After South Africa’s second innings of 343/9d, England were set a target of 474 runs. The hosts finished day three at 1/0. Right from the start on day four, Proteas bowlers struck early. They lost four wickets in the session in the first session. Alastair Cook was dismissed off a bouncer from Vernon Philander for 42 runs off 76 balls with 6 fours.
Keaton Jennings, Gary Ballance and skipper Joe Root could reach double figures. Philander and Chris Morris were the strikers before the lunch break.
The second session brought an end to the Test match. England were bundled out for 133 runs in 44.2 overs which confirmed a huge 340-run victory for Faf du Plessis’ men. Philander and Keshav Maharaj scalped three wickets each. Duanne Oliver took back-to-back wickets for finish the game.
The 340-run win is the fourth-biggest for South Africa in their history in terms of runs and the second-biggest away win. This is England’s biggest defeat in home Tests in last 20 years.
South Africa 335 & 343/9d
England 205 and 133 in 44.2 overs (Cook 42; Philander 3/24, Maharaj 3/42, Morris 2/7)
South Africa win by 340 runs
Man of the Match: Vernon Philander (54, 2/48, 42 & 3/24)
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com