Player of the Match
Player of the Match

So England have finished on 629 for 6 after the most extraordinary half a day of batting you could wish to see. The first time they have crossed 600 since 2011. What have South Africa got left to give from here? Will be around 40 minutes of batting until tea. Stokes fell one run short of a certain GC Smith. Only Fleming's 262 higher at Cape Town. England have scored 312 runs in 38.5 overs today. Back with you in a moment. Vijay "Crazy how Stokes already has a higher Test score than Sachin got in 200 Tests. " I'll just leave that right there :)

125.5
1
Rabada to Bairstow, 1 run, tucks a length delivery behind square and that takes him to his 150... and Cook has declared
125.4
6
Rabada to Bairstow, SIX runs, plundered! Round the wicket, dropped in short, Bairstow hooks it miles over the deep square boundary

So there won't be a triple century for Stokes...but what an innings that was. Hard to describe what we've witnessed today. The stand finishes at 399 as well.

125.3
W
Rabada to Stokes, OUT, chaos! Another catch is dropped but Stokes is run out as he's ball-watching! He mowed this miles into the air, de Villiers, of all people, shelled the chance coming in from mid-on but then had the presence of mind to throw down the non-striker's stumps

BA Stokes run out (de Villiers) 258 (338m 198b 30x4 11x6) SR: 130.30

125.2
6
Rabada to Stokes, SIX runs, that's humongous! He is thundered this length delivery almost out of the ground over long on with a golf-style swing of the bat
125.1
6
Rabada to Stokes, SIX runs, that's 250...a short ball is pulled over deep square leg, that's now the highest score by a No. 6 in Test cricket

Thanks Andrew...how much longer do England want to keep this going?

END OF OVER:
125 | 9 Runs | ENG: 610/5

  • BA Stokes246 (195b)
  • JM Bairstow143 (189b)
  • CH Morris28-3-150-1
  • K Rabada29-2-156-3

Mohit Joshi: "This is now the 2nd fastest innings of 600+ runs in test cricket. Well, there you go. over to Gnasher to keep the statgasms flowing until tea.

124.6
1
Morris to Stokes, 1 run, cross-batted thump to deep square leg. And out comes a plate of sarnies. How nice. Presumably that means it is drinks
124.5
0
Morris to Stokes, no run, on the pads, Stokes can't clip this one away
124.4
2
Morris to Stokes, 2 runs, clipped to ... yep, Morkel again ... who fields as elegantly as he can to another rousing ovation!
124.3
1
Morris to Bairstow, 1 run, plonked down the ground to Morkel again, who fields to a chorus of ironic cheers
124.2
4
Morris to Bairstow, FOUR runs, dropped! Oh my lord, what a total donkey of a drop! Morkel at wide long-off, a flat-batted smear, into the bread-basket and out again!

NKP: "Oh now Rabada has a 150 too. :/" The runs just keep flowing

124.1
1
Morris to Stokes, 1 run, swatted out to deep midwicket. Only one run for his efforts, and he's lost the strike to the new force in town. It's been the Jonny show since lunch ...

END OF OVER:
124 | 14 Runs | ENG: 601/5

  • JM Bairstow138 (187b)
  • BA Stokes242 (191b)
  • K Rabada29-2-156-3
  • S van Zyl10-0-43-0
123.6
0
Rabada to Bairstow, no run, short, and Bairstow thinks for a moment then lets it go by
123.5
0
Rabada to Bairstow, no run, flogged back down the wicket, and Rabada wears this one in his followthrough. But he's hard, doesn't flinch
123.4
4
Rabada to Bairstow, FOUR runs, top-edged mow, this one spirals down to third man, but eludes the fielder and bounces away to the rope. This is now the highest sixth-wicket stand of them all!
123.3
6
Rabada to Bairstow, SIX runs, short, leg-sided, helped over the rope!
123.2
4
Rabada to Bairstow, FOUR runs, walloped along the ground, pierces the cover field. Not a bad delivery to be fair, a very one-day block-hole length, but Bairstow was equal to the task

Raj: "This is getting boring now... flat pitches... club 5th team class bowlers led by a brain-dead captain getting thrashed by club 2nd team class batsmen.. yawn." Speak for yourself, I can't get enough of this!

123.1
0
Rabada to Bairstow, no run, banged in short from round the wicket, and Bairstow leaves alone

END OF OVER:
123 | 13 Runs | ENG: 587/5

  • JM Bairstow124 (181b)
  • BA Stokes242 (191b)
  • S van Zyl10-0-43-0
  • K Rabada28-2-142-3

Moppa: "Stokes is approaching the highest score by a no.6 in Tests - currently 250 by Doug Walters vs NZ in 1977. Oddly, higher scores have been made at no.7 (270 by Bradman) and 8 (257* by Wasim Akram)" Knowledge

122.6
1
van Zyl to Bairstow, 1 run, boshed down the ground, big arcing swing

Run-fest at Newlands

74.47

The average runs per wkt in this Test, the highest ever in a Test in South Africa. The top three such matches are all in Cape Town

Cook in trouble

29.90

Alastair Cook's Test average in South Africa, his lowest among all countries

A first in South Africa

0

Instances, before this Test, of both teams getting 600-plus totals in the first innings of a Test in South Africa

A gush of century stands

3

Century partnerships in the SA innings, the 14th such instance for them, and the first since the 2013 Boxing Day Test against India

Tough for the bowlers

2

Tests in South Africa where six or more bowlers conceded 100+ in an inngs; the only previous instance was also v Eng, in Durban in 1939

Amla's stunning comeback

251

Test runs scored by Amla in 12 innings in 2015. His highest in the year was 63

Batting on and on

3

Number of times Amla has faced 450+ deliveries in a Test innings. Gary Kirsten is the only other SA batsman to do it three times

Run-fests in Cape Town

58.85

The highest runs per wicket in a Test in South Africa (before this game), when West Indies played at Newlands in January 2004

A new high for Amla-Faf

113

The previous highest stand in Tests between Amla and du Plessis. This is the second century stand between them, and their best