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South Africa bounce back to stretch lead to 205 runs on day two

Dean Elgar (left) and Hashim Amla (right) walking off at the end of day two
Dean Elgar (left) and Hashim Amla (right) walking off at the end of day two

South Africa 335 & 75-1 (Elgar 38no) v
England 205 (Root 78)
Second Test, Trent Bridge, day two

After South Africa came up with a clinical bowling performance to bowl out England for 205 runs, Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla played responsible knocks to stretch the lead to 205 runs with nine wickets in hand at stumps on day two of the second Test at Trent Bridge.

Earlier, it was South Africa, who resumed their first innings at 309 for six. In his first two overs of the day, James Anderson (5-72) accounted for Vernon Philander (54) and Keshav Maharaj (0).

Anderson also ensured there was no chance of a South Africa fightback as he removed Chris Morris (36) and Morne Morkel (8) as well to bowl out the visitors for 335 runs. In the process, Anderson also completed a five wicket haul.

England got off to a torrid start in their first innings when Alastair Cook (3) was caught behind in the fourth over from Philander (2-48). South Africa had to use a review to overturn the decision.

In the next over, Keaton Jennings (0) also edged one behind the stumps with Morkel (2-45) being the wicket-taker this time.

Gary Ballance (27) and Joe Root (78) scored flurry of boundaries - 14 between them - as England went into lunch with score reading 85 for two.

In the second over of the post lunch session, Philander castled Ballance but Root, who had already crossed the half-century mark added another 57 run stand for the fourth wicket with Jonny Bairstow (45).

Root was going at a strike-rate of 100 but could not quite carry on as he edged a Morkel delivery behind the stumps and in the 34th over, Bairstow survived a review for LBW from South Africa.

The lower order hardly showed any fight for the hosts as they were reduced from 168 for four to 205 all out as Keshav Maharaj (3-21) and Chris Morris (3-38) shared six wickets between them to bowl out England for 205 runs.

With a first innings lead of 130 runs, England through Anderson (1-13) managed to get rid off Heino Kuhn (8) early but Dean Elgar (38 not out) and Hashim Amla (23 not out) added unbeaten 57 run stand for the second wicket to take South Africa to 75 for one at stumps, stretching their lead to 205 runs.

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