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South Africa vs. Australia, 3rd Test, Day 4: Video Highlights, Scorecard, Report

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 04: Mitchell Johnson of Australia gets the wicket of Graeme Smith during day 4 of the 3rd Test match between South Africa and Australia at Sahara Park Newlands on March 04, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Carl Fourie/Gallo Images)
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Lee WalkerUK Managing EditorDecember 24, 2016

Australia need six wickets on the final day of the third Test to claim a 2-1 series victory over South Africa.

The hosts ended Day 4 in Cape Town on 71-4 in their second innings, chasing a nominal 511 to win.

South Africa 2nd Innings: 71 for 4 (41 overs)
Runs Minutes Balls
Petersen lbw b Harris 9 11 11
Smith c Doolan b Johnson 3 18 3
Elgar b Johnson 0 17 13
Amla lbw b Pattinson 41 143 109
AB de Villiers not out 16 152 100
Abbott not out 1 17 11
Extras 1nb 0w 0b 0lb 1
Bowler OversMaidens Runs Wickets
Harris 85 10 1
Johnson 133 31 2
Pattinson 96 13 1
Lyon 53 3 0
Watson 32 1 0
Smith 30 13 0
BBC

Australia started the day at Newlands on 27-0, a lead of 234, and built a substantial advantage before declaring on 303-5.

The hosts' bid to save the game was quickly in disarray as they slumped to 15-3 at tea, with captain Graeme Smith departing for three in his final Test innings.

The 117-Test veteran, who announced his retirement from international cricket on Monday, popped up a catch to short leg off Mitchell Johnson.

Johnson then removed Dean Elgar for a duck after Ryan Harris had started the rout by trapping Alviro Petersen lbw for nine.

The visitors struck a late blow as Hashim Amla was trapped lbw by James Pattinson for 41 inside the final half hour of the day.

AB de Villiers stood defiant and will resume on 16. He must find support from the lower order if the world's top ranked side are to save the match and draw the three-match series.

Earlier, David Warner continued his outstanding form in this series by hitting his third century.

Australia 2nd Innings: 303 for 5 dec (58 overs)
Runs Minutes Balls
Rogers run out (Steyn) 39 90 67
Warner c AB de Villiers b Abbott 145 240 156
Doolan c Abbott b M Morkel 37 87 87
Watson c Duminy b Abbott 25 29 17
Clarke c Sub b Abbott 0 7 1
Smith not out 36 29 20
Haddin not out 3 5 3
Extras 3nb 0w 3b 12lb 18
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
M Morkel 131 67 1
Abbott 142 61 3
Philander 60 42 0
Duminy 193 76 0
Steyn 31 24 0
Elgar 30 18 0
BBC

The aggressive opener made 145 off just 156 balls, featuring 13 boundaries and four sixes, as the Baggy Greens scored at in excess of five runs per over to allow Michael Clarke to declare midway through the afternoon.

Clarke went without scoring, but Shane Watson (25) and Steve Smith (36 not out) made rapid cameos after more watchful efforts from Chris Rogers (39) and Alex Doolan (37).

A victory for Australia would see them climb into second place in the ICC Test rankings, but still below South Africa.

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