2nd Test South Africa v England: England fightback on Day Two
England fought back well on the second day of the 2nd Test against South Africa at Newlands, Cape Town, reducing South Africa to 215-8 at the close of play.
England 269 (91.5 Ovs) – (Ollie Pope 61*, Ben Stokes 47; Kagiso Rabada 3-68, Anrich Nortje 2-56, Vernon Philander 2-46, Dwaine Pretorius 2-26)
South Africa 215-8 (84.4 Ovs) - (Dean Elgar 88, Rassie van der Dussen 68; Sam Curran 2-39 , Stuart Broad 2-36, James Anderson 3-34)
At the Close of Play on Day 2 – South Africa trail England by 54 runs with 2 wickets remaining
England added just 7 runs to their overnight score of 262-9 and were all out for 269 – Jimmy Anderson was the man out for 4, leaving Ollie Pope unbeaten on 61*.
England needed a good session to get back into this series and they did have one, reducing South Africa to 40-3 in the 14th over. However, Dean Elgar 88 and Rassie van der Dussen 68 put on over a hundred for the 4th wicket to steady the innings for South Africa.
However, Elgar was out with the score on 157 and then England managed to take regular wickets, keeping the Protea batsmen on their toes, until the new ball was due.
With the new ball taken, immediately after the 80th over, Anderson had Pretorius dropped first ball of the over and then caught 4th ball, both by Ben Stokes, at second slip. South Africa were 204 -7.
At the close of play South Africa were 215-8 and trailed England by 54 runs with 2 wickets remaining in their 1st innings.
With the weather set fair tomorrow, it’s going to be a great day’s cricket with both sides in with a chance of snatching this Test match.
A South African Perspective - The old firm bowls England back into series
The old firm of Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad took charge as England bowled themselves back into the series and an almost certain first innings lead on day two of the second Test match against the Standard Bank Proteas at Newlands on Saturday.
The Proteas finished the day on 215/8, still 54 runs in arrears with only Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje left to bat with Vernon Philander.
Just how significant England’s likely first innings advantage will be remains to be seen but bearing in mind that this has been an unusually low scoring New Year Test match with 18 wickets having fallen for less than 500 runs it looks like being important.
After England had managed to extend their first innings by a further seven runs on the second morning before last man Anderson was dismissed it was then the veteran new ball attack that took charge, reducing the Proteas to 40/3 with their captain, Faf du Plessis, among those already back in the pavilion.
It ensured that the visitors won the first session and they won the last one as well when they took a further five wickets for 58 runs. The Proteas won the middle session when Dean Elgar (88 off 180 balls, 10 fours) and Rassie van der Dussen (68 off 187 balls, 7 fours) made the bulk of the runs that made up their 117 runs for the fourth wicket.
This is by far the biggest partnership of the match to date being more than double the 58 runs that Ben Stokes and Ollie Pope had managed the previous day.
If Anderson and Broad were the heroes of the day, a lot of credit had to go to the rookie spinner, Dom Bess, for blocking up one end in much the same way that Keshav Maharaj had done on day one, and by no means least the acrobatic brilliance of Stokes in the slips which resulted in four catches going his way.
There were one or two that went astray but there are very few players in world cricket who would have got near some of the chances he created.
Elgar, having had to bat on snake pit pitches for nearly all his home Test matches over the past two seasons, will have been mortified to give his wicket away when his third Newlands century and his third against England was his for the taking.
His dismissal, along with that of Quinton de Kock with both batsmen being caught on the sliced drive, opened the way for England to strike again in the five overs that were available before the close with the second new ball.
Anderson finished with 3/34 and Broad with 2/36.
A four-day Test match looks very much on the cards.
The day’s cricket added a further R107 000 to the takings for the Sunfoil Education Trust (SET) as a result of boundaries and sixes hit and wickets taken by both sides. It brings the running series total to R367 000.
South Africa - Pieter Malan, Dean Elgar, Zubayr Hamza, Faf du Plessis(c), Rassie van der Dussen, Quinton de Kock(wk), Dwaine Pretorius, Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje
England - Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Denly, Joe Root(c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler(wk), Sam Curran, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
Start Time: 08:30
Toss: England won the toss and decided to bat
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Officials: Handunnettige Dharmasena, Paul Reiffel, Christopher Gaffaney, Allahudien Paleker, Andrew Pycroft
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