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Day 2 – The Proteas restrict England; Ali rips through Amla, Elgar
South Africa tour of England

Day 2 – The Proteas restrict England; Ali rips through Amla, Elgar

The second day of the first Test between England and South Africa was not much different from the preceding day, with the visitors gaining control of the game in the first session before losing the plot in the next two.


South Africa strike early


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The Proteas quicks struck earlier to claim four wickets in first hour, but a cameo from Stuart Broad stretched England’s total to 458. Joe Root on his captaincy debut had deservedly earned plaudits – for an inning of lifetime. But he was accounted for early in the day. Morkel accounted for Root and Liam Dawson while Rabada removed Moeen Ali and Mark Wood.


Broad’s cameo


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Broad struck two valuable partnerships – first with Moeen Ali for the eighth wicket and then with James Anderson for the last. Broad scored 57* off 47 balls including 8 boundaries and 2 sixes.


Kuhn fails


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The search for Dean Elgar’s opening partner has not been similar to that of English, but the Proteas have struggled to find a reliable opening combination since the retirement of Greame Smith, and subsequently the departure of Alviro Pieterson. Stephen Cook was dropped from the squad for the series after an ordinary series against the Kiwis. The replacement, however, failed to make a mark – leaving the visitors under pressure.


Elgar takes the centre stage


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Although Joe Root took almost all the headlines leading to the series opener – and knowing full that Elgar might not captain the Proteas again, the stand-in skipper had to fill in for a massive job. Elgar delivered it right in gaps while bowling. But had a good start after surviving a run out chance in the second over. He struck a neat 50 but soon fell off the bowling of Moeen Ali.


Moeen Ali 2.0


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Having added 87 to his batting charts, Ali claimed the premium wickets of Hashim Amla and Dean Elgar to start – what could possibly be a collapse of the Proteas innings. Ali also achieved the milestone of completing 2000 Test runs and 100 wickets in Test cricket.


The writer tweets @khaledumair