3rd Test, Kennington Oval, London, 27 July 2017

England vs South Africa

South Africa 4th Inn:252/10 (77.1)

Keshav Maharaj 24 (26);
Moeen Ali* 16.1-5-45-4; Ben Stokes 14-1-51-2;

Last bat: Morne Morkel

Result: England won by 239 runs.

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South Africa 2nd Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Heino Kuhn b Broad 11 17 2 0 64.71
Dean Elgar c Stokes & b Moeen 136 228 20 0 59.65
Hashim Amla c Root & b Roland-Jones 5 37 0 0 13.51
Quinton de Kock(wk) b Stokes 5 6 1 0 83.33
Faf du Plessis(c) lbw Stokes 0 1 0 0 0
Temba Bavuma lbw Roland-Jones 32 97 2 0 32.99
Vernon Philander lbw Roland-Jones 0 1 0 0 0
Chris Morris c Stokes & b Moeen 24 52 4 0 46.15
Keshav Maharaj not out 24 26 5 0 92.31
Kagiso Rabada c Stokes & b Moeen 0 1 0 0 0
Morne Morkel lbw Moeen 0 1 0 0 0
             
Extras(b - 4, lb - 7, w - 0, nb - 4)15
Total(252 all out in 77.1 overs)252 (3.27 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/21 (Heino Kuhn, 5.2 ov.) 2/47 (Hashim Amla, 15.5 ov.) 3/52 (Quinton de Kock, 16.5 ov.)
4/52 (Faf du Plessis, 16.6 ov.) 5/160 (Temba Bavuma, 50.1 ov.) 6/160 (Vernon Philander, 50.2 ov.)
7/205 (Chris Morris, 65.6 ov.) 8/252 (Dean Elgar, 75.5 ov.) 9/252 (Kagiso Rabada, 75.6 ov.)
10/252 (Morne Morkel, 77.1 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
James Anderson 13 3 26 0 2  
Stuart Broad 16 4 47 1 2.94  
Toby Roland-Jones 18 4 72 3 4  
Ben Stokes 14 1 51 2 3.64  
Moeen Ali 16.1 5 45 4 2.78  
               

England 2nd Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Alastair Cook b Morne Morkel 7 29 1 0 24.14
Keaton Jennings c Chris Morris & b Rabada 48 78 9 0 61.54
Tom Westley st de Kock & b Maharaj 59 141 11 0 41.84
Joe Root(c) c Morne Morkel & b Maharaj 50 94 6 0 53.19
Dawid Malan lbw Chris Morris 10 18 2 0 55.56
Ben Stokes b Chris Morris 31 38 2 1 81.58
Jonny Bairstow(wk) c Rabada & b Maharaj 63 58 6 1 108.62
Moeen Ali runout (Bavuma) 8 4 1 0 200
Toby Roland-Jones not out 23 19 0 2 121.05
Stuart Broad dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
James Anderson dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
             
Extras(b - 0, lb - 11, w - 3, nb - 0)14
Total(313 for 8 in 79.5 overs)313 (3.92 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/30 (Alastair Cook, 8.2 ov.) 2/92 (Keaton Jennings, 25.6 ov.) 3/170 (Tom Westley, 55.6 ov.)
4/180 (Joe Root, 57.3 ov.) 5/202 (Dawid Malan, 63.5 ov.) 6/251 (Ben Stokes, 71.3 ov.)
7/265 (Moeen Ali, 73.1 ov.) 8/313 (Jonny Bairstow, 79.5 ov.)  
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Morne Morkel 19 6 44 1 2.32 (1w)
Vernon Philander 15 3 54 0 3.6 (2w)
Kagiso Rabada 18 4 56 1 3.11  
Chris Morris 11 0 70 2 6.36  
Keshav Maharaj 13.5 2 50 3 3.62  
Dean Elgar 3 0 28 0 9.33  
               

South Africa 1st Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Dean Elgar c Bairstow & b Roland-Jones 8 33 1 0 24.24
Heino Kuhn lbw Roland-Jones 15 24 3 0 62.5
Hashim Amla c Bairstow & b Roland-Jones 6 15 1 0 40
Quinton de Kock(wk) c Stokes & b Roland-Jones 17 21 3 0 80.95
Faf du Plessis(c) lbw James Anderson 1 7 0 0 14.29
Temba Bavuma c Bairstow & b Roland-Jones 52 120 8 0 43.33
Chris Morris c & b James Anderson 2 27 0 0 7.41
Keshav Maharaj c Cook & b Stokes 5 8 0 0 62.5
Kagiso Rabada b Broad 30 49 4 0 61.22
Morne Morkel c Cook & b James Anderson 17 39 3 0 43.59
Vernon Philander not out 10 11 2 0 90.91
             
Extras(b - 4, lb - 5, w - 0, nb - 3)12
Total(175 all out in 58.4 overs)175 (2.98 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/18 (Dean Elgar, 8.4 ov.) 2/23 (Heino Kuhn, 10.3 ov.) 3/30 (Hashim Amla, 12.6 ov.)
4/47 (Quinton de Kock, 16.3 ov.) 5/47 (Faf du Plessis, 17.1 ov.) 6/51 (Chris Morris, 23.3 ov.)
7/61 (Keshav Maharaj, 26.1 ov.) 8/114 (Kagiso Rabada, 39.3 ov.) 9/161 (Morne Morkel, 55.1 ov.)
10/175 (Temba Bavuma, 58.4 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
James Anderson 13 6 25 3 1.92  
Stuart Broad 15 5 44 1 2.93  
Toby Roland-Jones 16.4 4 57 5 3.42  
Ben Stokes 7 1 26 1 3.71  
Joe Root (c) 2 0 5 0 2.5  
Moeen Ali 5 1 9 0 1.8  
               

