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Day 3 – de Kock's rampant fifty to Cook's enervating knock
South Africa tour of England

Day 3 – de Kock's rampant fifty to Cook's enervating knock

The third day of the first Test between England and South Africa was comprehensively won by the English, after bowling out the visitors for 361 – securing a lead of 97 runs. England finished the day at 119 for the loss of one wicket, with Keaton Jennings being the sole wicket.


Here are some of the moments from the day’s play.


England make early inroads


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England had claimed the top-four of the Proteas lineup cheaply on the second day before Temba Bavuma and Theunis de Bruyn made a decent recovery. After the departure of de Bruyn, nightwatchman Kagiso Rabada hung around to see the close of the day with Bavuma. But both batsmen were dismissed cheaply on the third day – denting the hopes of recovery for the visitors. Rabada was caught behind off the bowling of Dawson, while Bavuma edged Ali to Ben Stokes at slips.


Lower-order rescues the ship


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Despite all the pressure on, the South African gloveman looked to dominate the game – striking a 36-ball fifty that included ten boundaries. On the other hand, Vernon Philander played a gritty innings, and scored 52 off 86 balls to not only contribute much-needed runs for his side but also hang around with de Kock and the tail-enders.


Moeen continues to chip-in


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After achieving the Test double of 2000 runs and 100 wickets on the second day, Moeen Ali chipped in with another two important wickets to turn the tide of the game. First one was Temba Bavuma, who ended up edging Ali to Stokes at slips. The second victim of Ali was Vernon Philander, who hung in there for a while to give the English a few itches. But only until Philander had a sudden rush of blood to take Ali on, as he came down the track – only to under-edge the ball to his own stumps. Ali finished with the figures of 4/59.


A rather confident start for Jennings


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After some initial hiccups, Jennings seemed to be in control of shots. He dug in with over 100 deliveries until a loss of concentration resulted in a gift for the South Africans. Jennings showed a few glimpses of confidence – especially when he reverse swept Keshav Maharaj for his third boundary of the innings. The innings is no way enough to pass judgement on Jennings future, but there is a platform for him to build on in the next few games.


Cook enervates the Proteas


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England’s former skipper had come into the series with a brilliant bit of form for the Essex. Having fallen cheaply in the first innings, Cook took the sting out of the game as he carved his way to another 50 to tighten England’s grip on the Test match. Not only his knock released the pressure on debutant Jennings but also helped the out of sorts Gary Balance to find his feat. England have at least one and a half session up their sleeve to corner the visitors and Cook will have enough time to play a big knock here.


The writer tweets @khaledumair