82.4 : So, 277/9 is how we finish Day 1 here in Centurion. The pitch has something on offer for both, the batters as well as the bowlers. But as the saying goes, don’t judge a pitch before both sides have bowled on it. So will South Africa be able to add any runs to their overnight score or will England get the final wicket early and come to bat? Join us to find out which way the match turns on Day 2. Join us on Friday, 27th December 2019 at 1000 local (0800 GMT) to find out. Till then, goodbye and che England will be happy with their efforts but they had their struggles as well. They got off to a dream start as James Anderson struck gold on the very first ball of the game in his 150th Test. Broad who has been struggling fought well to get 3 wickets and ended the day on a positive note. Jofra Archer struggled too but will be happy to get into the wickets column. However, the real star of the day was Sam Curran. In all honesty, whenever it looked like South Africa were getting on top, Sam got h South Africa after being put into bat got off to a horrible start losing Dean Elgar on the very first ball of the Test. Zubayr Hamza and Aiden Markram then tried to steady the ship but after a 32-run stand Markram too joined his opening partner back in the pavilion. Hamza looked good for his 39 but could not convert his start. Faf too failed to make the most of the start he got. Rassie van der Dussen failed to make a mark on his debut. Quinton de Kock though walked out with intent and started co Perfect way for England to end the day. Broad strikes on the very last ball of the day. End of a gritty, fighting and even Day 1 of the Test. The series has started off showing us that it is not going to be a walk in the park for either side. Broad to K Rabada, OUT! Through the gates! Superb from Broad. And South Africa lose the 9th wicket. A brilliant ball that pitches around off and comes back in with the angle. Rabada looks to defend but the ball comes back in sharply to beat the inside edge of the bat. It brushes the thigh pad and then goes to disturb the timbers behind. And, with that the umpires have called for STUMPS ON DAY 1. 82.3 : S Broad to Rabada, On a good length on off, Rabada blocks it off the back foot. 82.2 : S Broad to Rabada, Outside off, Rabada leaves it alone. S Broad to Rabada, WIDE! Bowls it wide outside off, Rabada does not bother to play at that. 82.1 : S Broad to Philander, On a good length on leg, Philander looks to flick but gets it off the pads. It goes towards the leg side. The batsmen take a single. The umpire gives it as a leg bye. 81.6 : J Anderson to Rabada, FOUR! Brilliant drive and it reaches the fence. A fuller ball outside off again, Rabada drills it towards cover. The fielder there makes a half stop diving to his right but this has been drilled really hard. The ball eventually reaches the fence before the fielder can chase it down. Second boundary of the over for Rabada. These are very valuable runs for South Africa. 81.5 : J Anderson to Rabada, Landed around off on a shortish length, Rabada keeps it out. 81.4 : J Anderson to Rabada, Around off, it is defended off the back foot towards cover. 81.3 : J Anderson to Rabada, FOUR! Nicely done! A fuller ball outside off, Rabada gets his bat down and guides it between gully and point. It races to the third man fence and Rabada has his second boundary. 81.2 : J Anderson to Rabada, Another good length ball outside off, Rabada covers his stumps and lets it go to the keeper. 81.1 : J Anderson to Rabada, In the channel outside off, Rabada lets it be. 80.6 : James Anderson is back on. 19-4-61-1 are his figures so far. S Broad to V Philander, FOUR! Terrific shot. Full delivery outside off, Philander drives it through covers for a boundary. 80.5 : S Broad to Philander, BEATEN! On a good length and outside off, Philander looks to defend but misses it. 80.4 : S Broad to Philander, Bowls it down the leg side, Philander looks to flick but misses it. 80.3 : S Broad to Philander, On a good length on off, Philander keeps it out. 80.2 : S Broad to Philander, Full delivery on middle, Philander flicks it to mid-wicket. 80.1 : S Broad to Philander, On a good length on off, Philander defends it off the back foot. 79.6 : Second new ball is available and England have taken it straightaway. Stuart Broad will have a go with it first up. 16-4-47-2 for him. Joe Denly to Rabada, Flighted delivery on middle, Rabada defends it off the back foot. 79.5 : Joe Denly to Rabada, Tossed up delivery on off, Rabada keeps it out. 79.4 : Joe Denly to Philander, Floated delivery on middle, Philander flicks it through mid-wicket for a run. 79.3 : Joe Denly to Philander, Loopy delivery outside off, Philander shoulders arms to this one. 79.2 : Joe Denly to Philander, Flighted delivery on middle, Vernon drives it towards mid on. 79.1 : Joe Denly to Philander, Tossed up delivery on middle, Philander drives it to mid on. 78.6 : Joe Denly is back on. 2-0-3-0 are his figures so far. J Archer to Rabada, BEATEN! On a good length and outside off, Rabada looks to defend but misses it. 78.5 : J Archer to Philander, Length delivery on middle, Philander flicks it through mid-wicket for a single. 78.4 : J Archer to Philander, Bowls a bouncer, Philander does well to duck under it. 78.3 : J Archer to V Philander, Full delivery on off, Vernon drives it to covers. 78.2 : J Archer to Philander, On a length on off, Philander plays it to point. 78.1 : J Archer to Philander, Good length delivery on off, Philander offers a back foot defense on this one. 77.6 : Sam Curran to Rabada, On a good length on off, Rabada defends it out. 77.5 : Sam Curran to Rabada, Good length delivery on middle, Kagiso blocks it well. 77.4 : Sam Curran to Rabada, Full delivery on middle, Rabada drives it back towards the bowler. 77.3 : Sam Curran to Rabada, FOUR! On a good length and outside off, Rabada looks to defend but gets an outside edge. It goes towards third man for a boundary. 77.2 : Sam Curran to Rabada, Bowls a yorker on middle, Rabada does well to dig it out. 77.1 : Sam Curran to Rabada, On a good length on off, Rabada defends it off the back foot. 76.6 : J Archer to Philander, Short delivery on leg, Philander looks to flick but gets hit on the thigh pad. 76.5 : J Archer to Philander, Bowls a bouncer, Philander ducks under it. 76.4 : J Archer to Philander, FOUR! That is punished! Short and outside off, Philander cuts it hard through point for a boundary. 76.3 : J Archer to Philander, Length delivery on off, Philander plays it to covers. 76.2 : J Archer to Philander, On a good length on off, Philander taps it to point. 76.1 : J Archer to Philander, Outside off, Philander offers no shot to this one. 75.6 : Sam Curran to Rabada, On a good length on off, Rabada looks to defend but gets hit on the hand. 75.5 : Sam Curran to Rabada, Length delivery on middle, Kagiso nudges it towards the leg side. 75.4 : Sam Curran to Rabada, Bowls a bouncer, Rabada ducks under it. 75.3 : Sam Curran to Rabada, Good length delivery on off, Rabada keeps it out. 75.2 : Sam Curran to Rabada, On a good length on off, Rabada defends it off the back foot. 75.1 : Sam Curran to Philander, Length delivery on off, Philander taps it through point for a single. 74.6 : J Archer to Rabada, On a good length on off, Rabada defends it off the front foot. 74.5 : Kagiso Rabada is the new man in. J Archer to Maharaj, OUT! Yes, the soft signal stays and Jofra has a wicket, he finally has one. A shortish length ball just around off, Maharaj plays looks to defend it coming forward. The ball takes the outside edge and goes low to Ben Stokes who pouches it inches above the turf. Maharaj is not sure if that carried to Stokes and he stands waiting. The umpire refers it upstairs with the soft signal being out. First the front foot is getting checked, it is fine. Now, did that carry? Yes, i 74.4 : The umpires have gone upstairs to check the legitimacy of the catch. The soft signal is OUT! Let us see what the replays have to say. It looks clean and it is clean. Maharaj will have to go back here. J Archer to Maharaj, On a good length and outside off, Maharaj does not bother to play at that. 74.3 : J Archer to Maharaj, Outside off, Keshav leaves it alone. 74.2 : J Archer to Maharaj, Bowls a bouncer, Maharaj does well to duck under it. 74.1 : J Archer to Maharaj, FOUR! That is put away! Short and outside off, Maharaj cuts it hard through point for a boundary. 73.6 : Sam Curran to Philander, Outside off, it is left alone. 73.5 : Sam Curran to Maharaj, On the pads, Maharaj flicks it to fine leg for a single. 73.4 : Sam Curran to Maharaj, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 73.3 : Curran to K Maharaj, NOT OUT! There is a clear inside edge on this one as Ultra Edge detects. On a good length on middle, Maharaj looks to flick but gets hit on the pads. The bowler appeals for lbw and the umpire raises his finger. Maharaj straightaway takes the review. Ultra Edge clearly detects an inside edge. 73.2 : Philander has been given out LBW but he has taken the decision upstairs straightaway. Front foot is fine. But a big inside edge. Not out it will be and the decision will be changed. Sam Curran to Philander, Full delivery on off, Philander drives it through point for a single. 73.1 : Sam Curran to Philander, On a good length on off, Philander defends it off the back foot. 72.6 : J Archer to Maharaj, Outside off, Maharaj offers no shot to this one. 72.5 : J Archer to Maharaj, Bowls a bouncer outside off, Maharaj lets it sail through to the keeper. 72.4 : J Archer to Maharaj, Outside off, Keshav leaves it alone. 