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South Africa 65-1, leads Australia by 121 runs in 3rd test

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) – South Africa wrapped up Australia’s first innings for 255 and increased its lead to 121 by lunch on Day 3 of the third cricket test at Newlands on Saturday.

Kagiso Rabada took the one Australian wicket that South Africa needed, removing Josh Hazlewood with an edge to Hashim Amla at slip. Rabada finished with four wickets, as did fellow pace bowler Morne Morkel.

Tim Paine was 34 not out for Australia which had resumed on 245-9.

Aiden Markram of South Africa in action on the third day of the third cricket test between South Africa and Australia at Newlands Stadium, in Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday, March 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Halden Krog)

It gave South Africa a 56-run first-innings lead, which the home team took past 100 by reaching 65-1 in its second innings at the end of the first session.

Dean Elgar, who made 141 not out in the first innings, was the South African to fall, out for 14 to give Pat Cummins his fifth wicket of the match.

Aiden Markram was 36 not out and Amla 15 not out as South Africa endured a tough period under gray, gloomy skies in Cape Town.

Markram was dropped on 0 off the fourth ball of the innings, when Usman Khawaja spilled a catch at gully that could have really put the pressure on South Africa. Markram hit Mitchell Starc for four on the next delivery, the first of his five boundaries.

The four-match series is level at 1-1.

Dean Elgar of South Africa in action on the third day of the third cricket test between South Africa and Australia at Newlands Stadium, in Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday, March 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Halden Krog)

Dean Elgar of South Africa in action on the third day of the third cricket test between South Africa and Australia at Newlands Stadium, in Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday, March 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Halden Krog)

Dean Elgar of South Africa avoids high bowl on the third day of the third cricket test between South Africa and Australia at Newlands Stadium, in Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday, March 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Halden Krog)

Dean Elgar of South Africa avoids high bowl on the third day of the third cricket test between South Africa and Australia at Newlands Stadium, in Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday, March 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Halden Krog)

Josh Hazlewood of Australia in action on the third day of the third cricket test between South Africa and Australia at Newlands Stadium, in Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday, March 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Halden Krog)

Josh Hazlewood of Australia in action on the third day of the third cricket test between South Africa and Australia at Newlands Stadium, in Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday, March 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Halden Krog)

Usman Khawaja of Australia drop a catch on the third day of the third cricket test between South Africa and Australia at Newlands Stadium, in Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday, March 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Halden Krog)

Usman Khawaja of Australia drop a catch on the third day of the third cricket test between South Africa and Australia at Newlands Stadium, in Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday, March 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Halden Krog)

Australian flags wait for the days play to start on the third day of the third cricket test between South Africa and Australia at Newlands Stadium, in Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday, March 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Halden Krog)

Australian flags wait for the days play to start on the third day of the third cricket test between South Africa and Australia at Newlands Stadium, in Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday, March 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Halden Krog)

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