The Trent Bridge Test between England and South Africa culminated as a massive victory of the latter by 340 runs. In first inning, South Africa scored 335 and in the next, the team added up 343. England meanwhile, remained as a below average competitor in both the innings chasing the figures to 205 in first inning and a paltry 133 in the second. The final inning came up as a superb bowling attack off the visitors, uprooting England’s line up in 40.2 overs. With the victory of South Africa, now the series is locked at 1-1. It was a pretty repetition of the first test’s fourth day play. The only difference; South Africa was in place of England in the first.
The final inning unfolded as a knock from South Africa bowlers. England was chasing a target of 400 plus by the evening session of Day 3. South Africa bowled only four overs while the opening batsmen scratched a single run leaving the game for the following day. England started the fourth day losing the wicket of Keaton Jennings. The next wicket fell after a couple of overs, leaving the inning at 2 for 28. South Africa bowlers showed up intensive bowling skills tackle home batsmen at Nottingham’s pitch. Joe Root was the next target, bowled by Chris Morris in the 19th over.
Alastair Cook remained in the crease until the 25th over. The opener scored 42 as the highest score of the inning. It was Chris Morris and Vernon Philander attacking the top order. After Cook, the middle order stood up with some resistance. Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali scored double digit scores in the stretch, with Ali adding 27, the next best. With Stokes’ wicket in the 41st over, the route to victory shortened for South Africa. The tail of the lineup was down away in next five overs. England lost the last three wickets the following five overs. Keshav Maharaj and Duanne Olivier scalped the last stretch.
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