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Sibley, Stokes help England complete comprehensive win over South Africa
Day five report

Sibley, Stokes help England complete comprehensive win over South Africa

Ben Stokes’ heroics on the final day of the Newlands Test helped England edge South Africa by 189 runs.

South Africa started off the final day with eight wickets in hand with a target of batting the whole day out. They managed to take the game in the final session but Ben Stokes nipped out the lower order to take the game away from the opposition.

Dwaine Pretorius’ resistance was ended by Stokes, who managed to find the outside edge, pouched well by skipper Joe Root at first slip.

Nortje went on the very next ball, as the tail-ender couldn’t protect the outside half of the bat. Zak Crawley, at third slip, took the grab with a bit of a juggle. Philander, who was playing his final Test on his home ground, resisted hard for his 8 off 51 balls, caught fencing at a hard length from Ben Stokes.

Nightwatchman Keshav Maharaj was the first to fall, pinned LBW early in the day, but wickets weren’t nearly as easy to come by as the day went on. 

Faf du Plessis battled 57 balls for 19 before hitting Dominic Bess to square leg, and Pieter Malan, whose 288-ball vigil was the second-longest fourth-innings effort on Test debut, was finally winkled out by Sam Curran, who angled one across to take the edge on its way to Stokes at second slip. With the catch, Stokes equalled the English record for catches by a non-wicketkeeper in a single Test match. 

Quinton de Kock grafted 107 balls for his half-century, but also had himself to blame for his dismissal, hitting Joe Denly to short midwicket, and Rassie van der Dussen, having kept out 140 deliveries, was victim of an unusual field placing, James Anderson moved to leg gully one ball before Stuart Broad enticed van der Dussen to tickle it straight to his old mate.