England 1st Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Alastair Cook lbw Morne Morkel 88 200 10 0 44
Keaton Jennings c Elgar & b Philander 0 9 0 0 0
Tom Westley c du Plessis & b Chris Morris 25 50 5 0 50
Joe Root(c) c de Kock & b Philander 29 56 4 0 51.79
Dawid Malan b Rabada 1 17 0 0 5.88
Ben Stokes c Rabada & b Morne Morkel 112 153 9 4 73.2
Jonny Bairstow(wk) c du Plessis & b Rabada 36 52 6 0 69.23
Moeen Ali c de Kock & b Morne Morkel 16 40 1 0 40
Toby Roland-Jones lbw Maharaj 25 25 4 1 100
Stuart Broad c Amla & b Rabada 3 13 0 0 23.08
James Anderson not out 1 5 0 0 20
             
Extras(b - 7, lb - 7, w - 3, nb - 0)17
Total(353 all out in 103.2 overs)353 (3.42 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/12 (Keaton Jennings, 3.3 ov.) 2/64 (Tom Westley, 22.5 ov.) 3/113 (Joe Root, 38.2 ov.)
4/120 (Dawid Malan, 43.6 ov.) 5/183 (Alastair Cook, 64.2 ov.) 6/258 (Jonny Bairstow, 81.4 ov.)
7/279 (Moeen Ali, 90.3 ov.) 8/316 (Toby Roland-Jones, 97.2 ov.) 9/331 (Stuart Broad, 100.3 ov.)
10/353 (Ben Stokes, 103.2 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Morne Morkel 28.2 7 70 3 2.47  
Vernon Philander 17 6 32 2 1.88 (1w)
Kagiso Rabada 26 4 85 3 3.27  
Keshav Maharaj 15 1 61 1 4.07  
Chris Morris 17 1 91 1 5.35 (2w)
               
All|Overs 1-50|Overs 51-100
4

to Heino Kuhn, FOUR, very full, that's asking for punishment. Kuhn gets into good position as he unveils a flowy-drive through the covers. Take four

4

to Heino Kuhn, FOUR, oh Kuhn and his drives. So easy to the eye. Doesn't overhit. Just leans into the shot and lets the timimg take over. Class

4

to Elgar, FOUR, eases a gorgeous drive straight of mid-off. Pitched up and Elgar is on his heels to send it seething through the turf

W

to Heino Kuhn, out Bowled!! Nip-backer and Kuhn's off-stump is castled. He was hanging back, indecisive with his foot work. Not fully forward neither back. brings this back in from a length and makes a mess of the furniture. By the time Kuhn's bat came down his off-stump was firmly resting on the floor. Heino Kuhn b 11(17) [4s-2]

4

to Elgar, FOUR, drops his hands on this length ball and places it past the slip cordon. Races to the third man fence in no time

4

to Amla, leg byes, FOUR, And he's been glanced away.. fails to get any bat on this delivery really angled in. Amla swiveled but couldn't lay any bat on it

4

to Elgar, FOUR, overpitched by here and he's been timed through mid-off. Nothing extravagant. Not the bat flow, not the stride. Not his body lunging towards the ball either. Just carresed it away

W

to Amla, out Caught by Root!! He is such vein of form that he's picked Amla half-leaving! Wait ho, the umpires have asked Amla to wait; they want to check if this has carried to Root at second slip. Looks like it has. They check for the 's front foot, because they have to. And it's fine. Fuller length delivery, Amla is on the front foot but pops it back in trying to leave it. Just a nano second of half-hearted thinking, that's it.. And it's carrying low, which is why there's a doubt around it. But Root has his fingers well underneath it, and escapes the wrath of technology's inefficacy which clouds most low catches. For once, the slowmo replays declare a clear-cut winner. Amla c Root b 5(37)

4

to de Kock, FOUR, he's out here on a good, nice smoothie. Throws his bat at the wodth and carves an edge over the slip cordon. Well over

W

to de Kock, out Bowled!! That's a corker of a ball. And to stun humanity into nothingness, the umpires are checking for the no-ball. Well, to be fair, has been guilty today but not here. Well behind the crease as he gets this yorker to swing in from round the wicket. And de Kock is left wondering what he could have done better. Ask me: nothing. Tailing in, gets under the bat and takes the off-stump down. de Kock b 5(6) [4s-1]

W

to du Plessis, out Lbw!! Du Plessis reviews? He does. He had to. He's been given out lbw.. leaving the first ball he's faced. Didn't take a lot to convince Dar. Nips in from outside off, and hits the front pad, and then the back. The impact doesn't matter because he hasn't offered a shot, and yeah, it's hitting off-stump. Faf falls first ball, before he has a sense of what the pitch plays like. Lifted his bat indecisively, looking to survive, perhaps, and falls. Credit to for going wide of the crease here. What a big wicket this is -- he falls just like in the first innings too! We know what he can do when he's intent on a blockathon; he mostly wins. Might be the game for England. And on a hat-trick! du Plessis lbw b 0(1)

4

to Elgar, FOUR, fends a line down leg to fine leg

4

to Elgar, FOUR, no feet here but opens the face of the bat and dabs a boundary behind backward point

4

to Elgar, FOUR, pulls it masterfully. Short ball this, he's read the length early and swatted it away round the corner

4

to Elgar, FOUR, ah, this short ball outside off doesn't bound up. So Elgar's fetch-pull here takes the inside edge and misses the stumps, luckily

4

Ali to Bavuma, FOUR, a juciy full toss outside off, sweetly driven through the covers. Nothing brawn about that shot, just put bat to ball

OT

to Elgar, 1 run, fullish and wide, driven square and that's Elgar's fifty. He had a sore finger, but battled well to hang in there. Nuggety!

