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Snapshot for day 2 of first Test

AAP logoAAP 4/11/2016 By Justin Chadwick


Score: South Africa 242 and 2-104 Australia 244

Man of the moment: Vernon Philander. With Dale Steyn succumbing to a serious shoulder injury and with Australia cruising at 1-158, South Africa's victory hopes appeared dead and buried. But Philander revived the Proteas with an inspired four-wicket haul that included the scalps of Shaun and Mitch Marsh.

Key moment: Warner's downfall. Australia were in cruise control while their explosive opener was at the crease. But his dismissal sparked a collapse of 10-56 that has thrown the match wide open. Dale Steyn was the man to take the wicket - his last meaningful act before being cut down by a shoulder injury.

Stat of the day: 23.07 - Mitch Marsh's Test batting average took a further dive after falling for an eight-ball duck on Friday.

Summary: Dale Steyn's injury aside, this was a dream day for South Africa. Australia appeared set to build a big lead after cruising to 0-158. But the dismissal of David Warner for 97 changed the entire complexion of the match. The Proteas are right in the hunt for victory, but they'll want to build a lead of more than 300 to give themselves the best possible chance.

Quote of the day: "It's an extremely rare injury. Amongst cricketers, there's only one other documented case of such a boney stress reaction." - South Africa team doctor Mohammed Moosajee talks about Dale Steyn's shoulder injury.

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