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3rd Test, Gqeberha, January 16 - 20, 2020, ICC World Test Championship
(f/o) 209 & 237

England won by an innings and 53 runs

Player Of The Match
135* & 6 catches
England 1st Innings
South Africa 1st Innings
South Africa 2nd Innings (Following on)
Match Flow
England 1st Innings 
c van der Dussen b Nortje441372035032.11
c Elgar b Rabada36951355037.89
lbw b Maharaj251001203025.00
b Rabada2746684058.69
c Elgar b Paterson12021427212256.07
not out 13522638218159.73
c & b Maharaj11511006.66
c Elgar b Maharaj4450606188.00
c Malan b Maharaj110180010.00
c Nortje b Maharaj42233625182.60
Extras(b 2, lb 14, nb 4, w 4)24
TOTAL152 Ov (RR: 3.28, 655 Mins)499/9d
Did not bat:
Fall of wickets: 1-70 (Dom Sibley, 30.6 ov), 2-103 (Zak Crawley, 48.5 ov), 3-134 (Joe Denly, 61.4 ov), 4-148 (Joe Root, 64.5 ov), 5-351 (Ben Stokes, 123.2 ov), 6-354 (Jos Buttler, 126.2 ov), 7-413 (Sam Curran, 139.4 ov), 8-426 (Dom Bess, 143.2 ov), 9-499 (Mark Wood, 151.6 ov)
123.2 to BA Stokes, gottim! Straight to cover point and Stokes is filthy with that. Slightly full of a length, Stokes look to force it out to deep cover but can only chip it straight to Dean Elgar who takes a good low catch to give Paterson his maiden Test wicket. 351/5
30.6 to DP Sibley, gottim! Rabada has earned that, he's been making Sibley work hard this over, though it's a very avoidable dismissal. Back-of-a-length ball on the thigh pad, Sibley looks to whip it down to long leg but gets his timing wrong, and steers it straight into the hands of Elgar at wide leg gully/backward square leg. South Africa have the breakthrough!. 70/1
64.5 to JE Root, t-i-i-i-i-mbeerrrrr!!! 89mph/144kph, Rabada rips through Root's defensive push and snares his off stump! Beaten for pace as much as anything, got caught in two minds as to what shot to play, and Rabada lets out a huge roar in celebration after seeing the off stump pegged back. Huge breakthrough!. 148/4
48.5 to Z Crawley, there it goes! Once again, Nortje fires it into the legs, and Crawley is completely suckered by the clip to leg gully! It's a brilliant diving catch, low to his right from van der Dussen, and that's the opening that South Africa have been toiling for!. 103/2
61.4 to JL Denly, fired in full and straight, Denly defends into the off side, but there's a big appeal... did this hit the pad first? It must have been a good shout if so, and SA review It did hit pad first, deep in the crease, looks very straight... crashing into middle-and-off halfway up! Maharaj strikes!. 134/3
126.2 to JC Buttler, cheap dismissal! Buttler never got going, rocks back to a length ball and chips it straight back to Maharaj! He throws the ball up in celebration, and South Africa look pumped to have got their man!. 354/6
139.4 to SM Curran, an ambitious wipe up and over the leg side .... but he can't clear deep midwicket! A touch too much height, though the velocity was good. Elgar steadies himself inside the rope to end an ideal pressure-easing cameo. 413/7
143.2 to DM Bess, pops off a leading edge, and Maharaj has four! Bess planted the front foot, then pushed in defence outside the leg stump. Malan under the lid makes no mistake at silly point. And that will be tea. 426/8
151.6 to MA Wood, length ball, tossed up outside the off stump, and Wood swings into the leg side... but it's not timed, and goes straight into the grateful hands of Nortje at deep midwicket! And England have declared, for real this time!. 499/9
South Africa 1st Innings 
c Pope b Bess3574946047.29
c & b Bess1832492056.25
c Pope b Bess1014262071.42
c Root b Stokes181361912013.23
c Pope b Bess86820133.33
b Bess2441733058.53
b Curran631391669045.32
b Broad2761715044.26
b Broad039000.00
c Wood b Broad18150012.50
not out 0610000.00
Extras(b 4, w 1)5
TOTAL86.4 Ov (RR: 2.41, 360 Mins)209
