AB ton pummels Australia
AB de Villiers smashed 169 (184b, 4x21, 6x3) as South Africa racked up a total of 569 to set Australia a target of 632 to win the 3rd Test at Perth on Sunday.
South Africa began Day 3 on 230/2 with Hashim Amla on 99* and Kallis on 17*. Amla was already past his hundred when AB de Villiers joined him in the middle. At 287/3, SA had a lead of 349 already before Amla and de Villiers added another 149 run partnership for the fourth wicket.
Amla’s dismissal for 196 (221b, 4x21) served de Villiers a reminder to score quicker before SA declared. He had taken 98 deliveries to bring up his half century but he cut loose after that, taking only 33 deliveries more to reach his 100. The stretch from 89* to 101* was traversed in just three deliveries, each hit for a reverse swept boundary. It was AB's first fifty since March 2012 and his first hundred since January 2012, he had been under pressure over his poor batting since he took up wicketkeeping duties on the tour of England.
de Villiers was the 8th wicket to fall for SA but Smith did not declare, they were eventually bowled out for 569 in the third session of the day.
Set a target of 632 to win over the course of two whole days on the WACA pitch, Australia were 40/0 at Stumps on Day 3, trailing SA’s huge target by 592 runs.