Ben Stoke Destroys the SA Line Up
Ben Stokes’ two wickets from successive balls in third over removed Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis and ended South Africa hopes of chasing 482. It makes them lead in the 4 test match series as 2-1.
Du Plessis has gone for an lbw to Ben Stokes, with South Africa needing their captain to survive at least into Monday.
The South African Opener Dean Elgar was unbeaten on 72 despite a painful blow to his finger, and Temba Bavuma on 16, at the end of the day 4
Elgar had been fortunate to survive on nine, dropped by Keaton Jennings at third slip off Jimmy Anderson, and went on to strike seven fours in his 77-ball half-century.
The England seamer Stuart Broad removed opener Heino Kuhn for 11 and The Debutant Toby Roland-Jones dismissed Hashim Amla for the second time in the match.
England still has a further 98 overs available on Monday to complete the victory and vindicate Root’s decision to delay his declaration to apply maximum pressure to South Africa.
when Jonny Bairstow was dismissed before tea after a breezy 63 which lifted England, who had resumed on 74-1, to 313-8.After Jennings departed early before scoring his half century on 48, debutant Tom Westley pushed on to a maiden half-century, an innings that should ensure an extended run at England’s problem number three spot.
Westley went on to make 59 before he was stumped misjudging a dash at Keshav Maharaj. Root (50) followed soon afterwards, top-edging the same bowler after recording a half-century for the ninth successive match.
Then England gradually accelerated with Stokes (31) and Roland-Jones (23 not out) joining Bairstow in some lusty blows as England’s lead extended way beyond the Test record for a successful final innings run chase of 418.
If South Africa fail to survive on Monday, it will complete a one-sided sequence in each of the Tests. England won by 211 runs at Lord’s before South Africa hit back with an even more emphatic 340-run victory at Trent Bridge.