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South Africa vs England, 2nd Test Day 1 Highlights: Pope rescues ENG

South Africa vs England (SA vs ENG), 2nd Test Day 1 Highlights: Ollie Pope anchored the last session of the day as England finished Day 1 of the 2nd Test at Newlands, Cape Town on Friday at the score of 262/9.

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Updated: January 3, 2020 9:39:48 pm
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South Africa vs England (SA vs ENG), 2nd Test Day 1 Highlights: Ollie Pope anchored the last session of the day as England finished Day 1 of the 2nd Test at Newlands, Cape Town on Friday at the score of 262/9. The day was dominated by South Africa’s quicks, who never let the visitors get momentum going by making regular inroads. It seemed in the third session that England would be all out on Day 1 itself, but No.11 James Anderson held on at one end as the last wicket pair added 28 runs to end the day unbeaten.

Earlier, Joe Root won the toss and elected to bat first. Jofra Archer missed out due to elbow injury. Zak Crawley replaced injured Rory Burns, Ollie Pope and Dominic Bess were included in the side as well. The Faf du Plessis’ brigade came out on top in the first Test winning it by 107 runs, thus opening their account in World Test Championships table.

Match EndedEngland tour of South Africa, 2019/20 - 2nd Test

South Africa

223 (89.0) u0026 248 (137.4)


269 (91.5) u0026 391/8 dec (111.0)
Match Ended ( Day 5 - 2nd Test )
England beat South Africa by 189 runs

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South Africa vs England (SA vs ENG) 2nd Test Day 1 Highlights:

21:32 (IST)03 Jan 2020
End of Day 1

Pope takes England through to the end of the day. His 56* is the highest score in the England innings. When South Africa went for the second new ball and Pope only had the tail to bat with, it looked as if South Africa might even have to bat today. But Pope decided to assert himself on the match and goes into the pavilion unbeaten for the day. England 262/9 at stumps on Day 1.

21:29 (IST)03 Jan 2020
Long stop

A long stop has been kept in place for Pope in view of the ramp shot he played in the last over. Interesting strategy. Also goes to show how taken aback South Africa are at this counter attack from Pope.

21:25 (IST)03 Jan 2020
Pope survives. No ball.

Pope ramps a four over the slip cordon. He then goes for another extravagant pull and is caught. But turns out Rabada had overstepped with that one. No ball. Pope can carry on with this brilliant innings. Just 2 more overs left after this.  ENG 263/9

21:18 (IST)03 Jan 2020
50 for Pope

Ollie Pope is giving this England innings a decent helping hand. Gets to his 50 with a single off the fifth ball of the 87th over. He has also done a good job of shielding Anderson. 

21:08 (IST)03 Jan 2020
Pope charges

Make that Pope charges. The last ball of the 85th over is smashed with strength over the infield for four runs. He knows it is all on him now.  However, this leaves Anderson on strike for the 86th. Anderson sees out all 6 balls. ENG 254/9

21:06 (IST)03 Jan 2020
Pope holds on

James Anderson has been allowed to play just 3 balls so far, none of which were directed at the stumps. Pope is leading England's resistance at the other end. 250 within range now. 5 overs remain in the day. ENG 244/9

20:52 (IST)03 Jan 2020
Stumps shattered

What a sight for a fast bowler! Broad is left looking foolish and his stumps are all over the place. Bowled by Rabada for 1. England lose their ninth. This was always coming. James Anderson out at No.11. How much longer can England survive? ENG 234/9

20:50 (IST)03 Jan 2020
Rabada-Philander crank up the heat

This new ball pair is letting it absolutely rip at the moment. 8 overs remain in the day. Pope is England's hope but he has mistimed a few already as well. On the other end, Stuart Broad is living a dangerous life as Protea fire rains around him. Up next is James Anderson. ENG 234/8

20:43 (IST)03 Jan 2020

Philander bowls a beauty of an outswinger and Dominic Bess can only nick it through to the keeper. The camera focuses on distraught faces in the England dressing room. It is a real possibility now that England will be bowled out on Day 1. Might South Africa even have to bat an over or two? ENG 231/8 and losing the plot fast.

