Proteas hand England a huge task to win
In the second match of the four-match Test series between England and South Africa, the visitors have set the Englishmen a huge target of 474 runs to win the match. England have to scale down the target in next two days with all 10 wickets intact.
Coming to chase down the huge target, England survived the third day’s dying afternoon without any trouble, and added just 1 run to their scorecard. So they still need 473 runs to win.
The match got underway in Trentbridge on last Friday (July 14). Winning the toss, South Africa decided to bat first, and posted 335 runs on the board. In reply, England got dismantled for just 205 runs to hand the Proteas a 130-run lead.
In their second innings, the visitors declared their innings on 343 runs with the loss of 9 wickets. Hashim Amla was the top scorer for his team, making 87. Deal Elgar and Faf du Plessis made 80 and 60 runs respectively.
For England, Moeen Ali was the pick of the bowlers, getting four wickets while Ben Stokes went with two and both Liam Dawsonand James Anderson took one.
England are currently 1-0 ahead in the series.
Scorecard: England 205 and 1 for 0 need another 473 runs to beat South Africa 335 and 343 for 9 dec (Amla 87, Elgar 80, du Plessis 63, Moeen 4-78)
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com