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De Villiers bats South Africa into lead

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fought back on the second day of the second Test but could not stop taking into a slender first innings lead at St George's Park.

were 263 for seven at the close, a lead of 20 runs after were bowled out for 243 in their first innings.

There was a flurry of wickets after tea but De Villiers counter-attacked to hit 74 not out off 81 balls with easily the most aggressive batting of an otherwise slow day.

South Africa's quest for a series-levelling win was given added impetus by a pending disciplinary hearing which could result in fast bowler being banned for the remaining two Tests after his shoulder made contact with Australian on Friday.

were able to take only one wicket before tea, that of nightwatchman Rabada, as and ground out half-centuries.

But the scoring was painfully slow and Australia were right back in the game when both batsmen were dismissed in the first two overs after tea, followed by two more batsmen being dismissed cheaply.

The Australian bowlers made effective use of reverse swing, firstly to restrict the scoring and then as a weapon in all four wickets.

Amla was bowled by a fast, reverse swinging yorker from for 56 four balls after tea and Elgar was caught behind off for 57 in the next over. Like Amla, Elgar fell to a full delivery which swung late.

Medium-pacer trapped South African du Plessis and Theunis de Bruyn leg before wicket, again with full, swinging deliveries.

De Villiers and put on 44 for the seventh wicket before De Kock was bowled by off-spinner with a ball which spun sharply past the outside edge of his bat.

While other batsmen had struggled to gain any momentum to the South African innings, De Villiers looked at ease and played strokes to all parts of the ground in reaching a half-century off 62 balls with ten fours. By the close he had faced 81 balls and hit 14 boundaries.

Australia delayed taking the second new ball until the 90th over but De Villiers and survived until the close.

Only 43 runs were scored in 26 overs between lunch and tea after a slightly less pedestrian morning during which 71 runs were scored in 28 overs.

Opening batsman Elgar, renowned for his gritty defensive qualities, was even slower than usual, taking 164 balls to reach his fifty. He was out for 57 after facing 197 deliveries and hitting six fours.

His only boundary during the afternoon came from an edge against to raise his half-century.

Amla, normally more fluent, took 122 balls to reach fifty and went on to make 56 off 148 deliveries with six fours.

Amla was twice given out leg before wicket, on seven against and on 40 against Hazlewood, but survived on review on both occasions.

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First Published: Sat, March 10 2018. 22:10 IST