South Africa vs England 4th Test Day 3: Rabada’s seven-for keeps South Africa on top

Rabada finished with career-best figures of 7-112 off 29 overs

Rabada finished with career-best figures of 7-112 off 29 overs

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South Africa pace bowler Kagiso Rabada ripped through England’s batting line-up with a seven-wicket haul to ensure the Proteas stayed in command on the third day of the fourth Test in Centurion.

Starting out the day on 138/2, England lost captain Alastair Cook fairly early on before the tourists lost three wickets for three runs, which included that of Joe Root, who scored 76 off 128 balls, which included 11 boundaries.

Root scored his 19th Test fifty

Root scored his 19th Test fifty

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England continued to lose wickets at regular intervals, but Moeen Ali put up a fight towards the end as he made 61 off 101 deliveries, which included 11 boundaries.

Ali hit 11 boundaries during his knock of 61

Ali hit 11 boundaries during his knock of 61

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Thanks to Ali’s resistance, England managed to make 342 before they were bowled out, which gave South Africa a 133-run lead.

Rabada inflicted the most damage with seven wickets, while Morne Morkel snapped up two and JP Duminy chipped in with one.

With a 133-run lead in hand, the Proteas did not get their second innings off to a good start as they lost opener Dean Elgar early on for just one run.

However, debutant Stephen Cook and Hashim Amla made up for the early loss of Elgar with an unbeaten 37-run partnership before bad light brought play to an end earlier than expected.

Cook finished on 23 off 58 balls, which included four boundaries, while Amla remained undefeated on 16 off 41 deliveries, which included two boundaries.

James Anderson was the only bowler to take a wicket.

South Africa ended day three on 42/1 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:04 local time or 08:04 GMT.

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