Player of the Match
Player of the Match
54.5
4
Elgar to Bairstow, FOUR runs, and the follow up is short and wide and rasped to the boundary, forcefully cut in front of point
51.5
4
Morris to Bairstow, FOUR runs, that will help, short outside off and slapped through backward point, Bairstow's first boundary - the first since Stokes Stokesed himself, in fact
40.5
4
Piedt to Stokes, FOUR runs, swept, and impressively so. Down on one knee, fast bat speed. Pinged through square leg
39.3
4
Rabada to Stokes, FOUR runs, width again and flogged hard through backward point. Up and over, and into the gap
37.4
4
Morkel to Stokes, FOUR runs, full length and Stokes meets that with a sublime straight drive. Full face and pure timing down the ground. Sweet as a nut
34.3
4
Morris to Stokes, FOUR runs, full, driven, edged, safe. Zips low through fourth slip, in the air a while but never to hand. AB's dive to the rope is in vain
28.3
4
Piedt to Taylor, FOUR runs, floated up, full and juicy outside off, Taylor nimbly gets across and swats it past the diving Amla at extra cover for four
26.1
6
Piedt to Taylor, SIX runs, hello, that'll release some it... Taylor dances out and smacks Piedt back over his head, flies all the way for six
24.2
4
Piedt to Compton, FOUR runs, plays back, just gets a tickle on it from in front of his stumps, there was some turn for Piedt but the ball ends up running all the way to fine leg for a welcome (from an England perspective) boundary
15.4
4
Rabada to Root, FOUR runs, beautiful strike, steps down to meet the length, flowing bat through the line, blocked with perfect timing through wide mid-on. Sumptuous
14.4
4
Morkel to Root, FOUR runs, full but too straight, Root doesn't miss out on those, a confident flick through the gap at midwicket
13.4
4
Rabada to Root, FOUR runs, short and majestically pulled, that's a better shot, rifled through backward square leg
11.4
4
Rabada to Root, FOUR runs, squeezed through third man, Root has a rare knack for finding runs where others find pressure. Open face and a deliberate steer
10.3
4
Morkel to Root, FOUR runs, on the pads, flicked fine, Root is up and running as Rabada slides in vain on the fine leg boundary
9.2
4
Rabada to Compton, FOUR runs, full, straight, edged! No danger this time, though, as that is all along the ground through third man
3.3
4
Rabada to Cook, FOUR runs, shot! This was right out of the screws, Cook rocking back to hammer a pull to the square-leg boundary

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