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
South Africa 202/10 (62.5 ov) R/R 3.23 | Match Ended
- Duanne Olivier 0,
- Keshav Maharaj 0
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- 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.