72.3 : J Archer to Maharaj, Bowls a bouncer, Maharaj does well to duck under it. 72.2 : J Archer to Maharaj, Full delivery on off, Maharaj drives it to mid off. 72.1 : J Archer to Maharaj, Outside off, Maharaj shoulders arms to this one. 71.6 : Jofra Archer is back on. 15-3-56-0 are his figures so far. Sam Curran to Maharaj, Maharaj is off the mark. Good length ball which shapes in viciously. Keshav does well to flick it late on to the on side and get a single. 71.5 : Keshav Maharaj walks out to bat next. Sam Curran to Kock, OUT! Caught behind! De Kock falls in nervous 90s and he misses out on a well deserved hundred here. Big wicket and once again it is Sam Curran who has given Root the breakthrough. This young lad is some cricketer. His 4th wicket of the innings. Good length ball around off and shaping away. De Kock looks to defend it away from the body but the ball kisses the outside edge of the willow and goes straight into the mitts of Buttler. The 47-run stand is broken and England ha 71.4 : Curran to V Philander, Bouncer! A well directed one from Curran. It is right around the body line but Vernon sits under it but the ball clips his bat and goes towards fine leg and they take a run. 71.3 : Sam Curran to Philander, Good length delivery on middle, Philander blocks it well. 71.2 : Sam Curran to Philander, On a good length on off, Vernon keeps it out. 71.1 : Sam Curran to V Philander, Full delivery on off, Philander drives it to mid off. 70.6 : Sam Curran is back on. 15-5-48-3 are his figures so far. Joe Denly to Kock, Full delivery on off, de Kock drives it to covers. 70.5 : Joe Denly to Kock, Flighted delivery on middle, de Kock defends it out. 70.4 : Joe Denly to Kock, Loopy delivery on middle, de Kock keeps it out. 70.3 : Joe Denly to Kock, Floated delivery on middle, Quinton blocks it off the back foot. 70.2 : Joe Denly to Philander, Tossed up delivery on off, Philander drives it through mid off for a run. 70.1 : Joe Denly to Kock, Flighted delivery on leg, de Kock drives it through mid on. The batsmen take a single. 69.6 : J Anderson to Philander, Again outside off, Philander shoulders arms to this one. 69.5 : J Anderson to Philander, Outside off, Vernon lets it go. 69.4 : J Anderson to Philander, FOUR! Nice shot. On a good length on off, Philander guides it towards third man for a boundary. 69.3 : J Anderson to Philander, BEATEN! On a good length and outside off, Philander looks to defend but misses it. 69.2 : J Anderson to Kock, Full and coming in with the angle. It is on middle, de Kock flicks it to square leg and gets a single. 69.1 : J Anderson to Kock, Full and outside off, de Kock defends it off the front foot towards cover. 68.6 : Joe Denly to Philander, Around the pads, Philander flicks it to mid-wicket to get through the over. 68.5 : Joe Denly to Philander, Flighted leg spinner on the stumps, Vernon keeps it out. 68.4 : Joe Denly to Philander, Flighted and turning away sharply from VP. He does well to defend it. 68.3 : Joe Denly to Philander, Tossed up on off, Philander hits it straight to the left of the bowler. Denly gets down and deflects it towards mid on. Does not cost any runs. 68.2 : Joe Denly to Philander, Flatter on off, Philander hits it straight back to the bowler. 68.1 : Joe Denly to Kock, Denly starts with a flighted ball on the pads, de Kock turns it behind square on the leg side and gets a single to move to 93. 67.6 : Time for some leg spin. Joe Denly to operate with the ball. It will be interesting to see whether this is just a solitary over for change of ends or is he given a couple of overs to try and break this stand. J Anderson to Philander, A little bit of an extra bounce to end the over. Good length ball outside off, Philander looks to play it with a slant bat but misses. 67.5 : J Anderson to Philander, Length ball around off, Philander defends it solidly from within the crease. 67.4 : J Anderson to Philander, Good leave. Length ball swinging in from outside off. Philander reads it well and offers a very solid leave as the ball goes past the stump. 67.3 : J Anderson to Philander, Back of a length on off, Philander hops up and keeps the ball down with a straight bat. 67.2 : J Anderson to Kock, Length delivery outside off, de Kock strokes it through point for a single. 0.0 : Also, there is a good news for the visitors. Ben Stokes is back on the field. So the issue is not as serious as one expected and they will be happy to have their vice-captain back on the field. 67.1 : J Anderson to Kock, Good length ball around off, de Kock pushes it to cover. 66.6 : Drinks Break! Quinton de Kock has looked solid till now and Philander has done well to support him. They lost the only wicket of Pretorius but have done well after that. On the other hand, England would look to wrap up the innings as quickly as possible. Interesting final hour awaits. S Broad to Philander, On a good length on middle, Philander looks to defend but gets hit on the thigh pad. The bowler appeals for lbw but the umpire shakes his head. 66.5 : S Broad to Philander, Outside off, Philander leaves it alone. 66.4 : S Broad to Philander, Good length delivery on middle, Vernon blocks it off the back foot. 66.3 : S Broad to Philander, Again outside off, Philander shoulders arms to this one. 66.2 : S Broad to Philander, Outside off, Philander offers no shot on this one. 66.1 : S Broad to Kock, Full delivery on middle, de Kock flicks it through mid-wicket for a single. 65.6 : Ben Stokes is off the field right now as he has been struggling with dehydration. Not a good sign for the visitors. J Anderson to Philander, Good length delivery on off, Philander defends it out. 65.5 : J Anderson to Philander, Bowls it wide outside off, Philander shoulders arms to this one. 65.4 : J Anderson to Kock, On a length on leg, de Kock flicks it towards fine leg for a run. 65.3 : J Anderson to Kock, On a good length on off, de Kock taps it towards the off side. 65.2 : J Anderson to de Kock, FOUR! Classic shot. Full and outside off, de Kock drives it through mid off for a boundary. 65.1 : J Anderson to Philander, Length delivery on middle, Philander flicks it through square leg for a run. 64.6 : S Broad to Kock, On a good length on off, Quinton blocks it off the back foot. 64.5 : S Broad to Kock, Full again on off, Quinton plays it to covers. 64.4 : S Broad to Kock, Full delivery outside off, de Kock drives it to mid off. 64.3 : S Broad to Kock, Fuller and on off, de Kock works it towards wide mid on and scampers for a couple of runs. 64.2 : S Broad to Kock, FOUR! Another edgy boundary! Short and outside off, de Kock looks to slash but gets an outside edge. It goes over the slip region and towards third man for a boundary. He moves into the 80s with that boundary. 64.1 : S Broad to Kock, Outside off, Quinton does not bother to play at that. 63.6 : J Anderson to V Philander, FOUR! On a good length and outside off, Philander looks to punch but gets an outside edge. It goes towards third man for a boundary. 63.5 : J Anderson to Philander, On a good length on off, Vernon blocks it well. 63.4 : J Anderson to Philander, Length delivery on off, Philander taps it to point. 63.3 : J Anderson to Philander, Good length delivery on middle, Philander blocks it off the back foot. 63.2 : J Anderson to Philander, On a good length on off, Philander looks to defend but gets hit on the hand. That could be nasty. 63.1 : J Anderson to Kock, Short and outside off, de Kock cuts it through point. The batsmen take a single. 62.6 : S Broad to Kock, On the pads again, de Kock works it to the leg side for a single. 62.5 : S Broad to Kock, Another fullish ball around off and middle, de Kock tucks it towards mid on. 62.4 : S Broad to de Kock, Full and on middle, flicked straight to mid on. 62.3 : Broad to Kock, Appeal for LBW but nothing from the umpire. Good length ball around the pads, de Kock looks to work it on the leg side but misses to get hit on the pads. An appeal follows but nothing from the umpire. No DRS from England either and replays roll in and suggest it to be a good call as the ball pitched outside leg. 62.2 : S Broad to Kock, Around off, pushed to mid on. 62.1 : S Broad to Kock, EDGY FOUR! Shout for catch but nobody will as it goes uppishly in no man’s land and ends up going to the third man fence. A fuller ball outside off to start the fresh over. De Kock reaches out and goes for the drive away from his body. The ball takes thick outside edge and goes to third man fence. 61.6 : Stuart Broad returns. 13-4-36-2 are his figures so far. J Anderson to Kock, On a good length on middle, de Kock looks to defend but gets an inside edge. It misses the leg stump and it goes towards fine leg. The batsmen take a run. 61.5 : J Anderson to Kock, Outside off, Quinton leaves it alone. 61.4 : J Anderson to Kock, Good length delivery on off, de Kock defends it off the front foot. 61.3 : J Anderson to de Kock, Full delivery on middle, de Kock looks to drive but gets it off the inner half of the bat. It goes to mid on. 61.2 : J Anderson to Kock, On a good length on off, de Kock blocks it off the back foot. 61.1 : J Anderson to Kock, Full delivery outside off, de Kock offers no shot to this one. 60.6 : James Anderson is back on. 14-4-43-1 are his figures so far. Sam Curran to Philander, On a length on middle, Philander tucks it towards the leg side. 60.5 : Sam Curran to V Philander, Full delivery on off, Philander drives it to mid off. 60.4 : Sam Curran to Philander, Bowls a yorker on middle, Philander does well to dig it out. 60.3 : Sam Curran to Philander, Outside off, de Kock shoulders arms to this one. 60.2 : Sam Curran to Kock, Length delivery on middle, Quinton flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen take a run. 60.1 : Sam Curran to Kock, On a length on middle, de Kock flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen get two runs. 59.6 : J Archer to Philander, Good length delivery on off, Philander blocks it off the back foot. 59.5 : J Archer to Philander, Outside off, Vernon offers no shot to this one. 59.4 : J Archer to Philander, Bowls a bumper outside off, Philander watches it sail through to the keeper. 