Recent Match Report – England vs South Africa 1st Test 2022


Lunch South Africa 27 for 0 (Erwee 13*, Elgar 12*) path England 165 (Pope 73, Rabada 5-52, Nortje 3-63) by 138 runs

There was little in the way in which of decrease-order fightback to derail South Africa on the second morning at Lord’s, Kagiso Rabada main the way in which by taking three of the final 4 wickets as England’s first innings was duly wrapped up for a meagre-trying 165.

Rabada claimed his twelfth 5-for in Tests, and a spot on the Lord’s honours board, throughout a seven-over spell that noticed England dismissed inside the primary hour – in addition to enhancing his standing because the one of the vital-penetrative quick bowlers of all time. Marco Jansen picked up the opposite wicket to fall, as South Africa’s tempo assault carried out Dean Elgar’s bidding with alacrity after England have been inserted on Wednesday.

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.

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