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3rd Test, The Oval, July 27 - 31, 2017, South Africa tour of England
353 & 313/8d
(T:492) 175 & 252

England won by 239 runs

Player Of The Match
112, 1/26, 31 & 2/51
England 1st Innings
South Africa 1st Innings
England 2nd Innings
South Africa 2nd Innings
Match Flow
England 1st Innings 
lbw b Morkel8820030010044.00
c Elgar b Philander0917000.00
c du Plessis b Morris2550905050.00
c †de Kock b Philander2956714051.78
b Rabada11729005.88
c Rabada b Morkel1121532769473.20
c du Plessis b Rabada3652766069.23
c †de Kock b Morkel1640411040.00
lbw b Maharaj25253541100.00
c Amla b Rabada313160023.07
not out 15130020.00
Extras(b 7, lb 7, w 3)17
TOTAL103.2 Ov (RR: 3.41)353
Fall of wickets: 1-12 (Keaton Jennings, 3.3 ov), 2-64 (Tom Westley, 22.5 ov), 3-113 (Joe Root, 38.2 ov), 4-120 (Dawid Malan, 43.6 ov), 5-183 (Alastair Cook, 64.2 ov), 6-258 (Jonny Bairstow, 81.4 ov), 7-279 (Moeen Ali, 90.3 ov), 8-316 (Toby Roland-Jones, 97.2 ov), 9-331 (Stuart Broad, 100.3 ov), 10-353 (Ben Stokes, 103.2 ov)
64.2 to AN Cook, given lbw and Cook reviews straight away! Round the wicket, nips back and takes him on the knee roll. No bat involved. Is it too high? It's taking the bails, he's gone! Morkel seemed the most interested in that appeal, and he was right. In fact, on a second look, Morkel may actually have joined the appeal a bit late. Either way, it's out. 183/5
90.3 to MM Ali, big appeal for caught behind (or maybe lbw as well) given not out and Faf eventually reviews. Third umpire says the review is for lbw. Good length, angling in at Moeen, and there's an inside edge here...he will be caught behind because de Kock held the catch. Very similar to Alastair Cook at Trent Bridge. 279/7
103.2 to BA Stokes, slogged up into the air and taken by long-off running in! Stokes' fun is over, he walks off with his bat raised, a fine innings that went from watchful to wrecking ball... Morkel gets this third, he has bowled well, though this was a simple slap into the air, well taken by Rabada on the move. 353/10
3.3 to KK Jennings, gottim, snapped up by third slip! He definitely got bat on that one, a brief but troubled stay is ended, Jennings falling for a duck to give SA another early opening. Textbook working over from Philander and Jennings wasn't up to it. 12/1
38.2 to JE Root, what a catch by de Kock as Root edges a magnificent delivery. Pitches short of a length on off stump, Root has to play, it decks away off the seam and takes the outside edge. De Kock then flings himself to his right to grab it one-handed. 113/3
43.6 to DJ Malan, through him with a yorker! Magnificent delivery which knocks Malan off his feet. Late swing, dips in at Malan's toes, he can't get the bat down and the middle stump is knocked back. 120/4
81.4 to JM Bairstow, extra bounce, takes the edge - and du Plessis snags a sharp catch at second! Silence around the ground as Rabada roars once more, fast and springy in the corridor, hit the fresh, proud seam and straightened a touch, before flying off the edge... seemed to leave du Plessis winded, such was the force as he clutched it to his chest. 258/6
100.3 to SCJ Broad, pitched up, Broad is stuck in his trench and flicks a straightforward catch to slip! Once again, it's the full ball (and the looming threat of the short one) that does for Broad... Still a decent ball, full and tailing away from round the wicket, Broad closed the face attempting to work it away to the leg side and a thick deflection flew to Amla. 331/9
97.2 to TS Roland-Jones, lbw, round the wicket, a full ball slides on and beats Roland-Jones' inside edge as he plays forward, takes the front pad low down. He has a quick chat with Stokes before not reviewing. Was smashing leg stump. 316/8
22.5 to T Westley, pitched up, gets him driving and taken at second slip! Morris punches the air, he has separated England's second-wicket pair after a gritty stand... Westley perhaps needed to take his time getting in again, instead he went hard at a ball he might have left, Morris shaped it away and du Plessis pouched a thick outside edge. 64/2
