Sun, Nov 27, 9:46am by Bren O'Brien
Australia are poised to end their five-match losing streak and win the third Test in Adelaide, with South Africa just 70 runs in front in their second innings with four wickets remaining.
The Aussies, who were $2.85 into $2.50 before the start of the Test, are now $1.13 to win the match and avoid the first home series sweep in Australian cricket history.
A South African win is now at $6.50, with the Proteas needing their lower order to compile enough runs for an awkward chase for Australia.
The current Sportsbet market has the over-under line for South Africa’s second innings at 275.5, with $1.88 for each option.
The draw is out to $51, a result which would likely require a substantial interruption in play. That seems unlikely with the weather in Adelaide looking ideal on the fourth and fifth days of the day-night Test.
The match was turned firmly in Australia’s favour late on the third day when Nathan Lyon claimed the wickets of Temba Bavuma and Kyle Abbott, reducing the tourists from 4-190 to 6-194.
Opener Stephen Cook has held up his end and Australia will need to claim his wicket to bring a swift conclusion to the South African resistance. He is currently 81 not out with Sportsbet having him at $1.57 to make his second Test century.
Quinton de Kock, who has averaged 69 for the series to date, has joined Cook and is yet to get off the mark. A South African revival is also largely reliant on what he does with the bat, with Sportsbet putting up $2.62 for him to make a 50 and $7.50 to make 100.
If he were to make a quickfire century, something which is not out of the question given his form, then Australia would likely face a final inning chase of over 200.
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