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England vs South Africa

South Africa 4th Inn:119/10 (36.4)

Vernon Philander 19 (29);
Liam Dawson* 11.4-4-34-2; Moeen Ali 15-4-53-6;

Last bat: Morne Morkel

Result: England won by 211 runs.

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South Africa 2nd Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Heino Kuhn c Bairstow & b James Anderson 9 28 1 0 32.14
Dean Elgar(c) c & b Moeen 2 21 0 0 9.52
Hashim Amla lbw L Dawson 11 21 2 0 52.38
Jean-Paul Duminy c Moeen & b Mark Wood 2 16 0 0 12.5
Quinton de Kock(wk) b Moeen 18 37 2 0 48.65
Temba Bavuma b Moeen 21 41 2 0 51.22
Theunis de Bruyn c Stokes & b Moeen 1 4 0 0 25
Vernon Philander not out 19 29 2 1 65.52
Keshav Maharaj b Moeen 10 9 2 0 111.11
Kagiso Rabada c Bairstow & b Moeen 4 7 1 0 57.14
Morne Morkel c Jennings & b L Dawson 14 7 0 2 200
             
Extras(b - 7, lb - 1, w - 0, nb - 0)8
Total(119 all out in 36.4 overs)119 (3.25 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/12 (Heino Kuhn, 6.6 ov.) 2/12 (Dean Elgar, 9.1 ov.) 3/25 (Jean-Paul Duminy, 12.6 ov.)
4/28 (Hashim Amla, 14.6 ov.) 5/64 (Quinton de Kock, 25.5 ov.) 6/67 (Temba Bavuma, 27.3 ov.)
7/72 (Theunis de Bruyn, 29.1 ov.) 8/82 (Keshav Maharaj, 31.4 ov.) 9/94 (Kagiso Rabada, 33.5 ov.)
10/119 (Morne Morkel, 36.4 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
James Anderson 6 2 16 1 2.67  
Stuart Broad 3 1 5 0 1.67  
Moeen Ali 15 4 53 6 3.53  
Mark Wood 1 0 3 1 3  
Liam Dawson 11.4 4 34 2 2.91  
               

England 2nd Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Alastair Cook c Bavuma & b Morne Morkel 69 192 10 0 35.94
Keaton Jennings c de Kock & b Morne Morkel 33 101 4 0 32.67
Gary Ballance c de Kock & b Morne Morkel 34 78 4 0 43.59
Joe Root(c) b Maharaj 5 13 1 0 38.46
Jonny Bairstow(wk) st de Kock & b Maharaj 51 76 6 0 67.11
Ben Stokes lbw Rabada 1 4 0 0 25
Moeen Ali b Maharaj 7 16 0 0 43.75
Liam Dawson b Rabada 0 2 0 0 0
Stuart Broad c Theunis de Bruyn & b Maharaj 0 1 0 0 0
Mark Wood b Rabada 28 36 4 0 77.78
James Anderson not out 0 5 0 0 0
             
Extras(b - 0, lb - 4, w - 0, nb - 1)5
Total(233 all out in 87.1 overs)233 (2.67 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/80 (Keaton Jennings, 34.5 ov.) 2/139 (Alastair Cook, 60.2 ov.) 3/142 (Gary Ballance, 62.5 ov.)
4/146 (Joe Root, 63.6 ov.) 5/149 (Ben Stokes, 66.4 ov.) 6/180 (Moeen Ali, 73.6 ov.)
7/181 (Liam Dawson, 74.6 ov.) 8/182 (Stuart Broad, 75.4 ov.) 9/227 (Mark Wood, 84.2 ov.)
10/233 (Jonny Bairstow, 87.1 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Morne Morkel 21 6 64 3 3.05  
Kagiso Rabada 20 5 50 3 2.5  
Keshav Maharaj 32.1 8 85 4 2.64  
Jean-Paul Duminy 9 2 21 0 2.33  
Vernon Philander 5 1 9 0 1.8  
               

South Africa 1st Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Dean Elgar(c) c Ballance & b Moeen 54 118 8 0 45.76
Heino Kuhn c Cook & b Broad 1 14 0 0 7.14
Hashim Amla lbw Moeen 29 40 3 0 72.5
Jean-Paul Duminy lbw Broad 15 38 3 0 39.47
Temba Bavuma c Stokes & b Moeen 59 130 9 0 45.38
Theunis de Bruyn c Bairstow & b James Anderson 48 85 6 0 56.47
Kagiso Rabada c Bairstow & b L Dawson 27 55 4 0 49.09
Quinton de Kock(wk) c Stokes & b James Anderson 51 37 10 0 137.84
Vernon Philander b Moeen 52 86 7 0 60.47
Keshav Maharaj lbw L Dawson 9 22 1 0 40.91
Morne Morkel not out 2 8 0 0 25
             
Extras(b - 4, lb - 7, w - 0, nb - 3)14
Total(361 all out in 105 overs)361 (3.44 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/10 (Heino Kuhn, 5.6 ov.) 2/82 (Hashim Amla, 24.1 ov.) 3/98 (Dean Elgar, 33.2 ov.)
4/104 (Jean-Paul Duminy, 36.2 ov.) 5/203 (Theunis de Bruyn, 65.2 ov.) 6/244 (Kagiso Rabada, 78.2 ov.)
7/248 (Temba Bavuma, 79.6 ov.) 8/314 (Quinton de Kock, 92.3 ov.) 9/337 (Keshav Maharaj, 99.6 ov.)
10/361 (Vernon Philander, 104.6 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
James Anderson 19 6 44 2 2.32  
Stuart Broad 18 5 62 2 3.44  
Mark Wood 20 5 65 0 3.25  
Liam Dawson 15 2 67 2 4.47  
Moeen Ali 20 7 59 4 2.95  
Ben Stokes 13 2 53 0 4.08  
               

England 1st Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Alastair Cook c de Kock & b Philander 3 13 0 0 23.08
Keaton Jennings lbw Philander 8 12 2 0 66.67
Gary Ballance lbw Morne Morkel 20 41 2 0 48.78
Joe Root(c) c de Kock & b Morne Morkel 190 234 27 1 81.2
Jonny Bairstow(wk) lbw Philander 10 25 2 0 40
Ben Stokes c de Kock & b Rabada 56 108 8 1 51.85
Moeen Ali b Rabada 87 147 8 0 59.18
Liam Dawson lbw Morne Morkel 0 2 0 0 0
Stuart Broad not out 57 47 8 2 121.28
Mark Wood lbw Rabada 0 2 0 0 0
James Anderson c de Kock & b Morne Morkel 12 11 1 1 109.09
             
Extras(b - 0, lb - 2, w - 0, nb - 13)15
Total(458 all out in 105.3 overs)458 (4.34 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/14 (Alastair Cook, 3.1 ov.) 2/17 (Keaton Jennings, 5.2 ov.) 3/49 (Gary Ballance, 13.6 ov.)
4/76 (Jonny Bairstow, 22.3 ov.) 5/190 (Ben Stokes, 54.3 ov.) 6/367 (Joe Root, 89.1 ov.)
7/367 (Liam Dawson, 89.3 ov.) 8/413 (Moeen Ali, 100.4 ov.) 9/413 (Mark Wood, 100.6 ov.)
10/458 (James Anderson, 105.3 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Morne Morkel 25.3 2 115 4 4.51  
Vernon Philander 20 3 67 3 3.35  
Kagiso Rabada 28 4 123 3 4.39  
Keshav Maharaj 22 1 107 0 4.86  
Theunis de Bruyn 5 1 30 0 6  
Temba Bavuma 5 0 14 0 2.8  
               
