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England vs South Africa Ball by Ball Commentary

17 Aug, 2022 15:30 (IST)

Result

Basil D'Oliveira Trophy, 2022- Match

England

165/10

45.0 overs

149/10

37.4 overs
vs

South Africa

326/10

89.1 overs
South Africa beat England by an innings and 12 runs

Lord's, London

Right then, that concludes our proceedings of this first Test match. It has been a dominant performance by the Proteas and with that, they have grabbed crucial World Test Championship points as well from this historic win. The caravan will now move to Manchester for the second Test. That game is set to take place on Thursday, 25th of August at 3.30 pm IST (10 am GMT). Our build-up though begins a lot earlier. So do join us for the same. Till then, goodbye and cheers!
Kagiso Rabada the Player of the Match. He says that is special to contribute to a team win and adds that to do it in Lords’s is pretty special. Tells that he did not even know about the stats, he just tried to follow his process and stick to his strengths, and then the rest took care of itself. Talks about his learnings from the 2017 tour and says that is all about getting the lengths right and adjusting with the Duke ball. He applauds Keshav Maharaj for his performance in this game and says that he has been an outstanding performer for them over the years. Also mentions that his two wickets really helped them. Signs off by saying that he is looking forward to the next game.
Dean Elgar the captain of South Africa says that this is a brilliant effort from the boys and they did not expect the game to finish so quickly. Tells that they wanted to bat long and hard and tells that Anrich Nortje's spell changed the game. Mentions that his decisions come with positive intent and he likes his boys to express themselves. Adds that they played in a South African way, their unique way. Talks about his captaincy and says that it depends on his gut feeling and the move to bring Keshav Maharaj was his gut feeling and then Anrich Nortje bowled with the speed of light. Also credits Sarel Erwee and tells that the partnership between them has been quite good and adds that he is an experienced player and wants his boys to enjoy this win.
Ben Stokes the skipper of England tells that they are disappointed to lose but they cannot drift away from their plans after just one loss. Mentions that they will continue to play the way they are playing and it is just about execution which they did not do well in this game and credits South Africa for the way they played. Adds that all the captains before him have also been criticized for the way the team has played and says that it is a part and parcel of the game. Says that they can’t give excuses about not having red-ball cricket before this game. He credits Ollie Pope for the way he played in testing conditions and sarcastically adds that he wants to win the toss in the next game.
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Earlier in the Test, Dean Elgar won the crucial toss and made the perfect decision to bowl first. His bowlers justified his decision to bowl first as they bundled out England for 165. Kagiso Rabada was the one who grabbed a five-wicket haul in the first innings and Ollie Pope scored 73 and was the stand-out player for England. Coming to bat, the openers of South Africa put together 85 runs and set a perfect platform and the right tone for the others. Keshav Maharaj and Marco Jansen then put on a fiery stand of 72 runs and kept South Africa in the driving seat. They eventually ended up getting a lead of 161 runs which did prove enough in the end. Ben Stokes and Stuart Broad were the picks of the bowlers for England.
A tough loss for England! This was the first time, England were batting first under their new head coach and captain, Ben Stokes, and things have certainly not worked for them. They were bundled out for 165 runs in the first innings and 149 in the second. Their bowling too was not up to the mark in this game. None of their batters got going while coming to bat for the second time. They started off well, Zak Crawley and Alex Lees put on an opening stand of 20 runs but they failed to carry on. Zak Crawley was the first one to depart and after that wickets kept falling in a heap. Ben Stokes and Stuart Broad then put on a counter-attacking stand of 55 runs and gave their side a slight glimmer of hope. But Stuart Broad perished soon and then there we no further partnerships created. England were eventually all-out for 149.
It's been a complete team performance from the visitors! They had put England under the pump after the first session and made sure to capitalize on that moment in the second session as well. They have bowled exceptionally well, and have bamboozled the English batting line-up. They grabbed 8 wickets in the second session of the game and sealed a comfortable victory.  Lungi Ngidi was the man to grab the first wicket of the second session, he got rid of Joe Root for a timid score. Anrich Nortje then followed that up with 3 quick wickets and put England under immense pressure. Ben Stokes and Stuart Broad then put on a stand of 55 runs and gave the crowd at Lord's something to cheer about. But that did not last very long as Kagiso Rabada came in and broke the stand between them. Marco Jansen then wrapped things off by grabbing the final two wickets.
South Africa have pulled off an emphatic victory at the home of cricket, Lord's! They have managed to stop the juggernaut of this strong England Test team and have continued to shine in the longest format of the game. Before the game, Dean Elgar did mention, that they are not afraid of the 'Bazball' approach by the English team and he and his side have certainly lived up to what he said. It's been a surreal performance from the visitors, and with this win, they have taken a 1-0 lead in this 3-match Test series.
37.4 W 0

OUT! BOWLED! That's it! South Africa win! What a performance this has been, a true team effort. They stayed true to their strengths playing old-fashioned cricket with great grit and determination and delivered a solid performance in the end. Coming to the ball - This is very full and swings away late from middle. James Anderson skips down the track and backs away a bit too much. He tried to dig it out but is too late as the ball goes onto shatter the stumps. Marco Jansen is elated and so are other players, they truly deserve this win. South Africa win by an innings and 12 runs!

37.3 0

Good late swing for Jansen! This is on a fullish length, on off. James Anderson looks to drive it away but the ball swings away and beats the outside edge of Jimmy's blade.

37.2 0

Another play and a miss! On a good length and outside off. James Anderson drives away from his body but misses.

37.1 0

Serves a good-length delivery, outside off. James Anderson tries to drive it away but misses.

Score after 37 overs : 149/9

Runs Scored

3 Runs

J Leach

0 (4)

J Anderson

1 (3)

K Rabada

8-2-27-2

36.6 0

Good length, outside off. Jack Leach pushes it towards point fielder.

36.5 0

On a length, on off. Leach gets the inside edge onto his pads as he looks to defend it.

36.5 nb 1

NO BALL! Back of a length, on off. Leach dabs it towards point. Another no ball from Rabada.

36.4 0

Back of a length, around off. Leach guides it towwards backward point. Anrich Nortje moves sharply to his right and stops it with a dive.

36.4 nb 2

NO BALL! Rabada oversteps here! Back of a length, around off. James Anderson defends it towards the off side and takes a single. There is a big roar from the crowd.

36.3 0

On a length and down the leg side. James Anderson looks to clip it away but misses.

36.2 0

Beats him first up! Lands it on a good length, around off. It is angled across and the ball zips past the outside edge of Jimmy's blade as he looks to defend.

James Anderson is the last man in.
36.1 W 0

OUT! CAUGHT! Here is the final nail in the coffin! Ben Stokes departs! Rabada bowls it full on middle. Stokes heaves it aerially but does not get enough power behind his shot to clear the fence. it goes flat and towards the deep mid-wicket region where Keshav Maharaj runs to his left and dives to take a good low catch. South Africa are just one wicket away now!

Jack Leach is the next batter in.

Score after 36 overs : 146/8

Runs Scored

3 Runs

M Potts

1 (5)

B Stokes

20 (27)

M Jansen

3-0-13-1

35.6 W 0

OUT! KNOCKED HIM OVER! Marco Jansen gets his first wicket of this innings and South Africa inch closer to a historic win here at Lord's! This is full and straight on middle. It shapes back in nicely and Potts goes for a big hit down the ground. He misses and the ball shatters the stumps. Jansen is elated and England sink further.

35.5 0

Back of a length, around leg. Potts gets across and looks to work it towards the leg side but misses.

35.4 1

A fullish delivery on middle. Stokes drives it to long on for a single.

35.3 0

Lands it on a length, around leg. Stokes looks to clip it but misses.

35.2 2

Goes fuller on middle. Stokes works it through mid-wicket for a couple.

35.1 0

On a length, on off. Stokes blocks it out.

Score after 35 overs : 143/7

Runs Scored

6 Runs

M Potts

1 (3)

B Stokes

17 (23)

K Rabada

7-2-24-1

34.6 0

Good length, attacking the stumps. Matthew Potts plays it towards the mid-wicket region.

34.5 1

Tad shorter on middle again. Stokes clips it to square leg for a single.

34.4 1

On a length, on middle. Potts works it past square leg for a single.

34.3 0

A fullish delivery, outside off. Potts throws his bat at it but misses.

Matthew Potts comes to bat now.
34.2 W 0

OUT! CAUGHT! Kagiso Rabada outfoxes Stuart Broad with a slower delivery and breaks this counter-attacking partnership between Broad and Stokes. This was bound to happen sooner rather than later, Broad was going for everything and Rabada is too good a bowler to let him do that regularly. Back of a length, on off. It is a slower delivery and Broad ends up playing it early. He gets the toe-end of his blade as he looks to loft it away and hits it straight to Dean Elgar at mid off. The skipper takes an easy catch and England are seven down now.

34.1 2

Back of a length, on off. Broad heaves it and does not time it properly. However, he ends up getting enough blade to take it over mid on and comes back for the second run.

34.1 nb 2

NO BALL! Back of a length, around off. Stokes guides it to third man for a single. Rabada oversteps here.

Kagiso Rabada (6-2-18-0) comes back to bowl.

Score after 34 overs : 137/6

Runs Scored

8 Runs

S Broad

33 (27)

B Stokes

15 (21)

M Jansen

2-0-10-0

33.6 0

Good length, down leg. Stuart Broad makes room and looks to go big again, but he fails to get any connection on that.

33.5 1

Full and on the pads. Stokes works it to fine leg for a single.

33.4 b 1

A full delivery and down the leg sidde. Broad leaves it. Kyle Verreynne dives to his right and half-stops it. A  bye taken. 50 runs partnership comes up.

33.3 4

FOUR! Runs are flowing for England here! Jansen bangs it short, on middle. It is a very well-directed short delivery and Broad looks to sway away from the line of the ball. He though keeps his angled bat near the shoulder and the ball kisses the blade to go over the keeper for a boundary.

33.2 lb 1

A full delivery on leg. Stokes looks to clip it away but misses. The ball goes off his pads towards the leg side. A leg bye taken.

33.1 1

Goes fuller on leg. Broad skips down the track and works it to deep square leg for a single.

Score after 33 overs : 129/6

Runs Scored

10 Runs

S Broad

28 (23)

B Stokes

14 (19)

A Nortje

7-1-47-3

32.6 1

Fuller length, outside off. Stuart Broad cuts it towards point but a good stop by Kagiso Rabada keeps it down to a single.

32.5 4

FOUR! Broad is really enjoying himself here. A full delivery on off. Broad drills it towards the long off fence for a boundary.

32.4 0

Broad contiunes to throw his bat at everything. Broad makes room and Nortje bowls a full delivery, around leg. Broad misses his slog and the ball goes just past the leg stump.

32.3 0

A fullish delivery, around off. Broad backs away and swings hard but misses.

32.2 1

Back of a length, around off. Stokes dabs it towards backward point for a single.

32.1 4

FOUR! Another tough chance goes down! A fuller delivery on off. Stokes hits it hard and straight to Nortje. He gets a good hand to it. However, this catches are always tough on the follow through and the ball deflects off his hand towards the long on fence for a boundary.

Score after 32 overs : 119/6

Runs Scored

5 Runs

S Broad

23 (19)

B Stokes

9 (17)

M Jansen

1-0-4-0

31.6 4

EDGED AND FOUR! A fuller one from Marco Jansen, outside off, shaping away. Stuart Broad swings his bat at it and manages to get a thick outside edge. The ball flies over the leaping second slip fielder towards third man for a boundary.

31.5 0

On a length and outside off. Broad throws his bat at it but misses.

31.4 lb 1

Back of a length, on leg. Stokes backing away again tries to clip it. He misses and a leg bye is taken as the ball rolls towards the leg side.

31.3 0

A bouncer on middle. Stokes backs away but ends up only blocking it.

31.2 0

On a length and outside off. Stokes skips down the track and looks to go inside out but misses.

31.1 0

On a length and outside off. Stokes tries to cut it but misses.

Score after 31 overs : 114/6

Runs Scored

16 Runs

S Broad

19 (17)

B Stokes

9 (13)

A Nortje

6-1-37-3

30.6 2

In the air..but safe! Broad again shows his stumps and the bowler follows him again, on leg. Broad looks to heave it towards the leg side. However, he gets a huge top edge and the ball goes in the air towards cover-point. Rabada running across to his left dives to catch it but the ball falls away from him. Two taken.

30.5 6

SIX! Broad with a maximum now! Stuart Broad backs away again and Nortje follows him. He bowls it short and Broad hooks it over deep square leg for a maximum.

30.4 0

On the shorter side again, angling into the body. Broad blocks it away awkwardly.

30.3 0

Back of a length, on off. Broad backs away and has a wild swing at it but misses.

30.2 4

FOUR! Two boundaries in a row now! Nortje bowls it short on middle. Broad backs away and slaps it towards the mid-wicket region for a boundary.

30.1 4

FOUR! Probably this is the only way Broad is going to play against the pacers. It is shorter in length, around off. Broad makes room and cuts it over point for a boundary.

Score after 30 overs : 98/6

Runs Scored

4 Runs

S Broad

3 (11)

B Stokes

9 (13)

K Maharaj

12-0-35-2

29.6 1

Good length, outside off. Stuart Broad just plays it towards the point region for a single.

29.5 2

This time he connects the sweep! A fuller one, spinning in, around middle. Stuart Broad sweeps it towards deep square leg for a brace.

29.4 0

Turning back in, fuller ball, around middle. Stuart Broad stretches forward to sweep this one but he misses and gets hit on his pad.

29.3 0

Fuller one, around middle and off. Stuart Broad blocks it out.

29.2 0

Tosses it up, full, around off. Stuart Broad blocks it out with the inner half of his bat.

29.1 lb 1

Leg bye! A huge shout for LBW, but the umpire says no! A fuller ball from 'round the wicket, around off. Ben Stokes looks to sweep this one, but he misses and gets hit on his back pad. South Africa though go up for the review. No bat involved there. The Ball Tracking indicates that it was missing the wickets and the impact was the umpires call as well. Not out it is! There was a throw at the non-striker's end, but well away from the stumps. They cross and get a run as well.

Drinks break. What a passage of play this has been for South Africa! They have managed to take four wickets after the Lunch and now are in with a great chance to finish this game off on Day 3 itself. Anrich Nortje after struggling a big initially got his rhythm back and is now bowling with lot of fire and has broken the backbone of the English middle-order in the process. England still have their skipper, Ben Stokes at the crease but with just bowlers to partner him now, things look quite bleak for England.

Score after 29 overs : 94/6

Runs Scored

3 Runs

S Broad

0 (6)

B Stokes

9 (12)

A Nortje

5-1-21-3

28.6 0

EDGE! Back-of-a-length delivery, around off. Broad pushes at it away from his body but gets a thick outside edge. The ball goes in the air but falls just short of the diving gully fielder.

28.5 0

Shorter ball, around the off pole. Stuart Broad blocks it out towards point.

28.4 1

Back of a length, outside off. Ben Stokes dabs it towards the point region. A single taken.

28.3 0

Play and a miss! A length ball, swinging back in, outside off. Ben Stokes stays in his crease and looks to cut this one away but he misses.

28.2 2

A length ball, around middle. Ben Stokes pushes it past mid on for a brace.

28.1 0

Back of a length, on middle at 151 kph. Stokes works it towards short fine leg.

Score after 28 overs : 91/6

Runs Scored

5 Runs

S Broad

0 (4)

B Stokes

6 (8)

K Maharaj

11-0-32-2

27.6 0

Fuller length, darted on the pads. Stuart Broad defends it comfortably.

27.5 0

Swing and a miss! Loopy ball, outside off, fuller one. Stuart Broad looks to sweeps this one but he misses.

27.4 0

Tosses this one up, full and around off. Stuart Broad blocks it out towards cover.

27.3 0

A fuller one, spinning in, around middle. Stuart Broad gets down on his knee and looks to scoop this one. But he misses and gets hit on his thigh pad. A huge appeal for LBW, but the umpire says no. Dean Elgar opts for a review. UltraEdge shows no bat involved. The Ball Tracking shows it clipping the stumps but it's the umpire's call. A good review from South Africa, but the on-field decision stands.

27.2 1

Tosses this one up, full, around middle and off. Ben Stokes gets down on his knee and reverse-sweeps towards point for a single.

27.1 4

FOUR! Good shot! A shorter ball, spinning in, around middle and off. Ben Stokes uses the depth of his crease and punches it through cover for a boundary.

Stuart Broad walks out to the middle.

Score after 27 overs : 86/6

Runs Scored

0 Runs

B Foakes

0 (2)

B Stokes

1 (6)

A Nortje

4-1-18-3

26.6 W 0

OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! Another one bites the dust. Anrich Nortje is breathing fire at the moment! England are falling apart at Lord's! Anrich Nortje serves a length ball, width on offer this time, shaping away. Ben Foakes rocks back and looks to slash this one away. But he only manages to get an outside edge back to the keeper. Kyle Verreynne once again takes an easy catch. England are 6 down!

26.5 0

Anrich Nortje comes over the wicket and serves it down the leg side, fuller one. Ben Foakes leaves it alone.

Ben Foakes is the next batter in.
26.4 W 0

OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! Anrich Nortje has done it once again! Two wickets in two overs for him. South Africa are all over England at the moment. Another peach of a delivery. A length ball, this one land around off and nips away just a tad. Alex Lees stays in his crease and looks to defend this one but gets an outside edge towards the keeper. Kyle Verreynne makes no mistake there. Anrich Nortje has his second wicket and with that England have lost half their side.

26.3 0

Anrich Nortje drops it short, down the leg side. Alex Lees ducks underneath it.

26.2 0

A good-length delivery, outside off, swinging away. Alex Lees is happy to let that go.

26.1 0

Shaping away, outside off, a length ball. Alex Lees leaves it alone.

Score after 26 overs : 86/4

Runs Scored

5 Runs

A Lees

35 (79)

B Stokes

1 (6)

K Maharaj

10-0-27-2

25.6 3

On off and turning in. Lees sweeps and sweeps it well towards the deep backward square leg region. The ball does not travel all the way towards the ropes as the fielder cuts it off. Three taken.

25.5 0

Loopy ball, full, spinning in, around middle. Alex Lees blocks it out towards the leg side.

25.4 1

Tosses it up, full, around middle. Ben Stokes gets down on his knee and reverse-sweeps it towards sweeper cover for a single.

25.3 0

Shorter ball this time, around middle. Ben Stokes pushes it off the back foot towards mid on.

25.2 0

A fuller ball, turning in, around middle. Ben Stokes looks to reverse-sweep this but he misses and gets hit on his thigh pad.

25.1 1

Spinning in, shorter ball, around off. Alex Lees stays in his crease and pushes it towards cover for a single.

Score after 25 overs : 81/4

Runs Scored

4 Runs

B Stokes

0 (3)

A Lees

31 (76)

A Nortje

3-0-18-1

24.6 0

Short ball, around off. Ben Stokes plays it very comfortably towards the point region.

24.5 0

Wow! Lovely ball! A yorker-length ball, outside off, at 152 clicks! Ben Stokes fails to dig this one out.

24.4 0

Anrich Nortje goes 'round the wicket now, serves a length ball, angling in, around middle and leg. Ben Stokes misses his flick and gets hit on his thigh pad.

Ben Stokes walks out to the middle.
24.3 W 0

OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! Anrich Nortje is elated! He knows it's a massive wicket. Anrich Nortje has got Jonny Bairstow for the second time in the match. A good-length delivery, nipping away, around the fourth stump line. Jonny Bairstow sticks his bat out to block this one but the ball goes off the outside edge towards the keeper. Kyle Verreynne pouches it safely. England are in a spot of bother now.

24.2 0

Beaten! Lovely ball! Slightly shorter this time, shaping away. Jonny Bairstow looks to push this one away but he gets beaten on the outside edge.

24.1 4

FOUR! Cut away! A length ball, little bit of width there outside off. Jonny Bairstow rocks back and slashes it past point for a boundary.

Score after 24 overs : 77/3

Runs Scored

2 Runs

A Lees

31 (76)

J Bairstow

14 (21)

K Maharaj

9-0-22-2

23.6 0

Fuller length. Alex Lees dances down the pitch and hits it straight in the hands of Keshav Maharaj along the ground.

23.5 0

Pitches it up again, around off, tossed up delivery. Alex Lees pushes it back to the bowler.

23.4 0

Spinning in, a fuller ball, around middle. Alex Lees looks to reverse-sweep this one, but the misses. The ball hits his back and goes towards the leg slip fielder.

23.3 1

Tad quicker, around middle, full in length. Jonny Bairstow dances down the pitch and flicks it towards deep mid-wicket for a single.

23.2 0

Loopy ball, full and around off. Jonny Bairstow lunges forward and defends it out.

23.1 1

Tosses it up, fuller one, around off. Alex Lees prods forward to drive this but the ball goes off the inner half of the bat towards mid on. A single taken.

Score after 23 overs : 75/3

Runs Scored

10 Runs

J Bairstow

13 (19)

A Lees

30 (72)

A Nortje

2-0-14-0

22.6 0

Good length, on the middle stump line. Jonny Bairstow plays it with straight bat towards the bowler.

22.5 0

Swing and a miss! A fuller one, outside off. Jonny Bairstow leans to drive this one but he misses.

22.4 4

FOUR! Top shot! Short and width on offer this time. Jonny Bairstow rocks back and punches it off the back foot through cover-point for a boundary.

22.3 0

Shorter ball, around middle and leg. Jonny Bairstow looks to pull this one but he misses and gets hit on his body.

22.2 2

On a length now, around middle and off. Jonny Bairstow closes the face of his bat and tucks it towards fine leg. Two taken.

22.1 4

Anrich Nortje bowls it short, outside off. Jonny Bairstow pulls it in the vacant deep mid-wicket region. Kagiso Rabada runs in from deep square leg to cut that one off. He keeps the ball away from the ropes, but the batters run four runs.

Score after 22 overs : 65/3

Runs Scored

1 Runs

A Lees

30 (72)

J Bairstow

3 (13)

K Maharaj

8-0-20-2

21.6 0

Fuller length, on middle. Alex Lees works it towards the mid-wicket region.

21.5 1

Tosses this one up, bowls it around the off pole, full in length. Jonny Bairstow presses forward and looks to block this but the ball goes off the outside edge away from the first slip fielder. A single taken.

21.4 0

Flighted ball, full and around middle and off. Jonny Bairstow prods forward and blocks it out watchfully.

21.3 0

Floats this one up, delivers it very full this time, around middle. Jonny Bairstow keeps it out.

21.2 0

Another loopy ball, full and around off. Jonny Bairstow leans forward and blocks it out.

21.1 0

Tosses this one up, serves it very full, around middle and leg. Jonny Bairstow pushes it towards mid off.

Score after 21 overs : 64/3

Runs Scored

4 Runs

A Lees

30 (71)

J Bairstow

2 (8)

A Nortje

1-0-4-0

20.6 0

Short of good length. That ball didn't bounce as much as Lees expected it to be as he misses his pull shot. Gets hit just around the box.

20.5 0

Outside off, on a length, at 145 clicks. Alex Lees leaves it alone.

20.4 2

Angling in, shorter ball, around middle and leg. Alex Lees works it away through mid-wicket for a brace.

20.3 0

A good-length delivery now, outside off, at 143 kph. Alex Lees leans forward and blocks it towards point.

20.2 1

Back of a length, outside off, nipping in a tad. Jonny Bairstow taps it off the back foot towards cover for a single.

20.1 1

Anrich Nortje begins with a length ball, darting it on the thigh pad, at 140 clicks. Alex Lees tucks it towards fine leg for a single.

Anrich Nortje is introduced into the attack.

