Bazball Approach Fail as South Africa Beat England by Inning

South Africa lead by 124 runs against England at the end of Day 2

South Africa led by 124 runs against England at the end of Day 2 in the 1st Test at Lord’s, August 17 – 21, 2022, South Africa tour of England.  Ben Stokes attempts a comeback for England, but they are in a big hole after the first innings.
Ben Stokes put on a typically talismanic performance as the home team tried to Baz-brawl their way back into contention, but South Africa found contributions from all sides and maintained the lead on day two at Lord’s, confounding the hype surrounding England in the lead-up to this Test.

Kagiso Rabada Five-for against England

As Sarel Erwee’s composed half-century built on the efforts of the visiting attack, the tourists had taken control of the situation. In the opening hour, Kagiso Rabada finished off England’s innings, earning himself a spot on the Lord’s honors board. When play resumed after tea, South Africa was only two wickets down and close to parity.

However, Stokes managed a comeback during the evening session, claiming three of the five wickets that fell and once more grabbing the initiative by showing off his physical prowess. After Rassie van der Dussen was pinned in front and Erwee was knocked out by a fierce bouncer, England was struggling when Stokes returned to end the day by breaking a 72-run partnership for the seventh wicket.

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South Africa Lost six Wickets for just 45runs against England

South Africa went from 160 for 2 to 210 for 6, but a late counterpunch from Marco Jansen and Keshav Maharaj ensured their advantage. When the shadows at Lord’s became longer, Maharaj was caught hooking at Stokes, but Jansen displayed his all-around talent with a barrage of boundaries.

Jack Leach’s first ball after the tea break found Aiden Markram’s outside edge, sparking England’s comeback. Erwee, who had been resilient for much of the day, was on the receiving end of a head-hunting bouncer that he could only glove through to the keeper. Stokes then entered the game for a stretch of short-pitched bowling, a strategy England has used with growing regularity.

Van der Dussen was defeated by the threat of the short ball when a fuller delivery trapped him on the crease and a review revealed that the ball would have crashed into his leg stump. Stuart Broad picked Kyle Verreyne’s outside edge a few overs later to earn his 100th dismissal at Lord’s.

South Africa lead by 124 runs against England at the end of Day 2
South Africa lead by 124 runs against England at the end of Day 2


Although there wasn’t much of a lower-order fightback to stop South Africa, watching England this summer had planted the expectation that they would try to “Bazball” their way out of difficulty on the second morning.
With three of the final four wickets falling, Rabada completed a masterful performance, earning his 12th five-for in Tests and solidifying his place among the all-time most incisive fast bowlers. After England was inserted in favorable circumstances on Wednesday, Jansen was also in business as the quicks expeditiously carried out Elgar’s request.

Ollie Pope Resistance

Ollie Pope, who began the day on 61 not out, represented the home team’s greatest opportunity to reach a score of more than 200. He was given another reprieve when Erwee fumbled a simple opportunity at first slip off the bowling of Rabada in the opening over of the morning. But while Broad vowed to swing at every ball, South Africa made the breakthrough they were looking for at the other end. Pope attempted a drive against Rabada, but the ball cannoned flush into the leg stump. The next-best score for England was 53 runs behind his 73 from 102 balls.

The tail managed to scrape out a few more runs, with Broad smashing Anrich Nortje through the covers before misfiring a slower ball from Rabada to point. Anderson was held lbw on the opening pitch as Rabada put an end to England after Leach played all around a full one from Jansen and lost his off stump.

The scorecard at the End of Day 2


Alex Lees c †Verreynne b Rabada 5 11 1 0
Zak Crawley c Markram b Rabada 9 23 2 0
Ollie Pope b Rabada 73 102 5 0
Joe Root lbw b Jansen 8 17 1 0
Jonny Bairstow b Nortje 0 5 0 0
Ben Stokes (c) c Petersen b Nortje 20 30 4 0
Ben Foakes † b Nortje 6 17 1 0
Stuart Broad c Elgar b Rabada 15 20 2 0
Matthew Potts not out 6 27 0 0
Jack Leach b Jansen 15 17 3 0
James Anderson lbw b Rabada 0 1 0 0
TOTAL 45 Overs (RR: 3.66) 165

Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Alex Lees, 2.6 ov), 2-25 (Zak Crawley, 8.5 ov), 3-42 (Joe Root, 13.5 ov), 4-55 (Jonny Bairstow, 16.3 ov), 5-100 (Ben Stokes, 25.6 ov), 6-116 (Ben Foakes, 31.4 ov), 7-134 (Ollie Pope, 36.2 ov), 8-145 (Stuart Broad, 38.5 ov), 9-164 (Jack Leach, 43.6 ov), 10-165 (James Anderson, 44.6 ov)

SA Bowling

Kagiso Rabada 19 3 52 5 2.73
Lungi Ngidi 5 1 12 0 2.4
Marco Jansen 8 1 30 2 3.75
Anrich Nortje 13 2 63 3 4.84


Dean Elgar (c) b Anderson 47 81 8 0
Sarel Erwee c †Foakes b Stokes 73 146 6 0
Keegan Petersen c Bairstow b Potts 24 41 3 0
Aiden Markram c †Foakes b Leach 16 27 3 0
Rassie van der Dussen lbw b Stokes 19 36 4 0
Marco Jansen not out 41 57 4 1
Kyle Verreynne † c †Foakes b Broad 11 21 1 0
Keshav Maharaj c Potts b Stokes 41 49 7 0
Kagiso Rabada not out 3 7 0 0
TOTAL 77 Overs (RR: 3.75) 289/7

Yet to bat: Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi

Fall of wickets: 1-85 (Dean Elgar, 22.3 ov), 2-138 (Keegan Petersen, 37.1 ov), 3-160 (Aiden Markram, 45.1 ov), 4-187 (Sarel Erwee, 54.2 ov), 5-192 (Rassie van der Dussen, 56.2 ov), 6-210 (Kyle Verreynne, 62.2 ov), 7-282 (Keshav Maharaj, 74.5 ov)

Eng Bowling

James Anderson 18 3 51 1 2.83
Stuart Broad 17 2 66 1 3.88
Matthew Potts 16 1 67 1 4.18
Ben Stokes 12 3 53 3 4.41
Jack Leach 14 3 42 1 3

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