Post-tea heroics give England a glimmer of hope

South Africa have put themselves in command of the first Test against England at Lord’s but five wickets after tea have given the hosts some hope ahead of day three (S Africa 1/2, England 23/10, Draw 9/1 – 1st Test Match Betting).

Having begun the day on 116-6, the Three Lions could only manage a first-innings total of 165 as the Proteas’ bowling attack rattled through the England batting order in the morning session.

Ollie Pope was by far the hosts’ top-scoring batsman with his effort of 73 with some limited tail-wagging from Stuart Broad and Jack Leach, who both made 15, as Kagiso Rabada proved to be the chief tormentor, finishing with figures of 5-52.

South Africa started their innings in positive fashion with openers Dean Elgar and Sarel Erwee sharing a partnership of 85 before England managed to find a breakthrough.

James Anderson was a little fortunate to get the better of skipper Elgar (47), who dragged on off his thigh pad, before Keegan Petersen (24) was caught by Jonny Bairstow off the bowling of Matthew Potts.

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Aiden Markram (16), who had looked in positive mood at the start of his innings, edged Leach behind in the first ball after tea as the hosts tried to make in-roads.

Skipper Stokes enjoyed an impressive spell with ball in hand as he claimed the wickets of Erwee (73) and Rassie van der Dussen (19) in the space of two overs.

Erwee could not deal with a Stokes’ bouncer which he could only fend off to Ben Foakes, before Van der Dussen was trapped lbw.

Broad got in on the act too and his dismissal of Kyle Verreynne (11), who edged through to Foakes, was the veteran bowler’s 100th Test match wicket at Lord’s.

South Africa did manage to steady the ship with Marco Jenson and Keshav Maharaj putting together a positive partnership of 72.

With the game threatening to get away from England, Stokes struck late on with his third wicket of the day to dismiss Maharaj for 41.

The Proteas, who finished on 289-7, still find themselves in a commanding position with a 124-run lead and will resume for day three on Friday with Jansen (41 not out) and Rabada (3 not out) out in the middle.

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Author: Paula Allen