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Aus vs SA: Proteas take control as Ponting fails to fire in first innings
Dailybhaskar.com | Dec 01, 2012, 14:24PM IST
Perth: Dale Steyn demolished the Aussies batting lineup as the visitors took command of the Test match on the second day at Western Australia Cricket Association (WACA) Ground on Saturday.
Ricky Ponting, playing his last Test match was left his fans disappointed as the right-handed veteran batsman was sent back to pavilion by Vernon Philander at the score of mere seven runs. Ponting was LBW as he failed to judge the ball.
The world's top-ranked bowler Dale Steyn was the pick of the day, who demolished the Australian batting lineup with a four wicket haul.
Resuming their innings on Day two from their previous day's 33/2 score, Australia suffered first jolt as David Warner was caught behind for 13 on a delivery from Steyn. Australia's nightwatchman Nathan Lyon became the third victim of Steyn, when he was caught out by Du Plessis at the score of seven.
Matthew Wade and John Hastings tried to save the day for the hosts with their crucial partnership but Wade's 68 runs brilliant innings was brought to an end by Robin Peterson.
Wade was soon followed by Mitchell Johnson, who became second victim of Petersen at the score of seven runs.
Australia lost their last wicket as Hastings, who was caught and bowled out by Petersen at the score of 32 runs.
Trailed by 62 runs in the first innings, South Africa had bumpy start as they lost Alviro Petersen at the score of 28 runs. He was dismissed by Mitchell Johnson at the score of 23 runs.
However, Amla and Smith got together to take South Africa in the commanding position with their half centuries in the last session of the game as the Proteas maintained a lead of over 150 runs in the second innings with nine wickets in hand.