England tour of South Africa, 1st Test: South Africa v England at Durban, Dec 26-30, 2015
England won by 241 runs
Played at Kingsmead, Durban
26,27,28,29,30 December 2015 (5-day match)
  England 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal AN Cook* c Elgar b Steyn 0 11 11 0 0 0.00
2.5 82.9 mph, edged and taken! That's surely woken everyone up, Steyn tears off the wrapping paper and presents South Africa with a gift in his second over, the England captain on a plate! This did something off the pitch, jagging away as Cook fished at it and a thick edge travelled in slow motion safely into Elgar's midriff 3/1
View dismissal AD Hales c †de Villiers b Steyn 10 30 22 0 0 45.45
6.5 too tight, a wafty cramped drive from Hales, who was looking to dominate and that's a soft, soft dismissal I'm afraid. A thick edge straight through to de Villiers, and Steyn is officially back! 12/2
View dismissal NRD Compton c †de Villiers b Morkel 85 383 236 8 0 36.01
85.5 82.6 mph, banged in outside off, Compton goes for the pull... and has he feathered it through? Yes! He walks, no need for Tucker to make a decision. Just a thin under-edge, maybe didn't bounce quite as much as he was anticipating, and Morkel has his second of the morning 247/6
View dismissal JE Root lbw b Piedt 24 55 37 2 1 64.86
18.1 50.0 mph, big appeal and Root has been given straight away! A massive moment, but Root is rightly taking a look ... it's a review. It is high on the pads but Root is right back in his crease. This could be tight. It's hitting the top of middle! 49/3
View dismissal JWA Taylor c †de Villiers b Steyn 70 203 137 9 1 51.09
63.3 83.3 mph, big appeal and Steyn has got the breakthrough! Late on a back-foot push and just the thinnest of grazes through to the keeper. He has played a massive part in England's revival but his extraction has given South Africa a late adrenalin boost in the dying overs of the day ... 174/4
View dismissal BA Stokes c Duminy b Morkel 21 37 34 4 0 61.76
71.3 87.1 mph, short, pulled, but not middled at all, that spirals off a top-edge and Duminy at slip back-pedals to pouch a lobbed chance. Short and to the point from Stokes. He looked good while it lasted but he's gone now ... 196/5
View dismissal JM Bairstow c Elgar b Abbott 41 99 56 6 0 73.21
90.4 79.2 mph, full outside off, Bairstow drives and gets a thick edge to diving second slip! Not much foot movement, threw the bat and that was the end of that, nine runs short of a fifty. The wickets they are a-tumbling, Abbott among them now 267/9
View dismissal MM Ali c †de Villiers b Morkel 0 11 4 0 0 0.00
87.3 82.3 mph, length outside off, Moeen prods at it - gottim! They check the no-ball but Morkel had a scrap of boot leather behind the line... Moeen was moved down from opener after failing to impress in the UAE but still ended up facing a newish ball and was again unequal to the challenge. Another for Morkel, a punchy one-two 253/7
View dismissal CR Woakes lbw b Morkel 0 2 1 0 0 0.00
87.4 87.1 mph, full and straight, thumps into the pads, there goes another! Woakes gambles on the review but he'll have to be extremely lucky to get away with this... It's clipping leg, that's all Morkel needed, the new batsman rooted to the crease and felled first ball! Make that a one-two-three for Marauding Morne, who's now on a hat-trick 253/8
SCJ Broad not out 32 63 33 5 0 96.96
View dismissal ST Finn lbw b Steyn 12 46 33 1 0 36.36
100.1 80.2 mph, pitched up, homing in on the stumps and Finn finally misses - it's good enough for Aleem Dar. Finn reviews but this was full enough and straight enough... Well, just about full enough, shown to be clipping the bails on umpire's call. So, with the extra half-hour all but expended, Steyn finishes England off for a not-too-shabby 303, which is perversely both better and worse than might have been expected 303/10
