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South Africa vs England 1st Test Day 4 Highlights: ENG collapse again, SA win 1st Test

South Africa vs England (SA vs ENG), 1st Test Day 4 Highlights: South Africa have won the 1st Test against England by 107 runs, finishing England's resistance in their chase of 376 in the 4th innings.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: December 29, 2019 6:33:27 pm
South Africa vs England, 1st Test Day 4, Live Updates: At Lunch on Day 4, England needed 205 runs with 7 wickets in hand.

South Africa vs England (SA vs ENG), 1st Test Day 4, Live Cricket Score Streaming Online: South Africa have won the 1st Test against England by 107 runs, finishing England’s resistance in Centurion on Day 4 on Sunday. England, chasing 376 for victory in the fourth innings, looked to put up a fight till the midway point of the day, when Ben Stokes’s wicket led to another batting collapse from the visiting side. No pair could add even 20 runs after Stokes’s wicket and England fell short by 107 runs in the end.

At Lunch on Day 4, England needed 205 runs with 7 wickets in hand, as it looked like the last Test of the year was building up to a roaring climax. Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler were both dismissed by South Africa in the second session. England were bowled out for 268 as their bottom order offered scant resistance to a barrage of pace once South Africa had taken the second new ball. The teams now move onto Cape Town for the second test at Newlands from Jan. 3-7.

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 4 Highlights:

18:28 (IST)29 Dec 2019
New chapter?

This is the first Test win for South Africa after 5 successive defeats.

18:19 (IST)29 Dec 2019
SA win by 107 runs

That's it. South Africa win the 1st Test, begin the new chapter in the 'Boucher era' with a win. It looked like we had a game on our hands, even that we could have a Day 5 tomorrow, when Root and Stokes were building a resistance in the middle. But Stokes's wicket, like in the 1st innings, signalled a collapse.

18:13 (IST)29 Dec 2019
Buttler falls

Not long. Buttler takes the aerial route once again and is caught this time. South Africa 1 wicket away. They're on the verge of winning the 1st Test now. ENG 114 away. Well, they suffered a collapse in the first innings and there's an air of collapse to how they've come apart after Stokes's wicket in this innings as well. 

18:12 (IST)29 Dec 2019

Buttler smokes Rabada again. Six! Another big shot from him. How long can he carry this?

18:07 (IST)29 Dec 2019
8th wicket

Archer also falls. Nicks Nortje through to the slip cordon, where Van der Dussen takes an easy catch. England 8 down. South Africa 2 wickets away from winning this Test. Broad and Anderson all that England have left to offer Buttler as partners. Still 120 runs away, and it suddenly looks like they are 120 runs too many. SA on top!

18:03 (IST)29 Dec 2019
Four for Archer

Archer is off the mark with a push for four. We are set for an incredible passage of play if a few more of these come off from Archer and Buttler.
0, 0, 4, Wicket, 4, 0 - that's been how the Rabada over went. It's all happening here! England need 121 more to win with 3 wickets in hand

18:00 (IST)29 Dec 2019
Curran OUT!

Curran is gone! 7th wicket! Curran edges through to the keeper. Curran slashed at the previous delivery and slashed hard too. Rabada was slammed for four this time, and he responded by coming up with a ball that Curran just had to play at. ENG 251/7, need 125 more runs to win

17:57 (IST)29 Dec 2019
Buttler with a counter punch

Well then! Looks like Buttler wants to have! 4, 1, 4, 0, 6, 0 - That's how that over from Nortje went. Buttler begins by crunching a four through covers. He then hooks for six. Well, that's against the script. England need 129 more ith 4 wickets in hand, with Rabada getting the ball to swing wickedly, tantalizingly away from Sam Curran's bat. Pressure time in Pretoria!

17:50 (IST)29 Dec 2019
SA discipline pays off

Once it became clear that Root and Stokes were looking to dig themselves in, Day 4 was always going to be a battle of which team could be more disciplined. And it seems South Africa have won that battle. Bairstow fell to a needless prod. Now Root falls to a needless prod. The England team have been fairly disciplined today, but two moments have undone all that. Curran and Buttler looking a touch nervy at the moment. Rabada has a grin on his face on the other hand. The momentum in this match is definitely on the home team's side now.

