21st Match,
Intercontinental Cup, 2015-17, Dublin

Ireland vs Netherlands

15 August 2017 15:30 (IST)

2nd Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham, 14 July 2017

England vs South Africa

England 4th Inn:133/10 (44.2)

Liam Dawson 5 (13);
Duanne Olivier* 3.2-0-25-2; Keshav Maharaj 12-2-42-3;

Last bat: James Anderson

Result: South Africa won by 340 runs.

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England 2nd Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Alastair Cook c de Kock & b Chris Morris 42 76 6 0 55.26
Keaton Jennings b Philander 3 18 0 0 16.67
Gary Ballance lbw Philander 4 15 1 0 26.67
Joe Root(c) b Chris Morris 8 20 0 0 40
Jonny Bairstow(wk) c Chris Morris & b Maharaj 16 29 3 0 55.17
Ben Stokes c & b Philander 18 44 3 0 40.91
Moeen Ali c Heino Kuhn & b Maharaj 27 37 6 0 72.97
Liam Dawson not out 5 13 0 0 38.46
Stuart Broad c Morne Morkel & b Maharaj 5 12 1 0 41.67
Mark Wood c Chris Morris & b Olivier 0 1 0 0 0
James Anderson c de Kock & b Olivier 0 1 0 0 0
             
Extras(b - 0, lb - 5, w - 0, nb - 0)5
Total(133 all out in 44.2 overs)133 (3 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/4 (Keaton Jennings, 5.5 ov.) 2/28 (Gary Ballance, 11.5 ov.) 3/55 (Joe Root, 18.1 ov.)
4/72 (Alastair Cook, 24.2 ov.) 5/84 (Jonny Bairstow, 29.3 ov.) 6/122 (Moeen Ali, 39.3 ov.)
7/126 (Ben Stokes, 40.3 ov.) 8/133 (Stuart Broad, 43.5 ov.) 9/133 (Mark Wood, 44.1 ov.)
10/133 (James Anderson, 44.2 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Morne Morkel 13 4 30 0 2.31  
Vernon Philander 10 3 24 3 2.4  
Duanne Olivier 3.2 0 25 2 7.51  
Chris Morris 6 3 7 2 1.17  
Keshav Maharaj 12 2 42 3 3.5  
               

South Africa 2nd Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Heino Kuhn c Root & b James Anderson 8 22 1 0 36.36
Dean Elgar c James Anderson & b Stokes 80 136 12 0 58.82
Hashim Amla lbw L Dawson 87 180 14 1 48.33
Quinton de Kock(wk) c Bairstow & b James Anderson 1 4 0 0 25
Faf du Plessis(c) lbw Stokes 63 128 9 0 49.22
Temba Bavuma c Root & b Moeen 15 33 2 0 45.45
Vernon Philander c & b Moeen 42 75 3 2 56
Chris Morris c Ballance & b Moeen 13 23 2 0 56.52
Keshav Maharaj c Broad & b Moeen 1 8 0 0 12.5
Morne Morkel not out 17 15 3 0 113.33
Duanne Olivier dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
             
Extras(b - 8, lb - 8, w - 0, nb - 0)16
Total(343 for 9 in 104 overs)343 (3.3 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/18 (Heino Kuhn, 6.2 ov.) 2/153 (Dean Elgar, 42.5 ov.) 3/154 (Quinton de Kock, 43.3 ov.)
4/216 (Hashim Amla, 68.6 ov.) 5/253 (Temba Bavuma, 79.5 ov.) 6/275 (Faf du Plessis, 90.3 ov.)
7/304 (Chris Morris, 97.6 ov.) 8/307 (Keshav Maharaj, 99.5 ov.) 9/343 (Vernon Philander, 103.6 ov.)
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
James Anderson 20 4 45 2 2.25  
Stuart Broad 19 4 60 0 3.16  
Mark Wood 18 5 68 0 3.78  
Moeen Ali 16 2 78 4 4.88  
Ben Stokes 20 4 34 2 1.7  
Liam Dawson 11 1 42 1 3.82  
               

England 1st Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Alastair Cook c de Kock & b Philander 3 16 0 0 18.75
Keaton Jennings c de Kock & b Morne Morkel 0 9 0 0 0
Gary Ballance b Philander 27 37 5 0 72.97
Joe Root(c) c de Kock & b Morne Morkel 78 76 12 0 102.63
Jonny Bairstow(wk) b Maharaj 45 81 7 0 55.56
Ben Stokes c de Kock & b Maharaj 0 12 0 0 0
Moeen Ali c du Plessis & b Chris Morris 18 29 2 0 62.07
Liam Dawson c Amla & b Maharaj 13 25 2 0 52
Stuart Broad lbw Chris Morris 0 1 0 0 0
Mark Wood c du Plessis & b Chris Morris 6 19 1 0 31.58
James Anderson not out 0 6 0 0 0
             
Extras(b - 4, lb - 10, w - 1, nb - 0)15
Total(205 all out in 51.5 overs)205 (3.95 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/3 (Alastair Cook, 3.6 ov.) 2/3 (Keaton Jennings, 4.1 ov.) 3/86 (Gary Ballance, 18.1 ov.)
4/143 (Joe Root, 29.1 ov.) 5/168 (Ben Stokes, 36.3 ov.) 6/177 (Jonny Bairstow, 40.1 ov.)
7/199 (Moeen Ali, 47.1 ov.) 8/199 (Stuart Broad, 47.2 ov.) 9/199 (Liam Dawson, 48.2 ov.)
10/205 (Mark Wood, 51.5 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Morne Morkel 13 2 45 2 3.46  
Vernon Philander 13 2 48 2 3.69  
Chris Morris 8.5 1 38 3 4.3  
Duanne Olivier 7 0 39 0 5.57 (1w)
Keshav Maharaj 10 1 21 3 2.1  
               

South Africa 1st Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Dean Elgar c L Dawson & b James Anderson 6 19 1 0 31.58
Heino Kuhn b Broad 34 87 7 0 39.08
Hashim Amla c Mark Wood & b Broad 78 149 11 1 52.35
Quinton de Kock(wk) c Cook & b Broad 68 81 8 0 83.95
Faf du Plessis(c) c Bairstow & b Stokes 19 33 3 0 57.58
Temba Bavuma c Bairstow & b Stokes 20 27 4 0 74.07
Vernon Philander c L Dawson & b James Anderson 54 81 9 0 66.67
Chris Morris c & b James Anderson 36 83 5 0 43.37
Keshav Maharaj c Root & b James Anderson 0 5 0 0 0
Morne Morkel c Bairstow & b James Anderson 8 12 2 0 66.67
Duanne Olivier not out 0 1 0 0 0
             