4

to Elgar, FOUR, splays one on the pads and Elgar ain't missing out on that. Neatly put away through mid-wicket

4

to Elgar, FOUR, in the gap between the two gullies. Elgar just hung his bat to an away-going delivery and ensured he presented soft hands, the bat face turns on impact and pierces the gap

4

Ali to Elgar, FOUR, lovely drift and spin, Elgar goes chasing and gets a thick edge that runs wide of slip. Didn't need to play that, but couldn't resist himself with so much width on offer

4

Ali to Elgar, FOUR, drops it short and gets dealt with. Elgar grimaces in pain as soon he completes the back foot punch, lovely balance and that's blazed away through the covers. Elgar is nursing a finger injury, might have hurt it while fielding

4

to Bavuma, FOUR, he's got it away. Overpitched on the pads and the bottom haps powers it away with a whip-clip through mid-wicket. Nothing alarming from a much-maligned Day 5 Test pitch, so far

4

to Elgar, FOUR, hoists out a symbolic pull shot. The trick was in reading the length of the short ball early. And he's a back footish player already. Plays it in front of the square

4

to Elgar, FOUR, an ego short ball from . Bowls it short again and Elgar has swiveled it through square leg this time. Again in control

4

to Elgar, no ball, FOUR, another no-ball by Ben . There's no one at deep point, for the men are on the leg-side for the pull and hook. So this short and wide ball has no barriers. Cut away. And Elgar even reached out for that

OT

Ali to Bavuma, 1 run, lovely flight on this, and drifts away too. Bavuma pushes it out to deep cover with a lunge and brings up the 100-run stand

4

to Elgar, FOUR, gets one away through mid-off. Not a drive. Not a push either. Just an extrapolation of an awkward defence and he's got a boundary

W

to Bavuma, out Lbw!! Root is pondering a review. Takes an eternity but time slows down, and he's able to. Flashes a "T". Now this delivery nips in with some slither and raps the front pad. Is the impact dicey there? Looks to me. Certainly no bat, which is hidden behind the front pad as Bavuma looks to defend. "100 percent pad first," says the third ump. This is a stunning review. Ball-tracking says it, loud. Shouts it. I had my doubts about the impact but it's just inside the line of off. Three reds there. Bavuma's little fight ends. Perhaps South Africa's too.. Bavuma lbw b 32(97) [4s-2]

W

to Philander, out Lbw!! ERAJOR 404: SHOT NOT FOUND. He's pulled off a Faf du Plessis here. Leaves an inswinging delivery and is hit around off-stump. Impact is umpire's call but it doesn't matter. It was hitting the stumps. What caught my eye is Philander's audacity to discuss a review with Elgar, who's glued on 97 as he watches the great Protea fall at the other end. is on a hat-trick! Philander lbw b 0(1)

4

Ali to Elgar, FOUR, what a stunning toil this has been from Elgar. Gets a hundred, his eighth in Tests. Makes room and looks to hack it inside-out over mid-off, and manages some bat in it. Fist-pump, the helmet goes up and he raises his bat. Might not be enough to save the Test but this innings is cloaked in so much hope. Impressive ton

4

to Elgar, FOUR, flicked in the air, through square leg, but he was only half in control. And that because he's had to play right around his pads to meet this full ball down leg

4

Ali to Chris Morris, FOUR, driven between slip and silly point. Too full and dealt with

4

Ali to Chris Morris, FOUR, scampers down the tracn and punps the flight over mid-off. Looked so good to the eye

4

to Chris Morris, FOUR, the inside edge save Morris. The nip-backer from a fullish length and on the stumps, Morris hangs back and makes a late attempt to defend, ekes out an inside edge that rockets to the fine leg boundary

4

to Elgar, FOUR, nicely flicked through mid-wicket. goes round the wicket and provides the readymade angle onto the pad

4

to Chris Morris, FOUR, punched straight down the ground. Through the other side of the stumps and with a straight bat. Nicely done

4

to Elgar, byes, FOUR, stays low outside off with some outswing. Cook chases it but the ball was hurrying back, after keeper got a difficult bounce

W

Ali to Chris Morris, out Caught by Stokes!! And a wicket just on the stroke of lunch. To be fair, this is a good ball from Ali. Bowls it slow and purchases some drift away from the batsman, who's late to have a jab at it. And does so with hard hands, and elicits a healthy edge to the left of Stokes at slip. And he snaffles it with half a leap. Chris Morris c Stokes b Ali 24(52) [4s-4]

4

to Elgar, FOUR, strays on the legs of Elgar, gets across and flicks to fine leg. The fielder was a bit square and could not get there despite the dive

4

to Elgar, FOUR, full ball. Elgar punches with a straight bat and beats mid-on

4

to Maharaj, FOUR, full ball. Maharaj does not commit much, drives through the line and finds the gap through extra cover

4

to Maharaj, FOUR, short of a good length ball. Maharaj punches through cover; no one in the deep and it races to the fence

4

to Maharaj, FOUR, short and wide outside off. Maharaj stands tall and cuts past backward point

4

to Maharaj, FOUR, edged and goes through the cordon. Was not that high for the third slip to catch that. Sneaks through the thinnest of windown between the third and fourth slip. Maharaj was seen pushing at it off the back foot, the extra bounce proved too good for him there

4

Ali to Maharaj, FOUR, turns around off but the length is not a problem for Maharaj. Goes back and cuts past point. No one manning the deep and it races to the fence

W

Ali to Elgar, out Caught by Stokes!! Spinners taking wickets on 5th day of a Test match was never an anomaly, it is not even today. Turned out of rough and Elgar's patience gave up. Was shouldering it for a while but this time goes for the drive and gets a thick edge. Stokes, at slip, has got bucket hands for moments like these. Elgar c Stokes b Ali 136(228) [4s-20]

W

Ali to Rabada, out Caught by Stokes!! Back to back wickets have been a trend in this match and it continues. Hard hands from Rabada as he drives away from his body. The ball takes the edge and settles into the palms of Stokes, at slip again. Ali is on a hat-trick now. Rabada c Stokes b Ali 0(1)

W

Ali to Morne Morkel, out Lbw!! It's been reviewed. LBW appeal, not given. Fair delivery, no bat. Ali's heartbeat... hold on. It's calm now. He has got the hat-trick. First hat-trick for an England spinner since 1938-39. Was a quicker full ball. Morne Morkel planted his front foot across and missed the line. Was rapped low but the umpire did not oblige. Had to when it was sent upstairs. Three reds. Morne Morkel lbw b Ali 0(1)

4

Morkel to Jennings, leg byes, FOUR, ends up being on the legs of Jennings, who tucks. Deflects off the pads to fine leg

4

to Jennings, FOUR, tries to defend off the back foot, and gets off the inside edge. Races to the fine leg fence

