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Toby Roland-Jones shines on debut as South Africa struggle at 126/8

Toby Roland-Jones celebrating the wicket of Heino Kuhn on day two
Toby Roland-Jones celebrating the wicket of Heino Kuhn on day two

England 353 (Stokes 112) v
South Africa 126-8 (Roland-Jones 4-39)
Third Test, The Oval, day two

After Ben Stokes scored a brilliant century, Toby Roland-Jones sparkled on his debut game with a four-wicket haul as England restricted South Africa to 126 for eight at stumps on day two thereby maintaining a lead of 227 runs in the first innings in the third Test at The Oval.

England resumed the day at 171 for four. Alastair Cook (88) added just six runs to his overnight score before he was trapped LBW by Morne Morkel (3-70), even a review could not save the former England captain there.

Stokes (112) was aggressive from the beginning as seen with his three boundaries in the 69th over from Chris Morris (1-91) and also completed his half-century off 72 deliveries.

Jonny Bairstow (36) was not far behind either as he had smashed five boundaries in his 23 runs just before the end of the first hour's play as England looked promising.

Kagiso Rabada (3-85) finally managed to provide South Africa with the breakthrough when he had Bairstow caught in the slips, ending his 75 run stand with Stokes. England went into lunch at 269 for six after adding 98 runs in the first session.

In the fourth over of the second session, Morkel had Moeen Ali (16) caught behind which was initially not given but Faf du Plessis opted for a review to overturn the decision.

Roland-Jones (25) had a memorable outing with the bat as he smacked four boundaries and a six in his 25-ball knock and surprisingly overshadowed Stokes at the other end before Keshav Maharaj (1-61) trapped him LBW at the other end.

With Stuart Broad (3) too failing to contribute, Stokes took it upon himself and even smashed Maharaj for hat-trick of sixes in the 102nd over to bring his century and England were eventually bowled out for 353. Morkel and Rabada were the pick of the South African bowlers with three wickets apiece while Vernon Philander (2-32) left the field after bowling three overs at start.

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South Africa openers had a solid start of 17 for naught as tea was nearing but Roland-Jones (4-39) ensured it was England's session as he had Dean Elgar (8) caught behind. Elgar opted for a review but snicko showed faint edge as South Africa ended the second session at 18 for one.

Roland-Jones further applied the pressure on South Africa in the final innings with the wickets of Heino Kuhn (15), Hashim Amla (6) and Quinton de Kock (17) while James Anderson (2-16) snared du Plessis (1) and Morris (2).

The wickets continued to tumble as Stokes (1-26) had Maharaj (5) in the slips and South Africa were reduced to 61 for seven.

Temba Bavuma (34 not out) and Rabada (30) showed some resilience with a 53 run stand for the eighth wicket before the latter was castled by Broad (1-28) at the stroke of stumps during which South Africa were 126 for eight. They still trail England by 227 runs with two wickets in hand.

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