Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    22.4 he has another! Edges a full delivery to second slip. Sharp catch from Root in iffy light. Elgar stands for a moment. Perhaps he thought he edged it into the ground, but that's clearly a regulation edge. He jabbed at the ball, wide outside off, without odd shot given all the outstanding judgement he has shown in this match. It may have bounced out of the footmarks. Ah, it certainly disturbed the surface 88/3
    10.5 bowled him, top of off! That's what Ben Stokes can do for you, even on one leg... for the second time in the match van Zyl is done by the perfect line and length, although this time there were some questions about his defensive technique, as he left enough of a gap between bat and pad for the ball to sneak through 53/1
    20.2 massive wicket! Not a great shot from Amla. Short of a length outside off, he flashed away from his body, not fully committed to the cut stroke and Bairstow takes the catch moving to his right 85/2
    47.3 AB's been given lbw! Moeen round the wicket, it skids on and he's struck as he plays back. Has it pitched in line? de Villiers calls for the review straightaway. It disturbed the surface and kept low, too. This doesn't look good for AB. He is a long way back in his crease. It's in line and clipping leg stump, he's gone! 136/5
    46.3 extra bounce, du Plessis plays... and he's gone, taken at slip! What a breakthrough, brilliant delivery from Finn and Cook does not blink at the chance, England have knocked another brick out of the wall in the dying moments of the day! It was a ripper of a delivery from Finn, coaxing something extra out of the surface, enough to breach du Plessis' barricades at last 136/4
    52.3 off stump goes back! Another one past the edge, and this time it's straight...Steyn pushing down the wrong line, great sight for Finn as the timber goes timber. Magnificent bowling from Finn, worked him over completely 138/7
    49.3 stumping for Bairstow! Not quite redemption, perhaps, but very close. Lovely bowling from Moeen. He slides this across the outside edge as Bavuma advances down the pitch, it doesn't turn like the de Villiers chance and Bairstow gathers it comfortably and savours the moment 136/6
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    55.3 that's dead! Caught played back in his crease. Ball straightened a little. That was hitting the middle and of middle I reckon 143/8
    63.6 edged on to the pads, the ball loops up - and Taylor takes a simple catch running to his left! Woakes has a wicket at last, Piedt's dogged little knock is over and England are on the brink of victory 155/9
    70.6 full and straight, pinned in front - Broad finishes it! Morkel reviews in the vain hope that some gremlin in the DRS will intervene, delaying England's fulfillment for a moment. It won't save Morkel, the ball struck him in line with off (umpire's call) and would have destroyed middle stump... Broad's celebrappeal was justified this time and England win by 241 runs to go 1-0 up in the series 174/10
    5 (b 2, lb 3)
    174 all out (71 Overs, RR: 2.45, 311 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-53 (S van Zyl, 10.5 ov), 2-85 (HM Amla, 20.2 ov), 3-88 (D Elgar, 22.4 ov), 4-136 (F du Plessis, 46.3 ov), 5-136 (AB de Villiers, 47.3 ov), 6-136 (T Bavuma, 49.3 ov), 7-138 (DW Steyn, 52.3 ov), 8-143 (KJ Abbott, 55.3 ov), 9-155 (DL Piedt, 63.6 ov), 10-174 (M Morkel, 70.6 ov)
    SCJ Broad13.052912.2300
    CR Woakes10.052512.5000
    ST Finn15.064242.8000
    BA Stokes7.012613.7100
    MM Ali26.094731.8000

Close of Play

  • Sat, 26 Dec - day 1 - England 1st innings 179/4 (NRD Compton 63*, BA Stokes 5*, 65.1 ov)
  • Sun, 27 Dec - day 2 - South Africa 1st innings 137/4 (D Elgar 67*, T Bavuma 10*, 52 ov)
  • Mon, 28 Dec - day 3 - England 2nd innings 172/3 (JE Root 60*, JWA Taylor 24*, 64 ov)
  • Tue, 29 Dec - day 4 - South Africa 2nd innings 136/4 (AB de Villiers 37*, DW Steyn 0*, 47 ov)
  • Wed, 30 Dec - day 5 - South Africa 2nd innings 174 (71 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

SA's third worst


Runs SA lost by - this is their third worst loss in terms of runs at home since readmission to Test cricket.

SA coming apart


Number of times in the last five Tests, SA have lost their top six wickets for 150 or less in both inns. In the only inns in Bangalore they had been 159 for 6.

Faf's Rough patch


Faf du Plessis' batting average in nine innings since he last made a fifty in Tests. Has been out four times in single digits including 3 ducks.

A fifty stand, finally


No. of fifty-plus opening stand for SA in their previous eight innings. Their last such stand before today had come against Bangladesh in Chittagong.

Long time ago


The last and the only instance before this Test England set South Africa a target of 400 or more, at the Oval. That Test ended in a draw.

Has happened before


No of times teams have batted 140-plus overs in the 4th innings of Tests in South Africa. Last instance was England's 141 overs in Cape Town, 2010-11

Took six years coming


Last time before Piedt a SA spinner took a five-for in Tests at home. Paul Harris had taken 5 for 123 against the same opposition in Centurion.

Piedt's roaring start


No. of four-wicket hauls for Dane Piedt in three Tests. These equal the most 4-plus wicket hauls taken by a SA bowler in his first three Tests.

Root equals record


Fifty-plus scores by Joe Root in Tests in 2015 - equals the record for most such scores in a calendar year. Sehwag had made 13 such scores in 2010.

Morkel's 50 v England


Wickets Morne Morkel has taken taken in Tests against England. He becomes the 13th SA bowler to do so.