All|Overs 1-50|Overs 51-100
4

to Heino Kuhn, FOUR, goes pressing on the cover-drive, and squirts it off a thick edge through backward point. Wasn't uppish. Little bit of shape, late shape for

OT

to Elgar, no run, well, well, Elgar has been given leg-before. It looked pretty high in real time, but he is playing back. Elgar takes the review. It's a good one too as Hawkeye rules that it's going over the stumps. Back of a length, cramps Elgar from round the wicket and hits him over the pad around the thigh. Always looked high. Not a great decision from umpire Ravi, and it's been overturned

W

to Heino Kuhn, out Caught by Bairstow!! What a way to go! Kuhn has tickled that down the leg-side for a very good catch from Bairstow. Two single-digit scores on debut for the 33-year old. He can count himself a touch unlucky this time though. He wanted to capitalize on a rare error in line from , but couldn't get a big enough deflection. There was a definite sound, and the ball was pretty far from the body, so it could have only been bat. Bairstow dives across and takes a brilliant low catch one-handed! Heino Kuhn c Bairstow b 9(28) [4s-1]

W

Ali to Elgar, out Caught&Bowled!! That's a superb return catch. It was struck so powerfully by Elgar but Ali latches onto it in his follow-through. The thing which the bowler had in his favour was that it came straight to him at a comfortable height. But geez, that was smoked by Elgar. Excellent reflexes to take it in front of his face. Two very unconventional dismissals in a stiff run-chase. Not going South Africa's way. Elgar c and b Ali 2(21)

4

to Amla, FOUR, fullish with width on offer, Amla flashes a drive past a diving cover-point fielder who is placed close in. It was uppish, and Stokes had a whiff there. But it went just wide of his outstretched dive

4

to Amla, FOUR, picks the in-swinger quickly and flicks it through mid-wicket. Fantastic eyes, and even more fantastic hands. Most batsmen do well to just keep that one out, not Amla

W

Wood to Duminy, out Caught by Moeen Ali!! England have struck again, right on the stroke of tea! Oh dear. Another shot which seemed to have been timed sweetly but goes straight to the fielder. England grabbing everything coming their way. Short of length delivery, Duminy pulls it hard from outside off but fails to keep it down, and it's taken at mid-wicket. Ali with another good catch, although this one was a lot easier than the one he took off his own bowling. Duminy c Moeen Ali b Wood 2(16)

W

Dawson to Amla, out Lbw!! That's plumb. Will Amla review? I'm so sure he is out, have asked the scorer to mark it out. But Amla wants to test his luck. Goes for the review. Only thing that can save him is whether if it has pitched outside leg, no chance and he is gone. Pitching in-line and going on to hit the stumps. What a cracker of a ball that is. Unplayable almost. Only if Amla had got bat on it, would've stayed out there. Pitches on leg, turns square, beats Amla stuck on his crease and raps him on the back leg. That's plumb. Amla took the review, because he had to. No option left for him. England all over South Africa. To get Amla like that, was a special delivery from Dawson. Amla lbw b Dawson 11(21) [4s-2]

4

Dawson to Bavuma, FOUR, first bad ball in a while, short and wide outside off, cut away wide of point and races away

4

Ali to de Kock, FOUR, dragged down short and wide outside off, cut off the back foot and it scoots away downhill

4

Ali to de Kock, FOUR, four more. Another late-cut. This isn't that short, but de Kock is such a good player off the back foot, beats the chase and head-first dive of the fielder from cover

4

Ali to Bavuma, FOUR, strong sweep and four. Got the front leg out and hammered it, beating deep backward square easily. Kept it down too

W

Ali to de Kock, out Bowled!! de Kock's struggle ends. Unlucky way to go. But this counts as well. Went back to pull a short delivery on the stumps, skidded on and cramped him up, the inside edge ricocheted back on to off, off the leg. That's some way to get out. de Kock stands crestfallen. Fourth wicket in the innings that has gone against the conventional way of getting out. de Kock b Ali 18(37) [4s-2]

W

Ali to Bavuma, out Bowled!! Gone. Another one. He played the pull earlier in the over and sort of got away. Not this one. Lost all shape on the back foot, trying to pull, early into the shot and the ball falls on the top of off. Just enough to clip the bail. Bairstow knew it straight away and started to run towards the bowler. Bavuma waited for a while to know his fate and then walked off. SA in dire straits now. Surely a 4th day finish on the cards at the moment. Bavuma b Ali 21(41) [4s-2]

4

Ali to Philander, FOUR, is off the mark with a cut. Went back and smashed the short and wide delivery outside off, through cover and it raced away

W

Ali to Theunis de Bruyn, out Caught by Stokes!! They are falling like nine pins now. Always a danger when playing back on a turner, and if the ball holds its line, like it did here, then the outside edge comes into play. This is lovely teasing bowling, floated it up, but didn't shorten the length, Bruyn got a thick edge on the defence and Stokes at slip won't drop those. Mo has another and sorry faces in the Proteas's camp. Theunis de Bruyn c Stokes b Ali 1(4)

4

Ali to Maharaj, FOUR, good shot. Used his feet and got to the pitch, so had the freedom to free his arms, lofted it over mid-off. One bounce and over the ropes

4

Ali to Maharaj, FOUR, goes over mid-on now. Connects well. Lovely levers he has, biffed this tossed up delivery and once more it is one bounce over the ropes

W

Ali to Maharaj, out Bowled!! Gone now. Five-fer for Ali and Saqlain Mushtaq applauds from the dressing room. He now gets on the hallowed Lord's honours board. First time he has achieved that. Richly deserved too. He does a McGrath by holding the ball up and posing for the photographers. This is again not short to cut, nor the width was there, but Maharaj went back and tried the same thing. Under edge and back onto the stumps. The procession continues. Maharaj b Ali 10(9) [4s-2]

4

Dawson to Philander, FOUR, high full-toss and Philander doesn't hold back. Swipes it across the line and goes over mid-wicket. Nearly all the way, one bounce over the ropes

4

Ali to Rabada, FOUR, smashed back over Ali's head for four. Right in the slot for Rabada and he struck it powerfully

W

Ali to Rabada, out Caught by Bairstow!! That's ten in the match for Ali. Runs, wickets, catches, what a game he's having! This wasn't his best delivery either. Little bit short outside off, Rabada quickly goes back to cut and gets a faint edge through to Bairstow. South Africa are nearly done. Rabada c Bairstow b Ali 4(7) [4s-1]

4

Ali to Philander, byes, FOUR, that's unplayable! It's beaten everyone. The ball explodes from a length around off and rips away down the leg-side. Beats the chasing fielders for four byes

6

Ali to Philander, SIX, hammers it with the turn over wide long-on, all the way! Generous flight from Ali, Philander doesn't hold anything back

6

Dawson to Morne Morkel, SIX, slogs it to the longest part of the boundary, and clears it! Powerful blow from Morkel over mid-wicket, hitting with the turn

6

Dawson to Morne Morkel, SIX, clubs it down the ground for six more. Dawson tossing it up full in the slot, and Morkel belting it with those long levers

W

Dawson to Morne Morkel, out Caught by Jennings!! Goes again, this one is miscued, and Jennings takes a very good catch running forward from deep mid-wicket. England have crushed South Africa at Lord's by 211 runs. Morne Morkel c Jennings b Dawson 14(7) [6s-2]

