South Africa 309-6 (Amla 78) v England
Second Test, Trent Bridge, day one
Riding on half centuries from Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock and Vernon Philander, South Africa went on to post 309 for six at stumps on day one of the second Test against England at Trent Bridge.
Faf du Plessis took over the reins from Dean Elgar for South Africa as he decided to bat first on winning the toss with three changes to the line-up that also saw the return of Chris Morris and Duanne Olivier while England remain unchanged.
The first breakthrough for England came in the ninth over when James Anderson (1-68) had Elgar (6) caught in the gully that also saw him complete a milestone of 300 wickets at home.
Amla (78) and Heino Kuhn (34) tried to negotiate the England pace attack before rain halted play for 20 minutes in the first session. With a boundary in the 18th over, Amla went on to become the fourth South African player to reach 8,000 Test runs.
In the second ball on resumption, England unsuccessfully reviewed a LBW decision against Amla as the visitors went into lunch at 56 for one in the 23 overs of play possible in the first session.
England's torrid time with reviews continued as they tried to challenge another LBW decision in the first over of the second session . This time Kuhn was the batsman.
The 48 run stand between Amla and Kuhn ended when Stuart Broad (3-47) castled the latter and a surprise move by the Proteas saw de Kock (68) come out to bat at four.
Amla soon took control of the innings and continued to play strokes as he reached his fifty with three boundaries and a six. Meanwhile, de Kock at the other end was going at almost run-a-ball.
The duo looked in total control as the 100-run stand came off just 125 deliveries, with de Kock completing a 59 ball fifty. South Africa reached 179 for two at tea.
The visitors lost their momentum in the final session, courtesy a fine spell from Broad that saw the back of de Kock and Amla in quick succession. The inning sunk further after Ben Stokes (2-77) accounted for du Plessis (19) and Temba Bavuma (20) in a span of three overs. South Africa were placed at 235 for six at that stage.
Just as it looked like the Proteas might be bowled out well before the end of the day, a stern 74 run stand between Morris (23 not out) and Philander (54 not out) brought them back into the game with the latter completing his seventh half-century. South Africa were positioned 309 for six at the end of the first day's play.
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