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South Africa crush England inside 4 days

first_img(REUTERS) – SOUTH Africa swept to a 107-run victory over England on the fourth day of the first test at Centurion Park on Sunday after taking seven wickets in the second session to go ahead in the four-match series.England, needing an improbable 376 to win, were bowled out for 268 just before tea as their bottom order offered scant resistance to a barrage of pace once South Africa had taken the second new ball.Kagiso Rabada proved the destroyer-in-chief with 4-103, assisted by Anrich Nortje who took three wickets for 56 runs.“Our bowling unit was very effective and it is a massive confidence booster for our team,” said South Africa captain Faf du Plessis after arresting a run of five successive test defeats.“We played with great skills over the last two days with contributions from everyone.”England had been hoping for heroics in a delicately poised contest as they started the day on 121-1 and still looked capable of a dramatic win despite losing two wickets by lunch.But the turning point proved the key wickets of both England captain Joe Root and potential match-winner Ben Stokes.Kagiso Rabada struck with the new ball © Associated PressStokes, who had led England’s highest ever successful run chase when they scored 362-9 at Headingley to beat Australia earlier this year, was bowled by spinner Keshav Maharaj for 14 just as he and Root were increasing the run rate after England had gone to lunch on 171-3.The second new ball then accounted for Jonny Bairstow, who hit a boundary off Rabada before edging the second delivery of the 81st over to gully, where Zubayr Hamza took a sharp catch.Root battled his way to 48 before being caught behind, effectively ending England’s hopes.“We turned up today with a real belief that we could win but unfortunately we weren’t able to do it,” he said.He was undone by a fuller delivery from Nortje, playing a poor shot outside off stump and getting a nick through to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock.The last four wickets followed quickly thereafter as the tail was swept away by Rabada and Nortje.Rory Burns (84) and Joe Denly (31) were dismissed before lunch to tip the contest in the home team’s favour.The teams now move onto Cape Town for the second test at Newlands from Jan. 3-7.ScoreboardSouth Africa 1st innings 284 all out………………………………………………………..England 1st innings 181 all out………………………………………………………..South Africa 2nd innings 272 all out…………………………………………………………..England 2nd inningsRory Burns c Kagiso Rabada b Anrich Nortje 84Dominic Sibley c&b Keshav Maharaj 29Joe Denly lbw Dwaine Pretorius 31Joe Root c Quinton de Kock b Anrich Nortje 48Ben Stokes b Keshav Maharaj 14Jonny Bairstow c Zubayr Hamza b Kagiso Rabada 9Jos Buttler c Dwaine Pretorius b Kagiso Rabada 22Sam Curran c Quinton de Kock b Kagiso Rabada 9Jofra Archer c Rassie van der Dussen b Anrich Nortje 4Stuart Broad b Kagiso Rabada 6Extras 8b 3lb 0nb 0pen 1w 12Total (93.0 overs) 268 all outFall of Wickets : 1-92 Sibley, 2-139 Burns, 3-158 Denly, 4-204 Stokes, 5-222 Bairstow, 6-232 Root, 7-251 Curran, 8-256 Archer, 9-262 Buttler, 10-268 BroadDid Not Bat : AndersonBowling Ov Md Rn Wk Econ ExKagiso Rabada 24 3 103 4 4.29Vernon Philander 20 8 35 0 1.75Anrich Nortje 17 4 56 3 3.29 1wDwaine Pretorius 16 6 26 1 1.62Keshav Maharaj 16 3 37 2 2.31last_img

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