OT

Morkel to Jennings, 1 run, out if he hits .. misses. Heino Kuhn there at short cover. He quickly gets to the ball, and releases it slightly off-balance. Horrible misjudgement in the running

4

to Jennings, FOUR, third time has strayed on the pads, and this time Jennings puts him away. A good roll of the wrists to flick the ball through mid-wicket. His timing is spot on

OT

Morkel to Cook, no run, wasted review from South Africa. It looked close in real time as Cook was stuck in the crease and was rapped on the pad, but with Morkel, it's very difficult to get an LBW from over the wicket, unless the ball straightens profusely. In this case, it doesn't, and has pitched outside leg anyway

4

to Cook, FOUR, opens the bat-face and safely runs the ball past the slip cordon for four. Had it under control

4

to Cook, FOUR, reaches out for the sweep, takes it on the full and hits it to the backward square leg boundary

OT

to Cook, no run, that's turned a mile out of the rough and has rapped Cook on the pad. It's hit him on the back pad. gets understandably excited, and Elgar reviews. Cook was on the cut, and was definitely not expecting that much turn. But he's got himself outside the line of off. South Africa waste a second review

4

to Cook, FOUR, looped up full, Cook is right to the pitch as he drives through cover. That's a very good shot, and a very safe one too. has the cover region open and wants Cook to drive there. But he bowled this one a bit too full

4

Morkel to Cook, FOUR, squirted through slips and gully! Softly played from Cook. He gets squared up in the crease but manages to keep the edge in control

4

Morkel to Cook, FOUR, and again! This time it's a fuller length which draws Cook forward as he opens the bat-face through that same area. Frustration for Morkel

4

to Cook, FOUR, he goes off-side and spears the drive for four! Huge gap in the cover region. Really, it's an easy shot for someone like Cook once overpitches

4

to Jennings, FOUR, clipped away delectably off the hips. What timing. The ball races away

4

to Cook, FOUR, perfect for the cover-drive. The length wasn't too full and Cook could get under that. Drilled it through cover for a pleasing boundary. He was aiming for the same shot, last ball, now he connects

4

to Jennings, FOUR, he played the reverse well in India too. Takes it from outside off and hits it powerfully. In the gap at point

4

Morkel to Jennings, FOUR, edged and wide of the diving gully. Duminy the man. There is a gap between second and gully, the ball went right into that. Pitched up and Jennings's edgy drive will bring him four. Duminy went with his right-hand on the dive to catch, didn't even get a fingertip on that

W

Morkel to Jennings, out Caught by de Kock!! That's the first wicket. Jennings's patience finally runs out. Went to punch a back of a length delivery sliding across him, a thin bottom edge and de Kock makes no mistake. Finally delight for the Proteas after a disciplined hour of bowling. A start wasted by Jennings. Did the hard work and then threw it away. Jennings c de Kock b Morkel 33(101) [4s-4]

4

Morkel to Ballance, FOUR, Ballance is off the mark with a good shot. Full and wide of off, Ballance reached out and drove through backward point, beats the dive from Temba running across

4

to Cook, FOUR, back of a length delivery outside off, Cook uses the pace and steers it behind point. Just provided direction to the ball, nothing fancy. Gets to 48

OT

to Cook, 3 runs, big chase for Philander as Cook drives purposefully through extra-cover. Good effort from the pacer, considering he's just been back on the field. But he won't be able to stop Cook from getting to fifty. It's been a workmanlike effort, but he's hung in there to extend the lead

4

to Ballance, FOUR, the sweep again, and he gets all of this one. Slaps it through backward square leg

4

to Cook, FOUR, Cook won't miss out on these, especially when he's batting on fifty. Middle and leg, length ball, he hops back and clips it to the mid-wicket boundary

4

to Ballance, FOUR, jumps out of the crease and almost gets too close to the ball. But he's able to pop it over mid-on for four. Beautifully played

4

Morkel to Cook, FOUR, can't bowl short and wide outside off to Cook. He will smash them. Does so here, rocking back and thumping the cut, wide of the fielders on the off-side

4

to Ballance, FOUR, good effort from Morkel at fine leg, but all that has gone to waste as the ball goes past him to the fence. Drifting down leg, clipped away and Morkel had a long chase, which ended in vain

W

Morkel to Cook, out Caught by Bavuma!! Fine catch. That little man Temba again. A brilliant fielder. Full outside off, Cook leans back on the drive, fails to keep it down and finds cover. The ball was travelling and Bavuma hung on without any problems. Reward for Morkel for persistence and tight bowling. Cook c Bavuma b Morkel 69(192) [4s-10]

W

Morkel to Ballance, out Caught by de Kock!! Gone. That angle from round the wicket to the lefties and he is a master at it. Angled in on a good length, straightened a tad and took the thin edge of the defending bat of Ballance. Low grab by de Kock and more cheer for SA. Both innings Ballance has been dismissed by Morkel. Ballance c de Kock b Morkel 34(78) [4s-4]

4

to Root, FOUR, good shot. Takes it from outside off and sweeps powerfully. Evades short leg and races away

W

to Root, out Bowled!! South Africa are fighting back and how. This is a fine hour for them. The arm-ball and Root was done in more by the one that spun straight to slip. So was cautious of the footmarks, but this darted in and he was late in getting his bat down to defend. The inside edge rattles the stumps and is off celebrating. Big wicket as Root can change gears in an instant. Root b 5(13) [4s-1]

W

to Stokes, out Lbw!! Stokes has walked off. Even before Pistol could raise his finger. Stokes giving himself out. And look at the celebration from . Firstly Elgar puts his hand to close 's mouth and then the latter covers his mouth with one finger. Vertically raised across his lips. This pitched on a good length and scuttled through to ping Stokes in front. No chance for Stokes as it missed the inside edge and struck him low on the pad. Plumbest of plumb. Stokes walks off with a wry smile on his face. Stokes lbw b 1(4)

4

to Bairstow, FOUR, Elgar and can't believe that it has been dropped. Philander the culprit. An easy chance too and it has gone down. Hits the end of the fingers and dribbles away. Nicely flighted outside off, Bairstow lifted it on the rise and Philander from long-off, moved to the ball to his left but couldn't hang on. After the catch is dropped, he points to something in the sky which put him off - he reckons. Was it the Spidercam?

4

to Bairstow, FOUR, fine hit. In-to-out. Tossed up outside off and he drills it over extra cover. Raced away off the bat. Stayed slightly leg-side of the ball to get the elevation

4

to Bairstow, FOUR, that's a drag over mid-on. Saw the flight and didn't hold back. Didn't time it as well as he would've liked to, but there's no-one at deep mid-wicket

4

to Bairstow, FOUR, make that three in the over. Two in a row. A hard sweep, to a ball outside off, through square leg and away. Counter-attacking batting and suddenly is under pressure

W

to Moeen Ali, out Bowled!! has Moeen Ali. Good bowling. Saw that Ali was skipping down, slowed it down, dragged the length back and dropped it shorter, Ali looked to defend, as he wasn't to the pitch, but the ball spun through the bat-pad gap and hit leg stump. Fine delivery as it spun out of the footmarks. One more wicket in the session for SA. Moeen Ali b 7(16)

W

to Liam Dawson, out Bowled!! The umpires are getting around for a discussion. Was it above the waist? Liam Dawson is waiting. The middle stump has been flattened. The front foot is fine from . Just below the waist and Dawson gets a pair. Second ball again. This time cleaned up by a fast full-toss that dipped at the right time. Dawson certainly didn't pick it and was surprised a tad. Third umpire relays the decision and Pistol puts his finger up to send Dawson back. The fightback continues from SA. Liam Dawson b 0(2)

