South Africa struggles on Day 3, 174/4 at lunch

Published: Monday, January 5, 2009, 9:17 [IST]
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South Africa 176/4 at lunch on Day 3

Sydney: Mitchell Johnson has helped Australia take control of the third Test against South Africa, grabbing three wickets early on day three against the injury-hit Proteas.

Australia reduced South Africa to 176-4 at lunch on third day of the Test. a lead of 269 runs.

South Africa, which has an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the series and would take the No. 1 Test ranking from Australia by completing a 3-0 sweep, lost three wickets for 51 runs in the morning session.

Mitchell Johnson had Jacques Kallis caught at slip and then ran out AB de Villiers with a direct hit. Allrounder Andrew McDonald trapped Hashim Amla leg-before-wicket for his first Test scalp.
Michael Clarke made 138 in Australia's first innings before South Africa, who lead the three-match series 2-0, reached 1-125 at stumps on Sunday.

Australia are desperate to claim a win in Sydney and retain Test cricket's top ranking.


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