Lower order lifts SA
17 Dec 2009
Valuable contributions from the tail allowed South Africa to finish their innings on a commanding 418.
England enjoyed a good first session in that they removed dangermen Jacques Kallis and JP Duminy. Kallis received an absolute peach from fast bowler Jimmy Anderson, while Duminy was undone by five-wicket hero Graeme Swann.
South Africa fought on after lunch with Mark Boucher assuming much of the scoring responsibility. Through his partnerships with the tail, the Proteas added 112 runs for their last four wickets – no mean feat considering the bottom three are out-and-out bowlers.
The hosts had an opportunity late in the day when Makhaya Ntini – in his 100th Test match – got Alistair Cook to nick one in the first over. Unfortunately, third slip AB de Villiers couldn’t hold onto the chance, and the adult patrons around the ground were denied the beer that will accompany Ntini’s first wicket.
De Villiers was smiling, however, when the England opener edged a Friedel de Wet delivery to Boucher not too much later. But England managed to keep the remainder of their wickets intact and see out the day with captain Andrew Strauss and Jonathan Trott at the crease.
South Africa – 1st innings – 418
Jacques Kallis 120, JP Duminy 56, Mark Boucher 49, Graeme Swann 5-110.
England – 1st innings – 88-1
Andrew Strauss 44*, Jonathan Trott 18*.
England trail by 330 runs
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