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Baz-Ball Revenge as England registered innings and 85 runs victory over South Africa

Baz-Ball Revenge as England registered innings and 85 runs victory over South Africa in the second test match. Ben Stokes got the man of the match award for his blistering hundred and 4 wickets in the match.

An innings victory to overturn an innings loss. England put on a truly outstanding display, dominating from the outset to claim their fifth victory in six Test matches this summer.

Be Ready for the exciting final game

We are all prepared for a nail-biting final game at The Oval since the series is level. Every member of England’s attack performed to the highest standard, including Jack Leach, who finished wicketless but only allowed 26 runs in 23 overs.

A stubborn stand between Petersen and van der Dussen, who played through a wicketless post-lunch session. Robinson took four wickets, Anderson three, and Stokes two important blows.

ICC World Test Championship standings

England pulls South Africa down from the top of the ICC World Test Championship standings.

Baz-Ball Revenge as England registered innings and 85 runs victory over South Africa
England registered innings and 85 runs victory over South Africa

The England bowlers were accurate right away and barely ever let South Africa any loose deliveries to take advantage of. Dean Elgar eventually succumbed to the constant pressure when James Anderson’s peach of a delivery uprooted his off-stump.

Sarel Erwee returned to the pavilion after his captain, and Ben Foakes was given the edge by Ollie Robinson.

Aiden Markram’s stumps were rocked by Stuart Broad, but the third umpire called it a no-ball. Less than two overs later, Broad had the last laugh by tempting the Proteas batter with a wide one, ending Markram’s lifeline.

Van der Dussen and Petersen’s stubborn stand

South Africa’s promising stand after the break halted England’s onslaught. As England continued to chase down wickets until the tea break, Petersen and van der Dussen put up 87 runs for the fourth wicket.

After tea, Player of the Match Ben Stokes returned to take two quick wickets, dismissing van der Dussen and Petersen in quick succession to flip the game decisively in England’s favor. The partnership had given South Africa a glimpse of hope.

In the WTC points table, South Africa drops to No. 2

After their victory at Lord’s, South Africa had solidified their place among the WTC standings, but a loss by an innings here has dropped their win percentage to 66.67%, which is below Australia’s 70%.

Sri Lanka is now in third place with 53.33%, but South Africa will look to win the following Test to put themselves on track to compete in the ICC World Test Championship final in England the following year.

Anderson breaks McGrath’s record

England won their sixth match in the ICC World Test Championship thanks to Anderson, who concluded the Test with six wickets.

With the wicket of Simon Harmer, Anderson surpassed Glenn McGrath as the fast bowler with the most international wickets, adding another feather to his crown. It was Anderson’s 950th wicket in a match, a total he would later surpass by one to help England win the match by an innings.

Now, Anderson is 5 wickets behind grom Anil Kumble’s total wickets. Only Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan are ahead of Kumble, who both have over 1000 wickets.

Ben Stokes | England captain | player of the match

“It’s been incredible, the support, especially when we have Jimmy bowling from his own end. Amazing to come back from last week’s disappointment at Lord’s. Gives us a lot of confidence back and sets the series up nicely for the last game at The Oval.

Ben Stokes also praised the way Zak Crawley played and applied himself according to the requirements. The skipper also hailed Ben Foakes’ performance who has seven dismissals as a keeper and a brilliant hundred.

Amazing game from Robinson, which he should never forget. He fully deserved the call back into the squad.

Dean Elgar defends batting first decision

“First-innings runs are important in Test cricket. Knowing that the wicket might have crumbled, later on, but no regret batting first. Being three down at lunch, I might have been happy with that, might have set it up for our middle order.

“A lot of learnings. Cricket is a funny game, lbw shout or DRS going one way and not the other. Our bowlers threw everything at them, can’t take anything away from their effort. From what I’ve heard, (Rassie) has a fracture in his finger.

I’m not a medical doctor, but I think he’ll be ruled out of the series, which is highly unfortunate. No doubt we can bounce back. It’s set up for a great series, which Test cricket needs.”