Score after 20 overs : 60/3

Runs Scored

3 Runs

J Bairstow

1 (7)

A Lees

27 (66)

K Maharaj

7-0-19-2

19.6 0

Fuller length, on the middle and leg stump. Jonny Bairstow works it towards short leg. The fielder there is quick to react as he stops it and throws it back to the keeper.

19.5 1

Bowls it tad shorter and gets good turn. The ball drifts on the pads and Lees works it just past the short fine leg fielder for a single.

19.4 0

Tossed up, on off. Lees drives it to covers.

19.3 0

Turning into middle and Lees works it towards mid-wicket with the turn.

19.2 1

Tossed up, around leg. Jonny Bairstow works it towards square leg and gets off the mark.

19.1 1

Tad shorter angling into middle. Lees goes back and punches it to long on for a single.

Score after 19 overs : 57/3

Runs Scored

0 Runs

J Bairstow

0 (5)

A Lees

25 (62)

L Ngidi

7-2-15-1

18.6 0

Short ball, rises off the pitch. Jonny Bairstow manages to keep it down to the turf.

18.5 0

Pulls his length back a bit, outside off at 142 kph. Jonny Bairstow looks to punch it away but does not get any timing in that shot.

18.4 0

Serves a length delivery, on off. Jonny Bairstow defends it back to the bowler.

18.3 0

Bowls a yorker, on off. Jonny Bairstow blocks it out.

18.2 0

Ohh...lovely bowling! Ngidi lands it on a length, around off. The ball nips back in sharply and goes just past the off pole as Jonny Bairstow leaves it.

Jonny Bairstow comes to the crease.
18.1 W 0

OUT! CAUGHT! Joe Root departs! A rare twin failure for the former English skipper. This is a big, big wicket for South Africa! Lungi Ngidi is elated and so are other South African players. South Africa are right on top here. This is a fullish delivery, outside off. Root goes with hard hands for a drive and ends up getting a thick outside edge. The ball goes straight into the hands of Aiden Markram at second slip and England lose their most dependable batter.

Score after 18 overs : 57/2

Runs Scored

5 Runs

A Lees

25 (62)

J Root

6 (9)

K Maharaj

6-0-16-2

17.6 0

Fuller length, attacking the stumps. Alex Lees drives it towards the cover region.

17.5 0

Beaten! Pushes it quicker and it is around off. Lees tries to drive it away but gets beaten.

17.4 3

Root brings out a reverse-sweep now! This is fuller on off. Root kneels and reverse-sweeps it fine through the third man region. They take three. Good running.

17.3 0

Loopy delivery, on off. Root leans forward and blocks it out.

17.2 1

Bowls it fuller on middle. Lees works it to mid-wicket for a single.

17.1 1

Tossed up on middle. Root paddles it towards the fine leg region for a single.

Score after 17 overs : 52/2

Runs Scored

0 Runs

A Lees

24 (59)

J Root

2 (6)

L Ngidi

6-1-15-0

16.6 0

Fuller length, on the stumps. Alex Lees plays it towards the point region.

16.5 0

Lands on a good length again, bit wider outside off and Lees leaves it alone.

16.4 0

Serves a good-length delivery, outside off. Lees makes a careful leave.

16.3 0

Tad shorter in length, around off. Lees defends it onto the turf.

16.2 0

Back of a length, around off. Lees defends it towards the off side and looks for a single but is sent back by his partner.

16.1 0

On a length, on off. Lees pushes it to mid on.

Score after 16 overs : 52/2

Runs Scored

3 Runs

J Root

2 (6)

A Lees

24 (53)

K Maharaj

5-0-11-2

15.6 0

Root advances down the track and Keshav Maharaj drags his length back, on middle. Root ends up padding it away.

15.5 1

Slower through the air, around off. Lees defends it towards the off side and takes a single.

15.4 2

Turning into leg again. Lees works it to deep backward square leg for a couple.

15.3 0

Turning into middle. Lees works it towards mid-wicket.

15.2 0

Tossed up, on middle. Lees defends it off the front foot.

15.1 0

This one pitches on middle and turns down the leg side. Lees tries to work it towards the leg side but misses.

Score after 15 overs : 49/2

Runs Scored

8 Runs

A Lees

21 (48)

J Root

2 (5)

L Ngidi

5-0-15-0

14.6 1

That ball was on the pads and Alex Lees just guides it towards the fine leg region for a single.

14.5 0

On the shorter side, around off. Lees tries to pull it but gets the inside edge. The ball goes just past stumps and the keeper makes a good stop diving to his right.

14.4 0

Fuller length, outside off. Lees cuts it towards the point region.

14.3 2

Goes fuller on off. Lees drives it through covers and comes back for the second run.

14.2 4

EDGED AND FOUR! On a good length and outside off. Alex Lees stands tall and looks to punch this away but the ball goes off the outside in the gap between third slip and gully for a boundary.

14.1 1

Serves it on a length, around off. It jags back in and Root defends it towards point for a single.

Score after 14 overs : 41/2

Runs Scored

2 Runs

A Lees

14 (43)

J Root

1 (4)

K Maharaj

4-0-8-2

13.6 0

Bowls it bit quicker on middle. Lees works it towards midwicket.

13.5 1

He is off the mark. This is fuller, on off. Root drives it through covers for a single.

13.4 0

Slower through the air, on middle. Root with a solid front foot defence.

13.3 0

Root uses his feet and drives this full delivery on off to mid off.

13.2 0

Nice flighted delivery, on off. Root blocks it off the front foot.

13.1 1

A flatter delivery turning into middle. Lees stands tall and pushes it to mid on for a single.

Keshav Maharaj (3-0-6-2) will bowl from the other end.

Score after 13 overs : 39/2

Runs Scored

1 Runs

A Lees

13 (41)

J Root

0 (0)

L Ngidi

4-0-7-0

12.6 1

Angles this full delivery on the pads. Lees flicks it to deep backward square leg for a single.

12.5 0

A fullish delivery, around off. Lees pushes it to covers this time.

12.4 0

An inside edge this time! On a length, around off. Lees tries to push it towards the off side but gets the inside edge onto his pads.

12.3 0

Bowls it fuller and wider outside off. Lees drives it off the bottom of his blade towards point.

12.2 0

Lands it on a length, on off. Lees with a solid block from his crease.

12.1 0

Ngidi starts off with a length delivery, outside off. Lees lets it go.

We are back for the second session of the day! The players have made their way out in the middle. Alex Lees and Joe Root walk out to bat for England. Lungi Ngidi will begin proceedings with the ball. Let's go!
... DAY 3, SESSION 2 ...
England, on the other hand, got three wickets but once again their ploy of bowling too many short deliveries was quite surprising, especially after taking the new ball. Broad eventually decided to go back to his basics of bowling a fullish length with the new ball and got rewarded with two wickets. However, the start with the bat was crucial for England but the out-of-form Zak Crawley played another false shot to make his way back to the pavilion early and the wicket of Pope off the last ball of the session has put England in a hole again. They need something special from hereon and this is a big test now for England and their positive approach, can they put up a fight in the afternoon session? We shall find out. Do join us for the post-Lunch session at 6.10 pm IST (12.40 pm GMT).
South Africa end another session on a high! They have managed to take two wickets quickly again with the ball and this time the spinner Keshav Maharaj has joined the party. What an inspired bowling change this has been by the skipper Dean Elgar and South Africa now lead by 123 runs at Lunch with two English batters back in the hut in their second innings. Earlier in the session, the South African tail just refused to give up easily and added some crucial 37 runs to the overnight score. That took the lead over 160 runs and with the kind of bowling attack South Africa have and the clarity their skipper has shown with his decision-making, England surely have a tough task ahead of them.

Score after 12 overs : 38/2

Runs Scored

1 Runs

O Pope

5 (15)

A Lees

12 (35)

K Maharaj

3-0-6-2

11.6 W 0

OUT! LBW! A wicket for South Africa on the final ball before Lunch! Keshav Maharaj, who did not bowl one over in the first innings, has now picked up two wickets in the second innings. He sends back Ollie Pope now. This is a big, big wicket for South Africa and England are under pressure early in the innings. Coming to the ball - this was a shorter one, it comes in with the arm, on the leg pole. Ollie Pope rocks back and looks to flick this one but he misses and gets rapped on his pads. A loud appeal for LBW, but the umpire says no. Dean Elgar though decides to review this one. No bat involved there, confirms UltraEdge. The Ball Tracking indicates, three reds. The decision needs to be overturned and Ollie Pope has to depart. A successful review for South Africa. That will be Lunch on Day 3.

11.5 0

Loopy ball, full, around off. Ollie Pope leans forward and defends it out.

11.4 1

Back of a length, around middle and leg, spinning in. Alex Lees flicks it towards square leg for a single.

11.3 0

Tosses this one up, full, around off. Alex Lees blocks it out.

11.2 0

Quicker one, short again, spinning in. Alex Lees defends it out off the back foot.

11.1 0

Dropped! But those chances are always tough! A shorter one, spinning in, around middle and leg. Alex Lees stays in his crease and flicks it towards short leg. The fielder there gets his hands to the ball but fails to hold on to it.

Score after 11 overs : 37/1

Runs Scored

4 Runs

O Pope

5 (13)

A Lees

11 (31)

K Rabada

6-2-18-0

10.6 0

Back of a length, shaping back in this time, around off. Ollie Pope does well to block this one.

10.5 0

Shorter one, outside off, shaping away. Ollie Pope dabs it towards point.

10.4 0

On a length, around middle and leg. Ollie Pope blocks it out.

10.3 0

Another out-swinger, outside off, a length ball. Ollie Pope leaves it alone.

10.2 0

A length ball, nipping back in sharply, around off. Ollie Pope shoulders his arm at this one. The ball hits his thigh pad and goes towards the slip cordon.

10.1 lb 4

FOUR LEG BYES! Kagiso Rabada serves this one down leg, a length ball. Ollie Pope looks to flick this one but he misses. The ball brushes off his pads and goes away from diving fielder towards fine leg for a boundary.

Score after 10 overs : 33/1

Runs Scored

2 Runs

A Lees

11 (31)

O Pope

5 (7)

K Maharaj

2-0-5-1

9.6 0

Quicker, turning into the left-hander, around middle. Alex Lees works it away towards mid-wicket.

9.5 1

Keshav Maharaj goes 'round the wicket now, serves a shorter one this time, this one comes in with the angle as well. Ollie Pope stays in his crease and tucks it towards square leg for a single.

9.4 1

Floats it up again, full and around middle. Alex Lees sweeps it towards deep square leg for a single.

9.3 0

Tosses this one up, serves it full and outside off., Alex Lees lunges forward to block this one but he misses and gets hit on his body.

9.2 0

A shorter one now, quicker as well, around middle. Alex Lees skips down the pitch and flicks it to mid-wicket.

9.1 0

A loopy ball, spinning in, outside off. Alex Lees takes a big stride forward and looks to block this but he gets an inside edge back onto his pads.

Score after 9 overs : 31/1

Runs Scored

10 Runs

A Lees

10 (26)

O Pope

4 (6)

K Rabada

5-1-18-0

8.6 3

Nice shot! An overpitched delivery, around off. Alex Lees shows the full face of his blade and drives it down the ground. The ball will not race away to the boundary but the batters pick up three runs.

8.5 0

Outside off, nipping away, a length ball. Alex Lees leaves it alone.

8.4 1

Angling in, a length ball, around middle. Ollie Pope works it away towards mid on for a single.

8.3 2

On a length, shaping away, outside off. Ollie Pope opens the face of his bat and guides it past gully for a brace.

8.2 b 4

FOUR BYES! Bonus runs for England! A shorter ball, down leg. Ollie Pope leaves it alone. Kyle Verreynne dives but he fails to get there as well. It runs away towards fine leg for a boundary.

8.1 0

Beaten! Good-length delivery, shaping away, outside off. Ollie Pope gets beaten on his outside edge while trying to block this one.

Score after 8 overs : 21/1

Runs Scored

3 Runs

A Lees

7 (24)

O Pope

1 (2)

K Maharaj

1-0-3-1

7.6 0

Keshav Maharaj comes 'over the wicket to the left-hander now, serves a shorter one, turning in, around middle and leg. Alex Lees tucks it towards mid-wicket. End of a successful first over from Keshav Maharaj.

7.5 1

Much fuller now, on the pads. Ollie Pope flicks it through mid-wicket for a single. Ollie Pope is off the mark!

7.4 0

Shorter ball, spinning away, around off. Ollie Pope uses the depth of his crease and pushes it towards cover.

Ollie Pope walks out at number 3!
7.3 W 0

OUT! LBW! Keshav Maharaj strikes in his first over of the game! He gets rid of Zak Crawley and his poor run of form continues. What a move to bring Keshav Maharaj on! He tosses this one up, fuller one, tad slower through the air, on middle. Zak Crawley gets down on his knee and looks to sweep this one but he misses and gets hit on his pad. A loud appeal and the umpire raises his finger without any hesitation. South Africa have got their first wicket.

7.2 2

Quicker, full, darting it on the pads. Zak Crawley shimmies down the pitch and flicks it towards mid-wicket. Two taken!

7.1 0

Keshav Maharaj comes from 'round the wicket, serves a fuller one, loopy as well, at 87 clicks. Zak Crawley defends it out off the front foot.

Keshav Maharaj is into the attack now. It will be interesting to see how much turn he can extract as Leach got some good turn whenever he bowled.

Score after 7 overs : 18/0

Runs Scored

2 Runs

A Lees

7 (23)

Z Crawley

11 (19)

K Rabada

4-1-12-0

6.6 0

Swing and a miss! Kagiso Rabada drops it short, shaping away, outside off. Alex Lees goes for the pull shot but he fails to get any bat on it.

6.5 0

Another length ball, outside off. Alex Lees punches it off the back foot towards point.

6.4 0

Tighter line now! Around the off pole, a length ball, at 140 clicks. Alex Lees pushes it towards the fielder at mid off.

6.3 2

Width on offer now, full in length. Alex Lees frees his arms and drives it through cover. Two taken.

6.2 0

Shaping away this time, outside off, on a length. Alex Lees offers no shot to that.

6.1 0

On a length from over the wicket, nipping back in. Alex Lees manages to get an inside edge onto his pads while trying to flick this one.

Score after 6 overs : 16/0

Runs Scored

2 Runs

Z Crawley

11 (19)

A Lees

5 (17)

L Ngidi

3-0-6-0

5.6 0

Shaping away, outside off, a length ball. Zak Crawley strides forward and shoulders his arms at it.

5.5 0

This one swings back in, fuller in length, around off, at 143 clicks. Zak Crawley drives and finds the fielder at short cover.

5.4 0

Another good-length delivery, the line is outside off. Zak Crawley leans forward and lets that go through.

5.3 0

Outside off, a length ball. Zak Crawley leaves it alone.

5.2 0

Fuller ball, swinging in, around middle. Zak Crawley blocks it out towards the leg side.

5.1 2

A good-length ball, on the pads. Zak Crawley looks to flick this one but the ball flies over mid-wicket off the leading edge. Anrich Nortje chases the ball and keeps it two runs.

Score after 5 overs : 14/0

Runs Scored

3 Runs

A Lees

5 (17)

Z Crawley

9 (13)

K Rabada

3-1-10-0

4.6 0

Beaten! Lovely ball! Slightly short again, outside off, shaping away. Alex Lees looks to push this away but he gets beaten on the outside edge.

4.5 0

Angling away, shorter one, outside off. Alex Lees leaves it alone.

4.4 0

Outside off this time, fuller ball. Alex Lees drives it towards the fielder at cover.

4.3 1

Angling in, fuller one, darting it on the pads. Zak Crawley flicks it through square leg for a single.

4.2 2

Another edge! On a length this time, around middle and leg. Zak Crawley looks to flick this one but the ball goes off the leading edge again once again, away from the fielder at cover this time. Two taken.

4.1 0

Slightly shorter, around middle and leg, extra bounce there as well. Zak Crawley looks to tuck it on the leg side, but the ball goes off the leading edge towards cover.

Score after 4 overs : 11/0

Runs Scored

1 Runs

A Lees

5 (14)

Z Crawley

6 (10)

L Ngidi

2-0-4-0

3.6 0

Fuller ball this time, outside off. Alex Lees blocks it out. Another testing over from Lungi Ngidi comes to an end.

3.5 0

Another ripper from Lungi Ngidi! This is lovely bowling from him. On a length, shaping away a tad, around off. Alex Lees leaves it alone. The ball misses the off pole by a whisker. Tight leave from Alex Lees.

3.4 0

Oh, well bowled! A fuller one this time, jagging back in sharply, around middle and leg. Alex Lees looks to block this one but he manages to get a slight inside edge back onto his pads.

3.3 0

Lungi Ngidi comes 'round the wicket now, serves a length ball, around middle and off. Alex Lees defends it out.

3.2 1

Another ball tailing back in from a good length, around middle and leg. Zak Crawley flicks it towards square leg and takes a single.

3.1 0

An in-swinger, a good-length delivery, around middle. Zak Crawley covers the line and blocks the ball.

Score after 3 overs : 10/0

Runs Scored

7 Runs

A Lees

5 (10)

Z Crawley

5 (8)

K Rabada

2-1-7-0

2.6 0

On a good length and outside off. Lees leaves it alone.

2.5 1

On a length, on off. Zak Crawley pushes it to covers for a single.

2.4 1

Ohh...dropped! This is a full delivery, around off. Lees tries to drive it away. However, the ball catches the outside edge of his blade and is travelling straight to Aiden Markram at second slip. Keegan Petersen at third slip dives in front of Aiden Markram and ends up getting one hand to it but the ball does not stick. A single taken as the ball goes behind them.

2.3 0

Beaten! Rabada continues to bowl that length which is just short of good length. It is around off and Lees tries to defend it but the ball seams away and beats the outside edge of his blade.

2.2 4

FOUR! Beautifully played! He is off the mark with a boundary. Rabada keeps it tad shorter and around off. Lees gets on top of the bounce and punches it through covers for a boundary.

2.1 1

Rabada lands it on a length, on off. Crawley works it behind square on the leg side for a single.

Score after 2 overs : 3/0

Runs Scored

3 Runs

Z Crawley

3 (6)

A Lees

0 (6)

L Ngidi

1-0-3-0

1.6 1

Shorter ball, outside off. Zak Crawley stays in his crease and pushes it off the back foot towards cover for a single. A lovely over Lungi Ngidi! He made the ball talk a lot in his first over.

1.5 0

Pitches it up, much straighter on this occasion, around middle. Zak Crawley blocks it out.

1.4 2

Swinging in, around middle, a length ball. Zak Crawley tucks it towards square leg for a brace. Zak Crawley and England are underway!

1.3 0

Sharp swing there once again! A shorter ball, outside off, swinging in. Zak Crawley leaves it alone. Kyle Verreynne dives to his left and makes a lovely stop. Good movement there!

1.2 0

Another on that nips back in, a length ball, around middle. Zak Crawley defends it out.

1.1 0

Lungi Ngidi begins with a length ball, tailing back in, around middle and leg. Zak Crawley looks to flick this one but he misses and gets rapped on his pads. A loud appeal there for LBW, but the umpire says no. Sliding down leg probably.

Lungi Ngidi to share the new ball with Kagiso Rabada.

Score after 1 overs : 0/0

Runs Scored

0 Runs

A Lees

0 (6)

Z Crawley

0 (0)

K Rabada

1-1-0-0

0.6 0

Another one outside the off pole, a length ball. Alex Lees is happy to let that one go.

0.5 0

A fuller one this time, around middle and off. Alex Lees blocks it out.

0.4 0

Shorter ball, outside off. Alex Lees stays in his crease and looks to cut this away but he gets an under edge back onto the deck.

0.3 0

A length ball, swinging away, outside off. Alex Lees watches it sail through to the keeper.

0.2 0

Back of a length, outside off. Alex Lees stays in his crease and blocks it out.

0.1 0

Kagiso Rabada begins with a length ball, shaping away, outside off. Alex Lees leaves it alone.

We are back for England's second innings. The South African players are out there in the middle. Zak Crawley and Alex Lees are the openers for England. Kagiso Rabada to start with the ball. Here we go...
… Third Innings …
It's been a disappointing performance from the English side. They troubled the batters in the beginning with their probing lines and lengths, but they were not rewarded for the same. They did manage to gain control of the game towards the final session of Day 2, but the partnership between Marco Jansen and Keshav Maharaj shifted the momentum back towards the visitors. England though will be frustrated about letting the South Africa tail wag quite a lot in the end. Ben Stokes was the leader of the pack for England, he grabbed wickets in crucial junctures and always kept England in the game. He ended with three wickets. Stuart Broad was the other bowler who took 3, while Matthew Potts grabbed two wickets. It's up to England's batters now! Can they bat long here? We will find out. Stay tuned for England's second innings!
South Africa began their batting with a solid opening stand of 85 runs. Dean Elgar was then dismissed 3 short of his half-ton, his partner, Sarel Erwee though carried on his merry way and started building a strong partnership with Keegan Petersen. Once that stand was broken, South Africa lost wickets in quick succession. Their middle order failed to convert their positive starts. But a counter-attacking partnership of 72 runs between Marco Jansen and Keshav Maharaj stole the show. They took the game away from England and helped their side take a healthy lead. Anrich Nortje and Marco Jansen played a few strokes in the end and guided South Africa to 326 with a lead of 161.
A bit of a frustrating morning for England, but they have finally managed to bundle out South Africa. They can breathe a sigh of relief for now. The visitors though will be mighty pleased with their effort with the bat. They have managed to get a handy lead of 161 and find themselves on top of proceedings.
89.1 W 0

OUT! CAUGHT! Jonny Bairstow takes the catch at third slip, he almost made a mess of it but shows good reflexes in the end to complete the catch with his left hand. Broad bowls a fullish delivery, outside off. Lungi Ngidi tries to drive it away but gets a thick outside edge. The ball goes at a good height and straight to Jonny Bairstow at third slip. However, he fails to pouch it on one go but then takes it with his left hand bending quite low. He looks like a relieved man after taking that catch and rightly so, England are already way behind in this game and they cannot afford to miss these kind of chances. South Africa are all-out on 326!

Score after 89 overs : 326/9

Runs Scored

8 Runs

A Nortje

28 (42)

L Ngidi

0 (5)

B Stokes

18-3-71-3

88.6 0

A good-length delivery, outside off. Anrich Nortje throws his bat at it but misses.

88.5 0

Back of a length, on middle. Anrich Nortje looks to guide it towards the off side but gets the inside edge onto his pads.

88.4 4

FOUR! Stokes kicks the ground in frustration. This is fuller and around off. Anrich Nortje manages to power it through extra-cover for a boundary.

88.3 4

FOUR! This is turning out to be a very handy knock from Anrich Nortje. Back of a length, around off. Anrich Nortje stays leg side of the ball and guides it through the gully region for a boundary.

88.2 0

On the shorter side, angling into pads. Nortje looks to works it towards the leg side but misses again. The ball hits him high on the pads.

88.1 0

Swinging in late and drifting on the pads. Nortje looks to clip it away but misses. The ball hits his pads and rolls towards the off side.

Score after 88 overs : 318/9

Runs Scored

0 Runs

L Ngidi

0 (5)

A Nortje

20 (36)

S Broad

19-3-71-2

87.6 0

Goes fuller and down the leg side. Lungi Ngidi looks to clip it but misses.

87.5 0

Serves a good-length delivery, outside off. Lungi Ngidi plays it inside the line of the ball as the ball shapes away late.

87.4 0

Bangs it short now, around leg. Lungi Ngidi ducks under it.

87.3 0

This is also on a length and outside off. Lungi Ngidi makes an easy leave.

87.2 0

On a length and outside off. Lungi Ngidi leaves it.

