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England Vs South Africa Live Score (TEST)

Date: Friday, 04 August 2017 Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester Match Status: Match Ended

England beat South Africa by 177 runs

362/10
Overs
108.4
R/R
3.34
Fours
50
Sixes
1
Extras
14
226/10
Overs
72.1
R/R
3.13
Fours
30
Sixes
1
Extras
4
243/10
Overs
69.1
R/R
3.52
Fours
32
Sixes
3
Extras
25
202/10
Overs
62.5
R/R
3.23
Fours
26
Sixes
2
Extras
7
  • Temba Bavuma is the new man in.
  • The Proteas will have around 15-20 minutes to bat till Lunch. Their sole aim will be to see off this period without any wickets lost.
  • South Africa bowled pretty well for most part of the innings but the counter-attack from Bairstow ruffled them. Morne Morkel was probably the unluckiest bowler with only 2 wickets while Rabada was the best with 4 scalps. Olivier and Maharaj picked up 2 apiece.
  • A decent batting effort from England, looking at the final score. As mentioned yesterday, apart from Bairstow, no one converted the start. Today morning it was all about Jonny Bairstow and how crucial he is to this English side. Might be a good case to try and push him up the order. Wonder how de Kock must be feeling - he dropped Bairstow on 53 with the partnership on 0 then.
  • England are in a much better position thanks to this 50-run stand between Bairstow and Anderson. They would have come this morning to try and get as close to 400 but they lost their way, with 3 wickets down for 41 runs. But Bairstow then exploded from 53 to reach 99, unluckily missing his century.
  • 108.4 OUT! LBW! The decision stays! Bairstow has to depart on 99. It was full and outside off, Bairstow got down with a huge stride to sweep but missed. Umpire Dharmasena thought for a while and then raised his finger. Bairstow immediately went for the review, given that he had no other choice and the impact was UMPIRE'S CALL. Only just. Tough luck for him. A thin line of difference between 99 and 100. ENGLAND ARE ALL OUT FOR 362!
  • Bairstow has been adjudged LBW on 99! He reviews it though... Tick, tick, tick... Bairstow's heartbeat...
  • 108.3 Full and around middle, Bairstow goes inside out and drives it towards cover.
  • 108.2 On middle and leg, defended from the crease.
  • 108.1 Full and outside off, pushed to the off side.
  • 107.6 On middle and leg, stays low a touch, defended to the leg side. Over to you, Jonny! Massive applause from the crowd. 362/9
  • 107.5 A short ball down the leg side, Jimmy instinctively goes to tuck it away but misses.
  • 50-run stand is up as well! South Africa losing the plot a bit here.
  • 107.4 Is that a mistake? Bairstow takes the single with two balls to spare. Short and wide outside off, Jonny cuts it to the man in the deep at point and this time he gets only a single. Moves to 99...
  • 107.3 Full and outside off, a touch wide, eased through the covers for another couple. Dean Elgar in the deep takes his own sweet time to release the ball and the brace is completed with ease.
  • 107.2 Excellent running! Outside off, Bairstow punches it through the covers, calls for two and runs hard. Anderson puts on his roller skates and in the end, he has to dive to get in. Bairstow applauds the effort.
  • 107.1 Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
  • 106.6 Outside off, left alone. 357/9
  • 106.5 Outside off, a play and a miss as he plays inside the line.
  • 106.4 FOUR! Outside off, Anderson gets off the mark with a cut behind point.
  • 106.3 Around off and middle, Anderson gets across and defends it towards the leg side. Better from Jimmy.
  • 106.2 NOT OUT! But a risky shot with your partner 6 short of a ton. Landed outside off, Anderson shaped to play the reverse sweep but missed with the ball spinning in. He got hit on the pads and Maharaj appealed. It was not given and du Plessis reviewed it, only to find the ball clipping the top of leg stump. Close. Very close. Immediately Bairstow has a word with his partner.
  • Huge appeal for LBW! Is Anderson gone? He has been adjudged not out and South Africa want it reviewed...
  • 106.1 Landed outside off, spinning in a long way, Anderson pushes but misses.
  • KESHAV MAHARAJ into the attack now. Can he break this partnership?
  • 105.6 FOUR! Moves to 94 but Anderson will be on strike in the next over. Back of a length outside off, Bairstow goes back and across and guides it behind point. Third man starts to race across but the ball wins the race. To be honest, he would be happy that the ball won the race. 353/9
  • 105.5 Outside off, Bairstow walks across and defends.
  • 105.4 SIX! Ho ho ho! This is serious batting. Bairstow charges into the 90s with a terrific shot. If the previous ball was a scoop, the batsman understands in advance that the length will be shorter. Jumps down the track and smashes it past Anderson into the Jimmy Anderson end!
  • 105.3 FOUR! Improvisation! Bairstow into limited-overs mode! He walks across his stumps, picks this from a length and scoops it over fine leg for a boundary! Olivier smiles. That is all he can do. Unexpected from the batsman.
  • 105.2 A length ball outside off, Bairstow flashes hard but does not move his feet and misses.
  • 105.1 Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.
  • DUANNE OLIVIER to bowl now.
  • 104.6 Poor bowling, on the pads, that too on the final ball, easy single given away as JB works it behind square leg. 339/9
  • 104.5 FOUR! Very late cut. Nicely played. He likes that shot. Stays back to this one and dabs it pretty late behind gully to third man.
  • 104.4 Outside off, Jonny flashes but misses.
  • 104.3 Another useful stroke. Clips it through the leg side and earns a brace.
  • 104.2 Outside off, chipped over cover for a couple.
  • 104.1 Full and outside off, pushed towards long on. Anderson jogs halfway through, only to be sent back.
  • 103.6 ALMOST A RUN OUT! Landed outside off, Jonny pushes it towards gully and sets off for a run. Anderson responds blindly, without even waiting to see whether the ball has gone past gully. Bairstow stops on seeing the ball being stopped but because Anderson is halfway through, he decides to run again. The fielder misses his shy at the striker's end and could have had Jimmy. 330/9
  • 103.5 FOUR! MURDERED! Full and wide outside off, Bairstow reaches out to this one and lofts it over cover for a boundary!
  • 103.4 Outside off, punched through the off side.
  • 103.3 Outside off, played straight to point.
  • 103.2 FOUR! Outstanding timing. Half volley on the pads, Bairstow flicks it a bit uppishly through mid-wicket and the ball races away!
  • 103.1 Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
  • Time for the drinks break! South Africa will be very happy with this start for sure. Only one wicket before we see the South African batsmen in the middle.
  • 102.6 Defended off the front foot by Anderson presenting the full face of the bat. 321/9
  • 102.5 Wide down the leg side, left alone.
  • 102.4 Good length ball on middle, played to mid-wicket for a single.
  • 102.3 FOUR! Good shot from Bairstow and England will need more of these. That was full on off and driven straight down the ground for a boundary.
  • 102.2 Full outside off, played towards point this time.
  • 102.1 Bouncer! Bairstow ducks under the bouncer at the last moment.
  • 101.6 This one is also down the leg side and the batsman leaves it alone. 316/9
  • No rain forecast but there are a few clouds around.
  • 101.5 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 101.4 On the pads, nudged behind for a single.
  • 101.3 Full on off, driven through the covers this time.
  • 101.2 Another inside edge onto the pads towards the left of the bowler.
  • 101.1 Good length ball on middle, Bairstow looks to flick but gets an edge onto his pads. The ball goes to covers this time.
  • 100.6 Leading edge towards covers this time. Single taken. 315/9
  • 100.5 Outside off, beaten this time.
  • 100.4 Edged and through the slips this time. Bairstow is looking tentative after his half century which is odd. He should be settled by now.
  • 100.3 Outside off this time, left alone.
  • 100.2 Dropped! A full length ball asking for the drive but Bairstow gets an outside edge. De Kock dives for it but fails to keep it in his gloves. The keeper is capable of taking such catches and will not be too pleased.
  • 100.1 Full on off. Driven towards the mid off region.
  • 99.6 Struck on the pads this time but it was not in front of the stumps. 312/9
  • 99.5 Beaten outside off. That was asking for a drive but Anderson failed to get any bat to it.
  • 99.4 Back of a length, defended solidly by Anderson.
  • James Anderson is the new man in.
  • 99.3 OUT! Bowled 'em! Morne Morkel gets his man! Pitched on a fuller length around off, it swings in. Broad is all over this ball as he misses the straight drive completely. The ball goes on to strike the timber as England lose their ninth wicket!
  • 99.2 Streaky! FOUR nevertheless. That was slightly wide outside off and Broad went for the drive which flew over gully for a boundary. Broad won't mind them as long as they keep coming.
  • 99.1 Short ball outside off, Bairstow stays on his back foot and cuts it past pint for a single.
  • 98.6 Nudged down fine leg this time for a single. 307/8
  • 98.5 Gets an inside edge this time as it goes on to strike his pads. This was on off and middle and Bairstow is lucky to get some bat on it. Ouch! That must have hurt as the ball went on to strike his box.
  • 98.4 Outside off, play and miss from Bairstow.
  • 98.3 Full length ball outside off, pushed through the covers for three runs.
  • Stuart Broad is the new man in.
  • 98.2 OUT! Ali has to go! His aggressiveness gets the better of him. It was a length ball just outside off and Ali went a punch off his back foot. The ball took an outside edge and went straight to Faf du Plessis at second slip. Good clean catch from the South African skipper.
  • 98.1 Defends this one from within the crease.
  • 97.6 Outside off, Bairstow shoulders his arms at it. 303/7
  • 17th Test fifty for Bairstow, 3rd of this series. It has been a fighting knock which includes eight boundaries so far.
  • 97.5 FOUR! Good looking square cut from Bairstow for a boundary. He is looking in good touch at the moment. Another 50 for the batsman as he fights on for England.
  • 97.4 On the pad once again. This time Bairstow works it down the leg side for a couple.
  • 97.3 Struck on the pads but it looks safe.
  • 97.2 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 97.1 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 96.6 FOUR! What a shot from Ali! That was short from Rabada and it got the treatment. Ali rocked back and pulled it past mid-wicket for a boundary. 297/7
  • 96.5 Pushed towards covers but straight to the fielder. That was slightly full from Rabada.
  • 96.4 Shows the full face of the bat to defend this one off the back foot.
  • 96.3 Driven through the covers this time. That was full and the shot was well timed. Two runs taken.
  • 96.2 FOUR! Short ball on leg this time. Ali looks to pull and it looks like he manages to get something off his bat. The ball goes very fine down the leg side for a boundary.
  • 96.1 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back oot.
  • 95.6 Four Leg byes! On the pads this time. Bairstow looks to flick but misses. The ball goes off his pads towards the boundary rope at fine leg. What an expensive over this! 12 runs from this one. 287/7
  • 95.5 Shows the full face of the bat to defend this one.
  • 95.4 FOUR! Punched off the back foot through the covers this time. The fielder gave a hearty chase but it was all in vain. Two boundaries already in this over.
  • 95.3 Shows the full face of the bat to defend this one on middle off his back foot.
  • 95.2 FOUR! Edged this one but it goes safely over gully. That was a full length ball outside off and Bairstow drives hard at it, good that he did as well. Welcome runs for England and Bairstow.
  • 95.1 Bairstow chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 94.6 FOUR! Full on middle. Ali drives it beautifully through mid on for a boundary. Well timed by the all-rounder on this occasion. 275/7
  • 94.5 Back of a length this time, defended off the back foot by Ali.
  • 94.4 Ali misses this one outside off. That was close to the edge of the bat and the new man needs to be careful.
  • 94.3 Bouncer! Ali ducks under it.
  • Moeen Ali is the new man in.
  • 94.2 Out! Gone! Smart catch at short point by Bavuma as Rabada gets his man! The nightwatchman has done his part you can say. This was again a full length ball on off. Toby went for the drive but played it straight into the hands of Bavuma. The South African took a good sharp catch there as he had very little time to react. South Africa will be delighted with this start!
  • 94.1 FOUR! Good shot from Roland-Jones this time. Back-to-back boundaries from England. This was full on off and Toby drives it beautifully through covers for a boundary.
  • 93.6 FOUR! Wristy shot! This was on middle and leg, Bairstow flicks it nicely through the leg side at the square leg region for a boundary. 267/6
  • 93.5 Another play and miss. Morkel is really on top of Bairstow!
  • 93.4 In the corridor of uncertainty. Bairstow looks to play but misses it completely. Morkel is coming very close to getting a wicket.
  • 93.3 Shout for lbw not given! That was full angling towards the leg side. Bairstow looked for the flick but misses. The umpire was not interested as the ball was going on to miss the leg stump.
  • 93.2 Back of a length on middle and leg, played to mid-wicket this time.
  • 93.1 This time he finds the edge but the ball lands safely towards point. That was a good length ball on middle and off as Bairstow looked to play at it.
  • 93.1 No ball! Oooh! Hint of away movement as he bowls a good length ball just outside off. Bairstow misses it comepletely. Could have easily been an edge to the keeper. However it would not have mattered as Morkel overstepped.
  • 92.6 Bye! Down the leg side but Bairstow goes for it. He misses and the ball goes past the keeper to fine leg. Bye taken. 262/6
  • 92.5 Once again back of a length around off, played nicely to mid-wicket.
  • 92.4 Another one on a good length, played to mid-wicket.
  • 92.3 Bouncer this time, ducked well by Bairstow. It was going well down the leg side but de Kock did very well to gather it.
  • 92.2 Back of a length on middle and leg. Roland-Jones looks to pull but misses. The ball brushes off his thigh pad and goes towards fine leg. Leg bye has been taken.
  • Silly point is in place!
  • 92.1 Fullish on off, pushed towards covers this time.
  • 91.6 Good length ball on off, defended towards the off side towards covers. No runs again, another maiden over. 260/6
  • 91.5 Fuller length ball on middle. Drives it towards mid on.
  • 91.4 On a good length but outside off this time. Left alone.
  • 91.3 Similar delivery as the one before this. Bairstow deals with it in the same way as well.
  • 91.2 This one is aimed at middle and leg, on a good length. Bairstow displays a good looking front foot defense.
  • 91.1 Starts off with a good length ball just outside off. Bairstow tries to punch it off his back foot but misses.
  • Morne Morkel will be bowling from the other end.
  • 90.6 Beaten once again! This one was angling in with the arm. Roland-Jones went for a drive but missed it completely. Maiden over and a good start by Rabada! 260/6
  • 90.5 Hint of swing there as Toby goes for one outside off. The ball goes just past his outside edge on this occasion.
  • 90.4 Back of a length this time, Roland-Jones defends it off his back foot.
  • 90.3 On a length on off, played off the front foot and into the ground. Solid defense there.
  • 90.2 Bowls this one wide outside off looking for an edge again, Toby leaves it alone.
  • 90.1 Starts off with a testing ball on middle and leg. Toby looked to flick but got a leading edge which went to covers. Good start by Rabada!
  • It's bright and sunny at Old Trafford as the players walk out! Rabada will begin proceedings with ball and the nightwatchman Toby Roland-Jones will take the strike.
  • From South Africa's perspective, early wickets will be the key. If they can bowl like how they did yesterday, we can expect Dean Elgar and Heino Kuhn to come in to bat soon. Lastly, the rain gods are keeping away and the forecast is good for the start of the day with showers expected later on. Let's hope the wind pushes the dark clouds away if and when they come! Stay tuned for another action-packed day of cricket!
  • How can they do that? First things first, survive the morning conditions and try not to lose wickets in the first session. We have seen that the batting conditions were getting better as the day progressed so they can get to that elusive score of 400.
  • Welcome back to Old Trafford for the second day of the fourth Test between England and South Africa. The hosts have not had the kind of start they would have expected. Nevertheless it is an all new day and a fresh good start can take them to a respectable position.
  • ...Day 2, Session 1...
  • What is the verdict? Whom does Day 1 belong to? It has been an even one but guess because of the batting line-up that England possess and also because South Africa are without Vernon Philander, taking 6 wickets gives them a 60 percent share. They will look to restrict England under 300 who themselves will aim to get as close to 400 as possible. Join us at 1100 local (1000 GMT) to find out how Day 2 pans out. In the meanwhile, you can also check out how the second Sri Lanka-India Test is going about. Adios! Take Care!
  • England will be a bit disappointed at the way they batted today. Four batsmen got starts but failed to convert them into big ones. Especially that wicket of Ben Stokes will hurt them the most as he could have been very destructive on Saturday with the bat. They still have some batting left with Moeen Ali in the wings.
  • One can be a bit critical and say the Proteas DID NOT make full use of the conditions in the morning. If they had bowled better, they could have got more than a solitary wicket. They managed to keep the runs in check though and kept pegging away. Towards the end of the day, with the second new ball, they leaked a few runs but managed to get the dangerous Ben Stokes in the penultimate over. Morne Morkel picked up just one wicket but the figures don't show how well he bowled. He constantly kept asking questions and got the ball to move around. Rabada was the best bowler, with 2 wickets while Olivier got a couple as well but one must say he was very inconsistent. Maharaj kept it tight at one end and got the big wicket of Cook.
  • South Africa walk off the field, feeling pretty satisfied with themselves. They have bowled their heart out, taking 6 wickets on the opening day. Also, they have not allowed a terrific batting line-up like England's to score quickly which gives them full marks.
  • 89.6 Landed outside off, Bairstow does not flirt with that. STUMPS ON DAY 1! 260/6
  • 89.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 89.4 FOUR! A bit streaky now. On a good length outside off, Bairstow looks to defend but then decides to withdraw his bat. Is late and the ball goes off the outside edge behind gully to third man.
  • 89.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 89.2 FOUR! MAGNIFICENT! Half volley outside off, Bairstow leans and drives it through extra cover for a boundary!
  • 89.1 Landed outside off, coming in a long way, Bairstow looks to tuck it away but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
  • TOBY ROLAND-JONES walks in ahead of Moeen Ali at number 8, replacing Stokes.
  • 88.6 OUT! Perfect yorker! Rabada roars. Old Trafford is plunged into silence. What a ball at what an hour. He gives it his best on his very last ball of the day. Delivers a terrific yorker, around middle and off, watches Stokes' bat come down late and then sees and hears timbaaaa!!!! Beautiful ball. Excellent innings from Stokes but England would have wished to see him tomorrow with the willow. 252/6
  • 88.5 FOUR! A bit streaky in my opinion. On a length outside off, seaming away, Stokes looks to run it down to third man but the ball runs off the outer half of the bat, behind point to the fence.
  • 88.4 The batsman gets an inside edge and the ball hits him on the pads.
  • 88.3 Full and outside off, driven towards mid off.
  • 88.2 EDGED, FOUR! A good testing ball, that too, at this time of the day. Rabada bangs it in short and Stokes is beaten by pace. He is late into the pull shot and is cramped for room. Halfway through the shot, he looks to abort it but is late and gets a top edge which goes over de Kock to the fine leg fence.
  • 88.1 Landed around middle and off, watchfully defended.
  • 87.6 Outside off, pretty wide, left alone. 244/5
  • 87.5 Landed outside off, defended from the crease.
  • 87.4 UPPISH, BUT SAFE! Full and outside off, swinging away, Jonny plays at the ball away from his body and does so uppishly, but luckily for him, it goes in the gap behind point. Two runs taken.
  • 87.3 Landed outside off, a tad fuller, left alone.
  • 87.2 That comes in a long way from outside off, Bairstow misses his tuck and is hit high on the pads, above the knee roll.
  • 87.1 Landed outside off, let through.
  • DUANNE OLIVIER back into the attack from the newly named Jimmy Anderson end. Can he replicate what Jimmy usually does at the fag end of the day?
  • 86.6 Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman. One run added to the total. 242/5
  • 86.5 Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
  • 86.4 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
  • 86.3 Another lovely ball, this time keeping it back of a length, outside off, a tentative Jonny feels for it and misses.
  • 86.2 Short and outside off, cut straight to cover-point.
  • 86.1 Landed outside off, Bairstow pushes inside the line but finds the ball jagging off the seam away from him, to beat the outside edge.
  • 85.6 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 241/5
  • 85.5 Full and outside off, Bairstow leans and drives it beautifully through the covers. Does not have enough on it to make the ball reach the ropes. Three runs taken.
  • 85.4 Outside off, played straight to point.
  • 50-run stand comes up as well. Runs coming thick and fast with this second new ball.
  • 85.3 FOUR BYES! That went away a long way. It was pitched on a length, outside off, Bairstow felt for it and nearly nicked it. However, the ball moved away a long way and found its way through the slip cordon to the third man fence.
  • 85.2 Around middle and off, pushed straight to mid on.
  • 85.1 Full on middle, clipped straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 10th Test Fifty for Ben Stokes! What a player. Century in the last game, half century so far.
  • 84.6 A length ball outside off, driven wide of mid off for a couple. Another quality innings from the southpaw. 234/5
  • 84.5 That is a beauty! On a length across the batsman, shapes away, Stokes pushes at it but fails to make any contact. The ball whizzes past the outside edge.
  • 84.4 Angles this across the left-hander, Ben lets it go past.
  • 84.3 Played through mid-wicket by the batsman.
  • 84.2 Fullish on middle and leg, clipped straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 84.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • 83.6 On middle and leg, flicked through the leg side for a couple. 232/5
  • 83.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 83.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 83.3 Landed outside leg, Stokes looks to flick and the ball goes off the pads to square leg. A leg bye is taken but no signal comes from the umpire. Must have been an inside edge then.
  • 83.2 The batsman has attempted to put bat on ball - but fails.
  • 83.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • 82.6 On the pads, flicked through mid-wicket. Maharaj and de Bruyn chase it in pairs with the former getting to the ball and sliding to save the boundary. Three runs taken. 229/5
  • 82.5 OUCH! That would have hurt! Back of a length on leg stump, Stokes swivels to pull but is beaten as the ball stays a touch low. He gets an inside edge and is hit on the thigh. Is down in pain but Stokesy is a brave lad.
  • 82.4 Outside off, a play and a miss.
  • 82.3 Outside off, Bairstow punches it through point where Temba Bavuma makes a good stop to keep the batsmen to a single.
  • 82.2 Played to the point region by the batsman.
  • 82.1 Landed outside off, on a length, then moves away off the pitch, Bairstow feels for it but misses.
  • KAGISO RABADA to share the second new ball with the Giraffe.
  • 81.6 The batsman goes after a wide one and misses. 225/5
  • 81.5 EDGED! FOUR! Well, you have taken the new ball for a reason. Wickets. Why not keep an attacking field? Morne keeps it on a length outside off and induces the drive and later, the outside edge. The ball flies to the slip cordon but to an unmanned third slip and then to the third man fence! Surprised to see Faf not attacking, especially with only a few overs to the close.
  • 81.4 Landed outside off, angling away, Ben takes his bat out of the way this time but is late again, getting beaten once more.
  • 81.3 Full and outside off, Stokes feels for it and just about nicks it! Luckily for him, the ball shapes away to beat the outside edge.
  • 81.2 Outside off, comes in a long way, Bairstow gets his bat down at the last moment and works it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 81.1 Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
  • MORNE MORKEL to make the first use of the new cherry.
  • THE SECOND NEW BALL has been taken. Wonder why this 1-over delay. Perhaps Faf wanted Morne to make the first use of the second new ball and the latter wanted this particular end.