4

to Jennings, FOUR, dropped!. Thick edge as Jennings is opened up a bit. Flies to third slip who is surprised a bit, gets a hand to that but cannot snaffle it

4

Morkel to Cook, FOUR, another thick edge as he tries to push, rolls between the slip cordon and gully. No third man in place

4

to Jennings, FOUR, flows his bat on the drive and ekes an inside edge that misses the stumps and scurries to the fine leg fence

4

to Jennings, FOUR, soft outside edge that rolls past the gully region. Bavuma chases and tries to step on the ball to save it from crossing the fence, cannot succeed and England get four

W

Morkel to Cook, out Bowled!! Had to play at it. Did so but could not get behind it and the top of off is found. That's too good to be sorted out. Angling in full and deviating off the deck just as the batsman opens a bit to force back. Could not get himself behind that and Morkel has provided the breakthrough. Cook b Morkel 7(29) [4s-1]

4

to Westley, FOUR, full ball and it swings a lot around off but Westley has it sorted. Leans and drives to beat extra cover

4

to Westley, FOUR, too full and does not even swing. Westley gets in line and drives past the bowler to the long-on fence

4

to Westley, FOUR, straightening on the stumps. Westley tucks into the on-side, manages to find the fine leg fence

4

to Jennings, FOUR, in front of backward point. Cut away! Even shorter and wider than thr last ball. Thaqt shot from Jennings was on

4

to Jennings, FOUR, slaps the ball between point and cover. Laid into the width and the readymade angle from over the wicket to the left hander

4

Morkel to Jennings, FOUR, pitching on leg-stump, wanting to get the ball seaming from there. Too much to ask. Easily flicked away for a boundary

4

Morkel to Westley, FOUR, crisp. Drives a full ball down the ground, to the left of Morkel who's bowling from over the wicket

OT

to Jennings, no run, Jennings reviews a caught behind. Now is from over the wicket to the left-hander, gets this length ball to nip back in. Some sound but replays suggest that it misses the inside edge, so the umpire gave it out on noise, which was triggered by the ball brushing the back thigh. Third umpire checks for lbw too, and the ball's pitching outside leg. So Jennings lives on, having used his wits and DRS to still be there

4

Morris to Westley, FOUR, driven away through covers. High followthrough, leaning towards the ball and Morris's start is ominous, again

4

Morris to Westley, FOUR, trust me, that's not short and wide. Not as much as Westley made it look it. Goes back and across, and cuts it fiercely through point

4

to Westley, leg byes, FOUR, errs in line a bit. Westley tries to clip around but it brushes his pads and rolls down the fine leg fence

4

Morkel to Jennings, FOUR, outside edge! But it sneaks past the gully region and races to the third man fence

4

Morkel to Jennings, FOUR, drives but does not get enough bat to it. The edge beats backward point to his right. The outfield is a bit slow but manages to trickle down to the fence

W

to Jennings, out Caught by Chris Morris!! Lack of form is a stain that is too stubborn to leave. Jennings is undone by a good ball here. Spat off the length here and suprised Jennings. Almost instinctively Jennings poked his bat it, took the shoulder of the blade and flew to gully where Morris reverse-cups it. Jennings c Chris Morris b 48(78) [4s-9]

4

to Root, FOUR, on the pads and Root won't let it go unpunished. Closes his bat face at the point of impact and wrists it superbly between mid-on and mid-wicket

4

to Root, FOUR, away-swinger, but at a gentle pace. Root has ample time to open his bat-face and steers it through the cordon. Between second slip and gully

4

to Westley, FOUR, Westley didn't want to hit it towards that part of the ground, but he gets the desired result. Pitched up delivery angling in, Westley looks to play the off-drive, but the ball trims the inside part of the bat and races away into the long-on fence. Mid-on had no chance to cut it off

4

Morris to Root, FOUR, shot! Eye-pleasing stroke. It wasn't a bad ball from Morris. Fullish ball outside off, Root prods forward and meets it with a delightful cover-drive. The ball rolls all along the carpet into the fence. Bavuma at cover is very swift, but not quick enough to hunt the ball down

4

Morris to Root, FOUR, lets the ball come to him and then helps it through square leg with a tuck. No chance for the man at fine leg. Rolled along the carpet

4

Morris to Root, FOUR, short and wide outside off. Root slashes the cut past backward point, beats Bavuma in the deep

4

to Westley, FOUR, short and moves away to give Westley the width as well. The latter goes back and punches past backward point. No manning in the deep

4

Morkel to Westley, FOUR, a little too straight and Westley doesn't miss out. A fifty on Test debut for Essex's Tom Westley. Cook is happy and so are the other members in the dressing room. A moment of glory for the 28-year old. Gets there with a cracking flick through the on-side

4

to Westley, FOUR, lovely shot, rocks back, sees the length short and cuts it between the two fielders on the off-side, he read the length well there, beat Rabada in the deep too

4

Morkel to Westley, FOUR, opened up but he's softed away an outside edge through the slip cordon

4

to Root, FOUR, goes back and punched it to deep point. And.. well.. Vern has run across and made a pudding out of a simple pick-the-ball-up-and-field effort

W

to Westley, out Stumped!! Lovely bowling from and reaps the reward for it. Tantalisingly flighted, which drew Westley out of the crease, but it turned away from the Essex batsman to beat the outside edge, with the 'keeper whipping the bails off in a flash. He danced out of the crease too early, and adjusted well by dragging him wide. Westley st de Kock b 59(141) [4s-11]

OT

to Root, 1 run, another fifty for the England captain. It has been a measured hand from the Yorkshireman. He raises his bat to acknowledge his teammates. Not much a celebration as he knows, England still have a job to do. Fullish and outside off, driven square on the off-side

4

to Malan, FOUR, too straight from , Malan flicks it to the long-on fence. He met the ball with a straightish bat there. Malan also would be pleased to get underway

W

to Root, out Caught by Morne Morkel!! Oh, Root is dislodged yet again after reaching his fifty. Nice piece of bowling from the Natal spinner though. Slower through the air and outside off, Root bends on one knee and tries to sweep, but ekes out a top-edge, with Morkel pouching it at deep backward square leg. Maybe England are looking for quick runs to declare? It has gone rather dark out there. Root c Morne Morkel b 50(94) [4s-6]

