South Africa pushes lead over England to 366 in second Test
By Associated Press | Published: 16th July 2017 08:54 PM |
NOTTINGHAM: South Africa moved into a position of complete dominance in the second test against England on Sunday, growing its lead to 366 with six wickets in hand by tea on the third day.
Hashim Amla made 87 and Dean Elgar 80 to push South Africa to 236-4 in its second innings, and put the tourists on course for a series-leveling victory at Trent Bridge.
Amla and Elgar put on 135 for the second wicket before Elgar fell victim to Ben Stokes' short ball tactics — caught by James Anderson at backward square leg after being surprised by a bouncer.
Amla also missed out on a century, out lbw to left-arm spinner Liam Dawson after a successful review by England of umpire Paul Reiffel's not out decision.
England had a brief glimpse of restricting South Africa's lead when Elgar and Quinton de Kock (1) fell in successive overs, with Anderson picking up De Kock caught behind for his seventh wicket of the game.
But South Africa kept putting together partnerships, with Amla and captain Faf du Plessis adding 62 for the fourth wicket to take the lead close to 400.
Amla had a let-off early in the day, though, when it seemed he got a thin edge behind to Jonny Bairstow off Stuart Broad. That would have stopped the Amla-Elgar century partnership in its tracks, but umpire Simon Fry said not out and England didn't go for a review.
England was bowled out for 205 on Saturday in reply to South Africa's first innings of 335, giving the Proteas a big advantage.
England won the first test at Lord's by a convincing 211 runs.