W

to Broad, out Caught by Theunis de Bruyn!! Super catch. Temba is jumping around in joy in the background. This is a collapse now. Root looks glum-faced. Turning in and Broad clipped that off the back foot, off the face of the bat and de Bruyn under the helmet at short leg hangs on. Good reflex action to gobble that up. has three now. Broad out for a golden duck. The reaction time for de Bruyn was 0.37seconds. Broad c Theunis de Bruyn b 0(1)

4

Morkel to Mark Wood, FOUR, that's the first real poor ball I think he's bowled all day. Strays well down leg, and some easy runs for Wood as he helps it along its way

4

Morkel to Bairstow, FOUR, that will run away off the under-edge. Morkel with hands on his head. But England will take them any way they come. Back of a length close to off, Bairstow chances his arm on the cut and is lucky to get it past leg-stump

4

to Mark Wood, FOUR, smashing drive through point as Wood brings up the 200 for England. Lead is 297. Pretty good little session of play for the hosts so far. Flighted ball from , it's not really in the slot, but Wood throws his hands and cracks it brilliantly

4

Morkel to Bairstow, FOUR, craftily done. That's a handy bit of improvisation from Bairstow. Short from Morkel, Bairstow initially shapes to sway away from it and then makes the decision to ramp it over the keeper's head. The execution is brilliant

4

to Mark Wood, FOUR, hacks the slog-sweep from outside off through mid-wicket! Runs are coming for England now, and that target is getting away from South Africa again

4

Morkel to Mark Wood, FOUR, short of length on leg-stump, Wood's hands are visibly cramped but he's somehow able to deflect the short-arm jab very fine and past the keeper

W

to Mark Wood, out Bowled!! That's the end of Wood, but he might have done enough to take the wind out of South Africa. Gets a little carried away this time and tries to pull a ball which isn't even close to being short enough. It skids on and belts off-stump six inches from the top. Mark Wood b 28(36) [4s-4]

OT

to Bairstow, 2 runs, another player who's gone on to cost South Africa dearly after being dropped. It's fifty for Bairstow. Short of length, didn't bounce as much as he expected after seemingly trying to sway away from the line initially. Adjusts beautifully for an instinctive pull through square leg

W

to Bairstow, out Stumped!! De Kock thinks he's got him. Bairstow seems to be walking off too. And this is why: he didn't even drag the back foot back. Flat on leg from , Bairstow misses the slog-sweep while dragging the back foot outside the crease. Good take from de Kock who breaks the stumps on the second attempt. He had enough time as Bairstow's back foot remained unmoved outside the crease. Bairstow st de Kock b 51(76) [4s-6]

4

to Elgar, FOUR, floaty half-volley and Elgar gets his first boundary with a punchy cover drive. Raced away into the gap. Should give him confidence

W

to Heino Kuhn, out Caught by Cook!! There's the edge, and there's the wicket. This one carries through to Cook around shin high, and he gobbles it up comfortably. Not quite a memorable first innings for Heino Kuhn on debut. He's done in by a good one from . The seam is pointing towards leg-slip as he angles it in on a length on off, Kuhn has to play, but the ball just straightens a tad to take the edge. Can't attach much fault to the batsman here. England have the early wicket. Heino Kuhn c Cook b 1(14)

4

to Elgar, FOUR, checks the drive past mid-off, hits it very straight, and it runs away to the boundary. Overpitched from , Elgar presented the full face of the bat while taking his bottom hand off. He's still able to time it beautifully

4

Wood to Elgar, FOUR, gritty punch down the ground for four. Too full from Wood. Elgar bases his gameplan on capitalizing on loose deliveries, while keeping out the good ones. Doesn't miss out

4

Dawson to Elgar, FOUR, brings the sweep out to counter the rough and shovels the ball to the deep square leg boundary. Got a meaty connection on that

4

Dawson to Amla, FOUR, sliding down leg, Amla gets right back at the stumps, and just about manages a fine tickle off the inside edge. It runs away to the ropes

4

Wood to Elgar, FOUR, decks away sharply, takes the edge, and runs away between the slip cordon and gully. It went right through the vacant fourth slip. It was always dying, but might have just carried to the man had he been there. Elgar's problems continue. He's squared up on the back foot again as he feels for the ball. To be fair, there was prodigious movement off the seam on this occasion

4

Dawson to Elgar, FOUR, intent from Elgar. It's a really good shot, this. He jumps out to the pitch of the flighted ball and lofts it with authority over mid-off. Nothing half-hearted about that

4

to Amla, FOUR, starts off with a loosener on middle and leg. That's too easy for Amla. Those whippy hands come into play as he powers the ball through square leg

4

to Amla, FOUR, and again. This time through mid-wicket. The fielder was moved squarer after the last boundary, so Amla hits it straighter. Such control from the master. Hitting it at will

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Ali to Elgar, FOUR, converts it into an overpitched delivery and drives firmly straight of mid-on. Excellent use of the feet

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to Elgar, FOUR, squirted through the gully region down to the boundary. It's fifty for Elgar. Not the prettiest of knocks, but a gritty one. That's basically what Elgar is all about

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Ali to Amla, out Lbw!! Ali rips one in to trap Amla right in front of off. What a massive wicket. It's a body blow to South Africa and it's been delivered by Ali, after an innocuous first couple of overs. All of a sudden, he gets sharp turn from outside off to surprise Amla. Amla had shuffled across quite a bit, which is usually the way he plays off-spin. He backs himself to work the ball to leg. But this one is a ripper. Elgar wants to discuss about the possibility of a review, but Amla himself doesn't even want to consider it. He is off. Amla lbw b Ali 29(40) [4s-3]

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Ali to Duminy, FOUR, drops the last one short and Duminy is away. He rocks back and crunches it through point

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Wood to Duminy, FOUR, pounces on the half-volley as he unfurls an elegant little drive through the covers. That will make him feel good

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Ali to Elgar, out Caught by Ballance!! 100 Test scalps for Ali. After 2000 Test runs in the morning. Does the double and joins a select band. A good catch at short leg. That flew off the inside edge onto pad and then to Ballance who hung on. Hit his chest and he clutched it. Was full and invited Elgar forward to block, but the inside edge onto the pad was found. What a big wicket that is and Ali it is who does it again. Keeps taking important wickets. Now England have a way into the middle-order. Elgar c Ballance b Ali 54(118) [4s-8]

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Ali to Duminy, FOUR, sloppy from Wood at fine leg. He didn't bend down fully and allowed the ball to escape through his left-hand. A cute paddle from Duminy and at best it was two

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to Duminy, out Lbw!! Given out lbw. Will Duminy review? No. He walks off. Good decision too by S Ravi. Impact was in-line and it brushed both pads almost simultaneously. Vicious nip-backer from , past the inside edge and thudding into the pad. "That is absolutely stone plumb" goes Bumble in his distinctly unique Lancastrian accent. HawkEye shows it is crashing into middle. pumps his clenched fists in delight. SA in trouble now. Duminy lbw b 15(38) [4s-3]

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to Bavuma, FOUR, sliding down leg. Easy for Bavuma as he glances to the fine leg fence. Pressure-releasing boundary

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Ali to Theunis de Bruyn, FOUR, Theunis de Bruyn takes on Ali and gets four. Down the track and to the pitch before lofting over mid-off