Extras(b - 0, lb - 12, w - 0, nb - 0)12
Total(335 all out in 96.2 overs)335 (3.48 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/18 (Dean Elgar, 8.6 ov.) 2/66 (Heino Kuhn, 27.4 ov.) 3/179 (Quinton de Kock, 52.1 ov.)
4/194 (Hashim Amla, 58.4 ov.) 5/220 (Faf du Plessis, 63.4 ov.) 6/235 (Temba Bavuma, 67.2 ov.)
7/309 (Vernon Philander, 90.5 ov.) 8/317 (Keshav Maharaj, 92.4 ov.) 9/330 (Chris Morris, 94.6 ov.)
10/335 (Morne Morkel, 96.2 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
James Anderson 23.2 6 72 5 3.09  
Stuart Broad 22 4 64 3 2.91  
Mark Wood 17 3 61 0 3.59  
Ben Stokes 18 3 77 2 4.28  
Liam Dawson 7 1 26 0 3.71  
Moeen Ali 8 1 21 0 2.63  
Keaton Jennings 1 0 2 0 2  
               
All|Overs 1-50|Overs 51-100
OT

Morkel to Cook, no run, what a start! Morkel is one of the best bowlers against left-handers. Angles in from a short of length and Cook is caught in his crease. He is beaten by the pace as well. He was rapped on the back leg, but was well above the knee-roll. Cook went up immediately and rightly so. Good review

W

to Jennings, out Bowled!! Through the gates of Jennings. The wall has been breached. Having taken a few across Jennings, gets this one to nip in just a bit. The ball finds enough space between the bat and pad to sneak through. Off-stump gets uprooted and lights the lamp of South African hopes of finishing this one today. Jennings b 3(18)

4

to Ballance, FOUR, runs off the edge of the bat. Ballance was prodding forward to defend, the ball moved slightly and took the edge to roll past the man at gully

4

Morkel to Cook, FOUR, leading edge but flies wide of the man at gully. Cook got squared up there trying to work the angle into the on-side. The edge evaded a flying fielder to roll to the fence

OT

Morkel to Ballance, no run, short of a good length ball that jagged in sharply and beat the defensive blade of Ballance to hit him high on the pad. Faf took his time before sending it upstairs

4

to Cook, leg byes, FOUR, rare from , slips it down the leg-side. Cook wants to tuck it, deflects off the pad to the fine leg fence

W

to Ballance, out Lbw!! This one clearly kept low as evident on replays where Ballance's bat was a few inches higher when the ball approached him and thudded him on the pad as he stayed on the back foot. The on-field umpire was not convinced but Faf trusted his bowler and sent it upstairs to get the decision reviewed. Ballance lbw b 4(15) [4s-1]

4

to Cook, FOUR, edged again but runs down to the third man fence. Cook was on the back foot to defend, could not handle the angle and edged. Was lucky to have avoided a diving third slip fielder

4

to Cook, FOUR, poor ball and put away. On the legs of Cook and he gets across before flicking it through mid-wicket

4

to Cook, FOUR, Cook covers the angle and punches past the fielder at mid-off. Long chase from that man but the ball beats his dive to the fence

4

to Cook, FOUR, neither convincing nor where he intended, but Cook will collect a boundary. Fullish and outside off, Cook is drawn into the drive and slices it off the outer half to the right of backward point. Was in the air for a while but luckily had got it in the gap

W

Morris to Root, out Bowled!! Knocked 'im over. "It was a kind of delivery that Morris would bowl in limited overs cricket," Michael Holding sums it up on air. The perfect yorker you would say, right in the blockhole and bit of tail away, Root might have not been expecting that as he was clealy late in bringing his bat down, the ball had sneaked through to hit the base of off-stump. Huge wicket for South Africa, one that would give them hope of leveling the series. Morris enjoyed that wicket - a leap followed by a fist pump to celebrate. Root b Morris 8(20)

4

to Cook, FOUR, lovely shot! Pitched up and right in the slot for Cook, who this time moves his feet nicely, gets a good stride forward and creams the drive through extra cover. Maharaj was never going to catch that

4

to Bairstow, FOUR, top shot! keeps leaking runs. Nice way to open ones account. Fullish and on off, Bairstow presents the straight bat and drives it past a squarish mid-on, all timing from the wicket-keeper

4

to Bairstow, FOUR, bit too full and on leg-stump, that is easy pickings for any batsman, Bairstow lifts his back leg as he whips it in front of square on the leg-side, raced down to the fence

W

Morris to Cook, out Caught by de Kock!! The plan has worked for Faf and Morris. They discussed about the short ball to Cook in the previous over and Morris waited for a long time before digging one in. When he did, it was right on the money, aimed for Cook's throat from round the wicket. The former England captain had nowhere to go as he took his eyes off the ball, tried to get his gloves out of the way, but the ball had pinged them and flown to the right of de Kock, who dives across to take it one-handed. England in all sorts of trouble. Cook c de Kock b Morris 42(76) [4s-6]

4

Morris to Stokes, FOUR, off the outer half and beat Bavuma's chase. Good length ball around off, Stokes presses forward to defend, the ball deviates to catch the outer edge and raced away behind point

4

Morkel to Bairstow, FOUR, overcooked. And dealt with a heap of disdain. Falls over, gets right to the pitch of it and whips it away to bisect the gap around mid-wicket

W

to Bairstow, out Caught by Chris Morris!! The greed to hit yourself out of trouble, and the lunch break seems to have done that to Bairstow. More of the flight from , teases him into coming down, and he obliges. Dances down, is undone by the sharp dip, too close for comfort in the end as he unleashes an uppish whip. Neither the elevation, nor the distance. All he gets is getting it down the throat of mid-on. Reckless. Bairstow c Chris Morris b 16(29) [4s-3]

4

to Stokes, FOUR, all very classy. Stokes doesn't mind showing the full bat as he takes it off the crack-ups outside off. Spanks it down, past mid-off

4

to Stokes, FOUR, now the other side. Some innovation to take the ball through the only side the square on the inner defence doesn't have - leg-slip. Drags the paddle from well outside off and flat bats it very fine

4

to Moeen Ali, FOUR, nails the sweep. Once again walking across, putting the pad out and then the roll of the wrists on it too in brooming it very square for fine leg to clean up

4

to Moeen Ali, FOUR, conventional now. tempts Ali to go for another of his sweeps, tossing it further outside off now. A full faced spanking drive ensues in taking it through the covers

4

to Moeen Ali, FOUR, back to the sweeping ways. Cuts off all the cheek the ball could do out of the rough, with a bury and a close-in sweep. Through the other side of fine leg this time

4

Morkel to Moeen Ali, FOUR, squared up. No reward. Pitches on middle as Mo looks to work it with the angle. Jags away at the very last moment in groping the outside edge and running away through the tiny gap between point and gully. Morkel once again has a beauty to the fence

4

Morkel to Moeen Ali, FOUR, the half volley now. Moeen, after waiting on the back foot, spots and gets just the right amount of forward in a drill through cover

4

to Moeen Ali, FOUR, gets out the drive. One in the slot, read too full. And hammers it through a leaping-for-cover silly point

OT

to Moeen Ali, no run, has the nick been found? South Africa think so. The umpire thinks so. But Mo doesn't. Could it be the bat nicking the pad? Well it does as it comes down off his high backlift. But that's well before the ball passes the edge. But there is a thin spike as the ball passes the bat and then a stray one once it goes past. The third ump is in no mood to budge. Calls it insignificant. To be fair there isn't much of a deviation off the seam as well. Overturn it.

