South Africa hit back after their opening day punishment by
rattling through Australia's last five wickets for 68 runs to
dismiss the hosts for 550, before surviving a nervous four
overs to be 3-0 at lunch on day two of the second test.
Paceman Morne Morkel starred with three wickets in the
morning session to finish with 5-146, claiming the key wicket
of Australia captain Michael Clarke for 230.
However, James Pattinson and Nathan Lyon frustrated the
tourists with a feisty last-wicket stand of 46 before the
former was out for a quick-fire 42, nicking an edge to South
Africa captain Graeme Smith to bring the innings to a close.
Alviro Petersen was on three, with fellow opener Smith yet to
Clarke and wicketkeeper-batsman Matt Wade resumed today with
the score at 482-5, but were soon on the back foot with
Morkel steaming in and bowling a fuller length in rising heat
at Adelaide Oval.
Clarke struck his 40th boundary but added only six runs to
his overnight total before being bowled by Morkel, the
Australia captain then leaving the ground to a standing
Peter Siddle flicked a boundary off his pads to raise
Australia's total past 500, but the lanky Morkel had Wade
caught behind by AB de Villiers for six with a fuller
Rory Kleinveldt grabbed his first wicket when he had paceman
Siddle nick to Smith in the slips, but had a nervous wait as
the decision was referred to a lengthy no-ball review.
Morkel celebrated his fifth wicket when Ben Hilfenhaus
attempted a hook that ended with a thick edge to Rory
Kleinveldt at deep backward square leg.
South Africa's bowling stocks were decimated on Thursday,
with paceman Vernon Philander a late withdrawal with a back
injury and all-rounder Jacques Kallis suffering a hamstring
Kallis has been ruled out of bowling for the remainder of the
test, but will still bat in a small boost for the tourists.
Legspinner Imran Tahir's struggles continued on Friday, as he
finished wicketless for 180.