  • 80.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 220/5
  • 80.5 Ha ha ha, sloppy from Bavuma. Ben defends this to the leg side and both Bavuma from silly mid on and Maharaj look to get to the ball. Bavuma gets there first but Maharaj is almost there as well. However, Bavuma does not know that and back-flicks the ball, thinking that Maharaj will take it. But Maharaj is beside him and as a result, the ball goes past the stumps. Maharaj quickly rushes to collect it and then turns out, only to see neither of Bairstow or Stokes even the least bit interested in the overthrow. But he is definitely unhappy with Bavuma.
  • 80.4 Fullish on middle, pushed towards the bowler.
  • 80.3 Full and wide outside off, Stokes looks to drive but gets it from the inner half of the bat towards silly mid on.
  • 80.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 80.1 Landed outside off, spinning in nicely, punched towards mid off.
  • The second new ball is available. The Proteas are deliberating on whether to take it or not. Looks like they will wait it out. Reviews have been refreshed as well.
  • 79.6 Length ball outside off, pushed towards covers for a single. 220/5
  • 79.5 Stokes goes across and looks to flick this one. The shot was on as the ball was on good length towards his pads but he misses it completely. He gets struck on the pads but it was outside the line of the leg stump.
  • 79.4 Back of a length, punched off the back foot by Stokes.
  • 79.3 Fuller in length, driven towards mid off.
  • 79.2 Outside off, pushed towards covers but straight to the fielder.
  • 79.1 Gets right behind the line of this good length ball and defends it.
  • 78.6 Full length ball on middle, defended off the front foot and into the ground. 219/5
  • 78.5 Good length ball on middle, played it towards mid-wicket this time.
  • 78.4 Outside off, Bairstow looks for the swep but mistimes it. He plays straight behind the keeper and picks up a single. That could have easily been a catch.
  • 78.3 Flighted on off, played towards point but straight to the fielder.
  • 78.2 Floated on off, Bairstow gets a bottom edge on this one.
  • 78.1 Loopy ball on middle, defended off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 77.6 Plays the square cut this time but straight to the fielder. 217/5
  • 77.5 Defends this one from within the crease.
  • 77.4 Full in length ball outside off. Looks to defend but it hits the inner half of his bat and goes to square leg. They pick up a single.
  • 77.3 Slightly short and Stokes looks to pull it across the line off his front foot. He gets a bottom edge and the ball goes past his stumps behind to the right of the keeper. They manage to sneak a single there.
  • 77.2 On a good length outside off, left alone by Stokes.
  • 77.1 Full length ball on off, played towards covers by Stokes.
  • 76.6 Defends this one by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 215/5
  • 76.5 Stokes sweeps this one hard through square leg only for a single.
  • 76.4 Floated on middle, played towards mid-wicket this time.
  • 76.3 Again a loopy ball on off, played straight back to the bowler.
  • 76.2 Loopy ball on middle, played through mid-wicket.
  • 76.1 Full length ball on middle, driven towards mid on.
  • 75.6 Full length ball on off, defended towards covers this time. 214/5
  • 75.5 Good length ball on middle, defended from within the crease.
  • 75.4 Full on middle, driven through mid on for a couple.
  • 75.3 Short ball on middle and Stokes pulls it away. He finds the gap through mid-wicket but only manages to take a single as there is a fielder in the deep.
  • 75.2 Defends this one from within the crease.
  • 75.1 This one is wide outside off and Stokes leaves it alone.
  • 75.1 FOUR! No Ball for overstepping, not a good start at all! Starts the over with a boundary! This was a low full toss and it was asking for the treatment. Stokes smacks it through mid off and gets four runs for the shot.
  • Theunis de Bruyn comes on to bowl
  • 74.6 FOUR! That is fullish and Bairstow goes down to sweep it. He connects well and gets it through gap on square leg. The ball races away to the boundary. 206/5
  • 74.5 Full length ball on middle. Played off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 74.4 Another loopy ball on off, played towards point.
  • 74.3 Flighted on off, played off the front foot towards covers.
  • 74.2 On the pads this time, worked down the leg side.
  • 74.1 Flighted on off, gets on his front foot and defends it into the ground.
  • 73.6 Back of a length ball on off, played off the back foot back to the bowler. 202/5
  • 73.5 On a good length ball but this time towards the pads. Bairstow flicks it past square leg for a single.
  • 73.4 Another good length ball, played back to the bowler off the front foot.
  • 73.3 Good length ball outside off, pushed towards covers straight to the fielder.
  • 73.2 Good length ball just outside off. Too close for the cut but Stokes still goes for it. He misses the ball and it goes straight into the gloves of the keeper.
  • 73.1 Full length ball on off, played off the front foot past the bowler to mid off.
  • 72.6 Defends this one by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 201/5
  • 72.5 Similar ball, Bairstow pushes it through covers for a single.
  • 72.4 Floated on off, Bairstow gets on his front foot and drives it through the covers.
  • 72.3 Loopy ball on off, played off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 72.2 Width given, Bairstow plays it to point but straight to the fielder.
  • 72.1 Loopy ball on middle, defended from within the crease by Bairstow.
  • Maharaj to continue.
  • Drinks has been taken.
  • 71.6 Stokes gets right behind the line of the delivery to defend this one into the ground. 200/5
  • 71.5 Shows the full face of the bat and defends this one off the back foot.
  • 71.4 Another length ball on off, driven towards mid off by Stokes.
  • 71.3 FOUR! Wide outside off and Stokes slashes hard at it. He cuts it past the fielder at point to find the boundary. The ball races away as four more runs are added to the total. 200 runs are on the board!
  • 71.2 On the pads, flicked away down the leg side.
  • 71.1 Length ball driven straight back to the bowler. Bairstow at the non-strikers end dives back into the crease as Olivier collects the ball. However, he was aiming to throw it back to the batsman instead.
  • 70.6 Gets right behind the line of the delivery to defend it. 196/5
  • 70.5 Loopy ball on middle, played off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 70.4 Floated on middle this time, punches off the front foot back to the middle.
  • 70.3 Another one floated on off, Bairstow gets on his back foot and punches it into the ground.
  • 70.2 Loopy ball on middle, Bairstow defends it into the ground.
  • 70.1 NOT OUT! The ball is short and the crowd boos Elgar! Well, well, well. Full and outside off, Bairstow looked to defend. He was hit on the pads and immediately de Kock and Maharaj went up in an appeal. Umpire Dharmasena shook his head, indicating bat. Now, Dean Elgar walked over from first slip, claiming the catch! Umpire Dharmasena now has a discussion with Aleem Dar asking whether the ball carried and then referred it upstairs, with the soft signal being out. The very first replay shows the ball landing short! Oh dear... Elgar better not go to the boundary today. He will get a lot of welcoming reception...
  • Excitement and drama! There has been an LBW appeal against Bairstow which has been turned down by umpire Dharmasena. Now, the Proteas appeal for a catch and after some discussion, Dharmasena raises his finger! Stokes and Bairstow are bemused and it is being referred upstairs for the catch now...
  • 69.6 Full and outside off, watchfully defended. 196/5
  • 69.5 FOUR! Nice shot. Half volley outside off, driven through the covers for a boundary!
  • 69.4 Comes forward and pushes it towards mid on.
  • 69.3 Full and outside off, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 69.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 69.1 Outside off, played straight to point.
  • 68.6 Full and around off, spinning away, Bairstow lunges and defends. 192/5
  • 68.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 68.4 Landed outside off, left alone.
  • 68.3 Outside off, worked through mid-wicket for a single from the crease.
  • 68.2 Landed around off, watchfully defended.
  • 68.1 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 67.6 Outside off, left alone. 191/5
  • 67.5 Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
  • 67.4 FOUR! Fullish and on the pads, Bairstow clips it to the square leg fence.
  • 67.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 67.2 Full on middle, clipped straight to short mid-wicket.
  • JONNY BAIRSTOW walks in at number 7, replacing Root.
  • 67.1 OUT! He has to go! The review does not save the England skipper! It was a full length ball around off and swinging in late. Root went across for the flick but missed it completely. This looked plumb to the naked eye and the umpire immediately raised his finger. Root walked up to Stokes asking what he felt about the review. Ben thought about it before telling him to go for a second opinion. The replays showed that the ball was going on to hit the leg stump and Root has to walk back to the pavilion. De Kock is the most relieved because of the missed chance earlier in the day. Olivier is pumped up because this is the big fish.
  • Joe Root has been adjudged lbw! He has a long chat with Stokes and eventually takes the review. It looks very close...
  • 66.6 Again, he looks to drive but does not quite time this ball that well. It goes off the toe end of the bat towards the bowler. 187/4
  • 66.5 Full and outside off, Stokes looks to drive but finds covers.
  • 66.4 Root gets to the pitch of the delivery and drives this towards mid off for a single.
  • 66.3 Loopy ball on middle, defended solidly by Root.
  • Change of gloves for Root.
  • 66.2 Another full length ball, driven straight past the bowler to his left for a single.
  • 66.1 Full and almost a yorker, Stokes hits it hard into the ground.
  • 65.6 Another full length ball, defended off the front foot. 185/4
  • 65.5 Full length ball, driven towards mid on. No runs taken.
  • 65.4 Full length ball, driven straight back.
  • 65.3 Another wide ball outside the line of the ball. Root leaves it alone.
  • 65.2 Wide outside off, Root leaves it alone.
  • 65.1 Good length ball on middle, played to mid-wicket.
  • 64.6 Slightly short, punched off the back foot for a single. 185/4
  • 64.5 Full on middle, driven through mid on for a single.
  • 64.4 Shows the full face of the bat and defends this one off the back foot.
  • 64.3 Shows the full face of the delivery and defends it off the back foot.
  • 64.2 Tries to sweep this fullish delivery but misses it completely. He gets struck on the pads and fielders appeal. The umpire says no as it was way across the line there.
  • 64.1 Floated on middle and leg, worked down the leg side.
  • 63.6 Back of a length ball, defended off the back foot towards mid off. Single taken. 183/4
  • Root gets to his 30th Test fifty. It is his 10th consecutive Test half century.
  • 63.5 On the pads, nudged down fine leg for a single.
  • 63.4 Back of a length ball, defended off the back foot.
  • 63.3 Full length ball, driven straight back by Root to the bowler who parries the ball to mid on. They think of a single but decide against it.
  • 63.2 Angling into the pads, Root looks to clip but misses. He gets struck on the pads.
  • 63.1 On the pads, worked down the leg side at mid-wicket where Bavuma made a good stop.
  • Duanne Olvier gets a change of ends.
  • 62.6 Stokes defends this one off the front foot and into the ground. 181/4
  • 62.5 Loud shout for lbw but the umpire stays put. This one was floated on off and Stokes went for sweep. He missed the ball completely and and got struck on the pads. The impact was outside the line of the stumps and hence Stokes is saved.
  • 62.4 Fuller in length this time. Root drives it to mid on for a single.
  • 62.3 Slightly shorter from Root, defended off the front foot by Root.
  • 62.2 Another one outside off, played straight to point.
  • 62.1 Outside off, Root plays a square cut but it goes straight to the fielder.
  • 61.6 Back of a length ball on off, Stokes rocks onto his back foot and punches it away for a couple. The couple could have been avoided if not for the misfield at mid on. 180/4
  • 5000 Test runs for Joe Root! Fifth fastest English batsman to achieve this feat in terms of innings.
  • 61.5 There it is! Milestone for Root. Another one. He reaches the 5K mark. It is full on off and he drives it down the ground through mid off. The fielder gives it a good chase and gets to the cherry as it does not have in it to reach the fence. Three runs taken again.
  • 61.4 Wide outside off, Root leaves it alone.
  • 61.3 On a good length, Stokes stays in his crease and punches it through mid-wicket. They manage three runs there.
  • 61.2 Good length ball, played straight back to the bowler.
  • 61.1 Stokes chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 60.6 Flighted on middle again, defended off the front foot and into the ground. 172/4
  • 60.5 Floated on middle, driven through mid on.
  • 60.4 Fullish in length, Root defends it off his front foot.
  • 60.3 Edged but safe! That was flighted on off and Stokes looked to defend. he ball took the edge and flew past the outstretched arms of the fielder at slip. Three runs taken as the ball trickles towards third man.
  • 60.2 Loopy ball outside off, played to point for a single.
  • 60.1 Bowls this one a fraction short and Stokes cuts through the square on the off side. Three runs taken.
  • Maharaj is back on. Just the one over for Olivier after the break.
  • 59.6 EDGED, BUT NOT TAKEN! FOUR! For once, de Kock does not dive. Big moment in the game. Poor, poor Morkel. He cannot believe it. He has bowled his heart out. He was trying to work Root over and bowled a pearler. He bowled this on a length, just outside off and forced Root to defend. Then he got the ball to move away and take the outside edge. It is a simple regulation catch for Quinton de Kock but he does not budge. Neither does Amla at first slip, who is hoping that de Kock will move to his right. In the end, the ball goes right between the two to the third man fence. Gosh. Tea pots must be boiling in Morkel's mind right now. He does not say a word. Nothing to the batsman in frustration or to the keeper. Just takes his cap and walks off, like a well-behaved boy from high school. Nice lad. South Africa will hope Root will be as nice and gives another chance. SOON. 165/4
  • 59.5 Short and wide outside off, curving away after pitching, Joe flashes hard but misses out.
  • 59.4 Outside off, quietly left alone.
  • 59.3 Fullish and around off, coming in, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 59.2 Oooh... nearly! Full and outside off, Root looks to drive, a bit loosely too, no feet movement and almost pays the price by nearly nicking it. The ball moves away late and beats the outside edge.
  • 59.1 Landed outside off, Root pushes it towards point.
  • 58.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 13 from the over! 161/4
  • 58.5 Around middle and off, very tight, better from Olivier and Ben defends.
  • 58.4 FOUR! The runs are leaking. It has been a poor start from Olivier after Tea. He overcompensates for the previous ball by bowling this too full and Stokes promptly flicks it through mid-wicket for a boundary. Third of the over.
  • 58.3 FOUR! Bad ball, short and around middle, Stokes swivels and pulls it to the fine leg fence.
  • 58.2 Around middle and leg, Joe tucks it through square leg, wants two, takes the single but then changes his mind.
  • 58.1 FOUR! LOVELY! Loosener from Olivier, bowls a half volley wide outside off, Root leans and drives it through the covers for a boundary! 3000 TEST RUNS AT HOME for the skipper. Third youngest after his predecessor and the great Sachin Tendulkar to achieve this feat.
  • DUANNE OLIVIER to bowl from the other end. Maharaj bowled 16 overs on the bounce before Tea. Wasn't given a rest, he is given now.
  • 57.6 A similar line, not as full as the previous one, Stokes drives it in a better manner but cannot beat mid off. 148/4
  • 57.5 A tempter, full and just outside off, BS looks for the drive but mistimes it towards mid off.
  • 57.4 The length is dragged even shorter and this time Ben pushes it towards mid off.
  • Shane Warne on air feels that it has been a great contest between bat and ball so far. He also reckons that the pitch will quicken up as the game progresses, so batting will actually be easier on Days 2 and 3.
  • 57.3 The line is around off, but the length is slightly short of full, Stokes comes forward and pushes it towards mid on.
  • 57.2 Landed outside off, allowed to go through.
  • 57.1 Short and outside off, cut past Temba Bavuma at gully for a single.
  • The players are back in the middle. It will be MORNE MORKEL vs JOE ROOT first up...
  • ... DAY 1, SESSION 3 ...
  • Overall, South Africa will be very pleased with how they have bowled so far. The quicks have fairly tight, not giving anything away and the run rate is still under 3 an over. They will aim to get at least 3 more wickets before close, given the purchase present on this pitch. Join us back at 1600 local (1500 GMT) for the final session. The over-rate has been decent, which means, only 33 overs left to be bowled.
  • Joe Root has Ben Stokes with him in the middle now and will hope that they can stitch a partnership. England are not exactly in a mire but they are not out of the woods either. As the great Geoffrey Boycott says - Add two wickets to the total and then view the game. The hosts have a deep batting line-up and will back themselves to avert a collapse. Root today, has been very cautious, unlike his flashy innings earlier in this series.
  • Not a bad session at all, if you are a South African fan. Cook, Westley and Malan have been sent back to the hut and not a single half century has been scored. The runs continue to come in trifles, with only 80 runs coming in 28 overs in this session.
  • 56.6 Another one wide outside off, Root plays it to point for a single. THAT IS TEA ON DAY 1! 147/4
  • 56.5 Outside off, played towards the point region.
  • 56.4 Outside off, Stokes goes for it but finds the edge. The ball goes through the slip region for a single. Luckily for him it was well wide of the slip fielder.
  • 56.3 Outside off, played towards point this time.
  • 56.2 Plays this one off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 56.1 Fraction short and Root punches it off his back foot to the off side for a single.
  • Ben Stokes is the new man in.
  • 55.6 OUT! The change of angle does the trick for Morkel. It was a good length ball outside off and Malan went for the drive. He did not time it well enough and the ball found the nick. Du Plessis at second slip took a good sharp catch to dismiss Malan. South Africa will be delighted to get their man right before Tea. 144/4
  • 55.5 Wide outside off, Malan leaves it alone.
  • 55.4 Once again wide outside off, Root plays a square cut for a single.
  • 55.3 Bye. Second extra of the day and it's a bye. This was wide outside off and Malan left it alone. The ball goes through the slips and the batsmen sneak in a single.
  • 55.2 Edges this one wide outside off ball as he goes for the ball. However it lands just in front of the fielder at gully. Malan needs to be careful.
  • Morkel goes from around to over the wicket.
  • 55.1 Good length ball on off, defended solidly by Malan.
  • 54.6 Another front foot defense by Root. 142/3
  • 54.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 54.4 Air given to this one on off, played off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 50-run partnership between Malan and Root.
  • 54.3 Floated on middle and off, driven towards mid off for a single. These two consolidated the innings so far.
  • 54.2 Loopy ball on off, played off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 54.1 Floated on middle, played straight back to the bowler.
  • 53.6 Full length ball on off, driven through the covers for a single. 141/3
  • 53.5 Once again outside off, played to the point region. No run taken this time.
  • 53.4 Slightly outside off, Root cuts it towards point for a single.
  • 53.3 Back of a length, defended off the back foot by Root.
  • 53.2 Another one on the pads, Malan flicks it to the leg side for a single this time.
  • 53.1 FOUR! Good length going down the leg side and all Malan needed was to get something on it. He flicks and helps the ball to fine leg for the boundary. De Kock puts in a despairing dive but gets nowhere near the ball.
  • 52.6 Defends this one by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 134/3
  • 52.5 Root goes for the sweep but it goes straight to the fielder at square leg.
  • 52.4 Slightly outside off, Root looks to cut but gets a bottom edge that goes to the slip fielder.
  • 52.3 Loopy ball on middle, played straight back to the bowler.
  • 52.2 Floated on off, driven through the covers.
  • 52.1 Loopy ball on the pads, flicked to the leg side for a single.
  • 51.6 Wide outside off, Root shoulders arms at it. 133/3
  • 51.5 Full length ball on middle, Root plays across the line to the mid-wicket region for a couple. Bavuma does well to chase it down and stop the boundary.
  • 51.4 FOUR! Slightly outside off, on a good length. Root uses the width given to cut the ball past backward point for the boundary. Good shot by Joe Root.
  • 51.3 Once again bowls a full length ball, played straight back to the bowler.
  • 51.2 Full and straight on off, another solid forward defense by the English skipper.
  • 51.1 Slightly full outside on off. Root plays a forward defense to the off side.
  • 50.6 Comes down the track and plays this one back to the bowler. 127/3
  • 50.5 Drives this straight one back to the bowler.
  • 50.4 Loopy ball on middle. flicked to mid wicket for a single.
  • 50.3 Forward defense this time back to the bowler.
  • 50.2 On the pads, defended into the ground back to the bowler.
  • 50.1 Loopy ball in middle, defended towards short extra cover.
  • 49.6 Landed outside off, fairly wide to be playing at, Dawid lets it through. 126/3
  • 49.5 Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
  • 49.4 Around off, watchfully defended from the crease.
  • 49.3 Falls over a bit, does Root but manages to flick it fine for a run.
  • 49.2 On middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 49.1 Landed outside off, left alone.
  • MORNE MORKEL is back into the attack.
  • 48.6 ALMOST! Maharaj nearly gets his man. Full on middle, Root chips this uppishly but luckily for him, it does not carry to short mid-wicket. 124/3
  • 48.5 Played through mid-wicket by the batsman.
  • 48.4 On middle and leg, pushed towards mid on.
  • 48.3 Full and outside off, watchfully driven towards cover.
  • 48.2 Outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 48.1 Full and outside off, Root defends it watchfully.
  • 47.6 That ball has taken the inside edge onto the pads. 124/3
  • 47.5 Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
  • 47.4 Gets the flick shot this time, past square leg for a single.
  • 47.3 The arm ball outside off, let through.
  • 47.2 Back of a length outside off, forced through the off side for a couple.
  • 47.1 NOT OUT. Height was the issue. It did look that way on the first look, to be fair. But guess the review was taken because the umpire indicated the ball to be going down the leg side. It was on a good length, angled in from outside off, beating Root on his defense. Root was a bit further ahead of his crease, so height would have always come into play. However, when Rabada appealed, umpire Aleem Dar signalled it going down the leg side and on seeing that, Faf went for the review. Hawk Eye showed that to be clipping the top of the stumps. So close.
  • Okay... so South Africa have taken a review here. It has come after a lot of deliberation. Let's see... this could be a big wicket if they get it.
  • 46.6 Punched off the back foot by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single. 121/3
  • 46.5 This time he drives it towards mid off again but Maharaj stops it.
  • 46.4 Full and outside off, driven towards mid off.
  • 46.3 Similar ball, watchfully blocked out.
  • 46.2 Landed around off, watchfully defended.
  • 46.1 Fullish on middle, pushed towards mid on.
  • Interesting. Having seen Root play a shot very fine in his previous over Maharaj has asked for a leg gully.
  • 45.6 Half volley outside off, Malan looks to drive but misses. 120/3
  • 45.5 Rabada holds the length back a touch now, angles it across the southpaw and respecting Kagiso's respect, DM lets it go.
  • 45.4 FOUR! HANDSOME! Almost similar to the previous ball but this time Malan does not let it go. The ball is not exactly a half volley, perhaps a touch shorter than that, Malan leans into it and drives it beautifully through the covers.
  • 45.3 Wider outside off, left alone.
  • 45.2 Goes back in his crease this time and blocks.
  • 45.1 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 44.6 FOUR! Gets that very fine, does the skipper. This is down the leg side and Root gets down and sweeps it very fine. Morne Morkel starts to give it a chase from fine leg but the ball wins the race. 116/3
  • 44.5 Flighted outside off, Dawid comes down the track and defends.
  • 44.4 Played through mid-wicket by the batsman.
  • 44.3 Slips this on the pads, Malan tucks it through fine leg. Temba Bavuma gives it a good chase from backward square leg, slides and slips, conceding the second.
  • 44.2 Full and outside off, Malan watches that out comfortably.
