It all changed when Cummins came back into the attack in the 63rd over and with his fifth delivery induced a false shot from De Villiers, who drove him to mid-off after scoring 64. It was the start of a superb spell in which Cummins took four wickets for 12 runs in eight overs to finish the day with four for 64.
What a day of Test cricket, and what a fightback from Australia!— ICC (@ICC) March 22, 2018
South Africa were sitting pretty at 220/2 before Pat Cummins ripped through them.
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He reached his century off 178 balls with 16 fours and a six but opted to go back on the defensive as wickets fell around him. By the close he had faced another 75 balls after reaching his hundred and only added one more boundary. It was Elgar’s 11th Test century and his second against Australia. On 61 he reached 3,000 runs in Tests. "It (the pitch) was by no means flat, although it might have looked that way when AB was batting. The older ball was reversing and it was tough out there, especially for a new batter.” That said, Elgar admitted that at tea he had been thinking South Africa were on target to score 380 or 400.
What a spell from Pat Cummins, game-changing!— ICC (@ICC) March 22, 2018
South Africa were 220/2. Now they are 238/5, and he's taken all three.
Do Australia have the upper hand now?
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