Anderson picks four as South Africa's struggle with bat continues

James Anderson celebrates with team mates after taking the wicket of South Africa's Faf du Plessis
James Anderson celebrates with team mates after taking the wicket of South Africa's Faf du Plessis
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England 362 (Bairstow 99) v
South Africa 220-9 (Anderson 4-33)
Fourth Test, Old Trafford, day two
Scorecard

After Jonny Bairstow scored a determined 99 to lift England to 362 runs, a four wicket haul from James Anderson restricted South Africa to 220 for nine at stumps on day two of the fourth Test at Old Trafford.

England started day two with a score of 260 for six. In the fifth over of the day, Kagiso Rabada (4-91) had the night-watchman Toby Roland-Jones (4) caught at backward point.

Bairstow (99) soon stepped scoring four boundaries in a span of three overs to complete a deserving half-century but England lost Moeen Ali (14) at the other end, with Rabada being the wicket-taker once again.

The wickets continued to tumble as Morne Morkel (2-92) castled Stuart Broad (7) at the other end to reduce England to 312 for nine.

South Africa will have themselves to blame for letting England off the hook as Bairstow was handed a reprieve when he was put down by Quinton de Kock in the 101st over , as a five wicket haul evaded Rabada.

Between overs 103 and 106, Bairstow plundered six boundaries and a maximum to get into the 90s while Anderson (4 not out), who survived a review for LBW looked solid at the other end.

South Africa had the psychological advantage heading into the innings break as they denied Bairstow his century. Keshav Maharaj (2-58) trapped the Yorkshire batsman LBW where even a review could not save him there as the impact was on umpire's call, leaving him agonisingly one run short of a deserving century.

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South Africa had a brief four overs to negotiate before lunch and it did not end successful as they lost Dean Elgar (0) in that phase to Anderson (4-33). South Africa went into lunch at 12 for one.

Hashim Amla (30) looked positively during his 35 ball knock but was dismissed for the third time consecutively by Roland-Jones (1-41). Temba Bavuma (46) along with Heino Kuhn (24) gave the Proteas hopes with a brief 37 run stand. But, just at the stroke of tea, Moeen (2-57) accounted for Kuhn, leaving the Proteas reeling at 93 for three.

Even though, Bavuma and Faf du Plessis (27) started the final session positively, Anderson removed both the batsmen in the 41st over and soon also accounted for Theunis de Bruyn (11).

Contributions from de Kock (24), Rabada (23) and Morkel (18 not out) lifted South Africa past the 200 run mark but they lost nine wickets before stumps with Broad (2-45) striking twice. At stumps, Proteas were trailing by 142 runs with one wicket in hand.

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