Player of the Match
Player of the Match
  • BATSMEN
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    2.6 gottim - textbook outswinger and de Kock scoops it up! Crawley's second Test innings lasts slightly longer than his first, but still ends in a single-figure score and an edge behind. No shame in being done by Philander in that fashion at this ground, but it's given SA their opening 8/1
    24.5 back of a length, straightening slightly and he gets a thick outside edge which is taken by Quinton de Kock diving to his right 63/2
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    130
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    47.3 and Maharaj breaks through Denly's forward defence. Slow and full, the ball slides neatly between bat and pad to take off stump! 127/4
    40.5 dug in, Root flinches... gloves to the keeper! He walks! Nortje gets the England captain with a 145kph snorter! No two men happier than de Kock and van der Dussen there, as SA claim the big wicket of Root after missing him a few balls earlier. Well-directed bouncer, good heat and Root couldn't get out of the way 105/3
    66.3 chipped to cover! [Fazeer Mohammed voice] Why did he do that?? Inexplicable from Stokes, a full delivery outside off and he's just spooned it straight to the man on the edge of the square. He got through the 30s but won't make it past the 40s, never mind producing a Cape Town special. Nortje with another huge wicket for SA 185/5
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    74.6 oh, good ball! On a length, nice line that angled away from him and it finds a faint edge which is taken by the keeper 221/6
    78.6 well, well ... he left it alone to his peril! Pitching outside off, it angled back in nicely and pegged the off stump. 231/7
    80.1 and how! Slightly full, it moves away sharply and Bess gets a thick edge on that one. That's a golden duck. 231/8
    81.6 well, well. Unplayable ball! Full-on yorker, it pins him back and crashes violently into the stumps. Broad was completely flummoxed, his bat getting tangled in his pads as he wondered what to do with that delivery. 234/9
    91.5 oh, that's that then... back of a length and steered straight to first slip! Don't think Anderson was all that keen to hang around and be peppered and a rather limp back-foot fence finishes things off. Straightforward catch for van der Dussen this time 269/10
    Extras
    7 (b 4, lb 1, nb 1, w 1)
    TOTAL
    269 all out (91.5 Overs, RR: 2.92, 399 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-8 (Zak Crawley, 2.6 ov), 2-63 (Dom Sibley, 24.5 ov), 3-105 (Joe Root, 40.5 ov), 4-127 (Joe Denly, 47.3 ov), 5-185 (Ben Stokes, 66.3 ov), 6-221 (Jos Buttler, 74.6 ov), 7-231 (Sam Curran, 78.6 ov), 8-231 (Dom Bess, 80.1 ov), 9-234 (Stuart Broad, 81.6 ov), 10-269 (James Anderson, 91.5 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    VD Philander1634622.8700
    K Rabada19.536833.4201
    A Nortje1825623.1110
    KA Maharaj2766812.5100
    D Pretorius1152622.3600
  • BATSMEN
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    62.4 oh my word, what have you done, Dean?! Filthy mow goes straight up and plops into the grateful hands of Root running back from mid-off! Huge wicket for England, Bess roars in delight, along with the jubilant Barmies in the stands! Nothing much happening, SA cruising into a strong position, and then their top-order rock has a wobble. Some credit to Bess, too, who got just enough flight, dip and turn to defeat the (ill-advised) stroke 157/4
    7.1 short and dabbled straight to first slip! Nice catchable height this time and England break through! Malan's maiden Test voyage is a short trip around the bay, snapped up by Root after a flying outside edge. Definitely one he could have left alone, maybe a legcutter and he went at it half-cocked. Broad does the business 26/1
    9.5 got him, fenced to second slip! Superbly scooped up by Stokes on the dive and Broad has another! Finds that in-between length again, just enough movement and Hamza sends a leaden-footed jab low towards the cordon, where England's best fielder flung himself low to his right to grab it with both hands 38/2
    13.5 length ball, outside off and he jabs it straight to that man Stokes, a healthy edge taken at second slip! 40/3
    75.6 and another one goes! Outside-off line he sends a thick edge to second slip where Ben Stokes takes a great grab diving to his right. So ends a not-to-be-sneezed-at knock by RvdD, playing only his second Test and scoring a second half-century on the trot 200/6
    71.2 slower ball outside off, he goes after it and lofts it high down the ground to be gobbled up by James Anderson! A comfortable catch taken at mid-off 191/5
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    80.4 and taken this time! Good line, angling away slightly, he sent it flying to Ben Stokes, who holds on this time for dear life and throws the ball into the air in triumph. That was a bewdy of a take at second slip. Makes up for the blunder a few balls earlier 207/7
    84.4 and another on the stroke of stumps! Great length, on middle stump, he got tangled up as the ball hit his pad then found an edge and sailed to third slip, where Dom Sibley swallowed the catch. 215/8
    84.5 gottim first ball, feathered to the keeper! Perfect length, drags him forward and then kisses the edge as Rabada pokes forlornly outside off. Anderson on a hat-trick! 215/9
    88.6 Stokes leaps to grab another! Anderson has five, Stokes has five (equalling the record for a fielder in an innings) and England have polished things off for a very handy lead! Beautifully bowled, shaping away to scorch the outside edge, and then Stokes sailed into view to pouch another snorter 223/10
    Extras
    7 (b 4, lb 2, nb 1)
    TOTAL
    223 all out (89 Overs, RR: 2.5, 373 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-26 (Pieter Malan, 7.1 ov), 2-38 (Zubayr Hamza, 9.5 ov), 3-40 (Faf du Plessis, 13.5 ov), 4-157 (Dean Elgar, 62.4 ov), 5-191 (Quinton de Kock, 71.2 ov), 6-200 (Rassie van der Dussen, 75.6 ov), 7-207 (Dwaine Pretorius, 80.4 ov), 8-215 (Keshav Maharaj, 84.4 ov), 9-215 (Kagiso Rabada, 84.5 ov), 10-223 (Anrich Nortje, 88.6 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    JM Anderson1964052.1000
    SCJ Broad1863822.1101
    SM Curran1333923.0000
    DM Bess2736212.2900
    BA Stokes903403.7700
    JE Root31401.3300
  • BATSMEN
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    10.5 fuller, faster, outside off and he draws the edge! He pushes that one up and Crawley takes the bait as Quinton de Kock takes the catch leaping to his right 28/1