Extras (b 1, lb 3, w 1, nb 3) 8
  Total (all out; 100.1 overs; 475 mins) 303 (3.02 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets DW Steyn 25.1 5 70 4 2.78 118 10 0
2.5 to Cook, 82.9 mph, edged and taken! That's surely woken everyone up, Steyn tears off the wrapping paper and presents South Africa with a gift in his second over, the England captain on a plate! This did something off the pitch, jagging away as Cook fished at it and a thick edge travelled in slow motion safely into Elgar's midriff 3/1
6.5 to Hales, too tight, a wafty cramped drive from Hales, who was looking to dominate and that's a soft, soft dismissal I'm afraid. A thick edge straight through to de Villiers, and Steyn is officially back! 12/2
63.3 to Taylor, 83.3 mph, big appeal and Steyn has got the breakthrough! Late on a back-foot push and just the thinnest of grazes through to the keeper. He has played a massive part in England's revival but his extraction has given South Africa a late adrenalin boost in the dying overs of the day ... 174/4
100.1 to Finn, 80.2 mph, pitched up, homing in on the stumps and Finn finally misses - it's good enough for Aleem Dar. Finn reviews but this was full enough and straight enough... Well, just about full enough, shown to be clipping the bails on umpire's call. So, with the extra half-hour all but expended, Steyn finishes England off for a not-too-shabby 303, which is perversely both better and worse than might have been expected 303/10
View wicket KJ Abbott 24 4 66 1 2.75 116 7 1 (1nb)
90.4 to Bairstow, 79.2 mph, full outside off, Bairstow drives and gets a thick edge to diving second slip! Not much foot movement, threw the bat and that was the end of that, nine runs short of a fifty. The wickets they are a-tumbling, Abbott among them now 267/9
View wickets M Morkel 26 5 76 4 2.92 115 8 0 (2nb, 1w)
71.3 to Stokes, 87.1 mph, short, pulled, but not middled at all, that spirals off a top-edge and Duminy at slip back-pedals to pouch a lobbed chance. Short and to the point from Stokes. He looked good while it lasted but he's gone now ... 196/5
85.5 to Compton, 82.6 mph, banged in outside off, Compton goes for the pull... and has he feathered it through? Yes! He walks, no need for Tucker to make a decision. Just a thin under-edge, maybe didn't bounce quite as much as he was anticipating, and Morkel has his second of the morning 247/6
87.3 to Ali, 82.3 mph, length outside off, Moeen prods at it - gottim! They check the no-ball but Morkel had a scrap of boot leather behind the line... Moeen was moved down from opener after failing to impress in the UAE but still ended up facing a newish ball and was again unequal to the challenge. Another for Morkel, a punchy one-two 253/7
87.4 to Woakes, 87.1 mph, full and straight, thumps into the pads, there goes another! Woakes gambles on the review but he'll have to be extremely lucky to get away with this... It's clipping leg, that's all Morkel needed, the new batsman rooted to the crease and felled first ball! Make that a one-two-three for Marauding Morne, who's now on a hat-trick 253/8
View wicket DL Piedt 16 2 63 1 3.93 64 9 0
18.1 to Root, 50.0 mph, big appeal and Root has been given straight away! A massive moment, but Root is rightly taking a look ... it's a review. It is high on the pads but Root is right back in his crease. This could be tight. It's hitting the top of middle! 49/3
  S van Zyl 2 1 2 0 1.00 10 0 0
  D Elgar 7 2 22 0 3.14 30 1 1
  South Africa 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal S van Zyl b Broad 0 1 2 0 0 0.00
0.2 90.0 mph, bowled him! Round the wicket again, cramped for room on the angle, and van Zyl shoulders arms and loses his off stump! bad judgment, but exceptional planning ... and that was clearly a plan 0/1
