Lunch South Africa 27 for 0 (Erwee 13*, Elgar 12*) path England 165 (Pope 73, Rabada 5-52, Nortje 3-63) by 138 runs
Elgar then bent himself to the duty of blunting England’s new-ball assault within the hour earlier than lunch, as each he and fellow opener Sarel Erwee reached the interval unbeaten. Elgar was given out caught behind off Stuart Broad, just for a evaluation to disclose the absence of an inside edge.
It didn’t take England lengthy to begin questioning the situation of the ball, however the Dukes handed by means of Richard Illingworth’s gauge with out challenge. Matthew Potts had solely simply come into the assault for the tenth over, and his very subsequent supply was edged by Elgar by means of the arms of a leaping Zak Crawley at second slip.
The house aspect’s finest hope of attending to a rating above 200 lay with Ollie Pope, resuming on 61 not out in a single day. He obtained one other let-off within the first over of the morning, as Erwee unsuccessfully juggled an easy probability at first slip off the bowling of Rabada.
But with Broad setting his stall out to swing at each different ball – “I’m not very good at sitting in,” he mentioned to Sky Sports earlier than the beginning of play – South Africa gained the breakthrough they have been after on the different finish, Pope venturing a drive towards Rabada solely to see the ball cannon flush in to leg stump. His 73 from 102 balls was 53 runs away from England’s subsequent-finest.
The tail eked out one other 31 runs, with Broad crashing Anrich Nortje by means of the covers earlier than miscuing a Rabada slower ball gently to level. Jack Leach struck two boundaries in Jansen’s first over after changing Nortje, however then performed throughout a full one to lose off stump, and James Anderson was pinned lbw first ball as Rabada completed England off.