The second test between England and South Africa is on its final inning. By the end of day 3, England just started its inning to take a single run in four overs. The target for England is rather massive. The team need 473 runs in the inning to win. This puts South Africa in a dominating position. The visitors winning the match will mean the series locked at 1-1 after the match. South Africa was stronger since the first inning. The team scored 335 runs batting 96.2 overs until the morning session of the second day. The inning was bolstered with massive half centuries from Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, and Vernon Philander. Amla scored 78 off 149, de Kock had 68 off 81 runs and Philander had 51 off 81.
England’s first inning was slogged being attacked by South Africa bowling. Chasing a 300 plus target, the team exhausted in 205 runs. Joe Root knocked 78 runs off 76 balls, while Johnny Bairstow scored 45 off 81. South Africa bowlers dominated the inning with strong economy. Keshav Maharaj bowled 10 overs while, England players could only scratch out 21 runs off him. The bowler scalped three wickets. England’s batting line up was exhausted before the day ended. It was the second day, when South Africa started its second inning by the evening session.
By the end of Day 2, South Africa scored 75 for the wicket of Heino Kuhn. The second inning was equally dominant like the first. South Africa’s inning bolstered to 343 in the second inning. Hashim Amla knocked this second half century of the match. Dean Elgar blitzed with 80, along with Amla’s 87. The next half centurion was Faf du Plessis who scored 63. Vernon Philander added 42 off 75 balls. The team was on crease until the evening session of Day 3. South Africa players feasted on spin deliveries off England. The inning lasted for 102 overs. There were no expensive economies but the bowlers remained largely insignificant to batsmen. Ben Stokes bowled 20 overs at an economy of 1.70.
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