D Elgar not out 118 386 246 8 1 47.96
View dismissal HM Amla* c †Bairstow b Broad 7 31 24 1 0 29.16
6.3 83.7 mph, another massive appeal, another perfect-length lifter on off stump, Amla's defences are half-formed once again, and this time there's no mistake! A thin tickle, Bairstow atones and South Africa's captain's woes continue! 14/2
View dismissal AB de Villiers c †Bairstow b Broad 49 123 79 7 1 62.02
32.4 82.4 mph, edged and gone! That is due reward for persistence! Broad has refused to budge from his immaculate line outside off stump, and finds a thin edge! That might have been a legcutter, it held up a touch after pitching, and what a moment for the breakthrough! 100/3
View dismissal F du Plessis b Ali 2 34 19 0 0 10.52
39.6 56.8 mph, oh, bowled him! There it is, the Moeen sucker punch - you try to take him to the cleaners and end up in a sudsy mess. Du Plessis came galloping down the pitch, looking to emulate AB and Elgar, but missed by a mile and he would have been stumped (Bairstow pending) if the ball hadn't flicked the off bail out of its groove. So light was the touch, the bail actually fell forward 113/4
View dismissal T Bavuma b Broad 10 53 35 1 0 28.57
52.2 78.1 mph, gone! Early strike for England, and it's Broad again! Perhaps a hint of low bounce outside off, it's just back of a length, Bavuma is playing off the back foot and drags a thick inside edge, almost toe-end of the bat, into his leg stump 137/5
View dismissal JP Duminy c Stokes b Ali 2 26 15 0 0 13.33
57.3 58.8 mph, what a delivery! That's a corker from Moeen. Perfect offspinner's dismissal. Pitched on middle and off, turns nicely, takes the outside edge and safely pouched by Stokes at slip 150/6
View dismissal KJ Abbott c Taylor b Ali 0 10 6 0 0 0.00
59.3 51.8 mph, inside edge and pad to short leg, Moeen has his third! But it needed a review. Given not out on the field, England review straight away. A thick edge onto pad on replay, Taylor dives forward, making good ground, and takes it low to the turf. Should be a simple over-rule for the third umpire and indeed it is. 156/7
View dismissal DW Steyn c Woakes b Ali 17 80 52 2 0 32.69
77.6 55.0 mph, temptation gets the better of him again... and this time it goes to hand! Steyn holes out to mid-off, though only after Woakes juggled a dolly of a catch! He cleared the front leg and tried to hit Moeen out of the park, only succeeded in giving him fourth wicket 210/8
View dismissal DL Piedt c †Bairstow b Finn 1 15 9 0 0 11.11
81.1 83.2 mph, lands him first ball, nicked through to the keeper! South Africa are nine down, that was a bit too rapid for Piedt, who prodded at it without moving his feet, and he won't be eclipsing his Test best of 13, never mind 92 214/9
View dismissal M Morkel c Root b Finn 0 3 3 0 0 0.00
81.4 81.0 mph, edged and gone, Root clasps it in front of his face at second slip! Fast and full enough to draw Morkel into playing and that brings about an equally rapid demise, Finn finishing SA off shortly before the scheduled lunch break. They faff around checking for a return crease no-ball but there's no reprieve 214/10
Extras (b 4, lb 3, w 1) 8
  Total (all out; 81.4 overs; 386 mins) 214 (2.62 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets SCJ Broad 15 6 25 4 1.66 78 3 0
0.2 to van Zyl, 90.0 mph, bowled him! Round the wicket again, cramped for room on the angle, and van Zyl shoulders arms and loses his off stump! bad judgment, but exceptional planning ... and that was clearly a plan 0/1
6.3 to Amla, 83.7 mph, another massive appeal, another perfect-length lifter on off stump, Amla's defences are half-formed once again, and this time there's no mistake! A thin tickle, Bairstow atones and South Africa's captain's woes continue! 14/2
