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South Africa level series with massive 340 run victory at Trent Bridge

Keshav Maharaj (right) was impressive on the fourth day of Trent Bridge Test
Keshav Maharaj (right) was impressive on the fourth day of Trent Bridge Test

South Africa 335 & 343-9 dec (Amla 87) beat
England 205 & 133 (Philander 3-24) by 340 runs
Second Test, Trent Bridge, day four

A collective bowling effort from South Africa saw them bowl out England for 133 runs in the final innings on day four as they completed a massive 340 run victory in the second Test at Trent Bridge to level the series 1-1.

England started the day with a score of one for naught, needing another improbable 473 runs to win. In his first over of the day, Vernon Philander (3-24) castled Keaton Jennings (3) to provide the early breakthrough.

Gary Ballance (4) survived a review from South Africa for LBW in the 10th over with the height being on umpire's call. However, he was not lucky second time as Faf du Plessis called for his second review in the next over from Philander and this time it went in the Proteas' favour.

Even though, Alastair Cook (42) looked solid at the other end, Chris Morris (2-7) in his second over got the all important wicket of Joe Root (8) when he castled him in the 19th over.

At the stroke of lunch, Cook too departed, eight runs short of a half-century when he edged a delivery from Morris behind the stumps as the hosts were reeling at 79 for four at the end of the first session.

On resumption only, Jonny Bairstow (16), Ben Stokes (18) and Moeen Ali (27) managed to cross the double digit as Kehsav Maharaj (3-42) and Duaane Olivier (2-25) also joined the demolition act.

England were bowled out for 133 runs, as South Africa completed a 340 run victory and most importantly they bounced back in the series which is now level at 1-1. Philander was awarded the player of the match award for scoring 96 runs and claiming five wickets as well in the game.

The third game of the series will kick-off on 27th July at The Oval.

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