Adelaide, Nov 25: Australia were in sight of victory in the second Test against South Africa after close of play on the fourth day at Adelaide Oval on Sunday.
Chasing 430 to win, South Africa ended the day at 77/4 in 50 overs.
At one stage they were 45/4 in 21 overs. However, AB de Villiers (12 not out, 101 balls) and Faf du Plessis (19, 74 balls) kept Australian bowlers at bay for 29 overs.
Nathan Lyon took two wickets while Ben Hilfenhaus and Peter Siddle had one piece to put the visitors in trouble in this big chase.
Hilfenhaus removed captain Graeme Smith for a duck in the first over. Smith had made a century in the first innings.
Lyon dismissed Hashim Amla (17) and Jacques Rudolph (3). Alviro Petersen was the fourth man out for 24, bowled by Siddle.
Earlier, Michael Hussey topscored with 54 as Australia declared at 267/8 in 70 overs in their second essay. Morne Morkel and Rory Kleinveldt had three wickets each while Dale Steyn took two.