South Africa vs England- Second Test: Before this test, the ongoing English tour has been disastrous. But taking every match as a new battle and emerging on top is what one can learn from this Proteas side. Well, humbling England in England, after such a big loss, wasn’t an easy task. But winners never take an easy route. Presenting you the snapshot review of the match:
- Winning toss, the ideal condition would be to bowl first. Challenging conditions, grassy pitch and swinging environment, but Faf Du Plesis thought other way. And rightly so. Losing only one wicket in the first session was what set the theme for visitors. Playing De kock (68) at number four was indeed a master move and Amla (78) is getting better with time. Philander (54) is a new Kallis and he has proved this time and again. After Anderson’s 5/72, which saw visitors being bowled out for 335, it was time for the host to bat.
- 335 was a good first innings score and if one looks at the way England batted, it becomes even better. If you take out root’s 78, the rest ten players scored meager 127. When you see the African bowling, it was indeed an inspired bowling. A joint team effort, I reckon.
- South Africa came to bat again, and again a sheer masterclass display. Amla (87), Elgar (80) and Captain, Faf(63), made sure that if there was a result possible out of the match, it was only and only one: An African win. 343, meant that England needed a record 464 to win.
- And what we call succumbing to conditions is what England did. Cook was the lone fighter (44) which saw the host being humbled for 133, handling the proteas a win of 340 runs, something that will act as a catalyst for future too.
- Philander, who took the Player of the Match honours, instigated the collapse on the penultimate afternoon of the Test on his way to figures of 3 for 24 from 10 overs. Not only was his match-haul of five wickets crucial to South Africa’s victory, his scores of 54 and 42 too played a massive role.
- England doesn’t have much to worry. They have played a good cricket this summer. For Africa, it is time to change and this win is very much welcomed in this regard.
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