England vs South Africa 1st Test Day 3: Cook pushes England’s lead past 200

Cook hit nine boundaries during his knock of 59 not out

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England opener Alastair Cook struck an unbeaten 59 to hand his side a 216-run lead over South Africa going into the fourth day of the first Test at Lord’s.

Starting off the day on 214/5, South Africa added 27 runs to their score before Kagiso Rabada was caught behind off the bowling of Liam Dawson for 27.

Temba Bavuma, who started the day on 48, ended up making 59 off 130 balls, which included nine boundaries, before he was dismissed by Moeen Ali.

Quinton de Kock and Vernon Philander stabilised the innings with a 66-run partnership, during which De Kock brought up his fifty.

De Kock scored his 10th Test fifty

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However, he was unable to make the most of it as he was sent packing by James Anderson for 51, which came off 37 balls and included 10 boundaries.

Keshav Maharaj fell shortly after, while Philander, who suffered a painful blow to the hand while batting, ended up making 52 off 86 balls, which included seven boundaries, before he was cleaned up by Moeen.

Philander struck his sixth half-century in Test cricket

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Thanks to Philander’s efforts, South Africa scored 361 before getting bowled out, which gave England a 97-run lead.

Moeen was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Dawson, Anderson and Stuart Broad chipped in with two wickets apiece.

With a 97-run lead in hand, England got off to a fantastic start in their second innings as Cook and Keaton Jennings put together an 80-run partnership before Jennings was caught behind off the bowling of Morne Morkel for 33.

Cook and Gary Ballance kept the scoreboard ticking with an unbeaten 39-run stand, during which Cook surpassed his half-century, before stumps was called.

Cook finished on 59 off 164 balls, which included nine boundaries, while Ballance remained undefeated on 22 off 42 deliveries, which included three boundaries.

Morkel was the only bowler to take a wicket.

England ended day three on 119/1 and will continue batting on Sunday at 11:00 local time or 10:00 GMT.

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