Bowlers claw their way back for Proteas

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Updated: November 24, 2012

South Africa got themselves back in the Test, in a 2 hour blitz of superb hostile bowling, ripping through the Australian top order. The Aussies finished on 111-5 at stumps on day 3, however still with a decent lead of 273, and very much ahead of the game.

It was a riveting day of Test match cricket as first South Africa suffered a middle order collapse, until debutant Faf du Plessis with 78 and an injured Jacques Kallis with 58 took the visitors to 388 with a superb 93 run partnership, still 162 adrift of the Australian first innings.

The Aussie openers got off to a blistering start in their second time out, racing to 77 in 16 overs but a Kleinveldt ripped through David Warner, Rob Quiney and Ed Cowan, before Dale Steyn dismissed Ricky Ponting and Morne Morkel struck, getting rid of nightwatchman Peter Siddle, having him caught behind with just two overs remaining in the day’s play.

Clarke and Michael Hussey held on until stumps, but the surge of wickets in the final session has surely set up a very interesting final two days.

Whatever the runchase is for South Africa, the reality is as it stands it is the biggest run chase in 110 years at Adelaide.

Australia 550 and 5 for 111 (Warner 41, Kleinveldt 3-14) lead South Africa 388 (Smith 122, du Plessis 78, Kallis 58, Hilfenhaus 3-49) by 273 runs