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South Africa crumble after Broad, Wood help England rack up 400

South Africa crumble after Broad, Wood help England rack up 400

Wanderers, Jan 25 (UNI) England have seized control of the fourth Test with South

Africa, reducing the hosts to 88/6 after putting 400 on the board here on Saturday.

Ollie Pope and Joe Root built on their budding partnership from the previous

evening by taking England to 258/4 before Pope, who had crossed fifty for the third

time in the series, dragged a delivery from Anrich Nortje onto his stumps after the

drinks break in the morning session to depart for 56.

Root followed shortly after to the same bowler for 59 and Sam Curran edged behind

from the very next ball to compound England’s misery. With Jos Buttler and Chris

Woakes following to leave England 318/9, South Africa would have been pleased with

their recovery.

However, Mark Wood and Stuart Broad then turned the tide with an enthralling 50-ball

stand of 82 that was filled with some heavy blows over the rope. Broad, the No.11, was

particularly eye-catching, his freewheeling swings resulting in four sixes.

By the time their stand came to a close, England had reached 400 for the second Test

in a row since December 2017.

England’s momentum continued with the ball and although Pieter Malan and Dean

Elgar showed resistance, they struggled to make the scorers work hard. When Malan

edged behind a 94mph delivery from Mark Wood in the 19th over, South Africa had just

29 on the board, an ICC report said.

Rassie van der Dussen’s first innings as a Test No.3 was one to forget as he was

squared up by Curran to depart for a duck, but the most disheartening moment of the

day for the Proteas came from a tame cut off Elgar’s blade that offered the simplest of

catches to Woakes at point.

Faf du Plessis’ poor run of form continued as he fell lbw for 3 and Temba Bavuma

could muster only 6 on his Test return.

Nortje, who had collected his maiden Test five-for earlier in the day, came out to face

the music late on as nightwatchman but with the last ball of the day Wood – unable to

keep out of the action – extracted his outside edge, with the ball gobbled up at gully.

At the other end Quinton de Kock looked in fine touch to finish unbeaten on 32 but

for South Africa to have any hope of saving this Test he will have to deliver something

very special on day three.

Brief Score:

England - 400

South Africa - 88/6

UNI XC-BM

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