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Scorecard

SOUTH AFRICA 1ST INNINGS

BATTING R B 4s 6s
Dean Elgar (c) c Bairstow b Broad 12 42 1 0
Sarel Erwee c †Foakes b Anderson 3 12 0 0
Keegan Petersen c Root b Broad 21 29 3 0
Aiden Markram c †Foakes b Stokes 14 27 0 0
Rassie van der Dussen lbw b Stokes 16 31 2 0
Kyle Verreynne † c †Foakes b Broad 21 49 1 0
Simon Harmer lbw b Anderson 2 16 0 0
Keshav Maharaj lbw b Anderson 0 1 0 0
Kagiso Rabada c Root b Leach 36 72 2 0
Anrich Nortje lbw b Robinson 10 37 2 0
Lungi Ngidi not out 4 10 1 0
Extras (b 2, lb 4, nb 6) 12
TOTAL 53.2 Overs (RR: 2.83) 151

Fall of wickets: 1-3 (Sarel Erwee, 4.2 ov), 2-35 (Dean Elgar, 12.5 ov), 3-41 (Keegan Petersen, 14.3 ov), 4-68 (Aiden Markram, 21.3 ov), 5-76 (Rassie van der Dussen, 23.4 ov), 6-92 (Simon Harmer, 30.3 ov), 7-92 (Keshav Maharaj, 30.4 ov), 8-108 (Kyle Verreynne, 37.6 ov), 9-143 (Anrich Nortje, 50.1 ov), 10-151 (Kagiso Rabada, 53.2 ov)

ENGLAND Bowling

BOWLING O M R W ECON
James Anderson 15 4 32 3 2.13
Ollie Robinson 14 0 48 1 3.42
Stuart Broad 11 1 37 3 3.36
Ben Stokes 7 0 17 2 2.42
Jack Leach 6.2 1 11 1 1.73

ENGLAND 1ST INNINGS

BATTING R B 4s 6s
Alex Lees c †Verreynne b Ngidi 4 7 1 0
Zak Crawley c †Verreynne b Nortje 38 101 5 0
Ollie Pope b Nortje 23 27 4 0
Joe Root c Erwee b Rabada 9 15 1 0
Jonny Bairstow c Erwee b Nortje 49 63 7 0
Ben Stokes (c) c Elgar b Rabada 103 163 6 3
Ben Foakes † not out 113 217 9 0
Stuart Broad st †Verreynne b Harmer 21 14 2 1
Ollie Robinson c Markram b Maharaj 17 22 2 0
Jack Leach b Maharaj 11 17 2 0
Extras (b 6, lb 5, nb 6, w 10) 27
TOTAL 106.4 Ov (RR: 3.89) 415/9d

Did not bat: James Anderson

Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Alex Lees, 1.4 ov), 2-34 (Ollie Pope, 10.1 ov), 3-43 (Joe Root, 13.5 ov), 4-134 (Jonny Bairstow, 33.4 ov), 5-147 (Zak Crawley, 35.4 ov), 6-320 (Ben Stokes, 89.2 ov), 7-361 (Stuart Broad, 94.3 ov), 8-395 (Ollie Robinson, 102.3 ov), 9-415 (Jack Leach, 106.4 ov)

South Africa Bowling

BOWLING O M R W ECON
Kagiso Rabada 23 2 110 2 4.78
Lungi Ngidi 18 3 61 1 3.38
Anrich Nortje 20 1 82 3 4.1
Keshav Maharaj 22.4 4 78 2 3.44
Simon Harmer 23 4 73 1 3.17

South Africa 2ns Innings

BATTING R B 4s 6s
Sarel Erwee c †Foakes b Robinson 25 59 2 0
Dean Elgar (c) b Anderson 11 38 1 0
Keegan Petersen c †Foakes b Stokes 42 159 1 0
Aiden Markram c Crawley b Broad 6 18 1 0
Rassie van der Dussen c †Foakes b Stokes 41 132 5 0
Kyle Verreynne † not out 17 46 2 0
Simon Harmer b Anderson 16 48 1 0
Keshav Maharaj c Pope b Robinson 2 7 0 0
Kagiso Rabada c Root b Anderson 2 7 0 0
Anrich Nortje c †Foakes b Robinson 0 2 0 0
Lungi Ngidi b Robinson 0 2 0 0
Extras (b 8, lb 2, nb 7) 17
TOTAL 85.1 Overs (RR: 2.10) 179

Fall of wickets: 1-33 (Dean Elgar, 12.5 ov), 2-39 (Sarel Erwee, 17.6 ov), 3-54 (Aiden Markram, 22.4 ov), 4-141 (Rassie van der Dussen, 65.3 ov), 5-151 (Keegan Petersen, 67.3 ov), 6-172 (Simon Harmer, 80.2 ov), 7-175 (Keshav Maharaj, 81.4 ov), 8-178 (Kagiso Rabada, 82.6 ov), 9-179 (Anrich Nortje, 83.5 ov), 10-179 (Lungi Ngidi, 85.1 ov)

England Bowling

BOWLING O M R W ECON
James Anderson 15 4 30 3 2
Ollie Robinson 15.1 3 43 4 2.83
Jack Leach 23 13 26 0 1.13
Joe Root 5 2 16 0 3.2
Stuart Broad 13 5 24 1 1.84
Ben Stokes 14 3 30 2 2.14

Full Scorecard

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