4

to Stokes, FOUR, flatter delivery and outside off, Stokes sinks on one knee and reverse sweeps it to the third man boundary. Immediately, RSA have a man at third man

4

to Stokes, FOUR, quicker and on the stumps, Stokes stays back and punches it all along the carpet and into the long-off fence. Sweetly timed

4

Morris to Malan, FOUR, only two slips and a gully in place, and Malan guides it through the gap. Opened the face of the bat and steered it away

W

Morris to Malan, out Lbw!! Given not out and Faf reviews straight away: The ball nips in from over the wicket, after pitching on middle-stump, and hits the back leg in front of leg-stump. He's deep in his crease; looks plumb. No bat, ball-tracking sports three reds. Good review by South Africa. Malan lbw b Morris 10(18) [4s-2]

4

Morris to Bairstow, FOUR, length ball with a bit of room. Bairstow slices it using his wrists and beats a leaping backward point

4

Morris to Bairstow, FOUR, gets across to follow the line of the ball and flicks through square leg

4

to Bairstow, FOUR, that's what at least a million people had wanted England to do. Bairstow obliges at last. A short ball that follows the batsman. He bends back, not in submission - that's a smart manoeuvre. A microsecond later he has ramped it over the keeper. Bounces just inside the ropes

4

Morris to Bairstow, FOUR, shuffles a bit and helps this one with a glance to the fine leg fence

4

Morris to Bairstow, FOUR, dabs his way to glory this time. Stays inside the line of this ball and makes the bat meet it late, to guide to the third man fence

6

Morris to Stokes, SIX, the mighty swing that was fed by a length ball on middle and leg. In the arc of Stokes, left the bat like a rocket and landed somewhere over the cow corner

W

Morris to Stokes, out Bowled!! Was it a slower ball? Yes, it was. Stokes was early on the pull. The ball was devoid of the height that aids such shots. The pace was never there due to the rolling of fingers. Lost the balance did Stokes and the ball crashed his stumps. Stokes b Morris 31(38) [4s-2 6s-1]

4

to Moeen Ali, FOUR, Moeen Ali glances off his thigh pads and sends it to fine leg. Came off the bat for sure, given as runs

W

to Bairstow, out Moeen Ali Run Out!! 1 run completed. Bavuma has a Test wicket. Oh, run outs don't count as wickets. But they should. Look at this effort from him. Bairstow tucked it away through mid-wicket. chased and left it mid-way. Bavuma ran in, collected and flung a throw - aiming at just one and a half stumps from that angle - and deflected the bails to catch Moeen Ali short. What a fielder he is. To be fair, Moeen Ali was a bit casual there. He didn't expect the throw to come at his end. Moeen Ali run out (Bavuma) 8(4) [4s-1]

4

to Bairstow, FOUR, fifty for Bairstow, reverse sweeps past Bavuma at point to get there. Not good enough to get us a declaration!

6

to Bairstow, SIX, slog sweeps sent over the deep square leg fence. Big hit that

6

to Roland-Jones, SIX, crouches a bit and waits before slogging it over the deep square leg fence

6

to Roland-Jones, SIX, that looked like Misbah hitting a six. Slowly approached the ball, knelt a bit and clubbed with a log, straight down the ground

W

to Bairstow, out Caught by Rabada!! Takes on the full and hits it straight to the fielder at long-off. Rabada fumbles a bit but manages to hold on with his left hand in the end. That's it. England have declared. Bairstow c Rabada b 63(58) [4s-6 6s-1]

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to Elgar, FOUR, overcooked. Overtly straight. The angle too helps getting the ball further down leg as Elgar clips it away. Very fine

4

to Heino Kuhn, FOUR, a pad-feed. A pick up and a dispatch. Takes it with a glance and whacks it through teasing fine leg and beating him to the fence

4

to Heino Kuhn, FOUR, a freebie. Short-wide and sitting up nicely. Kuhn stands up tall, lines himself up and frees his long levers in a square chop

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to Elgar, out Caught by Bairstow!! Now the edge. A thick edge, a loud edge. And has his maiden Test wicket. But Elgar decides to make him wait, goes upstairs with the review. In the process robs his side of a review. A geniune nick this, as persists with the line tailing away just outside off, a length Elgar has to flirt with. He does, with an angled bat, half drawing it back in as well. An outside kiss and the UltraEdge has the confirmation for us. A long healthy heartbeat. Elgar c Bairstow b 8(33) [4s-1]

OT

to Amla, no run, angled in from wide. Amla was falling over to tuck around and missed it. Was rapped on the flap and England roared in appeal and reviewed after some contemplation in the ranks. Were denied in the end

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to Heino Kuhn, FOUR, full ball just outside off and Heino Kuhn makes use of it. Cracks the drive through cover. No chance for anyone in the ring

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to Heino Kuhn, out Lbw!! He is gone. Full and tailing in late, Heino Kuhn plays across the line and misses it. The ball hits him on the back leg, low as well. The ball seems to be crashing into the sticks for sure. The ump had no hesitation in raising his finger and send the batsman to the pavilion. They checked for the front foot and that was close but fine. South Africa into early trouble. Heino Kuhn lbw b 15(24) [4s-3]

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to Amla, FOUR, Amla leans into the drive. Crisp push and the ball races away into the fence through the covers for a four. Slightly overpitched and the batsman didn't lose a sweat to put that away

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to Amla, out Caught by Bairstow!! The ball takes off and the glove is kissed by the away going ball to put South Africa into more depths. Third one for . He is living a dream. That was a short of length delivery outside off and forced Amla to poke at it, not too far away from his body but the ball did just enough to prick the edge and settle into the gloves. Amla c Bairstow b 6(15) [4s-1]

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to de Kock, FOUR, short, wide, room given and de Kock takes care of that. Cut away into the point region for a four

4

to de Kock, FOUR, rare poor ball from the greenhorn and de Kock puts it away with a little tickle

