England vs South Africa 3rd Test Day 2: Roland-Jones slices through South Africa’s batting line-up after Stokes’ sensational hundred

Roland-Jones dismissed Dean Elgar, Heino Kuhn, Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock

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Debutant Toby Roland-Jones and all-rounder Ben Stokes punished South Africa on the second day at The Oval to put England in a commanding position.

After Stokes struck a magnificent 112, Roland-Jones starred with the ball as he carved through South Africa’s top order with a four-wicket haul.

Starting off the day on 171/4, England only managed to add 12 runs to their overnight score before Alastair Cook was given out lbw off the bowling of Morne Morkel for 88, which came off 200 balls and included 10 boundaries.

England recovered from losing Cook early on in the day as Stokes and Jonny Bairstow amassed a 75-run partnership, during which Stokes brought up his half-century, before Bairstow was caught by South Africa captain Faf du Plessis at second slip off the bowling of Kagiso Rabada for 36.

Moeen Ali only mustered 16 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Morkel.

Roland-Jones made a quickfire 25, while Stuart Broad only scored three runs before they were dismissed by Keshav Maharaj and Rabada respectively.

However, Stokes ended up scoring a brilliant 112, which came off 153 balls and included nine boundaries and four sixes, to carry England to 353 before they were bowled out.

Stokes celebrates after scoring his fifth Test century

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Morkel and Rabada picked up three wickets apiece, while Vernon Philander snapped up two, and Maharaj and Chris Morris chipped in with one wicket each.

Trailing by 353 runs, South Africa found themselves in trouble from the get-go as Roland-Jones and James Anderson speared through their top and middle order to leave them reeling 61/7.

Temba Bavuma and Rabada managed to keep England at bay for a while with a 53-run partnership before Rabada was clean bowled by Broad for 30.

Bavuma and Morkel ensured the Proteas did not lose any more wickets as they put together an unbeaten 12-run partnership before stumps was called.

Bavuma finished on 34 off 67 balls, which included four boundaries, while Morkel remained undefeated on two.

Roland-Jones was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Anderson took two, and Stokes and Broad claimed one wicket each.

South Africa ended day two on 126/8 and will continue batting on Saturday at 11:00 local time or 10:00 GMT.

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