Thursday, 19 March 2009 20:22

South Africa on top after first day

Written by Paul Bedford
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South Africa's new opening pair of Ashwell Prince (37) and Imraan Khan (15) both ended the day unbeaten and ensured that South Africa have a good chance of building a substantial first innings lead in the third test against Australia being played at Newlands in Cape Town. Earlier in the day Australia, after winning the toss and electing to bat, were bowled out for 209.

Australia's openers, Phillip Hughes and Simon Katich, negotiated a difficult opening session, scoring just 29 runs in the first hour. Hughes was the first to go when Paul Harris had him in his first over. Captain Ricky Ponting was out for a duck when he drove at an away swinger from debutant Albie Morkel and only succeeded in getting a thin edge to Mark Boucher.

Dale Steyn got two quik wickets just after lunch sending Michael Hussey and Michael Clarke back to the dressing room in successive overs. Katich was joined at the wicket by Brad Haddin and the pair brought some stability to the Australian innings befre Harris took his second wicket when Katich top edged a sweep to Khan at point.

Harris struck again just after tea trapping Haddin in front. Andrew McDonald then added 32 with Mitchell Hohnson before Ntini removed him. The tail was quickly wrwpped up by Steyn and Australia were all out for 209.

Imraan Khan showed a few nerves on his batting debut but Ashwell Prince plaed with supreme confidence as the duo took South Africa through to 57 at the close.

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