Lungi Ngidi is the last man in.
87.1 W 0

OUT! CAUGHT! This is what happens when you pitch the ball up with the new ball. England took some time to release it but Broad finally gets his length right and takes an important wicket of Marco Jansen. A brilliant knock from the young man though and he deserved to get his fifty but that's how the game works and he walks back to a standing ovation here. This is a fullish delivery, outside off. Not that full to go for a big booming drive but Jansen does and gets an outside edge of his blade. The ball goes straight into the hands of Zak Crawley at second slip and South Africa are nine down now.

Score after 87 overs : 318/8

Runs Scored

4 Runs

A Nortje

20 (36)

M Jansen

48 (78)

B Stokes

17-3-63-3

86.6 0

A nasty bouncer this time but it is really well played by Nortje! A short delivery angling into off. Nortje rides the bounce and blocks it towards the off side as he takes his one hand off the handle.

86.5 0

Keeps it short and around off. Nortje leaves it alone.

86.4 0

On a length, on middle. Nortje is comfortable to defend it. It has been 40 balls since the new ball has been taken but still no signs of James Anderson.

86.3 0

Back of a length and angling into leg. Nortje works it towards the leg side.

86.2 4

FOUR! Very confident shot from Nortje! Goes fuller on off. Nortje shows the full face of his blade and drives it past mid on for a boundary.

86.1 0

On a length, on off. Anrich Nortje blocks it out.

Score after 86 overs : 314/8

Runs Scored

5 Runs

M Jansen

48 (78)

A Nortje

16 (30)

S Broad

18-2-71-1

85.6 0

Pulls his length back a bit, around off. Jansen defends it towards the off side. It is quite surprising to see England bowling short even after taking the new ball.

85.5 1

A fuller delivery and it drifts on the pads. Nortje works it to square leg for a single.

85.4 0

Serves a length delivery on off. Nortje tries to defend it but gets the inside edge onto his pads.

85.3 1

Shorter in length, on off. Jansen pushes it to covers for a single.

85.2 3

Broad with a short delivery, outside off. Nortje makes room and cuts it towards deep extra cover. The ball goes in the air but there is no one there in the deep. Another three added to the score.

85.1 0

Back of a length, on middle. Nortje blocks it off the back foot.

Stuart Broad (17-2-66-1) comes into the attack.

Score after 85 overs : 309/8

Runs Scored

3 Runs

M Jansen

47 (76)

A Nortje

12 (26)

B Stokes

16-3-59-3

84.6 0

Bowls a short delivery and it is down the leg side. Jansen lets it go.

84.5 1

Goes wide of the crease and angles a length delivery on middle. Nortje works it to fine leg for a single.

84.4 0

Stokes bangs it short, on middle. Nortje ducks under it.

84.3 lb 1

Back of a length, on leg. Jansen looks to work it towards the leg side. However, he misses and the ball rolls towards the leg side off his pads. A leg bye taken.

84.2 0

Lovely good-length delivery, around off. Jansen tries to defend it but the ball seams away a bit and zips past the outside edge of his blade.

84.1 1

Back of a length, on leg. Nortje rides the bounce and works it to backward square leg for a single.

Score after 84 overs : 306/8

Runs Scored

10 Runs

A Nortje

10 (23)

M Jansen

47 (73)

M Potts

20-2-79-2

83.6 3

Short delivery and outside off. Anrich Nortje goes for the upper-cut. He, however, ends up hitting it towards deep extra-cover. The batters take three.

83.5 0

Potts bowls it short, around off as well. Anrich Nortje leaves it alone.

83.4 1

A fuller delivery on middle. Jansen works it through mid-wicket for a single.

83.3 1

On the shorter side, on off. Nortje punches it to cover-point for a single.

83.2 4

FOUR! In the air...but just away from Zak Crawley at the third man region. Potts bowls it short and around off. Nortje makes room and throws his bat at it. The ball goes off the outside edge of his blade and in the air towards third man. Crawley runs forward and to his right but fails to reach it and the ball runs away towards the fence.

83.1 1

Serves a length delivery on middle. Jansen works it to deep backward square leg for a single.

Score after 83 overs : 296/8

Runs Scored

2 Runs

A Nortje

2 (19)

M Jansen

45 (71)

B Stokes

15-3-57-3

82.6 0

Outside off, another bouncer from Ben Stokes. Anrich Nortje jumps to block this one but leaves it alone in the end.

82.5 0

Shorter ball, down leg. Anrich Nortje backs away and does well to fend it towards the leg side.

82.4 1

On a length, outside off this time. Marco Jansen leans forward and pushes it towards the fielder at mid off.

82.3 b 1

Bye! Ben Stokes errs in line again and spills it way down leg. Anrich Nortje leaves it alone. Ben Foakes dives but fails to stop the ball. A bye taken.

82.2 0

Ben Stokes serves a short ball, down leg. Anrich Nortje looks to pull this one but he misses.

82.1 0

Back of a length, around leg. Anrich Nortje makes room and blocks it out watchfully.

Score after 82 overs : 294/8

Runs Scored

1 Runs

M Jansen

44 (70)

A Nortje

2 (14)

M Potts

19-2-69-2

81.6 0

A good-length delivery, outside off. This one keeps a bit low and beatsb Jansen as he looks to defend it.

81.5 0

On a length, around off. Jansen blocks it out.

81.4 0

Back of a length, around off. Jansen tries to push it away but misses.

81.3 0

Lands on a length and outside off. Jansen leaves it alone.

81.2 0

A good-length delivery, outside off. Jansen has a poke at it but gets beaten.

81.1 1

Shorter in length, angling into leg. Anrich Nortje works it away to short leg for a single.

Score after 81 overs : 293/8

Runs Scored

2 Runs

M Jansen

44 (65)

A Nortje

1 (13)

B Stokes

14-3-56-3

80.6 0

A length delivery, on off. Jansen blocks it.

80.5 1

This is shorter in length and around off. Nortje looks to defend but gets the outside edge of his blade as this ball hurries him. The ball goes in the air but over the gully fielder for a single.

80.4 0

On the shorter side again, on off. Anrich Nortje rides the bounce and blocks it out.

80.3 0

A short ball and around off. Anrich Nortje sways away from the line of the ball.

80.2 1

A fullish delivery, around off. Jansen pushes it to covers for a single.

80.1 0

Lands on a length, outside off. Jansen lets it go.

The new ball is due now and England take it immediately. Ben Stokes has decided to have a go with it

Score after 80 overs : 291/8

Runs Scored

1 Runs

A Nortje

0 (10)

M Jansen

43 (62)

M Potts

18-2-68-2

79.6 0

Matthew Potts goes 'round the wicket now and serves another short ball. Anrich Nortje ducks and leaves it alone.

79.5 0

Beaten! A shorter ball, outside off. Anrich Nortje looks to have a poke at that one but he misses.

79.4 0

Wide of off this time, a shorter ball. Anrich Nortje leaves it alone.

79.3 0

Another well-directed bumper from Matthew Potts. Anrich Nortje ducks underneath it.

79.2 1

On a length, much straighter this time. Marco Jansen pushes it towards mid on for a single.

79.1 0

Pitches it up this time, outside off. Marco Jansen prods forward and gets beaten while trying to drive this one.

Score after 79 overs : 290/8

Runs Scored

1 Runs

A Nortje

0 (6)

M Jansen

42 (60)

B Stokes

13-3-54-3

78.6 0

This is a well-directed bumper. Angling into the body and Nortje manages to block it onto the turf nicely in the end.

78.5 0

Bowls a short delivery that is around leg. Anrich Nortje ducks under it.

78.4 0

Bangs it short, around middle. Anrich Nortje ducks under this one.

78.3 1

Good-length delivery, darting this on on this thigh pad. Marco Jansen flicks it towards square leg and takes a single.

78.2 0

On a length this time, tailing back in, around middle. Marco Jansen dabs it towards square leg.

78.1 0

Ben Stokes begins with a short ball, angling in, around middle. Marco Jansen blocks it out off the back foot.

Score after 78 overs : 289/8

Runs Scored

0 Runs

A Nortje

0 (3)

M Jansen

41 (57)

M Potts

17-2-67-2

77.6 0

Matthew Potts sticks to bowling his short ball, and sprays this one down leg. Anrich Nortje leaves it alone. A wicket-maiden to begin proceedings on Day 3!

77.5 0

Matthew Potts hits the deck hard once again, around middle and off. Anrich Nortje ducks under it and leaves it alone.

77.4 0

Back of a length, outside off. Anrich Nortje leaves it alone.

Anrich Nortje is the next batter in.
77.3 W 0

OUT! CAUGHT! Oh, what a stunning catch from Stuart Broad! A perfect start for England on Day 3! Matthew Potts strikes in his first over of the day and gets rid of Kagiso Rabada. Another short ball, around off. Kagiso Rabada stays in his crease and miscues his pull shot towards mid on. Stuart Broad there, backtracks sticks his right hand up in the air, and takes a terrific catch. That looked like it was going over him for a boundary! Stuart Broad, you beauty!

77.2 0

Bowls a bouncer around leg this time. Rabada ducks under it.

77.1 0

Starts off with a back-of-a-length delivery, outside off. Rabada leaves it alone.

We are moments away from the start of Day 3! The English players are out there in the middle. Kagiso Rabada and Marco Jansen are the two overnight batters for South Africa. Matthew Potts to start with the ball. Here we go...
We also need to be wary about the weather here and we would like to tell you that as of now, rain is not expected to intervene for the majority of Day 3. You can never be sure of rain in England though and let's hope that it stays away as it did so generously on Day 2.
England, on the other hand, are down but are not completely out of it yet and they would have confidence in the dressing room as they have already pulled off some spectacular heists this summer in Test cricket. Can they script another fightback? A crucial first session coming up…
The term ‘bazball’ is all around English cricketing circles at the moment but South Africa have shown that the old gritty way of playing Test cricket will never go out of fashion. The South African bowling attack was always going to be handy in English conditions and they lived up to their billing with Kagiso Rabada leading the way. The batting unit then showed great determination and application on a tricky pitch to set this game up nicely for them.
Hello and a very warm welcome folks! We are now ready for Day 3 which is fondly called as the ‘moving day’ of a Test match. However, this Test has already moved at a rapid pace despite rain playing spoilsport on Day 1. South Africa have dominated the proceedings so far and now sit with a healthy lead of 124 runs with 3 wickets still in hand. We saw some fight from England in the final session of Day 2 but they need a lot of things to go their way from hereon to win or even draw this one.
… DAY 3, SESSION 1 …
Right then! That concludes our proceedings for Day 2. After a curtailed Day 1, we have witnessed quite an enticing day of cricket. The first ball of Day 3 will be bowled at 3.30 pm IST (10 am GMT). Our build-up though begins a lot earlier. So do join us for the same. Till then, goodbye and cheers!
South Africa, on the other hand, will be pretty happy with their performance on Day 2. The day started with Rabada taking his 12th five-wicket haul and then South African batters batted quite well to take a sizeable lead here. The openers set the tone with an 85-run stand and though Elgar departed three short of his fifty, his opening partner continued and played a fine knock of 73 runs. The middle-order batters could not build on their starts but a late seventh wicket stand between Maharaj and Jansen has taken them to a very strong position here. Jansen is still batting out there and he will be looking to bat as long as possible, farm the strike as much as he can and take the lead as close to 200 as possible. Looks improbable, but if the lower order can manage to hang around for an hour, that current lead of 124 will swell pretty quickly.
England though have done well in this final session compared to what they had done previously. They have got five wickets in the session and they should thank their skipper, Ben Stokes for that. He took three crucial wickets and kept England alive in this game. Jack Leach also bowled well but England probably missed the trick when they started bowling too many short pitch deliveries to the pair of Maharaj and Jansen when they were new at the crease. England did not add enough runs with the bat early in the day and then struggled to get wickets on the same pitch that South African bowlers got a lot of purchase from. It's been a tough day for the hosts.
Wow! This South African team surely has that fighting spirit and character that one looks for in Test cricket. Just when it seemed that England are finding their way back into this game with four wickets in a pretty quick time after Tea, the pair of Marco Jansen and Maharaj stitched together a stupendous counter-attacking partnership of 72 runs and that has taken them to a lead of 124 at the end of this riveting Day 2 of the first Test match.

Score after 77 overs : 289/7

Runs Scored

4 Runs

M Jansen

41 (57)

K Rabada

3 (7)

B Stokes

12-3-53-3

76.6 0

Shorter ball, down leg. Marco Jansen leaves it alone. That will be Stumps on Day 2!

76.5 4

FOUR! Punished! Ben Stokes drops it short again, around middle and leg. Marco Jansen swivels and pulls it towards deep mid-wicket. Jonny Bairstow runs to his left, and dives but he fails to stop the ball. A boundary!

76.4 0

Angling in, another short ball, around middle. Marco Jansen blocks it out towards square leg.

76.3 0

Spraying it down leg, shorter one. Marco Jansen leaves it alone.

76.2 0

Shorter ball, around off. Marco Jansen blocks it out off the back foot.

76.1 0

A shorter ball, around middle. Marco Jansen ducks under it.

Score after 76 overs : 285/7

Runs Scored

2 Runs

K Rabada

3 (7)

M Jansen

37 (51)

J Leach

14-3-42-1

75.6 2

Edged and away! Shorter ball, spinning in, around off. Kagiso Rabada stays in his crease and looks to block this but the ball goes off the outside edge away from the fielder at first slip. Two taken!

75.5 0

A loopy ball, full, around middle. Kagiso Rabada blocks it towards mid-wicket.

75.4 0

Tosses this one up, full and outside off. Kagiso Rabada drives it towards cover. James Anderson there dives to his right and makes a good stop.

75.3 0

Quicker this time, coming in with the arm, around middle. Kagiso Rabada blocks it towards short leg.

75.2 0

Tosses this one up, full, around middle. Kagiso Rabada leans forward and defends it out.

75.1 0

Jack Leach comes over the wicket, serves a shorter one, spinning in, around middle. Kagiso Rabada blocks it out.

Score after 75 overs : 283/7

Runs Scored

6 Runs

K Rabada

1 (1)

M Jansen

37 (51)

B Stokes

11-3-49-3

74.6 1

A length ball, darting it on the thigh pad. Kagiso Rabada tucks it towards square leg for a single.

Kagiso Rabada is the next man in.
74.5 W 0

OUT! CAUGHT! Finally, England have managed to break this stand and it's the skipper once again who strikes. A good cameo from Keshav Maharaj comes to an end. Ben Stokes drops it short, around middle this time, cramping Keshav Maharaj for room there. Keshav Maharaj goes for the pull shot but the ball goes off the top edge and lobs up towards mid-wicket. Matthew Potts there takes a good catch over his head. Ben Stokes has third and England have got their seventh wicket.

74.4 0

Spraying it down the leg side again, back of a length. Keshav Maharaj lets it go.

74.3 0

Sticks to his length, serves another short one, down the leg side. Keshav Maharaj leaves it alone.

74.2 2

Bangs it short, around middle and off. Keshav Maharaj pulls it over mid on for a brace.

74.1 3

Short ball, around middle. Marco Jansen pulls it over mid-wicket. Three taken.

Score after 74 overs : 277/6

Runs Scored

8 Runs

K Maharaj

39 (45)

M Jansen

34 (50)

J Anderson

18-3-51-1

73.6 4

FOUR! Short ball again and punished again! This is outside off. Keshav Maharaj rocks back and punches it through cover for a boundary.

73.5 0

Play and a miss! Slower one, outside off. Keshav Maharaj stays in his crease and looks to cut this away but he misses.

73.4 0

Pitches it up again, outside off. Keshav Maharaj drives it towards cover.

73.3 4

FOUR! Runs are flowing for South Africa now! Short ball, outside off. Keshav Maharaj punches it off the back foot through point for a boundary.

73.2 0

Beaten this time! A length ball, outside off. Keshav Maharaj looks to push this away but he misses.

73.1 0

Fuller in length, around middle and off. Keshav Maharaj defends it out.

Score after 73 overs : 269/6

Runs Scored

16 Runs

M Jansen

34 (50)

K Maharaj

31 (39)

B Stokes

10-3-43-2

72.6 4

FOUR! Marco Jansen takes the aerial route once again! A length ball, around middle. Marco Jansen hoicks this one over mid-wicket for a boundary. 16 runs off the over.

72.5 6

SIX! Bang! Ben Stokes serves yet another short ball, around middle. Marco Jansen pulls it high over fine leg for a biggie. That brings up the 50-run stand between these two.

72.4 0

Another short ball, down the leg side. Marco Jansen leaves it alone.

72.3 2

Another short one, outside off. Marco Jansen pushes it towards long off. No fielder there, Ben Stokes chases the ball and keeps it to two runs.

72.2 4

Ben Stokes drops it short again, outside off. Marco Jansen stays in his crease and punches it off the back foot through cover. The ball will go towards the boundary, but there is enough time for the batters to pick up four runs.

72.1 0

Ben Stokes starts off with a shorter ball, around off. Marco Jansen sways away from that one.

Ben Stokes has decided to bring himself back into the attack.

Score after 72 overs : 253/6

Runs Scored

10 Runs

K Maharaj

31 (39)

M Jansen

18 (44)

J Anderson

17-3-43-1

71.6 0

Much fuller now, outside off. Keshav Maharaj drives it firmly but finds the fielder at mid off.

71.5 4

FOUR! Crunched! Lovely shot from Keshav Maharaj once again. Back of a length, around middle. Keshav Maharaj pulls it powerfully over mid-wicket for a cracking boundary.

71.4 4

FOUR! Nicely done! James Anderson drops it short again, and offers width as well. Keshav Maharaj punches it off the back foot through cover-point for a boundary.

71.3 0

Angling in, on a length, around off. Keshav Maharaj blocks it off the back foot.

71.2 2

Back of a length again, outside off. Keshav Maharaj pushes it off the back foot through cover this time. Two taken.

71.1 0

James Anderson begins with a length ball, wide of off. Keshav Maharaj cuts it towards the fielder at cover.

James Anderson is back on. Can the 40-year old legend deliver in his last spell of a long day?

Score after 71 overs : 243/6

Runs Scored

7 Runs

M Jansen

18 (44)

K Maharaj

21 (33)

J Leach

13-3-40-1

70.6 4

FOUR! Up and over! Another pitched-up delivery, around middle and off. Marco Jansen shimmies down the pitch and tonks it over mid on for a boundary.

70.5 0

Slower through the air, fuller ball, around off. Marco Jansen prods forward and defends it out.

70.4 3

Tossed up ball, around middle, full in length. Keshav Maharaj dances down the pitch and heaves it over mid-wicket for three runs.

70.3 0

Tad quicker, at around 91 clicks, full again, around off. Keshav Maharaj gets an inside edge back onto his pads while trying to block this one.

70.2 0

Another fuller ball, loopy one as well, around off. Keshav Maharaj blocks it out.

70.1 0

Tosses it up, full, around middle and leg, at 87 clicks. Keshav Maharaj leans to block this one but he gets an inside edge towards square leg.

Score after 70 overs : 236/6

Runs Scored

9 Runs

M Jansen

14 (42)

K Maharaj

18 (29)

M Potts

16-1-67-1

69.6 0

Bouncer to end the over, on off and Jansen ducks under it.

69.5 4

FOUR! Second boundary of the over and this is turning out to be a nice little partnership for South Africa! Overpitched delivery, outside off. Jansen leans forward and drives it through cover-point for a boundary.

69.4 0

On the shorter side and outside off. Jansen rides the bounce and pushes it to point.

69.3 1

On a length, on middle. Keshav Maharaj nudges it to mid-wicket for a single.

69.2 4

FOUR! These are crucial runs for South Africa! Back of a length and around off. Keshav Maharaj cuts it through the gully region for a boundary.

69.1 0

Back of a length, on off. Keshav Maharaj blocks it off the back foot.

Score after 69 overs : 227/6

Runs Scored

1 Runs

M Jansen

10 (39)

K Maharaj

13 (26)

J Leach

12-3-33-1

68.6 0

Ohh...that almost went through! An arm ball that pitches on off and comes in with the angle. Jansen looks to defend it but gets the inside edge onto his pads.

68.5 1

A fuller delivery on middle. Keshav Maharaj goes for a big shot down the ground but does not time it that well and ends up hitting it along the ground wide of long on for a single.

68.4 0

Bowls it quicker on middle. It is flatter as well and Keshav Maharaj gets hit on his pads as he tries to defend it.

68.3 0

Pulls his length back a bit, around off and Keshav Maharaj punches it to covers.

68.2 0

Tossed up, on off. Keshav Maharaj defends it off the front foot.

68.1 0

Tad shorter and on off. Keshav Maharaj goes deep in his crease and cuts it to point.

Jack Leach (11-3-32-1) is back on!

Score after 68 overs : 226/6

Runs Scored

0 Runs

M Jansen

10 (38)

K Maharaj

12 (21)

M Potts

15-1-58-1

67.6 0

Bowls it very full on off. Jansen blocks it out towards the off side.

67.5 0

A fuller delivery, around off. Jansen drives it to covers this time.

67.4 0

Oops! I think I made that judgement a bit too early. Potts bangs it short on middle and Jansen will be very happy as he ducks under it.

67.3 0

On a length, around off. Jansen dabs it towards point. Looks like Potts is done with his short-pitch stuff.

67.2 0

Goes fuller on off. Jansen drives it to covers.

67.1 0

Beaten! Serves a good-length delivery, It is close to off and Jansen gets beaten on the outside edge as he tries to push it away.

Score after 67 overs : 226/6

Runs Scored

10 Runs

M Jansen

10 (32)

K Maharaj

12 (21)

S Broad

17-2-66-1

66.6 1

On a length, on middle. Jansen works it towards mid-wicket for a single. 10 runs from the over and the lead is now 61!

66.5 1

On a length and outside off. Keshav Maharaj pushes it right of point for a single.

66.4 0

Back of a length, around off. Keshav Maharaj rides the bounce and defends it towards the off side.

66.3 4

FOUR! Easy pickings for Keshav Maharaj! Short and wide outside off. Keshav Maharaj hangs on his back foot and cuts it in front of square for a boundary.

66.2 0

Bangs it short on middle. Keshav Maharaj ducks under it.

66.1 4

FOUR! Broad goes back to his basics and finds an edge. However, Keshav Maharaj has got away with this one. A good-length delivery, outside off. Keshav Maharaj tries to punch it towards the off side but gets a thick outside edge. The ball goes past the third slip fielder for a boundary.

Score after 66 overs : 216/6

Runs Scored

1 Runs

M Jansen

9 (31)

K Maharaj

3 (16)

M Potts

14-0-58-1

65.6 0

On a length, on middle. Jansen is good enough to block it off the middle of his blade.

65.5 0

Lands on a length, on middle. Jansen is solid in his defence.

65.4 1

Bangs it short on middle. Keshav Maharaj pulls it to deep backward square leg for a single.

65.3 0

A bouncer on middle and Keshav Maharaj ducks under it. Just getting a feeling that England need to go back to the basics here. This pitch has enough for the bowlers if they bowl good lines and lengths.

65.2 0

He is back to bowling short, on off. Keshav Maharaj sways away from the line of the ball.

65.1 0

Better from Potts! Lands it on a good length, on middle. Keshav Maharaj blocks it from his crease.

Score after 65 overs : 215/6

Runs Scored

4 Runs

K Maharaj

2 (12)

M Jansen

9 (29)

S Broad

16-2-56-1

64.6 1

On a length, on middle. Keshav Maharaj works it to mid-wicket for a single.

64.5 0

Bangs it short again, on middle. Keshav Maharaj ducks under it. Not sure this ploy of bowling short on almost every delivery is working for England here.

64.4 1

Broad comes 'round the wicket now and bowls it on the shorter side again. On middle and Jansen works it to fine leg for a single.