32.4 to de Villiers, 82.4 mph, edged and gone! That is due reward for persistence! Broad has refused to budge from his immaculate line outside off stump, and finds a thin edge! That might have been a legcutter, it held up a touch after pitching, and what a moment for the breakthrough! 100/3
52.2 to Bavuma, 78.1 mph, gone! Early strike for England, and it's Broad again! Perhaps a hint of low bounce outside off, it's just back of a length, Bavuma is playing off the back foot and drags a thick inside edge, almost toe-end of the bat, into his leg stump 137/5
  CR Woakes 14 1 28 0 2.00 66 2 0
View wickets MM Ali 25 3 69 4 2.76 112 3 2
39.6 to du Plessis, 56.8 mph, oh, bowled him! There it is, the Moeen sucker punch - you try to take him to the cleaners and end up in a sudsy mess. Du Plessis came galloping down the pitch, looking to emulate AB and Elgar, but missed by a mile and he would have been stumped (Bairstow pending) if the ball hadn't flicked the off bail out of its groove. So light was the touch, the bail actually fell forward 113/4
57.3 to Duminy, 58.8 mph, what a delivery! That's a corker from Moeen. Perfect offspinner's dismissal. Pitched on middle and off, turns nicely, takes the outside edge and safely pouched by Stokes at slip 150/6
59.3 to Abbott, 51.8 mph, inside edge and pad to short leg, Moeen has his third! But it needed a review. Given not out on the field, England review straight away. A thick edge onto pad on replay, Taylor dives forward, making good ground, and takes it low to the turf. Should be a simple over-rule for the third umpire and indeed it is. 156/7
77.6 to Steyn, 55.0 mph, temptation gets the better of him again... and this time it goes to hand! Steyn holes out to mid-off, though only after Woakes juggled a dolly of a catch! He cleared the front leg and tried to hit Moeen out of the park, only succeeded in giving him fourth wicket 210/8
View wickets ST Finn 15.4 1 49 2 3.12 75 8 0
81.1 to Piedt, 83.2 mph, lands him first ball, nicked through to the keeper! South Africa are nine down, that was a bit too rapid for Piedt, who prodded at it without moving his feet, and he won't be eclipsing his Test best of 13, never mind 92 214/9
81.4 to Morkel, 81.0 mph, edged and gone, Root clasps it in front of his face at second slip! Fast and full enough to draw Morkel into playing and that brings about an equally rapid demise, Finn finishing SA off shortly before the scheduled lunch break. They faff around checking for a return crease no-ball but there's no reprieve 214/10
  BA Stokes 9 1 25 0 2.77 41 3 0 (1w)
  JE Root 3 1 11 0 3.66 12 0 0
  England 2nd innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal AN Cook* lbw b Piedt 7 38 27 1 0 25.92
9.2 54.4 mph, and he's got him! Lovely bowling. After the one that turned it's the straighter ball that does the damage and traps Cook lbw as he prods forward. It slid past the inside edge and caught him low on the front pad. No review from Cook 13/1
View dismissal AD Hales c Abbott b Piedt 26 109 84 1 1 30.95
25.3 51.3 mph, no he doesn't... gone next ball, picking out long-on! Hales tried to assert himself but he didn't get a clean connection on it, not as much elevation as he needed and although the shot went hard and flat, Abbott was able to run across and take a well-judged catch. Piedt saw him coming and fired it flat and a little wider 48/2
View dismissal NRD Compton c †de Villiers b Morkel 49 171 116 5 0 42.24
48.6 79.9 mph, sprayed down the leg side, de Villiers holds this one - and up goes the finger! Compton's (second) stay of execution is brief, he was probably still trying to regain his equilibrium from the previous chance and he got a tickle on a leg glance. De Villiers blows through his lips in relief 119/3