  • 44.1 Landed outside off, left alone.
  • 43.6 Around off, clipped straight to short mid-wicket. 109/3
  • 43.5 EDGED, FOUR! The break almost does the batsman in! Root gets away with that one. Full and wide outside off, Root is sucked into the drive and goes hard after it. Gets a thick outside edge which flies past second slip to the third man fence.
  • Okay... Good news coming up. The gentleman who had fainted in the crowd has regained consciousness and seems fairly okay. The resumption should not take long now. The ambulance is taking the gentleman to the hospital, perhaps.
  • We are still not quite ready to resume. There is some issue regarding the seating arrangement of the crowd near the sightscreen. It is regarding some serious medical issue to someone in the crowd. Good sportsmanship shown by the players, as they feel it is disrespectful to continue when someone is getting medical attention. It is right behind the bowler's arm.
  • There seems to be some issue within the crowd. Does not look like it is going to be sorted quickly and the umpires call for a Drinks Break. Common sense prevails. Good period of play for the Proteas. Since the Lunch break, they have managed the wickets of Cook and Westley. They will now hope to get rid of Root as quickly as possible and burst through that middle order. Easily said than done though.
  • 43.4 Another inside edge this time. Aloud appeal has been turned down by the umpire. Once again Root mistimes his shot but is saved by the inside edge off the good length ball.
  • 43.3 On the pads, Root flicked away for a couple.
  • Nasser Hussain provides an interesting observation regarding Malan's footwork. Ever since Rabada knocked his stumps the previous time he was dismissed by the youngster, Malan has stopped twitching with his back foot. He has looked to be more compact and more composed. In that Test, he kept falling over to fullish deliveries. Even today, when he arrived a crease, Rabada attempted a similar delivery, it was full and Dawid did miss the flick but he did not fall over as much as he did the other day.
  • 43.2 Loud appeal for an lbw but the umpire is not interested. It was a good length ball on middle and Root looked to defend. The ball took an inside edge before hitting the pads which is what saved him.
  • 43.1 Outside off, played to the point region by Root.
  • 42.6 Wide outside off, Root plays a square cut and picks up three runs. 103/3
  • 42.5 Root gets right behind the line of the delivery to defends this one.
  • 42.4 Gets to the picth of the ball and plays this one for a single.
  • 42.3 On the pads, Root looks to play at it but gets an edge. He manages to pick up a single.
  • 42.2 FOUR! That's a very good shot by Root. It was a loopy ball on off and Root got to the pitch of the delivery to drive it through covers for the boundary.
  • 42.1 Outside off and slightly full, pushed to the cover region for a single.
  • 41.6 Outside off, Root misses the line of the delivery this time. 93/3
  • 41.5 Bouncer! Root gets under it to duck the delivery.
  • 41.4 Back of a length this time, Root looks to defend but gets a bottom edge and falls to the leg side. Cook did not take any chance and made sure he was ready to block it if the ball would go on to hot the stumps.
  • 41.3 Big shout for lbw but the umpire is not interested. It was a good length ball on middle and Root failed to get his bat on ball. Replays showed that the ball was anyways going on to miss the top of the stumps. Good decision by the umpire there.
  • 41.2 Gets right behind the line of the delivery to defend this one.
  • 41.1 Wide outside off, Root plays a square cut this time.
  • 40.6 Gets to the pitch of the delivery and defends this one. 93/3
  • 40.5 Another front foot defensive shot by Malan there.
  • 40.4 Malan gets right behind the line of the delivery and defends this one solidly.
  • 40.3 Once again a fractionally shorter ball on middle, played off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 40.2 On a length on middle, played towards to mid-wicket.
  • 40.1 Slightly on the shorter side, defended off the back foot this time by Malan.
  • 39.6 On the pads, Malan looks to play but misses it completely. The ball strikes him on the pads but the umpire is not interested. 93/3
  • 39.5 Wide outside off, Malan shoulders his arms at it.
  • 39.4 Outside off, Malan fails to put bat on ball.
  • Dawid Malan is the new man in.
  • 39.3 OUT! Westley departs! Rabada has his man. But this has to be attributed to the keeper de Kock. Rabada kept this on a length, just outside off and got it to straighten a touch. Westley felt for it and got a thick outside edge. The ball further kept moving away but de Kock dived to his right and took a stunner. Just one of those de Kock catches. Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. The keeper had to go for the catch as it would not have carried to Hashim Amla at first slip.
  • 39.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 39.1 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 38.6 Root shows the full face of the bat to defend this into the ground. 92/2
  • 38.5 Gets right behind the line of the delivery to defend this straight one.
  • 38.4 Floated on middle, defended from within the crease by Root.
  • 38.3 Full length ball on middle, driven through mid off this time.
  • 38.2 Loopy ball on middle, defended off the front foot.
  • 38.1 On the pads, Root plays it to square leg.
  • 37.6 Bouncer! Westley ducks under it. 92/2
  • 37.5 Westley shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 37.4 Another one outside off, left alone.
  • 37.3 Westley shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 37.2 Outside off, Westley leaves it alone.
  • 37.1 Loopy ball on middle, Westley defends it off his back foot.
  • 36.6 Good length ball on middle, defended from within the crease by Root. 92/2
  • 36.5 Root has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 36.4 Good length ball on middle, defended solidly by Root.
  • Joe Root walks in the middle now.
  • 36.3 OUT! Cook has been done in by the spinner on 46! Just short of a half-century and this will hurt the opener. He did all the hard work of settling in and then gets done in by the straighter one. Cook got on his front foot and looked to push it through covers but the ball took a faint outside edge which went into the gloves of the keeper. Cook has been dismissed by a spinner for the first time in this series. South Africa will be delighted with this start!
  • 36.2 Full length ball on middle, driven through mid on for a single.
  • 36.1 On the pads, flicked away by Westley.
  • 35.6 Good length ball on middle, played to mid-wicket this time. 91/1
  • 35.5 Straight and on middle, played through mid-wicket by Westley. The ball looks to be going for a boundary but it's stopped. Three runs taken.
  • 35.4 Way wide outside off this time, left alone by Westley.
  • 35.3 Good length ball outside off, Westley leaves it alone.
  • 35.2 Good length ball wide outside off. Cook cuts it past point and takes three runs. Bavuma does really well to chase it down and stop the boundary.
  • 35.1 Good length ball on middle, defended solidly by Cook.
  • Rababa comes back on to bowl.
  • 34.6 Westley has defended the loopy ball on middle by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 85/1
  • 34.5 Floated on middle and off, pushed to covers this time.
  • 34.4 Straight on middle, driven towards mid on by Westley.
  • 34.3 Floated on middle and leg, smacked to mid-wicket.
  • 34.2 Another loopy ball on middle, Westley gets on his front foot and defends it well.
  • 34.1 Loopy ball but it's full on middle, defended easily by Westley.
  • 33.6 Length ball on off, Cook plays a forward defense straight down the ground. 85/1
  • 33.5 Back of a length this time, defends it from within the crease towards gully.
  • 33.4 Outside off, Cook plays a good looking square drive but it is a good stop by Bavuma at point.
  • 33.3 Full length ball on off, defended off the front foot by Cook.
  • 33.2 On middle, Cook plays this one through mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 33.1 Full length ball on middle, driven straight back down the ground.
  • 32.6 FOUR! Brilliant shot this time by Westley. Floated on middle, Westley drives it through mid on for a boundary. Westley has started to find the touch now. 83/1
  • 32.5 Loopy ball on off, driven through covers by Westley.
  • 32.4 Westley defends this by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 32.3 Flighted on off, pushed to the cover region.
  • 32.2 Floated on middle, punched off the back foot this time.
  • 32.1 Loopy ball on off, Westley looks to defend it but finds an outside edge. The ball goes past slips and they manage a couple.
  • 31.6 FOUR! Back of a length ball and Cook was ready for it. He got into the position to pull it over square leg and found the boundary. De Bruyn put in a dive but it was in vain as the ball went past the ropes. 77/1
  • 31.5 Good length ball on middle, defended back to the bowler.
  • 31.4 Another full length ball on off. Cook drives it through the off side for a couple wide of mid off.
  • 31.3 Full length ball on middle, defended off the back foot this time. Cook looks to have settled himself in the middle now.
  • 31.2 FOUR! Cook finds the gap to perfection square on the off side. It was full length ball outside off, Cook just opened the face of his bat to find the boundary. Superb timing by the former England skipper.
  • 31.1 Good length ball on off, played off the front foot towards the off side. Solid defense by Cook.
  • 30.6 Flighted on off, played off the front foot towards the off side. 67/1
  • 30.5 Floated on middle and off, played straight back to the bowler.
  • 30.4 Loopy ball on middle, played to mid-wicket by Westley.
  • 30.3 Fuller this time, played off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 30.2 Back of length this time, defended off the back foot this time.
  • 30.1 Loopy ball outside off, Cook moves to his front foot but watches it go into the keepers gloves.
  • Maharaj to bowl from the other end.
  • 29.6 Good length ball on off, defended into the ground on the off side. Maiden over by Olivier. 67/1
  • 29.5 Fuller length ball on middle, driven to mid on.
  • 29.4 Cook stays adamant with the balls outside off. Leaves this one alone as well.
  • 29.3 On a good length outside off, left alone by Cook.
  • Problems in the sightscreen for Cook but it gets sorted out.
  • 29.2 Another good length ball on middle, defended from within the crease.
  • 29.1 Good length ball on off, defended towards covers by Cook.
  • The players are back in the middle as we get ready for the second session. Will South Africa make more inroads or can England settle in and go on to make a good score? Let's find out. Olivier to start the proceedings with Cook on strike.
  • ...Day 1, Session 2...
  • Cook has been fighting hard and looks settled in the middle now with Westley on the other end. The newcomer looked tentative at the start but he slowly played himself in and even played some good looking shots. It's turning into a good battle between the batsmen and bowlers with South Africa looking more dangerous. The scoring rate is very slow but England won't mind that. Towards the end, dark clouds seemed to be coming in but if they stay away, batting will surely get easier. The second session promises to be as interesting as this so do join us for that.
  • Superb first session of cricket! South Africa, rocked by the ruling out of Morris and Philander have surprisingly started off on a strong footing. They caused early problems for the openers and the overcast conditions were surely helping them. Jennings was having a tough time in the middle and in the end, Olivier got his man with a regulation nick.
  • 28.6 On middle, played to mid-wicket by Westley. THAT'S LUNCH ON DAY 1! 67/1
  • 28.5 Defends this one by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 28.4 Loopy ball on middle, defended solidly by Westley.
  • 28.3 Loopy ball on middle, played off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 28.2 Loopy ball on middle, defended off the front foot by Westley.
  • 28.1 That's a jaffa! Maharaj comes from around the wicket and bowls this one on the off stump. The ball turns slightly away from the bat of Westley who looked to play a forward defensive shot. It goes past his outside edge and into the gloves of the keeper. A spinners delight this!
  • 27.6 Straight and on the pads, Cook stays in his crease and defends it back to the bowler. 67/1
  • 27.5 On a length, defended off the back foot to the off side.
  • 27.4 Good length ball on middle, defended from within the crease.
  • 27.3 Shows the full face of the bat and defends it off his back foot.
  • 27.2 Good length ball on middle, defends it from within the crease.
  • 27.1 Down the leg side this time, Cook leaves it alone.
  • 26.6 Back of a length, punched off the back foot towards covers. 67/1
  • 26.5 On the pads, Cook works it down the leg side for an easy single.
  • 26.4 Flighted ball on off, played off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 26.3 Wide outside off, Cook rocks back and plays a square cut towards point. Good stop by the fielder there.
  • 26.2 Floated on off, Cook plays it off his front foot towards covers.
  • 26.1 Loopy ball on middle, Cook works it to the leg side.
  • Maharaj comes back on to bowl.
  • 25.6 This time Westley lets the ball outside off go. 66/1
  • 25.5 Outside off, this time Westley goes for it and makes a mistake. He goes with soft hands and edges it towards gully. The ball falls short there.
  • 25.4 Another one outside off, Westley leaves it alone once again.
  • 25.3 Wide outside off once again, this time Westley sensibly leaves it alone.
  • 25.2 FOUR! Short and wide outside off and Westley slashes his bat at it. He is lucky that he went hard as the ball flew over the first slip fielder for a boundary. Streaky runs but South Africa won't mind this. The bowlers are surely creating doubts in the batsman's mind.
  • 25.1 On the pads, flicked away for a single down the leg side.
  • Change of ends for Olivier.
  • 24.6 Shows the full face of the bat and defends this off the back foot. 61/1
  • 24.5 FOUR! Good length ball by de Bruyn and Westley times it well. He gets on his back foot and punches it past covers for a boundary. That was a sweet shot by Westley there.
  • 24.4 On the pads, worked away down the leg side for a single.
  • 24.3 Struck on the pads this time but safe. This one was going down leg hence Cook got away with it.
  • 24.2 Low full toss this time, driven through mid off.
  • 24.1 Full length ball on middle, driven through mid on.
  • Amla has now gone off the field possibly for a break.
  • 23.6 This time he defends this good length ball off the back foot. 56/1
  • 23.5 Outside edge but does not carry. That was a good length ball on off and Westley looked to defend it. The ball takes a faint edge but falls short of the fielder at third slip.
  • 23.4 Outside off this time, Westley lets it go.
  • 23.3 Full length ball on middle and off. Driven through mid-on by Westley.
  • 23.2 FOUR! Fuller length ball and it has been dispatched nicley by Westley. He moves slightly across to make space for flick through mid-wicket. The ball races away as two fielders try to chase it down.
  • 23.1 Good length ball on off, defended solidly into the ground by Westley.
  • Good news for South Africa, Maharaj is back on the field.
  • 22.6 Lands this outside off, let through. 52/1
  • 22.5 Full and wide outside off, driven through the covers for a single.
  • 22.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 22.3 Goes further down the leg side, flicked away for a single.
  • 22.2 Oohh.... looks to flick but gets a leading edge which dies down on the pitch.
  • 22.1 Slips this down the leg side, Cook misses his flick.
  • Interesting. THEUNIS DE BRUYN has been given the ball. Bowls medium pace. Nasser Hussain says that these are the sort of bowlers who irritate Cook in domestic cricket.
  • 21.6 Outside off, left alone. 50/1
  • 21.5 This is around off, Westley feels for it but misses.
  • 21.4 Around off, watchfully defended.
  • 21.3 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. They pick up a single.
  • 21.2 Fullish outside off, driven through the covers for a couple.
  • 21.1 Full and around off, Cook looks to defend but the ball comes in, takes the inside edge and goes to the leg side.
  • Maharaj is off the field. Looks like the injury is serious. South Africa will be ruing their luck as injuries have been haunting them throughout this series.
  • 20.6 Straighter one this time, driven straight to mid off. 47/1
  • 20.5 On the pads this time, flicked away past fine leg for a single.
  • 20.4 Loopy ball on middle, defended off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 20.3 Flighted on middle, Cook looks to defend but gets an inside edge. Luckily for him it does not carry to short leg.
  • 20.2 On the pads, worked down the leg side.
  • 20.1 Loopy ball on middle, driven to mid on.
  • Looks like Maharaj is having some problems. The physio has come but Maharaj looks good to go after the consultation.
  • 19.6 Good length ball on off, Westley lets it go. 46/1
  • Nice observation from Shaun Pollock on air. He keenly sees the change in seam position from Duanne Olivier. In the second Test that he played, his seam position was more towards second slip and hence, he could not control it. Today, he landed the seam in a proper position and beat the outside edge of Westley and also got the wicket of Jennings. Brilliant point.
  • 19.5 Outside off this time, Westley leaves it alone.
  • 19.4 Gets right behind the line of the delivery this time and defends it solidly.
  • 19.3 FOUR! Fuller length delivery by Morkel and it has been given the treatment. Westley drives it solidly past mid on for a boundary. Welcome runs for the new man in as he slowly settling in.
  • 19.2 Another one outside off, Westley chooses to leave it alone.
  • 19.1 Outside off this time, Westley looks to defend but misses it.
  • 18.6 Plays this one off the front foot and into the ground. 42/1
  • 18.5 Once again bowls on a same length. Cook defends it solidly.
  • 18.4 Flighted on off, played into the ground back to the bowler.
  • 18.3 Defended solidly off the front foot this time.
  • 18.2 Another similar ball, Cook drives it to mid on this time.
  • 18.1 Loopy ball on off, pushed towards mid off.
  • Keshav Maharaj comes on to bowl some spin.
  • 17.6 Westley was beaten and missed the line of the delivery. 42/1
  • 17.5 Bouncer! Westley ducks in time to let that one go over him.
  • 17.4 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 17.3 Played through mid-wicket by the batsman.
  • 17.2 Outside off, left alone by Westley.
  • 17.1 Good length ball on middle, defended off the front foot by Westley.
  • 16.6 Going towards leg, Westley works it down the leg side this time for a single. 42/1
  • 16.5 Beaten this time. It was going wide outside off but Westley missed the forward defense
  • 16.4 Another one wide outside off, Westley shoulders his arms at it.
  • 16.3 Outside off this time, Westley once again leaves it alone.
  • 16.2 Wide outside off this time, left alone by Westley.
  • 16.1 Bouncer! Westley picks this one early and leaves it alone.
  • 15.6 Outside off this time, pushed towards covers, straight to the fielder. 41/1
  • 15.5 Good length ball on middle, defended off the back foot.
  • 15.4 Struck on the pads but going down the leg side. Cook has gotten his eye in but is till missing the ball time and again.
  • 15.3 Full length ball this time, driven straight down the ground.
  • 15.2 Cook has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 15.1 Defends this one by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • Morkel begins the first over after drinks.
  • Drinks break has been taken. South Africa have made a really good start as they have been tormenting the English batsmen with the balls aimed at the pads. The overcast conditions early on really helped the bowlers but the weather has improved lately.
  • 14.6 Good length ball on off, Westley shoulders his arms at it. 41/1
  • 14.5 On the pads, Cook flicks it away for a single.
  • 14.4 Outside off this time, Cook leaves it alone.
  • 14.3 FOUR! Majestic shot from Cook this time. It was a full length ball on off and all Cook did was time it. He drove it past the bowler as the ball raced towards the boundary ropes at long off. Maharaj puts in a desperate dive but fails to stop it.
  • 14.2 Left alone by Cook this time as the ball goes outside off.
  • 14.1 Outside off, Cook fails to put bat on ball.
  • 13.6 Another escape for Westley. He looks to defend the ball on off but only bottom edges it past his stumps. 36/1
  • 13.5 Close! Westley is really having a torrid time so far. The ball jagged in from off onto his back pad as he looked to defend. It flew towards Amla at first slip who did not pouch it. Luckily for Westley there was no inside edge there.
  • 13.4 Once again the ball outside off has been left alone.
  • 13.3 Outside off, Westley shoulders his arms at it.
  • 13.2 Struck on the pads this time. It was a good length ball but was going on to miss the stumps. Westley needs to be more careful.
  • 13.1 Another one outside off by Rabada who has been following this line. Westley has nothing to do with it.
  • 12.6 On the pads this time, flicked away for a single at mid-wicket. 36/1
  • 12.5 Bouncer! Westley ducks under it and lets it go.
  • 12.4 Westley is following the footsteps of the batsman he replaces. Another one outside off and he misses the defense as he gets outfoxed by away movement of the ball.
  • 12.3 Another one outside off, Westley fails to put bat on ball.
  • 12.2 Wide outside off, left alone by the new batsman in.
  • Tom Westley is the new man in.
  • 12.1 Edged and gone! Another failure for Jennings who has been put out of his misery. It was a good length ball from Olivier and Jennings pushed at it. The ball found the outside edge of the bat and flew straight into the gloves of de Kock. It was a regulation catch for the keeper and he made no mistake. South Africa have their first wicket and will be hoping to carry on with their good start.
  • 11.6 Another full length ball on off. Jennings goes for the drive but it takes the edge of the bat and flies towards backward point. It was in the air but was finding the gap. Bavuma did well to save a boundary there. Single taken. 35/0
  • 11.5 Full length this time, defended off the front foot.
  • 11.4 On the pads, flicked away for a single.
  • 11.3 Length ball on off, pushed to covers.
  • 11.2 Shows the full face of the bat to defend this one off the back foot.
  • 11.1 FOUR! Bouncer down the leg side by Rabada. Cook loves the short balls and he goes for it. He misses it but the ball brushes his gloves and goes past the diving keeper for a boundary.
  • 10.6 Outside off, driven straight past the bowler for a couple. 29/0
  • 10.5 Outside off, Jennings shoulders his arms at it.
  • 10.4 Shows the full face of the bat and defends this one off the back foot.
  • 10.3 On a good length, defended solidly off the back foot.
  • 10.2 FOUR! Driven beautifully through covers! That was a full length ball on off and Jennings played it with the full face of the bat.
  • 10.1 Struck on the pads this time but. It was a good length ball outside off which Jennings went to defend. He gets struck on his back pads and the appeal came in. The umpire however dismisses the shout as it was going on to miss the stumps.
  • It has grown considerably bright at the moment when it looked like the weather would play spoilsport. David Lloyd opines that the predicted bad weather will not be a problem as of now as the dark clouds have gone by.
  • 9.6 Stays back in his crease and blocks. 23/0
  • 9.5 Oohhh..... this is straighter, Alastair looks to flick, is late but manages to flick it through backward square leg for a couple.
  • 9.4 This is around off, defended back to the bowler.
  • 9.3 Outside off now, left alone.
  • 9.2 Cannot control the swing and movement on this one, Rabada slips this down the leg side and Alastair looks to flick but misses.
  • 9.1 Excellent bowling. This is pitched outside leg, Cook feels for it but then the ball shapes away and beats the outside edge.
  • 8.6 Keeps this on a length outside off, Keaton feels for it but then the ball moves away and beats him. 21/0
  • 8.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 8.4 FOUR! Do not bowl there. However bad shape the batsman may be in. Jennings latches on to it and crashes it in front of point for a boundary.
  • 8.3 Outside off, left alone this time.
  • 8.2 Good length ball and Jennings is really flirting with danger. He looks to defend it but misses it completely. The ball just misses the outside edge.
  • 8.1 Good length ball on off, Jennings looks to play at it but misses.
  • Olivier come on to bowl. He replaces Morkel.
  • 7.6 Another one wide outside off, played to point this time. 17/0
  • 7.5 FOUR! Brilliantly timed by Cook. Width was on the offer and Cook obliged with a hard slash past point. The ball raced away to the boundary ropes in no time. It was slightly in the air but found the gap to perfection. England will need more of this.
  • 7.4 Length ball on off this time, Cook drives it straight to covers.
  • 7.3 Shows the full face of the bat to defend this one off his back foot.
  • 7.2 Good length ball on off, defended solidly this time. The ball goes to straight to the fielder at point.
  • 7.1 Outside edge lands but does not carry. That was a length ball outside off. Cook looked to defend but the timing was off. The ball took a thick edge and flew towards third slip but landed just in front of him.
  • 6.6 Struck on the pads this time. A good length ball coming into the batsman. Jennings went for the flick, missed it and the ball struck him high on the pads. 13/0
  • 6.5 Play and miss this time. Jennings does not look confident at all. This was a good length ball outside off and Jennings went for the drive.
