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ENG vs SA, 4th Test, Day 1- As It Happened

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: August 4, 2017, 11:38 PM IST

England vs South Africa Live Cricket Score, Basil D 4th Test, Old Trafford, Manchester 04 August, 2017

Toss won by England (decided to bat)

England beat South Africa by 177 runs

Man of the Match: Moeen Ali

ENG vs SA, 4th Test, Day 1- As It Happened

Joe Root and Faf du Plessis during toss ahead of the beginning the match (Getty Images)

Catch all the action of the match with our ball-by-ball commentary.

England won the toss and Joe Root decided to bat first. So far all the three Test matches in the series have been won by the team batting first. England have a great chance of winning a first home series against South Africa since 1998.

South Africa on the other hand would like to continue their glorious form away from home by winning the last Test at Manchester and drawing the series 2-2.

Playing XIs:

England: Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Tom Westley, Joe Root(c), Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow(w), Moeen Ali, Toby Roland-Jones, Stuart Broad, James Anderson

South Africa: Heino Kuhn, Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Theunis de Bruyn, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Duanne Olivier

Commentary (South Africa innings)

Finally we come to end of this long and exciting series between England and South Africa. The latter go back home, bruised and tired, but to participate in an exciting revamped domestic T20 series. The English, on the other hand, do not have much of a break and get ready to face West Indies next. Hope you enjoyed all the action and see you again soon! Until then take goodbye and take care!

England's skipper Joe Root says he is really pleased with the way things have gone and his guys have responded well. On the target set by them, says he knew it was a lot of runs but Faf and Hashim put them in pressure but his side bounced back strong by taking their chances. About his new ball attack (Broad and Anderson), he says it is fabulous and hopes they carry on for a few more years. Goes on to say his side faced different challenges but played well as a unit and need more hard work in the future. About the balance of the team, sees 5 bowlers and one all-rounder as the way to go. Ends by saying it is a very proud moment to win the series against South Africa after 20 years at home. Feels that it has been a fantastic team performance which is what it takes to win.

South Africa's skipper Faf du Plessis on it being a long tour, starts by congratulating the English team as they were consistently better. Feels that it has been a tough time ever since they came with the one days before the Champions Trophy which was disappointing. States that they tried their best but England kept coming up with answers. Feels that a combination of things went wrong for them. Further adds that the quality of the English was good. However his side did not take their chances. Mentions that Bairstow and Moeen were dropped which really hurt them. Feels that those half chances should have been taken. Also is of the opinion that they (England) almost got an extra player because of the all-rounders and balance in their side. States that they always had one guy coming and blowing them away. Goes on to say that it was frustrating to miss Vernon Philander and Chris Morris, the former being their most important bowler. Again mentions that the English side are fortunate to have so many all-rounders. Ends by saying he feels proud of playing here in England and talks about being crowned number one here last time they came. Overall he says they had fun but were consistently outplayed by them.

MOEEN ALI is the MAN OF THE MATCH and also the England Man Of The Series by South African coach Russell Domingo for his consistency throughout the series with bat and ball. He is thankful to the crowd for egging him on throughout the series and says it helps a player a lot. On the thought in the English camp when Amla and du Plessis were going great, Moeen says that his team knows that they are great players and they were patient. Once a wicket fell, it just paved the way. Adds that he was looking to bowl on the fuller area on the rough and reaped rewards. Also says that he is enjoying the freedom to bat at number 8.

South African Man of the series, Morne Morkel says he enjoyed getting the award. Also says he was happy with the way he bowled. Adds that he was committed to hit the lengths and get consistency and feels it was crucial to get a fuller length consistently which is something he has been working on. On his battle with Cook, he feels it has been quality and he enjoys bowling to left-handers. He does a lot of that with brothers in his backyard and ends by saying he was happy to lead the attack here.

South Africa were given a total of 380 to chase. However with the way they had been batting throughout the series coupled with the difficult batting conditions, it was always going to be big ask. The openers did not bother scorers much But Amla played a fighting knock of 83. He was given good support from Faf du Plessis as the two added 123 runs together. However once their partnership was broken before Tea, the final session of the day looked certain to be the last of the series. The tail did not wag for too long as Ali got in the act finishing with a 5-fer. With that, England wrapped up the series convincingly. Stay tuned for the presentation.

In reply, South Africa managed to score just 226 runs as none of their batsmen could rack up a score over 50. Bavuma top scored with a score of 46 with Ali making 30. James Anderson was the pick of the bowler as he picked four wickets. He was given good support by Broad who picked up three scalps. By then, England looked pretty comfortable as they just had to add further on to their first innings lead. They did that courtesy of some quickfire runs off the bat of Ali who scored 75 off 66. Root had created the base for that with a well made 49 himself. Morkel was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets while Olivier took three.

England will be very very happy as they win a home series against South Africa for the first time since 1998! The game never looked in doubt as the hosts looked in complete control of the match since day 2! A terrific knock of 99 from Bairstow ensured that England reached a commanding first innings total of 362. Things could have been very different had Bairstow not been dropped on 15. Root and Stokes played a good hand of 52 and 58 respectively in the innings as well.

62.5 M Ali to D Olivier, OUT! Ali cleans the last man straightaway to clinch the victory and series for England! How apt as he has been the star performer for the team in this series and he picks up another 5-fer. It was a loopy ball on off and Olivier tried to prod at it off his front foot. The ball took an outside edge and flew to Stokes at first slip who took a regulation catch. THE HOSTS WIN THE SERIES 3-1! 202/10

DUANNE OLIVIER, the last man is in next.

62.4 M Ali to Morkel, OUT! Morkel's stay in the middle has come to an end as Ali picks his fourth wicket. It was a loopy ball outside off and Morkel cleared his front leg to try and smack this over the bowlers head. He did not get the direction that he wanted as the ball flew towards mid off. Joe Root back-tracked and kept his eye on the ball, taking a good jumping catch. England are a wicket away from a win now! 202/9

62.3 M Ali to K Maharaj, Full and outside off again, driven towards long off for a single. 202/8

62.2 M Ali to Maharaj, SIX! Some runs in the kitty for Maharaj. It was a tossed up delivery outside off, Maharaj came down the track and sent it sailing over long on. There was a fielder in the deep but only as a spectator. 201/8

62.1 M Ali to Maharaj, A short ball on middle, pulled towards square leg. 195/8

MORNE MORKEL walks in at number 10, replacing Rabada.

61.6 Anderson to Rabada, OUT! Caught! Number 8 goes! Full and outside off, a touch wider, Rabada drove it uppishly. He could not get enough elevation but what a catch from Tom Westley at short cover. He leapt full stretch and took a wonderful catch. The end is nigh... 195/8

61.5 J Anderson to Rabada, The length is a touch shorter and KG defends solidly. 195/7

Change of angle from Anderson...