View dismissal JE Root c van Zyl b Abbott 73 192 128 5 1 57.03
70.4 78.6 mph, and he's gone! Almost out of nowhere if I'm honest, Root had looked so solid. A length ball outside off and a half-hearted cut gets a top edge and is safely held at first slip 192/4
View dismissal JWA Taylor st †de Villiers b Piedt 42 134 97 3 0 43.29
79.6 52.4 mph, skips out, this time he's beaten past the outside edge - and de Villiers completes a simple stumping! Piedt bowled this nicely, got a bit of dip and the ball didn't turn this time, leaving Taylor stranded as he closed the face of the bat 224/6
View dismissal BA Stokes c Elgar b Piedt 5 12 14 1 0 35.71
73.6 54.6 mph, and this time the reverse sweep brings his downfall...a top edge (or maybe glove) loops to slip. Yes, it was glove. This time Elgar doesn't drop a dolly. Good response from Piedt 197/5
View dismissal JM Bairstow c Duminy b van Zyl 79 128 76 9 3 103.94
102.1 69.7 mph, picks out long off...he was aiming for the hundred in positive manner, stayed deep in his crease and thundered a lofted straight drive but it didn't quite have the legs and is safely held by Duminy 326/10
View dismissal MM Ali lbw b Piedt 16 44 27 2 0 59.25
89.6 51.3 mph, gets down to sweep, struck on the pads... Dar shakes his head but, after a brief consultation, Amla signals for the review. This looks close but there's a question of whether it pitched/hit in line... Let's see what Hawk-Eye has to say: pitching on off stump, straightening on off stump and hitting off stump! That's a bingo! 272/7
View dismissal CR Woakes c Duminy b van Zyl 23 38 38 3 0 60.52
100.2 66.1 mph, terrific catch! Woakes drove this very firmly, but Duminy moved swift to his left at short cover and grabbed the sharp chance 315/8
View dismissal SCJ Broad c †de Villiers b van Zyl 0 3 2 0 0 0.00
100.4 69.8 mph, and he has another! Broad drives and gets a thin inside edge which is well held by de Villiers...England bat on 315/9
ST Finn not out 0 10 4 0 0 0.00
Extras (b 3, lb 3) 6
  Total (all out; 102.1 overs; 444 mins) 326 (3.19 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s
  DW Steyn 3.5 0 10 0 2.60 18 1 0
View wicket M Morkel 20.3 5 38 1 1.85 108 6 0
48.6 to Compton, 79.9 mph, sprayed down the leg side, de Villiers holds this one - and up goes the finger! Compton's (second) stay of execution is brief, he was probably still trying to regain his equilibrium from the previous chance and he got a tickle on a leg glance. De Villiers blows through his lips in relief 119/3
View wicket KJ Abbott 21.4 3 62 1 2.86 103 9 0
70.4 to Root, 78.6 mph, and he's gone! Almost out of nowhere if I'm honest, Root had looked so solid. A length ball outside off and a half-hearted cut gets a top edge and is safely held at first slip 192/4
View wickets DL Piedt 36 4 153 5 4.25 130 10 4
9.2 to Cook, 54.4 mph, and he's got him! Lovely bowling. After the one that turned it's the straighter ball that does the damage and traps Cook lbw as he prods forward. It slid past the inside edge and caught him low on the front pad. No review from Cook 13/1
25.3 to Hales, 51.3 mph, no he doesn't... gone next ball, picking out long-on! Hales tried to assert himself but he didn't get a clean connection on it, not as much elevation as he needed and although the shot went hard and flat, Abbott was able to run across and take a well-judged catch. Piedt saw him coming and fired it flat and a little wider 48/2
73.6 to Stokes, 54.6 mph, and this time the reverse sweep brings his downfall...a top edge (or maybe glove) loops to slip. Yes, it was glove. This time Elgar doesn't drop a dolly. Good response from Piedt 197/5
