ENG vs SA 1st Test: Fiery Ben Stokes revives England but South Africa build good lead on Day 2

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ENG vs SA 1st Test: Fiery Ben Stokes revives England but South Africa build good lead on Day 2
ENG vs SA 1st Test: Fiery Ben Stokes revives England but South Africa build good lead on Day 2

ENG vs SA 1st Test: Fiery Ben Stokes revives England but South Africa build good lead on Day 2

ENG vs SA 1st Test: Despite South Africa reaching 289 for seven at the end of the second day of the first test at Lord’s on Thursday, England was still the happier team thanks to a blazing session from skipper Ben Stokes.

Sarel Erwee was out for 73 by Stokes, and the dangerous Rassie van der Dussen was dismissed for 19, just as the game was beginning to favour the visitors. However, South Africa now leads by 124 runs after attacking the faltering home bowlers late in the day.

With Keshav Maharaj (41) and tall all-rounder Marco Jansen (41 not out), who moved up to number six in the batting order, the visitors were able to regain their lead. They added 72 runs for the seventh wicket.

Kagiso Rabada and England are three overs away from the new ball when Jansen resumes on the third day.

When South Africa responded to the home team’s modest score of 165, they off to a strong start, putting on 85 runs for the first wicket until captain Dean Elgar dismissed for 47 by James Anderson when the ball ricocheted off his arm and hit the stumps.

ENG vs SA 1st Test: Fiery Ben Stokes revives England but South Africa build good lead on Day 2
ENG vs SA 1st Test: Fiery Ben Stokes revives England but South Africa build good lead on Day 2

Before the tourists passed England’s score, Keegan Petersen (24) and Aiden Markram (16) both lost their wickets. But Stokes (3-48) quickly dealt a double blow.

Before catching Van van Dussen in the leg bye position. He dismissed Erwee with a powerful bouncer that the left-hander could only parry.

After Anderson (117), Stuart Broad became the second bowler at Lord’s to reach 100 wickets. When he got Kyle Verreynne (11) caught.

After starting the morning session on 116 for 6, England bowled out.

A four-pronged seam attack that all plagued the home batsmen with their pace. And aggression was led by fast bowler Rabada, who finished with 5-52.

Before Broad (15) caught by Elgar at point, leading scorer Ollie Pope (73) dismissed by Rabada early on after he pulled the ball onto his leg stump after adding 12 to his overnight total.

Anderson (0) caught lbw by Rabada, giving him his sixth wicket.

Only two of England’s last 25 tests in which they batted first and scored less than 200 points were victories.