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South Africa set daunting target of 474 runs for England

Faf du Plessis celebrating his half-century
Faf du Plessis celebrating his half-century

South Africa 335 & 343-9 dec (Amla 87) v
England 205 & 1-0 (Cook 0no)
Second Test, Lord's, day three

Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis all scored half-centuries as South Africa declared their innings at 343 for nine on day three to set a target of 474 runs for England in the final innings of the second Test at Lord's.

England had a brief four overs to negate before stumps in which both Alastair Cook (0 not out) and Keaton Jennings (0 not out) showed a lot of maturity and managed to held their wickets heading into day four.

Earlier, South Africa resumed the day at 75 for one, having a lead of 205 runs over England. In the second over of the day, Elgar (80) scored back to back boundaries and soon completed a fine half-century. He was handed a reprieve though when James Anderson (2-45) dropped him at gully, though it was a tough chance.

The duo brought their 100-run stand in the 37th over and Amla (87) looked dangerous when he plundered a couple of boundaries and a six in the 42nd over from Liam Dawson (1-42) that also brought his half-century.

The first wicket of the day came through Ben Stokes (2-34), who managed to have Elgar caught at deep square leg, ending a 135 run second wicket partnership.

Quinton de Kock (1) promotion at four did not help as he edged a Anderson delivery behind the stumps as South Africa ended the first session at 160 for three.

As Amla went into a shell in the second session, du Plessis (63) kept the odd boundaries coming as the lead inched close to the 300-run mark. The 62-run stand for the fourth wicket ended when Dawson trapped Amla LBW. The decision was overturned after England used a review.

South Africa went into the final session with a score of 236 for four, stretching their lead to 366 runs.

The final session saw du Plessis complete a half-century while Vernon Philander (42) made a significant contribution but Moeen Ali (4-78) helped England made a brief comeback as he claimed a four-wicket haul to reduce South Africa to 343 for nine when the declaration came.

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