monday 5th March 2018. The fifth and final day with a final wicket remaining South Africa require another 124 runs, which is almost impossible and Australia need just one wicket to get their first victory of the tour.

Australia won the toss and elected to bat.

South Africa team/playing XI
D Elgar, AK Markram, HM Amla, AB de Villiers, F du Plessis (c), Q de Kock †, TB de Bruyn, VD Philander, KA Maharaj, K Rabada, M Morkel.
Australia team/playing XI
CT Bancroft, DA Warner, UT Khawaja, SPD Smith (c), SE Marsh, MR Marsh, TD Paine †, MA Starc, PJ Cummins, JR Hazlewood, NM Lyon.

Match Timings: 10.00 start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00

Umpires – Kumar Dharmasena, Sundaram Ravi
TV Umpires – Chris Gaffaney
Match Referee – Jeff Crowe
Reserve Umpire – Allahudien Paleker
Match number – Test no. 2297

Australia tour of South Africa 1st Test Highlights

 Report:

Australia 351 (M Marsh 96, Smith 56, Warner 51, Maharaj 5-123, Philander 3-59) and 227 (Bancroft 53, Maharaj 4-102, Morkel 3-47) beat South Africa 162 (de Villiers 71*, Starc 5-34) and 298 (Markram 143, de Kock 83, Starc 4-75, Hazlewood 3-61) by 118 runs. Mitchell Starc missed out on a hat-trick but Australia had little trouble in wrapping up a 118-run win on the fifth morning in Durban, where they took a 1-0 lead in the four-match series. Bad light had halted Australia’s march to victory on the fourth evening with just one wicket required, so it was possible that it could have taken just a single ball to end the game on day five. In the end, it took 22 deliveries.

Josh Hazlewood confirmed the result by trapping Quinton de Kock lbw for 83 in the fourth over of the day, as South Africa were dismissed for 298. Morne Morkel finished not out on 3. Starc had been denied the chance to bowl for a hat-trick late on day four after he bowled Keshav Maharaj and Kagiso Rabada with what became his last two balls of the day, as the umpires declared that the light was sufficient only for spin bowling. He instead bowled for his hat-trick with the first ball of the fifth day and rapped de Kock on the pads, but the ball was sliding down leg. The result gives Australia a good start as they aim to maintain their remarkable record of having not lost a Test series in South Africa since readmission. The teams now move on to Port Elizabeth for the second Test, which begins on Friday.

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