Sunday, March 8, 2009

AUSTRALIA VS SOUTHAFRICA 2nd TEST:Hughes' ton puts Australia in command

Australian opening batsman Phil Hughes slammed his second successive century after losing his opening partner Simon Katich and skipper Ricky Ponting to press home their team's advantage on the third day of the second Test against South Africa at Kingsmead here on Sunday.Australia were 239 for two, an overall lead of 454. Hughes and Katich (30) put on 55 for the first wicket off 16 overs before Katich was caught at gully by Paul Harris off Jacques Kallis.Hughes and Australian captain Ricky Ponting (81) continued to bat aggressively as Australia, who lead the three-match series 1-0, pressed to set South Africa an impossible target before Ponting fell to M Morkel.It took Australia just three balls to take the last two South African wickets as the hosts were dismissed for 138 without adding a run to their overnight total.Peter Siddle had Dale Steyn caught behind off the second ball of the morning and trapped Makhaya Ntini leg before wicket with his next delivery. It left JP Duminy stranded on 73 not out.South African captain Graeme Smith, who suffered a broken bone in his right hand Saturday and had to retire hurt, did not resume his innings.Wicketkeeper Mark Boucher led the South Africans onto the field for the second innings.

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