64.3 0

Bangs it short on off. Jansen ducks under it.

64.2 1

A fullish delivery, on off. Keshav Maharaj drives it to covers for a single.

64.1 1

Finds the edge but it goes between Foakes and Root who is standing at almost third slip there. Luckily for England, the third man is fine and it is just a single.

Score after 64 overs : 211/6

Runs Scored

1 Runs

K Maharaj

0 (9)

M Jansen

7 (26)

M Potts

13-0-57-1

63.6 0

Short and around leg. Keshav Maharaj ducks under it.

63.5 0

Back of a length, on off. Keshav Maharaj with a solid block off the back foot.

63.4 0

On the shorter side and down the leg side. Keshav Maharaj watches it go past him.

63.3 0

All Keshav Maharaj has done in his short stay in the middle is to duck under the ball and he does that again as he recieves another short ball.

63.2 0

Potts bowls a bouncer and it drifts down the leg side. Keshav Maharaj ducks under it.

63.1 1

Back of a length, around off. Jansen waits for it and guides it to third man for a single.

Matthew Potts (12-0-56-1) comes back to the bowl.

Score after 63 overs : 210/6

Runs Scored

0 Runs

K Maharaj

0 (4)

M Jansen

6 (25)

S Broad

15-2-52-1

62.6 0

Broad comes 'round the wicket and bowls another bouncer, on middle. Keshav Maharaj does what he has been doing in his first three balls.

62.5 0

Looks like England and Broad have some plan for Keshav Maharaj. Broad with another short-pitch delivery that is well handled by Keshav Maharaj by ducking again.

62.4 0

Bangs it short again, around leg. Maharaj is happy to duck under it again.

62.3 0

Broad welcomes Keshav Maharaj with a bouncer. On off and Keshav Maharaj ducks under it.

Keshav Maharaj is the new man in.
62.2 W 0

OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! Stuart Broad gets his 100th wicket at Lord's! What an achievement this is, tells a lot about the skills and fitness of the guy. He gets to this landmark with a peach of a delivery. Serves it on a good length and around off. Kyle Verreynne is trapped in his crease and pokes at it tentatively. The ball seams away a tad after pitching and catches the outside edge of Kyle Verreynne's blade. The ball goes straight into the hands of Foakes and he takes it comfortably. Six down now South Africa!

62.1 0

A full delivery on middle. Kyle Verreynne blocks it towards the mid-wicket.

Score after 62 overs : 210/5

Runs Scored

4 Runs

M Jansen

6 (25)

K Verreynne

11 (19)

J Leach

11-3-32-1

61.6 0

A flatter delivery on off. Jansen blocks it off the front foot.

61.5 3

Kyle Verreynne goes for a big shot and almost fell in the trap there. A fuller delivery, around off. Kyle Verreynne skips down the track and goes for a powerful shot. He mistimes it but gets enough to hit it away from Stokes at covers and gets three runs as the fielder cuts it off near the fence.

61.4 0

Bowls an arm delivery. It is flatter and on middle. Kyle Verreynne blocks it off the back foot.

61.3 0

Tad shorter on off. Kyle Verreynne uses the depth of the crease and punches it to covers.

61.2 0

Slower through the air, on off. Kyle Verreynne drives it to covers.

61.1 1

Tossed up delivery on middle. Jansen steps down and pushes it down the ground for a single.

Score after 61 overs : 206/5

Runs Scored

4 Runs

M Jansen

5 (23)

K Verreynne

8 (15)

S Broad

14-1-52-0

60.6 1

A fuller delivery on off. Jansen drives it just past Broad for a single.

60.5 0

Lands on a length, on off. Jansen is solid in his defence. This man has the ability to bat and has been trusted by the team management to bat up the order. Can he deliver and take his team to a big lead here?

60.4 0

A bouncer from Broad, around off. Jansen ducks under it.

60.3 1

On a good length and jagging into middle. Kyle Verreynne wrists it to mid-wicket for a single.

60.2 1

A fuller delivery, on off. Jansen drives it to covers for a single.

60.1 1

A fullish delivery angling into middle. Kyle Verreynne goes across his crease and gets his bat down in time and works it towards mid on for a single.

Drinks break. Just when England were looking down and out, their skipper Ben Stokes has produced an inspirational spell. England have managed to take three wickets in this session so far and they would hope to grab some more quickly and limit the lead South Africa get from here. South Africa, on the other hand, need these two to bat long if they want to stretch this lead of 37 towards 100 and beyond that. An interesting passage of play coming up...

Score after 60 overs : 202/5

Runs Scored

1 Runs

M Jansen

3 (19)

K Verreynne

6 (13)

J Leach

10-3-28-1

59.6 0

Another loopy ball, full, around off. Marco Jansen leans forward and defends it out.

59.5 0

Floats it up, full, around middle. Marco Jansen pushes it towards mid on.

59.4 1

Edgy runs! Tosses this one up, full, it lands around middle and leg, and spins away. Kyle Verreynne leans to block this one but the ball goes off his inside edge towards square leg for a single.

59.3 0

Tosses it up again, around middle, fuller in length. Kyle Verreynne defends it out.

59.2 0

A loopy ball, full, around, around middle. Kyle Verreynne blocks it towards mid on.

59.1 0

Shorter ball, spinning away, around off. Kyle Verreynne punches it off the back foot towards cover. The fielder there dives to his left and makes a good stop.

Score after 59 overs : 201/5

Runs Scored

1 Runs

M Jansen

3 (17)

K Verreynne

5 (9)

S Broad

13-1-48-0

58.6 0

Good-length delivery, angling in, around off, at 130 clicks. Marco Jansen keeps it out.

58.5 0

A length ball, nipping back in, around off. Marco Jansen blocks it out.

58.5 nb 1

NO BALL! Back of a length, outside off, swinging away. Marco Jansen gets beaten while trying to block this one. Stuart Broad have overstepped here and a no ball is called.

58.4 0

Good-length delivery, tailing back in, around off, at 132 clicks. Marco Jansen defends it out.

58.3 0

Angling in, another length ball, at 138 clicks. Marco Jansen leans forward to block this one but the ball goes off his inside edge onto his pads.

58.2 0

On a length now, outside off, at 131 clicks. Marco Jansen leaves it alone.

58.1 0

Stuart Broad starts off with a length ball, around the off pole. Marco Jansen leans forward and blocks it out.

We will have a change of bowling here. Stuart Broad replaces his skipper Ben Stokes.

Score after 58 overs : 200/5

Runs Scored

5 Runs

K Verreynne

5 (9)

M Jansen

3 (10)

J Leach

9-3-27-1

57.6 0

A loopy ball, full, slower through the air, around middle. Kyle Verreynne leans forward and defends it out.

57.5 0

Shorter one this time, turning away, around off. Kyle Verreynne pushes it off the back foot towards mid off.

57.4 0

Tosses it up, full, and around off. Kyle Verreynne lunges forward and defends it out.

57.3 0

Flatter, straighter, around middle and off. Kyle Verreynne defends it out.

57.2 4

FOUR! Poor ball and punished! A shorter one now, spinning away, around off. Kyle Verreynne uses the depth of his crease and cuts it past point for a boundary.

57.1 1

Loopy ball, full, around middle. Marco Jansen pushes it towards mid on and takes a single.

Score after 57 overs : 195/5

Runs Scored

3 Runs

K Verreynne

1 (4)

M Jansen

2 (9)

B Stokes

9-3-27-2

56.6 0

Back of a length, outside off. Kyle Verreynne taps it towards point.

56.6 nb 1

No ball! On a length, outside off. Kyle Verreynne leaves it alone. A no ball is called as Ben Stokes has overstepped here.

56.5 1

Ben Stokes serves it short again, down leg. Marco Jansen fends it towards square leg. A single taken.

56.4 1

Another shorter ball, darting it on the thigh pad. Kyle Verreynne tucks it towards square leg for a single.

56.3 0

Back of a length, around middle. Kyle Verreynne looks to defend this one but misses and gets hit on his body.

Kyle Verreynne walks out to the middle now.
56.2 W 0

OUT! LBW! Ben Stokes has done it again! Two wickets in two overs for the skipper! He sends Rassie van der Dussen back to the hut. A length ball, this one nips back in after pitching, around middle. Rassie van der Dussen looks to flick this one but he misses and gets rapped on his front pad. A loud appeal and the umpire raises his finger immediately. Rassie van der Dussen though opts for a review. No bat involved there, confirms UltraEdge. The Ball Tracking indicates three reds. Not a great review from Rassie van der Dussen as that looked quite straight.

56.1 0

A length ball, spraying it down leg. Rassie van der Dussen leaves it alone.

There seems to be some problem with the shape of the ball and we will have a change of ball as it fails to clear the ring test.

Score after 56 overs : 192/4

Runs Scored

0 Runs

M Jansen

1 (8)

van der Dussen

19 (34)

J Leach

8-3-22-1

55.6 0

Another full ball, slower through the air, around off. Marco Jansen prods forward and defends this one.

55.5 0

Slower through the air, full, around middle and leg. Marco Jansen presses forward and defends it out.

55.4 0

Another loopy ball, pitches it up, around off. Marco Jansen drives it towards mid off.

55.3 0

Jack Leach flights this one, serves it full and around off. Marco Jansen presses forward and blocks it out.

55.2 0

Shorter one, spinning away, outside off. Marco Jansen leaves it alone.

55.1 0

Tossed up delivery, full and around off. Marco Jansen leans forward and defends it out.

Score after 55 overs : 192/4

Runs Scored

7 Runs

van der Dussen

19 (34)

M Jansen

1 (2)

B Stokes

8-3-24-1

54.6 0

Shorter ball again, down leg. Rassie van der Dussen leaves it alone.

54.5 4

FOUR! Pulled away! Back of a length, around middle. Rassie van der Dussen slaps this one through square leg for a boundary.

54.4 1

Back of a length, outside off. Marco Jansen pushes it off the back foot towards point for a single. Marco Jansen gets off the mark.

54.3 0

Ben Stokes goes 'over the wicket now, serves another short ball, down leg. Marco Jansen leaves it alone.

Marco Jansen is the next batter in.
54.2 W 0

OUT! CAUGHT! Ben Stokes' plan to bowl short balls has finally worked! The skipper gets rid of a well-set batter here. A big wicket for England and a much-needed one as well. Ben Stokes serves a nasty bouncer, around middle. Sarel Erwee hops and tries to get away from that one. But the ball goes off his glove and lobs up towards the keeper. Ben Foakes backtracks and takes a simple catch. Sarel Erwee departs after a fine knock of 73.

54.1 2

Ben Stokes bowled 6 short balls in his previous over and starts this over with another shorter one, outside off. Sarel Erwee punches it off the back foot towards cover for a brace.

Score after 54 overs : 185/3

Runs Scored

4 Runs

van der Dussen

15 (32)

S Erwee

71 (144)

J Leach

7-2-22-1

53.6 0

Slower through the air, full, around middle. Rassie van der Dussen shows the full face of the bat and defends it out.

53.5 4

FOUR! Top shot! A fuller one, tosses it up, outside off. Rassie van der Dussen gets down on his knee and sweeps it through square leg for a boundary.

53.4 0

This one comes in with the arm, quicker, around middle. Rassie van der Dussen stays in his crease and blocks it out.

53.3 0

Slower through the air, full, around off. Rassie van der Dussen defends it off the front foot.

53.2 0

Another loopy ball, spinning away, outside off, fuller one. Rassie van der Dussen prods forward and blocks it out.

53.1 0

Tosses this one up, full, around off. Rassie van der Dussen blocks it out off the front foot.

Score after 53 overs : 181/3

Runs Scored

0 Runs

S Erwee

71 (144)

van der Dussen

11 (26)

B Stokes

7-3-17-0

52.6 0

Back of a length, angling in, on the body. Sarel Erwee fends it towards short leg. Ollie Pope there dives and makes a good stop.

52.5 0

Ben Stokes bangs it short, outside this time. Sarel Erwee sways away from that one.

52.4 0

Ben Stokes sticks to his shorter length deliveries, around middle. Sarel Erwee is happy to duck under that one.

52.3 0

Ben Stokes hits the deck hard again and serves it around middle and off. Sarel Erwee ducks undeneath it.

52.2 0

Another back-of-a-length delivery, down leg again. Sarel Erwee ducks and lets it go through to the keeper.

52.1 0

Ben Stokes comes from 'round the wicket and serves a short ball, angling down leg. Sarel Erwee leaves it alone.

Score after 52 overs : 181/3

Runs Scored

3 Runs

van der Dussen

11 (26)

S Erwee

71 (138)

J Leach

6-2-18-1

51.6 0

Another pitched-up delivery, around middle. Rassie van der Dussen leans forward and blocks it out.

51.5 0

Tosses this one up, full, around middle. Rassie van der Dussen lunges forward and defends it out.

51.4 1

Back of a length, around middle and leg, turning in. Sarel Erwee uses the depth of her crease flicks it towards square leg for a single.

51.3 0

A fuller ball, loopy one, around middle. Sarel Erwee leans forward and blocks it out.

51.2 0

Shorter ball, turning in, around middle and leg. Sarel Erwee stays in his crease and looks to push this one away, but the ball goes off his inside edge through his legs and towards short fine leg.

51.1 2

Tosses this one up, full and turning in. Sarel Erwee heaves it over mid-wicket. Alex Lees runs across from deep square leg and makes a good stop there. Two taken.

Score after 51 overs : 178/3

Runs Scored

0 Runs

van der Dussen

11 (24)

S Erwee

68 (134)

B Stokes

6-2-17-0

50.6 0

Pitches it up again, outside off. Rassie van der Dussen is happy to let that go through to the keeper.

50.5 0

A full toss this time, wide of off. Rassie van der Dussen is not interested in playing that one.

50.4 0

Very full this time, outside off. Rassie van der Dussen taps it towards point.

50.3 0

Ben Stokes serves a length ball again, shaping away, outside off. Rassie van der Dussen offers no shot to that.

50.2 0

Angling in this time, another length ball, around middle and leg. Rassie van der Dussen tucks it towards square leg. No run there!

50.1 0

Good-length delivery, swinging away, outside off. Rassie van der Dussen leaves it alone.

Score after 50 overs : 178/3

Runs Scored

0 Runs

S Erwee

68 (134)

van der Dussen

11 (18)

J Leach

5-2-15-1

49.6 0

Another delivery that turns back in after pitching around off. Erwee is solid in his defence.

49.5 0

Pitches it around off and it turns into Erwee who defends it off the front foot.

49.4 0

Goes fuller on middle. Erwee sweeps it towards backward square leg. However, Potts does well to stop it with a dive.

49.3 0

A tossed up delivery on off. Erwee blocks it off the front foot.

49.2 0

This is turning down leg but Erwee tries to sweep it. The ball bounce and gets hit on his arm. It loops up in the air and falls just away from the diving keeper.

49.1 0

Leach pitches it around off and it turns in and hits Erwee high on his pads as he steps forward to defend it.

Score after 49 overs : 178/3

Runs Scored

4 Runs

van der Dussen

11 (18)

S Erwee

68 (128)

B Stokes

5-1-17-0

48.6 0

A fullish delivery on off. Rassie van der Dussen defends it off the front foot.

48.5 0

Just short of good length and on off. There is a bit of extra bounce on this one and Rassie van der Dussen blocks it off the back foot.

48.4 0

On a length, on middle. Rassie van der Dussen works it to mid-wicket.

48.3 0

Touch short of full length and Rassie van der Dussen is tad early into his drive. The ball goes a bit aerially but it was quite well controlled in the end.

48.2 0

Back of a length, on off. Rassie van der Dussen blocks it solidly off the back foot.

48.1 4

FOUR! This is a good delivery from Stokes but Rassie van der Dussen will add another four runs to his score. On a good length and around off. Rassie van der Dussen tries to punch it away without much foot movement and gets the inside edge of his blade. The ball goes past stumps and runs away for a boundary towards the fine leg fence.

Ben Stokes (4-1-13-0) brings himself into the attack. He replaces James Anderson.

Score after 48 overs : 174/3

Runs Scored

6 Runs

van der Dussen

7 (12)

S Erwee

68 (128)

J Leach

4-1-15-1

47.6 3

A fuller delivery on middle. Rassie van der Dussen works it through mid-wicket and gets three runs.

47.5 0

Slower through the air and on off. Rassie van der Dussen is well forward and defends it nicely.

47.4 0

A fuller delivery on middle. Rassie van der Dussen blocks it off the front foot.

47.3 0

Pushes it quicker and tad shorter again. Rassie van der Dussen lets it go again.

47.2 0

On the shorter side and around off. Rassie van der Dussen leaves it alone.

47.1 3

A fullish delivery, around off. Erwee reverse-sweeps it. The ball though catches the top edge of his blade and runs towards the third man region. The batters take three.

Score after 47 overs : 168/3

Runs Scored

3 Runs

van der Dussen

4 (7)

S Erwee

65 (127)

J Anderson

16-3-33-1

46.6 0

Finds the edge but it is well short of the slip fielder. On a good length and around off. Rassie van der Dussen pushes at it away from his body. However, the ball catches the outside edge of his blade and falls short of the fourth slip fielder. Good thing was that he played it with soft hands.

46.5 3

Drifts on the pads. Erwee clips it towards right of fine leg and the batters run three.

46.4 0

Goes tad fuller and around off. Erwee tries to drive it away but gets an inside half of his blade and the ball goes towards mid on.

46.3 0

Anderson goes wide of the crease and bowls it on a good length and outside off. The ball seams away after pitching and Erwee leaves it alone.

46.2 0

Back of a length, on off. Erwee blocks it off the back foot.

46.1 0

Tad shorter and outside off. Erwee looks to cut it but misses. He needs to be more careful here.

Score after 46 overs : 165/3

Runs Scored

5 Runs

van der Dussen

4 (6)

S Erwee

62 (122)

J Leach

3-1-9-1

45.6 0

Bowls it very full and fires it on middle. Rassie van der Dussen decides to block it this time.

45.5 4

FOUR! Nicely played! Leach bowls it short and gives away a bit of width as well. Rassie van der Dussen goes deep in his crease and punches it through covers for a boundary.

45.4 0

Bowls it a tad flatter and quicker on off. Rassie van der Dussen blocks it out.

45.3 0

This one is tossed up and is around off. Rassie van der Dussen covers his off pole and lets it go.

45.2 0

Pushes it quicker on off. Rassie van der Dussen blocks it out.

45.2 nb 1

NO BALL! It is a tossed up delivery, on off. Rassie van der Dussen blocks it off the front foot. Leach oversteps here.

Rassie van der Dussen comes to the crease.
45.1 W 0

OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! Jack Leach strikes on his first delivery after Tea! He got some good turn and bowled quite well in those two overs he bowled before Tea and this really is a good decision by Stokes to start with the left-arm spinner along with James Anderson. This is a classic left-arm orthodox spinner's wicket. He flights this one nicely, lands it around off. It turns away a bit after pitching and takes the outside edge of Aiden Markram's blade as he looks to defend. Foakes takes a sharp catch behind the stumps and England have got a big breakthrough just after Tea.

Jack Leach will bowl from the other end.

Score after 45 overs : 160/2

Runs Scored

2 Runs

S Erwee

62 (122)

A Markram

16 (26)

J Anderson

15-3-30-1

44.6 0

On the shorter side and around off. Erwee dabs it towards backward point.

44.5 0

Jimmy goes wide of the crease and angles it into middle. Erwee works it towards mid-wicket.

44.4 0

Changes his length and bowls it fuller on off. Erwee drives but finds the mid off fielder.

44.3 0

Serves a good-length delivery, outside off. Erwee leaves it alone.

44.2 0

Angles a length delivery, on off from 'round the wicket. Erwee defends it solidly off the front foot.

44.1 2

James Anderson starts off with a back-of-a-length delivery, outside off. Sarel Erwee rides the bounce and punches it through cover-point for a couple.

We are back for the final session of the day! The players have made their way out to the middle. Sarel Erwee and Aiden Markram will resume their batting for South Africa. James Anderson will begin with the ball. Let's go!
... DAY 2, SESSION 3 ...
South Africa began the session by scoring runs freely. Dean Elgar and Sarel Erwee put on a wonderful partnership of 85 runs before the former was dismissed for a well-made 47. Sarel Erwee continued his merry way and put on yet another strong stand with Keegan Petersen this time. England did get rid of Petersen, but they are still struggling to get the wicket of Sarel Erwee, who is standing tall at the crease batting on 60. He along with Aiden Markram will look to put on yet another big stand. A few positives for England is that Jack Leach did get some turn in the two overs that he bowled. We saw him troubling the batters a bit, and he could be the one playing a key role for England. They will be aiming to grab quick wickets in the final session and end the day with smiles on their faces. Can they do so? We will find out. Do join us at 9.00 pm IST (3.30 pm GMT) for the third session of Day 2.
South Africa have scored 131 runs in the second session of Day 2 and just trail by 7 runs. It's safe to say that this session has also belonged to the visitors and they continue to remain on top. They have set a strong platform here and will be looking to take a big lead in the next session.

Score after 44 overs : 158/2

Runs Scored

4 Runs

A Markram

16 (26)

S Erwee

60 (116)

J Leach

2-1-4-0

43.6 0

Bowls a quicker delivery on middle. It is fuller and Aiden Markram works it to mid-wicket. South Africa are 158/2 at Tea on Day 2!

43.5 0

Beaten! What a lovely delivery! This has been a good start from Leach. He tosses this up nicely and pitches it just short of full length, on off. Aiden Markram presses forward to defend but the ball turns away sharply and beats the outside edge of his blade.

43.4 0

This is a bit quicker and close to off again. However, Aiden Markram decides to leave it this time.

43.3 4

FOUR! This is another classy shot from a classy batter! Leach pulls his length back by a bit and it is around off this time. Aiden Markram goes deep in his crease and punches it through cover-point for a boundary.

43.2 0

Touch fuller and on off. Aiden Markram pushes it to covers.

43.1 0

Leach is getting some good turn here. It is pitched around off and the ball turns away sharply as Aiden Markram leaves it.

Score after 43 overs : 154/2

Runs Scored

5 Runs

S Erwee

60 (116)

A Markram

12 (20)

J Anderson

14-3-28-1

42.6 0

Lands it on a length, on off. Erwee blocks it solidly from his crease.

42.5 1

A fuller delivery on middle. Aiden Markram flicks it through square leg for a single.

42.4 0

A fullish delivery and nice shap away from the batter again. Aiden Markram looks to defend it but gets beaten on the outside edge.

42.3 0

A good-length delivery, outside off. Aiden Markram leaves it alone.

42.2 4

FOUR! Aiden Markram plays a glorious cover-drive now! Jimmy serves a half-volley, around off. Aiden Markram leans forward and creams it through covers for a boundary.

42.1 0

Back of a length and around off. Aiden Markram rides the bounce and dabs it towards point.

Score after 42 overs : 149/2

Runs Scored

0 Runs

S Erwee

60 (115)

A Markram

7 (15)

J Leach

1-1-0-0

41.6 0

Pitches it fuller, on middle. Erwee defends it off the middle of his blade this time.

41.5 0

This is around off again. Erwee leans forward and defends it with the angled blade towards point.

41.4 0

Flaoted up nicely, on off. Erwee blocks it off the front foot.

41.3 0

Sarel Erwee uses his feet as Leach drags his length back a bit. It turns into the batter again and Erwee gets hit high on his pads.

41.2 0

Nice turn for Leach! This one pitches around off and turns back in. Erwee looks to defend but gets beaten. The ball hits his pads and there is an appeal but the impact is outside off.

41.1 0

Tossed up, on off. Erwee blocks it off the front foot.

Time for some spin for the first time in the game! Jack Leach comes into the attack.

