ENG vs SA, 2nd Test: After being thrashed in the first Test, England showed a great fightback on the first day of the second Test at Emirates Old Trafford stadium in Manchester. Ollie Robinson replaced Potts in the bowling line but it was James Anderson and Stuart Broad who did the bulk of the damage to South Africa’s innings.
Anderson was right on the money from his first very spell itself. He made good use of the conditions and took the first wicket of Erwee only in the 5th over of the innings. Skipper, Elgar didn’t stay too long either as he was done by one beauty of the delivery from Stuart Broad.
In his very next over, Broad had Petersen with another beauty to leave Proteas in trouble at 41 for 3. Skipper, Ben Stokes then accounted for the wicket of Makram (14) and van der Dussen (16) to pile on further misery as South Africa had lost half of their side for just 76 runs on the board.
James Anderson then had Maharaj (0) and Harmer (2) in two successive deliveries to take 7 South African wickets for just 92 runs on the board. It looked like the visitors might get bowled out under a 100-run total. However, a resilient 36 off 72 from Kagiso Rabada meant South Africa managed 151 runs on the board at the end of the first innings.
James Anderson and Stuart Broad both ended up picking 3 wickets each, while Ben Stokes claimed two. South African bowlers too started wonderfully as Lungi Ngidi accounted for Alex Lees with a peach of a delivery in just the second over of the second innings. Later, Nortje cleaned up Pope, while Rabada had Joe Root caught behind to leave England at 43 for 3.
However, the in-form Jonny Bairstow counter-attacked as his unbeaten 45-ball 38 took England to 111 for 3 at Stumps on day 1.
ENG vs SA, 2nd Test Day 1 Stumps: England111 for 3 (Bairstow 38*, Crawley 17*) trail South Africa151 (Rabada 36, Anderson 3-32, Broad 3-37) by 40 runs
Follow MadOverCricket for the latest cricket news, cricket match updates, live cricket scores, cricket series updates, and more!