59.3 : J Archer to Philander, On a good length and outside off, Philander looks to cut but gets a bottom edge on this one. 59.2 : J Archer to Philander, Length delivery on off, Philander taps it to point. 59.1 : J Archer to Philander, Bowls a bouncer outside off, Philander lets it sail through to the keeper. 58.6 : Sam Curran to Kock, Full delivery on off, de Kock drives it to mid off. 58.5 : Sam Curran to Kock, On a good length on off, de Kock looks to defend but gets a bottom edge on this one. 58.4 : Sam Curran to Kock, Good length delivery on middle, Quinton defends it off the back foot. 58.3 : Sam Curran to Kock, On a good length on off, de Kock defends it off the back foot. Sam Curran to Kock, WIDE! Bowls it wide outside off, de Kock does not bother to play at that. 58.2 : Sam Curran to Kock, Good length delivery on middle, Quinton blocks it off the back foot. 58.1 : Sam Curran to Kock, Full delivery on off, de Kock drives it back towards the bowler. 57.6 : J Archer to Kock, On a length on middle, de Kock nudges it towards square leg for a run. 57.5 : J Archer to Kock, BEATEN! Short and outside off, de Kock looks to play an upper cut but misses it. 57.4 : J Archer to Kock, On a good length on middle, Quinton blocks it off the back foot. 57.3 : J Archer to Philander, Length delivery on off, Philander taps it towards point. The batsmen take a run. 57.2 : J Archer to Kock, On a good length on leg, de Kock looks to flick but gets it off the thigh pad. It goes towards the leg side. The batsmen take a run. The umpire gives it as a leg bye. 57.1 : J Archer to Kock, BEATEN! Short and outside off, de Kock looks to cut but misses it. 56.6 : Sam Curran to Philander, Huge appeal for LBW but nothing from the umpire. Curran goes full and on the stumps line, Philander looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. Curran makes a loud appeal but the umpire is unmoved. This time Root does not go for the review. 56.5 : Sam Curran to Philander, Around off, it is defended. 56.4 : Sam Curran to V Philander, FOUR! Nice way to get off the mark. Slightly fuller ball outside off, Philander comes forward and slams it through covers for a boundary. 56.3 : Sam Curran to V Philander, Full delivery on middle, Philander drives it to mid on. 56.2 : Sam Curran to Kock, Length delivery on middle, de Kock nudges it towards square leg. The batsmen take a single. 56.1 : Sam Curran to de Kock, Full delivery on off, de Kock plays it to mid off. 55.6 : J Archer to Philander, Good length delivery on leg, Vernon keeps it out. 55.5 : J Archer to Philander, On a good length on off, Philander keeps it out. 55.4 : J Archer to Philander, Outside off, Philander offers no shot to this one. 55.3 : J Archer to de Kock, Short delivery on middle, de Kock pulls it through square leg for a single. 55.2 : Archer to de Kock, Edged but safe. What a delivery this is from Jofra. Trademark Archer this. Hits the deck hard on off and the ball shoots up off the surface. It is bowled at 140 kph but it looks like it comes a lot quicker than that. De Kock looks to defend on the on side but it rises on him and the ball hits the top of the bat. Luckily for Quinton and South Africa it falls in no man’s land at point. 55.1 : J Archer to Kock, On a good length on middle, de Kock drives it back towards the bowler. 54.6 : Sam Curran to Philander, Full on the pads, Philander flicks but Sibley at short mid-wicket makes an excellent stop diving to his right. 54.5 : Vernon Philander is the new batsman in. Sam Curran to D Pretorius, OUT! Caught! Once again it is Sam Curran who has got the breakthrough. Brilliant ball this from Curran. Good length ball around off, in the channel of uncertainty. Pretorius expects the ball to come in but it goes away with the angle. Dwaine looks to defend hoping that it would shape in but it does not. He ends up getting a thick outside edge which goes straight to the man at first slip. Joe Root there takes another simple catch, his third of the innings. They l 54.4 : Curran to Pretorius, NOT OUT! Pitching outside leg and Pretorius stays. England though loses the review. A fullish length ball on the pads, Pretorius looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. Curran along with the wicket keeper and entire slip cordon appeal but the umpire is unmoved. After a long chat, Root signals the ‘T’ and takes the decision upstairs. Here comes the replays, the front foot is okay. Hawk Eye time now, well, it has pitched outside leg so no need to check where it 54.3 : Pretorius has been given not out and England after a long chat goes for the review. Looks to be pitching outside leg to the naked eye. Yes, it is pitching outside leg so no need to check the impact. England lose their review. Sam Curran to Pretorius, Now a couple to fine leg. A delivery on the pads of Pretorius clips it towards fine leg. The deep square leg fielder dives and makes a fine stop. 54.2 : Sam Curran to D Pretorius, FOUR! Hammered! A short ball outside off, Pretorius goes on the back foot and slams it wide of the mid on fence. 54.1 : Sam Curran to Kock, Short and wide outside off, de Kock cuts it through point for a single. 53.6 : J Archer to Pretorius, BEATEN! On a good length and outside off, Pretorius looks to defend but misses it. 53.5 : J Archer to Pretorius, Shortish and on middle, Pretorius goes on the back foot and pushes it towards cover. 53.4 : J Archer to Kock, Full and on the pads again, this time de Kock’s flick goes to deep square leg and the batters cross ends. 53.3 : J Archer to Kock, Good length ball outside off, de Kock cuts but finds the gully fielder this time. 53.2 : J Archer to Kock, Full and on middle, de Kock flicks but can’t beat the mid-wicket fielder. 53.1 : J Archer to Pretorius, Good length ball on middle, Pretorius tucks it behind square leg for a single. 52.6 : Jofra Archer to bowl from the other end after Tea. 11-2-51-0 are his figures so far. Sam Curran to Kock, Good length ball on off, de Kock defends it towards mid on. 52.5 : Sam Curran to Kock, Back of a length around off, de Kock looks to flick but gets an inside edge onto the pads. 52.4 : Sam Curran to Pretorius, Pretorius gets off the mark for the session. Full on off, Dwaine pushes it to the right of mid off and calls for a quick single. Archer gets to the ball and has a shy at the bowler’s end but misses. Even if he had hit, DP would have been in. 52.3 : Sam Curran to Pretorius, On the leg side but close to the body. Pretorius looks to tickle it fine down the leg side but misses. There is a stifled appeal from the English players but the umpire says no. 52.2 : Sam Curran to Pretorius, Closer to the off pole from Sam. Dwaine defends it confidently towards cover-point and calls a loud wait. 52.1 : Sam Curran to Kock, Run straightaway in the final session. Good length ball outside off, de Kock punches it to deep point and gets a single. 51.6 : The English players are back in the middle for the final session. Quinton de Kock and Dwaine Pretorius stride out in the middle too. The duo has looked solid and they would look to continue taking South Africa towards a good total. Sam Curran to start the proceedings for the visitors in this session. … Day 1, Session 3 … Now, in the final session, how will things pan out for the hosts? Will these two continue to add runs quickly or will we see a flurry of wickets from the English bowlers? Interesting final session awaits us. Do join us in a short while. The session started with Sam Curran coming to bowl and once again break the budding stand between van der Dussen and du Plessis. Broad then dismissed well set du Plessis to peg the hosts further. However, since then, a couple of chances did not go to hands as de Kock and Pretorius played their shots and got runs quickly. A solid unbeaten 76-run stand means that the hosts crawl back in the game and share this session with the visitors. Quinton de Kock is amidst a quickfire 64 off just 69 balls and he seem to be sighting the ball well. He got an able support from Pretorius after the wicket of skipper du Plessis. J Archer to Kock, On a length on middle, de Kock flicks it through square leg for a single. THAT WILL BE TEA ON DAY 1! 51.5 : J Archer to Kock, Again outside off, de Kock leaves it alone. 51.4 : J Archer to Kock, Outside off, Quinton shoulders arms to this one. 51.3 : J Archer to Kock, Good length delivery on off, Quinton blocks it well. J Archer to Kock, NO BALL! Archer oversteps! On a good length on off, de Kock defends it off the back foot. 51.2 : J Archer to Kock, Bowls a bouncer outside off, de Kock sways away from it. 51.1 : J Archer to Kock, FOUR! Glorious from de Kock! Just a push but it races to the fence. Fullish length ball on off, de Kock comes forward a hint and presents the full face of the bat. It races to the mid on fence quickly. Looking in a brilliant nick there, is de Kock. 50.6 : S Broad to Pretorius, Fuller and on off, driven towards mid on by Pretorius. 50.5 : S Broad to Pretorius, Outside off, it is left alone. 50.4 : S Broad to Pretorius, FOUR! Uppish but flicked nicely! A fuller ball on middle, Pretorius flicks it between short mid-wicket and mid on. Timed it brilliantly. 50.3 : S Broad to Pretorius, Outside off, Dwaine shoulders arms to this one. 50.2 : S Broad to D Pretorius, Full delivery on off, Pretorius drives it to covers. 50.1 : S Broad to Pretorius, Outside off, de Kock offers no shot to this one. 49.6 : J Archer to Kock, Almost dragged on! Good length delivery on off, Quinton looks to cut but gets an inside edge on this one. It just misses the leg stump. 