  • 6.4 Defends this one by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 6.3 Outside off this time, Jennings leaves it alone.
  • 6.2 On the pads, worked down the leg side for a single.
  • 6.1 FOUR! Class from Cook! Full length ball on off, Cook drives it beautifully past mid off and the ball races away. This was a really well timed shot from the veteran. This should go on to give him some confidence.
  • 5.6 Bouncer! Jennings ducks in time to let that one go over him. Maiden over for Rabada. 8/0
  • 5.5 Jennings shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 5.4 Down the leg side this time, Jennings leaves it alone.
  • 5.3 Another back of a length ball defended off the back foot.
  • 5.2 Solid defense from within the crease. Good length ball once again, good discipline shown by the bowlers.
  • 5.1 Jennings shows the full face of the bat and defends this good length ball off the back foot.
  • 4.6 Inside edge this time. Length ball on off and Cook looked for the drive. The ball goes on to thud against the pads. 8/0
  • 4.5 Struck high on the pads once again. The height of Morkel is playing against him at the moment as his balls are going on to miss the top of the stumps.
  • 4.4 Defended solidly off his back foot this time. This looked better from the batsman.
  • 4.3 Outside off this time. Cook leaves it all alone.
  • 4.2 On the pads once again but hit him high this time. Cook looked to play at it but missed it.
  • 4.1 Length ball on off, Cook pushes it covers off his front foot and picks up a couple.
  • 3.6 Outside off, left alone. Jennings will not mind such balls for sure. They are safer than the ones coming on to his pads. 6/0
  • 3.5 Once again struck on the pads. This was also pitching outside leg. Jennings needs to get his bat on the ball or his time will be up soon.
  • 3.4 Struck on the pads and a loud shout has been turned down. This was a good length ball pitching outside leg and missing leg as well. Nevertheless the bowlers are causing some problems early on. Jennings looked to defend but missed it.
  • 3.3 Length ball, Jennings defends it solidly off his front foot.
  • 3.2 Outside off, Jennings goes for it but misses.
  • 3.1 On the pads, Jennings works it down the leg side and picks up a couple of runs.
  • Short leg has come in. Good point from Michael Holding on air - Why not start with a bat-pad in the first place? Especially if the plan is to bowl short.
  • 2.6 Another shout for lbw which the umpire shows no interest. Same as the previous shout, this was going down leg. Cook does not look too comfortable in the middle at all. The overcast conditions are not helping him. 4/0
  • 2.5 On middle and leg, Cook plays it to mid-wicket.
  • 2.4 Big shout for lbw but the umpire dismisses it. That was a good length ball jutting in. Cook looks to defend but misses. The height factor saves him this time.
  • 2.3 Finds the edge of the bat but falls safely this time. Morkel is really causing some problems in the middle.
  • 2.2 Good length ball outside off this time. Cook wants nothing to do with it. Leaves it alone.
  • 2.1 Cook shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 1.6 Defends this length ball off his front foot and into the ground. 4/0
  • 1.5 On off, Jennings pushes it to covers.
  • 1.4 Dropped! A good length ball on middle. Jennings looks to defend it but gets an inside edge. The ball goes on to hit his pads and flies in the air. Rabada tries his best and puts in a dive but fails to keep the ball in his clutches. This was difficult but a very good attempt. South Africa will hope it's not too costly for them.
  • 1.3 FOUR! First runs of the day and it comes in the form of a boundary. This was on a good length down the leg side. Jennings flicks it off his pads and gets a four behind square on the leg side. This should give him some confidence.
  • 1.2 On the stumps this time, Jennings does well to get his bat on it.
  • 1.1 Starts with a good length ball outside off. Jennings misses his attempted drive.
  • Rabada will bowl from the other end.
  • 0.6 Cook looks jittery in the middle. Another play and miss outside the line of the off stump. 0/0
  • 0.5 Good length ball outside off, Cook looks to defend but misses. This was very close to the bat.
  • 0.4 On a good length but going down leg. Cook looks to flick but misses. The ball brushes his pads and goes into the gloves of the diving keeper.
  • 0.3 That's a beauty by Morkel! Jags this one back at Cook who decides to leave it. In the end, it is well left. Just misses the off stump there.
  • 0.2 Another one outside the line of the off stump. Left alone by Cook.
  • 0.1 Starts off with a good length ball outside off. Cook leaves it alone as he judges the bounce of the pitch.
  • The openers are walking out to the middle. Morne Morkel is marking his run up, he will be bowling from the Statham End. Here we go!
  • TEAM NEWS - England have fielded an unchanged side from the last Test. South Africa on the other hand have been forced to make some drastic changes. Duanne Olivier and Theunis de Bruyn will be replacing Vernon Philander and Chris Morris.
  • ENGLAND HAVE WON THE TOSS AND ELECTED TO BAT FIRST!
  • The big news is that both Vernon Philander and Chris Morris have been ruled out of this all-important game for the Proteas. It will be interesting to see how they compensate for the duo.
  • Hello and welcome to the fourth and final Test of the Basil D'Oliveira Trophy. England have ensured that they cannot lose this series courtesy of their two wins prior to this while South Africa will be playing for a draw. If South Africa pull it off, they will extend their unbeaten run in England since 1998. They have already shown their character after bouncing back strongly in the second match.
  • Another brilliant bowling performance from England. In this innings, the senior duo of Anderson and Broad stepped up, sharing 7 wickets between themselves with the former registering his best figures at his home venue. Moeen Ali got a couple of crucial wickets as well. What was impressive about this bowling performance was even when wickets were not coming easily yesterday, the field settings did not allow the runs to be leaked. They bottled up pressure and eventually got the wickets. They will now hope to rake up a big second innings total. Stay tuned...
  • Perhaps the plan was to bat and bat and bat as long as possible and not play flashy shots and we have a lot of time left in this Test. But not a single batsman could convert his vigil into a strong one, as the highest score was only 46. They say, you should always bat well in the first innings and South Africa have failed top do that thrice now in this series.
  • Having made 362, it always looked like England had the momentum with them. An early wicket of Elgar just complimented that and then, a freakish leg side dismissal of Amla kind of put brakes on the scoring. The Proteas did not exactly collapse but the slow scoring took heavy toll as when they eventually did collapse, the runs were not enough on the board.
  • So it has taken England 22 balls this morning to wrap the South African innings up. They have managed to get a lead of 136 which is more than handy. In that, the last wicket stand between Anderson and Bairstow has played a big role.
  • 72.1 OUT! Broad ends South Africa's inning early in the day! Just what England would have planned when they came onto the field. He bowls this one very short around off and hurries Olivier into the pull shot. The ball takes a thick edge and flies high in the air behind the keeper. Both Bairstow and Cook are interested as they converge under it. However, Cook avoids the mishap and his experience shows as he leaves the catch to his keeper. Good decision by the former skipper as Bairstow takes the catch comfortably in the end. South Africa have been bowled out for 226.
  • 71.6 Good length ball outside off, played straight to point. 226/9
  • 71.5 Leaves this one outside off all alone.
  • 71.4 Gets an inside edge on this one. It was a good length ball on off. Morkel looked to defend it off the back foot and got an inside edge. The ball went just past his leg stump there.
  • 71.3 Morkerl seems to know exactly where his off stump is. He leaves this good length ball just outside off alone. It went very close past the stump there.
  • 71.2 Another ball outside off left alone.
  • 71.1 Good length ball, angling away from the batsman. Left alone.
  • 70.6 Another back of a length ball, defended off the back foot. 226/9
  • 70.5 Down the leg side, Olivier tries to flick but is struck high on the pad.
  • 70.4 Back of a length this time. Olivier does well to adjust and defend it down to forward short leg.
  • 70.3 Another good length ball played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 70.2 Slightly full once again, played off the front foot back past the bowler to mid off.
  • 70.1 Length ball angling into the pads, clipped through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 69.6 FOUR! Great effort from Stokes. A length ball outside off, Olivier plays that with soft hands and gets it off the outer half of the bat wide of gully. Stokes and Moeen chase it in pairs from the slip cordon and the former gets to the ball, slides and pulls it back in. However, unluckily for him, the ball rolls back into the ropes! The deficit is now 137. 225/9
  • 69.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 69.4 On a good length, gets the edge of the bat but falls just beside him.
  • 69.3 That was close! A direct hit would have been interesting. The first run of the morning could have resulted in a run out. Morkel played this one to mid-wicket and set off for the single. Olivier had to stretch to get in the crease as the throw came in from the fielder but since he was off balance, he missed the stumps.
  • 69.2 On a good length, played to mid-wicket off the back foot.
  • 69.1 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • Jimmy Anderson to bowl from the other end, for the first time in this Test match. He bowled from the Anderson end the whole of yesterday.
  • 68.6 Plays this one off the front foot and into the ground. 220/9
  • 68.5 Bowls this one just in the corridor of uncertainty. Olivier looks to defend but misses it completely. Could have easily nicked this one.
  • 68.4 Starts off with a wide one outside off, left alone.
  • The players are out in the middle, looks windy so let's see what Stuart Broad can do as he marks his run up. Morne Morkel will be joined by Duanne Olivier in the middle after the loss of Rabada at the stroke of stumps. Three slips and a gully, here we go!
  • The weather is perfect for the game with a shade of cloud cover but showers are expected later on in the day. Let's hope they stay away though. So stay tuned for an exhilarating third day of Test match cricket!
  • The visitors will be itching to pave a way back for themselves in this game and the only way for them to do that will be wickets once the inevitable third innings begins. It will be interesting to see how much Maharaj will be used with the pitch showing hint of turn, we can expect him to play a crucial role with the ball later on in the day. For England it is simple, bat fast and build on to the lead which at the moment is 142. Unless Morkel and Olivier do the unexpected and add some extra runs to the South African total, this lead will more or less stay around 120-140.
  • Welcome back to the coverage of the final Test between England and South Africa. Yesterday it was all England with Anderson's 4-fer putting his team on the front foot. Batting first, England managed 362 with Bairstow making 99. In reply, South Africa have only managed 220 runs for the loss of nine wickets with Bavuma making 46.
  • ...Day 3, Session 1...
  • Day 3 will give us an even clearer picture as to what the result will be for this game. For now Joe Root will sleep peacefully while Faf du Plessis will have lots of things to ponder about. All in all it was an entertaining day of cricket with Day 3 promising more of the same. Do join us at 1100 local and 1000 GMT for all the action. Until then, goodbye and take care!
  • The batsmen coming after Elgar, all got starts but failed to convert as England kept picking the wickets at regular intervals. Anderson was the pick of the bowlers with his four wickets. Broad and Ali picked a couple each with Toby Roland-Jones picking up one. South Africa are on the back foot and will have to really think about how they can comeback into the game.
  • England were on the front foot since the start of the day as Bairstow and Anderson added 50 runs for the last wicket with the former doing the bulk of the scoring. He was unlucky though to be dismissed on 99. The visitors then came on to bat but the trouble started right from the word go. Elgar was dismissed for nought with Anderson getting the wicket from the end named after him.
  • No doubt about who will be the happier of the two sides after the end of the second day. Most of the South African batsmen got starts but none of them carried on. In fact, not a single half century with Temba Bavuma coming closest with his 46. This is exactly why they find themselves on the back foot. With Rabada's wicket at the stroke of stumps, England will be confident of cleaning the last wicket early tomorrow.
  • 68.3 OUT! Stokes plucks a stunner! What a way to end the day. Broad eventually gets a reward for persisting with his fuller length. Rabada is sucked into the drive and gets a thick outside edge. It seems like the ball will fly through the gap but Ben Stokes at gully throws himself to his left and takes it one-handed, just above the surface. The umpires check for the legality of the catch but replays confirm it is fine. Stokes gets up in style and indicates four to the dressing room. That will be it for tonight. STUMPS ON DAY 2, SOUTH AFRICA TRAIL BY 142!
  • 68.2 Full and wide outside off, Morkel looks to drive but gets a thick outside edge which flies through point. Moeen Ali dives at backward point to keep the batsmen to a single.
  • 68.1 Landed outside off, left alone.
  • The last over of this long day...
  • 67.6 FOUR! PLUNDERED! Full and around off, Rabada blasts it straight back over the bowler for a boundary! Some shots being played, eh! This stand is worth 30 from 35 balls now. Rabada moves to 23 from 27 balls and that is his 5th boundary. 219/8
  • 67.5 Full and wide outside off, Morkel looks to drive but gets a thick outside edge which squirts behind point. A run taken.
  • 67.4 Outside off, played straight to point.
  • 67.3 Pushes this through mid on and gets a quick single.
  • 67.2 On middle, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 67.1 Not a bad start, nicely tossing it up and getting it to spin a bit, Morkel calmly works it through square leg for a single. The deficit is now 149.
  • Moeen Ali is done for the day. No more for him. Here comes DAWID MALAN. He bowls leg breaks.
  • 66.6 FOUR! MARVELLOUS! Half volley outside off, Rabada leans and drives this through extra cover and gets a boundary! The stand moves to 23 from 29 balls. 212/8
  • 66.5 On middle and off, watchfully defended.
  • 66.4 Full on middle, MM pushes it through mid on and calls for a quick single. Mid on gets across to his right and puts in a dive, only to parry it wide of mid off. Morne quickly takes a single. He is behaving like a senior partner at the moment, trying to farm the strike. Or, he is trying to protect Rabada with the latter being the better batsman.
  • 66.3 Straighter from Broad, Morne defends.
  • 66.2 FOUR! 'Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!' screams Broad in agony and frustration. He pitches this up to the batsman and invites the drive. Morkel obliges and gets an outside edge, but it is wide of Joe Root at second slip to the third man fence!
  • 66.1 Around off and outside, watchfully defended.
  • 65.6 Outside off, left alone. 203/8
  • 65.5 Full and outside off, driven towards long off for a single. Well, a respect for Morne with mid off pushed back.
  • 65.4 FOUR! Nice hit. Tossed up outside off, Morkel swings it cleanly through the line and almost clears the fence at long off. The ball lands just in front.
  • 65.3 FOUR! Just over! Morkel is not going to die wondering how to play the off spinner. Gets a tossed up ball and he does not care there are 21 balls left for the day. Swings it over mid on and just clears Broad over there.
  • 65.2 Fuller on middle, Morkel swings hard, but mistimes it to Stuart Broad at mid on.
  • 65.1 Landed on middle, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 64.6 Stays back in his crease and blocks. 194/8
  • 64.5 FOUR! Streaky! A length ball wide outside off, Rabada throws his bat at it and ends up slicing it over gully to third man! The deficit is now 168.
  • 64.4 This is on a length outside off, Kagiso looks to defend, then decides to keep his bat inside the line. Comprehensively beaten.
  • 64.3 Action replay of the previous delivery.
  • 64.2 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 64.1 Landed outside off, Rabada feels for the ball outside off and misses.
  • 63.6 Fuller on middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket. 190/8
  • 63.5 The arm ball, outside off, MM lets it go.
  • 63.4 Very full and straight, blocked in front of short leg.
  • 63.3 Full and outside off, left alone.
  • Silly point is moved back to short cover. Sensible decision as Morne likes to punch the ball hard through that region. Silly point could be risking himself.
  • 63.2 Dangerous. Morne goes back to this straight ball and punches it from the line of off stump. Just about gets bat on ball.
  • 63.1 Full and on off, Morkel blasts this straight back but Moeen gets a hand on it and half stops it.
  • 62.6 Off the mark now. Works the ball with the angle through mid-wicket and takes a single. 190/8
  • Comes around the wicket now...
  • 62.5 Excellent fielding. MM punches this through cover-point but Ben Stokes dives acrobatically to his left and stops the ball.
  • 62.4 Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
  • 62.3 Outside off, Morne looks to punch but gets a bottom edge.
  • 62.2 Around off and outside off, Morne walks across and brings his bat down at the last moment to defend.
  • MORNE MORKEL walks in at number 10, replacing de Kock.
  • 62.1 OUT! Broad strikes and de Kock's struggle ends. Broad gets this to jag away off the seam from around off, de Kock pushes at it and gets a healthy outside edge behind to Bairstow. England lost a wicket late yesterday and today they have given back the honours. Guess de Kock could have stepped on the gas at some point. 24 from 66 is not what he himself would have had in his mind. Having said that, England had stifled him to no extent.
  • 61.6 SAFE AS A HOUSE. Short and outside off, de Kock cuts it through point and calls for a quick single. The throw comes in at the keeper's end and Bairstow whips off the bails and appeals. On referring upstairs, replays confirm that Rabada is home. 189/7
  • Run out appeal! Is Rabada in trouble? Referred upstairs...
  • 61.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 61.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 61.3 FOUR! Finally gets one away in his area of liking. Short and outside off, de Kock goes back and cuts it through point. There is a sweeper cover in place but he cannot cut it off. Puts in a desperate dive to his right but in vain. The stand moves to 21 now.
  • 61.2 The batsman was beaten and missed the line of the delivery.
  • 61.1 Outside off, punched through the off side.
  • 60.6 Outside off, left alone. 184/7
  • 60.5 Similar ball, Quinton de Kock gets across and looks to tuck it fine but gets a thick inside edge which runs fine. A single taken.
  • 60.4 Around middle and leg, watchfully defended.
  • 60.3 On middle and leg, worked through the leg side for a single. The deficit is now 179.
  • 60.2 This one bites off the pitch, Kagiso is surprised but somehow manages to push it away.
  • 60.1 On a good length outside off, angling in, Rabada defends it from his crease.
  • STUART BROAD comes back on for a final burst in the day...
  • 59.6 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. 182/7
  • 59.5 Tossed up outside off, spinning a long way away from the southpaw, watchfully let go.
  • 59.4 Short and outside off, cut straight to point.
  • 59.3 Full and outside off, eased through the covers for a couple.
  • 59.2 STUMPING MISSED! That could have been done. Flighted outside off, de Kock comes down the track to drive but is beaten in the flight. Luckily for him, just as he misses, Bairstow does too and Quinton gets back in time.
  • 59.1 Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.
  • 58.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 180/7
  • 58.5 FOUR! More confident shot. On middle and leg, Rabada chips this uppishly over the man at short mid-wicket and gets consecutive boundaries. The stand moves to 13 now.
  • 58.4 FOUR! A bit fortuitous. It is a length ball outside off and Rabada slightly goes hard at his push. The ball takes the outside edge but escapes through the gap between the slips and gully to the third man fence.
  • 58.3 One more leave outside off.
  • 58.2 Outside off, angling in, defended from the crease.
  • 58.1 Landed outside off, left alone.
  • 57.6 On middle and leg, flicked straight to short mid-wicket. 172/7
  • 57.5 Finally gets this through the gap at covers and earns a single.
  • 57.4 Full and outside off, driven straight back.
  • 57.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 57.2 Similar ball, similar shot, same result.
  • 57.1 Full and outside off, driven sweetly wide of mid off.
  • 56.6 EDGED, FOUR! Some luck for de Kock. He pushes at this length ball away from his body, trying to force this through point but gets a thick outside edge through the vacant area between second slip and gully to the third man fence! 171/7
  • 56.5 A length ball outside off, QdK drives this straight down the ground. It is too straight and the ball deflects off the stumps at the other end wide of mid off. Kagiso Rabada wants a single but is sent back.
  • 56.4 Fullish now, Quinton defends.
  • 56.3 A short ball outside off, de Kock swivels to pull but is beaten by the lack of bounce on that.
  • 56.2 Landed outside off, on a length, played straight to point.
  • 56.1 Full and outside off, de Kock comes forward and defends.
  • Kagiso Rabada is the new man in.
  • 55.6 OUT! LBW! Ali gets his man! He has the last laugh after getting struck for a six and a four in this over. Maharaj looked like he had stepped on the accelerator but does not last long. This was slightly quicker, a tad low and skidding into the batsman. Maharaj played all over it as he looked to flick but missed. The ball struck him right in front of the stumps and the umpire took no time in ruling him out. Maharaj asked his partner about the review but it was plumb. On to the tail now, can England clean them up before the end of the day? 167/7
  • 55.5 Driven through mid off by the batsman.
  • 55.4 FOUR! FOUR! Loopy ball outside off and Maharaj cuts it past backward point for the boundary. He gets it in the air a little but finds the gap and the ball races away.
  • Follow-on has been saved!
  • 55.3 SIX! What a shot! Loopy ball on middle and Maharaj charges down and gets to the pitch of the ball. He powers it over wide long on for the first maximum of the innings. God aggression shown by the batsman there.
  • 55.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 55.1 Loopy ball outside off, de Kock plays a square drive for a single.
  • 54.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 156/6
  • 54.5 On middle, clipped to mid-wicket for a single.
  • 54.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 54.3 Outside off, played to backward point.
  • 54.2 FOUR! Short ball on middle and de Kock pulls it away comfortably for the boundary. It travels fast and through backward square leg. No chance to stop this one.
  • 54.1 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 53.6 Looks to smash this down the ground but does not connect well enough. Ali looks to stop it but parries it to mid off. 151/6
  • 53.5 On the pads and flicked away but straight to the fielder at backward square leg.
  • 53.4 Defends this one off the back foot.
  • 53.3 Charges down the track but only manages to drive it to covers on the full.
  • 53.2 On middle and leg, played to mid-wicket for a single.
  • 53.1 Floated outside off, left alone.
  • 52.6 Full length ball outside off. Straightens a touch and beats the outside edge of Maharaj. 150/6
  • 52.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 52.4 Outside off, Maharaj leaves it alone.
  • 52.3 Shows the full face of the bat and defends this off the back foot.
  • 52.2 Good length ball on off, defended from within the crease.
  • 52.1 Defends this one from within the crease.
  • Toby Roland-Jones replaces Anderson.
  • 51.6 Driven through mid on this time, it was a full length ball. 150/6
  • 51.5 Punched off the back foot by the batsman. They have run through for a single.
  • 51.4 Punched off the back foot by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 51.3 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 51.2 Edged and dropped! It was a loopy ball on off and Maharaj looked to defend it off his front foot. He missed the line completely and the ball took the outside edge. Bairstow behind the wickets failed to react in time as the ball hit his gloves and went under his feet. Single taken.
  • 51.1 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • Drinks are on the field. The session has so far belonged to England. South Africa have lost three wickets, all taken by Jimmy Anderson. The visitors will hope they don't lose anymore wickets till the end of day's play.
  • 50.6 Full outside off, pushed towards mid off by de Kock. 147/6
  • 50.5 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 50.4 Wide outside off again, defended off the splice towards gully.
  • 50.3 Full and in middle, de Kock drives it through mid on this time.
  • 50.2 Wide outside off, de Kock cuts it towards point. He is not able to pierce the tight field on the off side.
  • 50.1 Outside off and slightly full, de Kock plays a square drive.
  • 49.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 147/6
  • 49.5 Slightly on the shorter side, defended off he back foot.
  • 49.4 Floated outside off, pushed towards covers.
  • 49.3 Defends this one by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 49.2 Beats the outside edge by a whisker! The ball was floated just outside off and drifted slightly away. It went straight while Maharaj looked to play for the turn. He missed the line as the ball went past his outside edge into the keeper's gloves.
  • 49.1 Outside off, Maharaj shoulders his arms at it.
