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2nd Test South Africa v England: Proteas on top as England close on 262-9

Dwaine Pretorius celebrates the wicket of Jos Buttler
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Joe Denly bowled by Keshav Maharaj for 38
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South Africa were on top of England, at the close of play on day one of the 2nd Test at Newlands, Cape Town today.

 

Match Summary

England 262 -9 (89 Ovs) – (Ollie Pope 56*, Ben Stokes 47)

South Africa – still to bat

At the Close of Play on Day 1 – England are 262 for 9

Scorecard

 

England won the toss and decided to bat against South Africa at Newlands, Cape Town on the first morning of the 2nd Test match.

England recalled Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope and Dom Bess leaving Archer and Burns out injured and Jonny Bairstow dropped - With a new combination of openers (Rory Burns out injured playing football) - Dominic Sibley and Zak Crawley set about their task. Unfortunately, Crawley was out for 4, with the score just 8, and England continued their poor run of opening partnerships.

Dominic Sibley 34, Joe Denly 38 and Joe Root 35 all made it into their 30s but all managed to get out when they had just got in and England slipped to 127-4. Stokes and Pope steadied the innings for a while, but Stokes was out for 47 with the score on 185, leaving England 185-5 and in some trouble.

England then lost the next 3 wickets for just 46 runs and were 231-8 with 9.5 overs left to play in the day, when Stuart Broad joined Ollie Pope, who was 30 not out. Broad was out 3 runs later and Anderson joined Ollie Pope, who then edged towards a half century hitting Vernon Philander for successive boundaries, in the 85th over.

Ollie Pope reached his second Test match half century, in the 87th over, and England were 262-9 at the close of play.

 

A South African perspective - Nortje claims the big wickets to put Proteas on top

Anrich Nortje continued the impressive start he has made to his home Test career by claiming the key wickets of Joe Root and Ben Stokes on the opening day of the second Test match against England at Newlands today.

It was a good start to the new year for the Standard Bank Proteas as they came within one wicket of bowling England out for a modest total after the visitors had won the toss for the second time in the series.

Although there was good bounce and carry, particularly for the bowlers operating from the Wynberg end, this was still a very good batting surface and the Proteas can feel well satisfied to restrict England to 262/9 with the wickets largely being shared around by the four seamers who took four wickets each.

Nortje showed again that there is no substitute for sustained straight bowling at fast pace. He, in fact, almost had Root twice in the space of three balls as a catch first went astray in the slips and then he had him caught behind for one of Quinton de Kock’s five catches. The keeper now has 13 dismissals from three innings in the series.

It was a fine team bowling effort by the Proteas once again with Dwaine Pretorius taking two wickets in four overs in an important spell leading up to the second new ball and Keshav Maharaj effectively blocking up one end for much of the day. He was not without reward either as he bowled another key batsman, Joe Denly, while the top scorer of the day, Ollie Pope (56 not out off 132 balls, 7 fours), needed an umpire’s call to survive a South African decision review.

The first two sessions were shared as England scored 67/2 before lunch and 72/2 in the second before the Proteas hard work paid off with 5/113 in the final session.

Pieter Malan became the Proteas 108th Test cap and will get his chance to show his worth on day two.

The Sunfoil Education Trust (SET) which benefits from boundaries and sixes hit and wickets taken by the two sides gained R62 500 from the day’s play to take the series total past the R300 000 mark.

 

Teams

 

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

 

Match Details

 

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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