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    43.5 outside off it's bounced at chin height, Denly tries to pull and is caught! South Africa get the wicket they so desperately needed as Denly skies one down to fine leg and Pretorius snaffles the catch reaching forward and holding on as he tumbles over the grass. 101/2
    77.4 on a length and he hits that crack, it draws the edge as it moves away and Root is gone! Very important wicket for South Africa as Faf du Plessis gobbles up the catch at slip 217/3
    78.6 short, just outside leg and lifting, South Africa appealing for caught behind! It's not given ... but they call for a review. Replays show contact with the glove! It looked like it might have grazed his armpit but there was a definite spike of noise as it passed the glove and he's gone for a pair. 218/4
    96.1 but he won't be getting to 100 today... slapped to long-on, Stokes' fun is over! Didn't get the elevation, hit hard but van der Dussen held it well as he came across. Stokes shakes his head in frustration, and that may provide some respite for SA after a damaging 75 minutes 310/5
    97.5 dragged on! We'll be seeing Buttler soon enough, then... maybe kept low as Pope tried to force it off the back foot, and could only manage a thick under-edge into leg stump 315/6
    103.1 goes across, attempted scoop... tickled to the keeper! Buttler walks and Nortje has a third, no sense of England slowing down. Just came off the face on its way through over the stumps 356/7
    106.3 rocks back to pounce on the long-hop, the fruits of mixing it up, but he's only gone and wellied it straight to midwicket! A long trudge back to the pavilion, as Maharaj gets a bonus wicket to massage his bruised figures 375/8
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    Extras
    22 (b 18, lb 3, w 1)
    TOTAL
    391/8d (111 Overs, RR: 3.52, 497 minutes)
    Did not bat: JM Anderson
    Fall of wickets: 1-28 (Zak Crawley, 10.5 ov), 2-101 (Joe Denly, 43.5 ov), 3-217 (Joe Root, 77.4 ov), 4-218 (Dom Bess, 78.6 ov), 5-310 (Ben Stokes, 96.1 ov), 6-315 (Ollie Pope, 97.5 ov), 7-356 (Jos Buttler, 103.1 ov), 8-375 (Sam Curran, 106.3 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    K Rabada2036923.4500
    VD Philander1472401.7100
    A Nortje1826133.3810
    D Pretorius1645613.5000
    KA Maharaj43916023.7200
  • BATSMEN
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    86.5 finds the edge and Malan's vigil is over! What a massive moment that is! Curran with the new ball, not much lateral movement to speak of, but the tight angle across the right-hander finally prised the opening. Back of a length, Malan tried to close the face as the ball grazed by, but Stokes was on hand to snaffle the edge at second slip. And now England have a Test to win! 171/5
    28.6 huge appeal! Massive delay as the umpire weighs it up, but the finger's gone up finally and Elgar reviews! He was stretching forward, thrusting his bat at the line of the spinning ball, and it was seriously adjacent as ball passed bat. Now then! There's a tiny disruption on Ultra-Edge ... so small that it could have been static... but it's sufficient for the on-field decision to be upheld! 71/1
    54.2 finds the line, finds the edge, finds the breakthrough! Beautifully bowled, reversing enough as Hamza pushed out, scrambling off the seam and catching the blade before dipping low into Buttler's gloves! Hamza looks distraught, but he has to go 123/2
    58.5 utterly plumb! Done like a kipper this time. Anderson's off-stump line suddenly morphs into a middle-stump line, with a notch of late in-duck to beat the inside edge. Maharaj hardly waited for the decision, let alone to consider the review! Smashing middle and leg, I reckon 129/3
    76.2 oh my GAWD!!! Faf has given it away! The SA blocker-in-chief, the fourth-innings meister, the captain of the ship... and he's played a hard sweep straight to square leg! England have the breakthrough they've sought for, and with the new ball imminent, too. Bess again produces something from nothing 164/4
    125.5 fired into the legs, another utter sucker punch! The man had just been placed at leg gully, precisely for that steer off the toes, and he barely had to twitch as the ball plopped into Anderson's waiting hands! Jimmy had been at mid-on a moment earlier, I wonder if vdD had even twigged that gap had been plugged! Brilliant from England, thinking outside the box to a degree that has clearly taken their opponents by surprise 237/7
    120.4 another brain-fart! Denly has done de Kock with the long-hop! Crawley at short midwicket clings onto a screaming pull above his head, and for the second time in an otherwise immaculate rearguard, one of South Africa's linchpins has given it away with a surfeit of aggression! The shot was on, insofar as he had to hit it somewhere, so why not to the rope, but the trap was also set! 237/6
    137.4 fenced to gully! STOKES DOES IT!! Fierce length, rising like the kraken, smashes the upraised glove and the catch is gleefully accepted! Philander's last stand is in a losing cause, England succeed in sacking Fortress Newlands, and it is their man of 2019 who brings them a first victory of 2020 248/10
    133.3 Stokes gets his man! Steered to slip, England erupt! Finally he gets the outside edge, the ball sails low to the right of first slip, where Root scoops it up! Newlands is echoing to Barmy Army cheers as Pretorius slopes off, leaving SA eight down 241/8
    133.4 taken first ball, juggled at third slip! Crawley was the man to palm it up at the first chance, then pluck it casual as you like while sitting on the turf! Bang-bang from Stokes and England are on the brink! #SCENES 241/9
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    Extras
    13 (b 4, lb 2, nb 5, w 2)
    TOTAL
    248 all out (137.4 Overs, RR: 1.8, 565 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-71 (Dean Elgar, 28.6 ov), 2-123 (Zubayr Hamza, 54.2 ov), 3-129 (Keshav Maharaj, 58.5 ov), 4-164 (Faf du Plessis, 76.2 ov), 5-171 (Pieter Malan, 86.5 ov), 6-237 (Quinton de Kock, 120.4 ov), 7-237 (Rassie van der Dussen, 125.5 ov), 8-241 (Dwaine Pretorius, 133.3 ov), 9-241 (Anrich Nortje, 133.4 ov), 10-248 (Vernon Philander, 137.4 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    JM Anderson1892321.2700
    SCJ Broad2383711.6000
    DM Bess33145711.7200
    SM Curran1643712.3111
    JL Denly1844222.3300
    JE Root601101.8300
    BA Stokes23.483531.4714