49.5 : J Archer to Kock, BEATEN! Beauty of a delivery! On a good length and outside off, de Kock looks to defend but misses it. 49.4 : J Archer to Kock, Length delivery on middle, Quinton flicks it to mid-wicket. 49.3 : J Archer to Kock, On a good length on off, de Kock offers a solid defense on this one. 49.2 : J Archer to Kock, FOUR! Poor line from Archer. He bowls it full but too straight. De Kock simply flicks it to the fine leg fence. 49.1 : J Archer to Kock, BEATEN! Loose shot from Quinton. Full and outside off, de Kock looks to play away from the body but misses it. 48.6 : Jofra Archer is back on. 9-2-41-0 are his figures so far. S Broad to Pretorius, On middle, it is defended. 48.5 : S Broad to Pretorius, Fuller and on off, driven to long off. 48.4 : S Broad to Pretorius, Outside off, Pretorius lets it go to the keeper. 48.3 : S Broad to Pretorius, On the pads, Pretorius flicks but misses to get hit on the pads. A stifled appeal but it clearly looked to be going down the leg side and hit high too. 48.2 : S Broad to Kock, Brilliant fielding from Bairstow! A full ball around off, de Kock whips it through mid-wicket. Bairstow from mid on chases the ball down and then makes a diving stop just before the ropes. Saves a single and then quickly gets up and throws the ball to the keeper. 48.1 : S Broad to Kock, Broad starts with a good length ball around off, de Kock pushes it back to the bowler. 47.6 : Stuart Broad is back into the attack. 12-4-43-2 are his figures so far. J Anderson to Pretorius, Shortish ball around off, Pretorius taps it through point and takes a couple of runs. 47.5 : J Anderson to Pretorius, Landed outside off on a good length, Pretorius lets it go to the keeper. 47.4 : J Anderson to Kock, Good length ball on the pads, de Kock works it behind square leg for a single. 47.3 : J Anderson to Kock, Fuller around off, pushed to covers. 47.2 : J Anderson to Kock, Another ball outside off, de Kock makes second leave of the over. 47.1 : J Anderson to Kock, In the channel outside off, it is left alone. 46.6 : Joe Root to Pretorius, FOUR! Just short! Floated on off, Pretorius lofts it over long off. It looks like the ball hits the ropes on the full but the umpires go upstairs to check if that has hit the rope or not. Replay rolls in and after a few views the third umpire says it is a boundary to the on-field umpire as the ball hit the turf just before the ropes. 46.5 : Joe Root to Kock, Floated delivery on off, Quinton drives it through covers. The batsmen take a run. 46.4 : Joe Root to Kock, Floated delivery on off, Quinton punches it to point. 46.3 : Joe Root to Kock, Loopy delivery on middle, de Kock blocks it off the back foot. 46.2 : Joe Root to Kock, Flighted delivery on off, Quinton taps it to point. 46.1 : Joe Root to Kock, Tossed up delivery on off, de Kock plays it to point. 45.6 : J Anderson to Kock, There it is. Fifty for Quinton de Kock, his 18th in Tests. A brilliant hand this from Quinton. A short ball on middle, de Kock pulls it towards mid-wicket and takes a run to reach the landmark. Brilliant attacking innings and he would be looking to reach the three figure mark from hereon. 45.5 : J Anderson to Kock, Fuller around off, pushed to cover by de Kock. 45.4 : J Anderson to Pretorius, Full and on off, pushed towards cover for a single. 50-run stand is up between the two and these runs have come in quick time and against the run of play. 45.3 : J Anderson to Pretorius, Outside off, it is left alone. 45.2 : J Anderson to Pretorius, Edgy FOUR! Now the edge flies to the fence off Pretorius’ bat. A full ball outside off, Pretorius goes for the drive away from the body. The ball takes the outside edge and goes to the third man fence. 45.1 : J Anderson to Pretorius, In the channel outside off, Pretorius makes a leave by covering his stumps. 44.6 : Joe Root to Kock, Flighted delivery on off, Quinton offers a forward defense on this one. 44.5 : Joe Root to Kock, Loopy delivery on middle, de Kock drives it through covers. The batsmen get two runs. 44.4 : Joe Root to de Kock, What was that! Another ball outside off, a tossed up one too. De Kock goes for the sweep again but the ball takes the outside edge and goes over the leaping Ben Stokes. A couple of runs. 44.3 : Joe Root to Kock, Floated delivery on middle, de Kock sweeps it to mid-wicket. 44.2 : Joe Root to de Kock, Flighted delivery on middle, de Kock sweeps it towards the leg side. 44.1 : Joe Root to Kock, Tossed up delivery on off, de Kock defends it off the front foot. 43.6 : J Anderson to Pretorius, Good length ball around off, pushed to point. 43.5 : J Anderson to Kock, Fuller and around off, pushed through point for a single. 43.4 : J Anderson to Kock, EDGY FOUR! Another one off the outside edge! 150 comes up for South Africa. Another fuller ball which is just outside off. De Kock once again goes for the drive. The ball takes the outside edge and goes to third man fence, past the diving attempt of the gully fielder. 9th boundary for de Kock. 43.3 : J Anderson to Kock, Slightly short and just outside off this time, de Kock shoulders arms to this one. 43.2 : J Anderson to Kock, FOUR! Up and over! De Kock is no mood to calm down as he once again throws his willow to this fuller ball outside off. This time the ball takes the outside edge and it flies over the slip cordon and into the fence. 43.1 : J Anderson to Kock, Outside off, de Kock offers no shot to this one. 42.6 : James Anderson is back on. 11-4-25-1 are his figures so far. Joe Root to Kock, Floated on off, de Kock plays it towards cover and keeps the strike with a single. 42.5 : Root to Kock, Just shot! It has not carried. Slightly quicker from Root around off. De Kock looks to defend but the ball spins away from him. It takes the outside edge and goes towards first slip. Ben Stokes there looks to take it on the full, inches above the ground but looks like it has fallen short judging by Root and Stokes’ reaction. The umpire takes it upstairs with the soft signal as ‘Not Out’. Replay rolls in and it shows that the ball fell just short as it goes into the hands of S 42.4 : Has that carried? Looking at the England players reaction it looks like it hasn’t but let’s see what the replays have to say. Joe Root to D Pretorius, Follows the maximum with an easy single towards cover. 42.3 : Joe Root to Pretorius, SIX! Oh that is a monster. Floated on middle and off, Pretorius who is known for his T20 exploits shows what he is capable of as he hammers it over the long on fence, using the arc for a biggie. 42.2 : Joe Root to Kock, Tossed up delivery outside off, de Kock drives it through covers. The batsmen take a single. 42.1 : Joe Root to D Pretorius, Floated delivery on middle, Pretorius drives it through mid on for a single. 41.6 : Sam Curran to Kock, INSIDE EDGE AND FOUR! Length ball outside off, De Kock throws his bat at it looking to slam it through point. The ball though takes the lower half of his bat and goes to the right of the keeper. Buttler is wrong-footed and he dives but he cannot save it. The ball races away to the fine leg fence. 41.5 : Sam Curran to Kock, Good length delivery on middle, de Kock blocks it off the back foot. 41.4 : Sam Curran to Kock, FOUR! Very well controlled pull from de Kock. Curran bangs it in short, Quinton picks it up early and gets on his back foot. He pulls it with control and power through mid-wicket for a boundary. 41.3 : Sam Curran to Kock, Good length delivery on middle, de Kock defends it out. 41.2 : Sam Curran to Kock, On a good length on off, Quinton defends it off the back foot. 41.1 : Sam Curran to Kock, Full delivery on off, de Kock drives it to covers. 40.6 : Joe Root to Kock, Floated delivery on middle, de Kock flicks it through mid-wicket for a run. 40.5 : Joe Root to Kock, Tossed up delivery on middle, de Kock defends it off the front foot. 40.4 : Joe Root to Pretorius, Flighted delivery on middle, Pretorius flicks it towards mid-wicket and takes a single. 40.3 : Root to Kock, In the air… but Anderson cannot reach there. The bait of coming to bowl almost paid off for Root. A flighted ball just outside off, inviting de Kock for the drive. He obliges and looks to slam it over long off. But the bat turns in his hand and he ends up lobbing the shot high towards mid off. Anderson hares from covers to get under the ball but he cannot get there and ends up missing out the chance of dismissing de Kock. 40.2 : Joe Root to Kock, Outside off, de Kock shoulders arms to this one. 40.1 : Joe Root to Kock, FOUR! Poor start from Root as he dishes this way to outside off. De Kock reaches it out and guides it to third man fence. 39.6 : England have no front line spinner in this game so skipper Joe Root will roll his arm over. He is a wicket-taker and can be handy with the ball. Sam Curran to Pretorius, Shortish around off, Pretorius taps it towards the off side off the back foot. 39.5 : Sam Curran to Pretorius, Huge appeal for LBW but it dies down quickly. A fullish length ball on the pads, Pretorius looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. They appeal but the umpire says not out. Hawk Eye comes in and shows that it was pitching outside leg. So a good call once again from England skipper to not go for the review. 39.4 : Sam Curran to Pretorius, Around off, it is defended. 39.3 : Sam Curran to Pretorius, Loose from Pretorius. Curran goes fullish and outside off, inviting the batter for the drive. Pretorius does that and drives away from his body. He once again makes no connection. 39.2 : Sam Curran to Pretorius, Around off and middle, pushed to point. 