England dominated the first day at The Oval bundling the Proteas out for just 194.
South Africa got off to a steady start. Having lost Neil McKenzie for 17, Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla took the Proteas past the century mark before two wickets in two balls from Steve Harmison signaled the beginning of the end.
Jacques Kallis’s poor form continued as he was out just an over later for two. AB de Villiers (39) provided South Africa’s only form of resistance, but when he fell, the English attack wasted no time in cleaning up the tail.
James Anderson was the pick of the English bowlers claiming 3-42 in his 15 overs. Skipper Kevin Pietersen would have been pleased with his troops, as all five of his bowlers picked up important wickets to place the Proteas on the back foot.
England ended the day on 49-1 with Andrew Strauss the only casualty.
South Africa first innings – 194 all out.
Graeme Smith 46, AB de Villiers 39, James Anderson 3-42, Steve Harmison 2-49.
England first innings – 49-1.
Ian Bell 22*, Alastair Cook 20*, Makhaya Ntini 1-27.
England trail by 145 runs.
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