South Africa vs Australia 2018: 1st Test, day 3 - 5 things we learnt from the day
After Australia had taken a massive 189-run lead in the first innings of the first Test match at Kingsmead in Durban, they extended their dominance on the third day as well. The visitors ended the day with 213 runs on the board with the loss of nine wickets. In the process, they extended their lead to 402 runs, and South Africa’s chances look minimal on the slow and sluggish wicket.
Here are the 5 talking points from Day 3, that ended with bad light stopping further play.
#5 Cameron Bancroft smashes a well-crafted half century
With David Warner coming to the party in the first innings, it was the other opener who came good in the second. Cameron Bancroft was in fine flow throughout his 83-ball stay at the crease, hardly tampering with the deliveries that needed to be left alone.
He was at ease against Keshav Maharaj, who had threatened the Aussie batsmen in the first innings, using his back-foot and his drives to full use against the spinner. He brought up his second Test fifty for Australia with a wonderful pull off a short ball off Morne Morkel and fell for 53 after Maharaj tossed a length ball that was turning away from the batsman.