  • 48.6 Outside off, played towards point. 147/6
  • 48.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 48.4 Fullish on off, pushed to covers for a single.
  • Keshav Maharaj is the new man in.
  • 48.3 OUT! Edged and gone next ball! Anderson is on fire. 5.3-2-12-3 in this spell so far. It was a full length ball outside off and de Bruyn looked to push it off his front foot towards covers. The ball took an outside edge and flew into the arms of Joe Root at second slip. Anderson is taking down South Africa one batsman at a time. The visitors still trail by 216 runs!
  • 48.2 FOUR! Nicely done. Fullish on middle and off, de Bruyn flicks it wide of mid on and gets a boundary!
  • 48.1 Defends this one from within the crease.
  • 47.6 On the pads, worked down the leg side for a single. 142/5
  • 47.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 47.4 Floated on middle and leg. De Bruyn plays a reverse sweep and the ball goes past backward point tricking towards the boundary line. Roland-Jones does well to get there and stop the boundary with a diving effort. Couple of runs have been taken.
  • 47.3 On the pads this time, worked away for a single.
  • 47.2 Charges down the track but decides to defend. The was floated right on middle and off.
  • 47.1 Loopy ball on middle and off, driven towards covers.
  • 46.6 Length ball on middle, played towards mid on off the back foot. 138/5
  • 46.5 Outside off this time, de Bruyn goes for it but misses.
  • 46.4 What a yorker! Right on the money. De Kock looked to dig it out and got a bottom edge on it. It goes straight behind to the keeper who does manage to get down on time. He manages a glove to it as the ball goes behind. Single taken.
  • 46.3 Simlilar ball this time but de Kock defends it solidly towards point.
  • 46.2 Angled away from the batsman and he leaves it well.
  • 46.1 Gets behind this one to defend it safely.
  • 45.6 Loopy ball on off and a good looking square drive there. It goes straight to the fielder. 137/5
  • 45.5 Floated on middle, played to mid-wicket.
  • 45.4 Looks to defend this to the leg side but gets an outside edge. Falls safely beside him on the off side.
  • 45.3 Gets right behind the line of the delivery to defend this time.
  • 45.2 Floated on middle and off, played off the back foot towards to the leg side.
  • 45.1 Loopy ball on off, played back to the left of the bowler who gathers it.
  • 44.6 On a good length on off. Defended off the back foot back to the bowler. 137/5
  • 44.5 Slightly back of a length, played to the point region this time.
  • 44.4 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 44.3 Good length ball outside off, defended into the ground and towards slips.
  • 44.2 Action replay of the previous ball.
  • 44.1 Good length ball on off, played to point.
  • 43.6 FOUR! Loopy ball on off, de Bruyn plays a superb reverse sweep and gets it past backward point for the boundary. That was struck really well by de Bruyn who has just come in. 137/5
  • 43.5 The batsman has pushed it to the cover region. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 43.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 43.3 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 43.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 43.1 DROPPED! Second chance in two balls. Landed outside off, a touch short, de Kock looks to cut but gets a thick outside edge. The ball flies thick and fast to first slip where Ben Stokes is probably a touch late in reacting. The ball hits his right wrist, then lobs behind him.
  • 42.6 EDGED, DROPPED! Top effort from Jennings. On a length outside off, de Bruyn pushes at it but the ball kicks off the surface. He fends at it and the ball flies off the gloves behind gully. Jennings leaps to his left at gully but cannot hang on. 132/5
  • 42.5 Full on middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 42.4 Third leave of the over.
  • 42.3 This is straighter, de Bruyn gets in line and defends.
  • 42.2 One more leave outside off.
  • 42.1 Landed outside off, left alone.
  • 41.6 Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover. That is a very quick maiden over from Moeen. 132/5
  • 41.5 Landed outside off, let through.
  • 41.4 Outside off, driven straight to the bowler.
  • 41.3 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 41.2 Outside off again, another leave.
  • 41.1 Full and outside off, left alone.
  • Theunis de Bruyn is in next.
  • 40.6 OUT! Bowled! Two in the over! Well, he left the ball at the Oval and was bowled. Today, he has played at one and got bowled again! Anderson is on a roll! He bowled slightly full and struck timber. Du Plessis has been left dumbfounded by this. He looked to defend but got an inside edge which went onto the stumps. Both set batsmen have been sent back to the pavilion by an elated Jimmy Anderson. South Africa are in big trouble as half their wickets have fallen. 132/5
  • 40.5 Around middle and leg, clipped through mid-wicket for a single.
  • Quinton de Kock is the new man in.
  • 40.4 OUT! Bavuma has been bowled! Anderson gets his man with a superb delivery! The ball was slightly full just outside off. Bavuma looked to leave it but the ball seamed in and took the top of his off stump. This is exactly what England were looking for. They kept bowling at this line and have been rewarded with this crucial wicket. Bavuma was fighting hard and will be very disappointed by what has happened.
  • 40.3 Gets right behind this one to defend.
  • 40.2 One more leave outside off.
  • 40.1 Landed outside off, let through.
  • 39.6 Close! That was a loopy ball on off and du Plessis looked to defend it off his front foot. The ball was straight and it took the outside edge but fell just short of Stokes at slip. 131/3
  • 39.5 Landed outside off, defended from his crease.
  • 39.4 Full and wider outside off, eased wide of mid off for a single.
  • 39.3 Fullish and outside off, Bavuma lunges and defends it right in front of him.
  • 39.2 Landed outside off, flicked through the leg side for a single.
  • 39.1 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 38.6 The batsman gets an inside edge on that which goes fine down the leg side. One run added to the total. 129/3
  • 38.5 The batsman works it down the leg side. One run added to the total.
  • 38.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 38.3 The batsman gets a bottom edge of the bat on that one.
  • 38.2 Outside off, played to the point region this time.
  • 38.1 FOUR! Starts off by conceding a boundary! It was a good length ball on off. Bavuma rocked to his back foot and punched it though the cover-point for a boundary. Not the start Anderson wanted.
  • Anderson comes on to bowl now.
  • 37.6 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. The batsmen have picked up a couple of runs. 123/3
  • 37.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 37.4 On middle, played to mid-wicket this time.
  • 37.3 Fullish on middle, swept away for a single.
  • 37.2 Defends this one from within the crease.
  • 37.1 Floated on middle, played to mid-wicket by Bavuma.
  • 36.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 120/3
  • 36.5 That came out of nowhere! On a length outside off, du Plessis pushed forward but the ball bounced suddenly, hitting him on his gloves. Faf wrings his hand in pain.
  • 36.4 FOUR! Stokes continues to give away runs. Good length ball on the pads, du Plessis plays a wristy shot there. The ball travels through mid-wicket for a boundary. Nice timing on that.
  • 36.3 Length ball defended off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 36.2 FOUR! Not what he intended but gets four runs! Du Plessis goes for the square drive but gets a thickish edge that goes through for the boundary. Luck is not favouring stokes. He is inducing the false shots but they are not resulting in the wickets.
  • 36.1 On the pads, flicked away for a couple at square leg.
  • 35.6 Loopy ball outside off, Bavuma gets his front foot to the pitch of the ball and goes for the defensive shot but pulls his bat behind. Padded away in the end. 110/3
  • 35.5 Outside off, left alone by Bavuma.
  • 35.4 Bavuma manages to play the ball to mid-wicket. It was on middle and he did well to connect.
  • 35.3 Loopy again on middle, du Plessis down not close the face of his bat in time. He edges it to point and takes a single.
  • 35.2 Loopy one on middle, played off the front foot to the bowler.
  • 35.1 Flights this one outside off, du Plessis gets his front foot in the way to block it with his pads. It goes on to the fielder at first slip.
  • 34.6 Another one outside off, left alone this time. 109/3
  • 34.5 Outside off, played to point.
  • 34.4 Good looking pull through mid-wicket by Bavuma. It was a back of a length ball and deserved more than just the couple. Deep backward square leg got there as the ball was slowing down on it's way to the boundary.
  • 34.3 Down the leg side this time, Bavuma goes for it but misses.
  • 34.3 No ball! Outside off left alone. He will have to bowl that one again for overstepping.
  • 34.2 Down the leg side this time, Bavuma nudges it fine for a couple.
  • 34.1 Good length ball outside off. Bavuma leaves it alone.
  • 33.6 Floated on off, played off the front foot and into the ground. 104/3
  • 33.5 Another loopy ball on middle, played to mid-wicket once again.
  • 33.4 On middle, played to mid-wicket this time.
  • 33.3 Defends this one by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 33.2 FOUR! Creamed through the covers superbly by du Plessis. That was a fullish delivery and asking to be hit. du Plessis obliged by playing the cover drive to perfection off his front foot for a boundary.
  • 33.1 Loopy ball wide outside off. Du Plessis puts his front foot in the way to block it with his pads.
  • 32.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 100/3
  • 32.5 On middle, played straight to mid-wicket.
  • 32.4 Leaves the ball outside off this time.
  • 32.3 FOUR! Streaky stuff! Back of a length ball wide outside off and. Bavuma looks to push it past point off his back foot. The ball takes an outside edge and flies over the slip fielders. Stokes won't mind this, he is creating doubts in the batsman's mind.
  • 32.2 Outside off, left alone this time.
  • 32.1 Slightly full, Bavuma looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads. It carries on to just miss the off stump as Bavuma tried to get his back foot in the way. Close shave for the batsman there.
  • Ben Stokes to continue from the Jimmy Anderson end.
  • 31.6 Defends this one by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 96/3
  • 31.5 Loopy ball on off, played off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 31.4 Slightly full from Ali, defends it off the front foot.
  • 31.3 Flighted outside off, played off the back foot past covers for a couple.
  • 31.2 Fullish on middle, driven through mid on this time.
  • 31.1 Loopy ball on off, played off the front foot towards covers for a single.
  • Ali to continue post tea, Bavuma will take strike.
  • ...Day 2, Final session...
  • The Englishmen have been on the money with their bowling efforts. The ball is turning for Ali while the seamers are getting some slight seam movements as well. They are sticking to their plans and have been miserly in terms of giving away the runs. The hosts will want to carry on with more of the same for the final session of the day. The final session is moments away so do join us then.
  • South Africa will be hoping that Bavuma and du Plessis can add on to the 93 runs scored up until now. The scoring rate was slow and the loss of wickets really hurt them. They will want to improve on both fronts.
  • England will be pleased with how this session has unfolded. Kuhn and Amla struck a good partnership though the former looked like he was struggling. Amla was looking good but got dismissed rather cheaply. Kuhn stuck in but his 37-run partnership with Bavuma came to end as Moeen Ali joined the party with his first wicket of the match.
  • 30.6 On middle, this time, du Plessis manages to play it to mid-wicket. THAT IS TEA ON DAY 2! 93/3
  • 30.5 FOUR! Du Plessis almost gets caught behind as the ball takes an outside edge. It flies past the slip region for a boundary. That was quick on middle and off, du Plessis looked to play it towards mid on but was squared up a touch. Luckily for him it did not go straight to any of the slip fielders.
  • 30.4 Length ball outside off. Left alone by du Plessis.
  • 30.3 Good length ball on off, du Plussis looks to play it towards third man but the ball goes off the outer half of the bat past gully for a couple.
  • 30.2 Fullish on off, pushed wide of mid off. The fielder gets across to his left to stop.
  • 30.1 Wide down the leg side, du Plessis leaves it alone.
  • 29.6 Plays this one off the front foot and into the ground. 87/3
  • 29.5 Bavuma shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 29.4 Driven towards extra cover this time, straight to the fielder.
  • 29.3 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 29.2 Defends this one off the front foot this time.
  • 29.1 Flighted one outside off, turning in slightly. Bavuma gets his front foot towards the pitch of the delivery but leaves it alone.
  • 28.6 Well outside off, du Plessis shoulders arms to it. 87/3
  • 28.5 Fullish on middle and leg. Bavuma uses the angle and flicks it to the leg side for a single.
  • 28.4 On a good length, this time on middle. Bavuma plays it past mid-wicket for a brace.
  • 28.3 Fullish on off, played off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 28.2 Played to the point region by the batsman.
  • 28.1 On a length outside off, Bavuma blocks.
  • 27.6 Goes back in his crease and blocks. 84/3
  • 27.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 27.4 Landed outside off, watchfully defended.
  • Faf du Plessis is the new man in.
  • 27.3 OUT! Kuhn departs! The signs were there and Kuhn finally departs. He could easily have gone before this ball. Ali floated this one just outside off. Kuhn went forward for a push at it but the ball took an outside edge thanks to a slight inward drift. Stokes at first slip goes low to complete an easy catch. Ali picks up his first wicket of the match, we all know what he can do once he gets going. Kuhn was not looking comfortable at all and his batting strike rate shows that. Not that you need to score quickly in a Test match but scoring 24 from 76 balls was not exactly helping the scoreboard.
  • 27.2 Another chance there! Kuhn looks to sweep and the ball goes off his gloves. It falls just beside the batsman. Bairstow was interested for a second but in the end was way behind.
  • 27.1 SAFE! Moeen has made a mess of it. Flights this one one on off, driven to the off side and there's chaos. Both the batsmen are stranded in the middle as Cook picks the ball up. He could have gone at either end but chose to go to the bowler. Moeen collects the ball and looks to disturb the stumps but misses. He does so in the second attempt and Bavuma's dive saves him. It is referred upstairs and the third umpire rules it in favour of the batsmen. In the end it is a single.
  • Confusion, mix-up, run out chance, has he messed it up? Temba Bavuma could be in trouble. Referred upstairs...
  • A bit of hammering going around. It is not from the end from where Moeen is bowling but from the opposite one.
  • 26.6 Action replay of the previous ball. 83/2
  • 26.5 Outside off, Kuhn plays it point.
  • 26.4 Outside off, Kuhn leaves it all alone.
  • 26.3 Oooh! A Chinese cut this time. It was a full length ball outside off, Bavuma went for the drive. He got an inside edge and the ball flew past his stumps behind towards fine leg. Bairstow gave a good chase while the batsmen take three runs.
  • 26.2 Fullish this time, driven straight back.
  • 26.1 Starts off with a short ball. Kuhn gets in position for a pull and times it well. The ball goes past square leg and they pick up three runs.
  • Double change, Ben Stokes to bowl now.
  • 25.6 Floated on middle, driven towards mid on this time. 77/2
  • 25.5 Flights this on off, defended off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 25.4 Loopy ball on off, Kuhn plays a forward defense to the off side for a single through covers.
  • 25.3 Flighted on off, driven towards covers for a single.
  • 25.2 Another one flighted on middle, played to silly mid on again.
  • 25.1 Starts off with a loopy ball on off, played to the fielder at silly mid on.
  • Moeen Ali comes on to bowl spin before tea. Meanwhile, Toby Roland-Jones goes off the field.
  • 24.6 Outside off, left alone. 75/2
  • 24.5 There comes the half volley outside off and Kuhn's eyes light up as he looks to drive. But he gets a thick inside edge which hits him on the back of his left ankle. Immediately hobbles in pain.
  • 24.4 ALMOST A CATCH! Root smiles. That is precisely the reason why short leg has been placed. A length ball outside off, HK looks to defend but the ball goes off the inside edge, deflects onto the thigh, then lobs up a bit in the air. But short leg is too deep to take that catch. The place where is standing is good for a catch off the flick but Broad is not bowling that length at the moment.
  • 24.3 Full and outside off, Heino leans and looks to push but the ball goes off the outer half of the bat to point.
  • 24.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 24.1 On a good length outside off, Kuhn looks to flick but misses and is hit on the thigh pads. Broad starts to appeal but then bails out. Height was the factor.
  • 23.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 75/2
  • 23.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 23.4 FOUR! On middle and off, Bavuma leans and flicks it through square leg for a boundary!
  • 23.3 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 23.2 Better from Bavuma as he drives it wide of mid off and gets a couple.
  • 23.1 DIRECT HIT would have had Kuhn. Full and outside off, Kuhn leans and drives it wide of mid off. James Anderson quickly gets to the ball to his left and has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. Replays show that Kuhn was short.
  • 22.6 Another back foot defense to end the over. 68/2
  • 22.5 Outside off, pushed towards point.
  • 22.4 Fuller in length now, outside off, Bavuma defends coming forward.
  • 22.3 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 22.2 Landed outside off, played towards gully.
  • Balloon stops play. Not sure from where it came but it has been taken off the field now.
  • 22.1 On a good length outside off, defended from the crease.
  • 21.6 Landed outside off, Kuhn looks to punch but gets it off the bottom half of the bat towards the off side. 68/2
  • 21.5 A bit wider outside off, left alone.
  • 21.4 Down the leg side, played through to fine leg for a single.
  • 21.3 Full and outside off, driven straight back. Stopped well in his follow-through by the bowler.
  • 21.2 On a length outside off, Bavuma once again falls over in his attempt to flick and misses the ball once more. He is hit around the thighs and there is a stifled appeal for LBW. Turned down.
  • 21.1 The batsman has played it fine down the leg side. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 20.6 OUCH! That would have hurt. On a good length outside off, Bavuma falls over in his attempt to flick and is hit near the unmentionables. He does not show any pain. 66/2
  • 20.5 Around off, works it towards short mid-wicket.
  • 20.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 20.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 20.2 Full and outside off, Temba gets to the pitch of the ball and drives it towards mid off.
  • 20.1 Landed outside off, on a length, Bavuma feels for the ball but it comes in a long way and beats the inside edge. Almost similar to the one Broad bowled in his previous over.
  • 19.6 Works this wide of mid on for a single. 66/2
  • 19.5 The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
  • 19.4 Played to the point region by the batsman.
  • 19.3 Fullish and around middle, worked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 19.2 Landed outside off, Kuhn stays back and dabs it to gully.
  • 19.1 Full and outside off, Bavuma leans and pushes it behind gully with an angled bat. Three runs taken.
  • 18.6 Full and outside off, driven back to the bowler. 61/2
  • 18.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • Root and Broad get together for a chat. Short leg comes in for Kuhn.
  • 18.4 Lovely ball. Angles in from a length outside off, Heino looks to drive but the ball takes the inside edge onto his pads and lobs up in the air. Broad rushes to catch it but cannot get to the ball.
  • 18.3 Similar delivery, pushed to the off side again.
  • 18.2 Around off and outside, on a length, watchfully defended towards cover.
  • 18.1 Full and outside off, swinging in, Kuhn plays a loose-looking drive through the off side but misses. That was not far from the inside edge or the off stump.
  • It is time for drinks! A solid start made by England as they get two dangermen out. Both Elgar and Amla have been sent back. England will hope for a couple more before Tea.
  • 17.6 Back of a length, punched off the back foot through extra cover for a couple. 61/2
  • 17.5 Back of a length, defended from within the crease.
  • 17.4 Full length ball on off, driven straight back.
  • 17.3 Shows the full face of the bat and defends this one off the back foot.
  • 17.2 Outside off this time, Bavuma leaves it alone.
  • 17.1 Not out! It was a good length ball angling down the leg side. Bavuma looked to nudge it towards fine leg but missed it. Roland-Jones and Bairstow both thought there was a faint edge and they went up in unison asking the question. The umpire was not interested, a small discussion ensued before Root asked for the review. Replays shows the ball was clearly missing the bat and hence the on-field decision stays.
  • Review time! England feel Bavuma is caught behind and have taken the review.
  • 16.6 On a good length outside off, comes in a long way, Kuhn looks to work it to the leg side but misses. Broad appeals but it is turned down. Perhaps an inside edge. 59/2
  • 16.5 Goes back in his crease and blocks.
  • 16.4 Good fielding by Malan from mid on. Bavuma flicks a full length ball on middle past mid-wicket and races off. The ball looks to be going to the boundary but Malan's last-minute ditched dive stops it. He pulls it back to the substitute fielder who gathers it and throws it back. Three runs taken.
  • 16.3 Wide outside off, left alone.
  • 16.2 Back of a length, defended off the back foot.
  • 16.1 Length ball just slightly outside off, left alone.
  • Broad comes back on to bowl.
  • 15.6 Once again,played to mid-wicket. The ball was on a good length on middle. 56/2
  • 15.5 Back of a length, defended off the back foot.
  • 15.4 On middle, played to mid-wicket once again.
  • 15.3 Works this one straight to mid-wicket.
  • 15.2 Action replay of the previous delivery.
  • 15.1 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 14.6 Massive LBW shout, turned down. On a good length outside off, coming in, Bavuma falls over a bit in his attempt to flick and misses the ball. He is hit high on the thighs and Anderson appeals very confidently. Root does not even think about the review. Hawk Eye shows the ball to be going over the stumps. 56/2
  • 14.5 Good looking shot this. Shortish outside off, Bavuma rocks onto his back foot and opens the face of the bat. He plays it past point for a couple.
  • 14.4 Slightly outside off, Bavuma chooses to leave it alone.
  • 14.3 Another one outside off, Bavuma plays at it with gentle hands and gets an outside edge. However it does not carry to the slip region.
  • 14.2 Good leave by Bavuma. This was on a good length, shaping slightly in. Bavuma watches it go past his off stump into the gloves of the keeper.
  • 14.1 On a good length just outside off, defended off the front foot to the off side.
  • 13.6 Wide outside off, Kuhn leaves it all alone. 54/2
  • 13.5 Fullish in length, defended off the front foot presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 13.4 This time it is outside off, Kuhn leaves it alone.
  • 13.3 On a length, Kuhn defends it well.
  • 13.2 Another good length ball, defended from inside his crease.
  • 13.1 Kuhn defends this well from within the crease.
  • 12.6 Another one outside off, Bavuma shoulders his arms at it. 54/2
  • 12.5 Leaves this one outside off all alone.
  • 12.4 On a good length and on middle, played to mid-wicket for a single.
  • 12.3 Gets right behind the line of the delivery to defend it.
  • 12.2 Full outside off, driven straight down the ground. Anderson bends to stop it but the ball goes right through his legs. By the time mid on can get across, two runs are taken. Sloppy from Jimmy.
  • 12.1 Back of a length ball, defended off the back foot.
  • 11.6 Around off and outside off, defended watchfully. 51/2
  • 11.5 FOUR! A bit streaky. On a good length outside off, Bavuma looks to defend but gets squared up. The ball moves away a bit, takes the outer half of the bat and runs down to the third man fence.
  • 11.4 Bavuma defends this well from within the crease.
  • Temba Bavuma is the new man in.
  • 11.3 Out! Amla has to depart! Soft, soft dismissal. That was going down the leg side and Amla who has been dispatching such balls to the boundary fails to connect well this time. He looks to nudge it gently towards fine leg but plays it way too fine. It takes the inner half of the bat and goes into the gloves of Bairstow. Very easy catch for the keeper and South Africa are in a spot of bother now. The big fish has been caught cheaply. Three out of three for Roland-Jones, against Amla.
  • 11.2 FOUR! Good shot by Amla! That was slightly back of a length and Amla goes deep into his crease and flicks it past square leg. The ball races away to the boundary ropes as Amla looks even more confident with each passing ball.
  • 11.1 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • Toby Roland-Jones comes on to bowl.
