England vs South Africa 2nd Test Day 2: Strong bowling performance puts South Africa in dominant position

South Africa’s bowlers were all over England on the second day

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A superb bowling performance by South Africa led to them taking a 205-run lead over England at the end of the second day of the second Test at Trent Bridge.

Starting off the day on 309/6, South Africa lost Vernon Philander on the fifth ball of the day for 54 off 81 balls, which included nine boundaries.

Once Philander was gone, James Anderson ripped through the Proteas’ tail and South Africa ended up being bowled out for 335.

Anderson was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets, while Stuart Broad snapped up three and Ben Stokes chipped in with two.

Anderson registered his 22nd five-wicket haul in Test cricket

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Trailing by 335 runs, England opener Alastair Cook scored three runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Philander on the last ball of the fourth over.

On the first ball of the fifth over, Cook’s opening partner, Keaton Jennings, was walking back to the pavilion after being caught behind off the bowling of Morne Morkel for a duck.

Captain Joe Root and Gary Ballance made up for the early losses of Cook and Jennings with an 83-run partnership, during which Root brought up his fifty in quick time.

Root scored his 28th Test fifty

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Even though Ballance ended up being clean bowled by Philander for 27, Root and wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow continued to keep the runs flowing with a 57-run stand.

But, once Root was caught behind off the bowling of Morkel for 78, which came off 76 balls and included 12 boundaries, England began to collapse, starting with the wickets of Stokes and Bairstow, who ended up making 45.

Keshav Maharaj and Chris Morris then proceeded to carve through England’s lower order and the hosts were eventually bowled out for 205, which gave South Africa a 130-run lead.

Maharaj and Morris took three wickets apiece, while Philander and Morkel claimed two wickets each.

With a 130-run lead in hand, the Proteas did not get off to the best start in their second innings as opener Heino Kuhn fell to Anderson for eight runs.

However, Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla ensured South Africa ended the day on a high as they put together an unbeaten 57-run partnership before stumps was called.

Elgar finished on 38 off 63 balls, which included six boundaries, while Amla remained undefeated on 23 off 47 deliveries, which included five boundaries.

Anderson was the only bowler to take a wicket.

South Africa ended day two on 75/1 and will continue batting on Sunday at 11:00 local time or 10:00 GMT.

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