W

to Moeen Ali, out Caught by Heino Kuhn!! One sweep too many. The man had been placed there literally two balls ago, precisely for this shot. And Moeen succumbs. Obliges rather to make Faf look like a genius. Attempts to take one out of the rough, a touch too early this time with his broom. Kicks up, takes the top edge and flies down to square leg. Mo's luck with the DRS lasts only a couple of balls. Moeen Ali c Heino Kuhn b 27(37) [4s-6]

W

to Stokes, out Caught&Bowled!! Another soft one. The softest of the lot. England on a slide, and it only keeps hastening. A pitched up length at 77mph, sticks onto the surface as well as it gets close enough. Stokes, early into his drive down the ground is made to check it. And he checks it into 's palm running in and bending low in his followthrough near his knees. Stokes c and b 18(44) [4s-3]

4

to Broad, FOUR, aerial but over Bavuma at backward point. Broad went for the uppish drive and got off the toe of the bat, was lucky to have evaded a leaping fielder there. Someone taller and Broad would have struggled to get that through

W

to Broad, out Caught by Morne Morkel!! That's it. Broad has had enough. Goes for an irresponsible slog sweep and connects it well but not well enough to clear Morkel at deep mid-wicket. Easily gobbles it up. Broad c Morne Morkel b 5(12) [4s-1]

W

to Mark Wood, out Caught by Chris Morris!! First wicket for in this match. When you go to a flea market, you got to get something for yourself. And has got that. This England batting has been as unorganized as a flee market. Short ball around off, rises quickly. Mark Wood wants to poke it away, deflects low towards gully. Mark Wood c Chris Morris b 0(1)

W

to Anderson, out Caught by de Kock!! That's it. Short ball going across Anderson and he obliges by putting some bat to that. Deflects to de Kock, who was jumping in joy even before it reached him. South Africa win by 340 runs. Anderson c de Kock b 0(1)

4

to Heino Kuhn, FOUR, slides on the legs, gets across and flicks through square leg to get off the mark

OT

to Heino Kuhn, leg byes, FOUR, was a full that cut in sharply to beat Heino Kuhn's bat on the defence and hit him high on the pad. and Co appealed for an lbw only to be denied by the umpire

W

to Heino Kuhn, out Caught by Root!! Edged and taken at second slip. Heino Kuhn was drawn forward to push. The ball moved away late to take the edge, carried low to Root but he did well to get his palms under the ball. Early strike for England, once again courtesy . Heino Kuhn c Root b 8(22) [4s-1]

4

to Amla, FOUR, shortish ball. Amla pulls to fine leg, beats the dive from the fielder there

4

Wood to Elgar, FOUR, fuller ball. Elgar slices the drive past backward point. Races away to the fence

4

Wood to Elgar, FOUR, put away in style. Widht on offer on this full ball. Elgar leans and drives through cover

4

Wood to Amla, FOUR, gets an edge trying to poke away from the body, rolls between the gully and second slip. There's no third man and Amla fetches a four with that

4

Wood to Amla, FOUR, short ball. Rises well, Amla goes back and pulls well in front of square, races to the deep mid-wicket fence

4

to Elgar, FOUR, poor ball and put away. Hurled on the legs of Elgar and he flicks through mid-wicket. No chance for the man in the ring

4

to Elgar, FOUR, edged and it runs past the man at gully. Elgar was caught pushing at this one which left him with the angle and took the edge

4

Ali to Elgar, FOUR, turns around off. Elgar drives out of the rough and finds the gap through cover

4

to Elgar, FOUR, the straightest of drives. Gets a length delivery in the slot and waits for the delivery on his commited full bat face offer as he whisks it down the ground

4

Ali to Amla, FOUR, the aggression. Dances down, gets right to the pitch of it and unfurls the arms in a lofted slam down the ground. One, two and into the fence

4

Ali to Amla, FOUR, Mo follows it up with a juicy full toss. Signed and dispatched with a heave across the line. Mid-wicket this time

4

to Elgar, FOUR, that's just a push and he'll collect his first boundary of the day. Slightly overpitched and Elgar takes full toll of it. He meets with a straight bat and the ball races away beating mid-off

4

to Elgar, FOUR, edged and four! Elgar is slightly squared up by this short of length delivery that kept coming in with the angle and straightened a tad. takes the outside edge, eludes second slip and runs away into the fence

OT

to Elgar, 2 runs, short of length delivery that nips away, Elgar opens his bat face, but the ball takes the outside edge and rolls past the gully fielder. Brings up Elgar's eighth Test fifty. He raises his bat and his effort is appreciated by his team-mates in the dressing room

D

to Elgar, no run, excellent effort from Anderson, but he can't hold onto it. Elgar sees the width outside off on this pitched up delivery and goes hard at it, the outside edge is taken and it flies to the left of gully. Anderson leapt full length, but all he managed was to get a finger or two on it. A mini mix-up as well between the batters, but in the end they make it

4

to Amla, FOUR, shot! Back of a length delivery, Amla gets on top of it and punches it to the right of Stokes at backward point who misfields it. He was a bit late to get to the ball there. The quick outfield does the rest

4

to Elgar, FOUR, that's a gift and Elgar accepts it gleefully. Too straight from and he ends up bowling one on the pads. Elgar beautifully clips it through the vacant mid-wicket region.

4

Wood to Elgar, FOUR, finds the gap between two gully fielders does Elgar. He was in control of this shot. Short of a good length delivery outside off, Elgar opens his bat face and steers it between those two fielders. Races away into the third man fence

OT

Wood to Elgar, 1 run, 100-run partnership for the duo. Comes with a tap to the off-side. South African dressing room stands up to applaud the effort

4

Wood to Amla, FOUR, slashed hard. Amla gets it off the cue end and the ball races between 2nd slip and gully. It was wide, but kept a tad low for the ball to take the bottom of the bat

4

to Elgar, FOUR, Elgar gets into position early and takes on the short delivery. Pulls it well in front of square on the leg-side for a boundary

4

Wood to Elgar, FOUR, controlled edge. It was angling away on a back of a length. Elgar had his eyes on the ball and allows it on the bat as he dabs it with soft hands between 2nd slip and gully

4

Dawson to Amla, FOUR, fuller in length on middle. Amla decides to go over the top and does so. Gets to the pitch of the ball with a little shimmy and chips it over the bowler's head

4

Dawson to Amla, FOUR, Amla takes the fielders inside the circle out of the equation. Comes down the track and thumps it over mid-on. One short of his fifty

6

Dawson to Amla, SIX, this time it is even better. What a way to bring up his fifty. This is the second time he has got to his fifty with a six in this Test match reminds Shane Warne. Amla dances down the ground and nails it over long-on. Raises his bat to the crowd and his teammates, who are up on their feet. Looks like he took a fresh guard as he knows his job is half done

4

Dawson to Amla, FOUR, on the pads again. Amla whips it beautifully off the pads and collects a boundary at deep mid-wicket

