Player of the Match
Player of the Match
  • BATSMEN
    R
    M
    B
    4s
    6s
    SR
    88
    300
    200
    10
    0
    44.00
    64.2 given lbw and Cook reviews straight away! Round the wicket, nips back and takes him on the knee roll. No bat involved. Is it too high? It's taking the bails, he's gone! Morkel seemed the most interested in that appeal, and he was right. In fact, on a second look, Morkel may actually have joined the appeal a bit late. Either way, it's out 183/5
    3.3 gottim, snapped up by third slip! He definitely got bat on that one, a brief but troubled stay is ended, Jennings falling for a duck to give SA another early opening. Textbook working over from Philander and Jennings wasn't up to it 12/1
    22.5 pitched up, gets him driving and taken at second slip! Morris punches the air, he has separated England's second-wicket pair after a gritty stand... Westley perhaps needed to take his time getting in again, instead he went hard at a ball he might have left, Morris shaped it away and du Plessis pouched a thick outside edge 64/2
    38.2 what a catch by de Kock as Root edges a magnificent delivery. Pitches short of a length on off stump, Root has to play, it decks away off the seam and takes the outside edge. De Kock then flings himself to his right to grab it one-handed 113/3
    43.6 through him with a yorker! Magnificent delivery which knocks Malan off his feet. Late swing, dips in at Malan's toes, he can't get the bat down and the middle stump is knocked back 120/4
    103.2 slogged up into the air and taken by long-off running in! Stokes' fun is over, he walks off with his bat raised, a fine innings that went from watchful to wrecking ball... Morkel gets this third, he has bowled well, though this was a simple slap into the air, well taken by Rabada on the move 353/10
    81.4 extra bounce, takes the edge - and du Plessis snags a sharp catch at second! Silence around the ground as Rabada roars once more, fast and springy in the corridor, hit the fresh, proud seam and straightened a touch, before flying off the edge... seemed to leave du Plessis winded, such was the force as he clutched it to his chest 258/6
    90.3 big appeal for caught behind (or maybe lbw as well) given not out and Faf eventually reviews. Third umpire says the review is for lbw. Good length, angling in at Moeen, and there's an inside edge here...he will be caught behind because de Kock held the catch. Very similar to Alastair Cook at Trent Bridge 279/7
    97.2 lbw, round the wicket, a full ball slides on and beats Roland-Jones' inside edge as he plays forward, takes the front pad low down. He has a quick chat with Stokes before not reviewing. Was smashing leg stump 316/8
    100.3 pitched up, Broad is stuck in his trench and flicks a straightforward catch to slip! Once again, it's the full ball (and the looming threat of the short one) that does for Broad... Still a decent ball, full and tailing away from round the wicket, Broad closed the face attempting to work it away to the leg side and a thick deflection flew to Amla 331/9
    not out
    1
    13
    5
    0
    0
    20.00
    Extras
    17 (b 7, lb 7, w 3)
    TOTAL
    353 all out (103.2 Overs, RR: 3.41)
    Fall of wickets: 1-12 (KK Jennings, 3.3 ov), 2-64 (T Westley, 22.5 ov), 3-113 (JE Root, 38.2 ov), 4-120 (DJ Malan, 43.6 ov), 5-183 (AN Cook, 64.2 ov), 6-258 (JM Bairstow, 81.4 ov), 7-279 (MM Ali, 90.3 ov), 8-316 (TS Roland-Jones, 97.2 ov), 9-331 (SCJ Broad, 100.3 ov), 10-353 (BA Stokes, 103.2 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    M Morkel28.277032.4700
    VD Philander1763221.8810
    K Rabada2648533.2600
    KA Maharaj1516114.0600
    CH Morris1719115.3520
  • BATSMEN
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    B
    4s
    6s
    SR
    7
    38
    29
    1
    0
    24.13
    8.2 bowled him - that's a jaffa! Morkel takes his tally of Cook dismissals to 11, and it's a rare bowled for England's redoubtable opener; not much he could do about that ball, though, angled in before pitching and seaming and switching on to the Bakerloo Line to shiver the timbers and send Cook on his way 30/1
    25.6 edged to gully! Jennings' fortune runs out. A well-directed short ball at off stump, climbed at him and Jennings couldn't drop his bat quickly enough, the ball takes the splice and loops to gully. Considerable bounce for Rabada 92/2
    55.6 comes walking down, done in the flight... and de Kock completes the stumping! Westley's neat debut is over with the bat, he maybe didn't attack this with the conviction needed, ended up pushing at the ball as it spun away past the outside edge. Well bowled by Maharaj and, unlike with Root at Lord's, his foot was behind the line this time 170/3
    57.3 goes for the slog-sweep - but picks out the man on the fence! Root lost control of the shot and he's lost his wicket in the process, another for Maharaj, well held in the deep by Morkel. Think he just slowed up the pace again, another handy bit of bowling 180/4
    63.5 inswinger from Morris, smacked on the pads... Umpire Wilson shakes his head! Maybe thought it was high, maybe doing too much, but SA review and this could be close. Pitching on middle and leg, appreciable nip back, past Malan's swing across the line, thudding into the knee roll - and that's shouldering its way through to hit the top of the stumps! Decision reversed and Malan's on his way 202/5
    31
    65
    38
    2
    1
    81.57
    71.3 this time misses, Stokes swings across the line of a length delivery, maybe not as short as thought, and is cleaned up 251/6
    79.5 finds long-off, taken at the second attempt, Bairstow tries to go down the ground, it's a low full toss, gets it off the toe of the bat. Rabada juggles it and manages to stick out his left hand to grab the rebound. England have declared 313/8
    73.1 run out, direct hit from Bavuma! Moeen has been a bit lazy here. Was flicked into the leg side, Bairstow was hurrying for the second and didn't really seem to stretch until the end. He's a few inches short. Bavuma the fielder, hit with just one stump to aim at. Terrific work from him 265/7
    not out
    23
    24
    19
    0
    2
    121.05
    Extras
    14 (lb 11, w 3)
    TOTAL
    313/8d (79.5 Overs, RR: 3.92)
    Fall of wickets: 1-30 (AN Cook, 8.2 ov), 2-92 (KK Jennings, 25.6 ov), 3-170 (T Westley, 55.6 ov), 4-180 (JE Root, 57.3 ov), 5-202 (DJ Malan, 63.5 ov), 6-251 (BA Stokes, 71.3 ov), 7-265 (MM Ali, 73.1 ov), 8-313 (JM Bairstow, 79.5 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    M Morkel1964412.3110
    VD Philander1535403.6010
    K Rabada1845613.1100
    CH Morris1107026.3600
    KA Maharaj13.525033.6100
    D Elgar302809.3300
  • BATSMEN
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    4s
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    SR
    11
    23
    17
    2
    0
    64.70
    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
    136
    332
    228
    20
    0
    59.64
    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
    24
    47
    26
    5
    0
    92.30
    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
    Extras
    15 (b 4, lb 7, nb 4)
    TOTAL
    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)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    JM Anderson1332602.0000
    SCJ Broad1644712.9300
    TS Roland-Jones1847234.0000
    BA Stokes1415123.6404
    MM Ali16.154542.7800

Match Details

Toss

England , elected to bat first

Series result

England led the 4-match series 2-1

Player of the match

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

11am start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00

Match days

27,28,29,30,31 July 2017 (5-day match)

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

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

5

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

12.91

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

1947

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

9

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

10

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

11

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

2009

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

2

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

New Ball delivers

23

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?

6

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

2014

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.