61.4 J Anderson to Rabada, Fuller again, now Kagiso looks to play the off drive but the ball goes off the inner half of the bat towards the bowler. 195/7

61.3 J Anderson to Rabada, Full and on middle, pushed back to the bowler off the inner half towards mid on. 195/7

61.2 J Anderson to Maharaj, Fuller and straighter, Keshav flicks across the line for a single. Ooohs and aaahhs from the fielders. 195/7

61.1 J Anderson to Maharaj, Outside off, Maharaj pushes inside the line but is beaten. 194/7

60.6 M Ali to Rabada, Outside off, plenty of loop on offer, left alone. 194/7

60.5 M Ali to Maharaj, Full and outside off, Keshav comes down the track and works it towards long on. A single taken. 194/7

60.4 Ali to Maharaj, FOUR! That is a fine shot. Full and outside off, Maharaj comes down the track and blasts this down the ground. Mid off barely moved and mid on had to go to long off to fetch the ball. 193/7

60.3 M Ali to Maharaj, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. 189/7

60.2 M Ali to K Rabada, Full and outside off, Rabada looks to push but gets a thick outside edge behind gully to third man for a single. 189/7

60.1 M Ali to Rabada, Full and outside off, watchfully defended. 188/7

59.6 J Anderson to Maharaj, Outside off, blocked off the back foot. 188/7

59.5 J Anderson to Maharaj, A length ball outside off, punched beautifully but straight to short cover. 188/7

59.4 J Anderson to Maharaj, A bouncer now, to test Maharaj's footwork, the batsman ducks. 188/7

59.3 J Anderson to Maharaj, Stays back in his crease now to block. 188/7

59.2 J Anderson to Maharaj, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 188/7

59.1 J Anderson to Maharaj, FOUR! Short and outside off, Maharaj punches it behind point. The fielder gets a hand to it and deflects it behind. There is a fielder in the deep but the ball wins the race. 188/7

58.6 M Ali to Rabada, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 184/7

58.5 M Ali to K Rabada, Full and outside off, Rabada pushes at it but gets a healthy outside edge. Does not carry to second slip. 184/7

58.4 M Ali to Rabada, Outside off, watchfully defended. 184/7

58.3 M Ali to Maharaj, Not out! Rabada was safe! Ali had floated that on middle and Maharaj had driven it straight down the pitch. The bowler got a hand to it as the ball went on to hit the stumps at the non-striker's end. It deflected away and went towards long on, meanwhile Rabada did not realize where the ball had gone but Maharaj called him for a single. England and especially Bairstow were interested as they appealed, the umpire decided to check with the third umpire just to be safe. Replays showed that Rabada was well and truly safe as one run is added to the total. 184/7

Run out appeal! England are excited as they feel Rabada is gone at the non-striker's end off a deflection from Moeen Ali's hand.

58.2 M Ali to Maharaj, Defends this one off the back foot this time. 183/7

58.1 M Ali to Maharaj, Loopy ball on off, played off the front foot and into the ground. 183/7

57.6 J Anderson to Rabada, Yorker and it looked really good. Rabada did very well to get his bat down and dig the ball out. Well played in the end. 183/7

57.5 J Anderson to Rabada, Good length ball outside off, left alone by Rabada. 183/7

57.4 J Anderson to K Rabada, Full on off, driven towards covers this time. 183/7

57.3 J Anderson to Rabada, Defends this off the back foot. 183/7

57.2 J Anderson to Rabada, Rabada chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 183/7

KAGISO RABADA walks in next.

57.1 J Anderson to Plessis, OUT! Got 'em! Du Plessis is not pleased at all with himself. He had worked so hard up until this point but falls to a rash shot. It was a good length ball wide outside off and du Plessis went to cut it through point. The ball took a faint edge and went straight behind into the gloves of Bairstow. England are just three wickets away from a well-deserved victory now. Jimmy Anderson gets his second of the innings. 183/7

56.6 M Ali to Maharaj, Floated on off, driven towards mid off by Maharaj. 183/6

56.5 M Ali to Maharaj, On the pads, worked down the leg side. 183/6

56.4 M Ali to Maharaj, Gets behind this to defend the ball from within the crease. 183/6

56.3 M Ali to Plessis, Floated on middle and leg, flicked away for a single. 183/6

56.2 M Ali to Plessis, Loopy on middle, bunted back to the bowler. 182/6

56.1 M Ali to Plessis, Floated on middle, defended well by du Plessis. 182/6

ALI to continue. Slip, leg slip and a short leg in place.

55.6 J Anderson to Maharaj, Fullish outside off, defended nicely by Maharaj. Maiden over to begin with after Tea then! 182/6

55.5 J Anderson to Maharaj, Fullish on off, defended solidly once again. 182/6

55.4 J Anderson to Maharaj, Good length on off, pushed to the leg side off the back foot. 182/6

55.3 J Anderson to Maharaj, Another solid back foot defense by Maharaj. 182/6

55.2 J Anderson to Maharaj, Gets right behind the line to defend this from within the crease. 182/6

55.1 J Anderson to Maharaj, Bowls it on a length just outside off. Pushed to short cover off the back foot. 182/6

We're back for the third and final session of the day. Could well be the last session of the series as well. ANDERSON to bowl, MAHARAJ is on strike.

...Day 4, Final Session...

Things were looking a bit worrisome for the home side but the last 15 minutes have brought back the momentum. It is now only a matter of time before they wrap it up, as they are just 4 wickets away from a series win. If truth be told, Faf du Plessis is the only recognized batsman left, so they should not have too much trouble in finishing this off. 34 overs are left in the day, so hard to see this game going till tomorrow. The weather looks set for the rest of the day. Join us back at 1700 local (1600 GMT) for what could be and should be the final rites of this match and series

Amla and Faf had added 123 for the 4th wicket before the former fell which is fine but then as more often than not happens - after such a big stand, a couple of wickets fall quickly and de Kock and de Bruyn fell cheaply.

Big change in the game, this session. It was all going South Africa's way till Moeen Ali came back on to bowl a few minutes before Tea. They had made 142 runs in this session in 36 overs and lost 3 wickets but those dismissals came in the space of 15 balls, totally nullifying the fight shown by Amla and du Plessis.

54.6 M Ali to Maharaj, Comes down the track, gets to the pitch of the ball. Plays it to mid-wicket for a single. That is TEA ON DAY 4! 182/6

54.5 M Ali to Plessis, Loopy ball on middle, swept away for a single. 181/6

54.4 M Ali to Plessis, On the pads, worked down the leg side. 180/6

54.3 M Ali to Maharaj, Floated on off, played towards point for a single. 180/6

54.2 M Ali to Maharaj, Defends this by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 179/6

54.1 M Ali to Maharaj, Dropped! That was floated on off and found the inside edge. Maharaj looked to defend it off his front foot but edged it onto his pads. The ball went behind and hit the glove of Bairstow before bouncing off his chest to fall beside the stumps. Could have easily been a catch for the keeper had he reacted swiftly. 179/6

53.6 T Roland-Jones to Maharaj, Finds the edge of the bat this time as it goes behind point for a single. 179/6

53.5 T Roland-Jones to Maharaj, Play and miss! It was a length ball outside off and it squared Maharaj up. Good ball from Roland-Jones. 178/6

53.4 T Roland-Jones to Maharaj, Floated on middle, gets behind the line to defend it. 178/6

53.3 T Roland-Jones to Plessis, Confusion between the two but safe. That was on a good length and finds the edge. That goes towards Ali at backward point. He does not gather the ball cleanly as it allows the two to complete the single. 178/6

53.2 T Roland-Jones to Plessis, FOUR! Charges down the track and gets to the pitch of the ball to smack it past the fielder at mid on. The ball races away to the boundary as Faf seems to step on the gas now. 177/6

53.1 T Roland-Jones to Plessis, Slightly full on middle, defended to the leg side this time. 173/6

KESHAV MAHARAJ walks in next.