  • 10.6 On middle, takes an inside edge onto his pad this time. The ball goes down the leg side. 43/1
  • Excellent observation from Michael Atherton on air. He compares the standing of the slip fielders for South Africa yesterday and today. Day 1 saw the fielders spread out a bit, thereby causing gaps in the slip cordon. Today, they were pretty much well-spaced. If only they had done this last evening, de Kock and Amla would not have had to look at each other and see the ball race away to the fence!
  • 10.5 Wide outside off, left alone.
  • 10.4 Slightly outside off, it kept low as well. Kuhn needs to be careful as this will happen as the day goes on. The ball takes a thick edge and bounces towards gully.
  • 10.3 Close! Back of a length ball just outside off. Amla looks to defend it off his back foot but gets a bottom edge. Almost chops it onto his stumps but the ball flies past square leg. Amla takes a single.
  • Bavuma is seen meditating with his pads on. Sitting beside him is Keshav Maharaj who seems to be pondering something, wonder what. De Kock is not in his whites, so that should confirm Bavuma moving ahead of QdK.
  • 10.2 Once again a full length ball, driven towards mid off.
  • 10.1 Fullish on middle, played off the front foot and to the leg side.
  • 9.6 Leaves this one outside off all alone. 42/1
  • 9.5 Back of a length, punched off the back foot to the off side for a single.
  • 9.4 Shoulders his arms at this one outside off.
  • 9.3 FOUR! Another boundary for Amla! This short ball was punched off the back foot through covers. Amla has been very positive and South Africa will want him to stay this way. Broad has been slightly expensive with his spell.
  • 9.2 FOUR! Full length ball, minimum feet movement there. Amla times it very well past the bowler to get a boundary at long off. That goes off the middle of the bat and races away to the boundary. No chance for the fielders as Amla looks to be coming into his own.
  • 9.1 Outside off, Amla leaves it alone.
  • 8.6 Fullish on off, played off the front foot and into the ground towards mid off. 33/1
  • 8.5 On a good length, played to the mid-wicket region this time.
  • 8.4 Flashy from Kuhn! This was wide outside off and Kuhn slashes hard at it. He does not time it well enough and flies past the fielder at covers. They manage two runs there.
  • 8.3 Outside off, left alone by Kuhn.
  • 8.2 Back of a length, defended off the back foot.
  • 8.1 Ouch that must have stung. Outside off, Amla leaves it alone. Bairstow has to deal with an awkward bounce and the ball hits him on the hand. It goes to his left and they sneak in a bye.
  • 7.6 FOUR! Outside off, driven through point for a boundary. Streaky from Kuhn as it goes off the outer half of the bat. The Proteas have started the session very positively. 30/1
  • 7.5 Good length, defended from within the crease.
  • 7.4 Back of a length and slightly wide outside off. Amla guides it nicely past gully but Bairstow goes and chases it. He does really well as he prevents the boundary with a well timed dive. Three runs taken.
  • 7.3 Shows the full face of the bat and defends this one as well.
  • 7.2 Another one back of a length, defended solidly once again by Amla.
  • 7.1 Back of a length, wobbled seam delivery this time. Amla rocks onto his back foot and plays it square on the off side.
  • Root questions the shape of the ball, the umpire checks but thinks it is fine.
  • 6.6 Well outside off, left alone this time. 23/1
  • 6.5 Back of a length, rocks onto his back foot and punches it through covers for three runs.
  • 6.4 Well outside off, left alone this time.
  • 6.3 FOUR! Top shot this! It was full outside off and Amla creams it through covers for the boundary. The ball went right off the middle of the bat.
  • 6.2 Fullish this time outside off, Amla promptly leaves it alone.
  • 6.1 Back of a length, defended off the back foot.
  • 5.6 On a good length towards the off stump. Defended solidly towards gully. 16/1
  • 5.5 Leaves this one outside off all alone.
  • 5.4 Kuhn shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 5.3 FOUR! Cuts this one through point for a boundary. This was wide outside off and Kuhn rocks onto his back foot and times his shot to perfection. The ball races away to the boundary giving the fielders no chance.
  • 5.2 Wide outside off, on a good length this time. Left alone.
  • 5.1 Starts off with a good length ball on off, played into the ground by Kuhn.
  • Stuart Broad to continue from the other end.
  • 4.6 Full length ball on the stumps, Amla watchfully defends it from within the crease. 12/1
  • 4.5 Solid defense from Amla, length ball on off, played off the front foot.
  • 4.4 Back of a length this time on off, defended solidly off the back foot.
  • 4.3 Good length ball, this time on middle, rocks on his back foot and plays it to mid-wicket.
  • 4.2 Another good length ball outside off, dabbed towards gully.
  • 4.1 Good length ball on off, played off the front foot and into the ground.
  • We are set for the post lunch session. Anderson to continue! Amla is on strike.
  • ...Day 2, Second Session...
  • The weather has been great and England will hope it stays this way. James Anderson is looking really positive and the added incentive of taking a wicket from his own end will be on his mind. England will come into the second session with renewed confidence but we all know what Amla is capable of. The game is still in balance but the next session could prove to be decisive in terms of the series. Join us for the post lunch session at 1340 local (1240 GMT).
  • South Africa wouldn't have been happy when they went into the innings break and will be further rocked by the early wicket of Elgar. The Proteas started the day slightly ahead but the last wicket partnership and the fact that Amla has had to come in early will not be satisfying as they have lunch. Early on, it was the Bairstow show as he played a lone innings but sadly he departed on 99. He was given good company by Anderson for the last wicket which helped them go past 350.
  • 3.6 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. THAT IS LUNCH ON DAY 2! 12/1
  • 3.5 Smartly lets this one outside off go.
  • 3.4 Played to the point region this time. Kuhn is taking a risk by playing these wide deliveries.
  • 3.3 Another one outside off, Kuhn goes for it but misses.
  • 3.2 Good length ball wide outside off. Kuhn gets a bottom edge as the ball is chopped just past the stumps. Risky shot just before lunch, he could easily have left it alone.
  • 3.1 Plays this one off the front foot and into the ground off the front foot. There is some confusion in the middle between the two. Amla sets off for a single but there is a mix up before they eventually complete it. The fielder was slow to pick the ball or else it could have been trouble.
  • 2.6 Beaten outside off, Kuhn is flirting with danger here! 11/1
  • 2.5 Good length ball on off, played towards mid-wicket.
  • 2.4 Full length ball outside off, defended off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 2.3 Outside off, played to point.
  • 2.2 FOUR! Another full length ball on middle, clipped through mid-wicket for the boundary.
  • 2.1 Full in length, pitches and moves slightly away. Kuhn looks to play at it but misses.
  • 1.6 On middle, Amla looks to flick but gets a leading edge which goes to covers. 7/1
  • 1.5 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 1.4 Keeping the same line there, Amla works it to the fielder at short leg.
  • 1.3 Another one on the pads, worked through backward square leg for another two runs.
  • 1.2 On the pads, worked to deep backward square leg for a couple.
  • 1.1 Amla defends this one from within his crease.
  • Stuart Broad to bowl from the other end.
  • 0.6 Anderson is really going for it. Angles this one on off, Kuhn goes to flick but gets a leading edge which falls short of gully. That could easily have been a second wicket for Jimmy! 3/1
  • 0.5 Another one outside off, Kuhn shoulders his arms to it.
  • 0.4 On the pads, flicked away for a single.
  • Hashim Amla is the new man in.
  • 0.3 Out! Anderson gets his man on the third ball itself! What a way to start for James Anderson from this end. A full length ball on middle, swinging further inside. Elgar had no chance as he went for the flick and got struck on the pads. Aleem Dar wasted no time in taking the decision as Anderson celebrated gleefully. Elgar thought of the review but decided against it. Brilliant start from the Englishman!
  • 0.2 Two Byes! Superb stop from Cook at fine leg! That was wide down the leg side but Elgar went for it. He missed and the ball raced away towards the ropes. Cook brilliantly ran after it from first slip and dived to stop it just inches away from the boundary.
  • 0.1 Was that a drop? Anderson comes steaming in from the newly crowned James Anderson end and almost gets his man with the first ball. Bowls a very full length ball just outside off and Elgar looks to dig it. The ball goes just past the outside edge as the bat hits the ground. Keeper does not collect it anyways so an edge would not have mattered. What a start this would have been for Anderson!
  • Update 1140 local - Rain has stopped and the covers are coming off. PLAY WILL RESUME AT 1210 LOCAL TIME, provided there is no more rain. Lunch will be taken at 1330 local time. Tea will now be at 1640 and stumps has been pushed back to 1900. We have 89 overs left for the day. Just in case England have a chance to win today, we will have another half an hour extension.
  • 1125 local time - The start of the South African inning has been delayed due to rain. Stay tuned for further updates.
  • England were not at their best with the bat in this innings but Moeen Ali's blitzkrieg has perhaps taken them to a position of safety. Having said that, South Africa will back themselves to fight hard and who knows, could possibly chase this down if they manage to lose not more than 4 wickets today, weather permitting. Stay tuned for the final innings...
  • Morne Morkel finished with 4/41, his best figures against England in the UK. Olivier was the refreshing change, with 3 scalps but thanks to the dropped catches, his efforts may not be enough to take the Proteas to a series-levelling win.
  • So it takes less than 3 overs for the Proteas to wrap the innings up this morning. They would have loved to end it last evening itself but bygones are bygones. Now, their main aim is to see how to approach this massive target.
  • 69.1 OUT! Morkel gets his fourth of the innings and also the last English wicket of the series. It was a shortish ball on middle and leg. Anderson got on his toes and tried to defend it but was caught in an awkward position and ended up playing it towards de Bruyn at short leg. The fielder caught it but fumbled, he made sure though that he didn't let it slip by taking his hands close to his chest. SOUTH AFRICA HAVE BEEN SET A TARGET OF 380!
  • 68.6 Played to the point region by the batsman. 243/9
  • Man comes over from the off side in the deep. Bavuma comes in while mid-wicket drops back.
  • 68.5 FOUR! Super shot from Ali who is continuing from where he left off yesterday. This was a full length ball on middle, angling across and Ali promptly flicked it away. The ball raced away through mid-wicket for the boundary.
  • 68.4 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 68.3 Shows the full face of the bat to defend this off the back foot.
  • The English players are wearing black-arm bands in memory of former England player DOUG INSOLE, who passed away yesterday. He was 91. May his soul rest in peace.
  • 68.2 Back of a length just outside off. Anderson guides it behind and past the gully region for a single.
  • 68.1 Defended off the back foot this time.
  • 67.6 Similar ball, this time it has been flicked away for a single. 238/9
  • 67.5 On the pads, flicked away but straight to the fielder.
  • JIMMY ANDERSON is the new man in.
  • 67.4 OUT! Broad's stay in the middle doesn't last long as Morne Morkel gets his man in his first over of the day. It was a full length ball around off which Broad looked to drive through covers. However, he could not time it well enough and the ball sliced off the outside half of his bat towards De Bruyn at point. Perhaps he was expecting another bouncer, a ploy used against him on many occasions before this. Which is why he stayed back and ended up flashing hard at the full length ball.
  • 67.3 Bouncer! Broad sways out of the way.
  • 67.2 Another one on the pads, flicked away to the leg side for a single.
  • 67.1 On a good length, defended from within the crease.
  • MORNE MORKEL to share the attack.
  • 66.6 Fullish on middle and leg. Ali flicks it through mid-wicket for three runs. That was a very wristy shot from Moeen. 236/8
  • 66.5 Defends this one from within the crease for a single.
  • 66.4 FOUR Leg byes! Off the pads this time! That was a good length ball angling away and Broad tried to push at it. He missed it though and the ball brushed off his pads through gully and slips for another boundary.
  • 66.3 FOUR! Straightaway Broad opens the face of his bat and pierces the gap through covers. The ideal start for the home side. It was fullish length ball outside off and Broad played it off the middle of his bat.
  • The players are out in the middle and Rabada is getting ready to bowl the first over. Broad is on strike.
  • The visitors on the other hand will hope they can wrap up the lower order soon. Even if they do so, they have a big task of chasing whatever runs are put on the board. However, that is the only option for them as a draw will still mean they lose the series. The Protease have proved to surprise everyone with some outstanding performances before. They will now have to conjure something extraordinary to finish with a victory in this game. The weather looks questionable with grey skies and also considering it rained overnight, hopefully we get a full day of cricket. It's going to be a very interesting day so stay tuned for the action coming up very soon!
  • Hello and a cloudy welcome to Old Trafford for the fourth day of the final Test between England and South Africa. First and foremost, if rain stays away we will have 98 overs of cricket. This is because of the early stumps yesterday due to the wet weather. Moeen Ali was firing on all cylinders as he propelled England to a 360-run lead before the early halt. He will be looking to take this further ahead, perhaps to a 400-plus lead. Let's see how he and the rest of the English batsmen tackle the morning conditions.
  • ... Day 4, Session 1 ...
  • The hosts will hope to add even more runs before getting all out or declaring. The pitch looks really difficult to bat on as we have seen how the rough is assisting the bowlers. It will be a big ask for South Africa to chase any target set for them but hopefully, for a good game of cricket they can put up a fight. Join us tomorrow at 1000 local and 1100 GMT for the fourth day of this final Test. Until then, take care! Goodbye!
  • For South Africa, they seemed to claw their way back when they broke the partnership of Stokes and Root while restricting England to 153 for 7 at one point. Duanne Olivier played an inspirational role with the ball as he picked three crucial wickets. However, England with a bit of luck due to that dropped catch of Ali on 15 and then some really good hitting from the man himself ensured they ended the day on the front foot once again. The blistering knock of Ali included eight boundaries and three sixes before rain halted play.
  • South Africa are losing their grip on this game, even if rain disrupts days 4 and 5. It will only earn them a draw and save the blushes of another loss but the series is more or less in England's hands. The Englishmen have totally entertained the crowd today and will be really happy with how the day has ended.
  • 1730 Local Update - It is official, the rain has not stopped and hence play has been called off!
  • Neither side will be too unhappy with this break. South Africa will be desperate for this - they were being pummeled to all parts by Manic Moeen while England, on the other hand will consider this as an interval while watching an entertaining movie. Given the lead of 360 and the turning pitch, one would feel that this game has slipped out of South Africa's hands. Does not look like we could be coming back again, as the forecast is pretty bleak. Still stay tuned for updates...
  • 1715 Local - Won't say this has come out of nowhere. The players are heading off as PLAY IS HALTED DUE TO RAIN. There was some drizzle which kept being persistent. Eventually, the umpires decided that it was enough and took the players off the field.
  • 66.2 Outside off, pushed through point for a single.
  • 66.1 FOUR! SLAM! Full on middle, Moeen slaps it straight back down the ground. Rabada puts out his right hand but the ball races to the fence.
  • 65.6 Around leg, Broad goes back and works it towards short leg. 219/8
  • 65.5 Comes down the track and pads it away.
  • 65.4 The batsman goes for the sweep but fails to connect it.
  • 65.3 Full and outside off, Broad sweeps this straight to square leg.
  • 65.2 Sweeps this square for a single.
  • 65.1 SIX! Terrific shot! Full and outside off, Moeen comes down the track and sends it sailing over deep mid-wicket!
  • 64.6 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 212/8
  • 64.5 Full and wide outside off, driven through the covers for a single.
  • STUART BROAD walks out at number 10, replacing Roland-Jones.
  • DRINKS BREAK.
  • 64.4 OUT! Roland-Jones departs. Not the wicket South Africa would have wanted but they will take it. A short ball outside off, Roland-Jones goes for the hook but the delivery climbs onto him. The ball goes off the top edge. Keshav Maharaj runs back from short mid-wicket, keeps his eyes on the ball and dives to take the catch. ENGLAND ARE EFFECTIVELY 347/8!
  • 64.3 Full and wide outside off, driven through the covers for a single.
  • 64.3 WIDE! Goes wider of Ali this time, Moeen flashes hard but misses again.
  • 64.2 On a length and outside off, angling away, Moeen slashes but misses.
  • 64.1 Down the leg side, Ali helps this fine and races back for the second.
  • 63.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 207/7
  • 63.5 Full and outside off, driven straight back to the bowler.
  • 63.4 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 63.3 The batsman guides it to third man. One run added to the total.
  • 63.2 Landed outside off, Moeen looks to cut but gets a bottom edge which goes on the bounce to de Kock's pads.
  • 11th Test Fifty for Moeen Ali!
  • 63.1 SIX! Caught by Jonny Bairstow in the dressing room! Moeen is making Old Trafford dance to his tunes. What a knock this has been. A game-changing one. Flighted outside off, Moeen comes down the track and sends it wayyyyy over long on, right into the English balcony where Bairstow takes it with ease! The crowd cheers... England are on a roll here. The lead moves to 342.
  • 62.6 The batsman plays the pull shot. One run added to the total. 200/7
  • 62.5 FOUR! Fine shot. Just a tad short, around middle, Moeen swivels and pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary! Moves to 43 from 47 balls with his 7th boundary!
  • 62.4 A terrific yorker on middle and leg, Moeen digs it out to the leg side.
  • 62.3 Outside off, played straight to point.
  • 62.2 That ball has taken the inside edge of the batsman and thudded into his pads.
  • The physio comes out to the middle. Faf seems to be in a bit of pain but is okay to continue. South Africa need him with the bat. And... this innings is not over yet.
  • 62.1 FAF ALMOST PULLS OFF A BLINDER! Stunning attempt. A short ball outside off, a testing one at that, Roland-Jones is taken aback by that and looks to fend it away. Struggles to do so and the ball lobs off the top edge. It goes over the slip cordon and Faf du Plessis runs back from first slip, throws himself forward, takes the catch with one hand but just as his right elbow hits the ground, the cherry pops out. Faf is down in pain. Is that serious? A single taken.
  • 61.6 That's hit the batsman on his pads from the inside edge. 194/7
  • 61.5 Full and outside off, Ali comes down the track and drives it back to the bowler.
  • 61.4 Outside off, defended watchfully.
  • 61.3 SIX! That is a terrific shot! Full and outside off, Moeen waltzes down the track and swings this miles over mid-wicket! The lead moves to 330 and this stand is worth 41 from 51 balls!
  • 61.2 Landed outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 61.1 FOUR! PRISTINE! Full and wide outside off, Moeen leans and lofts it over cover for a boundary! Moeen moves to 33 from 38 balls with his 5th boundary!
  • 60.6 Reverse swing on offer now. Roland-Jones somehow keeps the yorker coming into him, at bay. 184/7
  • 60.5 Landed outside off, defended from the crease.
  • 60.5 WIDE. That is banged in short, too high, Toby sways out of the way and the ball is wided.
  • 60.4 Full and outside off, driven beautifully straight back but Rabada stops it.
  • Uh oh... umbrellas going up in the stands again...
  • 60.3 Outside off, played straight to point.
  • 60.2 Stays back in his crease and defends.
  • 60.1 Full and down the leg side, Roland-Jones misses his flick and gets hit on the pads.
  • 59.6 Full and around off, Moeen looks to come down the track and defend but gets hit on the pads. 183/7
  • 59.5 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 59.4 ALMOST DRAGS IT ON! Full and outside off, Moeen goes for another reverse sweep but the ball bounces off the rough and hits him on the chest. De Kock initially goes for the catch but then smartly lets the ball bounce. It spins back and nearly hits the stumps! De Kock has his hands on his helmet. Moeen could have been gone...
  • 59.3 MISFIELD! FOUR! Elgar is not enjoying his stay at first slip. Full and outside off, Moeen reverse sweeps but it goes straight to Dean Elgar at first slip. However, he exhibits a Sydney Harbour Bridge and the ball races through the tunnel to the third man fence! The stand is worth 30 from 39 balls.
  • 59.2 Thought about a couple of shots there - the sweep and the drive, does neither. Full and wide outside off, Ali is caught in two minds as he gets a bottom edge.
  • 59.1 Full and outside off, Moeen reaches out and defends it in front of short leg.
  • 58.6 Defends this one from within his crease. 179/7
  • 58.5 The batsman goes for the pull but misses it completely. The ball goes over his stumps there.
  • 58.4 Struck on the pads and there's a loud shout. That was on a good length and angling. Roland-Jones looked to defend but gets a slight inside edge onto his pads.
  • 58.3 Struck on the pads, that was going down leg as Roland-Jones missed his flick.
  • 58.2 Defended off the back foot by Roland-Jones.
  • 58.1 Full on off, driven towards mid off.
  • Rabada comes on to bowl.
  • 57.6 Plays another sweep shot but straight to the fielder. 179/7
  • 57.5 Ali has offered no stroke to an incoming delivery.
  • 57.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 57.3 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 57.2 FOUR! Another boundary as Ali plays one more sweep shot. Ali is looking aggressive as he looks to add some quick runs.
  • 57.1 FOUR! Swept away effortlessly! Ali played it on the half volley from off through fine leg and the ball raced away towards the boundary.
  • 56.6 Good length ball ball outside off, Toby looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads. 171/7
  • 56.5 FOUR! Plays a pull shot this time. That was shortish and asking to be hit. Roland-Jones obliged with a powerful shot through mid-wicket for the boundary.
  • 56.4 Back of a length, punched off the back foot for a single.
  • 56.3 Ali fails to put bat on ball.
  • 56.2 Full and outside off, Ali rocks back and punches it towards covers but Rabada does really well to get down and make the stop. He has been fielding really well. First taking a catch, then stopping a boundary and now saving another four runs.
  • 56.1 Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman.
  • 55.6 Outside off, watchfully defended. 166/7
  • 55.5 Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.
  • 55.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 55.3 Fullish on middle, played straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 55.2 Outside off, played straight to point.
  • 55.1 Pushes this through point for a single.
  • 54.6 Down the leg side, TRJ flicks it superbly through mid-wicket. Kagiso Rabada covers a lot of ground from deep backward square leg, gets to the ball and then dives to save the boundary. Every run is precious. Two runs taken. 165/7
  • 54.5 Prodigious swing. Olivier bowls this outside off and gets it to come back in a long way. Roland-Jones misses his flick and is hit on the pads. Olivier appeals but umpire Dharmasena moves away. Hawk Eye shows the ball to be missing leg.
  • 54.4 This is outside off again, Toby lets it through.
  • 54.3 FOUR! Ohh lovely shot. Slightly full outside off, Roland-Jones reaches out and drives it through the covers for a boundary!
  • 54.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 54.1 Around middle and off, watchfully defended.
  • 53.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 159/7
  • 53.5 Full and around off, Moeen sweeps it straight to short leg.
  • 53.4 EDGED, DROPPED! Now, now, now, South Africa cannot afford this! Big moment in the game. Maharaj tosses this one outside off and Ali comes forward to drive. He gets an outside edge as the ball spins away towards Dean Elgar at first slip. The catch is taken but while tumbling to his left, Elgar's elbow hits the ground and the ball pops up, onto his right knee, in the air and plop. Onto the ground. As usual, Elgar smiles. Maharaj doesn't. Faf might not, at the end of the game, if this drop costs him the series. Bairstow was dropped by de Kock in the first innings and that changed the complexion of the game.
  • 53.3 FOUR! That is a cracking shot. Fractionally short outside off, Moeen rocks back and punches it off the covers. Amla gives it a chase but the ball wins the race down the slope.
