RABADA-MAGIC: Kagiso Rabada impressed mightily with his 7-112, the third-best test figures in an innings yet at SuperSport Park. He was also a champion off the pitch, with his remarks that he is not the finished article yet, and that he thought Kyle Abbott and Morne Morkel bowled better than him. What humility.
SA PERSPECTIVE: South Africa want to win this test, as they will move to number two on the global ICC test ranking list if they do. To do that, they require about 280 runs in two and a half sessions. So the first hour would be about entrenching the partnership between Stephen Cook and Hashim Amla. They also need Kyle Abbot to bowl in the second innings of England, despite a hamstring-niggle.
CRACKS OPEN: The cracks have opened slightly at SuperSport Park and that might contribute to increasing inconsistent bounce.
ENGLAND PLOY: Stuart Broad has used the bounce and the leg-cutter so far, while James Anderson still attempts to swing it through the air and off the seam and generally directs it on the off-stump line. South Africa has been watchful.
A PAIR FOR AB: James Anderson traps AB de Villiers in front for a second-ball duck. It was arguably the best ball of the test. It swung back through the air and off the seam and trapped him in front. He also scored a duck in the first innings at SuperSport Park and in the second innings at the Wanderers. South Africa in trouble on 49 for three.
SWING: Stuart Broad and James Anderson are both swinging the ball appreciably, and that is why England is currently in control with South Africa battling on 49 for three.
NEW ENGLAND-PLOY? Moeen Ali is into the attack. It is slightly surprising, as both James Anderson and Stuart Broad have been superb in the first 45 minutes of the morning. It is probably done to attack JP Duminy, who has looked very vulnerable against off-spinners.
GLORIOUS SHOT: Hashim Amla is biting the bullet. Despite a sore thumb, he plays the most glorious shot of the morning, an extra cover drive off James Anderson for a boundary. It must hurt when Amla drives, but he is a fighter and a batting master. Amla is on 28 and South Africa has moved to 65 for three, a lead by 198 runs.
AB-DUCKS: AB de Villiers was the victim of two excellent deliveries, at the Wanderers and in the second innings at SuperSport Park, which brought about his downfall for a duck. He played a shot out of character in the first innings. Perhaps people should not read too much into it. An interesting statistic is that Jacques Kallis only scored 104 runs in the 2008-series against England at an average of 14.85. And he is an all-time great.
ANDERSON REPLACED: Ben Stokes replaces James Anderson following his magnificent spell. The decision to replace Stuart Broad, though, is a bit mesmerizing. It was aimed at exposing JP Duminy, but Broad posed a threat to both Duminy and Hashim Amla.
POOL TO SA RESCUE? P Duminy's six that landed in the swimming pool off the wall, is bad news for James Anderson, as the ball was changed. That's bad news for James Anderson because he made that ball talk, swinging it both ways through the air at will.
STOKES-TACTIC: Ben Stokes is peppering Hashim Amla with short deliveries. There is method in his madness. He wants Amla to stop using his front foot, because then he is vulnerable and susceptible to a leg-before-wicket decision.
JP-URGENCY: JP Duminy is using a slightly risky approach. He is very positive, but the danger is that he might force it and get out to a bad shot. It is clear that he has been spoken to about his tentativeness, and he is taking the attack to the off-spinner.
SHOT: JP Duminy is employing the sweep shot against the off-spinner Moeen Ali and he has just swept him fine for a four. Alistair Cook responds by putting a leg-gully in position as a counter-move.
LUCKY JP: JP Duminy top-edges a delivery from Ben Stokes to square leg, but it does not carry. The trap was set and he still went for it. There is a thin line between attack and recklessness and JP is living close to the edge. Duminy and Hashim Amla have added 40 for the fourth wicket.
RESCUE-ACT: JP Duminy and Hashim Amla have added 40 runs for the fourth wicket after the early departure of Stephen Cook for 25 and AB de Villiers for a second-ball duck to James Anderson. Alistair Cook has made a few errors, including the decision to remove Stuart Broad from the attack when he was a menace.
ENGLAND-PLAN: Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes are trying to set JP Duminy up for the failed pull shot, while Stokes is still bowling short to Hashim Amla in order to immobilize his front foot. He hardly bowls a length delivery at Amla.
KYLE ABBOTT: According to the images we have seen this morning of Kyle Abbott warming up, he is possibly unlikely to bowl in the second innings. He has a hamstring-problem. That leaves South Africa with two seam bowlers, a specialist spinner and two occasional spinners in JP Duminy ahd Dean Elgar. That is an enormous problem.
FIFTY-BOOST: Hashim Amla plays a magnificent drive through the covers off Chris Woakes to complete the 50-run partnership for the fourth wicket with JP Duminy off 90 balls. After the change of ball a few overs ago, there has been no swing at all and that has benefited South Africa. Amla is on 41 and he is looking in fine nick.
PACE AND BOUNCE:Ben Stokes is still generating considerable pace and bounce and is bowling with venom. It show this pitch has something to offer. Will Kyle Abbott not clinch his teeth and bowl an opening spell and other late-afternoon spell before being replaced in England's second innings?
AMLA-PULL? You hardly ever see Hashim Amla play a pull shot. He did against Ben Stokes and takes a single. Stokes has persisted with the short stuff and it seems Amla has now had enough. South Africa is on 102 for three. The pull shot can be dangerous at SuperSport Park, as the pitch is currently two-paced.
WICKET: JP Duminy plays a loose drive at a delivery by Ben Stokes slightly wide that swung late. It is a disappointing end to an innings of 29 that promised so much. South Africa has an overall lead of 239. Stokes has bowled well, but it was an error in judgement by Duminy.
SA CHALLENGE: South Africa cannot afford to give England a winning target of less than 400 and must also not give them more than 95 overs in which to chase it. Why? Because South Africa is a bowler short, as Kyle Abbott is injured. JP Duminy also looks out of sorts with the ball. At PPC Newlands, Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes hammered 196 runs in a session, and therefore South Africa needs to give England a very challenging target.
- DRS lost
CLOSE SHAVE: Ben Stokes traps Temba Bavuma high on his leg with a beautiful delivery that tracked back appreciably and England reviews, but loses it as the TV-review shows it would have gone over the stumps. Stokes is really impressive with his swing and movement, and also his enormous aggression and determination. Bavuma stays on 2.