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to Theunis de Bruyn, FOUR, this is more stylishly played and four as the ball runs away down the hill. Theunis de Bruyn took it from middle and unfurled the wrists to clip it beautifully through mid-wicket beating Wood's chase and dive

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Ali to Bavuma, FOUR, sees the tossed up delivery from the hand and decides to come down. Lofts over mid-on and it's a boundary. Had to take Ali on and it paid off well

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Ali to Bavuma, FOUR, trifle short and Bavuma uses his supple wrists to whip that wide of mid-wicket. Into the gap and scooted away. Almost VVS-esque that. Picking from outside off and getting it to the fence

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Dawson to Theunis de Bruyn, FOUR, a gentle loosener from Dawson and Theunis de Bruyn gets four. Dragged down, sliding into the pads, whipped past mid-wicket effortlessly

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to Bavuma, FOUR, Jennings on the dive at cover allows the ball to go past him. is shaking his head. Pitched up outside off and a gentle caress by Bavuma. Should've been stopped

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to Bavuma, FOUR, nice drive and again is seen shaking his head. Opened the bat face on the cover drive and directed it into the gap. Fine stroke, with the weight towards the ball

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Dawson to Theunis de Bruyn, FOUR, got too close to the pitch of that, but shovelled it over mid-off. The bat face opened slightly but had enough elevation to clear the fielder. Aggression from Theunis de Bruyn as he charged Dawson

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to Bavuma, FOUR, short ball outside off, Bavuma flashes it through the gully region. I reckon he wanted to get under the ball for the upper-cut, but didn't get the elevation he desired. Anyway, it just flew off the bat to Anderson's right, and he barely had time to react. Zooms past him in no time

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Wood to Theunis de Bruyn, leg byes, 1 run, de Bruyn plays right across one. Gosh, that's close. Not out, says umpire Ravi. Surely Root has to go upstairs. He does. Now then. Hmm, looks like it's going down leg on the first replay. They're checking for an edge, but doesn't seem like he's hit it. Here's Hawkeye: it's clipping leg-stump. But the way he walked across the stumps and then missed the ball, it looked a lot closer in real time. Fair call from all parties involved

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to Theunis de Bruyn, FOUR, clipped down to fine leg .. there's no fine leg. The fielder was too square. Easy boundary off the hips as loses his line

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to Bavuma, FOUR, Bavuma back-cuts for four! Too wide from , with no third man. Bavuma threw his hands at it

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Wood to Theunis de Bruyn, FOUR, there's the pull again from de Bruyn. He stylishly slaps this over mid-wicket off the front foot with a bent knee. Wasn't all that short but he quickly got into position. Gaining in confidence

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to Bavuma, FOUR, gets it away fine .. and into the fine leg boundary. Had to pick the ball from middle stump before maneuvering it behind square to evade the fielder

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to Theunis de Bruyn, out Caught by Bairstow!! breaks through against the run of play with less than 10 minutes to go for stumps. De Bruyn has thrown it away really. A loss of concentration if anything. Good length delivery outside off, curls away in the air and is met with a nothing poke away from the body. The ball takes a faint edge through to Bairstow who makes no mistake. So the partnership which promised a lot ends at 99. Theunis de Bruyn c Bairstow b 48(85) [4s-6]

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to Rabada, FOUR, firmly punched and the timing on it is exquisite as the ball races away past mid-off for four

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to Rabada, FOUR, beautiful shot. What balance from Rabada. It swung in late and he on the forward move, just checked his push and got it wide of mid-on, it raced away from the middle of the bat. Pure timing and shows he has talent with the bat in hand as well

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to Bavuma, FOUR, after a lean run, he has come back to form with a fifty at Lord's. Gets forward and opens the face of the bat on the drive, that enables him to get the gap wide of cover. Raced away and he soaks in the applause

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Wood to Rabada, FOUR, high full-toss, may have slipped out of his hand. On the stumps, Rabada drives wide of cover-point and that was never going to be stopped from reaching the fence

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Ali to Rabada, FOUR, takes him on and drags the slog over mid-wicket. Used his feet and even though he didn't get to the pitch of it, still went through with the hit

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Dawson to Rabada, out Caught by Bairstow!! Dawson has his first wicket in England. Rabada falls after a gutsy little innings. He has done his job as nightwatchman. Went back to a fairly fullish delivery and thick-edged it behind. Big deflection and well caught by Bairstow. S Ravi had the finger up in a flash and there was no need for a review as well. Dawson is chuffed. So England have the first wicket of the day. Rabada c Bairstow b Dawson 27(55) [4s-4]

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Ali to Bavuma, out Caught by Stokes!! Fine fine bowling. Another big wicket for Mo. He keeps chipping in with the important ones. Bavuma made the mistake of playing back and the ball held its line off the slope to take the edge, deflected off Bairstow's right thigh and lobbed to slip. With the second new ball available now, what a time to get Bavuma out. England well on their way to a big first innings lead. Bavuma c Stokes b Ali 59(130) [4s-9]

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Dawson to de Kock, FOUR, de Kock will play his shots. This was dragged down short and he was quick to go back and pull to the deep square leg boundary. Mo had a chase, but didn't get there in time

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Ali to de Kock, FOUR, slightly short outside off, de Kock picked the length and went back to punch that wide of cover. Scooted away to the fence in no time

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to de Kock, FOUR, when gets too straight, de Kock can play this shot. Angled in off and middle, clipped through the vacant mid-wicket region for four

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to de Kock, FOUR, shakes his head. Isn't happy for going for a second boundary. Width there on that good length delivery outside off, de Kock smashes the cut wide of cover and gets successive fours

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to de Kock, FOUR, the best shot of the lot. Three in a row. Pitched up outside off, luring de Kock into the shot, who is up to it and drives on the rise, with an open face, wide of cover again and he ends the over in great fashion

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to Philander, FOUR, drifting down leg, glanced away fine, a welcome boundary to fine leg. But Philander still feels the pain, looks uncomfortable out there

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to Philander, FOUR, good length outside off, lovely back-cut by Philander. Used the pace and directed it between gully and backward point. Second boundary for Philander

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to de Kock, FOUR, has been very expensive in this spell. This drifts onto the pads and de Kock flicks it away between the two men in the deep. Split them to perfection. One more boundary to his name

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to de Kock, FOUR, floaty overpitched delivery outside off and de Kock won't miss out. Got forward and drilled the drive wide of mid-off. Brings up the 50 stand as well

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to de Kock, FOUR, that's a brilliant shot. Wide of mid-on. Too full from and de Kock used his wrists to play the whip. There was deep mid-wicket but he had no chance. just puffs his cheeks out in disappointment. Second time today that de Kock has got three boundaries in an over off

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Ali to de Kock, FOUR, lovely shot. Down the track and against the spin. Got to the pitch and flicked it over mid-wicket. Nearly went all the way

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Ali to de Kock, FOUR, steps out and lofts over mid-wicket. Gets fifty and soaks in the applause for the knock. Got to the pitch of this tossed up delivery and didn't hold back. Knows deep mid-wicket is vacant and plays the ball in the air. Hearty applause for his innings. He has counter-attacked superbly here

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to de Kock, out Caught by Stokes!! Gone. What a good low catch by Stokes at a short cover-point. Full and outside off, de Kock was walking into the drive, the bat face opened and he wasn't in control of the shot. Failed to keep it down and Stokes hung on as the ball looked set to kiss the turf. He gets up and flings the ball away in joy. The England team are all smiles. A wicket and a huge one, just before the lunch break. Just what the hosts needed. de Kock was a real dangerman and was playing superbly out there. The trap set worked to a nicety. de Kock c Stokes b 51(37) [4s-10]

