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South Africa Batting Collapses in Perth on Day 1 against Australia

November 03
14:02 2016

savsausNew Delhi, Thursday, November 3 – South Africa are on tour of Australia for three Tests. The first match of the series begins early today at W.A.C.A. Ground in Perth. The travelers have a feeble start despite winning the toss and electing to bat first.

South Africa Playing XI is led by Faf du Plessis, who will expect good show from Stephen Cook, Hashim Amla, Dean Elgar, Jean-Paul Duminy, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada and Keshav Maharaj. Those in extras are Morne Morkel, Rilee Rossouw, Kyle Abbott, Tabraiz Shamsi and Dane Vilas.

At the same time, Australia squad includes Shaun Marsh, David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood. Good captaincy from Steven Smith is likely. The player to sit on bench is Joe Mennie. South Africa were certainly looking forward to a good start and that is why decision of batting first was taken as objective was to accumulate considerable amount of runs that could be of huge help. But what they thought at first did not come true since wickets were lost quickly than expected.

The first jolt was received in the first over of the game after opener Stephen Cook failed to play a good delivery by Starc, giving a catch to Marsh. His dismissal on a naught brought his team under pressure which wasn’t likely during early hours of play. But this wasn’t enough from Australian bowling lineup. Hazlewood too did his bit by dismissing Hashim Amla on a zero. There seemed no end to falling of the wickets in view of the fact that Dean Elgar also lost his wicket to Hazlewood when batting at the score of 12.

Pressure of performing automatically started to build and this resulted in another wicket. Jean-Paul Duminy was dismissed by Siddle at a score of 11. Thanks to some stability shown by Faf du Plessis and Temba Bavuma, the team was able to gain a little bit ground that was important. The captain of Proteas side succumbed to Starc post playing a knock of 37 runs in 74 deliveries, hitting five boundaries. But Bavuma was able to leave an impression by displaying an innings of 51 runs by facing 86 balls and hitting seven boundaries.

Lyon earned his wicket, doing the further damage. Vernon Philander’s wicket to Starc at a score of 10 (4 x 1) increased troubles for the guests. Quinton de Kock – the wicket-keeper of South Africa is batting at a score of 53. So far, he has struck seven fours. Steyn, Rabada and Maharaj are yet to bat. Till tea break, the Proteas have scored 175 runs for the loss of seven wickets in 52.3 overs.

The objective of starting the first Test on a robust note hasn’t been achieved till now. If tail-ender players are able to save their wickets and do some partnerships then it is possible to set a challenging total in their first innings. Smith trusted on the capabilities of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Marsh and Nathan Lyon to let opponents suffer batting collapse. It would be interesting to notice whether his five bowler strategy will work till the end or some other options will be tried as well to get remaining three wickets.

One point is clear that South Africa have landed themselves in trouble and it is going to be extremely tough for them to put Aussies under the pump as they being capable of pulling off in the tough situations. With good batting lineup and familiarity with home conditions, Australia look forward to getting grip in the opening Test that will be helpful in remaining Tests, which are to be played at Bellerive Oval in Hobart from November 12 to November 17 and Adelaide Oval in Adelaide from November 24 to November 28. South African fans wait for their team to at least pocket a score that could be challenging to a certain extent. One thing is for sure that more than hundred percent efforts are to be poured when they come to bowl Australian batsmen to get timely wickets and stay in the game.

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