Score after 41 overs : 149/2

Runs Scored

1 Runs

A Markram

7 (15)

S Erwee

60 (109)

J Anderson

13-3-23-1

40.6 0

A fullish delivery, swinging into middle. Aiden Markram blocks it off the front foot.

40.5 0

Now bowls a variation delivery. It is an inswinger that drifts on middle and leg. Aiden Markram looks to clip it but misses. The ball hits him high on the pads. There is a stifled appeal but nothing serious.

40.4 0

Jimmy is getting good swing here. This is on a length and around off. Aiden Markram is happy to let it go.

40.3 0

Serves another delivery in that channel, outside off. Aiden Markram makes a good leave.

40.2 0

Lands it on a good length and outside off. Aiden Markram leaves it alone.

40.1 1

Back of a length and around off. Erwee dabs it towards cover-point for a single.

Score after 40 overs : 148/2

Runs Scored

5 Runs

A Markram

7 (10)

S Erwee

59 (108)

M Potts

12-0-56-1

39.6 0

A good-length delivery, outside off. Aiden Markram does not fiddle with that one.

39.5 0

On a length now, nipping away, outside off. Aiden Markram is happy to let that one go.

39.4 4

FOUR! Lovely shot! Another full ball, wide of off this time. Aiden Markram takes a big stride forward and drives it crisply through cover for a boundary.

39.3 1

Pitches it up again, darting it on the pads. Sarel Erwee clips it through square leg and takes a single.

39.2 0

Another fuller ball, outside off, shaping away. Sarel Erwee leaves it alone.

39.1 0

Fuller in length, swinging in, around middle and leg. Sarel Erwee clips it towards the fielder at mid-wicket.

Score after 39 overs : 143/2

Runs Scored

3 Runs

A Markram

3 (7)

S Erwee

58 (105)

J Anderson

12-3-22-1

38.6 0

James Anderson serves it outside off, a length ball again. Aiden Markram offer no shot.

38.5 1

A good-length delivery, outside off. Sarel Erwee taps it towards point and takes a single.

38.4 0

Shaping away, outside off, a length ball. Sarel Erwee leaves it alone.

38.3 1

Tad fuller now, outside off. Aiden Markram pushes it towards cover-point and rotates the strike.

38.2 1

A length ball, outside off. Sarel Erwee dabs it towards point and takes a single.

38.1 0

A JAFFA! What a bowl by James Anderson! It lands on a good length, nips away after pitching, around the fourth stump line. Sarel Erwee gets beaten on the outside edge while trying to block this one.

Score after 38 overs : 140/2

Runs Scored

2 Runs

A Markram

2 (5)

S Erwee

56 (101)

M Potts

11-0-51-1

37.6 0

A good-length ball, outside off. Aiden Markram lets it go. A successful over from Potts comes to an end.

37.5 0

Matthew Potts serves a slightly shorter ball now, around middle. Aiden Markram blocks this one out from within his crease.

37.4 0

Outside off, on a length. Aiden Markram is happy to let that one go.

37.3 2

Another good-length delivery, outside off, swinging away. Aiden Markram opens the face of his bat and dabs it wide of gully for a brace. Aiden Markram is off the mark with that!

37.2 0

A length ball, outside off, swinging away. Aiden Markram leaves it alone.

Aiden Markram walks out to the middle now.
37.1 W 0

OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! This time Matthew Potts gets his man! There is that edge he was looking for. A truly deserving wicket and Keegan Petersen has to walk back. A peach by Potts! He took some time to get his radar right but now seems to have found his rhythm back and is really bowling well here. This one is on a length, around the fourth stump line, shaping away. Keegan Petersen leans and looks to push this one away, but the ball goes off the outside edge towards third slip. Jonny Bairstow there, pouches it safely. England have their second wicket!

Just a little reminder for all of us. The on-air commentator, Mark Butcher confirms that this is an extended afternoon session and Tea will be taken at 8.40 pm IST (3.10 pm GMT). He further adds that the final session will also be an extended one and irrespective of whether overs are completed or not, the session will continue till 11.30 pm IST (6 pm GMT) and will not be extended further.

Score after 37 overs : 138/1

Runs Scored

2 Runs

S Erwee

56 (101)

K Petersen

24 (40)

S Broad

12-1-47-0

36.6 0

A length ball from 'round the wicket, outside off, at 133 clicks. Sarel Erwee leaves it alone.

36.5 0

Angling in, on a length, around middle and leg. Sarel Erwee works it away towards mid-wicket.

36.4 0

Much fuller this time, outside off. Sarel Erwee pushes it towards cover off the front foot.

36.3 0

Swinging away, outside off, a length ball. Sarel Erwee shoulders his arms at it.

36.2 2

On a good length, darting it on the pads. Sarel Erwee flicks it through square leg for a brace.

36.1 0

Slightly shorter this time, outside off. Sarel Erwee gets an inside edge onto his boot while trying to block this one.

Score after 36 overs : 136/1

Runs Scored

2 Runs

K Petersen

24 (40)

S Erwee

54 (95)

M Potts

10-0-49-0

35.6 0

Oh, a beauty by Potts! Still no edge there. He serves it on a good length, and gets it to nip away a tad, outside off. Keegan Petersen is beaten as he tries to block this one out.

35.5 0

Pulls his length back now, tighter line as well, around the fourth stump line. Keegan Petersen is happy to leave it alone.

35.4 0

A fuller one this time, outside off, swings away. Keegan Petersen strides forward and lets it go.

35.3 0

Another length ball, jagging away, wide of off. Keegan Petersen offers no shot once again.

35.2 0

A length ball, outside off, swinging away. Keegan Petersen leaves it alone.

35.1 2

Matthew Potts overpitches this one, around off. Keegan Petersen knocks it past the diving mid on fielder for a brace. With that, the 50-run partnership comes up between these two.

Score after 35 overs : 134/1

Runs Scored

5 Runs

S Erwee

54 (95)

K Petersen

22 (34)

S Broad

11-1-45-0

34.6 0

Beaten! A peach by Stuart Broad! A good-length delivery, swinging away, outside off. Sarel Erwee leans to block this but he gets beaten on the outside edge.

34.5 1

Angling in, a fuller one, around middle and leg. Keegan Petersen nudges it past short leg. Only a single.

34.4 0

Touch fuller this time, outside off again. Keegan Petersen is not interested in playing that.

34.3 0

Outside off, good-length delivery. Keegan Petersen leaves it alone.

34.2 3

Mix-up in the middle...but no harm done! A good-length delivery, outside off. Sarel Erwee stays in the crease and dabs it towards cover. Keegan Petersen leaves his crease for a single, but he is sent back by Sarel Erwee mid-way. Stuart Broad chases the ball and has a shy at the bowler's end, but he misses. Ben Stokes who was backing up misses the ball as well. It rolls away and the batters pick three runs at the end.

34.1 1

Fuller and straighter. Keegan Petersen tucks it towards square leg and takes a single.

Score after 34 overs : 129/1

Runs Scored

5 Runs

S Erwee

51 (93)

K Petersen

20 (30)

M Potts

9-0-47-0

33.6 0

Matthew Potts drops it short, angling down leg, extra bounce there as well. Sarel Erwee misses his flick.

33.5 0

Width on offer, fuller in length. Sarel Erwee taps it towards point with soft hands.

33.4 1

Pulls his length back now, tails this back in, around middle and leg. Keegan Petersen tucks it towards square leg and rotates the strike.

33.3 4

FOUR! Gorgeous shot! A half-volley, outside off. Keegan Petersen lunges forward and creams his drive through cover for a beautiful boundary.

33.2 0

Another out-swinger, length ball, outside off. Keegan Petersen dabs it towards cover-point. No run there!

33.1 0

Outside off, shaping away, a length ball. Left alone by Keegan Petersen.

Score after 33 overs : 124/1

Runs Scored

4 Runs

S Erwee

51 (91)

K Petersen

15 (26)

S Broad

10-1-40-0

32.6 0

This one nips back in, on a length, around middle. Sarel Erwee looks to block this one but he gets an inside edge onto his pads.

32.5 0

Good-length delivery, outside off. Sarel Erwee pushes it towards cover off the back foot.

32.4 4

FOUR! Sarel Erwee brings up his fifty in style! Another fuller ball, outside off. Sarel Erwee leans forward and drives it square of the wicket to the off side. It's been a fine knock so far, he will be hoping to convert this into three figures.

32.3 0

Another fuller ball, outside off. Sarel Erwee prods forward and pushes it towards mid off.

32.2 0

Jagging away again, outside off, fuller ball. Sarel Erwee leaves it alone.

32.1 0

Stuart Broad pitches this one up, swings it away, outside off, at 135 clicks. Sarel Erwee does not fiddle with that one.

Score after 32 overs : 120/1

Runs Scored

3 Runs

K Petersen

15 (26)

S Erwee

47 (85)

M Potts

8-0-42-0

31.6 0

Good-length delivery, outside off. Keegan Petersen defends it out watchfully.

31.5 2

Potts pulls his length back a tad, serves it on a length, around middle and leg. Keegan Petersen gets a leading edge away from gully while trying to work it towards mid-wicket. Two taken!

31.4 0

Another full-length delivery, maintains the same line outside off, shaping away again. Keegan Petersen strides forward and leaves it alone.

31.3 0

Matthew Potts pitches it up, swings away a tad, outside off. Keegan Petersen shoulders his arms at it.

31.2 0

Yorker-length delivery, outside the off pole. Keegan Petersen does well to dig this one out.

31.1 1

Angling in, a length ball from over the wicket, around middle and leg. Sarel Erwee closes the face of his bat and flicks it through mid-wicket. A single!

Score after 31 overs : 117/1

Runs Scored

9 Runs

S Erwee

46 (84)

K Petersen

13 (21)

S Broad

9-1-36-0

30.6 1

A good-length delivery, around middle and leg. Sarel Erwee tucks it towards square leg and takes a single. He retains the strike!

30.5 0

On a length now, outside off. Sarel Erwee blocks it out from within his crease.

30.4 2

Fuller this time, around off. Sarel Erwee leans forward and drives it square of the wicket on the off side for a brace.

30.3 1

Another back-of-a-length delivery, maintains the same line outside off. Keegan Petersen taps it off the back foot towards cover-point for a single.

30.2 4

EDGED AND FOUR! Stuart Broad drops this one short, outside off. Keegan Petersen stands tall and looks to punch this one to the off side. But the ball goes off the outside edge away from the slip cordon and towards third man for a boundary.

30.1 1

Tight single! A fuller one, shaping away, outside off, at 135 clicks. Sarel Erwee pushes it wide of mid off and scampers across to the other end.

Score after 30 overs : 108/1

Runs Scored

3 Runs

S Erwee

42 (80)

K Petersen

8 (19)

M Potts

7-0-39-0

29.6 1

Pulls his length back, on middle and leg. Erwee tucks it behind square on the leg side for a single.

29.5 0

Goes straighter this time. It is fuller in length too and Erwee works it to mid-wicket.

29.4 0

Tad fuller and around off. Erwee defends it off the front foot to the off side.

29.3 0

On a length and on off. The angle is taking that ball away from the left-hander again but Erwee manages to defend it off the outside half of his blade.

29.2 0

This one is angled across the batter. It lands on a length and outside off. Erwee plays inside the line of the ball and lets it pass. The ball goes off the bounce to the keeper.

29.1 2

Potts goes fuller on off. Erwee leans forward and drives it straight down the ground for a couple as the fielder at mid off cuts it off.

DRINKS! South Africa continue to sit firmly in the driver's seat! They might have lost Dean Elgar, but Keegan Petersen and Sarel Erwee are motoring along nicely. England have got the ball to talk quite a lot but have not been rewarded. They will need to start taking wickets and regain some control before it gets late for them. Also, Matthew Potts comes back to bowl.

Score after 29 overs : 105/1

Runs Scored

0 Runs

K Petersen

8 (19)

S Erwee

39 (74)

J Anderson

11-3-19-1

28.6 0

On a good length and outside off. Keegan Petersen leaves it alone this time.

28.5 0

This shot shows how much that last delivery left an impact on Keegan Petersen! James Anderson serves it on a good length and outside off. It swings away this time and Keegan Petersen goes for a wild swing across the line. He ends up getting beaten all ends up.

28.4 0

Now, this is the class of James Anderson! After bowling outswingers from the same line and length, he now delivers an inswinger. Keegan Petersen who leaves it is quite surprised to see that ball coming in sharply this time around.

28.3 0

Another outswinger, it is on a good length and outside off. Keegan Petersen lets it go again.

28.2 0

Pulls his length back a bit, it is outside off and Keegan Petersen leaves it alone.

28.1 0

Beaten! A typical Anderson outswinger. It starts from around off and swings away late to beat the outside edge of Keegan Petersen's blade as he looks to drive it away.

Score after 28 overs : 105/1

Runs Scored

1 Runs

S Erwee

39 (74)

K Petersen

8 (13)

B Stokes

4-1-13-0

27.6 0

A short delivery and it is down the leg side. Erwee ducks under it.

27.5 0

Just short of good length and it is outside off. Erwee plays it late and behind square towards the off side.

27.4 0

On a good length and outside off. Erwee leaves it alone.

27.3 0

Goes fuller and it is angled into the pads. Erwee looks to clip it but misses and the ball brushes his pads on the way before going back to the keeper.

27.2 1

Stokes pulls his length back. It is around off this time and Keegan Petersen pushes it square off the wicket towards the off side for a single.

27.1 0

Goes fuller and down the leg side. Keegan Petersen looks to flick it but misses.

Score after 27 overs : 104/1

Runs Scored

2 Runs

S Erwee

39 (70)

K Petersen

7 (11)

J Anderson

10-2-19-1

26.6 0

James Anderson changes his angles and angles it on middle and leg from 'round the wicket. It is a length delivery and Sarel Erwee carefully defends it towards the leg side.

26.5 0

Jimmy goes tad fuller this time, on off. Hint of in-swing there but Erwee presents the full face of his blade and drives it back to the bowler.

26.4 0

Serves it on a length again, around off. Erwee is watchful again and blocks it away.

26.3 0

Lands on a length, on off. Erwee is solid in defence this time.

26.2 0

A fullish delivery that is outside off and Erwee leaves it alone.

26.1 2

Shorter in length, on off. Erwee pulls it in front of square and comes back for the second run.

Score after 26 overs : 102/1

Runs Scored

4 Runs

K Petersen

7 (11)

S Erwee

37 (64)

B Stokes

3-1-12-0

25.6 lb 4

FOUR LEG BYES! Anguish for Ben Stokes! He bowls a big in-swinger this time. It drifts on the pads and Keegan Petersen misses his flick shot. The ball brushes his pads and goes past the diving keeper for a boundary.

25.5 0

Back of a length, on middle. Keegan Petersen works it to mid-wicket.

25.4 0

Ohh...that is a poor shot from Keegan Petersen! Stokes bowls it on a lovely length that is neither too short and neither full enough to drive. Keegan Petersen though goes for a big booming drive but gets beaten as the ball swings late and beats the outside edge of his blade.

25.3 0

Pulls his length back a bit, it is around off and Keegan Petersen makes another leave.

25.2 0

This time an outswinger that pitches, outside off. Keegan Petersen is happy to leave it alone.

25.1 0

Lands on a good length and it is outside off. Keegan Petersen leaves it alone.

Score after 25 overs : 98/1

Runs Scored

5 Runs

S Erwee

37 (64)

K Petersen

7 (5)

J Anderson

9-2-17-1

24.6 0

A big appeal for an LBW but it seems to be pitching outside leg. This is on a length and it is around leg. Sarel Erwee looks to defend but misses. The ball hits his pads and there is an appeal but the umpire is not interested.

24.5 0

Goes fuller and it is on the pads. Erwee looks to flick it but misses. The ball hits his pads and rolls towards the leg side.

24.4 0

On the shorter side and outside off. Erwee leaves it alone.

24.3 2

A  fullish delivery, around off. Erwee leans forward and creams it through covers for a couple.

24.2 1

Goes fuller, on off. Keegan Petersen drives it and initially hesitates to take a single. However, after the ball passes the short cover fielder, he calls for a run and Erwee after initially being late to react to that call runs across and it is an easy single in the end.

24.1 2

A fullish delivery, around off. Keegan Petersen plays it late and guides it through backward point for a couple.

Score after 24 overs : 93/1

Runs Scored

4 Runs

S Erwee

35 (60)

K Petersen

4 (3)

B Stokes

2-0-12-0

23.6 0

Back of a length and outside off. Erwee leaves it alone.

23.5 4

FOUR! It's another good delivery but this time it is a boundary for South Africa. A fullish delivery, outside off. Erwee pushes at it. However, he gets a thick outside edge and the ball races through the gully region for a boundary.

23.4 0

Lovely delivery! This one is just short of good length and angled across the left-hander. Sarel Erwee looks to punch it away from his body and gets beaten as the ball zips past the outside edge of his blade.

23.3 0

Another bouncer, this time better line. It is on middle and Erwee ducks under it.

23.2 0

It is shorter in length and down the leg side again. Erwee is happy to let it go.

23.1 0

Back of a length and down the leg side. Erwee looks to clip it away but misses.

Score after 23 overs : 89/1

Runs Scored

5 Runs

K Petersen

4 (3)

S Erwee

31 (54)

J Anderson

8-2-12-1

22.6 0

A fullish delivery, outside off. Keegan Petersen leaves it alone.

22.5 4

FOUR! Lovely shot! This is an inswinger that drifts on the pads. Keegan Petersen leans forward and glances it nicely past square leg for a boundary.

22.4 0

A fullish delivery, angling into middle. Keegan Petersen blocks it out.

Keegan Petersen walks out to bat at number 3.
22.3 W 0

OUT! BOWLED! Oh, what an unlucky way to get out after playing so well. One of the most unfortunate dismissals you will see in cricket. Dean Elgar is gutted, he was looking so good and South Africa were almost running away with this game but luck shines for England and they get their first breakthrough. This one is tad shorter and angled into leg. Elgar looks to clip it away but misses. The ball hits his thigh pads and rolls back to the stumps. Elgar tries to stop the ball but is too late as the ball hits the stumps and the bail falls down on the pitch.

22.2 1

On the shorter side, around off. Erwee punches it through covers for a single.

22.1 0

A good-length delivery, outside off. Erwee leaves it alone.

Score after 22 overs : 84/0

Runs Scored

9 Runs

D Elgar

47 (80)

S Erwee

30 (52)

B Stokes

1-0-8-0

21.6 4

FOUR! Another boundary for Dean Elgar and South Africa are moving along nicely here! Stokes with a back-of-a-length delivery, outside off. Elgar punches it through backward point and though the ball slows down near the fence, it still has enough wheels to reach the ropes as Pope puts in a big dive to stop it.

21.5 0

A good-length delivery, outside off. Elgar with an easy leave.

21.4 4

FOUR! Lovely shot! Tad shorter and it is around off. Elgar rides the bounce and punches it through cover-point for a boundary.

21.3 0

Just short of good length, it is around off and Elgar punches it to covers.

21.2 0

Back of a length, on off. Elgar with a solid block from his crease.

21.1 lb 1

Angling into leg. A length delivery this and Erwee looks to clip it away. The ball hits his thigh pad and goes behind square on the leg side. A leg bye taken.

Ben Stokes brings himself into the attack.

Score after 21 overs : 75/0

Runs Scored

2 Runs

D Elgar

39 (75)

S Erwee

30 (51)

J Anderson

7-2-7-0

20.6 0

A big in-swinger to end the over! However, it starts from way outside off. Swings back in but still wide and Elgar is happy to let it go.

20.5 2

Jimmy goes tad fuller and it is around off. Elgar leans forward and drives it off the outside half of his blade through cover-point for a couple.

20.4 0

Serves a length-delivery, outside off. Elgar leaves it alone nicely.

20.3 0

Angles it into middle and leg. Tad shorter as well and Elgar gets into an awkward position as he tries to defend it. The ball hits him high on the thigh pad.

20.2 0

Lands on a length, on off. Elgar blocks it off the front foot.

20.1 0

Anderson starts his new spell with an absolute cracker of a delivery! He bowls this on a fullish length and just around off. Elgar looks to drive it away but the ball swings away late and beats the outside edge of his blade.

James Anderson is back into the attack.

Score after 20 overs : 73/0

Runs Scored

9 Runs

S Erwee

30 (51)

D Elgar

37 (69)

M Potts

6-0-36-0

19.6 0

In the channel outside off, fuller in length. Sarel Erwee lets that go through to the keeper.

19.5 1

Fuller ball, swinging in, down leg. Dean Elgar tucks it towards square leg and rotates the strike.

19.4 lb 4

FOUR LEG BYES! More runs for South Africa! Another length ball, down leg. Dean Elgar misses his flick and the ball brushes off his pads and goes towards fine leg for a boundary.

19.3 0

Matthew Potts drops it short now, around middle and off. Dean Elgar sways away from that one.

19.2 4

FOUR! Runs are flowing for South Africa at the moment! Full and firing it on the pads. Dean Elgar glances it through mid-wicket for a boundary.

19.1 0

Angling across, on a length from 'round the wicket, outside off. Dean Elgar leaves it alone.

Score after 19 overs : 64/0

Runs Scored

3 Runs

D Elgar

32 (64)

S Erwee

30 (50)

S Broad

8-1-27-0

18.6 3

Fuller in length, width on offer. Dean Elgar strides forward and drives it through cover. Three taken!

18.5 0

Pulls his length back a tad, around middle. Dean Elgar looks to flick this one but he gets a leading edge towards the slip cordon. Ollie Pope at fourth slip collects the ball on a bounce and scores a direct hit at the striker's end. Dean Elgar was well in!

18.4 0

An absolute ripper from Stuart Broad! This one lands on a length, it swings away after pitching, around the off pole. Dean Elgar looks to block this but he gets beaten as the ball zips past his outside edge.

18.3 0

Another length ball, tighter line this time, around the fifth stump line. Dean Elgar is happy to let it go.

18.2 0

Good-length delivery, shaping away, outside off. Dean Elgar does not fiddle with that one.

18.1 0

A length ball, swinging away, outside off. Dean Elgar leaves it alone.

Score after 18 overs : 61/0

Runs Scored

11 Runs

S Erwee

30 (50)

D Elgar

29 (58)

M Potts

5-0-31-0

17.6 0

Pitches it up, outside off. Sarel Erwee drives this one firmly but finds the fielder at mid off. A good over for South Africa!

17.5 4

FOUR! Second boundary in the over! This one is much fuller and on the pads. Sarel Erwee flicks it through mid-wicket for a boundary.

17.4 3

Wide of off again, touch short this time. Dean Elgar chops it off the back foot through point. The ball will not race away to the boundary but the batters pick up three runs.

17.3 4

FOUR! Cut away! Short and width on offer this time, swinging away. Dean Elgar rocks back and slashes it past backward point for a boundary.

17.2 0

Oh, well bowled! Tad slower this time, a length ball, angling in. Dean Elgar gets beaten on his inside edge while trying to block this one.

17.1 0

Back of a length, outside off. Dean Elgar is happy to leave that alone.

Score after 17 overs : 50/0

Runs Scored

2 Runs

S Erwee

26 (48)

D Elgar

22 (54)

S Broad

7-1-24-0

16.6 0

Much straighter this time, firing it on the pads. Sarel Erwee tucks it towards square leg. No run there!

16.5 0

Good-length delivery, shaping away, wide of off. Sarel Erwee looks to have a poke at it but bails out in the end and leaves it alone.

16.4 0

A length ball from over the wicket, angling down leg. Sarel Erwee misses his flick and the ball brushes off his thigh pad and goes towards the keeper. A stifled appeal there for caught behind but the umpire is not interested.

16.3 0

Good-length delivery, outside off again. Sarel Erwee watches it sail through to the keeper.

