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ENG vs SA: England thrash SA by an innings and 85 runs to level series 1-1

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ENG vs SA: South Africa defeated England by an innings in the first Test. However, little did they know they would have to suffer a similar fate in the next Test match in Manchester. Ben Stokes and Co. thrashed England by an innings and 85 runs in the second Test on Saturday to level the series 1-1.

The bowlers came out all guns blazing on the first day of the Test match. The experienced duo of James Anderson and Stuart Broad ran through South Africa’s batting unit as they combined to pick 6 wickets between them.

None of the South African batters could reach the half-century mark as they were bundled out for just 151 runs at the end of the first innings. Even that total wouldn’t have been possible had Rabada not played a 36-run knock in the latter stage of the innings.

However, South African bowlers ignited some hope when they picked the first three English wickets for just 43 runs. But in-form Jonny Bairstow counter-attacked and took England to 134 before getting out off Nortje. He made 49 in 63 balls. Zack Crawley got out soon as England lost half of their side for 147 runs.

South Africa had the chance to make a comeback from that position but Ben Stokes and Ben Foakes had other ideas. The England skipper, once again, stepped up when the team needed him the most. He played a sensational knock of 103 runs in 163 balls, while Ben Foakes remained unbeaten on 113 off 217. Thanks to those two valuable knocks, England went on to reach a mammoth 415 at the end of the second innings.

Ollie Robinson, who didn’t look at his best in the first innings, picked four wickets when South Africa came out to bat again. However, it was James Anderson, Stokes, and Broad who picked the vital wickets, denying South Africa to stitch big partnerships. In the end, they were bundled out for just 179 runs.

ENG vs SA Brief Scores: England 415 for 9 dec (Foakes 113*, Stokes 103) beat South Africa 151 (Anderson 3-32, Broad 3-37) and 179 (Petersen 42, Robinson 4-43) by 123 runs

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Pratik Pathak
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