Australia takes late wickets, South Africa reach 214-5

Last Updated: Thu, Feb 20, 2014 16:27 hrs

PORT ELIZABETH: Australia showed patience on a sluggish pitch to take late wickets and re-establish control over South Africa on the first day of the second test on Thursday.

Spinners Nathan Lyon and Steve Smith removed Dean Elgar for 83 and Quinton de Kock cheaply on debut in the final session to leave the hosts 214-5 after the Aussie quicks had made early inroads on a typically slow surface at St. George's Park.

The strikes in the late afternoon ensured Australia was ahead at the end of the day after initially reducing South Africa to 11-2 and then having to absorb some pressure itself when Elgar shared a century stand with Faf du Plessis (55) and half-century partnership with AB de Villiers, who was 51 not out.

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