Innings South Africa 326 (De Kock 104, Bavuma 74, Hazlewood 6-89, Starc 3-79) lead Australia 85 by 241 runs
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‘De Kock’s consistency fabulous’
Josh Hazlewood completed the second six-wicket haul of his Test career, but South Africa continued to dominate the match on the third day in Hobart, where they were bowled out for 326. Quinton de Kock scored the second hundred of his Test career and Temba Bavuma made a patient half-century as South Africa extended their lead to 241 runs, leaving a huge challenge for Australia to first erase the deficit and then set a challenging target.
South Africa had gone to lunch on 6 for 288, and the remaining four wickets fell for 38 runs after the break as Hazlewood knocked over the tail and finished with 6 for 89. At length, Joe Mennie also picked up the first wicket of his Test career when his bounce surprised Bavuma, whose leading edge flew into the off side and was caught by Nathan Lyon.
But by then Bavuma had scored 74, and occupied the crease for 204 deliveries; Australia’s entire first innings was over in 197 balls. Bavuma’s 144-run sixth-wicket stand with de Kock added to Australia’s frustration on the third day, but at least once Bavuma departed the end came relatively quickly. Hazlewood had Keshav Maharaj bowled for 1, Kyle Abbott lbw for 3, and then finished the innings with Vernon Philander caught behind for 32.
After the entire second day was washed out, South Africa added a further 117 runs to their total in the first session on day three, for the loss only of de Kock’s wicket. And that took until the fourth-last over before lunch, when on 104 he played a tired-looking drive against Hazlewood and missed a ball that moved back in, and was bowled.
But already de Kock had done more than enough damage, his fifth consecutive Test innings of fifty or more placed him in elite company: only Hashim Amla, Alan Melville, Hansie Cronje and Jacques Kallis (three times) among South Africans had achieved that feat before. He brought up his century from his 139th delivery with a single worked through square leg.
Australia’s bowlers had created few chances in the session, although de Kock survived a stumping chance on 72 when Lyon turned one past the edge and Peter Nevill fumbled his take. And in the final over before the break, Bavuma drove uppishly against Mennie towards mid-on, where Callum Ferguson found himself wrong-footed and was late to the ball, which dropped just in front of him.
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Source: ESPN Crickinfo