High-flying Broad dismantles South Africa to deliver series victory
England 323 & 74-3 (Cook 43) beat
South Africa 313 & 83 by seven wickets
Third Test, Johannesburg, day three
A brilliant six-wicket haul by Stuart Broad dismantled South Africa for 83 in their second innings as England chased down the paltry target of 74 runs in 22.4 overs to inflict a seven-wicket defeat on the Proteas thereby finishing the third Test within three days and sealing the four-match series 2-0.
England resumed their innings at the overnight score of 238 for five. An over into the day’s play, Joe Root (110) was caught by the keeper off Kagiso Rabada (5-78).
Root reviewed the on-field decision but the snickometer showed a clear spike and England were six down for 242.
Moeen Ali (19) fell after a brief innings, nicking an edge to the keeper off Chris Morris (1-71).
Just after England went past the 300-run mark, Broad (12) was castled by a lovely full delivery from Rabada.
Steven Finn (0) fell to Morne Morkel (3-76) after a review by South Africa showed that the ball took the glove on the way to the wicket-keeper.
Jonny Bairstow (45) struck a couple of boundaries to give South Africa a lead and holed out to mid-wicket, giving Rabada a five-wicket haul.
England were bowled out for 323 in 76.1 overs with a lead of 10 runs. Apart from Rabada’s five-fer, Morkel picked three wickets while Morris and Hardus Viljoen (1-79) had a scalp apiece.
Dean Elgar (15) and Stiaan van Zyl (11) safely negotiated five overs to take South Africa safely to the lunch with the score at 16 for naught.
Two overs into the post-lunch session, Elgar played an away going delivery from Broad (6-17) and was caught behind.
In Broad’s next over, James Anderson (1-26) put down a chance off van Zyl. However, van Zyl lasted just a few more deliveries as Broad had him caught at gully in his next over.
Broad continued his incredible spell by dismissing AB de Villiers (0), who edged a delivery that was nipping back in and Bairstow completed his eighth catch of the match.
In Broad’s next over, Hashim Amla (5) attempted to flick a delivery, but James Taylor at short leg took a stunning catch to reduce South Africa to 31 for four.
It was not long before Broad completed his five-wicket haul by dismissing Temba Bavuma (0), who gloved a delivery onto his stumps.
During the course of his incredible spell, Broad went past Bob Willis to become England’s third highest wicket-taker in Test matches.
Dane Vilas (8) and Faf du Plessis (14) halted the procession of wickets for a few minutes as Steven Finn (1-14) was introduced in place of Broad.
Finn made an immediate impact as Taylor took another sharp catch at short leg to dismiss Vilas.
There was no respite in sight for South Africa as Morris (1) failed to tackle an inswinger from Ben Stokes (2-24) and the ball dismantled the stumps as the Proteas were reeling at 46 for seven.
A 21-run stand between du Plessis and Rabada (16) provided a very short respite for South Africa. In the 27th over Rabada was caught behind off Stokes.
By the tea break, South Africa were placed at 71 for eight, swiftly sliding towards a series defeat.
In the second over of the final session, Anderson got his first wicket of the innings by trapping Viljoen (6) plumb in front.
In the next over du Plessis was given out caught behind but the decision was overturned after a review conclusively showed that there was no edge.
An over later, Broad took a spectacular return catch diving forward in his follow through to dismiss du Plessis. South Africa were bowled out for 83, giving England a target of 74 runs to win the series.
Broad took six wickets while Stokes pitched in with a couple of scalps. Anderson and Finn shared two wickets equally between them.
The chase was more of a formality as Alastair Cook (43) and Alex Hales (18) provided England the perfect start adding 64 for the first-wicket.
Even though South Africa picked the wickets of Hales, Nick Compton (0) and Cook in quick succession, Root (4 not out) and James Taylor (2 not out) ensured a seven-wicket victory for England.
Broad was adjudged the man of the match for his game-changing figures of 17 for six in the second innings.
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