England vs South Africa, 3rd Test, Day 4 at The Oval: Proteas lose four wickets after hosts set target of 492

AP, Jul, 30 2017

England beat South Africa by 239 runs

353/10
Overs
103.2
R/R
3.42
Fours
39
Sixes
5
Extras
17
175/10
Overs
58.4
R/R
3
Fours
25
Sixes
0
Extras
12
313/8
Overs
79.5
R/R
3.94
Fours
38
Sixes
4
Extras
14
252/10
Overs
77.1
R/R
3.27
Fours
34
Sixes
0
Extras
15

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London: Toby Roland-Jones took 5-57 on his test debut and England extended its lead to 252 runs over South Africa with nine wickets remaining on a rain-hit Day 3 in the third Test.

Players leave the pitch as rain forces an early lunch on the third day of the 3rd Test match between England and South Africa at The Oval. AP

Players leave the pitch as rain forces an early lunch on the third day of the 3rd Test match between England and South Africa at The Oval. AP

England was 74-1 in its second innings at stumps on Saturday with Keaton Jennings (34 not out) and Tom Westley (28 not out) sharing an unbroken 44-run partnership.

South Africa was earlier all out for 175 in its first innings — 178 behind England's 353 — after resuming on 126-8 and successfully avoiding any possibility of a follow-on. That could be significant with only two days left and England needing time to build a super-safe lead.

Temba Bavuma scored 52, including eight boundaries, before being caught behind as the last man out to give pacer Roland-Jones his five-for. Vernon Philander, fighting a viral infection, finished 10 not out.

Rain forced an early lunch to be taken at The Oval with England on 20-0 off five overs and play was interrupted again in the afternoon session with the hosts having faced only 21.2 overs so far. No overs were bowled after tea and play was called off for the day around 1615 GMT with an improved weather forecast for Sunday and Monday.

Alastair Cook was the only batsman out after lunch, bowled by Morne Morkel for 7. Cook is rarely bowled at this level but can be vulnerable against Morkel.

The four-match series is tied 1-1.

Published Date: Jul 30, 2017 | Updated Date: Jul 30, 2017



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115