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Dawson to Maharaj, FOUR, not a very good start to the session. Dawson will be disappointed with that. He drops it short and wide, and is cut away to the backward point boundary

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Wood to Philander, FOUR, that's been smashedddd! Wood not quite up there with his pace yet, and is shredded through mid-wicket. Short of length, 83mph, sits up for Philander who rocks back and pummels it

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Dawson to Maharaj, out Lbw!! Loud appeal from the keeper, very little from anyone else. Well, Root has walked in from mid-off and has taken the review. Maharaj was down the pitch, so it's probably a long shot. Definitely pad first. Hang on a minute, it's hitting. Joe Root, you genius. Or was it Jonny Bairstow? It was pretty straight from Dawson, but you can see why umpire Paul Reiffel hasn't given this. He's well down the pitch. But we have seen these given in this day and age. Maharaj lbw b Dawson 9(22) [4s-1]

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Wood to Philander, FOUR, opens the bat-face and just guides the ball behind backward point for four. He's looking pretty comfortable off the back foot against Wood

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Wood to Philander, FOUR, that's got big on Philander, and he's top-edged it straight over the keeper. Really bangs this bouncer in after being pulled away a couple of times. Philander was in no control

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Wood to Philander, FOUR, what a reply! Gets forward and smokes a drive through extra-cover. Brilliant shot. Wasn't very full either, Philander just swung through the line on the up

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Wood to Philander, FOUR, four more through extra-cover. This one's much fuller, and Philander doesn't need a second invitation. Didn't quite get hold of it, but found the gap

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Dawson to Philander, 3 runs, the ball grips and squares Philander up completely. He should have been forward to that. Nevertheless, the edge runs away past slip and brings up Philander's fifty. He's been hit a few times, so a very gutsy knock here

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Ali to Philander, out Bowled!! Down the track for a big swing, gets an inside edge which deflects off the boot and rolls back to the stumps. South Africa have been bowled out for 361. Philander b Ali 52(86) [4s-7]

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Morkel to Jennings, FOUR, attacking the ribs is Morkel, but Jennings got inside the line of that to tickle it away down to fine leg. Was in control of that and it raced away. Nice way to open your account in a Lord's Test

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Morkel to Jennings, no ball, FOUR, now Morkel oversteps. And worse, he has got it on the pads, flicked through mid-wicket. Second boundary of the over. Jennings as we saw in India, is a very good player off the pads and he doesn't miss out

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to Cook, out Caught by de Kock!! Edged and gone. strikes and the redoubtable Cook is gone. Totally uncharacteristic from him. He generally leaves these outside off deliveries alone, early on. This time though he went for a big back foot punch to a length delivery angling across and only edged it behind. Easy take for de Kock and the first blow has been nailed. Cook c de Kock b 3(13)

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to Jennings, out Lbw!! Will Jennings review? Given out by S Ravi for LBW. He is walking. After a chat with Ballance. Gone! Need to see the HawkEye to see where that pitched. That will be the only doubt regarding the decision. Struck Jennings pretty low on the pad and would've gone onto hit the stumps. Good delivery again, attacking the stumps and missing the forward block to rap the pad. This is a mean, mean operator with the new ball. When the conditions are helpful, he is one of the world's best and he is showing it today. Hoho! Oh Jennings. That has pitched an inch outside leg. If he had reviewed that, would've been still batting. Inexperience from both Jennings and Ballance. As Bumble points out, should use their reviews well. And it's missing leg as well. Jennings lbw b 8(12) [4s-2]

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to Root, FOUR, short outside off and he has latched on. Gave him the room to slash and he went on his toes to upper-cut that. Deliberately played as well. Over the slip cordon and it raced away. Third man region is vacant and Root knew that

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to Ballance, FOUR, first bad ball he has bowled today. Full and outside off, driven off the front foot and raced away through cover. Leant forward on the stroke and timed it away to the fence. That should give Ballance plenty of confidence

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to Root, FOUR, top edge and can fine leg get there? No he can't. What a chance that was for the fielder. May have been the sub Markram. Good short delivery, dug in, Root took it on and top-edged it. Had the fielder been right back, would've carried, but he had to backpedal and then leapt with his right hand over his head to try and catch that. Didn't even get a fingertip on that. can't believe that it hasn't been taken. Big big moment. Certainly catchable

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Morkel to Ballance, FOUR, half-volley and Ballance doesn't miss out. He gets forward and creams the drive through the vacant cover region. On a bent knee and it raced away

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Morkel to Ballance, out Lbw!! Given out LBW again. By S Ravi. Ballance reviews. After a chat with Root. Front foot is fine. Shouldn't be a problem with height as well. Struck below the kneeroll. No inside edge onto the pad. Three Reds. Gone. Plumb. England sink further. This was fuller than a good length and nipped sharply off the seam, to crash the pad, after missing the bat. Ballance may have felt that it would've missed or going over - wasn't the case. Striking the stumps. S Ravi got that right. Ballance lbw b Morkel 20(41) [4s-2]

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to Bairstow, FOUR, intentionally played. With soft hands and off the face of the bat. Wide of the diving third slip. Ran away to the third man fence. He is off the mark as well

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Morkel to Bairstow, FOUR, trifle short outside off and Bairstow cuts it away. Went in the air but in the gap between gully and point. Put the bad ball away

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to Root, FOUR, straight through Duminy's hands at gully. Another drop. Duminy may have lost it in the background and also surprised at how quickly the ball came to him at head-height. More woe for . Bowled it fuller and outside off, drew the cover-drive and produced the edge. Duminy stretched his hands up to catch it, brushed the fingertips and went away

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to Root, FOUR, too full and too easy for Root. On off and middle, flicked wide of square leg and once it beats the fielder, it keeps getting away. No chasing that one down

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to Root, FOUR, can't err to Root on the pads. He will pick you away, every time. No swing this time, on the leg-stump and flicked away past the mid-wicket fielder

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to Bairstow, out Lbw!! What a bowler this man is. Gets his third. He may not have the express pace of the others, but there is no better exponent of seam and swing in world cricket at the moment, in the longest format of the game than Big Vern. Pitches this on a good length, nips back in and then raps Bairstow right in front. Pistol Paul Reiffel had the finger up in a flash. Once Bairstow didn't get bat, he was a dead duck. Had a nod at Root who must have told him to go and off he went. Didn't waste a review. Clipping shows HawkEye. But that's good enough. Hit on the back leg too. Bairstow has been in great form in the last year or two in Tests and to get him out early is a big bonus for SA. Bairstow lbw b 10(25) [4s-2]

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to Stokes, FOUR, juicy full delivery on the pads and knows it. Chides himself for allowing Stokes to get off the mark with that flick. Stokes's eyes must have lit up when he saw that. Just timed the shot and put it in the gap

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Morkel to Root, FOUR, on the pads and that's just the release of pressure which South Africa wouldn't have wanted so early after lunch. It's full on middle, and that's enough for Root to clip it away past square leg

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to Stokes, FOUR, he has absolutely climbed into that one. What authority. A little short, a little wide, and Stokes slaps it through the covers with disdain

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Morkel to Root, FOUR, nicely done. Back of a length outside off, Root opens his bat-face late to steer the ball away behind point for four. Had it all in control