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to de Kock, FOUR, pitched up delivery and the batsman drives it down the ground with the full face of the bat coming down on it, past mid-off. de Kock will bat in a manner he knows the best

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to de Kock, out Caught by Stokes!! A leading edge flies into the hands of the man at gully. That was on middle and leg, de Kock tried to close the face of the bat on that and managed to get a leading edge to be trapped. Four out of four for . The dream phase enters into a more elongated one. de Kock c Stokes b 17(21) [4s-3]

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to du Plessis, out Lbw!! Faf leaves one and has been hit on the pad. He offered no shot and it looks close. The ball nipped in a lot and it looks like it will crash into the sticks. It is a legal ball. The impact is not a concern as he was not playing a stroke. The ball is hitting the off-pole. Faf has to go. Half the side is back in the hut. The innings looks to be in disarray. du Plessis lbw b 1(7)

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to Chris Morris, out Caught&Bowled!! Tight on the front foot but just has something behind.. Quite unlike Jimmy, but anyway. 27 balls of mayhem and it all ends for Chris Morris. Ends up popping one back to . He wasn't reading at all. Trying to reach out to wide outswingers, then was set up for the inswingers which harrowed past the inside edge. So he read this off the pitch, tried to adjust late to the ball nipping back in, but ends up chippin' this full ball back to the bowler, who does well in his followthrough. Chris Morris c and b 2(27)

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to Maharaj, out Caught by Cook!! Good length ball jagging away, ande Maharaj steers an outside edge straight to first slip. Maharaj c Cook b 5(8)

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to Bavuma, FOUR, now something to savour after long for the run-loving breed. Pitched up and met with a high-handed stylish drive

4

to Rabada, FOUR, much bottom hand involved but Rabada has managed to drive this through extra cover. A dive in the end but to no avail

4

to Rabada, FOUR, now a leading edge. Trying to work it round the corner and it goes the exact opposite way

4

to Rabada, FOUR, looks to leave this ball and ends up edging it through the slip cordon

4

to Rabada, FOUR, full ball. Rabada drives off the outer edge and beats backward point. Races away. Four away from a fifty partnership is this pair

4

to Bavuma, FOUR, 50-partnership. Soft hands from Bavuma helps him keep this outside edge down to beat second slip to his right. No third man in place

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to Rabada, out Bowled!! comes, gets wicket. Excellent bowling change. Rabada played inside the line to a perfect length ball there. With coming round the wicket, it's tough to judge the angle sometimes. So Rabada cannot be faulted there. The ball just about straightened a bit and hit the top of off, the place every bowler wants to be. Rabada b 30(49) [4s-4]

4

to Bavuma, FOUR, full ball. Bavuma leans and lofts the drive over cover. What a shot

4

to Bavuma, FOUR, outside edge again but this time rolls through gully. Bavuma was fending the push away from his body and was not able to control the bounce

4

to Morne Morkel, FOUR, spanks the drive through wide-off. Takes it on the up and flat-bats it up in disdain, when all of Vereeniging looked forward to a defence. Or better, a left alone

4

to Bavuma, FOUR, that's a gorgeous drive through mid-on. Full ball yes, but he's waited on it and then met it with a straight bat face. Just a bit of a push and it rolled away, on this US OPEN outfield at the Oval

4

to Morne Morkel, FOUR, that's been shovelled against everything: over the wicket angle, outswing, and expectations. Reaches across with a closed bat face and slams it along the ground through mid-on

4

to Morne Morkel, byes, FOUR, is there some bat on it? Nah, given as byes. Angled in vehemently but irons it down a bit too much. Morkel attempts to glance but is left taking his gloves outta way

4

to Morne Morkel, FOUR, sort of a hack through wide mid-on, if you will. Not the bounce to pull, so he's willingly dragged his bat across and got some good bit on the ball

4

to Bavuma, FOUR, "good balance," spots Warne, Lunges across and drives this full ball off its garage. Lovely timing and then extension of the arms to save an embarrassing follow-on for South Africa

4

to Bavuma, FOUR, not overpitched but Bavuma has raked in a boundary out of this outswinger. Lunges across and times the drive on the up. On 48 now

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to Morne Morkel, out Caught by Cook!! That's how gets his left-handers to parade back to pavilion. Bowling from over the wicket, he has gotten this ball to swing away from leg-stump. And the length's not as full, so Morne Morkel is standing back - he's forced to, cluelessly - and poking an outside edge to first slip. Morne Morkel c Cook b 17(39) [4s-3]

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to Bavuma, FOUR, jabs at a full ball that's nipping away, and deflects an outside edge between the 2nd slip and gully. Raises his bat to the dressin' room.. Bavuma has a gritty fifty at the Oval!

4

to Philander, FOUR, stomach that! Full ball and Philander leans to drive past extra cover. Shows no signs that he was in the hospital yesterday

4

to Philander, FOUR, edged and goes past third slip. Philander poked away and the edge was induced. The dive from the man in the cordon was not good enough to prevent that from running away

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to Bavuma, out Caught by Bairstow!! Fifer on debut. Toby is the hero today. Angles in and moves away late to get the edge on Bavuma's push. Bairstow does not do anything silly. England secure a 178-run lead. Bavuma c Bairstow b 52(120) [4s-8]

4

Morkel to Cook, FOUR, edged between slips and gully! Is reaching out slightly outside off, the feet still frozen, and this thick edge flies through. Not sure that would have carried to the man there

4

Morkel to Cook, FOUR, ah brilliant. Lays into the bowler's greed. Pitches full and wide, Cook leans across and creams a boundary through covers. They never get boring, do they?

