AUS vs SA: Labushen-Khawaja got Australia off to a strong start with half-centuries, bad weather spoiled the game


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The third Test is being played between Australia and South Africa in Sydney.
Australia scored 147 runs losing 2 wickets on the first day affected by rain

Sydney. Half-centuries from Marnus Labuschagne and Usman Khawaja helped Australia score 147 for two on the first day of the inclement weather-affected third and final cricket Test here on Wednesday. Labushen (79) and Khawaja (54 not out) shared a 135-run partnership for the second wicket. Australia lost the wicket of Labushen on the last ball of the day, who was caught by wicketkeeper Kyle Verrain off Enrich Norkia (2 for 26). Handed over On the first day, more than three hours of play fell victim to bad weather.

On resumption in the third session, only four overs could be bowled and during this time Norkia got Labushen caught by the wicketkeeper. The umpires then called off play due to bad light and rain, which could not be resumed.

Two close decisions in the second session, however, went against South Africa. Khawaja was adjudged leg before by the on-field umpire on Simon Harmer’s second ball after lunch, but on taking DRS, it was found that the ball had hit the pads after touching the gloves. The on-field umpire had to change his decision after this. Labushen was also lucky when Harmer caught him in the first slip off Marco Jansen. The Australian batsman, however, stood at the crease and the TV umpire, after watching replays for a long time, decided that the ball had touched the ground before reaching the slip fielder.

Labushen had earlier completed his 14th Test century in 98 balls with fours on Kagiso Rabada. During this innings, Khawaja completed four thousand Test runs in 56 matches and then scored a half-century in 113 balls. The game had to be stopped due to bad light after the drinks break in the second session. There is a possibility of heavy rain during the last session, due to which the match may be delayed further.

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Earlier, Australia won the toss and decided to bat first in an attempt to clean sweep 3-0 and almost assure a place in the World Test Championship final but Norkia dismissed David Warner (10) in the fourth over of the innings, who slipped. I handed over the catch to Jenson. Khawaja and Labushen then took the team’s score to 68 for one wicket till lunch.

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