Cummins five-for leaves Bavuma stranded on 95

Tea South Africa 488 all out (Markram 152, Bavuma 95, Maharaj 45, Cummins 5-93) v Australia
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Temba Bavuma was stranded five runs short of a century as South Africa continued to dominate on the second day in Johannesburg. South Africa started the morning on 313 for 6 and Bavuma along with the lower order frustrated Australia, adding 175 for the last four wickets to be eventually dismissed for 488, the highest total in a Test innings at the Wanderers since 2003.

Pat Cummins finished the innings with two wickets in two balls, to end up with 5 for 83. Remarkably, it was just his second five-wicket haul in first-class cricket – and the other also came in Johannesburg on his Test debut in 2011.

Cummins ended the 76-run ninth-wicket stand between Bavuma and Keshav Maharaj when Maharaj was caught slashing for a career-best 45. Morne Morkel nicked a lifter off the next delivery to slip as the innings drew to a close.

Playing his final Test, Morkel was clearly annoyed with himself for failing to stick around long enough for Bavuma to reach his second Test ton hundred. He struck 13 boundaries and played all the shots: sweeping, reverse-sweeping, driving and cutting, and he showed his adventurous side by lofting Cummins over extra cover for a boundary on the bounce.

His fifty came up from his 120th delivery, before lunch, and for much of the day it seemed as though he would have enough support to make three figures. Maharaj played a typically aggressive innings and struck four fours and two sixes, having come to the crease after Vernon Philander holed out to deep midwicket off the bowling of Nathan Lyon for 12.

Bavuma and Quinton de Kock had started the day at the crease and put on 85 for the seventh wicket, moving the score along steadily for much of the morning. But on 39, de Kock tried to force one from Lyon through the leg side with a cross-bat stroke, checking his shot when the ball turned sharply, and skying a catch to mid-on.

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Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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