Australia vs South Africa 3rd Test: Rain Brings Early Close to Day’s Play

The rain ended the second day’s play early in the 3rd test match between Australia and South Africa in Sydney. After the second day’s play at the SCG, Australia was placed comfortably at 475 for the loss of 4 wickets. Usman Khawaja and Matt Renshaw were on the crease at 195 and 5 runs respectively. The Sydney weather forecast doesn’t look good for tomorrow as well. If rain interrupts any further, Australia might go ahead with an early declaration to force a result out of this match. 

Australia started the second day on 147 for 2 with Khawaja and Smith in the crease. A 17-minute rain interruption halted the start of day 2’s play. Some indisciplined bowling helped the 2 Aussie batters get into their grooves early on day 2. Khawaja and Smith got to their respective centuries and the duo put on a 209-run partnership to strengthen Australia’s grip on the match. Maharaj dismissed Steve Smith to end the mammoth 4th-wicket stand. 

South Africans got no respite from the Aussie batters after tea. Travis Head, who came into the crease after Smith’s dismissal, made use of his purple patch and thrashed the Proteas attack on his will. He scored a quickfire 70 of 50 deliveries and stitched a vital 102-run stand with Khawaja for the 5th wicket. By the team Rabada had him caught, Australia was comfortably past the 450-run mark.

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