ENG vs SA 2nd Test: England beat South Africa by an innings and 85 runs

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ENG vs SA 2nd Test: England beat South Africa by an innings and 85 runs
ENG vs SA 2nd Test: England beat South Africa by an innings and 85 runs

ENG vs SA 2nd Test: England beat South Africa by an innings and 85 runs

ENG vs SA 2nd Test: Ben Stokes-led England hammered South Africa by an innings and 85 runs to win the second Test at Old Trafford inside three days on Saturday.

With the triumph, England evened the three-match series at 1-1 after South Africa’s nearly identically crushing innings and 12-run victory in the first Test at Lord’s.

Rassie van der Dussen (41) and Keegan Petersen (42) were both dismissed by England captain Ben Stokes for South Africa’s interval scores when they were 141-3 in their second innings at tea.

The World Test Championship-leading Proteas, who lost their final five wickets for seven runs in 31 balls to be bowled for 179, then crumbled in the face of the new ball.

Ollie Robinson, a recalled seamer, recorded 4-43 in 15.

James Anderson, a legend in England at age 40, had a 3-30 in one over.

After Proteas captain Dean Elgar unexpectedly elected to bat first in bowler-friendly conditions, Anderson previously celebrated becoming the first man to play 100 Tests on home soil (97 in England, three in Wales) by claiming three wickets in South Africa’s pitiful first innings of 151.

Player of the Match Stokes experienced a personal victory in this game after scoring 103. That was his maiden century as England’s captain, in a total of 415-9 declared. That also included wicketkeeper Ben Foakes’s Test-best 113 not out.

Since taking over for Joe Root as England’s permanent captain. Stokes has now led his team to victories in five of his six Test matches.