  • 53.2 Full and on middle, Moeen comes down the track and swings it over mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 53.1 Landed outside off, Moeen goes back and chops it in front of first slip.
  • TOBY ROLAND-JONES is the new man in.
  • 52.6 OUT! Olivier gets his third and this time it is the dangerman Bairstow! He has been the highest individual scorer of this match so far thanks to his 99 in the first innings. The wicket-keeper batsman seemed to get into the groove as he hit a boundary before this but it does not work out for him this time. Getting back to the wicket, it was a shortish ball in middle and leg and Bairstow looked to pull it over fine leg for a maximum but got a top edge. Rabada in the deep did really well to cover some ground from backward square leg and even overran there, almost losing the ball in the process. He kept his cool as well as his eye on the ball to complete the catch. England lose their 7th wicket. The lead is worth 289 now! 153/7
  • 52.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 52.4 FOUR! Shot! Superbly whacked through mid-wicket there. That was slightly on the shorter side and Bairstow got back to power it with a controlled pull past Amla at short mid-wicket. The ball raced away to the boundary.
  • 52.3 Good length ball outside off, cut through point for a couple.
  • 52.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 52.1 Full and on the pads, flicked away brilliantly for three runs.
  • 51.6 Floated on off, pushed towards cover for a single. 144/6
  • 51.5 Offers no stroke on this one as it turns sharply off the rough. The ball strikes off the pads and Maharaj appeals elatedly. The umpire shows no interest there. Wonder why Maharaj was asking the question with so much vigor. It looked too high there.
  • 51.4 Plays this one off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 51.3 Gets right behind the line of the delivery to defend this.
  • 51.2 Full on off, driven through mid off.
  • 51.1 Loopy ball on middle, defended from within the crease.
  • KESHAV MAHARAJ to continue from the other end.
  • 50.6 FOUR! Bairstow gets off the mark on the 25th delivery with a superb drive through covers. It was a full length ball outside off and Bairstow gets on his front foot to play a superb drive. That raced away towards the ropes in no time. 143/6
  • 50.5 Good length ball on middle, worked towards mid-wicket.
  • 50.4 On the pads this time, worked down the leg side for a single.
  • 50.3 Back of a length ball, defended off the back foot.
  • 50.2 Ali shows the full face of his bat and defends this one.
  • 50.1 Starts off with a superb ball, good length ball just outside off. Goes just past the outside edge this time.
  • The players are walking out into the middle for the third and final session of the day. De Bruyn to continue.
  • ...Day 3, Final Session...
  • This session was all about Duanne Olivier for the Proteas. He bottled one end up, with good support from Maharaj. His spell of 8-5-13-2 has kept the hosts cautious. The Proteas will hope to keep the target under 300. England have a deep batting line-up but remember, they collapsed in the first innings. Join us back at 1600 local (1500 GMT) for the final session. 34 overs left in the day.
  • England would not be too unhappy though - the pitch is spitting venom and turning a big deal. It is definitely not going to be easy to bat last on this track. The lead is inching closer to 300 and anything in excess will be bonus for the home side.
  • Excellent session for South Africa. 27 overs, 85 runs and 4 WICKETS. Those of Jennings, Malan early in the session and then those of Root and Stokes near the end. They are still keeping themselves in the game by taking scalps.
  • 49.6 Loopy ball on middle, played off the front foot and into the ground. That is TEA ON DAY 3! 138/6
  • 49.5 Another defense off the front foot as Bairstow shows the full face of the bat.
  • 49.4 Flighted on middle and off, defended from within the crease.
  • 49.3 Floated on middle, defended solidly by Bairstow.
  • 49.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 49.1 Loopy ball on middle, played off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 48.6 Outside off, pushed straight to mid off. Excellent spell from Olivier - 8-5-13-2! 138/6
  • 48.5 Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
  • 48.4 FOUR! ALMOST ANOTHER! On a length outside off, Moeen looks to push at that but the ball comes in, takes the inside edge and goes past the off stump to the fine leg fence!
  • Moeen Ali is the new man in.
  • 48.3 OUT! Olivier gets another! He is really proving to be the man with a golden arm this innings after getting both set batsmen out. First Root and now Stokes. This was a good length ball angling away as Stokes looked for a front foot drive. The ball went off the outside edge and flew straight into the hands of Faf du Plessis at first slip. England lose their 6th wicket now! The lead is 270...
  • 48.2 The batsman has attempted to put bat on ball, but fails.
  • 48.1 FOUR! In the air but through the gap! That was slightly fuller and Stokes looked to defend it watchfully. However, the ball finds an outside edge and flies past the gap between slip and gully. The ball races away to the boundary as England get their first runs after 28 balls.
  • 47.6 Driven towards mid off this time. No runs. Maharaj ends with another maiden, four maidens in a row by South Africa. 130/5
  • 47.5 Floated on middle, flicked towards mid-wicket. The fielder makes a very good stop to save some runs.
  • 47.4 Outside off, Bairstow leaves it alone.
  • 47.3 Floated on middle, played off the front and into the ground.
  • 47.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 47.1 Loopy ball on middle and off, driven towards mid off.
  • 46.6 Full outside off, Stokes puts his bottom hand to use as he drives it towards mid on. 130/5
  • 46.5 Good length ball on middle, defended into the ground once again.
  • 46.4 Slightly full on middle and off, bunted towards covers.
  • 46.3 Full on off, driven towards mid off this time.
  • 46.2 Stokes has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 46.1 Good length ball on off, defended towards covers.
  • 45.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 130/5
  • 45.5 Defended off the front foot this time.
  • 45.4 On the pads, Bairstow looks to sweep but misses it. The ball strikes him on the pads and Maharaj asks the question. The umpire shows no interest.
  • 45.3 Shows the full face of the bat to defend this one.
  • 45.2 Defends this one from within the crease.
  • 45.1 Loopy ball on middle, defended off the front foot this time.
  • 44.6 Driven towards mid on this time. 130/5
  • 44.5 Outside off, Stokes looks to run it down but does not connect well enough. There is a bottom edge as the ball goes towards slips.
  • 44.4 The ball is way wide on the leg side but Stokes still goes after it, he misses.
  • 44.3 Goes back and defends it again.
  • 44.2 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 44.1 What a shot and even better effort. That would have been a blinder! It was slightly short and Stokes went for the pull. He got the connection that he wanted but Kuhn at short mid-wicket reacted very well to attempt a catch. He gets his hands to it and the ball went up giving him another chance. However, he had lost his balance and could not react quickly enough. It goes down as a dropped catch but have to say he saved some runs there.
  • 43.6 Gets behind in his crease and defends this well. 130/5
  • 43.5 Plays this one off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 43.4 Defends this one by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 43.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 43.2 On the pads this time, flicked away to the leg side for a single. It has been a good fight between Stokes and Maharaj.
  • 43.1 Bowls this slightly full on the rough. Stokes looks to sweep but misses and struck on the pads. Maharaj looked interested for a second there.
  • 42.6 Landed outside off, left alone. 129/5
  • JONNY BAIRSTOW walks in at number 7, replacing his skipper.
  • 42.5 OUT! Dragged on! South Africa manage to hold on to the game. Massive wicket. The English skipper is gone one short of a fifty. Low bounce does Root in. On a length outside off, Root comes forward and looks to punch it on the up through the covers. But the ball stays low, hits the bottom part of the bat and hits the base of off stump. Contrasting emotions. Olivier is pumped up and runs towards his keeper while Root is a bit disappointed. ENGLAND ARE EFFECTIVELY 265/5.
  • 42.4 Full and down the leg side, Joe misses his flick.
  • 42.3 Swish and a miss. This is landed wide outside off, Root is in run-scoring mode, does not bother to move his feet and slashes hard. No contact.
  • 42.2 Around off, defended from the crease.
  • 42.1 Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
  • One of the footholes is irritating Morne Morkel. There is an issue with his landing area. A bit of hammering goes around. All this drama and Morne Morkel is taken off the attack. Here comes DUANNE OLIVIER.
  • 41.6 FOUR! PUMMELED! Danger signs for South Africa with Stokes in his mood. He dances down the track and clubs this length ball over widish mid on for a boundary. 129/4
  • 50-run stand is up! Just 74 balls. Good counter-attack from these two in the last hour or so. South Africa losing their grip on this match and series.
  • 41.5 FOUR! Fine shot. Full and outside off, Stokes brings out his reverse sweep and gets it behind point for a boundary! The lead is worth 261 now.
  • 41.4 Stays back in his crease and defends.
  • 41.3 Outside off, a play and a miss for Stokes.
  • Not quite sure what happened. The crowd is cheering and Root is smiling. Ah... now we realize. One of the cameramen was fooling around. Nothing wrong with that. After all, cricket is all about entertainment.
  • 41.2 Well watched and well played. Pitched outside leg, Root gets back, waits for the ball to turn and pushes it through point for a single. Moves to 49.
  • 41.1 Full and outside leg, Root lunges and pads it away.
  • Oh dear.... A few umbrellas are slowly opening up in the stands. There was bad weather forecast for this evening and looks like it is on time. Play continues for now though. Just a drizzle.
  • 40.6 FOUR! That has been hit with some swagger. Stokes advances down the track and then flicks this length ball nonchalantly behind square leg. There is a fielder in the deep but he is at mid-wicket. No chance of stopping that. Stokes moves to 10 with his second boundary. 120/4
  • 40.5 Outside off, watchfully blocked.
  • 40.4 Landed outside off, Ben gets across and then defends.
  • 40.3 Full and wide outside off, Stokes looks to drive but gets a bottom edge.
  • 40.2 Outside off, played straight to point.
  • 40.1 Fullish on middle, Stokes comes forward and pushes it to mid on.
  • 39.6 Again, pitched well outside leg, Joe pads it away. 116/4
  • 39.5 The batsman offers no stroke and is wrapped on the pads.
  • 39.4 Now he looks to sweep but misses and is hit on the pads.
  • 39.3 Pitched outside leg, padded away.
  • 39.2 FOUR! This line is certainly not helping the Proteas. Another one outside leg, Root plays one more sweep, only this is more of a paddle. Gets it to the fine leg fence. THE LEAD CROSSES 250.
  • 39.1 First signs that Ben Stokes is looking to attack. Full and outside off, Stokes gets down and sweeps it powerfully to deep mid-wicket for a single. The stand is worth 40 from just 58 balls now. England are picking up their run rate.
  • 38.6 Full and outside off, driven sweetly but straight to mid off. 111/4
  • 38.5 On middle and off, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 38.4 FOUR! Bad ball, full and down the leg side, Root clips it to the fine leg fence.
  • 38.3 Full and wide outside off, played straight to point.
  • 38.2 Down the leg side, played through mid-wicket for a couple. Moves to 40.
  • 38.1 Landed around off, watchfully defended.
  • 37.6 FOUR BYES! This one spins as well. This pitch is spitting. Outside off, spins in a long way, Stokes looks to tuck it away but misses. The ball bounces and goes past him and de Kock to the fine leg fence. The lead moves to 241. 105/4
  • 37.5 Around middle and off, BS looks to flick but the ball goes off something to short leg. South Africa appeal for a bat-pad but nothing in it. No bat involved.
  • 37.4 Full and well outside off, Ben gets well across to sweep but misses. De Kock appeals for LBW but nothing in it.
  • 37.3 Full and outside off, there is an explosion as the ball lands, Stokes looks to push but misses.
  • 37.2 WHOA! That turned a mile! Is this Dambulla or Old Trafford? What a ball. Landed well outside leg, Root looks to play the reverse sweep but misses it altogether. The ball lands on the rough, then spins and bounces well over Root. De Kock tries to gather but the ball hits his right shoulder and lobs over slip. Dean Elgar anticipates a catch and hence moves to his right pretty early but the ball goes to his left. He has to run in circles but even then does not get to the ball. Temba Bavuma gets to it from somewhere and stops it. Just a bye.
  • 37.1 Pitched well outside leg, Root pads it away.
  • Drinks are on the field. Root and Stokes have done well to avert a collapse. They will be aiming to carry on till Tea. The lead is slowly swelling.
  • 36.6 Full on off, driven superbly through the covers. 100/4
  • 36.5 Full and just outside off. Stokes looks for an expensive looking drive but misses it completely. The goes just past his outside edge on this occasion. Hello? What does Snickometer detect? An OUTSIDE EDGE! No one heard it, no one appealed. Even we did not realize. Stroke of luck for Stokes.
  • 36.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 36.3 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 36.3 No ball! Wide outside off and Root cuts it superbly past point for a single. There is a no ball for overstepping as well which means England reach 100 in this inning.
  • 36.2 Full and just outside off. Stokes plays a superb cover drive for a single.
  • 36.1 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 35.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 97/4
  • 35.5 FOUR! Root has had enough of this negative bowling line. He gets down and sweeps the floated ball on leg through mid-wicket for a boundary. That was travelling fast and gave no chance to the fielders.
  • 35.4 Wide down the leg side, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 35.3 The ball has taken the inside edge of the bat and goes down the leg side.
  • 35.2 Action replay of the last ball.
  • 35.1 Floats this one on the rough area and Root blocks it with his pad.
  • It has grown a bit dark out there. The clouds are approaching. There is rain forecast later this evening. Meanwhile, Maharaj changes angle and comes over the wicket.
  • 34.6 Wide outside off, left alone by Stokes. 93/4
  • 34.5 Full on middle, driven towards mid on.
  • 34.4 LEG BYE! Full and angling down leg. Root looks to flick but misses it completely. The ball goes down fine leg and they sneak a leg bye. There was a stifled appeal for lbw but the umpire showed no interest.
  • 34.3 On the pads this time, worked down the leg side for a couple.
  • 34.2 On a good length, Root hangs back and pushes this past point for a couple. Good running in the middle by the two.
  • 34.1 Full on middle, played to mid on.
  • MORKEL comes on to bowl.
  • 33.6 Rocks on the back foot and pushes this towards point for a single. 88/4
  • 33.5 On middle and off, defended off the back foot.
  • 33.4 Rushes this outside off and Joe Root waits before playing a late cut past slip. Good chase by backward point to get there and deny a boundary. Joe sets off to take a couple.
  • 33.3 Defends this one off the back.
  • 33.2 Slightly outside off this time, plays a square cut this time.
  • 33.1 Loopy ball on off, played off the front foot to the off side towards covers.
  • 32.6 Brilliant fielding. Temba Bavuma it is. Short and outside off, Stokes cuts it fiercely but Bavuma throws himself to his left at point to stop it cleanly. Excellent effort. 85/4
  • 32.5 Fullish on middle, pushed towards mid on.
  • 32.4 Angles this away from the southpaw, on a length on middle, Ben defends.
  • 32.3 Around off, defended from his crease.
  • 32.2 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket.
  • 32.1 Outside off, played towards third man for a single.
  • 31.6 Around off, comfortably defended this time. 84/4
  • 31.5 FOUR! That is nicely played. Full and around off, Stokes gets down and sweeps it powerfully behind square leg for a boundary. The lead is worth 220 now. Stokes gets off the mark. The stand moves to 12 from 14 balls.
  • 31.4 INSIDE EDGE, GOES WIDE! Things are happening. Full and outside off, Ben lunges to defend but the ball spins in off the rough, takes the inside edge, pops in the air but lands much straighter and wider of short leg!
  • 31.3 FOUR BYES! That kept horrendously low. Poor de Kock is on his back side. Full and outside off, Stokes looks to push but the ball spins in a long way, beats the outside edge, keeps low and goes beneath de Kock's gloves to the third man fence.
  • 31.2 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 31.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • 30.6 Played to the point region by the batsman. 76/4
  • 30.5 Slips this down the leg side, Joe misses his flick.
  • 30.4 FOUR! That is short and outside off, Root latches onto it and cuts it behind point for a boundary. That raced away.
  • 30.3 A short ball outside off, Root looks to pull but misses.
  • 30.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 30.1 Landed around off, defended from his crease.
  • 29.6 HUGE SHOUT FOR LBW! Turned down! De Kock wants the review. Faf has only one answer - NO. De Kock coaxes but Faf does not budge. Let's see what happened. It was tossed up outside off and Stokes decided to pad it away. The ball spins in a long way and the Proteas get excited but umpire Aleem Dar asks them to calm down. Hawk Eye shows the ball to be missing off stump. Good call by Faf not to review. 72/4
  • 29.5 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 29.4 Full and outside off, Stokes looks to defend but gets hit on the pads, just outside off. An appeal for LBW ensues but nothing in it.
  • BEN STOKES is the new man in.
  • 29.3 OUT! Maharaj strikes and Malan has to walk. It was a loopy ball outside off which Malan looked to defend off his front foot as he danced down the track. The ball landed on the rough, took the inside edge of his bat, brushed off his pads and flew in the air. Theunis de Bruyn at forward short leg kept his eyes on the ball and took the catch comfortably. In the end, the drop catch does not really cost much with this wicket. South Africa are slowly getting back in the game as England lose their fourth wicket. England are effectively 208-4 now.
  • 29.2 Played through mid-wicket by the batsman.
  • 29.1 Outside off, pushed through point for a single.
  • 28.6 The batsman has played it to the point region. One run added to the total. 71/3
  • 28.5 Around off, defended watchfully from the crease.
  • 28.4 In the air and dropped! It was a tough chance for Bavuma to be fair! Rabada banged this short on off and Malan looked to pull but he was late on the shot. The ball ballooned off the edge of his bat and flew high in the air behind point. Bavuma gave the chase and did the hard work of getting there. He even put in a dive but failed to pouch the ball. Very good effort but Malan survives. Meanwhile they complete three runs.
  • 28.3 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 28.2 On the pads again, worked down the leg side this time.
  • 28.1 Length ball on leg, Malan looks to flick but misses. He gets struck on the pads.
  • 27.6 FOUR! Bad delivery there from Maharaj. He bowls a low full toss which Root dispatches. He sweeps it hard through mid-wicket for the boundary. Root will be happy if Maharaj bowls more of these. 67/3
  • 27.5 Played to the point region this time.
  • 27.4 Loopy ball on middle, driven through mid on.
  • 27.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 27.2 Floated on off, played off the back foot to the off side for a single.
  • 27.1 Loopy ball on off, Malan comes down the track and defends.
  • 26.6 Landed around off, defended from the crease. 62/3
  • 26.5 Nips back in from outside off, Joe looks to tuck it away but misses and is hit high on the thigh pads.
  • 26.4 FOUR LEG BYES! A rare bad ball, slipped down the leg side, Root misses his tuck but the ball goes off his pads to the fine leg fence.
  • 26.3 Full and outside off, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 26.2 Works this down the leg side for a single.
  • 26.1 Defends this one from within the crease.
  • 25.6 Full and outside off, swept powerfully through square leg for a run. 57/3
  • 25.5 Full and outside off, swept through square leg for a single.
  • 25.4 Landed around off, watchfully defended.
  • 25.3 Fullish on middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 25.2 Full and outside off, Root looks to push but misses. There was a sharp turn there.
  • 25.1 Landed around off, watchfully defended.
  • 24.6 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 55/3
  • 24.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 24.4 Stays inside the line of this one and allows the ball to angle it away from him to the keeper.
  • 24.3 On a length on middle, defended back to the bowler.
  • DAWID MALAN walks in to bat.
  • 24.2 OUT! Jennings departs after struggling for 63 balls! It is a back of a length ball pitching around middle and angling away which he tries to push through the line. The ball takes an outside edge and flies into the grateful hands of Amla at first slip. Jennings was cramped for room and the ball bounced steeply on this occasion which led to his downfall. Faf du Plessis goes and gives him a hug for taking the catch. South Africa strike immediately after the break as Jennings fails to make use of the reprieve.
  • 24.1 Full this time, played off the front foot and into the ground.
  • RABADA comes on to bowl from the other end now.
  • 23.6 Loopy ball on middle and leg, flicked away for a single. 55/2
  • 23.5 Jennings offers no stroke to this one as he gets struck high on the pads. It was way outside off once again and did not turn much.
  • 23.4 Fullish on middle, driven straight to mid on.
  • 23.3 Full and outside off, Jennings keeps his bat behind his pad and looks to defend. Misses and is hit on the pads.
  • 23.2 Flights this one slightly outside off, played to the off side for a single.
  • 23.1 Starts off with a loopy ball on off, defended off the front foot and into the ground.
  • We're all set for the session after lunch. KESHAV MAHARAJ to continue.
  • ...Day 3, Session 2...
  • South Africa and Morkel will hope they can take more wickets, especially that of the skipper who can be dangerous once he sets himself in. However, it is going to be a long day as the bowlers have to remove some aggressive batsmen in the English middle order. The session was great, rain is expected later on but let's hope it keeps away. Join us for the second session in a bit!
  • 59 runs and 3 wickets were on offer for us in the first session of Day 3. England got exactly what they wanted with the early wicket and came on to bat with confidence. However it was not the most ideal of starts as they lost two quick wickets. Morkel was on the mark in his first spell as he removed Alastair Cook and Tom Westley. Both these batsmen looked positive while Keaton Jennings was looking edgy. However, he is still in the middle with Joe Root and the duo will look to add more runs as they look to build on to their lead of 189.
  • 22.6 Played to the point region by Jennings. That is LUNCH ON DAY 3! 53/2
  • 22.5 Fullish outside off, played off the front foot towards covers.
  • 22.4 Good length ball on middle, defended straight back to the bowler.
  • 22.3 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 22.2 Outside off, Jennings fails to get his bat on it.
  • 22.1 Full and outside off, played off the front foot presenting the full face of the bat.
  • Last over before lunch.
  • 21.6 Tries to sweep this one but fails to connect. 53/2
  • 21.5 Plays a reverse sweep this time and gets a single.
  • 21.4 Once again Jennings offers no shot. This looked more interesting as the ball spun and could have possibly gone on to hit the stumps. Maharaj appeals softly but does not think further.
  • 21.3 Floated outside off, Jennings goes for it but misses it this time. Risky shot there.
  • 21.2 Loopy ball on middle, played through mid-wicket this time.
  • 21.1 Loopy ball wide outside off. Jennings gets his pad on with as he stretches his front foot towards it. Good thing they don't go for another lbw appeal.
  • 20.6 Slightly full and wide outside off. Root looks to drive hard but misses it completely. 52/2
  • 20.5 Defends this one from within the crease.
  • 20.4 Wide outside off, Root cuts it off the back foot towards backward point
  • 20.3 Fullish on off, Root gets a bottom edge on this one. It goes behind towards the keeper.
  • 20.2 Plays this one off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 20.1 Good shot but gets no reward for it. That was a straight ball on middle and Root played the straightest of straight drives. Olivier gets his hand to it as the ball strikes the stumps at the non striker's end. Jennings did well to show awareness and get back in the crease.
  • 19.6 Floated around off, defended off the front foot and into the ground. 52/2
  • 19.5 Loopy ball on off, Root plays a square drive through covers for a single.
  • 19.4 Slightly outside off, played off the back foot towards point.
  • 19.3 Plays this one off the front foot and into the ground. Root is looking comfortable against spin now.
  • 19.2 Gets right behind the line of the delivery to defend this one.
  • 19.1 Loopy ball on middle, defended off the back foot this time.
  • 18.6 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 51/2
  • 18.5 Jennings chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 18.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 18.3 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman.
