De Villiers Scores Century As South Africa Take Control

Five-star man Kagiso Rabada celebrates one of his five wickets with teammates on the first day of the second Test at St George’s Park on Friday

He was South Africa's highest run-scorer in the series against India and now tops the charts in the series against Australia as well.

Australia made further inroads as Mitchell Marsh got rid of Faf du Plessis (9) and Theunis de Bruyn (1) cheaply while off-spinner Nathan Lyon bowled the left-handed Quinton de Kock (9) with a spinners dream delivery that pitched on middle and hit the top of off stump. He has also been his team's highest run-getter in five of those 10 innings.

Australia's fast bowlers, who had a heavy workload on the previous day, wilted under an assault in which De Villiers played strokes that were sometimes breathtaking. He remained not out in first innings of both Tests and was unfortunate to be run-out in the second innings of the first Test.

Amla and Dean Elgar didn't look particularly comfortable after lunch, when Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Mitch Marsh produced challenging reverse-swing with the old ball.

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De Villiers made a magnificent 126 not out and had good support from the tail as South Africa took a first innings lead of 139, scoring freely before they were all out for 382 shortly before the scheduled lunch break. While all his other team-mates struggled to score at a good clip, de Villiers collected runs easily, managing a strike rate of 86.30 while the rest of South Africa's top eight combined to score at 38.22.

However, Australia fought back gamely in the final session as they grabbed five wickets with the seamers starting to find reverse swing from the battered ball. AB de Villiers was at his best as he gave the Aussie a run for their money, even more, when wickets continue to fell at the other end. Aiden Markram is the next best at 84.23.

South Africa added 119 runs off 23.4 overs before a direct hit from Smith in the covers ran out last man Ngidi at the bowler´s end as the batsmen tried a risky second run to keep De Villiers on strike.

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