The 3rd test match played between Australia and South Africa in Sydney has taken an interesting turn. At the end of day 4’s play at the SCG, Australia has reduced South Africa to 149 while picking up 6 wickets. South Africa head to the final day of the pink test match trailing by 326 runs. The Proteas still require 126 runs to avoid a follow-on. Marco Jansen and Simon Harmer are on the crease when stumps were called on day 4 of the Sydney Test.
As expected, Australia declared overnight with 475 on the board to give themselves a realistic chance of bowling the South Africans twice in 2 days. Cummins’ overnight declaration meant Usman Khawaja still has to wait for his maiden double century in test cricket. The first session of the fourth day’s play was washed out by rain otherwise Cummins would have given Khawaja the chance to get to his 200.
The South African batting again crumbled against the quality Australian pace attack. Elgar, Erwee and Klassen were nipped in the bud and in no time, the Aussies had their opponents reeling at 37 for 3. The 4th wicket partnership of 48 between Bavuma and Zondo kept the Australians at bay for a while. Once the partnership was broken, the Aussie bowlers made inroads at regular intervals to keep their opponents reeling at 149 for 6.