Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram put on 27 for South Africa's first wicket and were looking reasonably comfortable until Australian captain Steve Smith brought Lyon into the attack in the eighth over. He had almost immediate success, catching Elgar off his own bowling with his second delivery. Three balls later he had Hashim Amla caught off bat and pad at short leg. Markram (32) fended a short ball from Pat Cummins to give Cameron Bancroft a second catch at short leg to leave South Africa reeling at 55 for three at tea.
BOWLED HIM. That's five wickets for Mitchell Starc (5/34). South Africa are all out for 162 & trail by 189 runs, De Villiers 71*. Umpires have also called stumps.#SAvAUS #SunfoilTest pic.twitter.com/KtO4MyA411— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) March 2, 2018
De Villiers and captain Faf du Plessis batted confidently after tea, scoring freely off Lyon so that the spinner was taken off after a spell of two for 36 in ten overs. He was replaced by the Starc, who struck twice with reverse swing, having both Du Plessis and Theunis de Bruyn caught behind off balls which moved away from them. Brought back into the attack, Lyon ended a promising sixth-wicket stand of 42 between De Villiers and Quinton de Kock, bowling De Kock for 20.
SA have never won a series at home against Australia since their readmission in Test Cricket. Thats a staggering stat and they have been bowled out for 162 conceding a 189 run lead. Brilliant Starc #SAvAUS— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) March 2, 2018
Almost from the start of his innings, De Villiers looked in a different class to his teammates, timing the ball superbly despite the slow pitch. He reached his fifty off 81 balls with nine fours. Mitchell Marsh, who had made centuries in two of his previous Tests, both against England, looked set for another until he drove Vernon Philander to mid-on, where Morne Morkel, South Africa's tallest fielder, leapt to take the catch. Marsh batted cautiously to be on 60 not out off 147 balls at lunch, seeing off the second new ball, before adding another 36 runs off only 26 balls after the interval. He hit 13 fours and a six. Starc hit 35 off 25 balls to provide a momentum shift for Australia before being bowled by Maharaj in the last over before lunch.
Thanks to 5/34 from Mitchell Starc, South Africa have been bowled out for 162 and at the close of play on day two they trail by 189 runs. #SAvAUS— ICC (@ICC) March 2, 2018
Scorecard: https://t.co/VjXpm8SmSG pic.twitter.com/0OS6QLpwn8