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South Africa vs England, 1st Test Day 3, Highlights: ENG need 255 more to win

South Africa vs England (SA vs ENG), 1st Test Day 3, Highlights: At the end of the day, England are 121/1, needing 255 more runs to win with 9 wickets in hand.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: December 28, 2019 9:13:05 pm
England’s Jofra Archer celebrates the wicket of South Africa’s Dean Elgar. (Source: Reuters)

South Africa vs England (SA vs ENG), 1st Test Day 3, Highlights: Set a huge target of 376 to win, England produced a great display in the third session of Day 3 of the Centurion Test on Saturday to set up a sizzling Day 4. England are 121/1, needing 255 more runs to win with 9 wickets in hand. Rory Burns (77) is unbeaten at the end of the day and will continue England’s unlikely resistance when play resumes on Sunday.

The South African batsmen frustrated England through most of the first two sessions at SuperSport Park on Day 3, with debutant Rassie van der Dussen making 51 and tailender Anrich Nortje especially annoying the English bowlers with a career-best 40. Nortje came in as a nightwatchman at the end of the second day.

Match EndedEngland tour of South Africa, 2019/20 - 1st Test

South Africa

284 (84.3) u0026 272 (61.4)


181 (53.2) u0026 268 (93.0)
Match Ended ( Day 4 - 1st Test )
South Africa beat England by 107 runs

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South Africa vs England 1st Test Day 3 Highlights:

21:05 (IST)28 Dec 2019

End of Day 3. England hold on. They need 255 runs to win this match with 9 wickets in hand. Test cricket has come alive in Centurion! Day 4 on Sunday will be a cracker. 

21:03 (IST)28 Dec 2019
Maharaj almost strikes again

Keshav Maharaj's spin is giving England some nervy moments in the dying minutes of this day. The batsmen are getting beaten frequently, but luck has been hard to come by for the bowling team in this innings. ENG 121/1

20:54 (IST)28 Dec 2019
England's resistance continues

Minutes left before stumps on Day 3. England's top order have ensured we are set for a sizzling Day 4 tomorrow. Denly and Burns are still batting for England as the runs keep on coming. The visitors will be looking to reach the end of play without further loss of wickets.

20:13 (IST)28 Dec 2019
Gone! Maharaj strikes

England lose their first wicket and Dom Sibley (29) is caught and bowled by Maharaj. England now on 92/1 after 28 overs. New batsman is Joe Denly. 2017, 2018 & 2019 - third successive year England have failed to put together a 100+ opening partnership in Tests (67 innings).

20:06 (IST)28 Dec 2019

This is now the highest opening wicket partnership for England in Tests this year, going past 85 set by Rory Burns and Keaton Jennings against West Indies in Barbados | ENG 86/0 after 26 ovs

19:59 (IST)28 Dec 2019
Fifty for Burns

A steer past point for four off Rabada, and that's Burns' 9th Test fifty-plus score! By a distance his fastest, and he's been very fluent all round the wicket. English openers have scored 80 runs without losing any wicket chasing 376. This game is on.

19:35 (IST)28 Dec 2019
Is this the best time to bat?

England's 50 over partnership shows that they are no demons in the pitch. In the meantime, Change of pace merchants at the Hennops River End as Kagiso Rabada replaces Anrich Nortje. ENG- 63/0 after 19 ovs

19:15 (IST)28 Dec 2019
Fifty partnership

Fifty partnership between Burns and Sibley - just the fourth 50+ opening stand for England in Tests this year. Meanwhile, Pretorius is into the attack from the pavilion end. Faf is rotating the bowlers and not allowing the batters to not settle.

18:27 (IST)28 Dec 2019
Tea Time

Tea - day 3 | ENG: 24-0 | 5 brisk overs from the opening pair. A decision over turned and a couple of ohhh and ahhhh as the ball went past the outside edge. Overhead conditions in Centurion are ripe for fast bowling with a new ball.

18:03 (IST)28 Dec 2019
Tentative Start

England survive and early scare!  Review | Rabada starts off with a bang! Angles in across, nips backs in and strikes burns on the back leg. Umpire gives it out, Burns review it and it missing off stump by a few cm's. Close call. ENG: 6-0

17:42 (IST)28 Dec 2019
South Africa all out for 272

That's the end of the South Africa innings. Archer is applauded off the field by his teammates. He has figures of 5/102 in this innings. Philander finally fell for 46 off 68 balls, with Rabada also playing an extravagant and unbeaten 12-ball 16. South Africa are overwhelming favourites with almost half of the Test still remaining. England need 376 runs to win. Can they make a match out of this? 

17:32 (IST)28 Dec 2019
Lead stretches to 360

Philander moves closer to his 50 in his attacking knock as England's troubles continue to pile. Rabada, out at No.11, can also bat a fair bit. He has often been seen as a nightwatchman. SA 257/9

17:20 (IST)28 Dec 2019

Quinton de Kock has just been dismissed by Ben Stokes. He's out in similar fashion to the first innings, caught behind from a delivery that is tight on off stump. The lead is 323 as Maharaj walks in to bat. SA: 220-8

17:13 (IST)28 Dec 2019
Philander continues to trouble England

Vernon Philander is continuing to trouble England, this time with the bat. He gets into his 30s as South Africa's lead swells and swells. 342 the difference between the sides. Maharaj, alongside him, can also bat a fair bit. 

16:23 (IST)28 Dec 2019
Second session

So time for the second session at the SuperSport Park, Centurion. SA: 197-7 with a lead of 300 runs.  The players are back on the park. An important session of play is about to commence, this session could decide in which direction the game goes. De Kock & Philander are the batters in the middle.

15:39 (IST)28 Dec 2019
Time for lunch!

After Ben Stokes removed Dwaine Pretorius for just 7, Quinton de Kock and Vernon Philander have yet again stabilised the ship for South Africa with a quickfire 20-run partnership. While de Kock has scored 30* from just 17 balls with two fours and three sixes, the veteran paceman is on 5*. The hosts lead at lunch by 300 runs. SA are 197/7.

15:15 (IST)28 Dec 2019

And Jofra Archer continues his brilliant second innings bowling with another wicket, this time dismissing Anrich Nortje. His shot is caught by substitute Zak Crawley, and Nortje departs for 40. SA are 170/6.

15:05 (IST)28 Dec 2019

Right after his milestone, Rassie van der Dussen is sent back to the pavilion by Jofra Archer. England finally have a breakthrough through a LBW, as the batsman is struck on the knee-roll in front of middle. He departs for 51. SA are 153/5.

14:55 (IST)28 Dec 2019
van der Dussen scores fifty!

After smacking Stuart Broad for three boundaries, with two superb cover drives, Rassie van der Dussen has brought his maiden Test half-century on his debut, and it has been an innings worthy of praise. Just 65 balls and five fours. SA are 146/4.

14:27 (IST)28 Dec 2019
Root, Buttler unavailable

Joe Root is not on the field. So, Ben Stokes has taken over the captaincy duties. It looks like the virus has affected as many as three England players. 

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