Mitchell Johnson put Australia firmly on top after Day 2 of the first Test against South Africa at Centurion.
Ashes man-of-the-series Johnson ripped apart from the Proteas top order, taking 4-51 as the hosts finished on 140-6 in reply to Australia's first innings total of 397. Rain stopped play late in the day.
|Smith||c S Marsh||b Johnson||10||8||8|
|Petersen||c Haddin||b Johnson||2||24||12|
|du Plessis||c Clarke||b Johnson||3||9||5|
|AB de Villiers||not out||52||160||94|
|Duminy||c Johnson||b Lyon||25||74||48|
|Extras||0nb 1w 10b 2lb||13|
The left-arm seamer Johnson took three wickets in his first four overs with only AB de Villiers providing any resistance with an unbeaten 52 from 94 balls. As per Cricinfo, it was the 11th Test match in a row that De Villiers has passed the half-century mark.
Home skipper Graeme Smith was undone by a short ball and went for 11 before Alviro Petersen got a fine knick to Brad Haddin behind the stumps for two.
Faf du Plessis gloved to Michael Clarke at second slip before Peter Siddle got in on the act to rap Hashim Amla lbw for 17 and leave South Africa reeling at 43/4.
Most wickets for Aus after 57 Tests 305 D Lillee 263 G McGrath 260 S Warne 245* M JOHNSON 239 G McKenzie 230 C McDermott #SAvAus— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) February 13, 2014
It was tough to get Johnson out of the game as he took a fantastic catch, running back from mid-off, off Nathan Lyon to remove JP Duminy 25 before he pegged back Ryan McLaren's off-stump.
Earlier in the day, Australia lost their final six wickets for 100 runs.
|Rogers||c Duminy||b M Morkel||4||37||19|
|Doolan||c Peterson||b McLaren||27||86||51|
|S Marsh||c Smith||b Philander||148||424||288|
|Clarke||c Philander||b Steyn||23||43||45|
|Smith||c Petersen||b McLaren||100||287||213|
|Extras||2nb 11w 4b 8lb||25|
Resuming on 297/4, Steve Smith brought up his fourth Test century with a single off Peterson.
However he did not add to his score as he edged McLaren to Petersen at second slip after a 213-ball innings that featured 13 fours.
Most Test 100s before 25 yrs for Aust Bradman 13 Harvey 11 Walters 8 Slater/Ponting 6 O'Neill/GChappell/Wood/Border 5 STEVE SMITH 4 #SAvAus— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) February 13, 2014
That ended a 233-run partnership for the fifth wicket with fellow centurion Shaun Marsh and Haddin went for a third-ball duck, trapped lbw attempting to sweep slow left-armer Peterson.
Marsh then nicked Vernon Philander to Smith at first slip after making 148 before Peterson bowled Johnson after a bright and breezy 33.
Dale Steyn cleaned up the tail to finish with 4-78 as the Baggy Greens fell short of 400.
That total may have been a slight disappointment, but Australian spirits will certainly have been lifted by their successes in the field. South Africa will begin Day 3 with trailing by 257 runs, with just four wickets remaining.
In light of Thursday's slightly early finish, play will start three minutes before scheduled time on Friday.