79.6 to Taylor, 52.4 mph, skips out, this time he's beaten past the outside edge - and de Villiers completes a simple stumping! Piedt bowled this nicely, got a bit of dip and the ball didn't turn this time, leaving Taylor stranded as he closed the face of the bat 224/6
89.6 to Ali, 51.3 mph, gets down to sweep, struck on the pads... Dar shakes his head but, after a brief consultation, Amla signals for the review. This looks close but there's a question of whether it pitched/hit in line... Let's see what Hawk-Eye has to say: pitching on off stump, straightening on off stump and hitting off stump! That's a bingo! 272/7
  D Elgar 9 0 32 0 3.55 31 1 1
View wickets S van Zyl 10.1 3 20 3 1.96 47 2 0
100.2 to Woakes, 66.1 mph, terrific catch! Woakes drove this very firmly, but Duminy moved swift to his left at short cover and grabbed the sharp chance 315/8
100.4 to Broad, 69.8 mph, and he has another! Broad drives and gets a thin inside edge which is well held by de Villiers...England bat on 315/9
102.1 to Bairstow, 69.7 mph, picks out long off...he was aiming for the hundred in positive manner, stayed deep in his crease and thundered a lofted straight drive but it didn't quite have the legs and is safely held by Duminy 326/10
  JP Duminy 1 0 5 0 5.00 4 1 0
  South Africa 2nd innings (target: 416 runs) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal D Elgar c Root b Finn 40 99 71 6 0 56.33
22.4 84.2 mph, 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 footwork...an 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
View dismissal S van Zyl b Stokes 33 51 36 6 0 91.66
10.5 87.7 mph, 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
View dismissal HM Amla* c †Bairstow b Finn 12 36 23 2 0 52.17
20.2 83.0 mph, 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
View dismissal AB de Villiers lbw b Ali 37 122 86 6 0 43.02
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
View dismissal F du Plessis c Cook b Finn 9 103 66 1 0 13.63
46.3 85.0 mph, 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
View dismissal DW Steyn b Finn 2 29 21 0 0 9.52
52.3 86.3 mph, 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
View dismissal T Bavuma st †Bairstow b Ali 0 8 6 0 0 0.00
49.3 52.7 mph, 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
JP Duminy not out 26 90 59 5 0 44.06
View dismissal KJ Abbott lbw b Ali 2 11 11 0 0 18.18
55.3 50.7 mph, 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
View dismissal DL Piedt c Taylor b Woakes 0 36 27 0 0 0.00
63.6 87.3 mph, 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
View dismissal M Morkel lbw b Broad 8 28 20 2 0 40.00
70.6 82.5 mph, 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
Extras (b 2, lb 3) 5
  Total (all out; 71 overs; 311 mins) 174 (2.45 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s
View wicket SCJ Broad 13 5 29 1 2.23 65 5 0
70.6 to Morkel, 82.5 mph, 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
View wicket CR Woakes 10 5 25 1 2.50 50 4 0
63.6 to Piedt, 87.3 mph, 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
View wickets ST Finn 15 6 42 4 2.80 74 8 0
20.2 to Amla, 83.0 mph, 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
22.4 to Elgar, 84.2 mph, 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 footwork...an 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
46.3 to du Plessis, 85.0 mph, 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 to Steyn, 86.3 mph, 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
View wicket BA Stokes 7 1 26 1 3.71 34 5 0
10.5 to van Zyl, 87.7 mph, 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
View wickets MM Ali 26 9 47 3 1.80 130 6 0
47.3 to de Villiers, 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
49.3 to Bavuma, 52.7 mph, 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
