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Amla, de Villiers tons give SAfrica a 529-run lead

 South Africa's Hashim Amla celebrates after hitting a century on day three of the third cricket test match against Australia in Perth, Australia, Sun...
 South Africa's Hashim Amla, right, and AB de Villiers run between the wicket on day three of the third cricket test match against Australia in Perth,...

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South Africa's Hashim Amla celebrates after hitting a century on day three of the third cricket test match against Australia in Perth, Australia, Sun...

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South Africa's Hashim Amla, right, and AB de Villiers run between the wicket on day three of the third cricket test match against Australia in Perth,...

Hashim Amla and A.B. de Villiers posted centuries in quick time Sunday as South Africa tried to bat Australia out of contention in the third cricket test, moving to 467-5 at tea on day three for a 529-run overall lead.
Amla batted for almost six hours and stroked 20 boundaries in his 196. He shared stands of 178 with Graeme Smith (84), 81 with Jacques Kallis (37) and 149 with de Villiers until his 221-ball innings ended with a return catch to Mitchell Johnson when he was potentially within one shot of a double hundred.
De Villiers reached his 14th test hundred with reverse sweeps for boundaries on three consecutive balls from offspinner Nathan Lyon. He was unbeaten on 116 at the interval, midway through the match.
Amla resumed on 99 with South Africa at 230-2 on Sunday and reached his 18th test hundred in the first over. He treated the inexperienced bowling attack almost with disdain at times by walking across his off stump and flicking the ball onto the legside, scoring at ease for most of his knock.
He dominated the partnership with Kallis, who top-edged an attempted hook off Mitchell Starc and was caught by Johnson to give Australia its only wicket of the morning session.
The Australian attack, missing all three pacemen who played in the first two drawn tests, had only picked up one wicket in 3 1/2 hours before Johnson's double breakthrough in one over to remove Amla and Dean Elgar as the South African slipped from 3-436 to 5-436.
Johnson took his second caught-and-bowled dismissal of the innings, this time with a reflex, right-handed grab to dismiss Amla on the first ball of the 89th over of the innings. Then, after hitting Elgar on the elbow and shoulder with some short-pitch balls, he trapped the rookie South African lbw to give him a pair of ducks on debut.
There was no reprieve for Australia, with No. 7 Faf du Plessis going to the crease after a run of three half centuries, including his unbeaten 110 on the last day at Adelaide on Monday to save a draw for South Africa in the second test. Johnson, playing his first test in a year, had figured of 3-77 from 19 overs. Fellow left-armer Mitch Starc had 2-141 from 24 overs.
After 20 wickets tumbled in the first five sessions, South Africa's batsmen seized control of the match in the evening session on Saturday when they added 206 runs in 32 overs and continued almost untroubled until tea on the third day.
South Africa seems to be on course to secure the draw or win it needs in this final test to retain the No. 1 ranking and finish the 2012 with an unbeaten run in 10 tests.
The record successful fourth-innings chase at the WACA ground was South Africa's 414-4 in four sessions against Australia in 2008, which is only four runs short of the test record of 418-7 set by the West Indies to beat Australia at St. John's in 2003.


Updated : 2021-10-24 09:09 GMT+08:00