Close of Play

  • Fri, 03 Jan - day 1 - England 1st innings 262/9 (OJ Pope 56*, JM Anderson 3*, 89 ov)
  • Sat, 04 Jan - day 2 - South Africa 1st innings 215/8 (VD Philander 13*, 84.4 ov)
  • Sun, 05 Jan - day 3 - England 2nd innings 218/4 (DP Sibley 85*, 79 ov)
  • Mon, 06 Jan - day 4 - South Africa 2nd innings 126/2 (PJ Malan 63*, KA Maharaj 2*, 56 ov)
  • Tue, 07 Jan - day 5 - South Africa 2nd innings 248 (137.4 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

South Africa 4th innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st71D ElgarPJ Malan
2nd52PJ MalanZubayr Hamza
3rd6KA MaharajPJ Malan
4th35F du PlessisPJ Malan
5th7PJ MalanHE van der Dussen
6th66HE van der DussenQ de Kock
7th0VD PhilanderHE van der Dussen
8th4VD PhilanderD Pretorius
9th0VD PhilanderA Nortje
10th7VD PhilanderK Rabada

ICC World Test Championship

TeamMWLDPTSWRpWr
INDIA770036032.897
AUS1072129621.604
ENG953114611.068
PAK522114010.984
SL41218000.589
NZ51406000.698
SA71602400.521
WI2020000.411
BDESH3030000.351