Monday, January 04, 2010

England Blow Tail Away To Restrict South Africa To 291

An amazing four wickets for twelve runs in seventeen balls at the start of the day saw England bowl South Africa out with Jimmy Anderson collecting his 8th five-wicket haul in test cricket.

Graham Onions started the procession by producing a superb ball to dismiss overnight centurion Jaques Kallis. He was not able to add to his overnight score of 108 as he was caught behind off a very decent ball that bounced and nipped away.

Dale Steyn (26) too was unable to reproduce any heroics as he nudged forward to Jimmy Anderson next over and was well taken head high by Jonathan Trott at third slip. Graham Swann then put his earlier drop behind him by taking a brilliant diving catch at third slip to dismiss Morne Morkel third ball for nought.

Although de Wet (0) referred his LBW in a last ditch effort to get off the mark, he was last out to give Anderson (5-63) his fifth wicket of the innings as South Africa completed their first innings on 291.

An action-filled half hour was to continue as Morkel then took the wicket of England Captain Andrew Strauss in the first over for a duck, caught behind driving as England began the run chase from 0-1

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