W

to Elgar, out Caught by Anderson!! Much needed wicket for England. Persistent short ball theory has done the trick for . A nothing shot from Elgar. He is late on the pull and thinks of pulling himself out of the shot. He is too late and taken his eyes off the ball. Produces the leading edge and lobs to Anderson at backward square leg. Elgar c Anderson b 80(136) [4s-12]

W

to de Kock, out Caught by Bairstow!! ends de Kock's short stay. He never looked comfortable facing his previous deliveries. draws de Kock forward and angles one outside off to create an opportunity. de Kock feels for the ball and gets a snick to Bairstow, who takes a regulation catch. Just what England wanted and the crowd find their voice again. de Kock c Bairstow b 1(4)

4

to du Plessis, FOUR, off the mark with a eye-catching flick. It was sprayed on the pads, du Plessis times it to square leg

4

to du Plessis, FOUR, loud gasp from the crowd, but du Plessis had that under control as he guided the ball past gully. All along the floor

4

to Amla, FOUR, England had been pretty tidy after lunch, until this delivery. It's a touch too straight and that's all Amla needs to tickle it fine of the fielder at fine leg

4

Wood to du Plessis, FOUR, slapped through extra-cover. Short of length, the South African captain is quickly into position and he's right on top of the bounce. Acres of space through the covers

4

to du Plessis, FOUR, pushes forward and pushes forcefully to beat Moeen Ali at mid-off. 's hands sink to his knees. England sagging

4

Wood to du Plessis, FOUR, goes after a wide half-volley and slices it away through backward point. It was too full to resist

4

Wood to du Plessis, FOUR, ooh, not in control this time, but four nonetheless. This one wasn't quite a half-volley so du Plessis wasn't on top of the drive. His bottom-hand came off as he sliced the ball uppishly through the gap at backward point

4

Ali to Amla, FOUR, walks across and paddles the ball away fine for four. So easily done. There's no real footmarks for Ali to work with, so this becomes a relatively safe shot

4

to Amla, FOUR, 's patience breaks and he bowls this too straight on middle. Pure timing from Amla as he clips through mid-wicket. The ploy of bowling outside off is all good if the batsmen are looking to get a move on. However, Amla was happy to let them go earlier, and so it's who blinks first

4

Dawson to Amla, FOUR, Amla goes after Dawson again! He just didn't allow him to bowl earlier in the day, and now that he's back, Amla's gone after him again. Steps out of the crease and lofts the drive over mid-off. Clean strike through the line. It bounces just short of the ropes, on the half-volley

W

Dawson to Amla, out Lbw!! Dawson wants the review after umpire Reiffel dismisses his initial appeal. Amla was out of his crease by a fair way, and so Reiffel confidently rules in favour of the batsman. Root obliges his bowler though. It won't be a surprise if that hits the stumps. And, according to ball-tracking, it is indeed crashing into the stumps. Tossed up on middle, Amla tries to play across the line but misses and is hit on the pad. The line is not a problem as the ball had straightened from round the wicket, and evidently, the height isn't a problem either. Umpire Reiffel has a helpless smile on his face as he reverses the decision. Amla lbw b Dawson 87(180) [4s-14 6s-1]

4

Ali to du Plessis, FOUR, he's hit that sweep much squarer and beats the man at deep backward square. Tossed up outside off, Faf goes down quickly and hits it hard

4

Dawson to Bavuma, FOUR, not blatantly short in length, but Bavuma's short stature allows him the leverage to pull the ball over mid-wicket

4

Ali to Bavuma, FOUR, slides it with the angle across off, Bavuma leans on the ball and drives through cover. That's beautifully timed

OT

Ali to du Plessis, 3 runs, fifty for Faf. Raises his bat to the crowd and celebrates the milestone. A round of applause from the crowd. He pushes it to deep extra cover and scampers back for the third

4

Ali to du Plessis, FOUR, down the pitch and goes over the top. He is quick to get to this flighted delivery on leg-stump line and chip it over the in-field. One bounce and into the fence

W

Ali to Bavuma, out Caught by Root!! Bavuma tries to do what FAF did a little while ago. Tries to go over the top and holes out at mid-off. Gets too close to the ball and doesn't get the timing right. Root takes a simple catch and wears a smile on his face. Bavuma c Root b Ali 15(33) [4s-2]

OT

to du Plessis, no run, wants a review for LBW. His foot is well inside the popping crease. Looks like there is no bat involved. The ball hits the flap of his front pad. HawkEye says it clearly going over the stumps. That never looked out as it it hit very high on the pad. and Stokes were keen and they pushed Root for the review. Coming to the ball - It nipped in and beats the inside edge onto the pad

4

to du Plessis, FOUR, eye-catcher! A half-volley outside off, du Plessis gets to the pitch of the ball and creams it through the cover. Timing at its best

4

to Philander, FOUR, what a shot that is from Philander. He sees the width and throws the bat at it. Had no intentions of keeping the ball down. Goes over cover and into the fence

4

to Philander, FOUR, streaky boundary. Plays it with soft hands and the edge rolls between 2nd slip and gully. Runs away down to third man fence

W

to du Plessis, out Lbw!! Kept very low and is pinged on the pad. Given out on field. FAF wants to take the case upstairs. There is no bat involved and the HawkEye shows three reds. So the decision stays. FAF was hopping in his stumps as it was on a slightly shorter side. The ball kept very low and hit him just above the ankle in front of middle and leg. Paul Reiffel had his finger up in a flash. South Africa lose a review. du Plessis lbw b 63(128) [4s-9]

4

to Philander, FOUR, Philander finds the gap this time. He stands tall and punches it through point and covers. Two men give chase. The ball raced away to the fence

4

to Philander, byes, FOUR, similar line and keeps a tad low, misses everything and runs away into the fine leg fence. Bairstow couldn't stop it as he slipped while moving

4

Wood to Chris Morris, FOUR, shot! Wood pitches it up outside off and it ends up right in the slot for Morris to meet it with a straight bat. Hits through the line and gets a boundary as the ball reaches the long-off fence

4

to Chris Morris, FOUR, powerful hit! A hit-me delivery from Morris. Full and wide outside off, Morris reaches out for it and slaps it through extra cover. Raced away into the fence

W

Ali to Chris Morris, out Caught by Ballance!! Morris perishes looking to play the big shot! A premeditated shot. He got down on one knee even before the ball was delivered. Went for the slog sweep and gets a top edge. His head was facing downwards when he made contact. The ball went miles up in the air. Ballance, at backward square leg, calls for it, and takes a good skyer. Chris Morris c Ballance b Ali 13(23) [4s-2]

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Ali to Maharaj, out Caught by Broad!! Excellent catch from Broad! This was tossed up by Ali and Maharaj decided to go downtown after dancing down the track. He got to the pitch of the delivery, but toe-ended the lofted shot. Broad from long-on, covers a lot of distance and dives to his left to complete a superb catch. Maharaj c Broad b Ali 1(8)

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Dawson to Morne Morkel, byes, FOUR, hits the rough and turns sharp. Morkel let it go and the ball goes well down the leg-side. Turn and bounce, Maharaj will be happy

