Rabada keeps Proteas in line for victory

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Day four of the first Test between Australia and South Africa belonged to the visitors, and the Aussies need 370 more runs to win, or defend their six remaining wickets.

The hosts reached stumps on 169 for four, with Usman Khawaja holding steady with a half century, after they were handed an improbable target of 539 to win.

The Proteas declared after lunch on 540 for eight, with Vernon Philander adding a handy half century to the already hefty over night score of 390 for six.

Philander and Quinton de Kock were nicely set overnight, and both advanced to half tons in the morning, batting at a brisk pace. Keshav Maharaj’s 41 off 34 balls was icing on the cake.

The Aussies, who realistically needed to survive five sessions for a draw, got off to a decent start as David Warner and Shaun Marsh put on 52 for the first wicket.

But a superb diving run out from Temba Bavuma was the highlight of the day as it removed Warner, who was trying to take a cheeky single to the famously adept fielder.

Shaun Marsh followed in the same over, to Kagiso Rabada, who was brilliant in the evening, ending the day with three wickets.

He also removed Steve Smith and Adam Voges, leaving Khawaja (58) and Mitchell Marsh (15) to see out the day and prevent a certain defeat.

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