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to Stokes, FOUR, flashes at a wide one and the ball flies away off a thick edge for four. There's no third slip, but I'm not sure he could have done anything about it either. It zoomed away off the edge rather quickly. But did manage to get Stokes drawn into that tempter

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Morkel to Stokes, FOUR, that's proper batting. He left the previous two deliveries which were on a good length, causing Morkel to pitch it further up, and then gets right to the pitch of the ball and drives handsomely back past the non-striker. He had Root scurrying back into the crease for a bit, but there was nothing to worry about

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to Stokes, SIX, how will Stokes play ? Here's your answer. Just the second ball, he shimmies down and lofts him over mid-off for an effortless six

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to Stokes, FOUR, well flighted around off which draws another big hit out of Stokes, but he hasn't got this all that well. It's been popped over Duminy at mid-on who thinks he's a chance, but the ball drops behind him despite his best efforts

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to Root, 1 run, so in his first innings as England captain, Root has fifty. This has been an excellent hand from the skipper, who came in when his team was in some strife. It's his bread and butter shot to get there, clipping the ball off his pad to long leg

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to Root, FOUR, short from , which has been a feature of this spell, and Root decides to take it on this time. Once he makes that decision, it's imperative that he get on top of the ball, and he does that brilliantly to pull it away through square leg

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to Root, no run, Root takes on 's bouncer yet again. He doesn't know much about this one. It pops up in the air, and the catch is taken at gully. Now then. Loud appeal from South Africa, but the umpire isn't interested. And Elgar has decided to take this upstairs. It's right off the helmet actually. Firstly, it was questionable whether had anything behind the line, but the third umpire gave him the benefit of the doubt which drew a huge gasp from the crowd when they heard it live. But the bat wasn't anywhere close

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to Root, FOUR, how well has this been timed? Just a push from Root, maneuvering the ball in the gap, and it's raced away through cover-point. A big forward stride is what made the shot as he got right to the pitch of it

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to Root, FOUR, nifty footwork to take the ball on the full before flicking it away through mid-wicket. That's excellent batting from Root, not allowing the spinner to settle while not taking unnecessary risks

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to Stokes, FOUR, another sweep and this time he makes sure to get it squarer. The speed off the bat means that despite the fielder only having to move around 10-12 metres to his left, he isn't able to get there

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Morkel to Stokes, no ball, byes, FOUR, knocked him over .. oh goodness me, it's a no-ball. It's a massive no-ball. He had just aborted from his delivery stride after losing his run-up, and the next time he tries is this one, and he still doesn't get it right. The back of length delivery zipped through from round the wicket and floored Stokes as he tried to play across the line. Went right through his gate. What a reprieve. Stokes was down on his knees and when he looked up, Root was smiling at him

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Morkel to Root, FOUR, back of a length wide of off, Root uses the pace of the ball to glide it through gully for four

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de Bruyn to Stokes, FOUR, full and swinging in, it turns out to be a low full toss and Stokes flicks it behind square. Clumsy effort from Morkel in the deep as he deflects the ball into the boundary. Stokes thinks he has fifty and raises his bat to an applause, but he clearly hasn't. That wicket off the no-ball has thrown some scoring systems astray

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Morkel to Root, 2 runs, full on middle, Root clips it backward of square to pick a couple. Also brings up the hundred-run stand

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de Bruyn to Stokes, 2 runs, now he gets fifty, and sheepishly raises his bat again to a similar applause. A full in-swinger from de Bruyn, Stokes flicks it away through square leg. He's not totally consumed by the fifty, and has the awareness to get back for two. Good running

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to Stokes, FOUR, fine shot. Was not that shortish to cut or punch off the back foot, but Stokes has got great eyes. Flashes it away and wide of backward point who dived to no avail. Raced away

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to Root, FOUR, too quick and down leg, Root kneels down, and plays the cute paddle. Did enough bat and got it fine enough to enable it run away to the fine leg fence. Moves into the 80s

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to Stokes, out Caught by de Kock!! Feather and Stokes is walking off. Paul Reiffel has the finger up. looks pumped, while Stokes is shaking his head as he trudges back. Fiery short ball, climbing all the time, Stokes went for the instinctive pull and toe-ended it. de Kock takes it over his face and appeals. Clearly there was a tickle. The breakthrough that South Africa badly needed has been found. Stokes c de Kock b 56(108) [4s-8 6s-1]

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to Root, FOUR, trifle short outside off and Root doesn't miss out. Rocks back and cuts, manages to beat Temba's dive at cover-point. The little man did his best, but the ball beat him and then ran away

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to Root, FOUR, edged for sure, but down to ground and wide of gully. Pressed forward to defend this good length delivery outside off and got it past the dive of the man. Still no third man and Root moves into the 90s

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to Root, FOUR, more in control this time. Intentionally played and well done too. Hung back and opened the bat face to direct it wide of gully once more. Just a hit away from his hundred now

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to Root, 3 runs, "Rooootttttttttttt" go the headmasterly Lord's crowd. 100 on his England captaincy debut. A special player, dotting a special occasion with a special hundred. Too many specials in that. Because he is special. Joe Root take a bow. Not a chanceless innings, but he has made the most of his luck and the generosity of the Proteas. Should've been out at least twice and boy has he kicked on or what. That's what great players do. Never allow a chance to go unpunished. 12th Test hundred for Root. This is how he got there: he paddles a full delivery sliding down leg towards fine leg and comes back for the third. A standing ovation from everyone at the ground as he punches the air and then gets the appreciation from his partner. Slightly subdued celebration from Root. I expected a more aggressive one. Maybe that's what captaincy and its responsibilities bring I guess - maturity! First match at Lord's as captain and a hundred to cap it off. Can't get better than that. And against a quality attack too, which it makes the effort all the more sweeter

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to Moeen Ali, FOUR, hard sweep and four. Got his front leg outside the line of off and then smashed it through backward square

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to Moeen Ali, FOUR, half-volley outside off, slanted across, Moeen Ali bends his back leg and creams it through the covers. Bat came down nicely on the ball

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to Moeen Ali, FOUR, this is even better. Full bat flourish on the drive. Again overpitched outside off, width was there too and Moeen Ali accepts the gift to smash the drive through the covere region

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to Root, SIX, that's Root at his best. Down the track and lofts effortlessly over mid-off. Went all the way too. Took the tossed up delivery and then decided to use his feet

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to Root, FOUR, all that hard work by Rabada has gone to waste. The trailing hand drags it over the line. A paddle from Root, racing away and Rabada giving chase pulled the ball back, but it trickled back over after touching the other hand. But full marks for the effort

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to Moeen Ali, FOUR, Moeen Ali will take on. Down the track and lofts over mid-on. Cleared the fielder and dribbled away

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de Bruyn to Root, FOUR, he is toying around with the bowling now. Walks across and then flicks the length ball wide of mid-wicket and there is no-one in the deep to cut that off. Root even took a step or two out to meet the ball

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de Bruyn to Root, FOUR, too easy for Root. Especially when this is gentle stuff dished out. Floaty overpitched delivery on off, Root flicks effortlessly wide of mid-on. This is what is called as feasting on a tired attack

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de Bruyn to Root, FOUR, dross from de Bruyn to a man batting on 130-odd. Full-toss on off, Root whips wide of mid-on, where Philander didn't even bother diving. That was placed wide of him

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to Root, FOUR, no-one behind square on the fence. And it's four. Takes it from outside off and nails the sweep. Hard. Through square leg and it runs away

