The Proteas will look to chip away in the morning session on day four, with Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja fighting for their side’s survival.
The Australians will go into day four on 121-2, trailing the South Africans by 120 runs, after a Quinton de Kock century and a compact 74 from Temba Bavuma got their side to 326 all out.
With rain not expected to trouble the Bellerive Oval quite like it did on day two, and to a certain extent day three, it will be up to the Aussie top order to get past the Proteas’ lead and give them something to chase down.
A lot will depend on Khawaja and Smith. Khawaja has looked in good touch and will go into Tuesday on 56 not out, following up from a very decent 97 in Perth. This is also an excellent opportunity for Smith to prove his worth as a leader and set the example with an influential innings. He’s on 18 not out, and with the rest of the batting order battling for form, these two will need to step up.
Vernon Philander and Kyle Abbott put ins tireless shifts on Monday, but they will be looking for greater discipline with their line and lengths. Abbott was somewhat fortunate for his two wickets, but you have to ride your luck and just aim to pile on the pressure. Kagiso Rabada is fresh and has plenty of overs in him, and he will be looking to put his hand up and take the attack to the hosts.
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