Fall of wickets: 1-50 (Pieter Malan, 11.6 ov), 2-60 (Zubayr Hamza, 17.3 ov), 3-63 (Dean Elgar, 21.6 ov), 4-71 (Faf du Plessis, 23.6 ov), 5-109 (Rassie van der Dussen, 41.3 ov), 6-154 (Anrich Nortje, 62.4 ov), 7-208 (Vernon Philander, 82.6 ov), 8-208 (Quinton de Kock, 83.5 ov), 9-208 (Keshav Maharaj, 84.3 ov), 10-209 (Kagiso Rabada, 86.4 ov)
82.6 to VD Philander, timber! Straight through him! Length ball, bit of nip back in off the surface as Philander looks to unfurl a crunching drive through the off side, and he sees it fly through the gate into his off stump! Big early breakthrough for England as the stump goes cartwheeling. 208/7
84.3 to KA Maharaj, and another, chopped on! South Africa have lost three wickets, all bowled, without adding a run this morning... utter scenes! This is a really awful shot from a relatively competent batsman: length ball on off stump, Maharaj looks to hammer this through midwicket and bottom-edges onto leg stump. Carnage!. 208/9
86.4 to K Rabada, chipped in the air, straight to Wood at mid-off, and South Africa have lost four wickets for one run this morning! Tame shot from Rabada, driven uppishly straight into the hands, and this has been an abject start to the day from South Africa. 209/10
83.5 to Q de Kock, straight through him! England have two in the first two overs of the day! A fraction full of a length, just a hint of nibble back in again, another loose shot from de Kock and it bursts through his wafty push to hit the top of middle!. 208/8
11.6 to PJ Malan, now then... England have reviewed for a caught-and-bowled chance. Looked like a bump ball to the naked eye, given not out on the field, but it looks very out! Pretty full, just outside off stump, and chipped gently back to the bowler who takes the easiest catch he could hope for! Malan departs, Bess makes the breakthrough. 50/1
17.3 to Zubayr Hamza, pops off an inside-edge, onto the pad, and Bess has two! Round the wicket, attacking the rough, Hamza closes his face ineffectively as the ball kisses into Pope's hands at short leg, and now South Africa are in bother!. 60/2
21.6 to D Elgar, stunning grab at silly point! He'd moved across just two balls earlier, a fat inside-edge off the front pad, looping into the off side, and Pope flings his right hand forward to scrape the chance inches from the turf!. 63/3
23.6 to F du Plessis, poked to short leg and Bess has four! Oh wow... that is an extraordinary passage of play. Bess was briefly dominated, found a new plan with a change of line, a bit of extra bite off the deck as Faf marched forward once more, and the skipper trudges off after a hard-handed jab, with the ball embedded in Pope's bread-basket!. 71/4
41.3 to HE van der Dussen, got him! Sharp turn from outside the off stump, and RvdD bottom-edges onto his stumps! Maiden Test five-for for Bess! Thought it was there to cut but he was cramped for room, and chopped onto leg stump. Another massive breakthrough for England, and they look ecstatic about it. 109/5
62.4 to A Nortje, edged, and gone! Nortje sinks to his haunches! Length ball, just outside the off stump, no particular menace but Nortje hangs his bat out there and Root takes a sharp catch low to his right! Great grab.... 154/6
South Africa 2nd Innings (Following on) 
lbw b Root12791151015.18
b Wood1522343068.18
c †Buttler b Wood212190016.66
c Pope b Root361231446129.26
c Pope b Root1036361127.77
c Wood b Root326240011.53
c Pope b Broad1347632027.65
run out (Curran)7110614810366.98
c Broad b Wood1624252166.66
b Bess519261026.31
not out 3940556097.50
Extras(b 12, lb 1, nb 1, w 1)15
TOTAL88.5 Ov (RR: 2.66, 348 Mins)237
Fall of wickets: 1-18 (Dean Elgar, 8.1 ov), 2-22 (Zubayr Hamza, 12.1 ov), 3-44 (Pieter Malan, 27.3 ov), 4-66 (Rassie van der Dussen, 39.3 ov), 5-74 (Quinton de Kock, 45.5 ov), 6-83 (Faf du Plessis, 51.4 ov), 7-102 (Vernon Philander, 62.3 ov), 8-128 (Kagiso Rabada, 70.1 ov), 9-138 (Anrich Nortje, 76.4 ov), 10-237 (Keshav Maharaj, 88.5 ov)
62.3 to VD Philander, full on off stump, pops up off the inside edge and into the pad, and short midwicket takes the catch! England strike in the first over of the day again! Pope takes his sixth of the match, and the easiest of the lot. The bat turned into Philander's hand as he looked to work it towards mid-on, struck the inside edge and looped straight up to short midwicket. 102/7
