Durban: Australian cricket team scored 225 runs at the loss of 5 wickets on Thursday, the first day of the first Test against South Africa on the Kingsmead Cricket ground on the fifth and penultimate day of David Warner (51) and captain Steve Smith (56). Due to poor light, 76 overs could be played only on the first day. Mitchell Marsh is unbeaten on 32 and Tim Penn scored 21 runs. Both of them added 48 runs for the sixth wicket.
Vernon Philander caught by Cameron Bancroft (5) in the hands of Quinton de Coch behind the wicket and gave South Africa the first blow of the day. After this, Usman Khawaja (14) and Warner added 24 runs that KwaZa was trapped in the hands of Quinton on the ball of Kagiso Rabada. After that Warner made a half-century partnership of 56 with Smith, which was broken by Philander.
This time Philander made his prey to Warner. Warner sat down with his catch AB de Villiers. He faced 79 balls and hit six fours. Smith then tried to handle the innings. They added 56 runs with Shaun Marsh (40). Here Keshav Maharaj jolted Australia. He dropped Smith’s wicket at the total of 151. Smith too was caught by Abraham DeWilliers He played 114 balls and hit 11 fours.
After this, Maharaj did not allow Marsh to last long. Maharaj dropped the fifth wicket in the match by dismissing Marsh at the hands of De Villiers. After this, Penn and Mitchell Marsh shared 48 runs for the sixth wicket and led the team to a score of 225, until the end of the day’s play.
In this innings Philander and Maharaj got two successes for South Africa, while Rabada took one wicket.