SA Thrash England Inside 3 Days

LONDON- South Africa skittled England out for 149 on Friday to win the first Test by an innings and 12 runs inside three days at Lord’s and go 1-0 up in the three-match series.

South Africa had begun the day on 289/7 in response to England’s first innings tally of 165 and batted for the first hour on Friday before being bowled out for 326 in their first innings, giving them a handy 161-run lead.

Nortje scored an unbeaten 28 not out off 42 balls as he dominated a 29-run partnership for the ninth wicket with Marco Jansen, who was dismissed for 48. Rabada was out third ball of the day as he pulled the ball leg side, only for Broad to pluck it one-handed out of the air for a brilliant catch.

It proved an emphatic triumph for South Africa’s bowling attack, who nullified the threat of England’s new attacking batting ‘Bazball’ approach, forging a 161-run first innings lead before dismissing their hosts in only 37.4 second innings overs.

Anrich Nortje took three wickets in the space of 10 balls to rip through the heart of the home batting, removing Jonny Bairstow (18 runs), opener Alex Lees (35) and Ben Foukes (0) in quick succession with a spell of fast bowling for figures of 3/47.

He was ably backed up by fellow quicks Marco Jansen, Lungi Ngidi and Kagiso Rabada, while spinner Keshav Maharaj proved a surprisingly successfully early inclusion into the attack, taking the first two wickets before lunch with Zak Crawley (13) and Ollie Pope (5) both trapped leg before wicket.

 

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