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Ali to Morne Morkel, FOUR, Morkel tosses it up and bowls full. Morkel goes after it by clearing his front leg and lofts it down the ground. Broad at deepish mid-off doesn't pick it and the ball races away into the fence

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Ali to Morne Morkel, FOUR, take that! Loopy full ball. Too full and Morkel latches onto it. Thumps it over 's head and collects his second boundary. One bounce and over the fence

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Ali to Morne Morkel, FOUR, sees the ball and hits the ball! Not much of flight on this delivery and Morkel bludgeons it over mid-on by clearing his front leg

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Ali to Philander, SIX, wow! That made a superb sound when ball made contact with bat. Sinks low and slog sweeps in the direction of the spin. Over mid-wicket and into the stands

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Ali to Philander, SIX, Ali shifts to round the wicket, but the result is same. Fired in on leg, Philander once again gets low and smacks it over deep mid-wicket - thanks to a slog sweep

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Ali to Philander, out Caught&Bowled!! Philander is dismissed and Faf declares. Philander wanted to smash this out of the stadium with his slog sweep. He is into his stroke too early and the ball loops back towards the bowler, who takes a catch above his head. Philander c and b Ali 42(75) [4s-3 6s-2]

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to Cook, out Caught by de Kock!! South Africa review: Faf went up straightaway. Did not consult any of the players. They are checking for an inside edge catch. UltraEdge shows a spike when ball passes bat. Now, umpire Ravi wants to check if the catch is clean. It is. "Simon there's an inside edge onto the pad, you need to reverse your decision," says S Ravi. Third time lucky for . Had found the inside edge a couple of times in the over and the ball dropped in no man's land, but Cook's luck runs out this time. The ball deflects the front and back pad before looping towards de Kock. It was the inswinger that had been causing problems and it brings about his downfall. Cook walked into the forward defence, without covering for the swing, the inside edge brushes both the pads on its way to de Kock. Early wicket for South Africa. Cook c de Kock b 3(16)

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Morkel to Jennings, out Caught by de Kock!! Two in two for the Proteas. England's top-order woes continue. Morkel follows up Philander's wicket with a peach to get rid of Jennings. It was a nothing shot really from the left-hander. Back of a length and curling away on off, Jennings is on move as he looks to defend, never in position to play that and all he could manage was a thick outside edge to the left of de Kock. Jennings c de Kock b Morkel 0(9)

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Morkel to Ballance, FOUR, off with a bit of streak. Gets a fullish sucker length and draws out a creamy square drive. Forward in no time and opens the bat face too in a carve behind point

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to Root, FOUR, now the elegance. Amidst his back footed delights, Root showcases his skill off the front foot. A friendly length on the fuller side with ample width as well. Firmly driven, full bat faced through the covers

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to Root, FOUR, not the control now. The contrast I tell you. pulls his length back a touch, Root is quickly standing up tall and wafts his bat away from his body. Just as the ball runs away off the thick outside half through gully. Was quite in the air too

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to Root, FOUR, now the speciality. The prolific back footed punch. Up goes the body into an arch and so does the opened up bat face to smear it through sweeper

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Morkel to Ballance, FOUR, in the slot now. A wobbly half volley floated up with the invite. And Ballance latches on to drill it through the covers

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Morkel to Ballance, FOUR, a stray in line. Too straight, too easy. On the hips, and all Ballance had to do was get a tickle on it. Does and the outfield takes care in sending it down to fine leg. 20 off the last two overs - all in boundaries

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to Ballance, FOUR, the vacant third man. And the soft outside edges leak boundaries. Presses well forward hoping to get behind the line of this length delivery. Nibbles away at the very last moment to take a thick chunk off the splice and runs past gully. The deft hands in dealing

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Morris to Root, FOUR, 84.2mph, a rank warm up. A nothing delivery, short, wide and asking to be spanked. A rock back from Root as he slaps it square. And only one way post that

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Morris to Root, FOUR, another short-wide combo. Root this time stays delicate, using the pace as he waits for the ball to get parallel to his eyeline in a late cut of sorts. Through the other side of gully

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to Root, FOUR, looks to surprise with an in-seamer. Too straight for his liking. too easy for Root. Takes it off his pads and dispatches it in front of square with a firm whip. Brings up the 50-run stand in a mere 47 deliveries

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Morris to Ballance, leg byes, FOUR, and again, like Oliver, Morris too looks to surprise with the in-cutter for the final delivery after setting the batsman up with a load of leaves. Well down leg in the process without the swing for help and makes Ballance's job easy of glancing it to give fine leg a tease. Succeeds

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Morris to Ballance, FOUR, a T20 line. The wide yorker now, and Ballance stretches out with a low crouch to throw his bat out on the stab. Toe ends it over gully

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to Root, FOUR, the cross seamed bouncer. Just not the venom. Sits up slowly giving Root all the time to rock back, stand tall, get on the bounce and roll his wrists on it too as he pulls it away through mid-wicket

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to Root, FOUR, the gap between slip and gully. Presses forward in defence, doesn't quite counter all the swing that there is. The soft hands take the outside edge the runs away

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to Root, FOUR, he's put his T20 records to shame. Piles on the slightly pulled back length with a trek inside and flicks it away through mid-wicket. Fifty #28 off a mere 40 balls

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to Ballance, out Bowled!! That's the tonic South Africa needed. First ball from after lunch and he's got rid of Ballance. Another failure for the Yorkshireman, who is once again walking on a thin rope. Almost similar to the Cook dismissal. Good length ball jagged back in and Ballance was pushing forward, well in front of his body, the inside edge takes a deflection and clatters into the stumps. Ballance b 27(37) [4s-5]

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to Bairstow, leg byes, FOUR, beauty! Bairstow did not know much about that. The nip-backer from and Bairstow was left rooted to the crease, he didn't expect it to jag back in that much, struck on the back thigh and QDK is a bit lazy in bending and stopping it. Four runs gifted away

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to Bairstow, FOUR, he's away. Too straight and that is bread and butter for any batsman. Full on off and middle, Bairstow leans nicely into the flick shot and sends it scurrying to the deep mid-wicket fence

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Morkel to Bairstow, FOUR, not the best of shots, but Bairstow will pocket four for that. Back of a length and outside off, Bairstow dabs with the bat well away from him and bisects the cordon to perfection

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to Root, FOUR, fabulous shot! Two men in the deep on the leg-side and he split them expertly. goes short and for his pace it sat up for Root, who swivels and pulls it in front of square, right in between two fielders

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Morkel to Root, FOUR, and now the mastery is back. With the delicate-ests of grips, Root waits for the ball to line up paralle to his eyeline as he dabs this one past the cordon

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to Bairstow, FOUR, aerial but atleast he was in control of the shot. Good length ball outside off, Bairstow triggers forward slightly and drives on the up, the ball was in the air for quite sometime but placed well wide of the point fielder

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Morkel to Root, FOUR, bad delivery and deserved the treatment. Short and down leg, all Root had to do was get some wood on it, he swivels and pulls it fine. No chance for Maharaj in the deep

