England elected to bat first at the toss as they are aiming to clinch the series. The hosts lost Keaton Jennings (17) in the 13th over to Duanne Olivier. Alastair Cook and Tom Westley added 58 runs for the second wicket. Just after the lunch interval, Keshav Maharaj got the better of Cook. Cook scored 46 runs.
Soon, Quinton de Kock took a stunning catch to dismiss Westley, who scored 29 to bring the Proteas back in the game. Captain Root made 52-run partnership with Dawid Malan. Root completed his 5000 runs in Test cricket in this innings. He scored his 30th fifty in Tests.
It was the tenth consecutive Test that Root registered at least a score of fifty in each match. He became the eighth batsman to do so. He made 52 runs off 102 balls with 6 fours.
Ben Stokes also registered a fifty later in the day, his tenth in Tests. He scored 58 runs from 96 balls hitting 8 fours. He was dismissed by a fast yorker from Kagiso Rabada. England posted 260/6 in 90 overs. Jonny Bairstow (33*) and Toby Roland-Jones (0*) will resume second day.
Rabada and Olivier took two wickets each for South Africa. Maharaj, Morne Morkel got one each,
England 260/6 in 90 overs (Stokes 58, Root 52; Rabada 2/52, Olivier 2/72)
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com