2nd Test South Africa v England: England finish Day Four in a commanding position
England finished Day Four of the 2nd Test against South Africa, in a commanding position, at Newlands, Cape Town leaving South Africa needing 312 runs to win with 8 wickets remaining.
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) and 391-8 dec (Dom Sibley 133*, Ben Stokes 72, Joe Root 61; Anrich Nortje 3-61)
South Africa 223 (89 Ovs) - (Dean Elgar 88, Rassie van der Dussen 68; Sam Curran 2-39, Stuart Broad 2-38, James Anderson 5-40) and 126-2 (56 Overs) - (Pieter Malan 63*)
At the Close of Play on Day 4 – South Africa need 312 runs to win with 8 wickets remaining
England moved on from their overnight score of 218-4 to declare on 391-8 with a lead of 437 over their hosts South Africa. England's Dom Sibley reached his maiden Test century and was not out 133 at the declaration – a wonderfully constructed innings from the opener.
At the tea break, South Africa trailed England by 391 runs with Pieter Malan 23* and Dean Elgar 21* still at the crease and with four sessions left in this match, all three results were still in play.
South Africa managed to steer themselves to a hard fought 126-2, in 56 Overs, and by the close of play on day four, with everything still to play for on the final day tomorrow, the match is nicely poised with England scenting victory and the chance to level the series.
A South Africa Perspective - Stokes onslaught takes Test away from Proteas
Ben Stokes launched a memorable blitz on the Standard Bank Proteas to effectively take any chance of a home win out of the equation on day four of the second Test match at Newlands on Monday.
The England’s all-rounder’s onslaught was as unorthodox as it was effective as he shared a partnership of 92 with Dom Sibley and contributed 72 off the runs scored off just 47 balls with 7 fours and 3 sixes.
His 50 came off 34 balls (5 fours and 2 sixes) with only the legendary Sir Ian Botham having scored faster half-centuries in Test cricket for England.
His innings rather overshadowed the maiden century from Sibley who finished unbeaten on 133 (311 balls, 19 fours and a six) but which also played an important role as he laid the foundation for the all-out attack that followed both from Stokes and Jos Buttler.
When Joe Root did declare half an hour after lunch, he left the Proteas with a world record target of 438 in a minimum of 146 overs and although the number 438 has happy memories for the Proteas and their fans it is not really a practical proposition.
The Proteas made a steady start to their reply with Pieter Malan and Dominic Elgar putting on 71 for the first wicket – the first half-century opening partnership for the Proteas in almost a year.
There was a further stand of 52 between Malan and Zubayr Hamza for the second wicket but the Proteas were still left needing a further 312 for victory on the final day with 8 wickets in hand.
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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