4

Morkel to Cook, FOUR, another boundary. Targetting the pads here, Cook hops deeper into his crease and turns this through square leg. Lots of bottom hand there. Lots of it, helping him muscle this whip round the corner

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to Jennings, out Caught by Elgar!! Caught in the cordon. Eight balls of trying to lay bat onto ball, a superior (less lazy) footwork than Cook too, but he perishes on the ninth. Was beaten last ball by the seam. This ball was cleverly bowled fuller, and Jennings wasn't quite upto it with his front foot stride. Dabbled his bat outside off and elicited a low outside edge. Taken masterfully by Elgar, the captain of the Lord's Test, at third slip, crouching in front to take it just above the ground. The failing there: hard hands. Cook would have gotten away with that edge, I bet. Jennings c Elgar b 0(9)

4

Morkel to Westley, FOUR, off the mark in Test cricket. With a boundary, much like Hardik Pandya at Galle earlier today. Gets one on the pads and works this past the square leg fielder

4

Morkel to Westley, FOUR, the first bad ball of the day, perhaps? Veering down and is glanced away through fine leg. Westley hasn't looked nervous here, which tells a great deal about a player. He's up for it

4

to Cook, FOUR, inswinger on leg-stump make for better living. Cook has gotten one to race through mid-wicket, and all that with a little wrist. Such a Scrooge he can be sometimes

4

to Westley, FOUR, he will like this more. Not that he was poor versus seam. Just a little bit of drift on this ball - as bowls from round the wicket to the right-hander - and this is Westley's greatest slap-drive in Test cricket yet. Uppish but safe.

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to Westley, FOUR, too full and too straight. That's a run fodder. And Westley gleefully clips this through mid-wicket. "Raced away," my alterego adds

OT

Morris to Cook, no run, was a vociferous appeal from Morris but the ball seemed to be going down leg after Cook missed the forward block. But to South Africa's dismay it was not just about the angle, there was bat involved. So a review has been devoured by Morris's needless excitement

4

Morris to Westley, FOUR, pigeons at deep mid-wicket are disturbed when they were peacefully nibbling around. What a vicious inswinger from Morris, forces Westley to flick aerially. Fortunatelt for England goes over the infield

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Morris to Westley, out Caught by du Plessis!! What shape from Morris and it has got the debutant. Angled in and swung late. Westley was drawn into the drive and went with hard hands, thick edge and Faf at second slip sticks it to his chest. The break has helped South Africa. The length has been fuller and it has yielded them a wicket. Westley c du Plessis b Morris 25(50) [4s-5]

4

Morkel to Root, FOUR, short and wide outside off. Root rides the bounce and cuts past backward point

4

Morris to Root, FOUR, well played. Too short and Root rises well to accomodate that, helps with a push. Races to the third man fence

4

Morris to Root, FOUR, edged, does not carry to second slip. That's Root keeping his bat soft there, was forced to play at it but did well to keep down. Faf dived forward to his right but the ball had died by then

4

Morris to Cook, FOUR, fired on the legs. Keeps coming in with the angle, Cook just has to use it to guide down to the fine leg fence

4

Morris to Root, FOUR, Rabada dives near fine leg but that's not good enough. Root had shaped back on this short ball and helped to Rabada's right

4

Morkel to Cook, byes, FOUR, byes given and guess who is the most content seeing that signal from the umpire?! It's de Kock for he let it slip off his hands. Was a short one that opened up Cook to beat his defence, moved ever so late to miss the edge. Was so close that the commentators on air thought there was some edge

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to Root, out Caught by de Kock!! Caught by the keeper. de Kock has dived anticlockwise, like a rushed clock's minute hand in reverse, and pouched a beaut behind the stumps. What did there was shorten the length and got the ball to deviate just enough. And he did that after bowling full balls, caught Root in the crease and nicked off an outside edge. On replays, I see de Kock shuffling to left, and was wrong-footed while he reached out to his right and held that catch one-handed. Woah, that was good but haven't seen him do it for the first time. And courtesy all that, strikes post serving a long wait after his tummy bug had kept him off the field. Root c de Kock b 29(56) [4s-4]

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to Cook, FOUR, raises his bat to hoist 55th Test half-century. Gets some width outside off and thrashes it behind backward point. Landmark man to the rescue in the landmark Test

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to Malan, out Bowled!! "Fast, full, swinging in. No disgrace to be bowled by that delivery, on debut or not," quips Mike Atherton on air about THIS BALL FROM . This dismissal can embarrass you, let alone sow seeds of self-doubt on a debut. Malan has been felled on the ground, as he attempted to keep this fierce yorker out from . So, so quick and curling in. Gets under the bat and crashes into the stumps from over the wicket, before Malan realizes. And then has the big fall. He's happy, is , who's waited through Trent Bridge to take this wicket. Malan b 1(17)

4

to Cook, FOUR, punched.. and punched in front of point. Just the bit of width he compulsively pounces on. Hopped in his crease to ride the bounce and lets the hands take over

4

Morris to Cook, FOUR, punches it through long-on. Jabbing his bat to an inswinging ball from round the wicket, and just straight-batting it away

4

to Stokes, FOUR, edged over the slip cordon. Wafts his bat at the width, the length perhaps is a touch fuller, and takes the top edge. The good thing was that Stokes went hard at it. No half measures, as Shastri would say

4

Morkel to Cook, FOUR, a fine leg glance. Morkel veers down leg and Cook is on one leg, working this back of a length delivery away. As easy as they come for AC

4

Morkel to Cook, FOUR, very full ball outside off and he's been squirted away for a boundary through backward point

4

to Stokes, FOUR, driven wide of mid-on. Gets a front leg stride, makes sure it doesn't get in the way of the shot and drills the ball awya to bring up 2000 Test runs. He's taken 62 innings to get here

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Morkel to Cook, out Lbw!! Cook reviews an on-field leg-before straight away. Morkel follows a short ball to Stokes with a full in-darter to Cook, who is taken aback and thoroughly misses it, apparently beaten on the inside edge. Yeah, looks like there's no bat. Nothing on the snicko there, too, so that's confirmed. Oh, it's going the wrong way for Cook here.. Ball-tracking has the impact on middle and it's umpire's call above leg-stump. He has to go. Fair decision, with Cook been pinged around the knee-roll, you'd say, although it looked much more linear to the naked eye. Cook falls short of a ton -- and does so to Morkel for the 10th time, the most against any bowler -- but what an ugly beautiful innings this has been. If you have to be ugly, be like Cook. Cook lbw b Morkel 88(200) [4s-10]

4

Morkel to Stokes, FOUR, just like I told. A free-flowing pull shot through mid-wicket -- one that will dissuade you to pitch it short gaain to Stokes, ever. Extended arms to summon the short from outside off and discarded the ball away like a used tissue

4

to Bairstow, FOUR, hey, that mid-off's dive isn't enough. Plays this drive with the away-seam and brutes one away from his body. Found the middle, drilling it away. Lovely shot

4

Morris to Stokes, FOUR, full toss swinging away and that's been crashed through extra cover. No other way to put it. Stokes looking good, to tell it to you in simplest of words. Get your seatbelts out

4

Morris to Stokes, FOUR, compensates with a yorker length delivery -- well, just about -- and has been squeezed through mid-on. That reeked of timing and about waiting for the ball to get the placement right

4

Morris to Stokes, FOUR, magnanimous half-volley and it's been driven away. The gentlest of overs Morris will bowl. Through wide mid-off and he's up and running for the day. Why not make hay while the sun shines (and the ball doesn't). New ball still some time away..