South Africa 1st Innings 
c †Bairstow b Roland-Jones833381024.24
lbw b Roland-Jones1524503062.50
c †Bairstow b Roland-Jones615241040.00
c Stokes b Roland-Jones1721303080.95
lbw b Anderson17240014.28
c †Bairstow b Roland-Jones521201978043.33
c & b Anderson22726007.40
c Cook b Stokes58120062.50
b Broad3049584061.22
c Cook b Anderson1739743043.58
not out 1011172090.90
Extras(b 4, lb 5, nb 3)12
TOTAL58.4 Ov (RR: 2.98)175
Fall of wickets: 1-18 (Dean Elgar, 8.4 ov), 2-23 (Heino Kuhn, 10.3 ov), 3-30 (Hashim Amla, 12.6 ov), 4-47 (Quinton de Kock, 16.3 ov), 5-47 (Faf du Plessis, 17.1 ov), 6-51 (Chris Morris, 23.3 ov), 7-61 (Keshav Maharaj, 26.1 ov), 8-114 (Kagiso Rabada, 39.3 ov), 9-161 (Morne Morkel, 55.1 ov), 10-175 (Temba Bavuma, 58.4 ov)
17.1 to F du Plessis, padding up and given lbw! du Plessis has reviewed. He hasn't offered a shot. Good-length ball outside, seams back, umpire's call on impact, takes him on the back leg and it's hitting off stump flush. 47/5
23.3 to CH Morris, back to the bowler! He's been tested and teased by Anderson, who then pitches this up at off stump again, Morris tries to drive but the bat twists a little in his hand and it spoons a catch which Anderson gobbles in his follow through. They check the no-ball, it's tight but he's okay. 51/6
55.1 to M Morkel, edged to slip, taken! Anderson finally chisels out Morkel for a battling 17, he was squared up on the back foot and sent a regulation nick to Cook, who bagged it going to his right. 161/9
39.3 to K Rabada, timbah! Beautiful from Broad, just about unplayable, especially for a batsman of Rabada's calibre... Immaculate length, sliding in and then snaking back to kiss the top of off stump, precision bowling to a lefty from round the wicket. 114/8
8.4 to D Elgar, testing line again, Elgar presses forward and the ball ends up in Bairstow's gloves... the cordon appeals in unison, TRJ isn't sure - but the finger goes up! Aleem Dar heard a nick and, although Elgar reviews it's to no avail, Ultra Edge quickly revealing a faint spike! Elgar was left shaking his head, convinced he hadn't hit it... and Roland-Jones' reaction was somewhere between uncertainty and disbelief, but he has his first Test wicket and England will walk off having made a vital breakthrough. 18/1
10.3 to HG Kuhn, full and straight, trapped in front! Dar doesn't hesitate on this one, though they decide to check the no-ball... It's very tight but the TV umpire is happy there was a scrap of rubber behind the line and Kuhn is on his way! TRJ has his second and T'Oval lets out a jubilant, throaty roar... Kuhn just missed this, trying to work across the line, it struck him on the back leg and would have torpedoed leg stump. 23/2
12.6 to HM Amla, AMLA'S GONE!! Roland-Jones has his third, a snorting ball flicks the glove and England have squished Hash...! Brilliant ball, it simply took off as Amla moved back and across, only a faint tickle of glove, I think, but he wasn't hanging around to quibble with the decision from Dar. 30/3
16.3 to Q de Kock, he's got four as de Kock edges to gully! Full at middle and off, de Kock trying to work to the leg side and the outside edge is snaffled by Stokes.. 47/4
58.4 to T Bavuma, caught behind, five for Roland-Jones! A good length ball just outside off, delivered from wider on the crease, so credit to TRJ, Bavuma pushes forward and gets an outside edge which Bairstow takes to his right. 175/10
26.1 to KA Maharaj, grabbed at first slip...a length ball outside off, Maharaj throws his hands at it and gets a thick top edge which Cook takes it in front of his chest. 61/7
England 2nd Innings 
b Morkel729381024.13
c Morris b Rabada48781149061.53
st †de Kock b Maharaj5914120111041.84
c Morkel b Maharaj50941316053.19
lbw b Morris1018342055.55
b Morris3138652181.57
c Rabada b Maharaj63587261108.62
run out (Bavuma)841110200.00
not out 23192402121.05
Extras(lb 11, w 3)14
TOTAL79.5 Ov (RR: 3.92)313/8d