39.1 : Sam Curran to Pretorius, Brilliant line and length from Curran. Another good length ball that pitches on middle and shapes away nicely. Pretorius looks to drive but makes no connection as the ball whizzes past the outside edge. 38.6 : Drinks Break! Around 3 hours of play has been done and all the three hours have belonged to the visitors. England have sent half the South African side back in the hut and have their back against the wall. Quinton de Kock is looking good but he needs a partner to hand around with him. Can the debutant, Dwaine Pretorius be that man who can support the South African wicket-keeper and take his side out of troubled waters? S Broad to Kock, Another ball outside off, it is left alone. 38.5 : S Broad to de Kock, Another nice drive from de Kock. A full ball outside off, de Kock drills it through covers. Denly from third man hares after the ball and makes a diving stop. The umpires are not sure if the attempt is clean as they refer it upstairs. The third umpire checks multiple replays and then deems it in the favour of the fielding side. 38.4 : S Broad to Kock, In the channel outside off. de Kock makes a leave. 38.3 : S Broad to Kock, Around off, defended towards mid off. 38.2 : S Broad to Kock, Outside off, this time de Kock shoulders arms. 38.1 : S Broad to Kock, Broad starts the over by going full and outside off. He has seen de Kock going for the drive and that’s why he tempts him there. Quinton though lets it go to the keeper 37.6 : Sam Curran to Pretorius, On middle, it is defended. 37.5 : Curran to Pretorius, Full ball on off, pushed to mid on. 37.4 : Sam Curran to Pretorius, Full delivery on middle, Pretorius drives it to mid on. 37.3 : Sam Curran to Pretorius, Good length delivery on middle, Pretorius defends it off the back foot. 37.2 : Sam Curran to Pretorius, Full delivery outside off, Pretorius drives it to point. 37.1 : Sam Curran to Pretorius, On a good length on middle, Pretorius looks to flick but gets hit on the thigh pad. 36.6 : S Broad to Kock,FOUR! De Kock seems to be playing on different surface. An overpitched ball alright but it still needs to be put away. He leans into the shot and slams this through covers. It whistles to the fence. Fourth boundary for de Kock in no time. However, end of a successful over by Broad. 36.5 : S Broad to de Kock, Fuller and outside off, driven to the fielder at short extra cover. 36.4 : S Broad to Pretorius, Pretorius is off the mark straightaway. A good length ball on middle, it is worked towards square leg for a single. 36.3 : Dwaine Pretorius walks out to bat in his first outing in Tests. With half the side back in the hut and Broad having his tail up, he will have to justify his selection with the bat. S Broad to Plessis, OUT! Gone this time as the ball finds the edge this time. Broad follows the ripper with another one. He once again lands this one just around off. The ball once again shapes a hint away as du Plessis pokes at it by coming half forward. The ball this time takes the outside edge and goes to Root at first slip once again. The English skipper makes no mistake and takes the catch with ease. Faf departs after making a start and with it, half the side is back in the hut. 36.2 : S Broad to Plessis, Absolute jaffa from Broad! Lands this one on a good length and on closer to off pole. The ball shapes away and goes past the outside edge of du Plessis. 36.1 : S Broad to Plessis, Outside off, it is left alone. 35.6 : Sam Curran to Kock, Length ball on off, de Kock punches it through extra cover and gets a couple to get through the over. Expensive from Sam Curran, 14 off it. 35.5 : Sam Curran to Kock, FOUR! Third boundary of the over and de Kock is pouncing on all the mistakes from Curran. Once again Sam goes wide outside off, de Kock slashes it with ease and power through point for a boundary. 35.4 : Sam Curran to Kock, Good length ball on off, de Kock blocks it. 35.3 : Sam Curran to Kock, Length ball on off, de Kock looks to defend but does so off the outer half of his bat. 35.2 : Sam Curran to Kock, FOUR! Now on the leg side. Curran is guilty of bowling on de Kock’s pads. Quinton’s eyes lit up looking at it and he flicks it through mid-wicket for a boundary. 35.1 : Sam Curran to Kock, FOUR! De Kock is off the mark in style. You give a southpaw some width outside off, he will punish you. If you give it to de Kock he will just oblige and hit you the way he wants. Good shot this. Length ball outside off, de Kock just hits it right off the middle through point for a boundary. 100 up for the Proteas. 34.6 : S Broad to Plessis, Good length ball on off, Faf defends it to get through the over. 34.5 : S Broad to Plessis, Outside off, Faf leaves it alone. 34.4 : S Broad to Plessis, Another one on the fourth stump line, Faf is happy to watch it carry to the keeper. 34.3 : S Broad to Plessis, Broad goes full and on off. Faf pushes it to mid on. 34.2 : S Broad to Plessis, Once again Broad asks Faf to go for the drive by serving it outside off. Du Plessis has no interest to oblige to Broad’s demand. 34.1 : S Broad to Plessis, Broad starts his new spell with a length ball away from the off pole. Du Plessis shoulders arms to it. 33.6 : Stuart Broad is back on. 8-3-22-1 are his figures so far. Sam Curran to Kock, Good length ball outside off, de Kock taps it to the right of the fielder at point. Quinton comes out looking for a quick run but Faf straightaway turns it down. The fielder there makes a very good stop and has a shy at the keeper’s end but misses. Even if he had hit, QdK would have been in. 33.5 : Sam Curran to Kock, Back of a length on off, de Kock blocks it. 33.4 : Sam Curran to Kock, Length delivery which comes back in on off. Quinton looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads. 33.3 : Sam Curran to Kock, Good length ball around off, de Kock taps it to point to start his innings. 33.2 : Quinton de Kock walks in with his side in a very poor situation. 4 already in the hut. He will look to make a handy contribution in this innings to bail the Proteas out. Not gonna be easy against this English bowling lineup though. Sam Curran to van der Dussen, OUT! Caught! Yes, Sam can get the breakthrough. The bowling change does the trick for the visitors. The previous one came in to the right-hander, this one moves the other way. It is pitched on off, van der Dussen gets on his front foot and tries to play the classical front foot defense. The ball shapes away and finds the outside edge of the bat and goes straight towards first slip. England skipper, Joe Root there makes no mistake and takes a simple catch. Once 33.1 : Sam Curran to van der Dussen, Sam starts with a length delivery which nips back in to the right-hander. Van der Dussen defends it with a straight bat. 32.6 : Sam Curran is back for the first time in this session. 5-2-8-1, his figures so far. He was troublesome in his first spell. Can he once again get the breakthrough? J Archer to Plessis, Bouncer down the leg side. Du Plessis ducks under it. 32.5 : J Archer to Plessis, Fuller around off, pushed to cover. 32.4 : J Archer to Plessis, In the channel outside off, Faf makes a leave. 32.3 : J Archer to Plessis, Landed on middle, worked to mid-wicket. 32.2 : J Archer to Plessis, Outside off, it is left alone. 32.1 : Archer to Plessis, NOT OUT! The decision is overturned and du Plessis survives. Very full and very wide from Archer. Du Plessis chases it and goes for the drive away from the body. He does not make any connection and Buttler behind the wicket catches and appeals along with Archer and the entire slip cordon. The umpire thinks and raises the finger. However, Faf does not think much and signals for the review straightaway. Let’s see what the replays show. No problems with the front foot. Now, 31.6 : Given caught behind but du Plessis goes for the DRS straightaway. Front foot is fine. Is there an outside edge? Could be a massive blow. There is a gap as the ball goes past the bat but there is also a little spike on the Ultra Edge. It might be adjudged Not Out as there is a gap but with the on-field call going the other way, it can go either was as there is a spike. NOT OUT! The on-field umpire reverses his decision and that’s a good call as there way a good gap between the bat and ball. So no J Anderson to van der Dussen, Good length ball around off, it is blocked off the back foot. 31.5 : J Anderson to van der Dussen, Beaten! Beauty from Anderson. It lands on a fuller length, van der Dussen this time goes for the drive but the ball shapes away and goes past the outside edge. 31.4 : J Anderson to van der Dussen, Another ball which is outside off and it does not tempt van der Dussen into playing any fancy shot. 31.3 : J Anderson to van der Dussen, Outside off, it is left alone. 31.2 : J Anderson to van der Dussen, Good length delivery on middle, Rassie defends it out. 31.1 : J Anderson to van der Dussen, On a good length on off, van der Dussen defends it off the back foot. 30.6 : J Archer to Plessis, FOUR! Poor ball to finish the over. Short and wide outside off, du Plessis hammers it through the cover region. It races to the fence in a jiffy. 30.5 : J Archer to Plessis, BEATEN! An absolute jaffa from Archer. Slightly shortish length around off, du Plessis has to play at it. He hops a bit and pokes, luckily the ball goes a hint away and whizzes past the outside edge. 30.4 : J Archer to Plessis, On a good length on leg, du Plessis looks to flick but gets hit on the thigh pad. 30.3 : J Archer to Plessis, Outside off, Faf leaves it alone. 30.2 : J Archer to Plessis, Good length delivery on middle, du Plessis defends it off the back foot. 30.1 : J Archer to Plessis, On a good length on off, du Plessis keeps it out. 29.6 : J Anderson to van der Dussen, Fuller one just outside off, pushed to cover by Rassie. 