55.3 to Abbott, 50.7 mph, 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

Match details


Toss - South Africa
Series - England led the 4-match series 1-0
Test debut - AD Hales (England)
Player of the match - MM Ali (England)
Umpires - Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and RJ Tucker (Australia)
TV umpire - BNJ Oxenford (Australia)
Match referee - RS Madugalle (Sri Lanka)
Reserve umpire - JD Cloete
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


Day 5
Day 4
Day 3
Day 2
Day 1
    • England 1st innings
    • Rain: England - 12/1 in 6.1 overs (AD Hales 10, NRD Compton 1)
    • Lunch: England - 12/1 in 6.1 overs (AD Hales 10, NRD Compton 1)
    • Over 18.1: Review by England (Batting), Umpire - Aleem Dar, Batsman - JE Root (Struck down)
    • England: 50 runs in 18.3 overs (113 balls), Extras 3
    • Drinks: England - 55/3 in 21.0 overs (NRD Compton 12, JWA Taylor 6)
    • Rain: England - 55/3 in 21.0 overs (NRD Compton 12, JWA Taylor 6)
    • 4th Wicket: 50 runs in 107 balls (NRD Compton 19, JWA Taylor 28, Ex 3)
    • England: 100 runs in 36.1 overs (220 balls), Extras 6
    • Tea: England - 121/3 in 40.0 overs (NRD Compton 40, JWA Taylor 41)
    • JWA Taylor: 50 off 87 balls (8 x 4)
    • Drinks: England - 142/3 in 53.0 overs (NRD Compton 46, JWA Taylor 55)
    • NRD Compton: 50 off 145 balls (3 x 4)
    • England: 150 runs in 55.4 overs (337 balls), Extras 7
    • 4th Wicket: 100 runs in 226 balls (NRD Compton 38, JWA Taylor 61, Ex 4)
    • Bad Light: England - 179/4 in 65.1 overs (NRD Compton 63, BA Stokes 5)
    • End Of Day: England - 179/4 in 65.1 overs (NRD Compton 63, BA Stokes 5)
    • England: 200 runs in 73.2 overs (443 balls), Extras 7
    • Reviews used before 80 overs: England 1 (0 successful, 1 unsuccessful); South Africa 2 (0 successful, 0 unsuccessful)
    • New ball taken at 80.0 overs
    • Drinks: England - 232/5 in 82.0 overs (NRD Compton 76, JM Bairstow 24)
    • 6th Wicket: 50 runs in 82 balls (NRD Compton 21, JM Bairstow 29, Ex 0)
    • England: 250 runs in 86.4 overs (523 balls), Extras 7
    • Over 87.4: Review by England (Batting), Umpire - RJ Tucker, Batsman - CR Woakes (Struck down)
    • England: 300 runs in 98.5 overs (596 balls), Extras 8
    • Over 99.4: Review by South Africa (Bowling), Umpire - RJ Tucker, Batsman - ST Finn (Struck down)
    • Lunch: England - 303/10 in 100.1 overs (SCJ Broad 32)
    • Over 100.1: Review by England (Batting), Umpire - Aleem Dar, Batsman - ST Finn (Struck down)
    • South Africa 1st innings
    • Drinks: South Africa - 27/2 in 10.0 overs (D Elgar 16, AB de Villiers 4)
    • South Africa: 50 runs in 17.1 overs (103 balls), Extras 0
    • Tea: South Africa - 55/2 in 19.0 overs (D Elgar 22, AB de Villiers 26)
    • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 99 balls (D Elgar 23, AB de Villiers 28, Ex 0)
    • Drinks: South Africa - 95/2 in 30.0 overs (D Elgar 41, AB de Villiers 47)
    • South Africa: 100 runs in 31.5 overs (191 balls), Extras 0
    • D Elgar: 50 off 93 balls (4 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • Drinks: South Africa - 108/3 in 35.0 overs (D Elgar 50, F du Plessis 2)
    • End Of Day: South Africa - 137/4 in 52.0 overs (D Elgar 67, T Bavuma 10)
    • South Africa: 150 runs in 57.1 overs (343 balls), Extras 2
    • Over 59.3: Review by England (Bowling), Umpire - RJ Tucker, Batsman - KJ Abbott (Upheld)
    • Drinks: South Africa - 178/7 in 68.0 overs (D Elgar 97, DW Steyn 3)
    • D Elgar: 100 off 211 balls (8 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • South Africa: 200 runs in 73.6 overs (444 balls), Extras 8
    • South Africa: 200 runs in 74.5 overs (449 balls), Extras 6
    • Over 75.6: Review by England (Bowling), Umpire - RJ Tucker, Batsman - DW Steyn (Struck down)
