South Africa vs England 2nd Test Day 3: Amla stars as South Africa fight back

Amla celebrates after scoring his 24th Test century

Amla celebrates after scoring his 24th Test century

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South Africa captain Hashim Amla led from the front as the Proteas launched a superb counter-attack against England on the third day of the second Test in Cape Town.

Amla, who scored an unbeaten 157, was well supported by AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis as they made 88 and 51 not out respectively.

Starting out the day on 141/2, Amla and de Villiers converted their 56-run partnership into a 183-run stand, during which Amla brought up his 24th Test century and de Villiers his half-century, before de Villiers was caught by James Anderson at midwicket off the bowling of Steven Finn.

De Villiers’ excellent innings of 88 came off 211 balls and included 12 boundaries and a six.

De Villiers scored his 39th Test fifty

De Villiers scored his 39th Test fifty

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Despite losing de Villiers, Amla and du Plessis continued to take the attack to England as they put together an unbeaten 85-run partnership, during which Amla surpassed the 150-run mark and du Plessis registered his half-century, before stumps was called.

Amla finished on 157 off 371 balls, which included 21 boundaries, while du Plessis remained undefeated on 51 off 115 deliveries, which included six boundaries.

Du Plessis raises his bat after bringing up his half-century

Du Plessis raises his bat after bringing up his half-century

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Finn and Ben Stokes claimed one wicket each.

South Africa ended day three on 353/3 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:00 local time or 08:30 GMT.

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