20:41 (IST)03 Jan 2020

Curran is bowled in the 79th over. England lose another. South Africa take the new ball immediately after. ENG 231/7

20:24 (IST)03 Jan 2020
Buttler falls

Buttler, who was looking to play a counter-attacking knock, faces an unplayable ball and can only edge to the keeper. He goes for a 27-ball 29. Pope is joined by Sam Curran. England are down to their tail with around 10 overs to go on Day 1. ENG 221/6

20:11 (IST)03 Jan 2020
Buttler in fiery mood

After Anrich Nortje dismissed Ben Stokes just before his half-century, Jos Buttler has come on to add some spice to the innings. Three boundaries and a massive six to Keshav Maharaj later, he is on 22* now. Ollie Pope is on the other side and after smacking Dwaine Pretorius for a four, he is on 29*. ENG are 214/5.

18:49 (IST)03 Jan 2020
Tea break!
18:26 (IST)03 Jan 2020
Stokes the only hope?

After Keshav Maharaj absolutely dumbfounded Joe Denly and bowled him for 38, Ollie Pope has come on and stitched together a similar looking partnership with Ben Stokes. South Africa are brimming with confidence though, but they have Stokes in their way, who has hit Kagiso Rabada for two boundaries just recently. The all-rounder is on 21, while ENG are 142/4.

17:41 (IST)03 Jan 2020

The minute everyone thought England have rebuilt themselves and will look to form a strong partnership, they disappoint you. Anrich Nortje bowls a short ball to Joe Root, and the batsman without any time to duck nicks the ball to Quinton de Kock. He leaves for 35. Time for Ben Stokes to pair up with Joe Denly. ENG are 105/3.

17:27 (IST)03 Jan 2020
Hundred up for ENG

With 19 runs from the last four overs, and the establishment of a brilliant third-wicket partnership, England seem to be on their way with Joe Root 31* and Joe Denly on 27*. Much would be expected from the flailing Anrich Nortje and Keshav Maharaj. ENG are 101/2.

17:00 (IST)03 Jan 2020
Root in fine form

Joe Root has certainly kickstarted the second session with two fine boundaries facing Keshav Maharaj and Vernon Philander and that has got the visiting crowd pleased somewhat. The partnership is upto 16 now, which is all down to Root. ENG are 79/2.

16:09 (IST)03 Jan 2020
Time for some lunch!

It has been an evenly tested affair in Cape Town, although South Africa would arguably have the upperhand with the dismissal of both the England openers destabilising their batting order. England will hope to build with their Joes with fans expecting Root to guide them to a big total. Meanwhile, Denly's on 21*, while Root is on 4*. ENG are 67/2.

15:59 (IST)03 Jan 2020

And all of that good work comes to an end as Dominic Sibley is dismissed and it is in the similar fashion like Zak Crawley! Kagiso Rabada bowls a scorcher and it's edged and taken by Quinton de Kock. The batsman departs for 34. ENG are 63/2.

15:42 (IST)03 Jan 2020
Sibley, Denly hold firm

After Zak Crawley's dismissal, Dominic Sibley and Joe Denly have put up a brilliant 50-run partnership, fending off the dangerous South African bowlers, Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander. While Sibley's on 31*, Denly's on 21*. ENG are 61/1.


South Africa: Dean Elgar, Pieter Malan, Zubayr Hamza, Faf du Plessis(c), Rassie van der Dussen, Quinton de Kock(w), Dwaine Pretorius, Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Beuran Hendricks, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dane Paterson, Rudi Second, Keegan Petersen

England: Zak Crawley, Dominic Sibley, Joe Denly, Joe Root(c), Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler(w), Sam Curran, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Jack Leach, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Craig Overton, Matthew Parkinson, Dominic Bess, Ollie Pope

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