17:44 (IST)29 Dec 2019

Root falls! Goes for 48. South Africa get the 6th wicket. And finally the home team can breathe a little easy. Not too easy, because this England tail, if Curran, Archer can be said to be part of the tail, can wag a fair bit. But their talisman is gone. With both Stokes and Root gone, England need a new hero with he bat to pull this off now. 144 more runs to win, 4 wickets in hand

17:28 (IST)29 Dec 2019
Root and Buttler

Root is joined by Buttler, with England having stopped looking for runs altogether. Their strategy at the moment seems to be to see out this period when South Africa are threatening with the new ball. Later in the day, perhaps in the last hour of the third session, they could look to score a few quick runs off a tiring attack. Root has been in his 40s for a long time. Buttler also in no hurry to moe his score. ENG need 153 more to win

17:09 (IST)29 Dec 2019

Fifth wicket for South Africa! Rabada strikes. Bairstow is out. He goes for 9. Hamza grabs on the a catch. The swing of the new ball doing Bairstow in. Went for a wild shot off a ball that was moving away. ENG 222/5, need 154 more to win

16:49 (IST)29 Dec 2019
Bairstow is off

Bairstow pounces on a wide-ish delivery to throw his hands at it and get off the mark with a boundary. This will be a test of his mettle. Can he stick on with his captain as England continue their resistance? Need 164 more runs to win, 6 wickets in hand. 

16:39 (IST)29 Dec 2019

WICKET! South Africa's prayers are answered! Stokes is gone! Maharaj gets the wicket! Stokes falls for 14. Batted for a patient 55 balls. Was just looking to increase the temp a bit and he falls. Tried to cut Maharaj but the amount of turn did him in. Nicks off his glove and deflects onto the stumps. Bairstow joins Root. England need 172 more runs to win, with 6 wickets in hand.

16:34 (IST)29 Dec 2019
ENG cross 200

Some nicely times shots from both Stokes and Root. Is this signalling a change of momentum? Need 173 runs more
Pretorius brought into the attack. 13 runs were scored off a Keshav Maharaj over. Will he be bowled again? South Africa will be praying for a breakthrough. Another wicket will change things drastically, of course, but with Root and Stokes in the middle, England look to be favourites at the moment.

16:26 (IST)29 Dec 2019
Another bruise for Root

No Maharaj after lunch. They go to their pace bowlers Philander and Nortje. Root copping a flews on the body. Gets a few runs with an outside edge. This pair has now added 24 patient runs. England need 192 more. Can they dare dream?

16:12 (IST)29 Dec 2019
Session 2

Philander starts off proceedings after Lunch as this cracking Test match gets underway once again. 14 overs till SA can go to the second new ball. Maharaj got some turn to trouble the batsmen before the break. Presumably he shall bowl from the other end. Could Philander's discipline force a mistake from Root or Stokes before the new ball though? 

15:35 (IST)29 Dec 2019

End of the first session. That session had the looks of a classic Test in the making. England continue their resistance in Pretoria. Burns is out for 84. Burns started this run chase on the right note. Can Root and Stokes carry on his good work? Could we even have a Day 5 tomorrow? At this point, anything looks possible. England's batsmen have held out sometimes at the cost of putting their bodies on the line at times. With five prospective sessions still to go, England now need 205 runs with 7 wickets in hand.

15:29 (IST)29 Dec 2019
Final day of Test cricket in 2019

And what an incredible day of cricket it is turning out to be.

15:27 (IST)29 Dec 2019

Cries of catch it go up as the ball flies narrowly past Rabada, the bowler. Maharaj gets some venomous turn in the next over to get the SA fielders excited. Stokes and Root both focussing on presenting a straight bat to the ball at the moment. We are getting close to the end of the first session. Time is no issue in this run chase. England need 206 more to win, with 7 wickets in hand.

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