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Australia’s Mitchell Starc, David Warner leave South Africa reeling on Day 1

Fast bowler Mitchell Starc returned in style as Australia dismissed South Africa for 242 on day one of the first Test in Perth on Thursday.

cricket Updated: Nov 03, 2016 16:14 IST
Mitchell Starc,David Warner,Josh Hazlewood
Australia's Mitchell Starc talks with teammate Peter Siddle after dismissing South Africa's Dale Steyn.(REUTERS)

Led by swing bowler Mitchell Starc, Australia dismissed South Africa for 242 and took control of the first test at the WACA on Thursday.

In reply, Australia got 105 for no loss with openers David Warner and Shaun Marsh unbeaten on 73 and 29 runs, respectively. Warner raced to his 50 off only 39 balls, punishing the South African new ball attack for a six and 10 boundaries.

Mitchell Starc grabbed 4-71 and Josh Hazlewood 3-73 as South Africa struggled all day after winning the toss and batting first.

Australia's David Warner hits a six from the bowling of South Africa's Dale Steyn. (REUTERS)

Half centuries by Temba Bavuma (51) and Quinton de Kock (84) saved face for the tourists after the innings had nose-dived to 32-4, and then 81-5 soon after the lunch break.

The pair batted defiantly against the Australian quicks in a 71-run sixth wicket partnership before Bavuma fell to a brilliant catch at the wicket.

De Kock was the mainstay of the South African innings and was finally dismissed when he mistimed a pull to give Hazlewood his third wicket. He batted for 2½ hours and hit a six and 11 fours off 101 balls.

First Published: Nov 03, 2016 16:14 IST