  • 18.2 FOUR! Jennings is somehow getting his runs. He has looked rather uncomfortable throughout the inning but still gets the boundary. The ball was full and on off as Jennings drove it off his front foot uppishly past short cover for the boundary. That raced away to the ropes giving the fielders no chance.
  • 18.1 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 17.6 Loud shout for lbw but the umpire is not interested. That was a loopy ball on middle and leg and Root looked to defend it towards the leg side. He was late on the shot as the ball struck his pads. The ball was anyway going on to miss the leg stump there. Good shout nevertheless, giving the umpire some thinking to do. 47/2
  • 17.5 Driven through the covers by the batsman.
  • 17.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 17.3 On the pads this time, worked down the leg side.
  • 17.2 Turn there for Maharaj. Bowls it slightly on the shorter side and the ball turns rather sharply away from Root who adjusts well to play it towards point.
  • 17.1 Floated on middle and leg. Played straight back to the bowler.
  • 16.6 Outside off this time, Jennings shoulders his arms at it. 47/2
  • 16.5 On the pads this time, worked down fine leg for a single.
  • 16.4 Slightly full on middle, Root plays it uppishly towards mid-wicket.
  • 16.3 Slashes and misses! That was slightly back of a length and Root went hard at it. He missed it completely.
  • 16.2 Bowls this one on off. Defended off the front towards short cover.
  • 16.1 Starts off with a good length ball wide outside off. Root leaves it alone.
  • DUANNE OLIVIER comes on to replace Morkel.
  • 15.6 In the air but that was off the pads. It was floated around off and Jennings leaned forward to defend. The ball went off the pad and flew towards the keeper but fell short. 46/2
  • 15.5 Loopy ball on middle this time. Root flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 15.4 Floated on middle, defended off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 15.3 Gets on the front foot and plays this one to point.
  • Now the fielder at square leg goes back.
  • 15.2 FOUR! That is a powerful shot. Full and on middle and leg, Root gets down and powerfully sweeps it through backward square leg for a boundary!
  • 15.1 Full and on middle, watchfully defended.
  • 14.6 Full and around off, defended watchfully towards cover. 41/2
  • 14.5 Outside off, on a length, tapped towards point for a brisk single.
  • 14.4 Full and outside off, driven back sweetly but the bowler intercepts it.
  • 14.3 One more leave outside off, This curves away after pitching.
  • 14.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 14.1 Full and outside off, eased through the covers for a couple. Morkel is in the midst of a long spell here. He is bowling his 8th currently.
  • 13.6 FOUR! There comes the reverse sweep now. Jennings played this very shot very well in Mumbai against India against the spinners. Maharaj fires this on the stumps but Jennings reverse sweeps this past short third man for a boundary. De Bruyn gives it a chase and gets to the ball with a slide but is unable to pull it back. 38/2
  • 13.5 Not Out! Bad review taken there. Faf will not be too pleased with de Kock. The ball was loopy and way outside off. Jennings stretched his front foot towards the pitch of the delivery and blocked it smartly. Maharaj appealed for the lbw but the umpire said no. There was a small discussion between Maharaj, de Kock and the skipper. It took some convincing from de Kock before Faf went for it. Replays showed the ball would have gone on to miss the off stump comfortably.
  • A bit of drama as Jennings pads one away. De Kock thinks that is close. He convinces du Plessis to go for the review.
  • Maharaj changes to over the wicket for the left-hander.
  • 13.4 Fullish this time on middle and leg. Root goes deep into his crease and flicks it to mid-wicket for a single.
  • 13.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 13.2 Floated on middle this time. Root gets on his front foot and defends it solidly.
  • 13.1 Loopy ball on middle, played to mid-wicket by Root.
  • Spin is introduced for the first time in this innings. KESHAV MAHARAJ comes on.
  • 12.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 33/2
  • 12.5 What a ball! This was angling in before straightening off the pitch. Jennings was totally outdone by this. Any top batsman in the world would have been to be honest.
  • 12.4 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 12.3 Full on off and Root gets a leading edge on this one. Root looked to play it towards the leg side but failed as he was too quick on it. The ball flew off his edge and went through the point region. Single taken as Root smirks at his false shot.
  • 12.2 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 12.1 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 11.6 Outside off, left alone. 32/2
  • 11.5 Good running again. Outside off, Root taps this towards point and sets off for a single. Temba Bavuma scurries across to his left, picks up the ball and has a shy at the striker's end but misses. Jennings was in though. Root gets off the mark.
  • 11.4 Full on middle, pushed towards mid on.
  • 11.3 Outside off, played straight to point.
  • 11.2 Around off, on a length, Root defends solidly.
  • 11.1 Full and around off, Jennings pushes it towards covers and sets off for a quick single. That was very well run.
  • JOE ROOT is new man in.
  • 10.6 OUT! Morkel gets another as Westley departs! That was a length ball around off and Westley looked to play an on drive. However he got an outside edge which flew towards gully who took a rather straightforward catch. Great comeback from Morkel after conceding a boundary just before this. England have lost two early wickets. Aiden Markram the substitute fielder will be happy with his contribution. 30/2
  • 10.5 FOUR! Superb shot off the back foot! That was a back of a length and Westley rocked back to punch it through the covers. The ball raced away off the middle of the bat towards the boundary.
  • 10.4 Oooh! That seamed in after pitching! It was on a good length and Westley left it alone. The ball went just past the stumps there.
  • 10.3 Slightly wider this time, on a good length. Played to point off the back foot.
  • 10.2 Full on middle and off, driven towards mid off.
  • 10.1 Good length ball on middle, played to mid-wicket this time.
  • 9.6 Fullish on middle this time. Played off the front foot towards mid off. 26/1
  • 9.5 On a good length just on off. Defended into the ground to the off side at point.
  • 9.4 Full and outside off, left alone by Jennings.
  • 9.3 Slightly short this time. Jennings stays back and flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 9.2 Fullish outside off, pushed towards covers for a single.
  • 9.1 Another back of a length ball on off defended into the ground. The batsmen go for a drive but Bavuma rushes from point and has a shy at the non striker's end but misses. Replays show that Jennings would have been safe.
  • 8.6 Back of a length outside off. Westley goes for it but misses. 24/1
  • 8.5 Bouncer! Westley does well to get out of the way.
  • 8.4 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 8.3 Lucky there! The ball sneaks through the gap between bat and pad and beats the batsman.
  • 8.2 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 8.1 Back of a length ball just outside off, defended solidly off the back foot.
  • 7.6 Pushed to the cover region this time. 24/1
  • 7.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 7.4 FOUR! Full length ball on middle and leg. Jennings flicked it nicely through mid-wicket for a boundary. He looked uncomfortable at first but is slowly getting better as he spends more time in middle.
  • Oho....there is plenty of breeze blowing across. One of the bails has fallen off the stumps at the bowling end. Rabada comes running in but then pulls out as he notices what happens.
  • 7.3 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 7.2 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 7.1 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 6.6 FOUR! Westley gets off the mark with a boundary. Outside off, Westley drives it through the square on the off side for a beautiful boundary. 20/1
  • 6.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 6.4 Outside off, Westley lets this one go.
  • 6.3 Chooses to leave this one outside off.
  • 6.2 Bouncer first up! Westley ducks under it.
  • TOM WESTLEY is the new man in.
  • 6.1 OUT! Edged and gone! Surprise surprise as Cook is the batsman that departs! This is unexpected as Jennings was the batsman who looked uncomfortable while Cook was playing rather freely. However anything can happen in cricket. Coming back to the ball, it was on a fullish length outside off and Cook went to drive at it. He got a thick outside edge and Theunis de Bruyn at gully completed the catch. Morkel gets the first wicket of the third innings and South Africa will be delighted with this start.
  • 5.6 The batsman works it down the leg side. 16/0
  • 5.5 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 5.4 Full outside off, Jennings drives it through the covers for a couple. Jennings finally gets off the mark after 15 balls faced. That should give him some relief.
  • 5.3 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 5.2 Dropped! Jennings has been flirting with danger today. Could have easily gone for a duck. That was full outside off and he looked to defend. There was an outside edge which flew sharply to Elgar at second slip who dived to his left but failed to keep it in his clutches. It was a good attempt by the fielder but his outstretched dive was not enough.
  • 5.1 Outside off, Jennings plays it to gully.
  • 4.6 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 14/0
  • 4.5 Fullish on off, Cook drives it past point for a brace.
  • 4.4 Played to the point region this time.
  • 4.3 The batsman gets up on his toes to play that one.
  • 4.2 Wide outside off, Cook looks to play a flashy cut but misses it completely.
  • 4.1 Slightly full angling into the batsmen. Cook defends it from within his crease with soft hands.
  • 3.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 12/0
  • 3.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 3.4 Good length ball outside on off, played to point.
  • 3.3 Bouncer! But this is interesting, it kept relatively low. Jennings ducked under it but the ball went just past his head there. The ball dipped further down as it went on its way to the keeper.
  • 3.2 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 3.1 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 2.6 FOUR! An outside edge flies past the fielder at gully and races away to the boundary at third man. The was slightly full and Cook looked to defend but got the edge. Luckily it went through the gap between slip and gully there. 12/0
  • 2.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 2.4 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 2.3 FOUR! Full length ball on middle. Cook stays back and flicks it through mid-wicket. The ball races away through the vacant region for a boundary.
  • 2.2 Outside off, Cook fails to put bat on ball.
  • 2.1 Struck on the pads this time but that was way outside the line of the stumps. Going down leg.
  • 1.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 4/0
  • 1.5 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 1.4 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 1.3 Another tentative leave by Jennings. It was a good length ball outside off and Jennings went to play but miss. However it did look like he decided to leave it alone at the last moment.
  • 1.2 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 1.1 Jennings was interested for a while he went to poke at it. However he left it alone at the last moment as the ball went past his outside edge.
  • KAGISO RABADA to bowl from the other end.
  • 0.6 Cook lets the ball go outside his off stump. 4/0
  • 0.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 0.4 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 0.3 FOUR LEG BYES! Loud and interesting shout for lbw! This was slightly short, pitching outside off but angling in. Cook looked to defend but missed and the ball brushed off his pads and went behind to fine leg. It raced away to the boundary but Cook could have been in trouble there.
  • 0.2 Better from Morkel. Forces Cook to play at it. Slightly full on off, defended off the front foot.
  • 0.1 Loosener from Morkel to begin with. Bowls this one on a good length down the leg side. Cook looks to flick but misses.
  • Finally we come to end of this long and exciting series between England and South Africa. The latter go back home, bruised and tired, but to participate in an exciting revamped domestic T20 series. The English, on the other hand, do not have much of a break and get ready to face West Indies next. Hope you enjoyed all the action and see you again soon! Until then take goodbye and take care!
  • England's skipper Joe Root says he is really pleased with the way things have gone and his guys have responded well. Knew it was a lot of runs but Faf and Hashim put them in pressure but bounced back dtrong by taking their chances. New ball attack is faboulous and hoipes they carry on for a few more years. Faced different chanllenges but played well as a unit and need more hardwork in the future. About balance of the team, sees 5 bowlers and the allrounder. Very proud moment to win the series againt SA after 20 years at home. Has been a fantastic team performance which is what it takes to win.
  • South Africa's skipper Faf du Plessis on it being a long tour, starts by congratulating the English team as they were consistently better. Feels that it has been a tough time ever since they came with the one days before the Champions Trophy which was disappointing. States that they tried their best but England kept coming up with answers. Feels that a combination of things went wrong for them. Further adds that the quality of the English was good. However his side did not take their chances. Mentions that Bairstow and Moeen were dropped which really hurt them. Feels that those half chances should have been taken. Also is of the opinion that they (England) almost got an extra player because of the all-rounders and balance in their side. States that they always had one guy coming and blowing them away. Goes on to say that it was frustrating to miss Vernon Philander and Chris Morris, the former being their most important bowler. Again mentions that the English side are fortunate to have so many all-rounders. Ends by saying he feels proud of playing here in England and talks about being crowned number one here last time they came. Overall he says they had fun but were consistently outplayed by them.
  • MOEEN ALI is the MAN OF THE MATCH and also the England Man Of The Series by South African coach Russell Domingo for his consistency throughout the series with bat and ball. He is thankful to the crowd for egging him on throughout the series and says it helps a player a lot. On the thought in the English camp when Amla and du Plessis were going great, Moeen says that his team knows that they are great players and they were patient. Once a wicket fell, it just paved the way. Adds that he was looking to bowl on the fuller area on the rough and reaped rewards. Also says that he is enjoying the freedom to bat at number 8.
  • South African Man of the series, Morne Morkel says he enjoyed getting the award. Also says he was happy with the way he bowled. Adds that he was committed to hit the lengths and get consistency and feels it was crucial to get a fuller length consistently which is something he has been working on. On his battle with Cook, he feels it has been quality and he enjoys bowling to left-handers. He does a lot of that with brothers in his backyard and ends by saying he was happy to lead the attack here.
  • South Africa were given a total of 380 to chase. However with the way they had been batting throughout the series coupled with the difficult batting conditions, it was always going to be big ask. The openers did not bother scorers much But Amla played a fighting knock of 83. He was given good support from Faf du Plessis as the two added 123 runs together. However once their partnership was broken before Tea, the final session of the day looked certain to be the last of the series. The tail did not wag for too long as Ali got in the act finishing with a 5-fer. With that, England wrapped up the series convincingly. Stay tuned for the presentation.
  • In reply, South Africa managed to score just 226 runs as none of their batsmen could rack up a score over 50. Bavuma top scored with a score of 46 with Ali making 30. James Anderson was the pick of the bowler as he picked four wickets. He was given good support by Broad who picked up three scalps. By then, England looked pretty comfortable as they just had to add further on to their first innings lead. They did that courtesy of some quickfire runs off the bat of Ali who scored 75 off 66. Root had created the base for that with a well made 49 himself. Morkel was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets while Olivier took three.
  • England will be very very happy as they win a home series against South Africa for the first time since 1998! The game never looked in doubt as the hosts looked in complete control of the match since day 2! A terrific knock of 99 from Bairstow ensured that England reached a commanding first innings total of 362. Things could have been very different had Bairstow not been dropped on 15. Root and Stokes played a good hand of 52 and 58 respectively in the innings as well.
  • 62.5 OUT! Ali cleans the last man straightaway to clinch the victory and series for England! How apt as he has been the star performer for the team in this series and he picks up another 5-fer. It was a loopy ball on off and Olivier tried to prod at it off his front foot. The ball took an outside edge and flew to Stokes at first slip who took a regulation catch. THE HOSTS WIN THE SERIES 3-1!
  • DUANNE OLIVIER, the last man is in next.
  • 62.4 OUT! Morkel's stay in the middle has come to an end as Ali picks his fourth wicket. It was a loopy ball outside off and Morkel cleared his front leg to try and smack this over the bowlers head. He did not get the direction that he wanted as the ball flew towards mid off. Joe Root back-tracked and kept his eye on the ball, taking a good jumping catch. England are a wicket away from a win now!
  • 62.3 Full and outside off again, driven towards long off for a single.
  • 62.2 SIX! Some runs in the kitty for Maharaj. It was a tossed up delivery outside off, Maharaj came down the track and sent it sailing over long on. There was a fielder in the deep but only as a spectator.
  • 62.1 A short ball on middle, pulled towards square leg.
  • MORNE MORKEL walks in at number 10, replacing Rabada.
  • 61.6 OUT! Caught! Number 8 goes! Full and outside off, a touch wider, Rabada drove it uppishly. He could not get enough elevation but what a catch from Tom Westley at short cover. He leapt full stretch and took a wonderful catch. The end is nigh... 195/8
  • 61.5 The length is a touch shorter and KG defends solidly.
  • Change of angle from Anderson...
  • 61.4 Fuller again, now Kagiso looks to play the off drive but the ball goes off the inner half of the bat towards the bowler.
  • 61.3 Full and on middle, pushed back to the bowler off the inner half towards mid on.
  • 61.2 Fuller and straighter, Keshav flicks across the line for a single. Ooohs and aaahhs from the fielders.
  • 61.1 Outside off, Maharaj pushes inside the line but is beaten.
  • 60.6 Outside off, plenty of loop on offer, left alone. 194/7
  • 60.5 Full and outside off, Keshav comes down the track and works it towards long on. A single taken.
  • 60.4 FOUR! That is a fine shot. Full and outside off, Maharaj comes down the track and blasts this down the ground. Mid off barely moved and mid on had to go to long off to fetch the ball.
  • 60.3 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 60.2 Full and outside off, Rabada looks to push but gets a thick outside edge behind gully to third man for a single.
  • 60.1 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 59.6 Outside off, blocked off the back foot. 188/7
  • 59.5 A length ball outside off, punched beautifully but straight to short cover.
  • 59.4 A bouncer now, to test Maharaj's footwork, the batsman ducks.
  • 59.3 Stays back in his crease now to block.
  • 59.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 59.1 FOUR! Short and outside off, Maharaj punches it behind point. The fielder gets a hand to it and deflects it behind. There is a fielder in the deep but the ball wins the race.
  • 58.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 184/7
  • 58.5 Full and outside off, Rabada pushes at it but gets a healthy outside edge. Does not carry to second slip.
  • 58.4 Outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 58.3 Not out! Rabada was safe! Ali had floated that on middle and Maharaj had driven it straight down the pitch. The bowler got a hand to it as the ball went on to hit the stumps at the non-striker's end. It deflected away and went towards long on, meanwhile Rabada did not realize where the ball had gone but Maharaj called him for a single. England and especially Bairstow were interested as they appealed, the umpire decided to check with the third umpire just to be safe. Replays showed that Rabada was well and truly safe as one run is added to the total.
  • Run out appeal! England are excited as they feel Rabada is gone at the non-striker's end off a deflection from Moeen Ali's hand.
  • 58.2 Defends this one off the back foot this time.
  • 58.1 Loopy ball on off, played off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 57.6 Yorker and it looked really good. Rabada did very well to get his bat down and dig the ball out. Well played in the end. 183/7
  • 57.5 Good length ball outside off, left alone by Rabada.
  • 57.4 Full on off, driven towards covers this time.
  • 57.3 Defends this off the back foot.
  • 57.2 Rabada chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • KAGISO RABADA walks in next.
  • 57.1 OUT! Got 'em! Du Plessis is not pleased at all with himself. He had worked so hard up until this point but falls to a rash shot. It was a good length ball wide outside off and du Plessis went to cut it through point. The ball took a faint edge and went straight behind into the gloves of Bairstow. England are just three wickets away from a well-deserved victory now. Jimmy Anderson gets his second of the innings.
  • 56.6 Floated on off, driven towards mid off by Maharaj. 183/6
  • 56.5 On the pads, worked down the leg side.
  • 56.4 Gets behind this to defend the ball from within the crease.
  • 56.3 Floated on middle and leg, flicked away for a single.
  • 56.2 Loopy on middle, bunted back to the bowler.
  • 56.1 Floated on middle, defended well by du Plessis.
  • ALI to continue. Slip, leg slip and a short leg in place.
  • 55.6 Fullish outside off, defended nicely by Maharaj. Maiden over to begin with after Tea then! 182/6
  • 55.5 Fullish on off, defended solidly once again.
  • 55.4 Good length on off, pushed to the leg side off the back foot.
  • 55.3 Another solid back foot defense by Maharaj.
  • 55.2 Gets right behind the line to defend this from within the crease.
  • 55.1 Bowls it on a length just outside off. Pushed to short cover off the back foot.
  • We're back for the third and final session of the day. Could well be the last session of the series as well. ANDERSON to bowl, MAHARAJ is on strike.
  • ...Day 4, Final Session...
  • Things were looking a bit worrisome for the home side but the last 15 minutes have brought back the momentum. It is now only a matter of time before they wrap it up, as they are just 4 wickets away from a series win. If truth be told, Faf du Plessis is the only recognized batsman left, so they should not have too much trouble in finishing this off. 34 overs are left in the day, so hard to see this game going till tomorrow. The weather looks set for the rest of the day. Join us back at 1700 local (1600 GMT) for what could be and should be the final rites of this match and series
  • Amla and Faf had added 123 for the 4th wicket before the former fell which is fine but then as more often than not happens - after such a big stand, a couple of wickets fall quickly and de Kock and de Bruyn fell cheaply.
  • Big change in the game, this session. It was all going South Africa's way till Moeen Ali came back on to bowl a few minutes before Tea. They had made 142 runs in this session in 36 overs and lost 3 wickets but those dismissals came in the space of 15 balls, totally nullifying the fight shown by Amla and du Plessis.
  • 54.6 Comes down the track, gets to the pitch of the ball. Plays it to mid-wicket for a single. That is TEA ON DAY 4! 182/6
  • 54.5 Loopy ball on middle, swept away for a single.
  • 54.4 On the pads, worked down the leg side.
  • 54.3 Floated on off, played towards point for a single.
  • 54.2 Defends this by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 54.1 Dropped! That was floated on off and found the inside edge. Maharaj looked to defend it off his front foot but edged it onto his pads. The ball went behind and hit the glove of Bairstow before bouncing off his chest to fall beside the stumps. Could have easily been a catch for the keeper had he reacted swiftly.
  • 53.6 Finds the edge of the bat this time as it goes behind point for a single. 179/6
  • 53.5 Play and miss! It was a length ball outside off and it squared Maharaj up. Good ball from Roland-Jones.
  • 53.4 Floated on middle, gets behind the line to defend it.
  • 53.3 Confusion between the two but safe. That was on a good length and finds the edge. That goes towards Ali at backward point. He does not gather the ball cleanly as it allows the two to complete the single.
  • 53.2 FOUR! Charges down the track and gets to the pitch of the ball to smack it past the fielder at mid on. The ball races away to the boundary as Faf seems to step on the gas now.
  • 53.1 Slightly full on middle, defended to the leg side this time.
  • KESHAV MAHARAJ walks in next.
  • 52.6 OUT! Second wicket in the over! This game has changed big time. Landed outside off, de Bruyn stays back to defend. Not quite sure whether the ball spun or went away off the drift but somehow, it took the edge. It was a low one to Ben Stokes at first slip and he made no mistake. England 4 wickets away from a series win. 173/6
  • 52.5 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • THEUNIS DE BRUYN walks in next at number 7, replacing de Kock.
  • 52.4 OUT! Edged and gone! De Kock goes cheaply. Full and outside off, de Kock looks to drive but the ball spins away slightly and goes off the outside edge. Alastair Cook at second slip does the formalities. Forgetful Test for de Kock. Or even series.
  • 52.3 Full and outside off, de Kock comes down the track and defends.
  • 52.2 Full and outside off, swept through mid-wicket for a single. The stand moves to 10 from 12 balls.
  • 14th Test Fifty for Faf du Plessis, his second of the series. Can he get a fighting ton?
  • 52.1 FOUR! Beautiful shot. Full and outside off, du Plessis gets across and whips this wide of mid on. Joe Root gets across to his right, dives, but the ball goes through. A fighting knock from the skipper. 208 more to win now...
  • 51.6 Drives this wide of cover now for one. 168/4
  • 51.5 Full and wide outside off, de Kock leans and drives it wide of mid off for a run.
  • 51.4 Around off, angling in, tucks it through square leg for a single.
  • 51.3