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South Africa restrict Australia lead to two runs

South Africa staged a remarkable fightback in the absence of injured spearhead Dale Steyn, skittling Australia for 244 on day two to leave their first cricket test in the balance.

South Africa restrict Australia lead to two runs
Vernon Philander (3rd R) is embraced by teammates after dismissing Shaun Marsh

The hosts were well placed to take complete control of the match at 158-0 on Friday but capitulated to a point where tailender Peter Siddle did well to eke out a first-innings lead of two runs.

On a day of high drama, the hosts suffered a collapse of 36-6 after Steyn was sent to hospital with a shoulder injury that would force him to miss the rest of the three-test series.

The prospect of being a bowler down for the rest of the match failed to flatten the tourists on Friday; instead it fired them up. Debutant spinner Keshav Maharaj removed Steve Smith and Mitchell Starc for ducks, and Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada swung the ball at great pace.

Smith was judged lbw by umpire Aleem Dar despite charging almost 1.5 metres outside his crease.Smith, who failed to hide his disappointment and disbelief, reviewed the verdict immediately but without success. 

Steyn trudged off the field during his 13th over but kick-started the carnage with the dismissal of David Warner for 97.Usman Khawaja was clean bowled by a fantastic in-swinger from Rabada and Smith recorded the fourth duck of his test career.

Lunch was called when Shaun Marsh was trapped lbw by Philander. His brother Mitch lasted eight balls before being dismissed for a duck in near-identical fashion.Adam Voges (27) and Nevill (23) threatened to steady for Australia but couldn't go on with it, while Philander finished with figures of 4-56.

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