Piedt picks up two, Steyn injured

2015-12-28 14:44
Dane Piedt (Gallo Images)

Durban - England were still very much in the driving seat in the first Test against South Africa in Durban on Monday as they went into tea at 58/2 with a lead of 147 runs.

As if the task at hand wasn't daunting enough for the Proteas, they were dealt a massive blow in the eighth over when Dale Steyn left the field with what was later confirmed as a right shoulder strain. 

Steyn, who took 4/70 in the first innings, bowled just 3.2 overs before he made his way down the Kingsmead tunnel.

But in the very next over the Proteas had reason to smile when Dane Piedt, in his first over, had England skipper Alastair Cook trapped LBW for 7. 

Steyn was quickly back on the field, and in the 21st over he had another go. 

This time he lasted just three balls - the last of which saw the Proteas use one of their reviews after Nick Compton was given not out when the home side had hoped that he brushed one down the leg side. 

With Steyn out of the attack once more, Alex Hales and Compton looked set. 

But Piedt struck again in the 26th over when Hales came down the wicket and went aerial only to find Kyle Abbott at long-on. 

Morne Morkel should have had England's first innings hero Compton out in the 27th over, but Dean Elgar put down a routine chance at second slip. 

In Morkel's very next over - the last before tea - he nearly had Joe Root, but AB de Villiers this time put the chance down. 

Whether or not Root would have been given out is unclear, with replays suggesting it may have come off his forearm.

At the break, Compton was not out on 15 while Joe Root was 6*.


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