52.6 M Ali to de Bruyn, OUT! Second wicket in the over! This game has changed big time. Landed outside off, de Bruyn stays back to defend. Not quite sure whether the ball spun or went away off the drift but somehow, it took the edge. It was a low one to Ben Stokes at first slip and he made no mistake. England 4 wickets away from a series win. 173/6

52.5 M Ali to Bruyn, Full and around off, watchfully defended. 173/5

THEUNIS DE BRUYN walks in next at number 7, replacing de Kock.

52.4 M Ali to de Kock, OUT! Edged and gone! De Kock goes cheaply. Full and outside off, de Kock looks to drive but the ball spins away slightly and goes off the outside edge. Alastair Cook at second slip does the formalities. Forgetful Test for de Kock. Or even series. 173/5

52.3 M Ali to Kock, Full and outside off, de Kock comes down the track and defends. 173/4

52.2 M Ali to Plessis, Full and outside off, swept through mid-wicket for a single. The stand moves to 10 from 12 balls. 173/4

14th Test Fifty for Faf du Plessis, his second of the series. Can he get a fighting ton?

52.1 M Ali to Plessis, FOUR! Beautiful shot. Full and outside off, du Plessis gets across and whips this wide of mid on. Joe Root gets across to his right, dives, but the ball goes through. A fighting knock from the skipper. 208 more to win now... 172/4

51.6 T Roland-Jones to Plessis, Drives this wide of cover now for one. 168/4

51.5 T Roland-Jones to Kock, Full and wide outside off, de Kock leans and drives it wide of mid off for a run. 167/4

51.4 T Roland-Jones to Plessis, Around off, angling in, tucks it through square leg for a single. 166/4

51.3 T Roland-Jones to Plessis, Goes back and blocks it out. 165/4

51.2 T Roland-Jones to Plessis, On a good length, flicked to mid-wicket for a couple. 165/4

51.1 T Roland-Jones to Plessis, Full outside off, it has been driven to wide mid off. 163/4

50.6 M Ali to Kock, Puts on his dancing shoes, gets to the pitch of the ball and defends. 163/4

50.5 M Ali to Kock, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 163/4

50.4 M Ali to Kock, Comes forward this time to meet the ball. 163/4

50.3 M Ali to Kock, Landed outside off, de Kock looks to defend but the ball spins and bounces away sharply. 163/4

Quinton de Kock comes in next.

50.2 Ali to Amla, OUT! Ali gets Amla! The review has proved to be a good one. It was pitching outside off but spinning sharply in. Struck him in line and was going on to hit the leg stump. Replays showed a small spike as the ball went past the bat but it was not enough to convince the umpire there was an edge. Amla missed his flick and this time he paid the penalty. The 123-run stand has come to an end along with what could be Amla's last knock in England. 163/4

England have gone for the review for lbw! Looks plumb to the naked eye, let's see what the replay shows.

50.1 M Ali to Plessis, Loopy ball on the pads, flicked away down the leg side for a single. 163/3

Silly point comes in place now.

49.6 T Roland-Jones to Amla, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. 162/3

49.5 T Roland-Jones to Amla, Struck on the pads once again. That was full on the pads and Amla missed his flick. 162/3

49.4 T Roland-Jones to Plessis, Leg bye! Down the leg side this time as du Plessis looks to flick it. The ball goes off his pads and down the leg side. They sneak in a leg bye. 162/3

49.3 T Roland-Jones to Plessis, FOUR! Could have been a caught and bowled! That was full on off and du Plessis played it uppishly past the bowler. Roland-Jones got his hands towards it but failed to get anything on the ball. The ball raced away to the boundary ropes at long off. 161/3

49.2 T Roland-Jones to Plessis, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 157/3

49.1 T Roland-Jones to Plessis, Back of a length, punched off the back foot towards mid off. There was a misfield but it almost resulted in a run-out at the striker's end. Two runs taken with a bit of luck. 157/3

Toby Roland-Jones comes back to bowl.

48.6 M Ali to Plessis, Flighted on middle, swept away for a single. 155/3

48.5 M Ali to du Plessis, Floated on middle, gets an inside edge on the pads. 154/3

48.4 M Ali to Plessis, Defended from within the crease now. 154/3

48.3 M Ali to Amla, Floated on the pads, flicked away for a single. 154/3

48.2 M Ali to Amla, Loopy ball on off, driven straight back. 153/3

48.1 M Ali to Amla, SIX! Amla dances down the track and smacks this straight over the bowler's head. That sails all the way over the ropes for the first six of this innings. Superb shot from Amla! 153/3

47.6 Joe Root to Plessis, Floated on off, driven straight back to Root. He parries it back to the stumps at the non striker's end. 147/3

47.5 Joe Root to Plessis, FOUR! Smacked back down the ground! It was loopy and full on off. Du Plessis drove it past mid off for the boundary. Superb shot from the skipper against his counterpart. 147/3

47.4 Joe Root to Plessis, Plays this off the front foot and into the ground. 143/3

Coming from over the wicket now!

47.3 Joe Root to Plessis, Keeps the same line and du Plessis works it down the leg side. 143/3

47.2 Joe Root to Plessis, Another one down the leg side. Du Plessis pads it to the leg side. 143/3

47.1 Joe Root to Plessis, Floated on the pads, clipped to mid-wicket. 143/3

46.6 M Ali to Amla, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. 143/3

46.5 M Ali to Amla, Tosses this up, Hashim is not interested and dead-bats it. 143/3

46.4 M Ali to Amla, Full again, watchfully kept out. 143/3

46.3 M Ali to Amla, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 143/3

46.2 M Ali to Amla, Full and around off, watchfully defended. 143/3

100-run stand comes up! The fourth one for South Africa in this series and Amla has been involved in three of them. Shows his importance to the side.

46.1 M Ali to Amla, FOUR! There comes the century stand. A good fight shown after the early hiccups. Landed outside off, Amla goes back and punches it behind point. There is a fielder in the deep but he is far too fine and Amla gets a boundary. 237 more needed to win now. 143/3

45.6 Joe Root to Plessis, Full on off, flicked straight to short mid-wicket. 139/3

45.5 Joe Root to Amla, Full and outside off, pushed towards mid on. 139/3

45.4 Joe Root to Amla, Dug in short, that seemed like a seam-up delivery, on middle, Amla works it straight to short leg. 138/3

45.3 Joe Root to Amla, Full and tossed up outside off, driven through the covers for a couple. Amla moves to 71 now. 138/3

45.2 Joe Root to Plessis, Full and outside off, swept powerfully through square leg for a single. 136/3

45.1 Joe Root to Plessis, Full and outside off, stays low, du Plessis defends. 135/3

Interesting. JOE ROOT brings himself on. He has been reluctant to bowl ever since he has become the captain.

