De Kock century extends SA dominance in Hobart

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De Kock century extends  SA dominance in Hobart
South Africa's batsman Quinton de Kock hit his second Test century to help give the Proteas a potential match-winning 241-run innings lead over the Australians in the second Test on Monday.

Published: Mon 14 Nov 2016, 9:26 PM

Last updated: Mon 14 Nov 2016, 11:28 PM

Luck deserted Australia in their desperate bid to salvage the second Test with South Africa snaring the vital wicket of David Warner in unfortunate circumstances in Hobart on Monday.
 Warner, who was seeking redemption after his reckless dismissal in the opening over of the first innings, lost his wicket while at the forefront of Australia's fightback.
 At stumps on the third day the home side were 121 for two, still 120 runs behind the Proteas, who have been in control of the Test since routing Australia for 85 on Saturday.
 Usman Khawaja was unbeaten on 56, his ninth Test half-century, with skipper Steve Smith not out 18.
 Warner flung his head back in despair when a ball from Kyle Abbott hit his hip and ricocheted off an elbow onto his stumps when he was on 45.
 It gave the Proteas a huge fillip after Warner and Khawaja had recovered the innings with a 79-run stand after the loss of Joe Burns in the first over. Burns lasted just four balls before he was caught behind, tickling at one wide down the leg-side from Abbott.
 "We've done well with the bat, two unlucky dismissals, but that happens in cricket and the boys have shown some good fight, digging in even though the ball is nipping around a fair bit," Australian paceman Josh Hazlewood said.
"A really good partnership in the morning, a good first hour and that will go a long way to having a good day tomorrow."
 Khawaja played some lovely shots in his vigil, providing great support for his captain Smith, who top scored with an unbeaten 48 in the first innings shambles.
 Australia face a mighty struggle to prevent South Africa, already 1-0 up, from claiming their third successive series in Australia with only next week's day-night third Test in Adelaide still to play.
 South Africa earlier extended their first innings lead to 241 before they were all out for 326 with Quinton de Kock plundering a century and Hazlewood finishing with six for 89.
After Sunday's second day was washed out, the Australians chased early wickets but de Kock and Bavuma batted South Africa into a position of strength with a century stand. The swashbuckling wicketkeeper, likened to Australian Test great Adam Gilchrist, was bowled by Hazlewood just before lunch for 104 off 143 balls with 17 boundaries. His stand of 144 with Bavuma was the highest by a visiting team in Hobart for the sixth wicket.

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