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Morkel to Bairstow, byes, FOUR, beaten everybody. The prodigous inswinger from Morkel, Bairstow pressed across to defend leaving a gap between bat and ball to sneak through. Missed off-pole by a whisker and kept curling away from the lunging de Kock

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Morkel to Root, out Caught by de Kock!! Huge wicket for South Africa. Faf persisting with Morkel pays off. It's his seventh over on the trot and he's got the England skipper. A loose shot from Root and he had his hand on his head. Good length ball outside off, just a hint of away movement - that has been there all day, Root goes for the ambitious drive and nicks it to the right of the keeper. de Kock flies across and pouches it neatly. Just the wicket South Africa needed at the hour mark. Root c de Kock b Morkel 78(76) [4s-12]

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Morkel to Bairstow, FOUR, the airy dab. Without any sort of control. What's more - has a boundary for himself. Some width dished out and Bairstow steers it in the air, to the right of gully. Third man is never there

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to Bairstow, FOUR, through mid-off. A pitched up delivery asking for the drive and Bairstow obliges with a hard drill. Vernon, slides, does well to anticipate as well but bends his knee to let the ball run through

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to Bairstow, FOUR, all intent. The feet chase the ball, and the ball gives it marching orders. On the lean, right close and spanks it through the covers. A dive does no good either

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to Bairstow, no run, time to disturb the third umpire. An appeal for LBW and Faf decides to review. Pinned quite in front of middle here is Bairstow as he falls over in an overbalanced flick. Looked pretty high to start off. But we do not even get to the Hawk Eye part with UltraEdge showing a spike as it passes the leading edge of the bat. Not out it stays

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to Bairstow, FOUR, goes straight. With getting it full and the ball holding onto the surface as it flies off the inside half on the drive. In the air too as it flies past the outstretched palm

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to Stokes, out Caught by de Kock!! A duck. A 12-ball duck. Denied strike for almost 20-odd minutes and Stokes succumbs. loops it up, gets it to drift just a touch on off and then dip down as it turns just enough to get an inside egde on Stokes's tentative forward block. Onto the pad then and a juggler for QDK. The third umpire now brought in to check if the ball brushed Quinton's hemlet on the way of the juggle. Looks really close, equally inconclusive - especially with Hot Spot not there. Third ump Ravi doesn't quite believe in giving batsmen the benefit of the doubt. OUT it stays. Stokes c de Kock b 0(12)

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to Moeen Ali, FOUR, a first ball slog. Who asked for a sighter. Gets a nice flighted up delivery in the slot, buries down and heaves it over mid-wicket

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to Moeen Ali, FOUR, on the up. On the toes. And on the drive. Hammers it right off the meat with the high elbows signalling the outcome. Through the cover gap

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to Bairstow, out Bowled!! A jaffa. Cleans Bairstow up. And is on a celebratory run of his own. Guess where he learns these from. Loads of air, pitches on middle, turns away, just enough to beat the outside edge on the uncertain defence. What's next - the timber's cleaned up. Deceived completely by the flight, was neither forward nor behind. Oh, Bishan Singh Bedi would be proud. Bairstow b 45(81) [4s-7]

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Morris to Liam Dawson, no run, Morris did not even appeal was celebrating already. de Kock did and the umpire raised his finger only for Liam Dawson to review successfully. Was a shortish ball outside off and Liam Dawson's punch was miles away from edging it

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Morris to Liam Dawson, FOUR, pushes at a length ball and gets the edge to run between the last man at slip and the one standing in the gully region

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to Liam Dawson, FOUR, slides on the stumps. Liam Dawson sweeps and does well to send it to the fine leg fence

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Morris to Moeen Ali, out Caught by du Plessis!! It has worked. Morris has got one. Moeen Ali is on the back foot, thinking about a bouncer and tries to drive a length ball from there, ends up slicing towards backward point. Easy one for the skipper. England sink down further. Moeen Ali c du Plessis b Morris 18(29) [4s-2]

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Morris to Broad, out Lbw!! What a ball for the new man in. For someone as tall as Broad, a yorker is not a bad thing first up. Broad is on the back foot, tries to work from there and misses. Thudded in front but the umpire was not convinced with Morris's appeals. However, the one sitting upstairs gives it in the favour of the visitors. Broad lbw b Morris 0(1)

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to Liam Dawson, out Caught by Amla!! They keep coming and going out. Liam Dawson sweeps, manages just a top edge that skies behind square on the on-side. Amla settles under it. Liam Dawson c Amla b 13(25) [4s-2]

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Morris to Mark Wood, FOUR, 88.7mph, goes short, just not short enough. Fetches it with a flat bat as he drags it off his body in a swat through mid-wicket. Vital runs these

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Morris to Mark Wood, out Caught by du Plessis!! That's the final nail. And it is the limited overs closing in skills from Morris that take over. South Africa with a massive lead of 130. Continues giving Wood a real workout here, with another well-directed bouncer, one that climbs on him, gets big as he dangles his bat out in desperation. Off a thick outside splice for second slip to go reverse-cupped. Mark Wood c du Plessis b Morris 6(19) [4s-1]

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to Heino Kuhn, FOUR, top shot! Slanted in from and the length was fuller this time, Kuhn leans forward with a straight bat and drives it down the ground, past a diving and the chasing mid-on fielder

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to Elgar, FOUR, off the edge and down to the vacant third man region. That was well played by Elgar. got the ball to hold its line on off, Elgar did not go pushing at that, allowed the ball to hit the outer half of bat and roll away wide of the cordon

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to Heino Kuhn, FOUR, again, short and this time width to accompany it, Kuhn rises off his feet and flays it in front of square on the off-side, not well timed but the ball has enough fuel to trickle into the fence

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to Elgar, out Caught by Liam Dawson!! Stunner! England have their first wicket and it is thanks to a superb catch from Dawson. Pitched up outside off, with the ball swinging it is never easy to control the drive, Elgar did not bother as he went for it away from the body, sliced it towards backward point. The ball seemed to be evading Dawson, but he dived full length to his right and clasped it goal keeper like. He was in close and had to react quickly, which he did. Some of the football goal keepers would have been proud of that take. Elgar c Liam Dawson b 6(19) [4s-1]

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to Heino Kuhn, FOUR, not convincing, but Kuhn will be happy that it is wide of Stokes. It was not all that short to play the cut shot, Kuhn goes for it and manages to elude a diving Stokes at gully. Another boundary trickler as it was not off the middle

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to Heino Kuhn, FOUR, quality shot. Half-volley outside off, after the two sighters he decides to go for the kill. Leans nicely forward and cracks the drive past mid-off

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Wood to Amla, FOUR, that's trade Amla cover-drive. Sees a full ball outside off, Amla transfers his weight forward with nice high elbow and spanks it through cover. After a couple of maidens, Wood concedes a boundary off the last ball of his 3rd over

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Wood to Amla, FOUR, Amla scales 8k runs in Test cricket. What a way to reach the land. Short ball down leg, Amla roundhouses 360 and pulls it with ferocity behind square. The TB crowd offers a round of applause

