S. Africa put Aussies under pressure in first Test

South Africa were on track to end Australia's unbeaten 24-year Test run at the Gabba after dominating the third day's play in the opening Test on Sunday.

The world's number one team amassed a formidable 450 in their first innings and then had Michael Clarke's Australians under pressure at 111 for three at stumps.

Clarke was at the crease on 34 with opener Ed Cowan not out 49 in an unbroken 71-run stand.

The Australians last lost at the Gabba against the West Indies in 1988, but the Proteas' first innings total was the best by a touring side at the ground since England's winning 456 in 1986.

Jacques Kallis had a memorable day, making his 44th Test century -- he is second on the list of all-time century makers, behind only India's Sachin Tendulkar -- and his fifth against Australia.

His 147 was the highest score by a South African in a Brisbane Test since Eddie Barlow's 114 in 1963.

The star all-rounder also chipped in with two catches at second slip to help put the skids under the Australians.

"I think tomorrow morning's a key part of the game for us. If we can nip out a couple and put some real pressure on Australia, who knows?" Kallis said.

"I think we've just got to give ourselves the opportunity. I think the game's far from dead.

"There's enough in the wicket as well. As long as we keep applying the pressure, that's all that we can do. If Oz play well, then fair enough."

The home side's thoughts turned to saving the match after three wickets tumbled inside the opening 10 overs.

David Warner lasted 15 balls before Dale Steyn slanted a delivery across him. He poked it straight to Kallis at second slip to depart for four.

Debutant Rob Quiney fell to a spectacular juggling catch on the fine leg boundary rope by Steyn for nine off Morne Morkel.

Steyn tossed the ball into the air, realising he was going over the rope. He had the presence of mind to step back into the field of play and take the catch.

Senior batsman Ricky Ponting lasted just five balls before he edged Morkel to the safe hands of Kallis for a duck to leave the home side wobbling at 40 for three.

Kallis and Hashim Amla earlier hit centuries as South Africa dominated Australia's bowling with a formidable first innings of 450 off 151.4 overs.

Australia removed Kallis shortly after lunch when Quiney took a high two-handed chance in the gully off James Pattinson to end the allrounder's 349-minute stint at the crease.

Kallis shared in a 165-run partnership for third wicket with Amla, who reached his third century in four innings against Australia and his 17th overall before he given out lbw to Peter Siddle for 104.

Amla was struck high and TV replays suggested the ball was going over the stumps. Surprisingly, he did not refer Asad Rauf's decision to the third umpire.

The world number two batsman in Tests became South Africa's first triple centurion with an unbeaten 311 against England at The Oval in July.

The Australian bowlers, who took just two wickets on Friday's opening day, had their best spell with four wickets in the middle session.

Ben Hilfenhaus wrapped up the Proteas' innings with the wickets of Dale Steyn (15) and Morne Morkel (0) after tea. JP Duminy was unable to bat after rupturing his Achilles tendon on Friday's opening day.

Debutant Rory Kleinveldt blasted two successive sixes off spinner Nathan Lyon to remain 17 not out.

Pattinson was Australia's best bowler with three for 93.

Australia, in the field for over 10 hours interspersed by Friday's washout, were in trouble early on when South Africa's vaunted pace attack pressed home the advantage to groans from the home crowd.

The first target is to avoid the follow-on by reaching 251 on Monday's fourth day.

"The partnership we have at the moment is the crucial one for us," Hilfenhaus said. "Hopefully, they can continue that tomorrow and make our way closer to their total."

Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • BPI Family Savings extends auto loan promo
    BPI Family Savings extends auto loan promo

    BPI Family Savings Bank, the country’s leading consumer bank, is extending its newest campaign “Bagong Kotse, 1-Month Libre” promo untilJune 30, 2015 which allows you to avail of a car loan with a loan term of at least 36 months. The promo, which includes free 1-month free loan amortization, gives every customer an ease when […] The post BPI Family Savings extends auto loan promo appeared first on Carmudi Philippines. …

  • ‘Kentex owners still in Phl’
    ‘Kentex owners still in Phl’

    The daughter of one of the Kentex Manufacturing Corp. owners has assured the government that the businessmen are still in the Philippines, contrary to some reports that they have fled the country. Barbara Ang, daughter of Kentex shareholder Veato Ang, said her father and his business partners have no plans of leaving the country despite the razing of the Valenzuela slipper factory, which killed 72 workers on May 13. Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian also stood by his promise to punish any local …

  • Lawmakers to review building code provisions
    Lawmakers to review building code provisions

    Lawmakers are set to review provisions of the National Building Code and Republic Act 10121, or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act, to strengthen contingencies and policies to prepare the country for possible major earthquakes. The move came following proposals from Reps. Winston Castelo of Quezon City and Lito Atienza of the Buhay party-list to review the two laws and other regulations during a hearing of the House committee on Metro Manila development on the …

  • Noy: Phl may attain first world status with continued reforms
    Noy: Phl may attain first world status with continued reforms

    The Philippines’ attaining first world status may soon be imminent if significant reforms initiated by the current administration would be consistently pursued, President Aquino suggested yesterday. “Kung madidiligan ang ating mga pinunla, at makaka-graduate ang mga pinag-aaral natin upang makapasok sa maaayos na trabaho, baka po tuluyan nang nasa first world status tayo sa panahong iyon (If we water the seeds sown and those we sent to school will find better jobs, then time will come that …

  • Phl won’t recognize China air restrictions
    Phl won’t recognize China air restrictions

    The Philippines will not recognize restrictions on air and sea travel set by China in the West Philippine Sea, President Aquino said yesterday. “We will still fly the routes that we fly based on international law and the various conventions, agreements that have been entered into through various decades,” Aquino told reporters in an ambush interview after inspecting the Marikina Elementary School in preparation for the opening of classes in June. But he expressed confidence that China would …

  • Rainy season likely in 2nd week of June
    Rainy season likely in 2nd week of June

    Filipinos may have to wait until the second or third week of June for rain, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said yesterday. Rene Paciente, chief of PAGASA’s marine meteorological services section, said they expect the rainy season to start in the second or third week of June. The criteria for declaring the onset of the rainy season include the prevalence of the southwest monsoon and the 25-millimeter rainfall recorded in at least five …

  • UN urged to probe torture cases under Noy’s term
    UN urged to probe torture cases under Noy’s term

    The United Nations has been asked to look into   110 cases of torture and numerous cases of illegal arrests during the Aquino administration. Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary-general, yesterday said the matter could be looked into when the United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) visits from May 25 to June 3 to monitor the  implementation of the Optional protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OpCAT), which the Philippines ratified in 2012. “We enjoin the UN SPT to …

  • Filipina maid photographs "modern slavery" in Hong Kong

    By Emma Batha LONDON, May 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Filipina maid in Hong Kong has published stark photographs of burned and beaten domestic workers to highlight the "modern slavery" she says has long been the city's shameful secret. "Hong Kong is a very modern, successful city but people treat their helpers like slaves," said Xyza Cruz Bacani, whose black and white portraits won her a scholarship from the Magnum Foundation to start studying at New York University this month. It's …

POLL

Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Loading...
Poll Choice Options