Player of the Match
Player of the Match

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.

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
Root to Rabada, no run, floated up from round the wicket, presses forward to block again

Run-fest at Newlands


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


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

A first in South Africa


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


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


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


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

Batting on and on


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


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


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