SA vs ENG, 1st Test, Day 2 Stumps: England and South Africa are currently taking on each other in the first Test after an excellent ODI and T20I series. South Africa’s captain won the toss and elected to field first at Lord’s. It was an overcast condition and the momentum favoured South Africa right from ball one.
Alex Lees and Zak Crawley opened the innings for England. Both the openers didn’t look comfortable, especially against Kagiso Rabada, and got out for five and nine, eventually. England had lost 2 wickets for just 25 runs on the board.
Ollie Pope looked solid at one end but wickets kept falling at the other. Marco Jansen got rid of Joe Root, while Jonny Bairstow fell for Anrich Nortje for a duck on the fifth ball he faced.
Skipper Ben Stokes didn’t stay for too long either as he got out for just 20 runs. The Three Lions never really managed to get on with a steady partnership as the batters kept tumbling except for Ollie Pope.
The English batter crossed the 50-run mark and at the end of Day 1, England had managed 116 runs for the loss of six wickets. Ollie Pope and Stuart Broad resumed the innings for England on day 2. Kagiso Rabada finally got rid of Pope with a fuller delivery outside off. The South African then accounted for Stuart Broad’s wicket before getting Anderson out to bundle England out for just 165 runs. Ollie Pope top-scored with 73 runs.
In reply, Dean Elgar (47) and Sarel Erwee (73) set a brilliant 85-run partnership for the opening wicket to set the foundation. The likes of Keegan Petersen (24), Markram (16), and van der Dussen (19) made small contributions, while Marco Jansen is currently unbeaten at 41 off 57 deliveries.
He received valuable support from K Maharaj, who scored 41 runs in 49, including 7 fours. At the end of day 2, South Africa scored 289 runs for the loss of 7 wickets and have taken a 124-run lead. Stokes was the pick of the bowlers for England, claiming 3 for 53.
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