16.2 0

Shorter one, outside off, shaping away. Sarel Erwee leaves it alone.

16.1 2

Back of a length, swinging away a tad, around middle. Sarel Erwee looks to work it away on the leg side, but the ball goes off the leading edge away from point for a couple of runs.

Score after 16 overs : 48/0

Runs Scored

5 Runs

D Elgar

22 (54)

S Erwee

24 (42)

M Potts

4-0-20-0

15.6 0

Beaten! Slightly short now, tighter line, around the fifth stump line. Dean Elgar stays in his crease and looks to block this but he gets beaten on the outside edge.

15.5 0

Change of angle now! Matthew Potts goes 'round the wicket and bowls a length ball, outside off. Dean Elgar leaves it alone.

15.4 1

Sarel Erwee serves a length ball, around middle and off, extra bounce there as well. Sarel Erwee looks to block this one but the ball goes off his inside edge, onto the pads, and towards square leg. A single taken!

15.3 0

Back of a length, outside off again. Sarel Erwee offers no shot to that.

15.2 0

Good-length delivery, outside off. Sarel Erwee shoulders his arms at it.

15.1 4

FOUR! Glorious frim Sarel Erwee! An overpitched delivery, around middle and off. Sarel Erwee presents the full face of the bat and drives it down the ground away from mid off for a boundary.

Score after 15 overs : 43/0

Runs Scored

8 Runs

D Elgar

22 (52)

S Erwee

19 (38)

S Broad

6-1-22-0

14.6 4

FOUR! Streaky boundary! Fuller one, wide of off. Dean Elgar prods forward and look tod rive tit away but he manages to get an outside edge away from gully and towards third man for a boundary.

14.5 0

Another out-swinger, tad shorter, outside off. Dean Elgar lets that go through to the keeper.

14.4 0

Shaping away, outside off, a length ball. Dean Elgar leaves it alone.

14.3 0

Angling in now, back of a length, around middle and leg. Dean Elgar looks to flick this one but he misses and gets hit high on his thigh pad.

14.2 0

On a length now, outside off. Dean Elgar defends it off the front foot.

14.1 4

FOUR! Nicely done! Fuller in length, darting it on the pads. Dean Elgar uses his wrists and flicks it through mid-wicket for a boundary.

Score after 14 overs : 35/0

Runs Scored

6 Runs

S Erwee

19 (38)

D Elgar

14 (46)

M Potts

3-0-15-0

13.6 2

Edgy runs! Fuller again, wider this time. Sarel Erwee goes for the drive again, but the ball goes more off the outer half of his bat towards point. The fielder there manages to get a hand on that one. Two taken.

13.5 4

FOUR! Oh, good shot! Full in length, wide of off. Sarel Erwee lunges forward and creams his drives through cover-point for a boundary.

13.4 0

Shaping away, outside off, a length ball. Sarel Erwee does not fiddle with that one.

13.3 0

Beaten! A beauty by Matthew Potts! This one lands on a length, nips back in, around middle and off. Sarel Erwee looks to block this one but he gets beaten on the inside edge. Still some movement there!

13.2 0

Much straighter again, good-length delivery. Sarel Erwee blocks it out off the back foot.

13.1 0

Matthew Potts begins with a length ball from over the wicket, outside off. Sarel Erwee blocks it out.

Score after 13 overs : 29/0

Runs Scored

2 Runs

D Elgar

14 (46)

S Erwee

13 (32)

S Broad

5-1-14-0

12.6 2

Fuller one, wide of off. Dean Elgar leans forward and drives it firmly through cover. Two taken!

Tidy start from Broad after Lunch. However, they need a breakthrough quickly, otherwise it can get quite tricky for them.
12.5 0

Pitches this one up, outside off, swinging in again, at 136 clicks. Dean Elgar strides forward and taps it towards the fielder at cover.

12.4 0

Angling it in on this occasion, a length ball, outside off, at 133 clicks. Dean Elgar shoulders his arms at it.

12.3 0

Touch fuller again, outside off. Dean Elgar presses forward and pushes it towards cover.

12.2 0

Much fuller this time, outside off, at 133 clicks. Dean Elgar miscues his drive towards the fielder at mid off.

12.1 0

Stuart Broad begins with a length ball, spraying it down leg. Dean Elgar looks to flick but he misses.

We are back for the afternoon session! The English players are out there in the middle. Dean Elgar and Sarel Erwee also walk out now to resume their innings. Stuart Broad to start the proceedings with the ball. Here we go...
… DAY 2, SESSION 2 …
The home team, on the other hand, is right on the back foot at the moment. They were below-par with the bat and now their famed new ball pair of Anderson and Broad have failed to provide an early breakthrough. Ollie Pope was the only one who showed some application with the bat for them and once he departed this morning, wickets started falling rapidly. England have shown the ability to fight back in a Test match since Stokes has taken over the leadership role and England fans would hope that they display something similar in this Test match too. Will we see an English fightback? Or will South Africa consolidate their position? We shall find out after Lunch. Join us at 6.10 pm IST (12.40 pm GMT) for the post-Lunch session.
South Africa have bagged yet another session of this Test match! They had some work to do with the ball in the morning and they did it perfectly by grabbing four wickets quickly and folding up England to a below-par score. The openers were then left with a tricky period to survive and they have done well as England bowlers failed to get any breakthrough. All South African bowlers bowled brilliantly but Rabada was the pick as he finished with a five-wicket haul and South Africa are surely showing here why they have been so successful in Test cricket in recent times.

Score after 12 overs : 27/0

Runs Scored

1 Runs

S Erwee

13 (32)

D Elgar

12 (40)

M Potts

2-0-9-0

11.6 0

Matthew Potts comes over the wicket now, serves a length ball, shaping away, outside off. Sarel Erwee offers no shot. That will be Lunch on Day 2!

11.5 0

On a length, outside off. Sarel Erwee leaves it alone.

11.5 wd 1

Wide! Fuller in length, wide of off, swinging further away. Sarel Erwee is happy to let that one go. Wide called!

11.4 0

An out-swinger now, wide of off, fuller in length. Sarel Erwee watches it sail through to the keeper.

11.3 0

Swinging in this time, outside off, on a length, at 131 clicks. Sarel Erwee leaves it alone.

11.2 0

Good-length delivery, outside off, at 135 clicks. Sarel Erwee defends it out watchfully towards cover.

11.1 0

Back of a length, shaping away, outside off. Sarel Erwee shoulders his arms at it.

Score after 11 overs : 26/0

Runs Scored

0 Runs

D Elgar

12 (40)

S Erwee

13 (26)

J Anderson

6-2-5-0

10.6 0

Fuller in length, outside off. Dean Elgar blocks it towards cover.

10.5 0

James Anderson pitches it up again, and maintains the same line outside off. Dean Elgar presses forward and defends it out.

10.4 0

Bowls a full-length delivery, angling in, around off. Dean Elgar strides forward and blocks it out towards point.

10.3 0

Slightly shorter on this occasion, swinging away, outside off. Dean Elgar blocks it out off the back foot.

10.2 0

Much fuller this time, around off, at 136 clicks. Dean Elgar leans forward, closes the face of his bat, and blocks it out.

10.1 0

James Anderson serves a good-length delivery, shaping away, outside off. Dean Elgar leaves it alone.

Score after 10 overs : 26/0

Runs Scored

8 Runs

S Erwee

13 (26)

D Elgar

12 (34)

M Potts

1-0-8-0

9.6 0

Lovely delivery! Potts bowls a fullish delivery. It is around off and Erwee tries to drive it away. However, the ball swings away and beats the outside edge of his blade.

9.5 1

On a length and angling into leg. Elgar clips it to fine leg for a single.

9.4 4

FOUR! Potts finds the edge this time but Crawley is late to react at second slip and the ball goes away for a boundary in the end. Back of a length and around off. Bit of swing away from the batter. Elgar tries to punch it away. However, he gets a thick outside edge. The ball goes quite quickly towards Zak Crawley. It is just over him and the English opener gets his hands to the ball but fails to grab it and Elgar gets away with a lucky boundary.

9.3 3

Potts goes fuller and he bowls it around off this time. Erwee shows the full face of his blade and drives it past mid off. The ball though is cut off by the fielder before reaching the ropes and the batters run three.

9.2 0

Back of a length and down the leg side. Erwee leaves it alone.

9.1 0

A fuller delivery on middle. Erwee pushes it to mid on.

Matthew Potts comes into the attack.

Score after 9 overs : 18/0

Runs Scored

1 Runs

D Elgar

7 (32)

S Erwee

10 (22)

J Anderson

5-1-5-0

8.6 0

Tad shorter and outside off again. Elgar with an easy leave again.

8.5 0

A fuller ball, swinging in, around the leg pole. Dean Elgar misses his flick and gets rapped on his pad.

8.4 0

Lands on a good length and outside off. Elgar leaves it alone.

8.3 0

On a length, on middle. Elgar defends it towards mid-wicket.

8.2 1

A fullish delivery on middle. Erwee looks to drive but gets the inside half of his blade. The ball goes towards the backward square leg region for a single.

8.1 0

Lands on a good length and outside off. Erwee leaves it alone.

Score after 8 overs : 17/0

Runs Scored

1 Runs

D Elgar

7 (28)

S Erwee

9 (20)

S Broad

4-1-12-0

7.6 0

Elgar is given out caught behind but he has reviewed it straightaway. The replays roll in and the UltraEdge shows no bat involved. The Ball Tracking also shows that the ball is missing the stumps and the decision will be overturned. This delivery lands on a good length, on off. It comes back in sharply and beats Elgar as he looks to defend. The ball brushes his pads on the way and Foakes takes the catch behind the stumps. The umpire raises his finger after an appeal but it is overturned in the end.

7.5 0

On a length, on off. Elgar blocks it off the front foot.

7.4 1

Goes fuller on middle. Erwee works it behind square on the leg side for a single.

7.3 0

Serves it on a good length and it is around off. Erwee leaves it alone as the ball seams away a bit.

7.2 0

This is too wide outside off again. On a length and too easy for Erwee as he leaves it.

7.1 0

Broad just like his new ball partner, bowls a good length delivery. It is outside off and Erwee leaves it alone.

Score after 7 overs : 16/0

Runs Scored

1 Runs

D Elgar

7 (26)

S Erwee

8 (16)

J Anderson

4-1-4-0

6.6 0

Again it is too wide outside off. Elgar makes an easy leave.

6.5 0

Lands on a good length and outside off. Elgar leaves it alone.

6.4 0

Bowls it tad fuller and angling into middle and leg. Elgar looks to clip it but misses. The ball hits his pads and there is an appeal but the umpire says no..

6.3 0

On a length and outside off. Elgar leaves it alone.

6.2 0

An absolute ripper this time! Anderson continues to bowl it on a good length, closer to off and this time the ball swings and seams away. Elgar is beaten all ends up as he looks to defend it off the front foot.

6.1 1

Ohh..almost a wicket there! On a good length, around off. Erwee is late on his leave and gets the inside edge of his blade. The ball goes just past the stumps and Foakes half-stops it with a dive to his right. A single taken.

Score after 6 overs : 15/0

Runs Scored

0 Runs

D Elgar

7 (21)

S Erwee

7 (15)

S Broad

3-1-11-0

5.6 0

This time an easy leave. It is on a length and outside off. Elgar leaves it alone.

5.5 0

Better from Broad! Serves it on a good length but this time it is closer to the off pole. Elgar is in two minds whether to leave it or play. He ends up making a good leave in the end.

5.4 0

On a length, on middle. Elgar works it to mid-wicket.

5.3 0

Elgar has loads of patience in his game and is not going to go after this wide deliveries. This one again is on a good length and outside off. Elgar leaves it alone.

5.2 0

Serves it on a good length and it around off. Elgar makes a watchful leave again.

5.1 0

On a length and outside off. Elgar leaves it alone.

Score after 5 overs : 15/0

Runs Scored

2 Runs

S Erwee

7 (15)

D Elgar

7 (15)

J Anderson

3-1-3-0

4.6 2

Anderson with a fuller delivery on leg again. Erwee clips it to fine leg for a couple.

4.5 0

A fullish delivery, around leg. Erwee tries to flick it away but misses and gets hit on his pads. The fielders appeal but Anderson knew that it was going down leg.

4.4 0

Goes a bit fuller on leg. Erwee clips it to mid-wicket.

4.3 0

Back of a length, on off. Erwee defends it onto his pitch.

4.2 0

On a good length and outside off. Erwee leaves it alone.

4.1 0

This is fuller and down the leg side. Sarel Erwee looks to flick it but misses.

Score after 4 overs : 13/0

Runs Scored

5 Runs

S Erwee

5 (9)

D Elgar

7 (15)

S Broad

2-0-11-0

3.6 1

On a length and around off. Erwee pushes it right of cover for a single.

3.5 0

Goes tad fuller and it is angled into off from Broad. Erwee tries to drive but does not keep his bat straight and angles it towards the leg side. The ball goes off the outside half of his blade towards the off side.

3.4 0

Broad serves it on a good length, angling into off. Erwee defends it back to the bowler.

3.3 0

Lands on a good length and outside off. Erwee with a watchful leave.

3.2 4

FOUR! Sarel Erwee is off the mark with a boundary! Broad goes straighter and it is fuller as well. Erwee clips it through mid-wicket for a boundary.

3.1 0

Inside edge there! Broad serves it on a good length, around off. The ball seams back in and Erwee gets the inside edge onto his pads as he looks to defend. A very optimistic appeal from Broad but no damage done.

Score after 3 overs : 8/0

Runs Scored

1 Runs

D Elgar

7 (15)

S Erwee

0 (3)

J Anderson

2-1-1-0

2.6 0

Goes tad shorter and it is outside off as well. Elgar is happy and pretty comfortable in his leave.

2.5 0

Lands on a length again, on off. Elgar is solid in defence this time.

2.4 0

Serves it on a good length and it is outside off. Elgar leaves it alone.

2.3 0

On a length, on middle. Elgar works it towards mid-wicket.

2.2 lb 1

Jimmy has drifted down the leg side again. He did the same two times in his first over and got away with it and he has got away with this one as well. It is around leg and fuller. Sarel Erwee looks to flick it but misses. The ball brushes his pads and goes to the right of Foakes. He half-stops it and a leg bye is taken.

2.1 0

Lands it on a length, on off. Sarel Erwee blocks it nicely off the front foot.

Score after 2 overs : 7/0

Runs Scored

6 Runs

D Elgar

7 (11)

S Erwee

0 (1)

S Broad

1-0-6-0

1.6 0

Serves it on a good length and around off. Elgar takes his one hand off the handle as he defends it. The ball goes off the outside half of his blade towards fourth slip and the fielder there dives to stop it. There was swing for James Anderson in his first over but not much for Broad in his first over.

1.5 0

Pulls his length back a bit, on middle. Elgar blocks it out.

1.4 2

Nicely played! Broad goes fuller in search of some swing. It is on off and Elgar drives it nicely through covers. The fielder though cuts it off as Elgar comes back for the second run.

1.3 0

On a length, on off. Elgar defends it off the outside half of his blade.

1.2 4

FOUR! Glorious shot! First boundary for Elgar and South Africa! Broad overpitches it, on middle. Elgar leans forward and drives it past mid on for a boundary.

1.1 0

Starts off from 'round the wicket and lands it on a length, on off. Elgar with a solid block off the front foot.

Stuart Broad will share the new cherry with James Anderson.

Score after 1 overs : 1/0

Runs Scored

1 Runs

S Erwee

0 (1)

D Elgar

1 (5)

J Anderson

1-0-1-0

0.6 0

This one pitches around leg and swings further down the leg side. Sarel Erwee looks to flick it but misses and Foakes again with makes a good stop diving to his right.

0.5 1

Tad fuller, on off. Elgar defends it off the front foot towards covers and takes his first run of the game. South Africa are underway as well!

0.4 0

Serves it on a good length, around off. Elgar knows that he is better off leaving these deliveries and he does exactly that.

0.3 0

Goes fuller and it is down the leg side. Elgar looks to clip it but misses. The ball brushes his pads and goes towards right of Foakes. He dives and makes a good stop.

0.2 0

James Anderson goes tad shorter and comes closer to the off pole. Agan an outswinger and Elgar is happy to leave that alone.

0.1 0

James Anderson with his typical outswinger! It lands on a good length and is outside off. Elgar leaves it alone.

South Africa on the other hand might have a little inexperienced side. Dean Elgar, Keshav Maharaj, and Kagiso Rabada are the only experienced players in their side, the rest are relatively new to playing in English conditions. A significant concern for the Proteas will be the selection of Rabada. He remains doubtful for the first Test after sustaining an injury in the T20I series. However, South Africa will be hoping he is fit and ready for the first game. It will be a massive blow for the visitors if he is not part of the squad. Like their opposition, even South Africa have been exceptional in the longest format. They are yet to lose a Test series in the ongoing WTC cycle. Can they continue their good form? Well, we will know soon. Stay tuned for the toss and other updates.

We are back for the second innings of the Test! The players have made their way out in the middle. Dean Elgar and Sarel Erwee will open the batting for South Africa. James Anderson will begin with the ball. Four slips and a gully in place. Let's go!
... SECOND INNINGS ...
Right then! The pitch is still assisting the bowlers, and with the likes of James Anderson and Stuart Broad in England's bowling attack, batting is going to be a challenge for the Proteas. Can they put on a strong batting show here? We will find out. Stick around for the second innings of this test.
It's been disheartening for England. They had no answers to the disciplined bowling displayed by the visitors and have been dismissed for a low score. After being 6 down on Day 1, Ollie Pope and Stuart Broad resumed their batting. They did play a few strokes but they both perished soon. Jack Leach added another few runs and took England to a score of 165. Ollie Pope was the highest run-getter for them, he scored a solid 73. Had he had some support from the other end, England could have got over the 200-mark.
It's been a morning that has belonged to Kagiso Rabada! He grabs a five-wicket haul at the home of cricket and leads his team off the field. An impressive bowling performance comes to an end! Dean Elgar's decision to bowl first has paid heavy dividends here. All the bowlers have used the conditions perfectly and have bundled England out for 165. South African bowlers were brilliant on Day 1 and they did not let the advantage slip this morning. They have taken 4 wickets with just 49 added to the overnight score. Kagiso Rabada has been the pick of the bowlers, he ended up grabbing a five-fer, while Anrich Nortje took 3 wickets and Marco Jansen ended with 2.

Score after 45 overs : 165/10

Runs Scored

1 Runs

J Anderson

0 (1)

M Potts

6 (27)

K Rabada

19-3-52-5

44.6 W 0

OUT! LBW! Kagiso Rabada ends with a five-wicket haul! A much-needed reward for his hard work. He was brilliant with the ball on Day 1 and bowled his heart out on Day 2 as well and has now rightly got his name on Lord's honours board. Coming to the ball - It lands on a good length, on middle, and seams back in slightly. James Anderson looks to clip it away but misses. The ball hits his pads and there is a huge appeal. The umpire raises his finger and Rabada roars in delight! James Anderson though takes the DRS. However, there is no bat involved and the Ball Tracking also shows three reds. The original decision will stay and England are all-out for 165!

44.5 1

A fullish delivery, around off. Potts looks to work it towards the leg side but gets the outside edge. The ball goes in the air and towards the vacant point region. A single taken.

44.4 0

On a length and outside off. Potts pushes at it away from his body again and gets beaten again.

44.3 0

Serves a good length and outside off. Potts plays it inside the line of the ball.

44.2 0

This time an inside edge! Serves it on a good length again, around off. Potts looks to defend but gets the inside edge onto his pads.

44.1 0

Lands on a good length and around off. The ball seams away a bit and beats the outside edge of Potts blade as he looks to defend.

James Anderson is the last man in.

Score after 44 overs : 164/9

Runs Scored

4 Runs

J Leach

15 (17)

M Potts

5 (22)

M Jansen

8-1-30-2

43.6 W 0

OUT! KNOCKED HIM OVER! Marco Jansen finally gets his radar right and gets rid of Leach here. This is a fullish delivery, on off. Leach goes for an expansive drive without much foot movement. The ball swings into him a bit and knocks over the off pole. Nine wickets down now and South Africa would be looking to wrap this innings quickly now.

43.5 0

Loses his radar against the left-hander again! Back of a length and it is down the leg side. Leach leaves it alone.

43.4 1

Fuller and around off. Potts leans forward and drives it to covers for a single.

43.3 0

A fullish delivery and it is swinging into middle. Potts blocks it off the front foot.

43.2 3

Overcompensates this time and bowls it full, on middle and leg. Leach clips it through mid-wicket. The batters run three.

43.1 0

Short and wide outside off. Leach looks to cut it but misses. Jansen needs to be closer to the off pole.

Score after 43 overs : 160/8

Runs Scored

0 Runs

M Potts

4 (20)

J Leach

12 (13)

K Rabada

18-3-51-4

42.6 0

Back of a length, on off. Potts blocks it out this time.

42.5 0

Another play and miss! A good length delivery and outside off. Potts tries to push it away but misses.

42.4 0

On a good length and outside off. Potts goes for an ambitious drive but misses,

42.3 0

Fullish delivery and outside off. Potts leaves it alone.

42.2 0

Back of a length, around leg. Potts looks to clip it but gets hit on the thigh pad.

42.1 0

Beaten all ends up! Rabada bowls it in that channel, outside off. Pott tries to work it towards the leg side but ball seams away and beats the outside edge of his blade.

Score after 42 overs : 160/8

Runs Scored

8 Runs

J Leach

12 (13)

M Potts

4 (14)

M Jansen

7-1-26-1

41.6 0

Tad shorter again and around off. Leach plays inside the line of the ball.

41.5 4

FOUR! Nicely played! Back of a length and around off. Leach rides the bounce and punches it through covers for a boundary.

41.4 0

Swing and a miss! Short and wide outside off. Leach throws his bat at it but misses.

41.3 0

Back of a length and outside off. Leach looks to guide it behind square on the off side but misses.

41.2 0

Back of a length, on off. Leach blocks it out.

41.1 4

FOUR! Slashes and slashes hard for a boundary! Short and outside off. Leach cuts and gets a thick outside edge as the ball runs away through the gully region for a boundary.

Marco Jansen (6-1-18-1) comes into the attack. He replaces Anrich Nortje.

Score after 41 overs : 152/8

Runs Scored

2 Runs

M Potts

4 (14)

J Leach

4 (7)

K Rabada

17-2-51-4

40.6 0

Goes for a wild swing this time but misses. Lands on a good length again and it is outside off. Potts swings across the line but misses.

40.5 0

Almost an action replay of the last delivery, maybe tad fuller. It is on a good length and around off again. Seams away and beats the outside edge of Pott's blade as he looks to defend.

40.4 0

Beats him again! Just short of good length and around off. The ball pitches and seams away a bit. Potts looks to defend it off the back foot but misses.

40.3 0

Serves a fullish delivery, outside off. Potts goes for a drive but does so without much foot movement and gets beaten.

40.2 2

Angles it into middle and leg. Potts works it bit uppishly but in the gap through mid-wicket for a couple.

40.1 0

Serves a good length delivery and it is outside off. Pott defends it inside the line of the ball.

Score after 40 overs : 150/8

Runs Scored

4 Runs

J Leach

4 (7)

M Potts

2 (8)

A Nortje

13-2-63-3

39.6 0

Well bowled! Much fuller this time, outside off. Jack Leach leans to drive this one but he misses.

39.5 4

FOUR! Streaky boundary! On a length, outside off. Jack Leach lunges forward to drive this one with an angled bat, but the ball goes off the outer half past the diving fielder at gully. It rolls away towards third man for a boundary.

39.4 0

This one nips back in, around middle and leg. Jack Leach misses his flick and gets hit high on his thigh pad.

