England Take Series Lead Beating South Africa By An Inning And 53 Runs

Day 5 of the 3rd Test between England and South Africa ended with the Proteas losing by an inning and 53 runs after the team were dismissed in their second inning for 237 all out.

England set a huge target for the Proteas to follow having scored 499/9d during their first innings.

Ollie Pope and Ben Stokes both set records for themselves during the first inning as they both went on to score centuries to help England set the target for South Africa to chase.

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Quinton de Kock led the chase for South Africa scoring 63 runs for the side with Dean Elgar following up with 35 runs. All in all South Africa scored a meager 209 runs all out in their first innings. 290 runs off target.

In their second inning, the Proteas put on another dismal performance only being able to manage 237 runs before being taken out on the final day of the test.

With Keshav Maharaj leading the scoresheet for the Proteas with 71 runs followed by Dane Patterson who managed 39 (not out), South Africa found themselves falling short of their target by an inning and 53 runs on day 5 of the Test.

Joe Root contributed to South Africa’s downfall taking 4/87 in 29 overs with Mark Wood taking 3/32 in 16.5 overs.

The tourists are now leading the series 2-1 with the home side left with the remaining test which commences on Friday in Johannesburg to either draw or lose the series.

Joe Root went on to say the following in his post-match interview on Sky Sports:

“We have a very good squad of players – a couple of good players aren’t in this XI and that is a really exciting place to be. When guys are stepping up to the plate at this level at such a young age, it is really pleasing. We have a massive game next week and feel in a really good spot.”


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