29.5 : J Anderson to van der Dussen, Shortish around off, van der Dussen stays on the back foot and blocks it towards point. 29.4 : J Anderson to van der Dussen, Full and outside off, pushed to point. 29.3 : J Anderson to van der Dussen, Huge appeal but not out says the umpire. No review from England. A big inside edge there saves van der Dussen. Good call form England to not go for the review. It pitches around off and draws batsman half forward. Rassie pushes at the ball and luckily manages an inside edge onto the pads. 29.2 : J Anderson to van der Dussen, Good length ball just outside off, Rassie has the stumps covered as he lets it go to the keeper. 29.1 : J Anderson to van der Dussen, Landed around off on a good length, van der Dussen defends it off the back foot. 28.6 : J Archer to Plessis, Back of a length ball around off, du Plessis drops his wrists and allows the ball to go the keeper. 28.5 : J Archer to van der Dussen, On the pads again, van der Dussen looks to work it fine down the leg side but misses to get hit on the pads. The ball goes behind and before Buttler can pick the ball, the batters cross ends for a leg bye. 28.4 : J Archer to van der Dussen, Landed on a good length around off, van der Dussen looks to defend but the ball takes the inside half of the bat and goes to mid on. 28.3 : J Archer to van der Dussen, Fuller and around off, it is defended. 28.2 : J Archer to du Plessis, Fuller and around off, this time Faf pushes it wide of the cover fielder for a single. 28.1 : J Archer to van der Dussen, On the pads, Rassie tucks it towards mid-wicket and takes a quick single. 27.6 : J Anderson to Plessis, Another leave as Anderson bowls this one on a good length outside off once again. 27.5 : J Anderson to Plessis, In the channel outside off, it is left alone. 27.4 : J Anderson to van der Dussen, Good length ball coming into van der Dussen this time. He tucks it towards fine leg to get a run. 27.3 : J Anderson to van der Dussen, Fuller and on off, van der Dussen does well to keep it out. 27.2 : J Anderson to van der Dussen, Full one on middle, worked to mid-wicket. 27.1 : J Anderson to van der Dussen, Anderson starts with a poor ball down the leg side. Van der Dussen lets it go the keeper. 26.6 : James Anderson to bowl from the other end. 8-2-24-1 are his figures so far. J Archer to Plessis, Bouncer way over the head of ducking du Plessis. End of a top over for South Africa. Solid start of the session for them. 10 from the over. 26.5 : J Archer to Plessis, Fuller one on off, du Plessis keeps it out. 26.4 : J Archer to Plessis, FOUR! Second boundary of the over and du Plessis is on the move now. Another ball which is on the stumps line, du Plessis nicely flicks it. The ball races to the deep mid-wicket boundary. 26.3 : J Archer to Plessis, Around off, it is defended. 26.2 : J Archer to Plessis, FOUR! This time clipped through mid-wicket. Another fuller length ball around off and middle, du Plessis uses his wrists and whips it to the deep mid-wicket fence. 26.1 : J Archer to Plessis, Archer starts with a ball on the pads of du Plessis. He clips it towards deep square leg for a couple of runs. 25.6 : We are back for the second session. The England players are out in the middle. Faf du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen will resume their innings for the hosts. Jofra Archer will start the proceedings for the second session. … Day 1, Session 2 … Now, Faf du Plessis is battling it out there. He has debutant van der Dussen for company. The duo will look to bail the side out with a solid stand. England, on the other hand, would fancy getting another 2-3 wickets in the next session to take complete control of the game. Will they be able to do so or will they face resistance from the Protea batters? Do join us after the break to find out. As far as English bowling is concerned, Anderson struck on the very first ball of the over and along with Broad kept things tight in the first hour. Archer too bowled tight lines and did not allow the runs to come freely. Curran in his very first over got the wicket of Markram. Broad then broke another budding stand between Faf and Hamza as he removed Hamza. James Anderson removed Dean Elgar on the very first ball of the Test match to start the game on a superb note. Markram along with Zubayr Hamza added 32 runs to provide some resistance but Curran in his very first over removed Markram to break the stand. Skipper Faf du Plessis joined Hamza in the middle and the two added 39 runs between them. And when it looked like the Proteas are in for a big stand, Hamza fell to Broad. Du Plessis along with Rassie van der Dussen saw off the remaining few overs A brilliant session for England! They have struck thrice and have not allowed South Africa to score freely either. After winning the toss, Root would’ve wanted similar returns from his bowlers and they have delivered for him so far. S Broad to van der Dussen, Length ball on the stumps, van der Dussen defends it with a straight bat to negotiate the final over of the session without any casualty. That will be Lunch on Day 1! 25.5 : S Broad to van der Dussen, On a good length on middle, van der Dussen defends it off the back foot. 25.4 : S Broad to van der Dussen, Full delivery on middle, Rassie drives it to mid on. 25.3 : S Broad to van der Dussen, Good length delivery on middle, Rassie blocks it off the back foot. 25.2 : S Broad to van der Dussen, On a good length on off, van der Dussen defends it off the back foot. 25.1 : S Broad to van der Dussen, Outside off, van der Dussen offers no shot to this one. 24.6 : J Archer to Plessis, Bouncer to end the over. It is around the body, du Plessis sits under it. 24.5 : J Archer to Plessis, Back of a length on off, du Plessis defends it off his back foot. 24.4 : J Archer to Plessis, Good stop. On the pads, du Plessis flicks it but Bairstow at short leg shows good reflex and saves runs for his side. 24.3 : J Archer to Plessis, Archer misses his line and sprays one down the leg side. Faf is not interested in playing that. 24.2 : J Archer to Plessis, Another very good inswinging ball. This time Faf gets a bit of bat on it. Length ball, jagging back in from off. Du Plessis looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads. 24.1 : J Archer to Plessis, OHH! Just a tad too high maybe. Excellent ball this from Jofra. Steams in and bowls a inswinging length ball around off. Faf looks to defend but the ball comes in viciously and hits him on the thigh pad of his back leg. There is a huge appeal from the English players but the umpire is unmoved. 23.6 : Jofra Archer for the final burst before Lunch. 4-0-25-0 are his figures so far. S Broad to van der Dussen, FOUR! Excellent shot. Full delivery on middle, van der Dussen flicks it through mid-wicket for a boundary. 23.5 : S Broad to van der Dussen, Again outside off, van der Dussen lets it go. 23.4 : S Broad to van der Dussen, Outside off, Rassie offers no shot to this one. 23.3 : S Broad to van der Dussen, On a good length on off, van der Dussen blocks it off the front foot. 23.2 : S Broad to van der Dussen, Full delivery on off, van der Dussen drives it to mid off. 23.1 : S Broad to van der Dussen, On a good length on off, van der Dussen defends it back towards the bowler. 22.6 : J Anderson to Plessis, Outside off, du Plessis lets it go. 22.5 : J Anderson to Plessis, Good length delivery on off, Faf blocks it off the front foot. 22.4 : J Anderson to Plessis, Outside off, du Plessis offers a calm leave on this one. 22.3 : J Anderson to Plessis, On a good length on off, du Plessis defends it to covers. 22.2 : J Anderson to Plessis, EDGED AND FOUR! Good length ball around off, it moves away from Faf. He looks to defend it with soft hands but gets an outyside edge which goes wide of the man at slip and races away to the fence. Had he played that with hard hands then it might have carried to the fielder there. 22.1 : J Anderson to Plessis, Fuller ball on off, pushed to point. 21.6 : Debutant Rassie van der Dussen is the new man in. Not an ideal condition for him to walk out to bat on his debut. He now has a big task in hand as he will have to bail out his side from trouble along with his skipper. S Broad to Hamza, OUT! Caught next ball. Broad has broken the stand. A good length ball outside off, shaping away from the right-hander. Hamza can easily leave these but he pokes at it. The ball takes the outside edge and goes to Stokes at second slip. He pouches it with both hands and sends Hamza packing. Broad and England celebrate. Timely wicket for the visitors. 21.5 : S Broad to Hamza, FOUR! Magnificently timed! Slightly overpitched and Hamza pounces on it nicely. Fuller and outside off, Hamza leans into the drive and creams it through covers. Poses for the cameras there. 21.4 : S Broad to Hamza, Outside off, Hamza does not bother to play at that. S Broad to Hamza, NO BALL! Broad oversteps! Length delivery on middle, Hamza flicks it through mid-wicket. Bairstow chases it and does well to stop it before the ropes. The batsmen get two runs. 21.3 : S Broad to Hamza, On a good length on off, Hamza keeps it out. 21.2 : S Broad to Hamza, Good length delivery on middle, Hamza defends it back towards the bowler. 21.1 : S Broad to Hamza, On a good length on off, Hamza blocks it well. 20.6 : J Anderson to Hamza, Length delivery on leg, Hamza flicks it towards fine leg. The batsmen cross ends. 20.5 : J Anderson to Hamza, Outside off, Hamza shoulders arms to this one. 20.4 : J Anderson to Hamza, Full delivery on off, Hamza drives it to mid off. 20.3 : J Anderson to Hamza, Good length delivery on off, Hamza defends it to mid off. 20.2 : J Anderson to Plessis, On a length on middle, Faf flicks it towards mid-wicket for a run. 20.1 : J Anderson to Plessis, Full delivery on off, du Plessis plays it to covers. 