39.3 0

Beaten again! Back of a length, outside off. Jack Leach stays in his crease and looks to push this away but he gets beaten on the outside edge.

39.2 0

Shortish ball, outside off again. Jack Leach dabs it towards point. He wanted a single there but is sent back by Matthew Potts. Good call from him.

39.1 0

Beaten! Tad shorter, outside off. Jack Leach looks to block this one but he misses.

Score after 39 overs : 146/8

Runs Scored

3 Runs

J Leach

0 (1)

M Potts

2 (8)

K Rabada

16-2-49-4

38.6 b 1

Bye! A length ball, nipping back in. Jack Leach leaves it alone. A little fumble by Kyle Verreynne behind the stumps, allows the batters to steal in a bye.

Jack Leach walks out to the middle now.
38.5 W 0

OUT! TAKEN! Kagiso Rabada gets his fourth wicket and South Africa have their eighth! Smart bowling from Kagiso Rabada! Very full ball on this occasion, wide of off. Stuart Broad makes room and stretches to reach the ball. He opens the face of the bat and ends up chipping it towards point. Dean Elgar there takes a good low catch.

38.4 2

Good-length delivery, on the pads. Stuart Broad flicks it aerially towards mid-wicket. Two taken.

38.3 0

Big swing and a miss from Stuart Broad! Tad shorter now, outside off. Stuart Broad makes room and looks to hoick this over mid-wicket but he fails to get any bat on it.

38.2 0

An in-swinger this time, a length ball, down leg. Stuart Broad backs away and looks to flicks this away but he misses and gets rapped high on his thigh pad.

38.1 0

Play and a miss! A length ball, swinging away, wide of off. Stuart Broad looks to drive it away but he fails to get any bat on that.

Score after 38 overs : 143/7

Runs Scored

9 Runs

M Potts

2 (8)

S Broad

13 (15)

A Nortje

12-2-59-3

37.6 2

A fuller one, wide of off. Matthew Potts gets down on his knee and drives it over point. Two taken. Matthew Potts is off the mark!

37.5 0

Back of a length, around off. Matthew Potts sways away from that one.

37.4 0

Swinging away, outside off, on a length. Matthew Potts dabs it towards point.

37.3 0

Swing and a miss! Shorter one, outside off. Matthew Potts looks to slash this one away but he misses.

37.2 3

Another back-of-a-length delivery, around middle. Stuart Broad once again pushes it off the back foot towards long on. The ball will not race away to the boundary but the batters pick up three runs.

37.1 4

FOUR! Nicely done! Shorter one, around off. Stuart Broad uses the depth of his crease, clears his front foot, and punches it through cover for a boundary.

Score after 37 overs : 134/7

Runs Scored

0 Runs

M Potts

0 (4)

S Broad

6 (13)

K Rabada

15-2-47-3

36.6 0

Back of a length, outside off. Matthew Potts covers the line of the ball and blocks it out.

36.5 0

Oh, well bowled! On a length, shaping away, outside off. Matthew Potts stays in his crease and looks to block this but the gets beaten on the outside edge.

36.4 0

Shorter one this time, around middle and off. Matthew Potts ducks under it and leaves it alone.

36.3 0

Fuller one, swinging away, around off. Matthew Potts drives it towards mid off.

Matthew Potts is the next batter in.
36.2 W 0

OUT! CHOPPED ON! Kagiso Rabada has his man! Sarel Erwee can breathe a sigh of relief. His drop catch did not prove to be costly. A fuller one, outside off, not much movement there. Ollie Pope strides forward and goes for the drive once again. This time the ball goes off the inside edge and back onto the stumps. South Africa have got their seventh wicket. Ollie Pope walks off to a round of applause. His fine knock comes to an end.

36.1 0

A length ball, outside off. Ollie Pope defends it out.

Score after 36 overs : 134/6

Runs Scored

7 Runs

S Broad

6 (13)

O Pope

73 (100)

A Nortje

11-2-50-3

35.6 4

FOUR! Edgy runs! Too short on this occasion, around off. Stuart Broad looks to pull this one but he manages to only get a slight top edge over the keeper. The ball runs away towards third man for a boundary.

35.5 1

Much fuller on this occasion, outside off. Ollie Pope drives it towards cover. Only a single.

35.4 0

This one swings away, around off, on a length. Ollie Pope taps it towards cover-point.

35.3 0

Swinging down leg, a length ball. Ollie Pope leaves it alone. Kyle Verreynne dives to his left and makes a good stop.

35.2 2

Another length delivery, angling in, around middle and leg. Ollie Pope works it away through mid-wicket. Lungi Ngidi chases the ball and keeps it down to two runs.

35.1 0

On a good length, nipping back in sharply, around middle and leg. Ollie Pope looks to flick this but he misses and gets rapped on high on his pads.

Score after 35 overs : 127/6

Runs Scored

5 Runs

S Broad

2 (12)

O Pope

70 (95)

K Rabada

14-1-47-2

34.6 0

Lovely ball! A yorker-length delivery, swinging down leg. Stuart Broad backs away and fails to dig this one out.

34.5 0

Kagiso Rabada drops it short now, shaping it away, outside off. Stuart Broad stays in his crease and looks to push this away on the off side but he fails to get any bat on it.

34.4 2

Stuart Broad takes the aerial route now! Pitched-up delivery, outside off. Stuart Broad lifts this one over cover. Two taken.

34.3 0

Swinging into the left-hander, full again, around off. Stuart Broad drives and finds the fielder at mid off.

34.2 1

Wide of off this time, fuller in length. Ollie Pope presses forward and drives this one away from his body and towards deep point. Only a single.

34.1 2

Angling in, fuller one and around middle and leg. Ollie Pope flicks it through mid-wicket for a brace.

Score after 34 overs : 122/6

Runs Scored

0 Runs

S Broad

0 (8)

O Pope

67 (93)

A Nortje

10-2-43-3

33.6 0

Another play and a miss! Shorter one, wide of off. Stuart Broad looks to cut this away but he misses.

33.5 0

Back of a length, outside off. Stuart Broad lets that go through to the keeper.

33.4 0

Swing and a miss! Anrich Nortje continues to trouble Broad with the short ball, the line is outside off again. Stuart Broad looks to push this one away but he misses.

33.3 0

Anrich Nortje drops it short again, outside off, at 146 clicks. Stuart Broad leaves it alone.

33.2 0

Oh, well bowled! Another shorter one, outside off, swinging away. Stuart Broad gets beaten on the outside edge while trying to block this one.

33.1 0

Anrich Nortje begins with a shorter one from 'round the wicket, outside off, swinging away. Stuart Broad leaves it alone.

Anrich Nortje to start from the other end.

Score after 33 overs : 122/6

Runs Scored

6 Runs

O Pope

67 (93)

S Broad

0 (2)

K Rabada

13-1-42-2

32.6 0

DROPPED! Oh, dear! A big chance for South Africa goes down! A length ball, shaping away, outside off. Ollie Pope leans to block this one but the ball goes off the outside edge towards first slip. Sarel Erwee there gets his hands to the ball, he juggles it two times, and eventually puts it down. Kagiso Rabada was already celebrating there, but he now stands in disbelief.

32.5 0

Another full ball, outside off, swinging away. Ollie Pope drives it away from his body to the fielder at mid off.

32.4 0

Pitches it up now, shaping away, outside off. Ollie Pope lunges forward and drives it to the fielder at cover.

32.3 4

FOUR! First boundary of the morning! Shorter ball now, down leg. Ollie Pope pulls it towards fine leg for a boundary.

32.2 2

Fuller now, around off. Ollie Pope drives it past mid off. Two taken. We are underway on Day 2!

32.1 0

Kagiso Rabada begins with a length ball, swinging in, around off. Ollie Pope pushes it towards cover. He wanted a single there but is sent back by his partner.

We are moments away from the start of Day 2! The South African players have made their way out to the middle. Ollie Pope and Stuart Broad the two overnight batters for England also walk out to the middle now. The sun is shining bright and conditions are perfect for some quality Test cricket today. Kagiso Rabada to start the proceedings with the ball. Here we go...
To give you a bit of a weather update, it's not raining in London for now, the conditions are cloudy though. But let's be optimistic here and hope for no rain and only cricket on Day 2.
England were absolutely bamboozled by the South African bowlers. Ollie Pope was the only batter who found some sort of rhythm. He along with Ben Stokes put on a 45-run stand which was the only promising partnership for England. Stokes did perish after playing a few fine strokes but Pope is still standing tall at the crease. He is unbeaten on 61 and will try to build a partnership along with Stuart Broad at the other end and regain some sort of control.
South Africa put on a clinical performance with the ball. All the bowlers justified the skipper's decision to bowl first. They grabbed 6 wickets in the 32 overs they bowled. Anrich Nortje took 3 wickets, while Kagiso Rabada took 2. They will be aiming to continue their good show with the ball and bundle out England as soon as possible.
Hello and welcome back folks! It’s time for Day 2 of this first Test between South Africa and England to get underway. We witnessed a curtailed Day 1 in which only 32 overs were bowed and it’s South Africa that are certainly on top of proceedings. They took 6 wickets on Day 1 and put England under the pump early. With the conditions being overcast and the pitch assisting the bowler's things are only going to be tough for England.
... DAY 2 ...
Right then, that concludes our proceedings for Day 1. The action was quite engrossing till it lasted and let’s hope that rain stays away on Day 2. The first ball of Day 2 will be bowled at 3.30 pm IST (10 am GMT). Our build-up though begins a lot earlier. So do join us for the same. Till then, goodbye and cheers!
UPDATE - 9.07 pm IST (3.37 pm GMT) - DAY 1 HAS BEEN CALLED OFF! It's been raining continuously for over two hours now and the officials have decided no play will be possible. We witnessed only 32 overs on Day 1 and it's South Africa that have dominated proceedings. The visitors have demolished the English batting line-up and find themselves sitting in the driving seat. Dean Elgar's decision to bowl first has certainly paid heavy dividends as they have taken 6 wickets in the span of 32 overs. Anrich Nortje has grabbed three wickets for them, while Kagiso Rabada has taken two. For England, it's been disappointing. Ollie Pope was the only bright star in an otherwise dark day for England. Ben Stokes did play some fine strokes but he could not carry on and was sent back to the hut at the stroke of Lunch. Ollie Pope notched up his half-ton and will be hoping to continue the same way with little support from the other end.
UPDATE - 8.51 pm IST (3.21 pm GMT) - Unfortunately, it is still raining at Lord's! Looks like our not-so-beloved friend, RAIN has decided to have a long stay in the home of cricket. You can't blame rain though, the ground has a rich history, and everyone is bound to get attracted to it.
While we continue to wait here for the game to resume, there is plenty of cricket action going around. Afghanistan and Ireland are battling it out in the fifth and final T20I of the series. The series is firmly poised at 2-2 and the winner of the final game will secure the series. Afghanistan are currently reeling at 33 for 3 at the end of 6 overs. In the Women's Hundred Competition, Oval Invincibles Women and Trent Rockets Women are up against each other at Trent Bridge. So, switch tabs and enjoy the action from these games, but do not go too far away as we will have an update about this game very soon.
As rain continues to pour here at the home of cricket, let’s just take some time to give our regards to Kevin O’Brien who retired from International cricket on the 16th of August, 2022. His biggest moment in the sun came when he became an overnight sensation after smashing a fantastic century against England in the 2011 World Cup. Also, the man is a legend of Irish cricket! He would be forever remembered as one of the players who played a key role in bringing Ireland cricket on a cricketing map. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.
UPDATE - 7.44 pm IST (2.14 pm GMT) - As expected! Our waiting game continues folks. The rain continues to pour down and with that early Tea has been taken.
UPDATE - 7.25 pm IST (1.55 pm GMT) - Here is one life lesson for all of us. NEVER DOUBT THE KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM OF A LOCAL EXPERIENCED PERSON! It has started to rain again and quite heavily too. Things are looking quite bleak at the moment and looks like we are in for a long delay.
UPDATE - 7.10 pm IST (1.40 pm GMT) - We have some bitter-sweet news folks! The news coming out from the middle is that the rain has eased out but the covers are still on. It is probably because the groundstaff with their local knowledge are expecting more rain to arrive soon. Let's hope they are proved wrong this time!
While we continue waiting for the game to resume, let's talk about the small passage of play we witnessed in the second session. South Africa came in and continued to trouble the batters with their disciplined bowling and they were rewarded with the wicket of Ben Foakes. Anrich Nortje was the bowler who got rid of him. He grabbed his third wicket and helped South Africa get their sixth. Ben Foakes was the last recognized batter for England, they are into the bowlers now, with Ollie Pope still at the crease. It's only going to get tougher for the home side.
UPDATE - 6.39 pm IST (1.09 pm GMT) - Rain stops play! Uh-oh! It has started to drizzle and the players are walking off the field and the covers have been brought on. It's not heavy for now, but the forecast for rest of the day is not quite promising. But let's hope for the best.

Score after 32 overs : 116/6

Runs Scored

0 Runs

S Broad

0 (2)

O Pope

61 (87)

A Nortje

9-1-43-3

31.6 0

Here we go...bouncer to Broad now! It is quite well directed, angling into the body from 'round the wicket. Broad looks to duck under it but gets hit on his shoulders. The ball rolls towards the off side.

31.5 0

Lands on a length and outside off. Broad leaves it alone.

Stuart Broad makes his way out to the middle.
31.4 W 0

OUT! BOWLED! Anrich Nortje strikes again and England lose their sixth wicket now! Anrich Nortje with a pacy length delivery, around off. Foakes looks to defend it from his crease but does so away from his body. The ball catches the inside edge of his blade and knocks over the stumps. England continue to lose wickets and with Anrich Nortje bowling over 90 mph regularly in these gloomy conditions, it is only going to get tougher for English batters from hereon.

31.3 0

Pulls his length back, on middle. Foakes looks to work it towards the leg side but gets hit high on the pads and the ball rolls towards the off side.

31.2 0

Goes fuller on middle this time. Foakes works it right of the mid on fielder.

31.1 0

Serves it on a length, around off. Foakes blocks it out solidly towards the off side.

Score after 31 overs : 116/5

Runs Scored

2 Runs

O Pope

61 (87)

B Foakes

6 (13)

K Rabada

12-1-36-2

30.6 0

Back of a length, on off. Pope defends it towards point and sends back his partner who was looking for a run.

30.5 0

Rabada bowls this just short of good length, outside off. Pope decides to leave it alone again. Nice carry to the keeper.

30.4 0

A tad shorter again, outside off. Pope leaves it alone.

30.3 2

Rabada bangs it short on middle. Pope pulls it to deep backward square leg. Ngidi loses his balance as he stops this ball and the batters take two.

30.2 0

Lands on a length, around off. Pope guides it towards the gully fielder.

30.1 0

Lands on a good length, around off. The ball seams away a bit and Pope defends it off the outside half of his blade towards cover-point.

Score after 30 overs : 114/5

Runs Scored

2 Runs

B Foakes

6 (13)

O Pope

59 (81)

A Nortje

8-0-43-2

29.6 0

Another bouncer from Anrich Nortje. Ben Foakes ducks under it and lets it go.

29.5 0

Back of a length, down the leg side. Ben Foakes looks to leave this one but the ball brushes off his thigh pad and goes towards short fine leg. No run taken there.

29.4 1

Anrich Nortje drops it short now, around middle. Ollie Pope miscues his pull shot through square leg for a single.

29.3 0

Much fuller this time, outside off. Ollie Pope drives it towards the fielder at mid off.

29.2 0

Width on offer now, a length ball, at 148 clicks. Ollie Pope looks to cut this away but he misses.

29.1 1

Angling in, a length ball, darting it on the pads. Ben Foakes tucks it towards square leg for a single.

Score after 29 overs : 112/5

Runs Scored

4 Runs

O Pope

58 (78)

B Foakes

5 (10)

K Rabada

11-1-34-2

28.6 2

Back of a lenngth, outside off. Ollie Pope stays back and cuts it through point for a brace.

28.5 0

A good-length ball, nipping back in, around off. Ollie Pope gets an inside edge onto his pads while trying to block this one.

28.4 0

Beaten! A beauty by Kagiso Rabada! On a length, outside off, shaping away. Ollie Pope looks to block this but he gets beaten on his outside edge.

28.3 0

Kagiso Rabada pitches this one up, around off. Ollie Pope pushes it back to the bowler.

28.2 2

Fuller ball, outside off. Ollie Pope leans to drive but the ball goes off his inner half through mid-wicket for a brace.

28.1 0

Back of a length, outside off, shaping away. Ollie Pope gets on his toes and dabs it towards backward point.

Score after 28 overs : 108/5

Runs Scored

4 Runs

B Foakes

5 (10)

O Pope

54 (72)

A Nortje

7-0-41-2

27.6 0

Down the leg side, slightly shorter this time. Ben Foakes looks to flick this one but he misses. A stifled appeal there for caught behind but the umpire is not interested in that one.

27.5 0

Anrich Nortje serves it on a length, outside off. Ben Foakes blocks it out.

27.4 4

FOUR! Good timing on that one! A fuller ball, swinging in, around middle and leg, at 147 clicks. Ben Foakes flicks it through mid-wicket for a boundary. First boundary of the afternoon session.

27.3 0

Good-length delivery, outside off, Ben Foakes blocks it out watchfully.

27.2 0

Another speedy delivery! Outside off, a length ball, tailing back in, at 147 clicks. Ben Foakes dabs it towards point.

27.1 0

Anrich Nortje comes over the wicket, serves a full ball, outside off, swinging in, at 148 clicks. Ben Foakes leaves it alone.

Anrich Nortje to start from the other end.

Score after 27 overs : 104/5

Runs Scored

4 Runs

O Pope

54 (72)

B Foakes

1 (4)

K Rabada

10-1-30-2

26.6 2

Fuller ball, outside off. Ollie Pope lunges forward and drives it firmly through cover-point. Two taken.

26.5 1

Another in-swinger, around middle and leg, a length delivery. Ben Foakes tries to flick this one but he gets a sight inside edge back onto his pads. The ball rolls towards point and the batters cross ends. Ben Foakes is off the mark!

26.4 0

This one nips back in off a short-length delivery, around middle. Ben Foakes looks to flick this one but he misses and gets hit on his thigh pad.

26.3 0

Another full-length delivery, around middle and off. Ben Foakes defends it out.

26.2 0

Much fuller now, outside off. Ben Foakes blocks it out with the toe-end of his bat.

26.1 1

Quick single to begin proceedings in the second session! A shorter ball, outside off. Ollie Pope taps it towards point and scampers across to the other end.

We are back for the afternoon session! The South African players are out there in the middle. Ollie Pope and Ben Foakes also walk out to the middle now. Kagiso Rabada to start after Lunch. Here we go...
… DAY 1, SESSION 2 …
England though will be disappointed with this batting effort. We all know conditions are tough for the batters in Lord’s, especially in the first two or three days but it is all about applying yourself in the middle. However, except Pope, all other batters struggled to show that application and ended up losing their wickets quickly. The 45-run stand between Stokes and Pope did bring some respite for the English fans for some time but with Stokes departing on the last ball, England now need a special effort from the lower order to put a decent total on the board. Ollie Pope is unbeaten on 51 and can he along with the lower order stage a fightback here? We shall find out in the post-Lunch session. We shall be back at 6.10 pm IST (12.40 pm GMT). Stay tuned...
A fantastic first session for South Africa! They have got five wickets and the wicket of Stokes off the last delivery of this session has put them in a very strong position now. All South African bowlers made full use of friendly bowling conditions and dominated the proceedings as they got good swing and seam throughout the session. Rabada was the man who set the tone and got rid of both the openers in his opening spell. Marco Jansen then bowled brilliantly and showed yet again why he is rated so highly as he outfoxed Joe Root. That crucial breakthrough was followed by the wicket of Jonny Bairstow with Nortje beating him with his rapid bullet and the speedster then ended the session with a big wicket of Ben Stokes.

Score after 26 overs : 100/5

Runs Scored

11 Runs

B Stokes

20 (30)

O Pope

51 (70)

A Nortje

6-0-37-2

25.6 W 0

OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! Anrich Nortje gets rid of the England skipper on the final delivery before Lunch! What a session this has been for the visitors. England are in deep trouble after having lost half their side now. Coming to the delivery - A shorter one from 'round the wicket, outside off. Ben Stokes stays in his crease and looks to push this one away but he gets an outside edge that flies towards third slip. Keegan Petersen, there takes a good catch. That will be Lunch on Day 1.

25.5 0

Shorter one, outside off, shaping away. Ben Stokes leaves it alone.

25.4 4

EDGED AND FOUR! Outside off, fuller one. Ben Stokes looks to drive this one but he gets a thick outside side over the second slip fielder for a boundary.

25.3 lb 1

Leg bye! On a good length, around middle and leg. Ollie Pope misses his tuck and gets hit on his pads. The ball rolls away towards fine leg. A leg bye taken.

25.2 4

FOUR! Ollie Pope brings up his fifty in style! A fuller one, outside off. Ollie Pope lunges forward and creams his drive through cover for a boundary. A lovely knock from him so far! He will want to convert this into a big one.

25.1 2

EDGED AND DROPPED! A chance goes down. Fuller one, wide of off. Ollie Pope looks to drive this away from his body and he manages to get an outside edge towards third slip. Keegan Petersen dives to his right, sticks his right hand out, but manages to get only his fingertips on the ball. Two taken.

Score after 25 overs : 89/4

Runs Scored

4 Runs

B Stokes

16 (27)

O Pope

45 (67)

K Rabada

9-1-26-2

24.6 0

Kagiso Rabada sprays this one down the leg side, on a good length. Ben Stokes lets it go. Kyle Verreynne dives to his right and makes a good stop.

24.5 0

Beaten! Back of a length, outside off. Ben Stokes stays in his crease and tries to block this one but he gets beaten on the outside edge.

24.4 0

Swing and a miss! Shorter ball, width on offer. Ben Stokes stays in his crease and looks to slash this one away but he fails to get any bat on that.

24.3 4

FOUR! Another fine stroke by Ben Stokes! This is full in length, around off. Ben Stokes drives it uppishly and away from the mid off for a boundary.

24.2 0

Another one wide of off, swinging away, fuller in length. Ben Stokes is not interested in playing that.

24.1 0

A fuller ball, wide of off, shaping away. Ben Stokes leaves it alone.

Score after 24 overs : 85/4

Runs Scored

3 Runs

O Pope

45 (67)

B Stokes

12 (21)

A Nortje

5-0-27-1

23.6 0

Back of a length, around middle and off. Ollie Pope blocks it out off the back foot.

23.5 2

This one angles in, on a good length, on the pads. Ollie Pope flicks it through square leg for a brace.

23.4 0

Anrich Nortje goes over the wicket now, serves a length ball, nips it back in, outside off, at 141 clicks. Ollie Pope does not fiddle with it.

23.3 1

Angling in this time, on a length, around the leg pole. Ben Stokes tucks it toward fine leg and rotates the strike.

23.2 0

On a length this time, around middle and off again. Ben Stokes defends it out watchfully.

23.1 0

Anrich Nortje comes 'round the wicket for the left-hander, serves a fuller ball, around middle and off. Ben Stokes defends it out.

Anrich Nortje is back into the attack. Four overs for 24 runs and a big wicket of Jonny Bairstow for the speedster so far.

Score after 23 overs : 82/4

Runs Scored

2 Runs

B Stokes

11 (18)

O Pope

43 (64)

K Rabada

8-1-22-2

22.6 1

A short ball this time, on the body. Ben Stokes pulls it towards square leg for a single.

22.5 0

This one lands on a length, and swings away, outside off. Ben Stokes gets beaten while trying to block this one.

22.4 1

A good-length delivery, shaping away, outside off. Ollie Pope taps it towards point and takes a single.

