GREETINGS: Good morning everyone to the final day of the second Sunfoil Test between South Africa and England from PPC Newlands in Cape Town.
RECAP: England won the toss and elected to bat first. Ben Stokes (258) and Jonny Bairstow (150*) smashed their way into the record books as England declared on 629/6 with Kagiso Rabada claiming 3-175. South Africa, in reply, declared their first innings on 627/7 with Hashim Amla (202) scoring his 4th double-ton while Temba Bavuma notched up his maiden test ton. There were also half-centuries for AB (88), Faf (86) and Chris Morris (69). England were 16/0 at the close on day 4, a lead of 18 with 10 2nd-innings wickets in hand.
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20 MINUTES: We are 20 minutes away from the start of play. Can the South African bowlers gain some purchase from this pitch and the slightly overcast conditions? Or will the English batsmen use this day to really grind down the South African attack?
POLL ANSWER: The correct answer is......SRI LANKA. The Lankans made history in August 1997 when they posted 952/6 decl. against India in Colombo. India won the toss and elected to bat first, posting 537/8 decl but Sri Lanka replied with their mammoth total thanks to a triple century from Sanath Jayasuriya (340) and a double ton from Roshan Mahanama (225). Rajesh Chauhan (78), Anil Kumble (72) and Nilesh Kulkarni (70) bowled the bulk of the 271 overs.
LAST BELL: There are just 5 minutes left before the start of play. Will there be action or will play just plod along?
HERE THEY COME: The umpires have made their way out to the middle and the Proteas have broken their huddle and taking up their positions while the England batsmen have made their way out. Alex Hales will be taking first strike while Morne Morkel will be steaming in from the Kelvin Grove End.
GOOD TAKE: Morkel bowls short of a length, wide outside the off stump and De Kock leaps and takes the ball with one hand. Great take by the keeper to prevent byes.
KEPT LOW: The first ball to really misbehave as a length delivery keeps low and beats Hales outside the off stump.
@ivzc: Hi there, the crowd is still building up and making their way in.
GOT HIM: Rabada makes the breakthrough! The first delivery was down the legside and Cook had a nibble but missed. Rabada went down the legside again and this time Cook got a touch on the ball and De Kock made the catch. England are 17/1 and lead by 19. Cook departs for 8.
APPEAL: Rabada strikes Compton on the pads first ball. Goes up for the appeal but the umpire says not out. Amla makes the signal after a chat and they have gone upstairs. Oh dear - what a waste. The hit the full face of the bat before going on to the pads as the bat turned in the batsman's hands.
WELL-LEFT: Morkel bowls just outside the off stump and Compton raises his arms and lets the ball go through to the keeper, however, that was perilously close to the stumps.
QUICK SINGLE: Compton knocks the ball down into the off-side and sets off for a quick single as Amla comes in from mid-off to field.
BEATEN: What a ball from Morkel as he cuts Hales in half. Beats the bat, beats the stumps.....Things happening here this morning.
@ivzc: Hi IVZC, South Africa dismissed Australia for 47.
WOW: What a catch by Morris!!!!!! Short of a length from Morkel and Hales fended away from his body with Morris diving to his right and claimed a one-handed blinder at third slip. Hales is gone for 5 and England are 19/2, a lead of 21.
SQUARED UP: Rabada bowls on middle and leg and has Compton all squared up with the ball taking a thick outside edge and flying past the slips and down to the boundary for four runs. England 23/2 and lead by 25.
BEATEN: Another good ball from the young speedster as he beats Compton outside the offstump.
@Straightdeal: That's correct Straightdeal. He dived to his left and claimed a one-handed catch with his left hand. This time it was to his right with his right hand - but today's catch was even better!
GOOD OVER: That was a great over from Rabada as he had Compton at sixes and sevens. England are 23/2 after 10 overs and lead by 25 with Compton on 6* and Joe Root yet to get off the mark.
HOW THINGS CHANGE: Cricket is a funny game. The first four days was about the dominance of the bat but this morning, you expect something to happen everytime the bowler runs in.
FOUR: Leg side from Morkel and Root flicks it away to fine leg, beating a diving Rabada to get off the mark with a boundary.
WELL-PLAYED: Rabada delivers on middle and leg and Root clips the ball through mid-wicket with Bavuma giving chase. Bavuma returns the ball and keeps the runs down to 2.
SHOT: Root uses the pace of Rabada to guide the ball through the gully region and down to the vacant 3rd-man boundary for four runs.
@RichardAshford: Hi Richard, the first South African to ever score a test century was Jimmy Sinclair on the 1st April 1889 right here in Cape Town against England. Andrew Hudson scored the first test century after re-entry into international cricket against the West Indies and it was also the first century on debut by a South African.
BEATEN: The ball really seems to be doing something this morning as Morkel beat Compton regularly in the last over and now Rabada beats the outside edge of Root.
SHOT: A short ball from Rabada is pulled behind square by Root, splitting the fielders on the legside boundary for four runs. England now 40/2 and lead by 42.