Fall of wickets: 1-30 (Alastair Cook, 8.2 ov), 2-92 (Keaton Jennings, 25.6 ov), 3-170 (Tom Westley, 55.6 ov), 4-180 (Joe Root, 57.3 ov), 5-202 (Dawid Malan, 63.5 ov), 6-251 (Ben Stokes, 71.3 ov), 7-265 (Moeen Ali, 73.1 ov), 8-313 (Jonny Bairstow, 79.5 ov)
8.2 to AN Cook, bowled him - that's a jaffa! Morkel takes his tally of Cook dismissals to 11, and it's a rare bowled for England's redoubtable opener; not much he could do about that ball, though, angled in before pitching and seaming and switching on to the Bakerloo Line to shiver the timbers and send Cook on his way. 30/1
25.6 to KK Jennings, edged to gully! Jennings' fortune runs out. A well-directed short ball at off stump, climbed at him and Jennings couldn't drop his bat quickly enough, the ball takes the splice and loops to gully. Considerable bounce for Rabada. 92/2
63.5 to DJ Malan, inswinger from Morris, smacked on the pads... Umpire Wilson shakes his head! Maybe thought it was high, maybe doing too much, but SA review and this could be close. Pitching on middle and leg, appreciable nip back, past Malan's swing across the line, thudding into the knee roll - and that's shouldering its way through to hit the top of the stumps! Decision reversed and Malan's on his way. 202/5
71.3 to BA Stokes, this time misses, Stokes swings across the line of a length delivery, maybe not as short as thought, and is cleaned up. 251/6
55.6 to T Westley, comes walking down, done in the flight... and de Kock completes the stumping! Westley's neat debut is over with the bat, he maybe didn't attack this with the conviction needed, ended up pushing at the ball as it spun away past the outside edge. Well bowled by Maharaj and, unlike with Root at Lord's, his foot was behind the line this time. 170/3
57.3 to JE Root, goes for the slog-sweep - but picks out the man on the fence! Root lost control of the shot and he's lost his wicket in the process, another for Maharaj, well held in the deep by Morkel. Think he just slowed up the pace again, another handy bit of bowling. 180/4
79.5 to JM Bairstow, finds long-off, taken at the second attempt, Bairstow tries to go down the ground, it's a low full toss, gets it off the toe of the bat. Rabada juggles it and manages to stick out his left hand to grab the rebound. England have declared. 313/8
South Africa 2nd Innings (T: 492 runs)
b Broad1117232064.70
c Stokes b Ali13622833220059.64
c Root b Roland-Jones537490013.51
b Stokes5651083.33
lbw b Stokes013000.00
lbw b Roland-Jones32971442032.98
lbw b Roland-Jones012000.00
c Stokes b Ali2452644046.15
not out 2426475092.30
c Stokes b Ali011000.00
lbw b Ali016000.00
Extras(b 4, lb 7, nb 4)15
TOTAL77.1 Ov (RR: 3.26)252
Fall of wickets: 1-21 (Heino Kuhn, 5.2 ov), 2-47 (Hashim Amla, 15.5 ov), 3-52 (Quinton de Kock, 16.5 ov), 4-52 (Faf du Plessis, 16.6 ov), 5-160 (Temba Bavuma, 50.1 ov), 6-160 (Vernon Philander, 50.2 ov), 7-205 (Chris Morris, 65.6 ov), 8-252 (Dean Elgar, 75.5 ov), 9-252 (Kagiso Rabada, 75.6 ov), 10-252 (Morne Morkel, 77.1 ov)
5.2 to HG Kuhn, bowled 'im, off stump is flat on the ground! The Oval laps it up, forgetting all about the drop a few moments ago... Broad's initial response to being hit for four by Kuhn was petulant but that's the only sort of comeback that matters for a bowler. Hurtles back off a good length, clocks off stump right in the mush. 21/1
15.5 to HM Amla, oh Hashim, what have you done?! Tries to withdraw the bat, he's late making the decision and it flicks the toe, flies low to second slip... Amla starts heading off, although the umpires tell him to hold on a minute while they check the catch. This looks good, Dharmasena happy he can see fingers under the ball, and Amla will be on his way! Roland-Jones' fast-medium velocity is enough to overcome Amla for the second time in the match, the great blocker budged. 47/2
50.1 to T Bavuma, gone lbw after a review! An appeal for lbw, this takes the pad as Bavuma plays forward, did he get outside the line or was then an edge? We have a review from Root after Dar says not out. It's pad first, but looks like he's got outside the line here. No it isn't! It's hit in line with off stump and it's three reds! What a review from Root. At the moment of impact Bavuma was still on the move, so was hit more in line than it first appeared. What a game for TRJ. 160/5
