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Disciplined England restrict South Africa on day one

Disciplined England restrict South Africa on day one
England players celebrating the wicket of Hashim Amla (right) on day one of the third Test in Johannesburg.
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South Africa 267-7 (Elgar 46) v England
Third Test, Johannesburg, day one

A collective effort from England bowlers restricted South Africa to 267 for seven at stumps on day one of the third Test in Johannesburg.

South Africa led by AB de Villiers won the toss and opted to bat first under overcast conditions.

A late injury to Quinton de Kock forced him out of the game and Dane Vilas took his position while Hardus Viljoen made his debut for South Africa in place of Dane Piedt.

On the other hand, England went with an unchanged lineup with Alex Hales having recovered from a stomach illness.

A cautious approach from the South African openers saw them score 27 runs without losing a wicket in the first 10 overs.

With a couple of boundaries, Stiaan van Zyl (21) and Dean Elgar (46) took South Africa to 40 for naught at the end of the first hour of play.

Van Zyl was the first batsman to be dismissed when he mistimed a pull shot off Ben Stokes (2-51) handing a simple catch to Jonny Bairstow behind the stumps.

Hashim Amla (40) looked confident after a crisp cover drive off Stuart Broad (1-58) in the 21st over to bring the South African fifty.

Elgar and Amla added an unbeaten 29-run stand to take the Proteas to 73 for one at the end of the first session.

Seven overs into the second session, Amla survived a close lbw appeal off Stokes. England went for a review after the on-field umpire turned down the appeal. The replays indicated umpire's call on height leading to England losing their first review.

Immediately in the very next delivery, Amla survived again as an inside edge went past the stumps to a boundary which brought the 50-run stand with Elgar.

South Africa went past the 100-run mark in the 36th over. The 73-run stand between Elgar and Amla came to an end when Moeen Ali (1-50) had the former caught behind.

De Villiers (36) announced his arrival with back-to-back boundaries off Ali but Amla did not last long as he edged a Steven Finn (2-50) delivery behind the stumps. South Africa headed into tea at 152 for three.

In the final session, the South African captain threw caution to wind, bringing the first six of the innings in the 55th over as he moved to 36 off just 38 deliveries.

However, Stokes had de Villiers caught behind in the very next over making Bairstow only the second England wicket-keeper to dismiss top four batsmen in a Test match.

Faf du Plessis (16) did not last long as he mistimed a pull shot straight to the deep square leg fielder giving Finn his second wicket. South Africa were 185 for five at that stage.

Temba Bavuma's (23) confident yet short stay ended when he responded slowly to Dane Vilas' (26) call and was run-out by the substitute fielder Chris Woakes at mid-on.

The situation went from bad to worse for the home side when Vilas was caught at deep fine leg to give Broad his first wicket of the innings. South Africa were in trouble at 225 for seven after 75 overs.

However, Chris Morris (26 not out) and Kagiso Rabada (20 not out) mixed caution with aggression during their unbeaten 42-run stand for the eighth wicket to take the Proteas to 267 for seven at stumps on day one.

Finn and Stokes picked two wickets for England while Ali and Broad shared a wicket apiece. James Anderson (0-46) had another tough day ending wicketless in his 20 overs.

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