19.6 : S Broad to Hamza, On a length on off, Hamza taps it to point. 19.5 : S Broad to Hamza, BEATEN! On a good length and outside off, Hamza looks to defend again but misses it. 19.4 : S Broad to Hamza, BEATEN! On a good length and outside off, Hamza looks to defend but misses it. 19.3 : S Broad to Hamza, Again outside off, Hamza leaves it alone. 19.2 : S Broad to Hamza, Outside off, Hamza does not bother to play at that. 19.1 : S Broad to Hamza, Full delivery on middle, Hamza drives it towards mid on where Anderson dives and does well to stop it. 18.6 : Stuart Broad returns for his second spell. 4-1-11-0 from him so far. J Anderson to Plessis, Outside off, Faf leaves it alone. 18.5 : J Anderson to Plessis, On a good length on off, the skipper defends it out. 18.4 : J Anderson to Hamza, Length delivery on middle, Hamza flicks it through square leg for a single. 18.3 : J Anderson to Hamza, On a good length on middle, Hamza defends it off the back foot. 18.2 : J Anderson to Z Hamza, Full delivery on off, Hamza drives it to mid off. 18.1 : J Anderson to Hamza, Anderson starts the fresh spell but spraying down the leg side on the first ball. Hamza flicks but makes no connection. 17.6 : James Anderson is back on. 5-2-17-1 are his figures so far. Sam Curran to Plessis, Fuller ball way outside off, Faf lets it go to the keeper. 17.5 : Sam Curran to Plessis, Landed around middle, du Plessis works it towards mid-wicket. 17.4 : Sam Curran to Plessis, Outside off, it is left alone. 17.3 : Sam Curran to Plessis, Full and on middle, flicked to mid-wicket. 17.2 : Sam Curran to Plessis, Good length delivery on middle, du Plessis blocks it off the back foot. 17.1 : Sam Curran to Plessis, Good length ball just outside off, Faf punches it through point for a couple of runs. 16.6 : J Archer to Plessis, Fuller and off, driven wide of the cover fielder for a single. 14 from the over. 16.5 : J Archer to du Plessis, EDGY FOUR! Tight line this from Archer. He lands it on a shortish length around off, du Plessis hops and looks to defend but the ball takes the thick outside edge and goes past the diving Ben Stokes. However, it is wide of him and ends up going to the fence. Four for du Plessis and South Africa but Archer won’t mind this. 16.4 : J Archer to Plessis, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 16.3 : J Archer to Hamza, On middle, Hamza nudges it to fine leg and crosses for a run. 16.2 : J Archer to Z Hamza, FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries for Hamza. A good length ball around off, Hamza this time strokes this through mid off. Brilliant followthrough on this shot. Held the pose for the cameras there. 50 up for South Africa. 16.1 : J Archer to Z Hamza, FOUR! Overpitched and punished! Full and wide outside off, Hamza leans into the drive and slams it through covers. 15.6 : Sam Curran to Plessis, Outside off, du Plessis leaves it alone. 15.5 : Sam Curran to Plessis, On a good length around off, du Plessis blocks it off the back foot. 15.4 : Sam Curran to Plessis, Good length delivery on off, Faf offers a solid defense on this one. 15.3 : Sam Curran to Plessis, On a good length on off, du Plessis plays it to covers. 15.2 : Sam Curran to Plessis, Good length delivery on middle, the skipper keeps it out. 15.1 : Sam Curran to Plessis, On a good length and outside off, du Plessis plays it to covers off the back foot. 14.6 : J Archer to Hamza, BEATEN! On a good length and just outside off, Hamza looks to defend but misses it. 14.5 : J Archer to Hamza, Bowls a bouncer outside off, Hamza does well to duck under it. 14.4 : J Archer to Hamza, A bit of indecisiveness from Hamza! Good length ball just around off. It is shaping away from Hamza. He initially looks to defend but then sees that it is going away from his off pole so he retracts on his decision. 14.3 : J Archer to Hamza, FOUR! Don’t bother running that was four the moment it left the bat. Poor ball from Archer. Short and wide outside off. Hamza is quick to pounce on it and punches it right off the meat through point for a boundary. 14.2 : J Archer to Hamza, Outside off, Hamza offers no shot to this one. 14.1 : J Archer to Hamza, Archer bowls it on a good length on off, Hamza stands tall and defends it off the back foot. 13.6 : Sam Curran to Plessis, Full and on off again, du Plessis is solid in his drive towards mid off. 13.5 : Sam Curran to Plessis, Full and off, defended back to the bowler. 13.4 : Sam Curran to Plessis, Good length ball just outside off, du Plessis taps it towards cover off the back foot. Sam Curran to Plessis, WIDE! A bouncer this time but it is way over du Plessis. Called wide. 13.3 : Sam Curran to Plessis, Fuller ball around off, du Plessis keeps it out. 13.2 : Sam Curran to Plessis, Slightly shortish and outside off, du Plessis allows it go to the keeper. 13.1 : Sam Curran to Hamza, Curran starts the fresh over post the drinks break by spraying on the pads. Hamza flicks it to fine leg for a run and crosses over. 12.6 : Drinks Break! Brilliant start for the visitors. They won the toss and decided to bowl and so far that decision is paying off. They have got rid of both the openers and they are also bowling with great intent and vigor. They will look to strike at least one more before Lunch. South Africa need to build a partnership and they will hope that Zubayr Hamza and skipper Faf du Plessis can bat out till Lunch. J Archer to Plessis, On the length around off, du Plessis defends it out. 12.5 : J Archer to Plessis, Outside off, it is left alone. 12.4 : J Archer to Plessis, Just short of Bairstow at short leg. A back of a length ball on middle, du Plessis hops to defend but the ball hits the upper part of the bat and lobs right of Bairstow at short leg. Bairstow dives to his right to catch but the ball ends up just short. 12.3 : J Archer to Plessis, Low full toss outside off, du Plessis reaches out and squeezes it through covers. He is off and running with a couple of runs. 12.2 : J Archer to Plessis, Outside off, left alone. 12.1 : J Archer to Hamza, Quick single! A good length ball around off and middle, Hamza works it towards mid on and takes off for a single. Broad gets there quickly, picks the ball and has a shy at the striker’s end. He though misses but du Plessis had made his ground anyway. 11.6 : Sam Curran to Plessis, Beaten! Peach to finish the over! Superb delivery from the left-armer. Lands it on a good length and around off. Once again makes it shape away from the poke of Faf. Lucky not to edge that one. 11.5 : Sam Curran to Plessis, This time Curran bowls it full on middle, Faf flicks it nicely but finds mid-wicket. 11.4 : Sam Curran to Plessis, On off, it is blocked. 11.3 : Sam Curran to Plessis, Brilliant ball from Curran again. Another ball that lands on middle and off and it shapes just a hint. Faf has to play at it and as he does that, he is squared up. The ball takes the thick outside edge and goes to the gully fielder. 11.2 : Sam Curran to Plessis, Back of a length ball on middle, du Plessis hops and blocks it on the leg side. 11.1 : Sam Curran to Plessis, Good length ball shaping away from the right-hander. Faf lets it go to the keeper. 10.6 : J Archer to Hamza, FOUR! Flicked nicely! A full ball on middle, Hamza easily flicks it towards deep square leg fence. The ball races to the fence quickly. Poor ball by Archer to finish the over. 10.5 : J Archer to Hamza, Looses his line and sprays this one down the leg side. Buttler moves to his left and does well to pouch the ball on that side. 10.4 : J Archer to Hamza, Big bouncer on middle, Hamza easily ducks under it. 10.3 : J Archer to Hamza, Wide outside off this one, Hamza lets it be. 10.2 : J Archer to Hamza, Good length ball angled into the right-hander, Hamza defends but the ball takes inside edge and hits on the body. 10.1 : J Archer to Hamza, Brave leave! A brilliant start for Archer though! This wasn’t too far away from the top of off. Good line and length. This one pitches just outside off and then comes back in. Hamza lets it go to the keeper. 9.6 : Change from both the ends. Jofra Archer is introduced into the attack. What do we have in store? Batters watch out for some vicious bouncers here and there. Sam Curran to Plessis, Full and on middle, flicked to mid-wicket. 9.5 : Sam Curran to Plessis, Fuller ball on off, it is defended. 9.4 : South Africa in trouble and out walks their skipper, Faf du Plessis. He will need to play a big innings here as his side need him to take them out of early troubles. Sam Curran to Markram, OUT! Caught at mid-wicket. Another soft dismissal. Curran with the knack of picking wickets has struck in the very first over. A good length ball on middle, Markram looks to work it on the leg side. However, he ends up chipping it towards mid-wicket. Bairstow there gets low down and pouches the catch inches above the turf. The good-looking stand is broken. 9.3 : Sam Curran to A Markram, Edged but just short! A good length ball, closer too the off pole, Markram once again pokes. This time the ball catches the outside edge. It goes to the first slip on the bounce. 9.2 : Sam Curran to Markram, Beaten! Curran gets his line and length right and bowls it just outside off, Markram pokes to get beaten. 9.1 : Sam Curran to Markram, FOUR! What a welcome for him into the attack. A fuller ball around off, Markram leans forwards and lofts this over the cover region beautifully. A top shot. 8.6 : Sam Curran is into the attack. J Anderson to Hamza, Good length ball around off, Hamza pushes it towards point. 8.5 : J Anderson to Hamza, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 8.4 : J Anderson to Hamza, Good length ball, this one comes back in nicely. Hamza does well to get his bat down in time to defend. 