After a dismal performance in the 1st Test, South Africa have bounced back with a crushing victory against England in the 2nd Test at Trent Bridge. South Africa won the match with a huge margin of 340 runs. Now the series is leveled with both the side having won one match each.
The Proteas put up a strong 1st innings total of 335, thanks to fifties from Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock and Vernon Philander. In reply, England were all out for 205, which gave the visitors a lead of 120. Dean Elgar’s 80 and Philander’s 42 helped South Africa post a daunting target of 474 for England to win the match. The hosts failed to reach the target, as they were bundled out for a meager 133. Philander was awarded the Man of The Match award for scoring 96 runs and picking up 5 wickets in the match.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan took to Twitter to express his frustration on this below par performance from the England side. He said,“This is absolutely terrible ……. Far too much talent in this team to play like this ……..”
This is absolutely terrible ……. Far too much talent in this team to play like this ……..
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 17, 2017
Former English all rounder congratulated the winning South African side and backed the English side to put up a better performance next time. He said,“Well played South Africa ! Im sure @englandcricket will cop some stick from the usual suspects , have faith out there it’s a great team.”
Well played South Africa ! Im sure @englandcricket will cop some stick from the usual suspects , have faith out there it's a great team 🙏🏻
— andrew flintoff (@flintoff11) July 17, 2017
Current South African cricketers AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn, alongside former South African cricketers Graeme Smith and Allan Donald lauded the Proteas and expressed their jubilation on Twitter.
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) July 17, 2017
— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) July 17, 2017
Brilliant from the South Africans, deserve all the praise for the way they played in this test! #ENGvRSA now for our ladies tomorrow.
— Graeme Smith (@GraemeSmith49) July 17, 2017
— Allan Donald (@AllanDonald33) July 17, 2017
Ashfaq Niloy, Correspondent,bdcrictime.com