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Rain delays cricket match

Australia took control of the match on Day 4 at the Wanderers on Sunday. Pat Cummins destroyed the...

Cricket action under sunny skies. Picture: stock.xchng

Australia took control of the match on Day 4 at the Wanderers on Sunday.

Pat Cummins destroyed the Proteas batting line-up in the second innings, finishing with figures of 6/79.

South Africa finished on 339, setting Australia 310 for victory in what would be the biggest successful chase at the Bullring.

Vernon Philander continued to impress with the ball, knocking over Shane Watson and Phil Hughes early on, leaving the visitors reeling at 19/2.

That brought Usman Khawaja and the under-fire Ricky Ponting to the crease.

The pair added 122 runs, taking Australia to 141 before Imraan Tahir dismissed Khawaja for 65.

Bad light stopped play with Australia needing 168 run to win.

Meanwhile, Hashim Amla believes the Proteas are still in the pound seats.

"I think it's evenly balanced. I think if we pick up early wickets on Monday morning it will obviously put a lot of pressure on them. I think you'd rather be in our change rooms than in theirs," he said.

Amla said the Aussies will have their work cut out for them.

"It's not an easy wicket to bat on. I think the morning sessions are usually quite crucial. You just got to hope you play good lines and when a partnership develops it's a lot easier to score."

Cummins was impressed with how things turned around for the visitors.

"After a long day on Saturday, Sunday has been a great day for us. The game is still in the balance right now but I think we've got ourselves right back into it. It's a very exciting setting for Monday," he said.

Play was supposed to get underway at 10am but it has been delayed by rain.

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