44.6 M Ali to Amla, Full and outside off, Hashim looks to reverse sweep this and does so. Stokes gets across to his right in anticipation but the ball goes very fine, just past the keeper. Two runs taken. 135/3

44.5 M Ali to Amla, Goes back and flicks it straight to short leg. 133/3

44.4 M Ali to Amla, Landed well outside off, Amla pads it away. 133/3

44.3 M Ali to Plessis, Pushes this through mid on for a single. 133/3

44.2 M Ali to Plessis, Full and miles outside off, du Plessis gets a long way across and shoulders arms, trying to pad it away but the ball goes straight to Ben Stokes at first slip. 132/3

44.1 M Ali to Plessis, Down the leg side, worked towards mid-wicket. 132/3

43.6 Ben Stokes to Amla, FOUR! Short and outside off, not that bad a ball as the previous boundary, but this time Amla gets on top of the bounce, leaps and punches it through the covers for another boundary. The stand moves to 92 now and the Proteas need another 248 to win. 132/3

43.5 Ben Stokes to Amla, Another back foot defense. 128/3

43.4 Ben Stokes to Amla, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 128/3

43.3 Ben Stokes to Amla, A better bouncer, Hashim ducks. 128/3

43.2 Ben Stokes to Amla, FOUR! A good shot. Not as much venom in this pitch as it was earlier. So if you are going to bang it in, make sure you bang it very short. Else it will sit up for the batsman to play a shot he wishes. Amla punches this through the covers and gets a boundary. Moves to 63 with his 11th boundary. 128/3

43.1 Ben Stokes to du Plessis, A short ball outside off, du Plessis plays a controlled pull shot behind square leg for a single. 124/3

Root, Broad and Stokes get into a three-way chat. Broad seems to be doing all the talking and Root looks a bit pensive.

42.6 M Ali to Amla, Well bowled, loops this outside off, gets it to spin in, HA looks to defend from his crease but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads. 123/3

42.5 M Ali to Amla, Flighted outside off, Hashim comes down the track and defends it to the off side. 123/3

42.4 M Ali to Amla, Full and outside off, Amla looks to play the reverse sweep but toe ends it to first slip. Ben Stokes at first slip overruns a bit again to his right but because the ball came slowly, this time he is able to stop it. 123/3

42.3 M Ali to Amla, The batsman has been struck on the pads as he looked to play that off the front foot. 123/3

42.2 M Ali to Plessis, The batsman plays a sweep shot. They pick up a single. 123/3

42.1 M Ali to Plessis, Full and outside off, turning in sharply. Du Plessis adjusts well and tucks it straight to short fine leg. 122/3

Root gets a change of pace. MOEEN ALI has been brought back on to bowl.

41.6 Ben Stokes to Amla, FOUR! Guess that was bowled purposely. Amla was dismissed in a similar fashion down the leg side in the first innings. But this is far too wide outside leg and Amla flicks it to the fine leg fence. The stand moves to 82 now and South Africa need 258 more to win. 122/3

41.5 Ben Stokes to Amla, On a length outside off, watchfully defended from the crease. 118/3

41.4 Ben Stokes to Amla, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 118/3

41.3 Ben Stokes to Amla, On middle and leg, flicked towards short mid-wicket. 118/3

41.2 Ben Stokes to Amla, The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact. 118/3

41.1 Ben Stokes to Amla, A bouncer but down the leg side, Amla ducks. 118/3

40.6 S Broad to Plessis, Outside off, watchfully defended. 118/3

40.5 S Broad to Plessis, FOUR! Fabulous shot. The last ball he could not get it away but this time he does. Full and wide outside off, du Plessis reaches out to this one and drives it through the covers for a boundary. 118/3

40.4 S Broad to Plessis, Full and wide outside off, driven straight to mid off. 114/3

40.3 S Broad to Plessis, Gets across and pushes it towards mid on. 114/3

40.2 S Broad to Plessis, Another defensive shot from the crease. 114/3

Silly mid on comes in place now.

40.1 S Broad to Plessis, Landed outside off, left alone. 114/3

39.6 Ben Stokes to Amla, Stays back in his crease and blocks. 114/3

39.5 Ben Stokes to Amla, EDGED, DOES NOT CARRY! Are the slips standing a bit too deep? Not sure. Full and wide outside off, Amla looks to drive but gets a thick outside edge. However, the ball does not carry to Alastair Cook at first slip. Now, the keeper and first slip come up a step. 114/3

39.4 Ben Stokes to H Amla, Full and outside off, driven beautifully but straight to mid off. 114/3

39.3 Ben Stokes to Amla, Goes back in his crease and defends. 114/3

39.2 Ben Stokes to Amla, The ball is way outside the off stump, easy leave for the batsman. 114/3

39.1 Ben Stokes to Amla, Full and outside off, watchfully defended. 114/3

38.6 S Broad to Amla, WHOA! Was that from a crack? Serious movement. Broad lands this on a length wide outside off. Amla goes back to punch it through the off side but the ball cuts in a long way, cramps him for room and then gets the inside edge towards fine leg. He starts appealing for something, wonder what. A single taken. 114/3

38.5 S Broad to Plessis, Angles this from outside off into Faf, he looks to tuck it away but the ball hits his thighs and goes behind square leg. A leg bye taken. 113/3

38.4 S Broad to Plessis, Lands it on a length outside off, Faf comes forward to defend but the ball lifts suddenly and his bottom hand comes off the bat while blocking it. 112/3

38.3 S Broad to Amla, Full and around off, flicked straight to the man in front of square on the leg side. A single taken. 112/3

38.2 S Broad to Amla, One more leave outside off. 111/3

38.1 S Broad to Amla, Full and outside off, left alone. 111/3

Drinks have been taken. South Africa have slowly looked stronger now in the middle as Amla and du Plessis start getting more comfortable. They are spending valuable time on the crease and if this goes longer, England will begin to get worried.

37.6 Ben Stokes to Plessis, On the pads this time, worked through mid-wicket for a couple. 111/3

37.5 Ben Stokes to Amla, Full on off, driven through the extra cover region covers for a single. Broad from mid off goes to his left and dives to save a certain boundary. 109/3

37.4 Ben Stokes to Amla, Full on off, played off the front foot and into the ground. 108/3

37.3 Ben Stokes to Plessis, On the pads this time, flicked away down the leg side for a single. 108/3

37.2 Ben Stokes to Plessis, Full on off, driven to covers this time. 107/3

37.1 Ben Stokes to Plessis, In the air and safe! Full length ball on off and du Plessis goes for a drive. He does not time it well and gets it off the inside half of the bat. The ball goes uppishly towards the bowler but falls just short of Stokes. 107/3

36.6 S Broad to Amla, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 107/3

36.5 S Broad to Amla, Bouncer! Amla does really well to duck under it. 107/3

36.4 S Broad to Amla, Gets right behind the line of the delivery to defend this one from within the crease. 107/3

36.3 S Broad to Amla, Good length ball around off and angling in. Amla closes the face of his bat to defend but gets a leading edge towards mid off. 107/3

