Pat Cummins restricts SA to 266 for 8 despite Dean Elgar’s centuryMarch 23, 2018 • By cricketherald
South Africa collapsed from a strong position of 220 for 2 to 266 for 8 by stumps on the opening day’s play of the SA vs Aus 3rd Test at Cape Town on Thursday.
This was despite opener Dean Elgar’s 11th test match hundred. Pat Cummins changed it all for South Africa by taking four wickets in a superb spell in the final session at the Newlands Cricket Ground.
Batting first after winning the toss, South Africa had a bad start losing Aiden Markram for a duck to Josh Hazlewood. Hashim Amla with 31 steadied the ship with Dean Elgar before falling to Josh Hazlewood, who ended an 86-run stand.
AB de Villiers joined forces with Dean Elgar to put South Africa on course for a solid total. However, after a 95-ball 64, AB de Villiers got out to Pat Cummins, leaving the door open for a comeback from Australia.
The middle order collapse meant Australia hold the edge in this SA vs Aus 3rd Test at Cape Town. South Africa’s hopes will be on Dean Elgar to stretch their total further as the left hander has batted through the day to remain unbeaten on 121 from 253 balls.
Dean Elgar has got Kagiso Rabada at the crease, who is quite a decent batsman in his own rights.
The four test match series is well poised at 1-1 with Australia winning the first Test at Durban by 118 runs and South Africa coming back to level the series with a 6-wicket win in the second Test match at Port Elizabeth.