    • 8th Wicket: 50 runs in 104 balls (D Elgar 31, DW Steyn 16, Ex 4)
    • Reviews used before 80 overs: England 1 (1 successful, 1 unsuccessful); South Africa 2 (0 successful, 0 unsuccessful)
    • New Ball taken at 80.1 overs
    • Innings Break: South Africa - 214/10 in 81.4 overs (D Elgar 118)
    • Lunch: South Africa - 214/10 in 81.4 overs (D Elgar 118)
    • England 2nd innings
    • Drinks: England - 28/1 in 16.0 overs (AD Hales 15, NRD Compton 6)
    • Over 20.3: Review by South Africa (Bowling), Umpire - Aleem Dar, Batsman - NRD Compton (Struck down)
    • England: 50 runs in 26.3 overs (159 balls), Extras 4
    • Tea: England - 58/2 in 29.0 overs (NRD Compton 15, JE Root 6)
    • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 76 balls (NRD Compton 22, JE Root 28, Ex 0)
    • Over 39.4: Review by England (Batting), Umpire - Aleem Dar, Batsman - NRD Compton (Upheld)
    • England: 100 runs in 40.3 overs (243 balls), Extras 4
    • Drinks: England - 111/2 in 47.0 overs (NRD Compton 44, JE Root 30)
    • England: 150 runs in 56.3 overs (339 balls), Extras 6
    • JE Root: 50 off 96 balls (3 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • 4th Wicket: 50 runs in 86 balls (JE Root 27, JWA Taylor 24, Ex 2)
    • End Of Day: England - 172/3 in 64.0 overs (JE Root 60, JWA Taylor 24)
    • England: 200 runs in 74.2 overs (446 balls), Extras 6
    • Drinks: England - 217/5 in 79.0 overs (JWA Taylor 41, JM Bairstow 10)
    • Reviews used before 80 overs: England 2 (1 successful, 0 unsuccessful); South Africa 1 (0 successful, 1 unsuccessful)
    • Over 82.6: Review by South Africa (Bowling), Umpire - RJ Tucker, Batsman - JM Bairstow (Struck down)
    • England: 250 runs in 86.2 overs (518 balls), Extras 6
    • Over 89.6: Review by South Africa (Bowling), Umpire - Aleem Dar, Batsman - MM Ali (Upheld)
    • Lunch: England - 275/7 in 91.0 overs (JM Bairstow 49, CR Woakes 2)
    • JM Bairstow: 50 off 50 balls (7 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • England: 300 runs in 98.2 overs (590 balls), Extras 6
    • Innings Break: England - 326/10 in 102.1 overs (ST Finn 0)
    • South Africa 2nd innings
    • South Africa: 50 runs in 9.4 overs (58 balls), Extras 2
    • 1st Wicket: 50 runs in 58 balls (D Elgar 15, S van Zyl 33, Ex 2)
    • Tea: South Africa - 65/1 in 13.0 overs (D Elgar 26, HM Amla 4)
    • South Africa: 100 runs in 26.4 overs (160 balls), Extras 2
    • Drinks: South Africa - 113/3 in 31.0 overs (AB de Villiers 24, F du Plessis 2)
    • End Of Day: South Africa - 136/4 in 47.0 overs (AB de Villiers 37, DW Steyn 0)
    • Over 47.3: Review by South Africa (Batting), Umpire - Aleem Dar, Batsman - AB de Villiers (Struck down)
    • South Africa: 150 runs in 58.4 overs (352 balls), Extras 5
    • Drinks: South Africa - 155/8 in 62.0 overs (JP Duminy 15, DL Piedt 0)
    • Over 70.6: Review by South Africa (Batting), Umpire - RJ Tucker, Batsman - M Morkel (Struck down)
 
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Hours of play (local time) 10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00; Friday: Lunch 12.30-13.30; Tea: 15.30-16.00; Close: 18:00

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Haysman: England magnificent but where was SA's fight?
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George Dobell and Mike Haysman look back on the first Test between South Africa and England and discuss what may take place in Cape Town (02:57) | December 30, 2015

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George Dobell and Mike Haysman look back on the first Test between South Africa and England and discuss what may take place in Cape Town (02:57) | December 30, 2015


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