8.3 : J Anderson to Hamza, In the channel outside off, left alone. 8.2 : J Anderson to Hamza, Fuller and just outside off, defended towards mid off. 8.1 : J Anderson to Hamza, Good stop! A full ball down the leg side, Hamza looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. Buttler behind the wicket dives to his left and stops the ball. 7.6 : S Broad to Markram, Fuller ball just outside off, Markram has his sticks covered and lets it be. 7.5 : S Broad to Markram, Landed on middle, it is defended towards mid-wicket. 7.4 : S Broad to Hamza, Good length ball on middle, Hamza works it wide of the mid on fielder and takes a single. 7.3 : S Broad to Hamza, Bends his back and bowls it short but once again the line is down the leg side which will not trouble Hamza. He ducks under it. 7.2 : S Broad to Hamza, Sprays down the leg side on a length. Hamza lets it go to the keeper. 7.1 : S Broad to Hamza, Good length ball on middle, Hamza works it towards deep square leg. Before the fine leg fielder can come around to pick the ball up, the batters get a couple of runs. 6.6 : J Anderson to Hamza, Full and on off again, Hamza pushes it right of the short extra cover fielder and takes a quick single. 6.5 : J Anderson to Hamza, Goes full on off, Hamza drives it straight to short extra cover. 6.4 : J Anderson to Hamza, Good length ball on off, Hamza stays on the back foot and punches it straight to gully. 6.3 : J Anderson to Hamza, In the channel outside off, Hamza lets it be. 6.2 : J Anderson to Hamza, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 6.1 : J Anderson to Hamza, Confusion but safe… A good length ball around off, Hamza defends it towards point. Markram quickly takes off for the single but Hamza sends him back. Markram is almost halfway in the middle. Denly gets to the ball and fires the throw at the non-striker’s. He misses his shy but Markram had returned well in time. 5.6 : S Broad to Markram, Good length ball this one which is aimed into the batter. Markram in the defense gets squared up. The ball takes the outer half and goes to the gully fielder on the bounce. 5.5 : S Broad to Markram, Good length ball outside off, left alone. 5.4 : S Broad to Markram, Landed around off, it is defended. 5.3 : S Broad to Markram, Outside off, Markram is not interested as he shoulders arms to this one. 5.2 : S Broad to Markram, Good length ball around off, Markram makes a solid defensive shot off the back foot. 5.1 : S Broad to Markram, Broad starts the fresh over by bowling a fuller ball around off, Markram blocks it away. 4.6 : J Anderson to Hamza, Hamza makes third consecutive leave to end a good over for South Africa. 11 from the over, all coming from Markram’s bat though. 4.5 : J Anderson to Hamza, In the channel outside off, it is left alone. 4.4 : J Anderson to Hamza, Outside off this time, Hamza lets it go to the keeper. 4.3 : J Anderson to Markram, Three more! This time through the covers. Slightly short and outside off, Markram rides the bounce and punches it nicely. Denly hares after the ball and makes a sliding stop just before the fence. A single saved. 4.2 : J Anderson to Markram, FOUR! Make that two in a row! They say, slash and slash hard. That’s what Markram does. A good length ball outside off, he throws the kitchen sink at it. The ball takes the thick outside edge and flies over the leaping second slip fielder. 4.1 : J Anderson to Markram, FOUR! Driven handsomely! Full and wide outside off, inviting the batter to go for the drive. Markram accepts it and creams the drive through covers. It races to the sweeper cover fence in a jiffy. 3.6 : S Broad to Hamza, Good length which is again outside off and Hamza has no problem letting this go to the keeper. 3.5 : S Broad to Hamza, Slightly fuller but once again way outside off, it is Broad this time. Hamza lets it be. 3.4 : S Broad to Hamza, Good length around off, Hamza works it towards mid on and thinks of a run but they decide against it as the ball went to the mid on fielder quickly. 3.3 : S Broad to Hamza, Just behind good length but outside off, Hamza allows it to go to the keeper. 3.2 : S Broad to Hamza, Nicely punched! A slightly fullish ball, Hamza strokes it past mid on and picks a couple of easy runs before the mid on fielder can get to the ball. 3.1 : S Broad to Markram, Fuller and on off, Markram tucks it towards mid-wicket and takes a single. 2.6 : J Anderson to Hamza, Fullish but once again outside off, Hamza shoulders arms once again. Anderson needs to get closer to off pole and make the batter play. 2.5 : J Anderson to Hamza, Around off on a length, Hamza defends it out. 2.4 : J Anderson to Hamza, Make that third leave in a row as Zubayr allows this good length ball outside off go to Buttler behind the wicket. 2.3 : J Anderson to Hamza, Fuller but very wide outside off, Hamza shows no interest as he shoulders arms. 2.2 : J Anderson to Hamza, Good length ball way outside off, Hamza lets it be. 2.1 : J Anderson to Hamza, Good length ball around off and middle, it is angled in. Hamza looks to defend but gets an inside edge on the thigh pads. 1.6 : S Broad to Markram, Fuller and outside off, Markram is not into driving as he lets it go to the keeper. 1.5 : S Broad to Markram, Outside off, Markram makes a leave. 1.4 : S Broad to Markram, Beaten! Beauty from Broad. A good length ball outside off, shaping away nicely. Markram plays at it but the ball goes away beating the outside edge and to the keeper. 1.3 : S Broad to Markram, Around off on a length, it is defended. 1.2 : S Broad to A Markram, FOUR! Shot! A fuller ball around off, Markram just comes forward and pushes it defensively. The mid on fielder dives to his left to stop but fails to do so. It races to the fence and Markram is off the mark in a nice fashion. 1.1 : S Broad to Hamza, Archer starts with a fuller ball on middle, Zubayr flicks it to deep square leg and changes end. 0.6 : Stuart Broad to bowl from the other end. J Anderson to Markram, In the channel outside off, Markram makes a leave. End of the first over and a successful one too. 0.5 : J Anderson to Markram, Good length ball around off, Markram defends it with a straight bat. 0.4 : J Anderson to Hamza, On the pads, Hamza works it fine down the leg side for a single. 0.3 : J Anderson to Z Hamza, Edgy FOUR! Hamza is off the mark! Anderson goes full just outside off, Hamza comes forward and defends. The ball takes the thick outside edge and goes to the third man fence. First boundary off the game! Not the way the hosts would have wanted it to come but they will take it. 0.2 : J Anderson to Hamza, Good length ball outside off, Hamza makes a leave. 0.1 : Zubayr Hamza is the new batsman in, quite early than he would’ve hoped. J Anderson to Elgar, OUT! Caught down the leg side! Wow! What a start! Dean Elgar is out of here on the first ball of the Boxing Day Test. Just a feather down the leg side but Anderson and England won’t care. 150th Test for Jimmy and what a start for England. A gentle length ball down the leg side. Elgar looks to tickle it fine off his pads but he can only get a feather behind. Buttler behind the wickets makes no mistake and England are off to a perfect start and well, South Africa, not sur 0.0 : We are all set to begin. The England players are out in the middle. Aiden Markram and Dean Elgar will open the batting for South Africa. James Anderson will start the proceedings for England. Here we go… The players from both the sides are coming out for the National Anthems first up. First it is for England and then that will be followed by South Africa. Faf du Plessis, South Africa skipper, says that they expected England to bowl first provided the kind of bowling unit they have. Tells that Day 2 and Day 3 will be good to bat on and then the coming days will see the cracks open up and wicket will get tricky. On Pakistan and England tour, Faf says that lot of things have happened for them but they are still standing and mentions that they’re looking forward to the new year. On retired experienced players like Smith, Boucher and Kallis taking imp Joe Root, England captain, says that the decision to bowl first is quite a tricky one but they would like to explore the grass on the wicket. Tells that Leach is unfit and hence the 5-seam attack for them. Talking about Stokes’ return, The England skipper says that the time is tough for him right now but he has decided to play this game. On Anderson’s 150th Test, Root says that as a fast bowler playing 150 Tests is a massive achievement. SOUTH AFRICA (PLAYING XI) – Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar, Zubayr Hamza, Rassie van der Dussen (Test DEBUT), Faf du Plessis (C), Quinton de Kock (WK), Dwaine Pretorius (TEST DEBUT), Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje. ENGLAND (Playing XI) – Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Joe Denly, Joe Root (C), Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (WK), Sam Curran, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, James Anderson. TOSS – Up goes the coin and it lands in the favour of England. THEY WILL BOWL FIRST. Christmas is over but not the festive season and as long as cricket is concerned, the next day after Christmas is always an important one. Why? Because in Australia and South Africa, both the teams host a Boxing Day Test. One in Australia has already started and the hosts are in a commanding position there. What will happen in this game? Here, South Africa is hosting England for a 4-Test series with the first one starting on the historic Boxing Day. England have a few health issues with several

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