4

Morris to Bairstow, FOUR, good shape on this outswinger but just a little bit of width, allowing Bairstow to lean across and lace it through covers. It's time South Africa count down to the second new ball, because this isn't working

4

to Bairstow, FOUR, and he's up for him. Being troubled by all series, Bairstow resorts to the sweep. Plays it on the up and hacks through backward square

4

to Bairstow, FOUR, this is a win for . Sees Bairstow shimmying out and just held the ball back. And Bairstow is seen forcing it down the ground, to 's right. Uppish but out of his reach. Credit to for that sideways dive

4

to Bairstow, FOUR, helped along the way. After five good balls, gets one to veer down leg vand Bairstow obliges the line with a sweep through fine leg

4

to Stokes, FOUR, some tennis forehand to power his way through. Extra zip off the turf from , kicking up from the shorter side and latched on to it with a fierce swat down the ground. There are some ways to get to your fifty, and then there is this

4

to Bairstow, FOUR, a flashy cut. A nothing delivery really, short-wide in the combo. Bairstow walks across, shapes up and flat-bats the stab through point

OT

Morkel to Stokes, no run, an away-slanter to start off. On a good length as it keeps going away without any sort of swing to be seen. A sighter

W

to Bairstow, out Caught by du Plessis!! 87.2mph. Here's the new ball syndrome. Bairstow doesn't believe in letting things go does he. Had to fish at this one in the nagging channel, around the fourth stump and threatening to come further in. Pokes his bat out, without conviction and surprisingly with hard hands at it. The outcome - an obvious new ball edge, for second slip to go reverse cupped with the pouch. So very English - this dismissal. Bairstow c du Plessis b 36(52) [4s-6]

4

to Moeen Ali, FOUR, almost a leave. And he steals a boundary instead. Stiff in defence with the feet hardly moving around, and is too late before he decides to withdraw. Off the face pointing downwards to run away through the cordon

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Morkel to Moeen Ali, out Caught by de Kock!! The ball darts in again. The ball thuds the pad and maybe missed the bat to be taken by the keeper. QDK went up straightaway. The South Africans have taken a review. There seems to be a spike as the ball passed the bat and pad. Inside edge it is. Moeen Ali is gone! That angle has paid dividends, immediately. The batsman was slightly late to get his bat down and in the end only managed a faint nick of the bat to plot his dismissal. Moeen Ali c de Kock b Morkel 16(40) [4s-1]

4

Morris to Roland-Jones, FOUR, down onto the leg-side, tickled away to fine-leg for a four

4

Morkel to Roland-Jones, FOUR, fuller length delivery outside off and the batsman drives, down the ground, did not time it well but laid enough bat on it to send it away past mid-off

4

Morris to Stokes, FOUR, full, very full on the pads, clipped away fine on the on-side. A four to long leg as the ball raced away

4

Morris to Roland-Jones, FOUR, full delivery on the pads and clipped away into the on-side for a four. That was slightly pitched up and the batsman was onto the clip in a flash

6

Morris to Roland-Jones, SIX, short ball down leg, the batsman seemed to be late on the pull, takes the top-edge and the ball soars over the fine leg region for a maximum

4

to Roland-Jones, FOUR, short and quick, at the body, pulled away to deep backward square with disdain

W

to Roland-Jones, out Lbw!! The quick arm ball and Roland-Jones played down the wrong line to be hit low on the front pad. The umpire raised his finger as soon as the bowler went up. The batsman had a small chat with his partner and decided to trudge back. The cameo ends. That skidded on and nipped in to beat the willow on the push-drive. Roland-Jones lbw b 25(25) [4s-4 6s-1]

4

to Stokes, FOUR, short ball down leg and the batsman has pulled it away fine on the on-side. Another four to increase the tally. DRINKS!

6

to Stokes, SIX, the T20 beast in him springs up! 3 on the boundary line on the on-side don't deter him. He knelt down and smacked it over cow corner for a maximum

W

to Broad, out Caught by Amla!! Full and swinging, Broad was glued to the crease, looks to clip it away but the ball flies of the outer edge to settle into the hands of the man at first slip. The short balls in the previous over had pushed him back and now he is gone. The ball was aimed at the sticks and was quick for the batsman to be hurried into a false shot. Broad c Amla b 3(13)

6

to Stokes, SIX, Drama! That was hacked across the line and the batsman found the hands of Faf at deep mid but the momemtum on the shot forces him to lose his balance and his body collides with the ropes as he fell down on his back

6

to Stokes, SIX, loud and clear, the applause and the shot over the bowler's head. Smothers the length by clearing his feet and then hammering it high and handsome into the stands. A ton for Stokes, arguably world's best all-rounder now? This has been a fine knock mixed with caution and aggression

6

to Stokes, SIX, another sixer! He heaves it away on the on-side by sitting down. He is putting the bowler on the axe here. Hat-trick of sixes. Stokes is here

W

Morkel to Stokes, out Caught by Rabada!! Looks to flog it away and the ball takes the fat top edge to go high up in the air towards the long-off region. Rabada came charging in and took it with ease. One of the finest tons in difficult times has put England slightly ahead in the game. Stokes c Rabada b Maharaj 112(153) [4s-9 6s-4]