JP Duminy’s magnificent 141, combined with Dean Elgar’s 127 put South Africa in a dominant position at the end of the third day of the first Test against Australia in Perth. At stumps, South Africa had reached 390/6, a lead of 388 runs.
Duminy loves to play Australia in their own den. He has a strong affinity for the WACA ground in Perth as he made his Test debut at this very venue in 2008.
In that Test match, Duminy scored an unbeaten 50 as South Africa chased down 414, the second-highest chase in Test cricket to win the match. The left-hander would contribute even greatly in the second Test at Melbourne in which he smashed 166 and helped South Africa to their first-ever series win in Australia.
Eight years later, Duminy continued his love affair with Australia as he smashed his third century against Australia on the third day of the first Test at the WACA. With South Africa precariously placed at 45/2 on the second day, Duminy joined Dean Elgar and the pair strung a partnership that revived South Africa and slowly took the game away from Australia.
Duminy handled the Australian bowlers well on a surface that was offering a bit of pace and variable bounce. He handled Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Peter Siddle well and he notched up his century when he drove Mitchell Marsh to deep cover for a couple. This knock has put the game firmly in South Africa’s hands and it will take something special for Australia to pull things back.
After lunch, Elgar joined Duminy to notch up his fifth Test century. It was a wonderful moment for Elgar, who in 2012 had notched up a pair on debut at this very venue. In the process, he joined an elite list of players.
Most Test 100s after bagging a pair (0,0) on debut— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) November 5, 2016
20 - G Gooch
16 - M Atapattu
11 - Saeed Anwar
5 - Dean Elgar
3 - K Rutherford#AusvSA
However, in the final over just before Tea, Peter Siddle sent back Duminy for 141 after Australian skipper Steven Smith opted for the review. Replays showed that there was no mark on hot-spot but there was a big spike on Real-Time Snicko, thus overturning umpire Aleem Dar’s original not out decision.
After Tea, Elgar egded Hazlewood to gully to depart for 127. Following the dismissals of Elgar and Duminy, South Africa lost a couple of quick wickets before Vernon Philander and Quinton de Kock steadied the ship towards the end of the day to put South Africa in a dominant position.