36.2 S Broad to Amla, Another good length ball outside off. Amla wants to do nothing with it. 107/3

36.1 S Broad to Amla, Good length ball outside off. Left alone by Amla. 107/3

35.6 Ben Stokes to Plessis, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 107/3

35.5 Ben Stokes to Amla, On the pads, worked away down the leg side for a single. 107/3

35.4 Ben Stokes to Amla, Full on middle, driven straight back. 106/3

35.3 Ben Stokes to Amla, Back of a length ball, defended off the back foot. 106/3

35.2 Ben Stokes to Amla, Down the leg side, tries flicking but misses. 106/3

35.1 Ben Stokes to Amla, Good length ball outside off. Amla leaves it alone as he shoulders his arms at it. 106/3

34.6 S Broad to Plessis, Good length ball just outside off. Defended off the back foot towards covers. 106/3

34.5 S Broad to Plessis, Full on middle, defended off the front foot towards mid on. 106/3

34.4 S Broad to Plessis, Shows the full face of the bat to defend this one off the back foot. 106/3

34.3 S Broad to Plessis, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 106/3

34.2 S Broad to Plessis, FOUR! Top shot from du Plessis. That was full and on the pads and all du Plessis did was to flick it superbly through fine leg off his back foot for a boundary. 106/3

34.1 S Broad to Plessis, On a good length outside off. It keeps a tad low this time and du Plessis only gets a bottom edge to it as he looks to defend. The ball goes over and past the stumps. On another day, he could easily have dragged it on. 102/3

33.6 Ben Stokes to Amla, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 102/3

33.5 Ben Stokes to Amla, Outside off, Amla has been beaten as he missed the line of the delivery. 102/3

33.4 Ben Stokes to Amla, The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 102/3

33.3 Ben Stokes to Amla, FOUR! Another boundary for Amla as he gets to his 35th Test Fifty. It was a short delivery and he pulled it fine down the leg side to get the boundary. With that, South Africa cross the 100-run mark. The visitors will be hoping that Amla can go on to get a big one. Imagine if he does that, in what could be his last series and game in England, Amla might just go on to take his team to victory. 102/3

33.2 Ben Stokes to Amla, The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 98/3

33.1 Ben Stokes to Amla, FOUR! Not the best of starts. It was angling into the hips, Amla stays back in his crease and clips it through mid-wicket for the boundary. 98/3

BEN STOKES replaces Moeen Ali now.

32.6 S Broad to Plessis, FOUR! Top shot from du Plessis and that should surely give him confidence. It was full length ball on middle. Du Plessis got behind it and drove straight past the bowler and through mid on for the boundary. Both these batsmen are looking comfortable now. 94/3

50-run stand comes up between Amla and Faf du Plessis. South Africa would want this pair to carry on at least until the end of this session.

32.5 S Broad to Amla, Full and on off, driven towards covers for a single. 90/3

32.4 S Broad to Amla, Slightly fuller and that kept pretty low. Amla did well to adjust the bounce as he got behind the line to defend it. 89/3

32.3 S Broad to Amla, Full around off, defended off the front foot and into the ground. 89/3

32.2 S Broad to Amla, Back of a length ball outside off. Amla stays on his back foot and defends it. 89/3

32.1 S Broad to Amla, Full on off, driven straight down the ground. 89/3

STUART BROAD replaces Roland-Jones.

31.6 M Ali to Plessis, Floated on middle, du Plessis gets into the position early and sweeps it through the leg side. Picks up a couple with that. 89/3

31.5 M Ali to Amla, Back of a length, punched off the back foot for a single on the off side. 87/3

31.4 M Ali to Amla, Outside off, Amla offers no struck and is hit on the pads. 86/3

31.3 M Ali to Amla, Floated outside off, Amla fails to get bat on the ball and is hit on the pad. 86/3

31.2 M Ali to Amla, FOUR Byes! That was floated down leg and Amla left it alone. The ball went past the keeper and trickled to the boundary rope at deep fine leg. 86/3

31.1 M Ali to Plessis, Loopy ball on off, driven through covers for a single. 82/3

30.6 T Roland-Jones to Amla, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 81/3

30.5 T Roland-Jones to Amla, FOUR! That was another full length ball on off and Amla drove it through the covers for another boundary. That is his seventh boundary of the inning as he starts to look more and more confident. 81/3

30.4 T Roland-Jones to Amla, Full and on the pads, flicked away for a couple of runs. 77/3

30.3 T Roland-Jones to Amla, Full on off, Amla drives it back towards the bowler. Roland-Jones does well to get a hand to it as he parries the ball towards mid off. 75/3

30.2 T Roland-Jones to Amla, Gets right behind the line of the delivery to defend this one. 75/3

30.1 T Roland-Jones to Amla, Good length ball on off, defended solidly by Amla. 75/3

29.6 M Ali to Amla, On the pads this time, flicked away for a single. 75/3

29.5 M Ali to Plessis, Floated on off. Defended off the front foot for a single. 74/3

29.4 M Ali to Plessis, On the pads, flicked away by du Plessis. 73/3

29.3 M Ali to Amla, Played off the front foot and into the ground towards covers for a single. 73/3

29.2 M Ali to Amla, Floated on off, Amla fails to get any bat on it and is rapped on the pads. 72/3

29.1 M Ali to Amla, Loopy ball on middle, Amla gets right behind the line of the delivery to defend it. 72/3

28.6 T Roland-Jones to Plessis, FOUR! Good length ball outside off and du Plessis goes hard at it. That went off the outer half of his bat wide of gully as he flung his bat at that. 72/3

28.5 T Roland-Jones to Plessis, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 68/3

28.4 T Roland-Jones to Plessis, Oh my, that's got to hurt! It was a good length ball on middle as the ball jags in sharply as well. Du Plessis looked to defend but could not get any bat on it. He gets hit below his ribs and looks in pain. Over at point, Ben Stokes applauds the delivery. Faf shakes the pain away. 68/3

28.3 T Roland-Jones to Plessis, Full on middle, du Plessis plays an uppish drive towards mid on. 68/3

28.2 T Roland-Jones to Plessis, Defended this one by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 68/3

28.1 T Roland-Jones to Plessis, Good length ball outside off. Played past the gully region for a couple of runs. 68/3

27.6 M Ali to Amla, On the pads and flicked away nicely but for no runs. All of a sudden South Africa are adding some quick runs. 66/3

27.5 M Ali to Amla, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 66/3

27.4 M Ali to Amla, FOUR! Reverse sweep this time by Amla and he gets the desired result. That was loopy and around off. Amla did really well to get some bat on the shot as the ball raced away to the third man boundary. 66/3

27.3 M Ali to Amla, Full on middle, driven to mid on. 62/3

27.2 M Ali to Amla, Defended off the back foot this time. 62/3

27.1 M Ali to Plessis, Loopy ball on off, goes forward to defend but gets an edge which goes past slip. Single taken. 62/3

26.6 T Roland-Jones to Amla, FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries for Amla. This time he drives it through the mid off region for the boundary. It was a full length ball and asking to be hit. With that South Africa get 20 percent of their score through this over. 61/3

26.5 T Roland-Jones to Amla, FOUR! Super shot! That's an Amla special! It was a full length ball on off and he timed his cover drive to perfection. He got to the pitch of the ball and creamed it through covers off the middle of the bat. The ball raced away for a well-deserved boundary. 57/3

26.4 T Roland-Jones to Amla, Fullish and on middle, driven towards mid off this time. 53/3

26.3 T Roland-Jones to Amla, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 53/3

26.2 T Roland-Jones to Amla, FOUR! In the air but in the gap! That goes uppishly through the cover-point region for the boundary. It was a fullish ball on off as Amla went for the drive. The ball goes off the outside edge of his bat and races away. Finally some runs for South Africa! 53/3

26.1 T Roland-Jones to Amla, Starts off with a good length ball on off. Defended off the back foot. 49/3

Toby Roland-Jones replaces Anderson.

