Cape Town - England, having taken a lead of 97 runs on the first innings, had stretched that lead to
216 by the close of the third day of the first Test match against the Proteas at Lord’s in London on Saturday.
wickets still in hand, including Alastair Cook currently unbeaten on 59, they
hold a very strong hand with the spinners becoming increasingly dominant in the
game and the pitch getting lower and slower.
the position they were in at one stage the Proteas did well to add 257 runs to
their total for the last six wickets with Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock and
Vernon Philander all get half-centuries but none going on to the big hundred
that the Proteas needed to match England first innings total.
suffered a badly bruised finger while batting and was not able to bowl during
the England second innings. He did take the field for the last 40 minutes and
hopefully he will bowl tomorrow.
continued their batting recovery on the first half of the third day with Bavuma
and Rabada adding 41 for the sixth wicket and De Kock and Philander 66 for the
eighth wicket. The last two wickets even added a further 47 runs.
off 130 balls, 9 fours), De Kock (a typically flamboyant 51 off 37 balls, 10
fours) and Philander (52 off 86 balls, 7 fours) all made half-centuries with
the Proteas having added a respectable 257 for their last 6 wickets.
both sides had four batsmen going past the 50 mark, none of the South African
batsmen managed to go on to a big hundred and that was the essential difference
that gave England their lead of 97 runs.
suffered a blow to his bowling hand while batting which was a further setback
for South Africa.
was the outstanding England bowler, taking 4/59 from 20 overs. Broad was not as
successful as he had been on the first day, taking punishment from De Kock when
he took the second new ball, conceding 36 runs in 4 overs.
Africans did succeed in taking some time out of the game, batting until almost
the halfway mark of the day’s play.
left the ground for X-rays which fortunately revealed no breaks but severe
bruising and he only rejoined the game after 38 overs of the England second
innings but did not bowl in the last 40 minutes.
Rabada shared the new ball and after the tea interval the Proteas employed a
dual spin attack with Duminy having his first bowl of the game as the
conditions became more and more favourable for that type of bowling.
did succeed in keeping the scoring rate in check but struggled to take wickets
as Cook and Jennings added 80 runs before Morkel dismissed the latter.