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Bavuma and De Bruyn lead Proteas fightback

Bavuma and De Bruyn lead Proteas fightback”

The scale of South Africa's task could be seen from the fact that only once, when the West Indies made 344 for one against England in 1984 with Gordon Greenige hitting an unbeaten double century, had a side made more than 300 in the fourth innings to win a Lord's Test. Elgar followed his England counterpart in leading the way with the bat but Broad and Moeen winkled out a wicket apiece during the middle session.

Quinton de Kock was promoted - understandably - and forged a little partnership with Temba Bavuma, and they represented South Africa's last hope.

One of the most successful skippers in the game, the 36-year-old scored 9,265 runs for his country in 117 Tests at an average of 48.25 before retiring in March 2014.

Then Hashim Amla, the team's best batsman, was lbw to Dawson for 11.

ALASTAIR COOK established a commanding position for England after they bowled South Africa out for 361 on day three of the first Investec Test at Lord's.

Two balls latter Dawson, who was selected to give no-nonsense ballast to the side, was heading lugubriously back to the pavilion, lbw for his second duck in three innings for England.

In what proved to be the last ball before tea, JP Duminy pulled Mark Wood to Ali at midwicket to be out for two.

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"Credit to the way Stokesy came out and played and then Moeen at the end", added Root.

England had earned a first-innings lead of 97 but still needed to bat well second time round, on a pitch likely to favour spin for the remainder of the match. He only had 7 when trying to hit Maharaj down the ground, only for Vernon Philander, who was fit to bowl after injuring his hand batting on the third day, to drop a simple catch at long-off. It is the first time since 1951 that an England off-spinner has claimed 10 wickets in a Test at Lord's.

South Africa's proud and spotless record at Lord's since returning to world cricket is under threat.

England had earlier scored a bit more freely post lunch following a hard first session in which they lost seven for 63, with Morné Morkel and Keshav Maharaj to the fore for the Proteas.

The Proteas' longstanding problems with no-balls continued as first Morne Morkel bowled Ben Stokes off an illegal delivery before spinner Keshav Maharaj committed the cardinal sin of overstepping as a tweaker in stumping Root. At 314-8, South Africa's lunch had soured.

Nearly to prove this, Jennings to get off the mark, poked into the off-side for a quick single and misjudged the proximity of the South African fielder. At the other end, Moeen looked to be continuing unflappably towards a hundred but Rabada beat an expansive drive with a delivery that moved in appreciably to clip off stump, leaving him 13 short of getting his name on the honours board.



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