25.6 M Ali to Plessis, Plays this off the front foot and into the ground. 49/3

25.5 M Ali to Amla, Loopy ball on middle, flicked away off the pads for a single. 49/3

25.4 M Ali to Amla, FOUR! Amla reverse sweeps this away for the boundary at third man. Stokes at slip did really well to anticipate the shot but he overran and missed the ball as it went to his left and raced away to the ropes. Good shot by Amla on this occasion. 48/3

25.3 M Ali to Amla, Fails to put bat on ball this time. 44/3

25.2 M Ali to Plessis, Plays a sweep shot this time for a single. 44/3

25.1 M Ali to Plessis, Shout for lbw but the umpire says no. That was pitching outside off and du Plessis went for the sweep. He missed and got struck on the pads but outside the line of the off stump. 43/3

24.6 J Anderson to Amla, Length ball outside off, played to gully but straight to the fielder. 43/3

24.5 J Anderson to Amla, Good length on middle, played to the leg side off the back foot. 43/3

24.4 J Anderson to Amla, On a length and shaping slightly in. Amla fends it to the off side. 43/3

24.3 J Anderson to Amla, Good length ball on off. Defended by Amla as he got right behind the line of the delivery. 43/3

24.2 J Anderson to Amla, Outside off this time. Amla shoulders his arms at it. 43/3

24.1 J Anderson to Amla, Slightly full on off, played straight back to the bowler. 43/3

23.6 M Ali to Plessis, Loopy ball from Ali and du Plessis plays that off the front foot and into the ground. 43/3

23.5 M Ali to Plessis, Defends this one from within the crease. 43/3

23.4 M Ali to Plessis, Goes for the sweep but plays it straight to short fine leg. 43/3

23.3 M Ali to Plessis, Gets right behind the line of this one to defend it. 43/3

23.2 M Ali to Plessis, Shows the full face of the bat and defends it off the back foot. 43/3

23.1 M Ali to Plessis, Loopy ball on middle, flicked to the leg side but straight to the fielder. 43/3

22.6 J Anderson to Amla, Defends this one from within the crease. 43/3

22.5 J Anderson to Amla, Shout for caught behind! Not given by the umpire. The Englishmen decide against going for the review this time. It was a back of a length ball on off and shaping away. Amla looked to defend but missed and the ball brushed off his thigh pad into the gloves of the keeper. Bairstow appealed but no said the umpire. 43/3

22.4 J Anderson to Amla, Defended off the back foot by Amla. 43/3

22.3 J Anderson to Amla, Another one outside off, left alone by Amla. 43/3

22.2 J Anderson to Plessis, On the pads this time. Worked away towards mid-wicket for a single. 43/3

22.1 J Anderson to Plessis, Outside off, du Plessis leaves it alone. 42/3

21.6 M Ali to Amla, Outside off, worked straight to mid-wicket. 42/3

21.5 M Ali to Amla, Outside off, HA looks to flick but misses and is hit on the pads. 42/3

21.4 Ali to Amla, Huge appeal for LBW, turned down. Full and outside off, Hashim comes forward to defend but misses and is hit on the pads. Root ponders but does not take the review. Good call, because Hawk Eye tracks the impact to be outside off. But Shane Warne on air wonders whether that was a shot being played. On continuous replays, one actually gets the feeling that Amla got his bat behind the pad, which in actual sense, is not offering any shot. Now, that becomes out because impact is meaningless in such cases. But very few umpires consider this case. 42/3

21.3 M Ali to Amla, On middle and leg, Amla gets across and works it straight to square leg. 42/3

21.2 M Ali to Plessis, Full and around off, Faf gets down and sweeps it through square leg for a single. 42/3

21.1 M Ali to Plessis, WAS THAT A CATCH? Perhaps not. Full and around off, du Plessis looks to defend but the ball hits his pads and goes to Keaton Jennings at short leg. He dives in front but cannot hang on. 41/3

20.6 J Anderson to Amla, Landed outside off, hint of away movement, left alone. Quality start from England after Lunch. 41/3

20.5 J Anderson to Amla, On a length outside off, dabbed straight to gully. 41/3

20.4 J Anderson to Amla, Fuller and straighter, Amla defends watchfully. 41/3

20.3 J Anderson to Amla, The batsman works it down the leg side. 41/3

20.2 J Anderson to Amla, Defends this one by getting right behind the line of the delivery. He gets struck on his glove there and looks in some pain. Not too serious though. 41/3

20.1 J Anderson to Amla, Fullish on off, played off the front foot and into the ground. 41/3

19.6 M Ali to Plessis, Defended off the front foot by du Plessis presenting the full face of the bat. 41/3

Leg slip has been introduced.

19.5 M Ali to Plessis, Defends this one solidly. Gets right behind the line of the delivery to do so. 41/3

19.4 M Ali to Amla, Loopy one on the pads again. Flicked away for another single. 41/3

19.3 M Ali to Amla, Another one on the pads, gets an inside edge onto the pads before going to leg slip. 40/3

19.2 M Ali to Amla, Gets his bat down in time as the ball spins into Amla from off. He flicks it to the leg side. 40/3

19.1 M Ali to Amla, Loopy ball on off, defended back down towards cover. 40/3

Lunch has been done with as the players walk out for the second session. Faf du Plessis joins Amla in the middle with Ali to continue.

... DAY 4, SESSION 2 ...

England are well on course towards victory as the players take lunch. The bowlers came out firing and removed the South African openers with ease before removing Bavuma at the stroke of lunch. The seamers are spitting venom with the help of some assistance from the deck. It is getting harder and harder for the visitors to bat. The Proteas are still 339 runs behind with seven wickets in hand. Can the home side wrap them up before the end of the day? They will be looking to do so as soon as possible as the forecast for tomorrow does not look good. Stay tuned for all the action from the second session.

18.6 Roland-Jones to Bavuma, OUT! It's given! It was a very very faint edge there but the third umpire was convinced thanks to the Snicko showing a slight edge. Questionable call as the ball seemed to miss the edge however Snicko showed a small edge which was enough for the umpire to reverse the decision. The ball was on a good length, shaping slightly away and Bavuma looked to defend. He missed it as Bairstow behind took the catch and jumped with joy. All the slip fielders were also interested but Roland-Jones was not sure. However Root pondered before finally taking the review. Good review in the end as Bavuma has to walk. With that, LUNCH HAS BEEN TAKEN! 40/3

Review for caught behind taken by Root. The skipper gets no help from the bowler who was not at all certain if there really was an edge. Nevertheless the fielders behind the stumps were confident and Root went for it.