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to Amla, FOUR, wow. As soon as he saw the width, Amla crabbed back, got on top of the bounce and rolled his wrist it place it through point

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to Amla, no run, is confident and has persuaded Root to take the review: Fair delivery. Has he been struck outside the line of off? Or inside edge? UltraEdge is out and it says there is a clear spike. So NOT OUT. A full length delivery that jarred off the seam after pitching, Amla was forward to defend and in the process ekes out an inside edge onto his pad. was pretty stoked after the on-field umpire turned down the appeal. So brought out the 'T' sign on his own but in the end, it was a quite dreadful review. England lose one too

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Wood to Heino Kuhn, FOUR, this will soothe his nerves. Spots the width early on this occasion and hangs back to punch it fiercely through cover. Raced away to the fence

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to Heino Kuhn, FOUR, brilliant shot. Short and tagged with width, Kuhn pounces onto it in a flash. Inclines his bat towards the ball and slams it powerfully through the covers

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Wood to Heino Kuhn, FOUR, this seemed awkward but profitable result for Kuhn and South Africa. The batsman gets into a whole lot of tangle with this short ball, he was committed into the pull. The ball was rising towards his torso and he just about gets his head out of the way and sends the ball marching through mid-wicket

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to Heino Kuhn, no run, England review: It is their second one. and Bairstow have a chat and tell Root to go for it. Fair delivery. Looks like there was no bat. UltraEdge confirms that. Over to the HawkEye: Pitching - outside off. Impact - In-line. Wickets - Missing. Not Out! England have used up both their reviews. This time it was Bairstow who convinced Root to take it. Nip-backer from and swung in a long way, Kuhn was not fully forward and is rapped around the kneeroll. The bounce that extracts takes it over the stumps. Root is not too pleased

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to Heino Kuhn, out Bowled!! Dragged on! Kuhn never looked comfortable since the start of play after lunch. Hadn't scored a run even after almost five overs. England had a plan against him and they have worked him out. The ploy was keep tailing it in and wait for him to commit the mistake. This short of length delivery nipped back in slightly, Kuhn is not a good back foot puncher off the ball, goes for the shot with a bat well away from the body, the inside edge deflects onto the stumps. Heino Kuhn b 34(87) [4s-7]

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to de Kock, leg byes, FOUR, the angle takes it down leg, de Kock is not ready for that line, is late in bringing his bat across and by that time the ball had brushed the thigh pad and raced away to the fine leg fence

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to Amla, FOUR, "there are not many better in the world on the back foot punch than Hashim Amla," says Nass Hussain on air. Once more the head position and the bat are in sync to caresses this through point, timed it beautifully as the ball raced away

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to Amla, FOUR, class! The margin for error against Amla is very little. overpitches by an inch or so, enough for Amla to put it away, nice stride forward and driven elegantly through extra cover. No need to run for those

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to Amla, no run, edged and drops in front of Root. Amla was not sure whether to play or leave, withdraws the bat late and by that time the ball had taken the willow, landed inches short of Root at second slip

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to Amla, FOUR, this time throws his bat and collects four. once more offers width outside off, Amla slashes and slashes hard, the thickish outside edge bisects gully and backward point

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Wood to de Kock, FOUR, half volley and de Kock punishes him. It was outside off and the bat came down like axe to drive it square on the off-side, the timing on it was exquisite

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Wood to de Kock, FOUR, good length ball on the stumps, that is bread and butter for de Kock, he leans across and flicks it in front of square. There was a fielder in the deep, but he had no chance

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Dawson to Amla, SIX, Amla reaches his fifty in style. Had to wait a bit to get clarity from the third umpire though. Anyway, he raises his bat to soak in the applause. He used his feet, meets the pitch and lifts it handsomely over mid-on. Just about pings the ad cushions on the full. His 33rd half-century in Tests

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Wood to Amla, FOUR, Wood's line goes a bit lousy as he sprays it on leg. Amla shuffles inside the line and glances it fine

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Dawson to de Kock, FOUR, runs are coming thick and fast for South Africa at the moment. Expertly played by de Kock, Dawson is under pressure. Flat and offers some room for de Kock, he goes very deep and slices it behind point

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Dawson to de Kock, FOUR, de Kock will play his shots. He is that type of batsman who wants to dictate terms against the spinners. Tossed up full and in de Kock's range, he flexes his arms and lifts it over the bowler's head. Couple of bounces and over the ropes

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to Amla, no run, edgedddd but did that carry? Not sure. Oh yes, it did. So this will go down as a drop. It's Cook, the guilty culprit. A sucker ball outside off, wooed Amla into a drive who went with hard hands and manifests an outside edge. It went low to first slip, was always dying and Cook couldn't get his hands underneath the ball to snaffle it

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to de Kock, FOUR, de Kock won't spare any loose balls. This was short and complimented with width, he used the depth of the crease to good effect and slash it behind point. No chance for the man in deep

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Ali to de Kock, 1 run, 11th Test fifty for de Kock. It's come at a very rapid rate, just off 59 balls. So he has capitalized on his promotion. Now should look to convert it into the three-figure mark. Raises his bat to the crowd and the dressing room, who are up on their feet to applaud. Milked a single to long-on to reach his landmark

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to de Kock, FOUR, ah, the french-cut! Earns himself a boundary. is not amused. A nip-backer from , curled in as de Kock had a tentative poke and the ball kisses the inside edge to narrowly shave past the leg-stump en route to the fine leg fence

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to de Kock, FOUR, this is more authoritative from de Kock. Banged in short without any purpose, de Kock rocked back and nailed the pull in front of square on the leg-side. Rockets away to the fence

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Ali to de Kock, 2 runs, Ali overpitches it outside off, de Kock leans into a drive and slams it through extra cover. Adds a brace and that brings up the 100-run stand between the duo

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to de Kock, FOUR, just past a flying Anderson at gully. On a length and just outside off, the ball seamed away after pitching, de Kock walks into a jabby poke and feeds a leading edge which travelled to the left of Anderson and goes sniffing past his outstretched hands to the third man fence

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to Amla, FOUR, shot of the day. Elegance personified. Amla makes it look so easy. Just transfers his weight forward, uses his dexterous wrists and slams the drives through extra cover in coaching-manual style

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to de Kock, out Caught by Cook!! Can you believe it? Wicket of the first ball after tea. And how many times has a break accounted for a wicket? I have lost count. That was an innocuous delivery outside off, slightly shortish, de Kock goes for the cut and outside edges it for Cook to juggle it twice and take it at first slip. Big wicket for England. is ecstatic and so are his mates. de Kock c Cook b 68(81) [4s-8]

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to Amla, FOUR, finally the shackles are broken. The pitched up delivery is driven between cover and mid-off for a nicely placed four. First runs after tea

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to Amla, FOUR, pitch it up at your own peril to this man! Presents the maker's name and on-drives it past the non-striker for a four. Surreal!

