5.2 bowled 'im, off stump is flat on the ground! The Oval laps it up, forgetting all about the drop a few moments ago... Broad's initial response to being hit for four by Kuhn was petulant but that's the only sort of comeback that matters for a bowler. Hurtles back off a good length, clocks off stump right in the mush 21/1
    75.5 edged to slip! Elgar's defiance is over. Tossed into the footmarks, a little slower from Moeen, Elgar can't resist the drive this time and sends the edge to Stokes who rarely misses them 252/8
    15.5 oh Hashim, what have you done?! Tries to withdraw the bat, he's late making the decision and it flicks the toe, flies low to second slip... Amla starts heading off, although the umpires tell him to hold on a minute while they check the catch. This looks good, Dharmasena happy he can see fingers under the ball, and Amla will be on his way! Roland-Jones' fast-medium velocity is enough to overcome Amla for the second time in the match, the great blocker budged 47/2
    16.5 splat! The yorker does it... Bails go pop and de Kock is off! Stokes just grins to himself, that was full and fast, exposed a lack of footwork, actually thundered into the boot first before rattling off stump... Again it's tight on the no-ball line but there's something behind it. England getting their claws into SA now 52/3
    16.6 plants the front foot, playing no stroke, hits the pads... and given! It's a first-baller for Faf, though he decides to review, more in hope than expectation, I reckon; yes, it's coming back a long way, struck well outside the line but that doesn't matter and umpire's call on clipping the top of off stump. Almost identical to his first-innings dismissal, du Plessis is in and then out and Stokes is on a hat-trick! 52/4
    50.1 gone lbw after a review! An appeal for lbw, this takes the pad as Bavuma plays forward, did he get outside the line or was then an edge? We have a review from Root after Dar says not out. It's pad first, but looks like he's got outside the line here. No it isn't! It's hit in line with off stump and it's three reds! What a review from Root. At the moment of impact Bavuma was still on the move, so was hit more in line than it first appeared. What a game for TRJ 160/5
    50.2 first ball, lbw padding up! What a horrible leave from Big Vern. Good length, nips back a touch, takes the back pad and it's right in front of off stump. South Africa's don't seem too keen on using their bat early in an innings. First Faf, now Philander 160/6
    65.6 takes the edge, Stokes snaffles it at slip - Moeen strikes with the final ball of the morning! Morris falls with the interval looming after a committed knock, he just played the wrong line, the ball skidded on and again the edge evaded Bairstow - possibly flicking his thigh - and looped to the left of Stokes, who plunged gratefully to scoop it up 205/7
    not out
    75.6 and it's a repeat, edged to slip!, almost a carbon-copy, Moeen floats one up outside off, Rabada just pushes forward and sends a regulation nick to the hands of Stokes. Another bowler on a hat-trick, third of the innings but that's the end of the over 252/9
    77.1 Moeen wins it with a hat-trick! Huge appeal for lbw and it's given not out but looks so close, England have reviewed. Round the wicket, slides on with the arm, Morkel only gets a small stride forward. Joel Wilson waited an age then said not out. It was smashing leg stump. What a moment to Moeen, the first hat-trick at The Oval in the ground's 100th Test 252/10
    15 (b 4, lb 7, nb 4)
    252 all out (77.1 Overs, RR: 3.26)
    Fall of wickets: 1-21 (HG Kuhn, 5.2 ov), 2-47 (HM Amla, 15.5 ov), 3-52 (Q de Kock, 16.5 ov), 4-52 (F du Plessis, 16.6 ov), 5-160 (T Bavuma, 50.1 ov), 6-160 (VD Philander, 50.2 ov), 7-205 (CH Morris, 65.6 ov), 8-252 (D Elgar, 75.5 ov), 9-252 (K Rabada, 75.6 ov), 10-252 (M Morkel, 77.1 ov)
    JM Anderson13.032602.0000
    SCJ Broad16.044712.9300
    TS Roland-Jones18.047234.0000
    BA Stokes14.015123.6404
    MM Ali16.154542.7800

Close of Play

  • Thu, 27 Jul - day 1 - England 1st innings 171/4 (AN Cook 82*, BA Stokes 21*, 59 ov)
  • Fri, 28 Jul - day 2 - South Africa 1st innings 126/8 (T Bavuma 34*, M Morkel 2*, 43 ov)
  • Sat, 29 Jul - day 3 - England 2nd innings 74/1 (KK Jennings 34*, T Westley 28*, 21.2 ov)
  • Sun, 30 Jul - day 4 - South Africa 2nd innings 117/4 (D Elgar 72*, T Bavuma 16*, 38 ov)
  • Mon, 31 Jul - day 5 - South Africa 2nd innings 252 (77.1 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

Mr Consistent


Test centuries in the last six series that Elgar has played. He scored centuries against Eng and SL at home and against Aus, NZ and Eng away.

Opening failure


South Africa's average first-wicket stand in the last 12 Test innings, since the start of the series in New Zealand. Their highest opening stand during this period is 21

Uphill for South Africa


The only time South Africa have batted 100+ overs in the fourth innings in England - they faced 141 overs and drew the game at The Oval in 1947

Root's run-fest continues


Consecutive Tests in which Root has made a 50-plus score. Only seven batsmen have had a longer stretch: Tendulkar, Edrich (10 each), Mominul, Sehwag, Gambhir, Richards (11 each), and de Villiers (12)

Debut half-century at No. 3


England batsmen who've made 50+ on Test debut at No. 3, like Tom Westley has in this Test. The previous one was Owais Shah (88 & 38) v India in 2006

Morkel's Bunny


Number of times Morne Morkel has dismissed Alastair Cook in Tests - Most he has been dismissed by any bowler. This was also the first time Cook got bowled by Morkel.

Dream Debut


Last instance of a fast bowler from Eng to take a 5 wicket haul on debut.Graham Onions took 5 for 38 against WI at Lords.Toby Roland Jones took 5 for 57.

Stokes vs SA


Number of centuries for Ben Stokes against South Africa. He has an average of 49.83 from 12 innings against them.

New Ball delivers


Runs made by England in 11 overs since the new ball was taken.England lost 2 wickets in this period. They made 44 runs for no wicket in the 10 overs prior to the new ball

Time for a change?


Number of single digit scores from 8 innings for Keaton Jennings since his century on debut. He averages 12.37 and has three ducks.

Three Debutants


Last instance of England playing 3 debutants in a Test. Sam Robson, Moeen Ali and Chris Jordan played their first game against SL at Lords.