18.5 T Roland-Jones to Bavuma, Slightly short of a good length. Bavuma gets over it and plays it towards point. 40/2

18.4 T Roland-Jones to Bavuma, Good length ball outside off. Bavuma does well to defend it this time. 40/2

18.3 T Roland-Jones to Bavuma, Past the outside edge! That was on a good length ball outside off. Bavuma gets beaten as he played inside the line. 40/2

18.2 T Roland-Jones to Bavuma, Bavuma drives this straight down the ground towards the fielder. 40/2

18.1 T Roland-Jones to Bavuma, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 40/2

17.6 M Ali to Amla, FOUR! Amla uses his feet well on this instance. It was floated on middle and Amla shuffled across before clipping it through mid-wicket for the boundary. He plays this shot really well. 40/2

17.5 M Ali to Amla, Played off the front foot and into the ground. 36/2

17.4 M Ali to Amla, Loopy on middle, driven towards mid on. 36/2

17.3 M Ali to Amla, Ali bowls this wide outside off. It has been left alone. 36/2

17.2 M Ali to Bavuma, This time Bavuma connects with his sweep. Gets it through square leg for a single. 36/2

17.1 M Ali to Bavuma, Floated outside off, Bavuma looks to sweep but misses it. Gets struck on the pads but that would have missed the stumps. 35/2

16.6 T Roland-Jones to Bavuma, Another fullish ball on off, tapped towards covers for a quick single. 35/2

16.5 T Roland-Jones to Bavuma, Full and on off, played off the front foot towards covers. 34/2

16.4 T Roland-Jones to Bavuma, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 34/2

16.3 T Roland-Jones to Amla, Back of a length delivery angling into the batsman, clips it through the backward square leg region for a single. 34/2

16.2 T Roland-Jones to Bavuma, Fullish on middle, played to mid-wicket for a single. 33/2

16.1 T Roland-Jones to H Amla, Full and on middle. Amla shuffles and flicks it through mid-wicket. It looked like it could have gone to the ropes but Broad chased after it and saved a run. Three runs taken in the end. 32/2

15.6 M Ali to Bavuma, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 29/2

15.5 Ali to Bavuma, Loud appeal for a catch. There was no bat there but. It was a loopy ball on middle and leg and Bavuma went for the flick but missed as the ball spun sharply. The fielder at forward short leg took the catch but the umpire was not interested as the ball had gone off the pads. 29/2

15.4 M Ali to Bavuma, Ouch! Floated on middle. Bavuma stretched forward and sweeps it hard. The ball strikes the man at forward short leg and goes to mid-wicket. Couple taken. 29/2

15.3 M Ali to Amla, Another sweep. This time towards fine leg for another single. 27/2

15.2 M Ali to Bavuma, Loopy on middle, swept to square leg for a single. 26/2

15.1 M Ali to Bavuma, Loopy ball outside off and Bavuma stretches towards the pitch of the ball. He pads it away but the ball spun really sharply. Needs to be careful with these type of shots. 25/2

It's a double change! MOEEN ALI comes on to bowl from the other end.

14.6 T Roland-Jones to Amla, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 25/2

14.5 T Roland-Jones to Bavuma, Good length ball on off, defended off the front foot towards covers for a single. 25/2

14.4 T Roland-Jones to Bavuma, Full and outside off, left alone by Bavuma this time. 24/2

14.3 T Roland-Jones to Bavuma, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 24/2

14.2 T Roland-Jones to T Bavuma, FOUR! Full and outside off. Bavuma goes for a drive but ends up squirting it past gully. The ball races away to the boundary ropes for a welcome boundary. Not a good start by Roland-Jones. 24/2

14.1 T Roland-Jones to Bavuma, Wide and outside off. Bavuma leaves it alone. 20/2

As expected, Toby Roland-Jones comes on to bowl.

13.6 S Broad to Amla, Good length ball wide outside off. Amla shoulders his arms at it. 20/2

13.5 S Broad to Amla, Good length ball on middle, defended straight back to the bowler. 20/2

13.4 S Broad to Amla, Slightly full outside off, left alone by Amla. 20/2

13.3 S Broad to Amla, Lands this outside off, gets it to jag back into the batsman, Amla decides to leave it but the ball goes just past the off stump there. 20/2

13.2 S Broad to Amla, Back of a length, defended off the back foot by Amla. 20/2

13.1 S Broad to Amla, Full, played off the front foot and into the ground. 20/2

12.6 J Anderson to Amla, Leg bye! Struck on the pads as the ball was going down leg. Amla looked to flick but missed as the ball brushed off his pads towards fine leg. They sneak in a leg bye. 20/2

12.5 J Anderson to Amla, Tries flicking this down the leg side but misses. 19/2

12.4 J Anderson to Amla, Defended off the front foot towards the leg side this time. 19/2

12.3 J Anderson to Amla, This is way too good for any batsman. The ball is showing some really good swing movement away from the batsman. Too good to get an outside edge as well. It was pitching on off and jagged sharply away from the outside edge as Amla looked to defend. Super stuff from Jimmy! 19/2

12.2 J Anderson to Amla, Wide outside off, left alone by Amla. 19/2

12.1 J Anderson to Amla, Shows the full face of the bat and defends this one off the back foot. 19/2

11.6 S Broad to Bavuma, That was close! Gets an inside edge this time. He played it really late as the ball was coming into him. The ball falls just beside him as he gets his foot in the way. Blocks the ball from going towards the stumps. 19/2

11.5 S Broad to Bavuma, Action replay of the previous ball. 19/2

11.4 S Broad to Bavuma, Plays this one off the front foot and into the ground. 19/2

Toby Roland-Jones is seen warming up. Might come on to bowl soon.

11.3 S Broad to Bavuma, Close! Bavuma is facing the heat now. That was unplayable from Broad. It was slightly on a length towards the off stump and swung after pitching away from the outside edge. On any other day that could have easily taken an outside edge. 19/2

11.2 S Broad to Bavuma, Another fullish ball wide outside off. Left alone by Bavuma. 19/2

11.1 S Broad to Bavuma, Full and on off, defended solidly off the front foot. 19/2

10.6 J Anderson to Amla, Defends this by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 19/2

10.5 J Anderson to Bavuma, On a good length angling towards leg. Bavuma clips it through square leg for a single. 19/2

10.4 J Anderson to Bavuma, Slightly short and wide outside off. Easy leave for Bavuma. 18/2

10.3 J Anderson to Bavuma, Full and on off, driven towards extra cover. 18/2

10.2 J Anderson to Bavuma, The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 18/2

TEMBA BAVUMA is the new man in.