8.1 to D Elgar, rips through him! 89mph/143kph, sends the off stump cartwheeling! Fullish and straight, Elgar plays across it and gets a tiny outside edge, diverting it straight onto the off stump and sending it flying out the ground. Wood roars in celebration, England have their first breakthrough. 18/1
12.1 to Zubayr Hamza, strangled down the leg side! 90mph/145kph, innocuous length ball, but he gets a little feather on it trying to steer it down to long leg and Buttler does the rest! Hamza's struggles continue... is that the last time we'll see him in this series?. 22/2
70.1 to K Rabada, fullish on the pads, chipped straight up via the leading edge as he tries to turn it into the leg side, and Broad takes the catch at mid-on! Cross-seam from Wood, held in the surface, Rabada was through his shot too quickly and it's a straightforward chance for Broad. England closing in.... 128/8
76.4 to A Nortje, cleaned him up! Nortje went back to a ball he should he gone forward to, pushed through a bit quicker, and clatters into middle-and-off! Bess celebrates, England are one away.... 138/9
27.3 to PJ Malan, there's the breakthrough! Malan thrusts out his pad and is thumped in line. He reviews, a touch optimistically? There's no inside-edge, I don't think, or is it? Too murmurs, very adjacent to one another... but no, the third umpire is satisfied that that is all pad... and as expected, it's smashing the stumps! Malan looks a bit non-plussed by all that.... 44/3
39.3 to HE van der Dussen, screamer at short leg from Ollie Pope! Fullish, a bit of turn, an inside edge into the pad as he prods forward and Pope takes a superb catch diving at full stretch to his left back over his shoulder! The skipper strikes again, South Africa on the ropes. 66/4
45.5 to Q de Kock, oh my, awful shot! What on earth is de Kock thinking?! Has a big old heave-ho at it outside the off stump, bottom edges up into the air, Wood gets some great hang-time at point and takes a good catch, and that's the end of de Kock! Root has a third, South Africa lose their fifth. 74/5
51.4 to F du Plessis, flicks the bat, off the knee-roll, into Pope's hands once more! England are convinced, so is the umpire, but Faf reviews, as well he might! But there's a huge inside-edge! Was he gambling on an uncalled no-ball? There's nothing else that was saving him!. 83/6
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Thu, 16 Jan - day 1 - England 1st innings 224/4 (Ben Stokes 38*, Ollie Pope 39*, 90 ov)
Fri, 17 Jan - day 2 - South Africa 1st innings 60/2 (Dean Elgar 32*, Anrich Nortje 0*, 18 ov)
Sat, 18 Jan - day 3 - South Africa 1st innings 208/6 (Quinton de Kock 63*, Vernon Philander 27*, 82 ov)
Sun, 19 Jan - day 4 - South Africa 2nd innings 102/6 (Vernon Philander 13*, Keshav Maharaj 5*, 62 ov)
Mon, 20 Jan - day 5 - South Africa 2nd innings 237 (88.5 ov) - end of match
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Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
  • Drinks: South Africa - 145/9 in 78.0 overs (KA Maharaj 20, D Paterson 6)
  • South Africa: 150 runs in 79.2 overs (477 balls), Extras 7
  • New ball taken at 80.1 overs
  • 10th Wicket: 50 runs in 32 balls (KA Maharaj 27, D Paterson 17, Ex 8)
  • KA Maharaj: 50 off 90 balls (7 x 4, 2 x 6)
  • South Africa: 200 runs in 83.2 overs (501 balls), Extras 15
St George's Park, Port Elizabeth
TossEngland, elected to bat first
Player Of The Match
Series resultEngland led the 4-match series 2-1
Match numberTest no. 2380
Hours of play (local time)10:00 start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00
Match days16,17,18,19,20 January 2020 - day (5-day match)
Test debut
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Match Referee
PointsEngland 30, South Africa 0
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