England vs. Proteas 1st Test: Day 2 – Proteas wrestles back control
After a first day that saw England firmly in control of the 1st Test, at the Oval in London, one couldn’t fault Proteas supporters for feeling that their team was not on form. The South Africans looked rusty and out of sorts and fielding mistakes as well as a un supportive pitch didn’t help much. Day two however saw their fortunes change although they missed. Couple of run-out chances and Rudolph put down a catch from Prior.
Dale Steyn opened the bowling and struck early getting rid off Cook for 115 as well as Bopara for 0. Jacques Kallis supported him well bowling 4 maidens early on and taking the wicket of Bell for 13. Prior and Bresnan tried to steady the ship for England but Tahir made short work of Bresnan bowling hinm for 8.
After lunch Prior, who survived a sharp chance to Rudolph in the covers off a Morkel delivery, and Broad seemed to revive the English innings at 326/7. They added 45 before Broad was bowled by Philander for 16. Prior and Swann then added 25 before Morne Morkel made quick work of Prior (60) and Anderson (2) in the same over.
England score card 1st innings
Strauss lbw M Morkel 0
Cook c De Villiers b Steyn 115
Trott c De Villiers b M Morkel 71
Pietersen c De Villiers b Kallis 42
Bell b Kallis 13
Bopara c De Villiers b Steyn 0
Prior c De Villiers b M Morkel 60
Bresnan b Tahir 8
Board b Philander 16
Anderson c De Villiers b M Morkel 2
M Morkel 24.4 – 2 – 72 – 4
Philander 27 – 4 – 79 – 1
Steyn 30 – 7 – 98 – 2
Kallis 19 – 7 – 38 – 2
Tahir 19 – 0 – 61 – 1
Duminy 6 – 1 – 10 – 0
The Proteas lost Alvero Petersen with score on 1 when Anderson trapped him LBW with a brilliant deliver. Smith and Amla then steady the ship and put on a 85 run partenership in the last session that was interrupted by rain. Smith will resumme on 37 and Amla on 47. The Proteas are 86/1 at stumps, trailling Emgland by 299 runs.
The test will resume on day 3 with the balance nicely poised but leaning favour of the Proteas.