DateLine: 15th July 2017
By Andy Jalil at Trent Bridge
South Africa take a firm grip in second Test
Nottingham Ė Itís been a second successive day in favour of South Africa as they closed on 75 for one, a comfortable overall lead of 205. They began their second innings an hour into the final session, 130 runs ahead on the first innings but James Anderson soon added to his five wickets from the first innings when he found the outside edge of Heino Kuhnís bat for a catch at second slip in the seventh over. It was the only success that England were going to have for the next sixteen overs during which Dean Elgar, 38 and Hashim Amla 23, had an unbroken stand of 57 as they slowly put their side in a position of considerable strength.
Earlier, England began their reply to the touristsí first innings an hour and a quarter before lunch and in that period they lost Alastair Cook for three in the fourth over with a catch behind off the inside edge and pad. The first ball of the next over brought the dismissal of Keaton Jennings also held behind. The first went to Vernon Philander and the next to Morne Morkel.
Then came a quick-scoring stand between Gary Ballance and Joe Root in which the latter attacked the bowling for a quick half century which he reached from just 40 balls. With that England were 85 for two at lunch but South Africa hit back in the second over after the break as Ballance played-on to Philander for 27. Root went on picking up runs rapidly, scoring freely in a stand of 57 from 67 balls with Jonny Bairstow before getting a thin edge to Morkel on 78 from only 76 balls with twelve fours.
Bairstow too was in fine form taking two fours in an over, off Duanne Oliver, the second of which was a beautiful drive to cover point. With the total on 168 England lost the fifth wicket when Ben Stokes went without scoring. Bairstow hit the last of his seven fours, a straight drive off Philander which took him to 45 before Keshav Maharaj bowled him with one that moved away from middle stump, beating the bat, to hit off and that was 177 for six.
On the total of 199 England lost the next three wickets with Moeen Ali, 18 and Stuart Broad falling to successive balls from Chris Morris and Liam Dawson went in the next over for 13 when he was held at backward square leg off Maharaj. Finally the innings was wound up on 205 with Morris claiming Mark Wood for his third wicket for 38. Maharaj too had three but conceded only 21 from ten overs.
Resuming their first innings on 309 for 6, any hope that South Africa might have had of building a big first innings total was soon faded with James Anderson producing an inspired spell of seam bowling in cloudy conditions. In his first over he removed Vernon Philander without an addition to his score of 54. It was a fine delivery which rose a little as it came in and in trying to play it to leg Philander got a leading edge for a looping catch at short cover.
In his next over he found the outside edge of Maharajís bat for a catch at second slip. He went without scoring with the total 317 for eight. Anderson continued taking wickets in successive overs. Morris, who had added 13 to his overnight score of 23, gave a return catch off the shoulder of the bat as he tried to play to the leg side. He had taken the total to 330 along with Morne Morkel whom Anderson accounted for with a catch behind for 8 and the tourists were all out for 335.
Anderson finished with excellent figures of five for 72, his 22nd five-wicket haul, and that included a remarkable spell in which he claimed the last 4 wickets for four in 3.2 overs. It was a bowlersí day with as many as 15 wickets falling and 306 runs being scored by the two sides.
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