What can Bavuma do in 0.264 seconds?

David Warner thought he had beaten Temba Bavuma’s throw but replays showed that wasn’t the case © Cricket Australia/Getty Images

What can you do in 0.264 seconds? Type one word? Shrug your shoulders? Blink? If you’re Temba Bavuma you can react to a push from David Warner’s bat and pull off a piece of fielding that could be match-defining.

Bavuma was at point when Warner nudged Kagiso Rabada to point off the back foot and set off for a single, off the second ball of the 13th over. The previous ball, Warner had survived a chance when he edged to third slip but the ball flew over Dean Elgar.

Bavuma was in motion as the ball was hit, swooped in and turned his body to the right, to cut down the angle. In one motion, he released the ball while still airborne, as his cap and sunglasses slipped off. His aim was perfect and he found the base of middle stump.

Warner’s initial reaction was that he had beaten the throw but replays showed the opposite. He was a fraction away from the crease and was run-out for 35 to give South Africa their first breakthrough.

On the last ball of the over, they got a second wicket when Shaun Marsh poked at a good-length delivery that held its line and gifted Faf du Plessis a stomach-high catch at second slip. Australia were 48 without loss at the start of that Rabada over and 2 for 52 at the end of it. All Dale Steyn’s talk about cutting off the head of the snake seemed to be playing out.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s South Africa correspondent

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Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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