2nd Test South Africa v England: England finish Day Three in strong position
England finished Day Three of the 2nd Test against South Africa, in a strong position, at Newlands, Cape Town leading by 264 runs with 6 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 218-4 (Dom Sibley 85*, Joe Root 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)
At the Close of Play on Day 3 – England lead South Africa by 264 runs with 6 wickets remaining
South Africa were 215-8 overnight and finished their innings 223 all out, adding just 8 runs to their total – England’s James Anderson picked up the two remaining wickets, finishing with figures 5-40 from his 19 overs.
England had a 46-run lead from the 1st innings and set about posting a meaningful total for South Africa to challenge and, with the new look England openers wanting to impress, it was all set for an interesting rest of the day’s cricket.
England lost Zak Crawley (25) and Joe Denly (31) with the scores 28-1 and 101-2 respectively and then Dom Sibley and Joe Root anchored the innings, reaching a hundred partnership, a few overs before the new ball was due to taken, with the score at 204-2 ,a lead of 250 runs.
With Root out for a stubborn 61 runs, in 98 balls, with just 10 minutes of play left in the day, Dom Bess was sent in as night watchman and was out last play of the day; leaving England 218-4, a lead of 264 runs over South Africa. Dom Sibley 85* was the not out batsman at the close.
A South Africa Perspective - Sibley leads way as England consolidate their lead
Dominic Sibley led the way with a career best innings and every chance of converting it into a maiden Test match century as England ground their way towards an invincible position on day three of the second Test match against the Standard Bank Proteas at Newlands on Sunday.
England closed the day on 218/4 for an overall lead of 264 runs with one of the four wickets being that of night watchman Dom Bess who departed for a pair in the match.
Sibley finished the day on 85 (222 balls, 13 fours), having shared stands of 73 for the second wicket with Joe Denly and 116 for the third with Joe Root (61 off 98 balls, 7 fours). This was a huge improvement on Sibley’s previous career best of 29 in the previous Test match at SuperSport Park.
What would have been even more important for the tourists was the fact that their top order put up by far their most convincing batting display for a long time, leaving Root with really only one issue being the timing of his declaration, assuming the Proteas don’t make a major breakthrough with the second new ball which becomes available almost immediately on the fourth morning.
There is plenty of time left in the match and the one thought at the back of Root’s mind will be whether the pitch has become flatter and easier for survival or whether England have just bowled better in the match than their South African counterparts.
It was a backfoot day for the Proteas who only managed to add 8 runs to their total for the last two wickets, both taken by Jimmy Anderson who took the 28th fifer of his international career to finish with 5/40 in 19 overs. It gave England an important lead of 46 runs.
Thereafter, attrition was the name of the game as the England batsmen attempted grind down the Protea attack that got little assistance out of the conditions to offer any encouragement.
The Sunfoil Education Trust (SET) gained a further R151 000 from the boundaries and sixes hit and wickets taken by the two teams, bringing the total for the series to R411 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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