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to Root, FOUR, he is so good with the sweep. Kneels down and sweeps hard and flat in the air through square leg. Picked the tossed up delivery and didn't hold back

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to Root, 1 run, and now the crowd erupts as Root punches the ball through to sweeper cover to get to 150. It keeps getting better for him

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to Moeen Ali, 2 runs, on the pads again and two more runs through the same area. That gets Moeen Ali to his 10th Test fifty. He's batted fluently today and scored at a decent clip

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to Root, FOUR, what a sorry tone to set first ball. Short and wide, a real drag-down, Root cracks it off the back foot through cover-point

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to Root, FOUR, flashes hard and slices a length ball over a leaping Bavuma at backward point. He saw the width and went hard at it. Really flew off the bat. The ball just about evaded Bavuma's reach

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to Root, FOUR, he's starting to go for his shots now, some very extravagant ones at that. Good length ball outside off, a proper Test match length, but Root stands tall and drives blisteringly on the up through the covers

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to Root, FOUR, short into the body, it's not high enough, and Root bludgeons it through square leg. Complete disdain

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to Moeen Ali, 1 run, full just outside off, Ali pushes to the left of mid-off and strolls across for the single. A cheer goes up as the 150-run stand comes up. It's come off just 177 balls

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to Moeen Ali, FOUR, South Africa leaking runs towards the end. Ali has smashed this through backward point. Not much movement of the feet, sees the width, throws his hands and belts it away

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to Root, FOUR, oh what a shot! What class from Joe Root. He's driven that off the back foot, which is such a difficult shot to play. Back of a length outside off, Root spears it through cover-point

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Morkel to Moeen Ali, FOUR, brilliant drive on the rise. It was pitched up and Moeen Ali didn't hold back. Got forward and laced it on the up and it raced away past cover. No fielder even moved. Spoils a fairly good over

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to Root, FOUR, just a push off the back foot. Saw the length and decided to play the ball by going back. Found the gap, wide of cover and it raced away. Two fielders gave chase, but the ball was always going to win

W

Morkel to Root, out Caught by de Kock!! So the Lord's curse has struck Root. He won't become the first man in history to get two double-tons at the home of cricket. Standing ovation from everyone and richly deserved too. Needed a good delivery to get him out. And that's what Morkel produced. On a good length and with just a hint of nibble away, Root looked to defend and tickled it through to de Kock who almost dropped it. Hung on. There was an overruling made with regards to the decision to check Morkel's front foot. So Root walks away head bowed in disappointment, but bat raised to all corners to soak in the applause. Replays show that Morkel's front foot was fine. Root c de Kock b Morkel 190(234) [4s-27 6s-1]

W

Morkel to Liam Dawson, out Lbw!! Given out lbw. Dawson immediately reviews. Hit on the pad above the kneeroll. "There is no bat involved in this" says the third umpire. Waiting for ball-tracking. Clipping the top of leg. So Liam Dawson has to go. It will be umpire's call. So two wickets in quick time and that's what SA needed. Nip-backer, down the slope and traps Liam Dawson in front. The SLA goes for a duck. Dawson was a tad late in defending that. Liam Dawson lbw b Morkel 0(2)

4

to Broad, FOUR, edged again and this goes wide of de Kock. No luck for . de Kock dived to his left, but it went right in the gap. No chance for first slip either. Lovely delivery, got Broad to defend and he edged it. Races away to the third man fence

4

Morkel to Broad, FOUR, pitched up outside off, Broad opens the face of the bat on the square drive, gets it past the diving backward point fielder. Beat him fair and square, and Broad gets his first boundary of the day. He came forward initially and then went back on seeing the full length

4

Morkel to Broad, FOUR, edged and four. Between third slip and gully. Pitched up and Broad went for it, but the toe-end of the edge was found and went in the gap. Lucky runs to third man

4

to Moeen Ali, FOUR, fraction short outside off and Moeen Ali has picked that up to pull it fiercely wide of the man at deep mid-wicket. Knew there was a fielder there, but still managed to hit the gap

4

to Moeen Ali, FOUR, 2000 Test runs for Moeen Ali. Well played to get there. It swung in late, but was drifting down, Moeen Ali played the deftest of glances to the fine leg fence. Rabada at deep backward square was too wide to have any chance

4

to Broad, FOUR, Broad didn't know anything at all about that. Thick inside edge on the back foot block and it goes wide of the diving de Kock and races away. More luck for Broad

4

to Broad, FOUR, top edge on the pull and Morkel at fine leg lost it. Very slow to pick that up and it trickles away to the fence. Even if Morkel had reacted faster, would've been very difficult for him to attempt the catch. isn't happy with that effort

W

to Moeen Ali, out Bowled!! Knocked him over. Extra pace and zip from and he has gone through the drive. Moeen Ali driving down the wrong line, past the inside edge and hitting the top of off. Was there for the shot, just that Mo, left a gap between bat and pad. Ends a fine knock though and is a relieved man. Moeen Ali b 87(147) [4s-8]

W

to Mark Wood, out Lbw!! Haha! Mark Wood is so sure that he is out LBW, that he was walking even before the finger was raised by Pistol Reiffel. And had the cheek to nod at the umpire after the call was made. Funny. Nipped back in, stayed low and crashed into the backpad, right in front of middle. Plumbest of LBWs. has two in the over and the end is near. Mark Wood lbw b 0(2)

4

Morkel to Broad, FOUR, Broad will play his shots now. Rocks back and punches with an open face, wide of the diving point and it races away down the slope

4

Morkel to Broad, FOUR, cracking pull. Takes on the short ball and smashes it wide of deep square leg. Hit with raw power and gave the fielder no chance

6

Morkel to Broad, SIX, these are all painful runs for South Africa. Dug in again, Broad top-edges the pull and gets it to the deep backward square fence. There were two men on the ropes for that shot but could only watch it sail over their heads

6

Morkel to Broad, SIX, and again. 50 for Broad. He has a big smile as does Root and Farbrace. He surely likes batting here. Made 169 against Asif, Amir and Co. a few years back. On a greentop. When his side were in trouble. This is another top-edge on the pull and this goes even further - to the same area. Similar delivery to the last one and Broad didn't hold back. Laps up the applause from the Lord's crowd

4

to Anderson, FOUR, controlled edge and four. In the corridor of uncertainty and forces Anderson to defend, but the quickie does so with an open face and it runs away wide of gully. Right in the gap and down to the third man fence

6

to Anderson, SIX, Shaun Pollock on air feels that is the shot of the innings. Anderson has charged and hit him for six over mid-wicket. Root and the others love it. Have a huge smile on their faces. They couldn't believe what they just saw. Anderson took on and smote the short of length delivery back into the stands. The crowd are up on their feet too. Certainly wouldn't have pleased for sure

4

Morkel to Broad, FOUR, pitched up and Broad thrashes that through cover. Backed away and drilled that wide of mid-off. Morkel has a look at Broad

D

Morkel to Broad, 1 run, what an effort from Amla at slip. Leapt to his full-height, stretching his right hand out to try and catch that edge. Morkel with a slower delivery outside off, Broad on the slash, gets a thick edge, does enough to evade the leaping Amla. Doesn't stick and goes away to third man. Still will go down as a dropped chance - which is sort of cruel for Amla's sake

W

Morkel to Anderson, out Caught by de Kock!! Gone. Finally. Pitched up outside off, lured the drive, Anderson obliged and edged it. de Kock dived to his left to hang on. Anderson c de Kock b Morkel 12(11) [4s-1 6s-1]