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to Amla, FOUR, shortish delivery outside off, Amla transfers his weight on the back foot in a jiffy and cuts it behind square on the off-side past point for a four. The man from point gave it a chase but in vain

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to Amla, out Caught by Mark Wood!! The short ball does it for . A barrage of full and length balls altered with a short ball and it plots the downfall. Amla is distraught and England are jubilant. The top-edged pull nestling nicely into the safe hands of Wood at fine leg. Second wicket after tea for and England. Amla c Mark Wood b 78(149) [4s-11 6s-1]

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to du Plessis, FOUR, back footed punch as the length was dropped down. du Plessis jumps up and forces the ball through the covers

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to Bavuma, FOUR, banged in short but the perfume ball lacked aroma. Dispatched with disdain as Bavuma rolled the wrists over the pull and send it scorching through the square leg region for a four

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to du Plessis, FOUR, short and wide, cut away through the covers for a four. The room provided allowed the batsman to crack the cut away

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to du Plessis, FOUR, fuller length delivery on the pads and the gift accepted with open arms. Clip and four. No one at mid-wicket allowed an easy passage for the stroke

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Wood to Bavuma, FOUR, the leaning drive. Gets well low, close to the pitch of the wide tease and opens up his bat real late in stabbing it past point

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to du Plessis, out Caught by Bairstow!! Given caught behind down the leg-side. Faf has immediately decided to review. That delivery nipped in from a short of length spot and the batsman trying to tuck it, I guess missed it. Or is it not? Maybe a feather of the gloves. Yes, there is a spike as the ball went passed the gloves. The third umpire asks the on-field ump to stay with the decision. That was a nice in-dipper but was down leg, Faf was cramped a bit as he tried to tuck it only to strangle himself in the end. du Plessis c Bairstow b 19(33) [4s-3]

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to Philander, FOUR, short ball, cut away, into the off-side through covers for a four

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Wood to Bavuma, FOUR, bumped in by Wood and has qualms in pulling it away aerially over square leg. He hardly went back to smack the pull. Not a lot of transfer of weight but the shot was on

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Wood to Bavuma, FOUR, threads the ball between point and cover and the timing was imperious as well. A fuller length delivery outside off and the batsman eased into the drive with gentle hands stroking the ball away with precision

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to Bavuma, out Caught by Bairstow!! Looks to leave at the last moment but was too late and the outside edge of the bat is taken on its way to the keeper. That lifted a bit from the length and the batsman caught between two stools pays the penalty in the end. South Africa sink deeper into trouble. gets a second victim. The line was outside off but the nip into the batter forced him to rethink about whether to play or leave it. Bavuma c Bairstow b 20(27) [4s-4]

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Wood to Chris Morris, FOUR, full ball yet again, Chris Morris drives it down the ground. Not of the meat of the bat but enough on it to send it down the ground well past mid-off

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to Philander, FOUR, full ball and creamed through the covers. turned out to be a full toss and duely put away as the blazing blade of Philander came into use

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to Chris Morris, FOUR, fuller length delivery outside off, square driven beautifully! Between point and cover. That was wide enough for the batsman to take the invitation

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to Philander, FOUR, the wide bait. Way too much. Philander crouches, leans and throws his bat out on the slice to get it past point. And only one way post that

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Ali to Philander, FOUR, a one-handed punish. Reaches out to the pitch of the delivery with his giant stride, gets close and hammers it through the covers. The Lord's injury with the broken finger playing up here..off goes the injured palm

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to Philander, FOUR, sqirts. The full irritating length looking to maximize the swing and Philander cannot hold himself back any longer. A drive intended to go through the covers takes the outside edge and runs behind gully. The result ain't changing

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to Philander, FOUR, the bumper. The venomless bumper. Sitting up as Philander anticipates, is up quickly on the bounce and rolls his wrists down on the pull too as he flat bats it away in front of square

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to Philander, FOUR, width. With the drag down. Philander takes it on, all so elegantly. A nice transfer of weight onto the back foot and cracks the square drive, to perfection

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to Philander, FOUR, a sitter up. Warms up with a nothing delivery on the body. Swivels and swats it away as he turns. Bisects the gap behind square too

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to Philander, FOUR, the unplugged gap. Through the cordon. Oh dear. How often have we seen this. A teasing delivery just outside off and Philander greets it with a soft-handed dab. Both second slip and gully and only look at each other

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to Philander, out Caught by Liam Dawson!! There's the wicket. As has happened since the first Test, South Africa lose a wicket right after the resumption of play. Nothing but a short of length delivery, bounced a tad more than what Philander expected, but it was the straightening that took him by surprise, hopped to tuck it round the corner, the ball took the leading edge and popped towards cover. A dolly for Dawson. Philander c Liam Dawson b 54(81) [4s-9]

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to Chris Morris, FOUR, first runs off the day for South Africa. Another one drifted down leg, this time Morris does connect with the tickle, played it late and fine, giving Moeen Alu no chance to stop that

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to Maharaj, leg byes, FOUR, appeal for LBW. But knew it was going down. The banana inswinger from England's best, shaped in late and beat Maharaj for pace, struck the pad and raced away to the fine leg fence. Maharaj had no clue about that

W

to Maharaj, out Caught by Root!! Too good! A number nine batsman is no match to someone like . Mixed it up nicely, couple of outswingers, then the inswinger and now the outswinger, just too good for Maharaj. He was left rooted to the crease and hanging his bat away from the body, the outside edge flies quickly to the left of Root at second slip. He dived across and gobbled it up with both hands. Excellent reflexes from the England skipper. Maharaj c Root b 0(5)

4

to Chris Morris, FOUR, banged in halfway down the wicket, Morris plays a belated pull shot, it was more like a short-arm jab through vacant mid-wicket and the ball teased Wood till the last second

4

to Morne Morkel, FOUR, this time the ball was much closer to him and Morkel also didn't try to overhit, caressed the overpitched delivery past the bowler and squarish mid-off. The timing takes it to the fence

4

to Chris Morris, FOUR, top shot! Not an easy shot to play when the ball is swinging. Good length ball on the stumps, Morris drives on the up past his partner and the timing once again was exquisite, raced away

W

to Chris Morris, out Caught&Bowled!! Fourth for and he's doing the cleaning up job for England. Another batsman that falls to a leading edge. Can never be safe when you close the bat face and the ball is hooping around. Morris tried to work the length delivery into the leg-side, the ball straightened and took the leading edge, lobbed back to , who did a bit of juggling act before hanging on. Chris Morris c and b 36(83) [4s-5]

4

to Morne Morkel, FOUR, Morkel is not afraid to drive when the ball is pitchd up, not much feet movement and he goes through the line, all along the carpet and the ball runs away to the long-off fence

W

to Morne Morkel, out Caught by Bairstow!! 's love for Trent Bridge continues. His seventh 5-fer at the venue. The crowd are up on their feet applauding. has his right hand raised. Takes the cap and jumper from the umpire before leading the side off the field with the ball in hand. Waves it across to the crowd as well. Fuller and angled across the left-hander, Morkel as he has been doing all innings, goes for the drive and gets a healthy edge to the left of Bairstow. The keeper moves across and completes the formalities. Morne Morkel c Bairstow b 8(12) [4s-2]

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