South Africa vs. Australia, 2nd Test, Day 3: Video Highlights, Scorecard, Report

Will Tidey@willtideySenior Manager, GlobalFebruary 22, 2014

PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA - FEBRUARY 22:  Morne Morkel of South Africa celebrates a wicket during day three of the Second Test match between South Africa and Australia at AXXESS St George's Cricket Stadium on February 22, 2014 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.  (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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South Africa's hold on the second Test against Australia grew stronger on Day 3, with the home side building a dominant lead at Port Elizabeth.

Australia resumed their first innings on Saturday at 112-4, with David Warner starting the day unbeaten on 65, but the tourists were dismissed for 246 after lunch in reply to South Africa's total of 423.

It was enough to avoid the follow-on, but by the end of the day, South Africa had raced to 192-4 in their second innings, which meant for a lead of 369 with six wickets remaining.

Australia's first innings still held hope with Warner at the crease, but he added just five runs to his overnight score before being dismissed by Vernon Philander for 70.

Steven Smith fell one run short of his half-century, with Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris weighing in with scores in the 20s to see Australia past the follow-on mark.

Philander and Morne Morkel were the stars of the South Africa attack, taking 3-68 and 3-63, respectively.

Australia 1st innings
Rogers lbw b Philander 5 16 12
Warner c Smith b Philander 70 142 78
Doolan c AB de Villiers b Parnell 8 25 15
S Marsh c AB de Villiers b Parnell 0 2
Clarke c Elgar b Philander 19 38 28
Lyon b M Morkel 15 59 43
Smith c AB de Villiers b M Morkel 49 101 72
Haddin b Steyn 9 52 25
Johnson b Duminy 27 37 23
Harris c du Plessis b M Morkel 26 40 26
Siddle not out 11 33 19
Extras 0nb 1w 4b 4lb 9
TOTALALL OUT246(57 overs)
Steyn 13.0 3 55 1
Philander 13.0 0 68 3
Morkel 17.0 0 63 3
Parnell 8.3 2 31 2
Elgar 0.3 0 1 0
Duminy 5.0 0 24 1

South Africa lost both openers early in the second innings to give Australia hope. Graeme Smith and Dean Elgar were gone before the home side had reached 50, but Hashim Amla came to the crease in a hungry mood.

The No. 3 raced to 93 not out from 126 balls, striking 12 fours in an aggressive knock that was exactly what South Africa needed.

Despite losing two more wickets before stumps—with Johnson and Peter Siddle sharing four wickets between them—South Africa ended the day on 192-4 and with a fine platform to attack from on Sunday.

South Africa 2nd innings
Smith b Johnson 14 18
Elgar c Haddin b Siddle 16 53
Amla not out 93 197
du Plessis c Haddin b Siddle 24 62
AB de Villiers c Haddin b Johnson 29 47
de Kock not out 9 46
Extras 0nb 0w 2b 5lb 7Extras
Total192-4(47 overs)
Johnson 12.0 0 48 2
Harris 10.0 1 53 0
Lyon 12.0 2 31 0
Siddle 13.0 2 53 2

Only twice before have Australia chased down a total of 369 or higher—as per Cricinfo—and it seems the very best they can hope for is a draw now.

To achieve that they'll need to put up a far better batting performance than the one mounted in their first innings at Port Elizabeth.