10.1 J Anderson to Kuhn, OUT! Hint of away movement and it is enough to induce the edge. Heino Kuhn went to push at it but could not get enough of his bat behind it. The ball went off the outside edge into the grateful arms of Cook at first slip. Not a very happy tour for Heino Kuhn as he fails yet again. 18/2

9.6 S Broad to Amla, The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact. 18/1

9.5 S Broad to Amla, Good length ball on middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a couple. Amla finally gets off the mark after 17 deliveries. 18/1

9.4 S Broad to Kuhn, Full around off. Driven past covers off the front foot. Anderson gives the chase from mid off as the ball slows down on its way to the boundary. Three runs taken. 16/1

9.3 S Broad to Kuhn, Wide outside off. Left alone by Kuhn. 13/1

9.2 S Broad to Kuhn, Good length ball around off, punched off the back foot through covers for a brace. 13/1

9.1 S Broad to Kuhn, That was sharp from Broad as it looked slightly quick. Kuhn defends it awkwardly. 11/1

8.6 J Anderson to Amla, Good length ball on off and swinging away. Amla gets behind it to defend the ball. 11/1

8.5 J Anderson to Amla, Wide outside off, left alone by Amla. 11/1

8.4 J Anderson to Amla, Defended off the back foot solidly this time. 11/1

8.3 J Anderson to Amla, Outside off this time, Amla goes for it but misses. 11/1

8.2 J Anderson to Amla, Full around off, Amla looks to defend. There was extra bounce as the ball went off the spice to the off side. 11/1

8.1 J Anderson to Amla, Amla chooses to leave this one outside his off stump. 11/1

7.6 S Broad to Kuhn, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 11/1

7.5 S Broad to Kuhn, Landed outside off, on a length, left alone. 11/1

7.4 S Broad to Kuhn, Good shot for nothing. Half volley wide outside off, HK drives it beautifully but straight to extra cover. 11/1

7.3 S Broad to Kuhn, Short of a length, Heino brings his bat down at the last moment and blocks it to the off side. 11/1

7.2 S Broad to Kuhn, Short and wide outside off, Kuhn slashes hard but misses. Broad has some advice to give to the batsman there. 11/1

7.1 S Broad to Kuhn, On a good length outside off, defended from the crease. 11/1

6.6 J Anderson to Amla, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 11/1

6.5 J Anderson to Amla, Holds the same line, Hashim lets it through again. 11/1

6.4 J Anderson to Amla, Outside off, on a length, swinging away, Amla lets it through. 11/1

6.3 J Anderson to Kuhn, On middle, worked through the leg side for a single. 11/1

6.2 J Anderson to Kuhn, NOT OUT! The umpire's decision stays as England lose one review! That was a full length ball around off and swinging away from Kuhn. He looked to push at it but missed as the ball whizzed past the outside edge. All the fielders behind the stumps and the bowler too were interested as they asked the umpire the question. Dharmasena was not interested but the English players looked adamant that there was a nick. Root had a discussion with his mates before deciding to challenge the decision. Replays showed there was no edge while Snicko showed that the bat might have hit the boot after the ball went past the blade. Kuhn survives, for now at least. 10/1

England are confident here about a caught behind appeal. They reckon Kuhn has nicked that one but umpire Dharmasena shakes his head. After a lot of deliberation, Root signals for the review.

6.1 J Anderson to Kuhn, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 10/1

5.6 S Broad to Amla, This time Amla chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 10/1

5.5 S Broad to Amla, Another play and a miss there. Amla is not at all looking comfortable. 10/1

5.4 S Broad to Amla, Close! Whiskers past the outside edge there! Broad is getting some good swing going. It was slightly fuller and going away from the batsman. Amla looked to defend but missed it. 10/1

5.3 S Broad to Amla, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 10/1

5.2 S Broad to Amla, Amla plays this one off the front foot and into the ground. 10/1

5.1 S Broad to Amla, Amla was beaten and missed the line of the delivery. 10/1

4.6 J Anderson to Kuhn, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 10/1

4.5 J Anderson to Kuhn, Anderson is asking some questions now! This was on a length on middle and leg. Kuhn looked to defend but missed as the ball struck his pads. There was a soft shout for lbw but nothing more than that. 10/1

4.4 J Anderson to Kuhn, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 10/1

4.3 J Anderson to H Kuhn, Good length ball just around off. Kuhn looks to defend off his back foot but gets an outside edge. The ball falls just short and beside the diving arms of the fielder at third slip. 10/1

4.2 J Anderson to Kuhn, Action replay of the previous delivery. 10/1

4.1 J Anderson to Kuhn, Swinging away from outside off. Kuhn leaves it alone. 10/1

3.6 S Broad to Amla, Oooh! Just short! That was on a good length and angling towards leg. Amla looked to flick but there was a fielder at deepish short leg. Could have easily been a catch there. 10/1

3.5 S Broad to Amla, On middle and leg, defended to the leg side. 10/1

HASHIM AMLA is the new man in.

3.4 S Broad to Elgar, OUT! Gone! Stuart Broad is fired up as South Africa lose their first wicket. It was an unplayable delivery! The ball pitched around off and swung slightly away as Elgar looked to defend. It took a faint edge and went behind into the gloves of Bairstow. England are delighted with this start as Elgar walks off shaking his head. 10/1

One can observe Dean Elgar using an extra padding on his left glove. This has come as a reaction to what happened in the previous Test after he suffered a lot of blows on his hand. Before that knock, he had refused to wear that extra padding but better sense has prevailed since.

3.3 S Broad to Elgar, This time, he lets the ball go outside his off stump. 10/0

3.2 S Broad to Elgar, That must have stung! That was slightly on the shorter side and it shot off the pitch. Elgar looked to defend it off his front foot but missed and got struck on the shoulder. Must have hurt though Elgar is not showing any signs of pain. 10/0

3.1 S Broad to Kuhn, Good length ball on the line of the off stump. It is been defended off the back foot to the cover region for a quick single. 10/0

2.6 J Anderson to Elgar, Full on off, driven towards mid off this time. 9/0

2.5 J Anderson to Elgar, Another play and a miss outside the off stump line. 9/0

2.4 J Anderson to Elgar, Goes for a wide one but misses this time. 9/0

2.3 J Anderson to Elgar, Good length ball on leg. Elgar looked to clip but gets struck on the pads. 9/0

2.2 J Anderson to Elgar, FOUR! Top shot! Straight as an arrow! That was full on off and a gentle push was enough along with the precise timing to take the ball down the ground. Moeen Ali gave the chase from mid on but could not get there in time. 9/0

2.1 J Anderson to Elgar, Full on off, pushed straight to mid on. 5/0

1.6 S Broad to Kuhn, Good length, wide outside off. Left alone by Kuhn. 5/0

1.5 S Broad to Kuhn, A short ball outside off, Kuhn looks to fend at it but the ball rises steeply and hits him on his chest. 5/0

1.4 S Broad to Elgar, On a good length to the off side. Defended towards covers for a single. Elgar avoids the pair! 5/0

1.3 S Broad to Elgar, What a ball! That was on a good length and swinging slightly away. Elgar looked to defend it but missed. 4/0

1.2 S Broad to Elgar, Outside off, left alone this time. 4/0

1.1 S Broad to Elgar, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 4/0

STUART BROAD to bowl from the other end.

0.6 J Anderson to Kuhn, Goes past the outside edge once again. That was full and swinging away as Kuhn went to push at it. 4/0

0.5 J Anderson to Kuhn, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 4/0

0.4 J Anderson to H Kuhn, FOUR! Edged! Another away swinger and this time it gets the edge. Kuhn looked to play it to the on side but could not connect the way he wanted to. The ball flew between third slip and gully to race away for the boundary. 4/0

0.3 J Anderson to Kuhn, On a good length on middle. Gets right behind the line of the delivery to defend it. 0/0

0.2 J Anderson to Kuhn, Flashy! That was full and swinging away from the batsman. Kuhn went for the drive but missed it completely. 0/0

0.1 J Anderson to Kuhn, Starts off with a good length ball on off, defended off the front foot. 0/0

First Published: August 4, 2017, 3:14 PM IST

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3 England 4497 105
4 New Zealand 3114 97
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