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Australia claim big lead as Starc rips through S

Australia claim big lead as Starc rips through S

Starting off the day on 293/9, South Africa only managed to add five runs to their overnight score before Quinton de Kock was trapped lbw off the bowling of Josh Hazlewood for 83, which came off 149 balls and included 11 boundaries.

Finally Australia won 1st Test by 118 runs against South Africa at Durban.

In the video, Warner's anger is directed at de Kock, who is following the Australians up the steps. He got Vernon Philander out on the second delivery of that over and was on his hat trick after sending the ball crashing into the stumps of Keshav Maharaj and Kagiso Rabada off the fifth and sixth deliveries.

"It was a hard-fought Test", Steve Smith said. But, it was Smith's brilliant decison and a sharp Tim Paine catch that broke the solid stand between Markram and De Kock in the 76th over of the home side's second innings and turned the tide in the visitors' favour. By lunch, not a single batsman besides Markram had reached double-figures, but by tea Markram had found some allies, and South Africa had whittled the remaining target down to 250.

Markram had played the kind of innings South Africa needed from at least a couple of men if they were to have any hope of avoiding defeat.

Australia scored 351 in their first innings thanks largely to a fighting 96 from all-rounder Mitchell Marsh.




Aiden Markram led a stirring South African fightback but could not prevent Australia from closing in on victory on the fourth day of the first Test at Kingsmead on Sunday.

Paine snapped the 147-run stand between Markram and De Kock by holding one of the sharpest - and most important - catches of his career.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis conceded that the team lost its way after giving up a huge first-innings lead. It prompted David Warner to all but accuse AB de Villiers of ball tampering.

While doing their best to play down the incident, the teams disagreed on the level of Australia's on-field aggression during South Africa's second innings, though.

The duo hang on and it was getting increasingly hard for the visitors to get back into the game until Mitch Marsh struck and removed Markram for a 218-ball 143 just four overs before the second new-ball was due.

In purely cricketing terms, Australia's aggressive approach in the field worked, dominating South Africa through most of the match, with fast bowler Mitchell Starc finishing with nine wickets and the Aussie pace trio of Starc, Hazlewood and Pat Cummins making their mark early on in the series. Starc is still on a hat-trick, and Paine said the Australians would try to give him the chance to take the final wicket to end the match when the final day resumes. It worked well. I wouldn't say they were starting to get away from us, they were playing very well, but we knew we had a new ball around the corner and we know what our attack can do when we start to get it at the tail.