50.2 to VD Philander, first ball, lbw padding up! What a horrible leave from Big Vern. Good length, nips back a touch, takes the back pad and it's right in front of off stump. South Africa's don't seem too keen on using their bat early in an innings. First Faf, now Philander. 160/6
16.5 to Q de Kock, splat! The yorker does it... Bails go pop and de Kock is off! Stokes just grins to himself, that was full and fast, exposed a lack of footwork, actually thundered into the boot first before rattling off stump... Again it's tight on the no-ball line but there's something behind it. England getting their claws into SA now. 52/3
16.6 to F du Plessis, plants the front foot, playing no stroke, hits the pads... and given! It's a first-baller for Faf, though he decides to review, more in hope than expectation, I reckon; yes, it's coming back a long way, struck well outside the line but that doesn't matter and umpire's call on clipping the top of off stump. Almost identical to his first-innings dismissal, du Plessis is in and then out and Stokes is on a hat-trick!. 52/4
65.6 to CH Morris, takes the edge, Stokes snaffles it at slip - Moeen strikes with the final ball of the morning! Morris falls with the interval looming after a committed knock, he just played the wrong line, the ball skidded on and again the edge evaded Bairstow - possibly flicking his thigh - and looped to the left of Stokes, who plunged gratefully to scoop it up. 205/7
75.5 to D Elgar, edged to slip! Elgar's defiance is over. Tossed into the footmarks, a little slower from Moeen, Elgar can't resist the drive this time and sends the edge to Stokes who rarely misses them. 252/8
75.6 to K Rabada, and it's a repeat, edged to slip!, almost a carbon-copy, Moeen floats one up outside off, Rabada just pushes forward and sends a regulation nick to the hands of Stokes. Another bowler on a hat-trick, third of the innings but that's the end of the over. 252/9
77.1 to M Morkel, Moeen wins it with a hat-trick! Huge appeal for lbw and it's given not out but looks so close, England have reviewed. Round the wicket, slides on with the arm, Morkel only gets a small stride forward. Joel Wilson waited an age then said not out. It was smashing leg stump. What a moment to Moeen, the first hat-trick at The Oval in the ground's 100th Test. 252/10
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Thu, 27 Jul - day 1 - England 1st innings 171/4 (Alastair Cook 82*, Ben Stokes 21*, 59 ov)
Fri, 28 Jul - day 2 - South Africa 1st innings 126/8 (Temba Bavuma 34*, Morne Morkel 2*, 43 ov)
Sat, 29 Jul - day 3 - England 2nd innings 74/1 (Keaton Jennings 34*, Tom Westley 28*, 21.2 ov)
Sun, 30 Jul - day 4 - South Africa 2nd innings 117/4 (Dean Elgar 72*, Temba Bavuma 16*, 38 ov)
Mon, 31 Jul - day 5 - South Africa 2nd innings 252 (77.1 ov) - end of match
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
  • South Africa: 150 runs in 45.5 overs (279 balls), Extras 9
  • 5th Wicket: 100 runs in 184 balls (D Elgar 67, T Bavuma 31, Ex 2)
  • Over 50.1: Review by England (Bowling), Umpire - Aleem Dar, Batsman - T Bavuma (Upheld)
  • Drinks: South Africa - 160/6 in 50.2 overs (D Elgar 97)
  • D Elgar: 100 off 149 balls (16 x 4)
  • South Africa: 200 runs in 64.2 overs (390 balls), Extras 15
  • Lunch: South Africa - 205/7 in 66.0 overs (D Elgar 113)
  • South Africa: 250 runs in 73.2 overs (444 balls), Extras 15
  • Over 77.1: Review by England (Bowling), Umpire - JS Wilson, Batsman - M Morkel (Upheld)
  • MM Ali took a hat-trick with the wickets of D Elgar, K Rabada, M Morkel
  • DRS was used to confirm M Morkel wicket
Kennington Oval, London
TossEngland, elected to bat first
Player Of The Match
Series resultEngland led the 4-match series 2-1
Match numberTest no. 2266
Hours of play (local time)11am start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00
Match days27,28,29,30,31 July 2017 - day (5-day match)
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