Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    6.2 what a catch! Morkel grabs a one-hander, the gangly giant plucking Cook's uppish drive as it flew back to his right! The force is with South Africa here, Cook will have to wait a few months for his milestone 8/2
    3.4 jags back in, strikes the pads, that's bang in front! Hales' tour finishes with another failure to launch, might have been a little unlucky with some low bounce but he was hanging back in the crease and pays for it. Would have plucked out middle 2/1
    9.1 full outside off, Compton drives and nicks to the keeper! Rabada has another - but Compton reviews! Not sure why because replays confirm a thick edge. An act of desperation and Compton's a goner 18/3
    24.3 flighted, outside off and Root's drawn into driving - quite why, who knows - and he sends a regulation edge to slip! Delight for Piedt and South Africa have two in the first four overs of the morning. They're in no mood to have their party pooped 58/5
    23.6 got him, gloves to the keeper! Morkel makes the first incision in his opening over, digging the ball in and it rears sharply, does for Taylor fencing on the back foot... Good ball, good night 58/4
    29.2 dug in short, Stokes pulls... straight down the gullet of deep square leg! Everything must go, and quickly... Stokes plays a pretty dumb shot, with a man back, and England have frittered away four wickets inside the first nine overs of the day 83/7
    28.3 not for long, though - he edges his very next ball to de Kock! Rabada's so good he corrects his mistake straight away, this was shorter, Bairstow hung back and prodded at it, thin edge through to the keeper... and that is his maiden Test ten-for, the youngest South African to do so, a magnificent showing 83/6
    not out
    32.4 short outside off, Woakes throws the bat - gone! Another nick, another catch for de Kock, another wicket for Rabada, who has 11 now. England continuing to make an apple crumble of this 91/8
    34.3 full, misbegotten drive, edged to slip... another domino falls! De Villiers clutches the edge as it flew quickly to his right, Rabada is wreathed in smiles as he completes another five-for to put England on the brink 101/9
    34.4 full from Rabada, leg-stump yorker and it nails Anderson on the boot, right back in front of his stumps,... Dharmasena doesn't give it but, with the time to confer almost elapsed, South Africa decide to review and it's a good job they did, because Hawk-Eye shows the impact to be in line and Anderson to be plumb in front! Rabada has 13 and it's unlucky for England, they've been utterly shuttlecocked today: South Africa win by 280 runs 101/10
    4 (lb 2, nb 1, w 1)
    101 all out (34.4 Overs, RR: 2.91, 151 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-2 (AD Hales, 3.4 ov), 2-8 (AN Cook, 6.2 ov), 3-18 (NRD Compton, 9.1 ov), 4-58 (JWA Taylor, 23.6 ov), 5-58 (JE Root, 24.3 ov), 6-83 (JM Bairstow, 28.3 ov), 7-83 (BA Stokes, 29.2 ov), 8-91 (CR Woakes, 32.4 ov), 9-101 (SCJ Broad, 34.3 ov), 10-101 (JM Anderson, 34.4 ov)
    M Morkel12.053633.0000
    K Rabada10.423263.0011
    KJ Abbott2.001005.0000
    DL Piedt7.021111.5700
    D Elgar2.01804.0000
    JP Duminy1.00202.0000

Close of Play

  • Fri, 22 Jan - day 1 - South Africa 1st innings 329/5 (T Bavuma 32*, Q de Kock 25*, 90 ov)
  • Sat, 23 Jan - day 2 - England 1st innings 138/2 (AN Cook 67*, JE Root 31*, 46 ov)
  • Sun, 24 Jan - day 3 - South Africa 2nd innings 42/1 (SC Cook 23*, HM Amla 16*, 17 ov)
  • Mon, 25 Jan - day 4 - England 2nd innings 52/3 (JE Root 19*, JWA Taylor 19*, 21 ov)
  • Tue, 26 Jan - day 5 - England 2nd innings 101 (34.4 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

Scintillating Rabada


Rabada's figures in this Test, are the second-best for South Africa in Tests. Only Makhaya Ntini's 13 for 132 vs WI, Port of Spain, 2005 was better.

Youngest for SA


No. of SA bowlers who took 10 or more wkts in a Test at younger age than Rabada (20y, 242d). Hugh Tayfield was the previous youngest (23y, 329d)

Many a slip


Number of SA batsmen including Hashim Amla who have got a hundred and a score in the nineties in a Test. The last one was Neil McKenzie

SA's session


Runs scored without the loss of a wicket by the hosts in the 2nd session. They are now 356 runs ahead. In the 1st session SA had made 79 for the loss of 3 wickets.

Amla in Centurion


No. of fifty-plus scores by Hashim Amla in Centurion - the most he has got at any venue. He's got at least one fifty-plus score in eight of his ten Tests at this venue.

A rare pair


The last and the only time before AB de Villiers a SA captain got a pair in Tests. Louis Tancred had got out for a duck in both innings at the Oval in 1912.

Visiting teams' misery


No. of times the visiting teams have taken a first-innings lead while batting second vs SA in Centurion, in the 9 Tests before this. Eng is one of them, in 2004-05.

Promising start


No. of SA bowlers who have taken two six-wicket hauls in International cricket before the age of 21 - Kagiso Rabada took 6 for 16 on his ODI debut and in this Test.

The collapse


England's collapse just before lunch on day three, as they slumped from 208 for 3 to 211 for 6

Nervous 99


Number of 99-run stands between Cook and Root in Tests; only one other pair has more than one 99-run stand: Aravinda de Silva and Hashan Tillakaratne

Consistent Root


Fifty-plus scores for Root in this series, the third time he has made four or more 50-plus scores in a series in his Test career