England vs South Africa, 4th Test at Old Trafford, Day 3, Live cricket score and updates

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Day 2 review: England sensed series victory, and got over the disappointment of Jonny Bairstow being dismissed for 99, as James Anderson ripped through South Africa's first innings with 4-33 on Day 2 of the fourth and final test on Saturday.

Bairstow's brilliant batting with the tailenders, and Anderson's important haul at his home ground, set England up for a big first-innings lead and a dominant position in the series-ender at Old Trafford.

England already leads 2-1 and has a second successive series win over South Africa, and first at home since 1998, in sight to start the tenure of new captain Joe Root.

Joe Root. Reuters

Joe Root. Reuters

Old hand Anderson played a big part on Saturday, celebrating bowling in front of an end at Old Trafford recently named after him with four wickets in 15 overs as South Africa limped to 220-9 at stumps.

That left the Proteas still 142 runs behind England's first-innings total of 362.

Anderson had success with the third ball of the South African innings when he removed Dean Elgar lbw for a duck with a trademark swinging delivery that beat the opener and rapped into his front pad. The veteran seamer also collected the crucial wickets of top-scorer Temba Bavuma for 46 and Proteas captain Faf du Plessis (27), removed in the same over after they put on 47 in the best partnership of South Africa's shaky reply.

Stuart Broad and Moeen Ali chipped in with two wickets each, with Broad's second ending the day's play when Ben Stokes took a fabulous low catch at gully to remove Kagiso Rabada.

England was in control for almost the whole day, except for a short period at the start when South Africa took three wickets in five overs to have England at 312-9.

Bairstow came to the rescue.

The only lasting disappointment was him being dismissed one short of a century, when he fell lbw to spinner Keshav Maharaj — and failed with a desperate review — to end England's first innings.

Bairstow had still guided England from the precarious position of 260-6 overnight to a now-formidable 362.

Bairstow's resistance culminated in a 50-run stand with last-man Anderson and, illustrating how well he controlled the back end of the England innings, Bairstow scored 46 of those 50 runs, and 66 of the 102 runs England added in the morning.

His job done helping out with the bat, Anderson quickly removed Elgar.

Toby Roland-Jones had Hashim Amla (30) caught down the leg side, and offspinner Ali worked over Heino Kuhn (24) before having him caught by Stokes at slip.

At 131-3, South Africa was showing signs of progress with Bavuma and Du Plessis, but Anderson ended it in the space of three balls.

Anderson bowled Bavuma as the batsman left the ball alone. Two deliveries later, he also bowled Du Plessis after drawing him into a shot and getting an inside edge onto the stumps.

Anderson will return on Sunday one wicket short of his 23rd career five-for, and his first in front of the James Anderson end.

With inputs from AP

Published Date: Aug 06, 2017 | Updated Date: Aug 06, 2017



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3767 111
3 England 4497 105
4 New Zealand 3114 97
5 Australia 3294 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 6386 120
2 India 6054 119
3 Australia 5948 114
4 England 6156 114
5 New Zealand 5293 113
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 Pakistan 2417 121
3 West Indies 2395 120
4 England 2029 119
5 India 2488 118