Player of the Match
Player of the Match

END OF OVER:
211 | 3 Runs | SA: 627/7

  • K Rabada2 (10b)
  • T Bavuma102 (148b)
  • JE Root20-4-54-0
  • ST Finn39-5-132-2

5.25pm: Got to be worth a crack, hasn't it? South Africa concede a two-run deficit but they have handed England the Tricky Third Innings, with just under half an hour until the close. Alastair Cook will certainly remember what happened in Abu Dhabi a couple of months ago, after Pakistan and England had scored 523 for 8 and 598 for 9 respectively. We'll not even mention what occurred on the South Australian ground in 2006... Back in five.

210.6
2
Root to Rabada, 2 runs, shortish, driven off the back foot, gets it past point for a couple... and that's it, Amla is waving from the balcony, South Africa have declared
210.5
0
Root to Rabada, no run, floated up from round the wicket, presses forward to block again

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