South Africa vs Australia, 1st Test, Day 5 at Durban: Live Cricket Streaming available on SonyLIV from 1.30 PM today

first_imgAustralia will play South Africa and Sony Ten Network have the rights.You can watch Live Streaming of the 1st Test between South Africa and Australia in Durban on SonyLIV from 1.30 PM today.As for TV the match will shown live on Sony Ten 1, Sony Ten 1 HD and Sony Ten 3, Sony Ten 3 HD, in both English and Hindi.Day 4 ReportMitchell Starc ripped apart the South African batting after Aiden Markram and Quinton De Kock provided a stern resistance on Day 4 of the first Test in Durban.Starc in the 80th over of the match picked up three wickets after Mitch Marsh removed the solid Markram to dent the home side’s smooth progress till the end of day’s play.Markram and De Kock stitched together an stand of 147 runs for the sixth wicket but it was all Australia after that and South Africa finihsed Day 4 on 293/9, needing 124 runs more to win on the last day of the match to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series.Starc removed Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj and Kagiso Rabada in the same over to break the home side’s hopes of winning the Test. But, it was Smith’s brilliant decison and a sharp Tim Paine catch that broke the solid stand between Markram and De Kock in the 76th over of the home side’s second innings and turned the tide in the visitors’ favour.However, De Kock and Morkel watched South Africa to stumps after the umpires asked Smith to stop bowling pacers due to bad light.advertisementTo begin the day, Australia elected to bat on at the start of Sunday’s play after being 213/9 overnight and added 14 runs in 18 balls before Keshav Maharaj bowled Pat Cummins to finish with figures of 4/102.Maharaj took nine wickets for the match in a rare high point for the home team.With another four sessions left on a deteriorating wicket, Australia are just five wickets away from keeping up their remarkable run of success in South Africa where they have won 28 times in 51 past Tests.South Africa lost their first wicket in reply with 29 runs on the board when Dean Elgar played away from his body to a rising delivery from Mitchell Starc and steered it into the gloves of Tim Paine to depart for nine.Hashim Amla’s arrival at the crease brought about an immediate bowling change as Australia brought on Josh Hazlewood, who had dismissed the batsman five times in the last series between the two sides in Australia in November 2016.Hazlewood quickly took another wicket as he trapped Amla leg before for eight.AB de Villiers then returned to the pavilion after facing just one ball and without troubling the scorers.He tried to run a quick single but was sent back by Markram and then found himself short of his crease as fielder David Warner threw the ball at the bowler’s end where Nathan Lyon whipped off the bails.Home hopes were then handed another hammer blow when captain Faf du Plessis was clean bowled by Cummins, adding just four runs, and leaving South Africa reeling at 49/4.Markram and Theunis de Bruyn were positive against the Australian bowling after lunch in an 87-run partnership for the fifth wicket that was filled with as many flourishing strokes as it was with chances for the visitors to snag a wicket.That came when De Bruyn (36) nicked one from Hazlewood behind to Paine.But the incoming De Kock saw off his bad form and hung in there with the steady Markram and took South Africa to tea with the score at 167/5 at tea. Markram was 85 not out, along with De Kock on 21, with South Africa needing another 250 runs to win the opening Test.But after that, it has been South Africa through and through. The duo attacked the bad balls and defended the good ones and slowly and steadily kept the scorecard ticking.Markram finally brought up his third Test ton in the 62nd over with a single and then it was De Kock’s turn to hit his 12th fifty in white ball cricket.The duo hang on and it was getting increasingly difficult for the visitors to get back into the game until Mitch Marsh struck and removed Markram for a 218-ball 143 just four overs before the second new-ball was due. It was more of a lapse in concentration on the left-handers part and a brilliant decision by Smith than anything else. Seeing Markram stepping out to junior Marsh, he asked keeper Paine to stand up to the stumps and what a move it turned out to be. Markram looked to run the ball down to third man but ended up guiding it straight into Paine’s gloves. It was a big deflection and Paine did really well to hold onto it.advertisementIncoming Vernon Philander did hold his own but it was always going to be difficult towards the end of the day. Starc came out all guns blazing and took three wickets in the 80th over to push them to 290/9 from 290/6.De Kock could only watch from other end as a spell of four overs completely turned the match around on it’s head. But due to bad light, the umpires asked Smith to bring spinners on and he had no option but to fall back to Lyon and himself.De Kock and Morkel saw the last 10 overs through but the feeling of a lost battle was there as they walked off the field at the end of day’s play.With only one wicket to fall and a deadly Starc waiting, only a miracle can save South Africa from going down 1-0 in the four-match series on the last day.last_img

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