Rabada rips through Australian batting

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After taking a first-innings lead of 139, South Africa reduced Australia to 180 for five at the close, a slender lead of 41 with only five wickets remaining.

But once De Villiers came to the wicket, he immediately started scoring all round the wicket, injecting urgency into the South African innings and putting the pressure back on the Australian bowlers.

Mitchell Marsh and Tim Paine are crucial to Australia's hopes, unbeaten on 39 and five respectively. "I was very motivated to prove to everyone that I can still play the game, even though I have been away for a while", he said.

Rabada was responsible, bowling a brilliant delivery that nipped back just enough to hit Warner's off stump, before he celebrated by screaming in the opener's face.

The tourists were victors in the last week's first test in Durban at the start of the four-match series.

Cameron Bancroft (24) once again did the hard work by seeing off the new ball before failing to capitalise, playing on off Lundi Ngigi (1-21 off 10 overs). Steve Smith has curiously looked out of touch in this series so far as Keshav Maharaj once again had his number on 11.

Khawaja and Mitch Marsh dug deep, though, producing a near chanceless stand of 87 runs as the former mixed his trademark elegance with resolute and compact defence.

But he did not see the day out, trapped lbw by a sharp Rabada delivery that swung the complexion of the Test.

Before this, The Australia vice-captain Warner has been noticed after his ugly dispute with De Kock in the first match of this series.

Cummins was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Hazlewood and Mitchell Marsh snapped up two wickets apiece.

When teammates were struggling to find anything but the edge of their bats, de Villiers responded with a stunning counterattacking half-century to wrest control back in the home side's favour.

Just when everyone thought that the duo would take the game away from Australia, Pat Cummins snaffled Philander on 36 to break the frustrating stand.

De Villiers, having steadied after a post-tea collapse of 4-28 on day two, batted sublimely to register his 22nd test century in 117 balls.

"He's been probably one of the outstanding bowlers of the series so far and with his pace and the way he strikes, I think his strike rate's one of the better ones in the world, it would be beneficial if we didn't have to face him", Saker said.

"I know he's a very, very relaxed laid-back guy".

De Villiers insisted he had never fallen out of love with the five-day format.

Maharaj replaced Philander at the crease and rode his luck at times to slog 30 from 24 deliveries as the South African tail continued to wag.

They stretched the lead past 100 and also stitched a partnership of 58 runs for the ninth wicket.

Rabada added a fifth wicket in the same spell as Australia were bowled out for 243 after winning the toss and batting on a green-tinged pitch on an overcast day at St George's Park.

Rabada has demerit points hanging over him and could miss the rest of the series if found guilty.

He finished 126 not out, lifting South Africa to a total of 382.

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