England impressive in beating resilient South Africa to tie test
England were beaten in their opening test match against South Africa inside the SuperSport Park cricket stadium. This saw the hosts Quinton de Kock pick up the player of the match award following scoring 95 and 34 across the two innings. This scoring helped them to a 107 run victory, as they had set England 376. England could only muster 268, as South Africa opened up the series with an impressive victory.
Despite being beaten in the first test, many expected England to return with a victory in the second match. Ben Stokes again played a leading role for the visitors, coming off the back of his incredible performances at the World Cup and you can visit this site to see the breakdown of him winning the 2019 Sports Personality of the year award. The all-rounder was the catalyst behind England’s dramatic super over victory against New Zealand in the final at Lord’s and was the deserved winner of the trophy.
England won the toss and decided to bat first, as they finished 269 all out. Ollie Pope topped the scoring for England with 61, as Stokes scored 47 in just 77 balls. South Africa then returned with a 223 all out, as James Anderson took five wickets for just 40 runs from 19 overs. Stuart Broad was also impressive in taking two wickets for just 38 runs from 18 overs. Dean Elgar posted the highest score of 88 runs for the hosts, as England entered the second innings with a 46 run lead.
The visitors then followed this up with a remarkable 391 runs for eight, before declaring. This left them with a comprehensive lead, as they set the home side a world record target of 438 runs. England were now the overwhelming favourites for victory, with the only danger being the inability to bowl the home side out. Dom Sibley scored a leading 133, as Stokes again played a key role in scoring 72 runs from just 47 balls.
South Africa were resilient at the Newlands Cricket ground and it appeared they could be heading for a draw, as England began to become frustrated. Pieter Malan was the key behind this, as he scored 84 from 288 balls. However, cometh the hour, cometh the man as Stokes was the difference. The all-rounder took three late wickets for just 35 runs from 23.4 overs. This included him coming close to a hat-trick, as England bowled the hosts out for 248 on the way to their 189 run victory.
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