Proteas rip through Australia despite Steyn blow

South Africa mounted an incredible fightback on day two of the second Test despite losing Dale Steyn for the rest of the series as Australia collapsed spectacularly at the WACA.

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A fired up Philander saw the back of Mitchell Marsh, one of four Australians to depart without scoring, as the Australian middle order collapsed.

South Africa mounted an incredible fightback on day two of the second Test despite losing > Dale Steyn for the rest of the series as Australia collapsed spectacularly at the WACA.

Australia dominated the first day of the three-match series in Perth, dismissing the tourist for 242 before closing on 105 without loss.

The Proteas hit back in devastating fashion on Friday, with Vernon Philander (4-56) the pick of the bowlers and debutant Keshav Maharaj claiming figures of 3-56 as they took 10 wickets for only 86 to bowl Australia out for 244.

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Australia fell to pieces after losing David Warner (97), who put on 158 for the first wicket with Shaun Marsh (63), and South Africa's exploits with the ball were even more impressive given premier paceman Steyn suffered a fractured bone in his shoulder.

Dean Elgar (46 not out) and JP Duminy (34no) moved the Proteas on to 104-2 to give them an unlikely 102-run lead at stumps on a dramatic second day.

Australia carried on where it left off on Thursday in the morning, with a Marsh cover drive bringing up his half-century and the aggressive Warner continuing to score at almost a run a ball.

There was to be no 17th Test century for Warner, though, as Steyn got the breakthrough by enticing an edge and Hashim Amla held on to a slip catch to end a brilliant knock which included 16 fours and a six.

Steyn's joy was short-lived and he was on his way to hospital after clutching his troublesome right shoulder following a delivery in his next over following the dismissal of Warner.

South Africa took that setback on the chin and Kagiso Rabada (2-78) cleaned up Usman Khawaja (4) with a magnificent delivery before captain Steve Smith (0) failed with a review after being adjudged leg before to become Maharaj's first Test victim. 

Australia was 181-4 at lunch when Philander trapped Marsh in front and it capitulated in an afternoon session which swung the momentum firmly in the tourist's favour

A fired up Philander saw the back of Mitchell Marsh, one of four Australians to depart without scoring, as the wickets continued to tumble with only Adam Voges (27), Peter Nevill (23) and Peter Siddle (18no) making double figures aside from the openers.

Siddle and Josh Hazlewood claimed the wickets of Stephen Cook (12) and Hashim Amla (1) respectively, but Elgar and Duminy looked at home on a good batting track.

The positive Elgar was struck on the arm by a rapid ball from Mitchell Starc, but launched Nathan Lyon (0-27) down the ground for a straight six and Duminy played some glorious drives through the off side in an unbroken stand of 59.

Their day ended on a sour note, though, as details of Steyn's series-ending injury were confirmed just before stumps.