22.3 0

Kagiso Rabada drops it short this time, around middle and off. Ollie Pope is happy to let that go. Kyle Verreynne jumps and does well to collect the ball.

22.2 0

Wide of off this time, on a good length. Ollie Pope lets that go through to the keeper.

22.1 0

Tight leave! A length ball, tailing back in sharply, outside off. Ollie Pope leaves it alone.

Score after 22 overs : 80/4

Runs Scored

9 Runs

B Stokes

10 (16)

O Pope

42 (60)

M Jansen

6-1-18-1

21.6 4

FOUR! Another gorgeous shot from the England skipper! Marco Jansen overcooks this one, around off. Ben Stokes once again, drives it firmly down the ground for a boundary. Good over for England!

21.5 0

Outside off this time, shaping away, on a good length. Ben Stokes leaves it alone.

21.4 0

Down the leg side, a length delivery. Ben Stokes looks to flick this one but he misses.

21.3 4

FOUR! Glorious! An overpitched delivery, around middle. Ben Stokes shows the full face of the bat and drives it down the ground for a beautiful boundary.

21.2 1

Angling in, on a length, around the thigh pad. Ollie Pope tucks it towards fine leg for a single.

21.1 0

Marco Jansen continues to swing the ball back into the right-hander, around middle on a length. Ollie Pope defends it out.

Score after 21 overs : 71/4

Runs Scored

3 Runs

B Stokes

2 (12)

O Pope

41 (58)

K Rabada

7-1-20-2

20.6 0

Tad fuller, around middle. Ben Stokes blocks it out watchfully.

20.5 0

Shaping away, wide of off, a fuller one. Ben Stokes shoulds his arms at it.

20.4 0

A length ball now, around off, at 140 clicks. Ben Stokes blocks it out solidly.

20.3 1

Kagiso Rabada drops it short now, around middle. Ollie Pope goes for the pull shot but the ball goes off the inside edge onto his body and rolls towards square leg. A single taken.

20.2 2

Pitches it up again, swinging away, outside off. Ollie Pope presses forward and drives this one away from his body wide of mid off. Two taken.

20.1 0

A fuller ball, outside off. at around 140 clicks. Ollie Pope leans forward to drive this one but he gets undone by the pace.

Kagiso Rabada is back on!

Score after 20 overs : 68/4

Runs Scored

4 Runs

B Stokes

2 (9)

O Pope

38 (55)

M Jansen

5-1-9-1

19.6 0

Pulls his length back a bit. However, he drifts down the leg side and Stokes misses it as he tries to clip it away.

19.5 1

A fullish delivery around off. Pope goes across and works it to mid-wicket for a single.

19.4 0

On a length, on off. Pope defends it towards cover.

19.3 1

Lands on a length, on off. Stokes dabs it towards cover-point for a single.

19.2 lb 2

Back of a length, on leg. Stokes tries to clip it away. However, the ball brushes his thigh pad and goes towards fine leg. Two leg byes taken.

19.1 0

Beaten! This is something we have seen from Stokes all throughout this summer. Jansen bowls it just short of good length, on middle. Stokes dances down the track and looks to heave it towards the leg side but misses.

Score after 19 overs : 64/4

Runs Scored

8 Runs

O Pope

37 (53)

B Stokes

1 (5)

A Nortje

4-0-24-1

18.6 2

A fullish delivery that shapes into middle and leg. Pope flicks it through mid-wicket for a couple.

18.5 1

Bowls a fullish delivery, outside off. Stokes drives it firmly to covers. However, Elgar does well to half-stop it and a single is taken.

18.4 1

Angles it into the body. Tad shorter in length as well and Pope works it to fine leg for a single.

18.3 4

FOUR! Nortje tries something differet and pays the price. Short and wide outside off. Pope jumps and upper-cuts it towards the backward point fence for a boundary.

18.2 0

Lands on a length, on middle. Pope defends it towards the leg side as he takes his one hand off the blade.

18.1 0

Fuller delivery and around off. Pope pushes it off the front foot to mid off.

Score after 18 overs : 56/4

Runs Scored

1 Runs

B Stokes

0 (4)

O Pope

30 (48)

M Jansen

4-1-7-1

17.6 0

Jansen continues to bowl full, it is on middle and Stokes blocks it out.

Slight halt in play! There is some movement near the sightscreen which is causing some kind of disturbance.
17.5 1

Full delivery on middle and off again. Pope works it wide of mid on for a single.

17.4 0

This time an inside edge comes to the rescue of the batter! A full delivery that shapes into middle. Pope looks to push it away but gets the inside edge onto his pads.

17.3 0

This is lovely bowling. He has found his line now and is making some good use of the swing he is getting. It is fuller on off, shapes in and Pope drives it off the inside half of his blade.

17.2 0

A fullish delivery on middle. Hint of shape into the batter again. Pope clips it to mid-wicket.

17.1 0

Oh, that's an absolute beauty! Jansen lands on a good length and it is outside off. This time he gets a sharp seam movement into the batter. Pope leans forward to defend it but the ball beats the inside edge of his blade and goes through to the keeper.

Score after 17 overs : 55/4

Runs Scored

1 Runs

B Stokes

0 (3)

O Pope

29 (43)

A Nortje

3-0-16-1

16.6 0

Back of a length, on off. Stokes blocks it from his crease this time.

16.5 0

Here we go...Stokes is down the track straightaway! Stokes charges down the track and makes some room as well. Nortje follows him and Stokes ends up blocking it in the end.

16.4 0

Lands on a good length and it is outside off. Stokes leaves it alone.

The skipper of England, Ben Stokes walks out to bat at number 6.
16.3 W 0

OUT! KNOCKED HIM OVER! Anrich Nortje gets his radar right and gets a big wicket of Jonny Bairstow! South Africa are right on top now! Anrich Nortje bowls it full. The ball shapes in nicely into middle. Jonny Bairstow looks to drive but misses it completely and the ball shatters the stumps. Both Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow are back in the hut, they were the ones who were at the forefront of English charge earlier in the summer. South Africa showing their might with the ball again!

16.2 1

Back of a length, on middle. Pope works it towards mid-wicket for a single.

16.1 0

This is a fullish delivery that swings back in again. Pope looks to flick it away but misses and the ball hits the pads.

Score after 16 overs : 54/3

Runs Scored

3 Runs

J Bairstow

0 (4)

O Pope

28 (41)

M Jansen

3-1-6-1

15.6 0

Edged and safe! On a length, shaping away, outside off. Jonny Bairstow looks to block this one but he gets an outside edge that does not carry to the fielder at second slip.

15.5 0

Well played by Jonny. This is a fullish delivery that shapes into middle. Jonny Bairstow defends it off the middle of his blade.

15.4 0

Serves a length delivery, on off. Jonny Bairstow blocks it out.

15.3 1

A fullish delivery, around off. Pope pushes it towards covers for a single.

15.2 0

An appeal for a caught behind but Elgar decides to not take a review. This one lands on a length, on middle. It shapes in again and Pope looks to flick it but misses. The ball brushes his thigh pad and the keeper takes it behind the stumps moving to his left. No damage done in the end.

15.1 2

Goes fuller on middle. Pope flicks it through mid-wicket for a couple.

Score after 15 overs : 51/3

Runs Scored

9 Runs

O Pope

25 (38)

J Bairstow

0 (1)

A Nortje

2-0-15-0

14.6 lb 1

Nortje angles it on the pads. Pope looks to clip it away. The ball brushes his pads and goes behind square towards the leg side. A leg bye taken.

14.5 0

Pulls his length back, it is outside off and Pope guides it with the angled blade towards point.

14.4 0

Goes fuller on middle. Pope looks to flick it away but gets an inside edge onto his pads this time.

14.3 0

Lands it just short of good length, on middle. Pope looks to nudge it away but misses. The ball hits him high on the pads.

14.2 4

FOUR! Anrich Nortje overcompensates and Pope gets it away for another boundary. Short and wide outside off. Pope stands tall and cuts it through backward point for a boundary.

14.1 4

FOUR! Lovely drive by Pope! Anrich Nortje bowls a half-volley, outside off. Pope leans forward and creams it through cover-point for a boundary.

Score after 14 overs : 42/3

Runs Scored

3 Runs

J Bairstow

0 (1)

O Pope

17 (32)

M Jansen

2-1-3-1

13.6 0

Lands on a length, around off. Jonny Bairstow blocks it towards the off side.

DRINKS! What an engrossing first hour we have witnessed. South Africa are certainly on top of proceedings here. England are in a spot of bother having lost three wickets, including the big fish, Joe Root. They need a nig partnership here. Having said that, the man in form, Jonny Bairstow makes his way out to the middle.
13.5 W 0

OUT! LBW! Marco Jansen gets a big fish here! Joe Root departs and England lose their third wicket. Jansen bowls it on a fullish length, on middle. It shapes back in nicely and Root looks to flick it away. He misses and the ball hits his pads. There is a big appeal and the umpire raises his finger. However, Root decides to take the DRS, The replays roll in and the UltraEdge shows no bat involved. The Ball Tracking indicates that it is just clipping the leg pole. It is the umpire's call on wickets hitting. So the original decision stays! Joe Root has to walk back.

13.4 3

Nicely driven! This is a fullish delivery, on off. Pope leans forward and drives it through covers. The batters run three as the fielder cuts it off.

13.3 0

On a length, on middle. Pope defends it towards the leg side.

13.2 0

An appeal for LBW but turned down! Good late in-swing there. The ball lands on a length, on off and shapes back in. Pope looks to clip it but misses. The ball hits his pads but it is going down leg.

13.1 0

Jansen has not got his line right so far! He bowls it full and way down the leg side again. Pope lets it go.

Score after 13 overs : 39/2

Runs Scored

7 Runs

J Root

8 (16)

O Pope

14 (28)

A Nortje

1-0-7-0

12.6 0

A fullish delivery, outside off. Root pushes it towards backward point.

12.5 0

Serves it on a good length and it is around off. It shapes back in but Root is aware off his off stump and leaves it comfortably.

12.4 4

FOUR! Quality shot from a quality batter! Nortje bowls it short and wide outside off. Root is quick to gauge that length and cuts it through backward point for a boundary.

12.3 0

This is an in-swinger! It lands on a length, around off and shapes back in. Root defends it off the back foot.

12.2 0

Back of a length and outside off. Root leaves it alone.

12.1 3

Starts off with a tad shorter length and it is outside off as well. Pope rides the bounce and punches it through cover-point. The batters run three.

Change from the other end as well. Anrich Nortje is introduced into the attack.

Score after 12 overs : 32/2

Runs Scored

1 Runs

J Root

4 (11)

O Pope

11 (27)

M Jansen

1-1-0-0

11.6 0

Goes fuller and it is down the leg side again. Root looks to flick it but misses as the keeper collects it with a dive.

11.5 0

Lands on a good length and it is outside off. Root pushes at it tentatively and gets beaten.

11.4 lb 1

Tad shorter and around leg. Pope looks to clip it away but misses. The ball hits him around his chest and rolls towards the leg side. A leg bye taken.

11.3 0

Goes fuller and it swings in again. However, it drifts down the leg side as Pope misses his flick shot.

11.2 0

Bowls a short delivery but it is way down the leg side. Pope lets it go.

11.1 0

Starts off with a full delivery. It shapes back in from the off stump line. Pope works it to mid-wicket.

First bowling change! Marco Jansen is brought into the attack.

Score after 11 overs : 31/2

Runs Scored

2 Runs

J Root

4 (9)

O Pope

11 (23)

K Rabada

6-1-17-2

10.6 0

Serves a good-length delivery, outside off. Root leaves it alone.

10.5 0

Ohh, another nasty short delivery! Angling into the body and Root manages to defend it onto the turf as he takes his one hand off the handle.

10.4 0

Lands on a length, on off. Root blocks it out this time.

10.3 0

Oh, what a delivery! Absolute ripper! Rabada lands it short of good length and the ball just takes off sharply after pitching. It is on off. Root hops and manages to defend it towards the off side.

10.2 2

Bangs it short, on middle. Root picks the length quickly and pulls it to deep backward square leg for a couple.

10.1 0

Rabada is on target again! Lands a fullish delivery, around off. It is not that full to drive and Root defends it off the outside half of his blade towards point.

Score after 10 overs : 29/2

Runs Scored

4 Runs

J Root

2 (3)

O Pope

11 (23)

L Ngidi

5-1-12-0

9.6 lb 1

Leg bye! Another length ball, tailing back in, around his thigh pad. Joe Root looks to clip this one away but he misses. The ball deflects off his thigh pad and goes towards fine leg. A leg bye taken!

9.5 2

Lungi Ngidi fires this one on the pads, a length ball. Joe Root flicks it towards deep square leg for a brace.

9.4 1

On a good length, around middle and off. Ollie Pope shuffles across and tucks it towards fine leg for a single.

9.3 0

Much fuller now, outside off. Ollie Pope pushes it off the front foot towards mid off.

9.2 0

Oh, lovely ball! Tight leave from Ollie Pope! A length ball, nipping back in sharply, around the fourth stump line. Ollie Pope shoulders his arms at it.

9.1 0

A huge shout for LBW, but the umpire says no! Dean Elgar opts for a review. A length ball, swinging in, around middle and leg. Ollie Pope misses his flick and gets hit on his pads. No bat involved there. Ball Tracking indicates that it was missing wickets. The on-field decision stands and South Africa lose a review.

Score after 9 overs : 25/2

Runs Scored

7 Runs

J Root

0 (1)

O Pope

10 (19)

K Rabada

5-1-15-2

8.6 0

A length ball, down the leg side. Joe Root looks to flick this one but he misses.

The prolific former English skipper, Joe Root walks out to the middle.
8.5 W 0

OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! This time it's a wicket! Well, this was certainly bound to happen sooner rather than later. Kagiso Rabada gets another wicket and England are now two down. On a length, outside off, not much movement there. Zak Crawley leans to block this one but the ball goes off his outside edge towards second slip. Aiden Markram dives to his left and takes a good low catch.

8.4 4

FOUR! Leading edge again but this time it runs away for a boundary! A length ball, around middle and leg. Zak Crawley looks to tuck this towards square leg, but the ball goes off his leading edge away from the fielder at gully for a boundary.

8.3 0

Edged and safe! Slightly short, around middle and leg. Zak Crawley looks to flick this but he gets a leading edge and that falls way short of Kagiso Rabada.

8.2 0

Good-length delivery, outside off, shaping away. Zak Crawley leaves it alone.

8.1 3

Another three! Back of a length, shaping away, outside off. Ollie Pope pulls this one in the gap between mid-wicket and mid on. Three taken.

Score after 8 overs : 18/1

Runs Scored

3 Runs

Z Crawley

5 (19)

O Pope

7 (18)

L Ngidi

4-1-9-0

7.6 0

Outside off, on a good length. Zak Crawley looks to block this one but he misses. Well away from his blade though.

7.5 3

Fuller ball, outside off. Ollie Pope walks across and steps out to flick this one through mid-wicket. Three taken!

7.4 0

Well bowled! A few outswingers earlier, and this time Lungi Ngidi nips this one back in, around middle and leg. Ollie Pope looks to flick this one but he misses and gets hit high on his thigh pad.

7.3 0

A length ball, outside off. Ollie Pope blocks this one watchfully.

7.2 0

Pulls his length back a tad, outside off, on a length. Ollie Pope lifts his bat to leave this one but the ball goes off his toe-end and rolls away towards second slip.

7.1 0

A fuller one, shaping away, wide of off. Ollie Pope is happy to let that go.

Score after 7 overs : 15/1

Runs Scored

3 Runs

Z Crawley

5 (18)

O Pope

4 (13)

K Rabada

4-1-8-1

6.6 0

Beaten again! Kagiso Rabada is searching for that outside edge. On a length, around the fourth stump line. Zak Crawley looks to block this but get gets beaten as the ball zips past his outside edge.

6.5 0

Oh, close! Another length delivery, outside off. Zak Crawley looks to defend this one but he bails out in the end.

6.4 0

A length delivery, outside off. Zak Crawley shoulders his arms at it.

6.3 3

Angling in, fuller length, darting it on the pads. Ollie Pope flicks it through the mid-wicket. The ball will not race away to the boundary but the batters grab three runs.

6.2 0

Fuller one, around middle and off. Ollie Pope blocks it out from within his crease.

6.1 0

Beaten! In the channel outside off, a good-length delivery. Ollie Pope gets beaten on his outside edge while trying to block this one.

Score after 6 overs : 12/1

Runs Scored

4 Runs

Z Crawley

5 (15)

O Pope

1 (10)

L Ngidi

3-1-6-0

5.6 0

Lungi Ngidi serves it on a length, outside off. Zak Crawley leaves it alone.

5.5 0

Beaten! Lovely ball! On a good length, around the fourth stump line. Zak Crawley looks to block this one but he gets beaten on the outside edge.

5.4 0

Good-length delivery, outside off, swinging away. Zak Crawley is happy to let that go.

5.3 0

Angling in, on a length, around middle and leg. Zak Crawley blocks it towards short leg. The fielder there collects the ball on a bounce and throws it back at the stumps without looking. Zak Crawley was well in though.

5.2 4

FOUR! Lovely shot! First confident shot from Zak Crawley and England! Fuller one, around middle. Zak Crawley presents the full face of the bat and drives it down the ground away from mid on and towards the boundary for four.

5.1 0

A good-length delivery, swinging away, outside off. Zak Crawley lets that go through to the keeper.

Score after 5 overs : 8/1

Runs Scored

0 Runs

O Pope

1 (10)

Z Crawley

1 (9)

K Rabada

3-1-5-1

4.6 0

In the channel outside the off pole, length delivery. Ollie Pope does not fiddle with that one.

4.5 0

Much fuller now, outside off. Ollie Pope drives it off the front foot towards the fielder at mid off.

4.4 0

Outside off, a length delivery, shaping away. Ollie Pope shoulders his arms at it.

4.3 0

Good-length, sliding down leg. Ollie Pope leaves it alone.

4.2 0

Edged and just short! Outside off, on a length. Ollie Pope looks to leave this one but the ball goes off his toe-end and lands just short of Aiden Markram at second slip.

4.1 0

On a length, swinging it down leg. Ollie Pope lets that one go. Kyle Verreynne does well diving to his left to stop the ball.

Score after 4 overs : 8/1

Runs Scored

2 Runs

O Pope

1 (4)

Z Crawley

1 (9)

L Ngidi

2-1-2-0

3.6 1

Back of a length, outside off. Ollie Pope steps down the track and dabs it towards mid-wicket for a single.

3.5 0

Tad fuller, outside off, at 134 clicks. Ollie Pope leans forward and blocks it out with the outer half of his bat towards point.

3.4 0

An appeal for LBW, but turned down again and rightly so. This was sliding down leg. A length ball, swing in, around the leg pole. Ollie Pope misses his tuck and gets pinged on his pads.

3.3 0

Pitches it up again, shaping this one away, around off. Ollie Pope lunges forward and blocks it out towards point.

3.2 1

Fuller one again, around middle and off. Zak Crawley pushes it towards mid on and takes a single. He gets off the mark with that.

3.1 0

Angling in, fuller in length, around off. Zak Crawley blocks it out

Ollie Pope walks out at number 3!

Score after 3 overs : 6/1

Runs Scored

4 Runs

A Lees

5 (11)

Z Crawley

0 (7)

K Rabada

2-0-5-1

2.6 W 0

OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! South Africa have got an early breakthrough! Alex Lees escaped earlier in the over but not this time. Kagiso Rabada has his man! A shorter one, outside off, shaping away. Alex Lees stays in his crease and looks to push this away, but the ball goes off the outside edge towards the keeper. Kyle Verreynne makes no mistake there.

2.5 0

Another stifled appeal there for LBW, but the umpire says no! An in-swinger now, around the leg pole, on a good length. Alex Lees misses his flick and gets rapped on his pads.

2.4 0

Oh, well bowled! A short ball, around middle and leg. Alex Lees sways away from it at the end.

2.3 0

Shorter ball, outside off and swinging it away. Alex Lees shoulders his arms at it.

2.2 0

Wide of off, swinging it away, on a length. Alex Lees leaves it alone.

2.1 4

EDGED AND FOUR! A fuller one, outside off, shaping away. Alex Lees leans to drive this one away from his body. But the ball goes off the outside edge and flies over Aiden Markram at second slip, towards third man for a boundary. A tough chance for him, but England have their first boundary.

Score after 2 overs : 2/0

Runs Scored

0 Runs

Z Crawley

0 (7)

A Lees

1 (5)

L Ngidi

1-1-0-0

1.6 0

Much fuller this time, outside off, at 133 clicks, shaping away. Zak Crawley is not tempted with that one. He lets it go. A maiden for Lungi Ngidi!

1.5 0

Wide of off this time, swinging it away, on a good length. Zak Crawley leaves it alone.

1.4 0

Another out-swinger, outside off and on a length. Zak Crawley does not fiddle with that one.

1.3 0

Sticks to his good length, outside off, shaping away, at 132 clicks. Zak Crawley is happy to let that go.

1.2 0

Another length delivery, swinging away, in the channel outside off. Zak Crawley shoulders his arms at it.

1.1 0

Lungi Ngidi begins with a length ball from over the wicket, outside off, shaping away. Zak Crawley offers no shot.

Lungi Ngidi to share the new ball with Kagiso Rabada.

Score after 1 overs : 2/0

Runs Scored

2 Runs

A Lees

1 (5)

Z Crawley

0 (1)

K Rabada

1-0-1-0

0.6 0

Good-length delivery, outside off, shaping away. Alex Lees lets that go through to the keeper.

0.5 0

A stifled appeal for LBW, turned down by the umpire. Another in-swinger, length ball, around the leg pole. Alex Lees looks to flick this but he misses and gets rapped on his pads. That was sliding down leg.

0.4 0

Oh, good ball! Slightly shorter, nipping back in, around middle and leg. Alex Lees misses his tuck and gets hit high on his thigh pad.

0.3 lb 1

Leg bye! Swinging in, around the leg pole, on a length. Zak Crawley looks to flick this one but he misses. The ball goes towards square leg off his pads and the batters steal a leg bye.

0.2 1

This one swings in, full and around middle and leg, at 140 clicks. Alex Lees tucks it towards square leg for a single. England and Alex Lees are up and running!

0.1 0

Kagiso Rabada goes over the wicket, serves a fullish delivery, outside off, hint of away movement there. Alex Lees leaves it alone.

Right then, we are all set to begin! South African players are out there in the middle. Alex Lees and Zak Crawley are the openers for England. Alex Lees will take the strike as Kagiso Rabada is ready to start with the ball for South Africa. Here we go...
We are moments away from the start of the game! We are at the home of cricket and conditions are perfect for some quality Test cricket. It is time for the national anthems! We will have South Africa's national anthem first up and it will be followed by the England national anthem.
South Africa (Playing XI) - Dean Elgar (C), Sarel Erwee, Keegan Petersen, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne (WK), Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi.
England (Playing XI) - Alex Lees, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (C), Ben Foakes (WK), Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, Matthew Potts, James Anderson.
TOSS - The coin goes up and lands in favour of Dean Elgar. South Africa have elected to BOWL first.
South Africa on the other hand might have a little inexperienced side. Dean Elgar, Keshav Maharaj, and Kagiso Rabada are the only experienced players in their side, the rest are relatively new to playing in English conditions. A significant concern for the Proteas will be the selection of Rabada. He remains doubtful for the first Test after sustaining an injury in the T20I series. However, South Africa will be hoping he is fit and ready for the first game. It will be a massive blow for the visitors if he is not part of the squad. Like their opposition, even South Africa have been exceptional in the longest format. They are yet to lose a Test series in the ongoing WTC cycle. Can they continue their good form? Well, we will know soon. Stay tuned for the toss and other updates.

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