Test heads for an interesting finish in Adelaide

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Updated: Thursday, December 13, 2012, 16:22 [IST]
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Adelaide, Nov 24: The second Test between Australia and South Africa is headed for an interesting finish after the visitors fought back to reduce the hosts to 111/5 in second innings on third day on Saturday. Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey are at the crease.


After conceding a lead of 162, South Africa fought back with paceman Rory Kleinveldt taking three wickets.

Former captain Ricky Ponting fell cheaply again. He was bowled by Dale Steyn for 16. With runs drying up from his bat, Ponting's Test future looks uncertain.

Test heads for an interesting finish

With 273 runs in front, Australia hold slight edge but if South African can take the remaining wickets early tomorrow, they can fancy their chances of chasing a total less than 350.

Australia will be a bowler short in the second innings as James Pattinson pulled out of the attack in the South African first innings earlier due to side strain.

Earlier, South Africa were bowled out for 388 in 124.3 overs. Ben Hilfenhaus took three wickets while Peter Siddle and Nathan Lyon had two each. Michael Clarke and David Warner took one wicket apiece.

Debutant Faf du Plessis was the top scorer for the Proteas with 78. Jacques Kallis, who was injured during bowling, came out to bat at number nine and made 58.

The first Test in Brisbane ended in a draw.


Story first published:  Saturday, November 24, 2012, 15:14 [IST]
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