Eng­land set 474 to win 2nd Test against South Africa

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Eng­land were set a record tar­get of 474 to win the sec­ond Test against South Africa at Trent Bridge yes­ter­day. South Africa de­clared their sec­ond in­nings on 343 for nine shortly be­fore the close of the third day.

The most any side have made to win in the fourth in­nings of a Test is the West Indies’ 418 for seven against Aus­tralia at St John’s, An­tigua, in 2003. Hashim Amla top-scored for the Proteas on Sun­day with 87, opener Dean El­gar made 80 and re­turn­ing cap­tain Faf du Plessis 63. Off-spin­ner Moeen Ali took four for 78.

At tea, the Proteas were 236 for four in their sec­ond in­nings-a lead of 366 runs-af­ter Amla had fallen for 87. Re­turn­ing cap­tain Faf du Plessis was 42 not out and Temba Bavuma un­beaten on 12. South Africa’s cur­rent to­tal was al­ready well above the high­est ever score made to win in the fourth in­nings in 118 years of Test cricket at Trent Bridge-Eng­land’s 284 for six against New Zealand in 2004.

South Africa started the ses­sion on 160 for three, with Amla 61 not out and du Plessis four not out. Eng­land bowled tightly but with South Africa hav­ing es­tab­lished a com­mand­ing po­si­tion in the match, and so much time left in the game, there was no need for their fourth-wicket pair to take un­due risks.

Amla and du Plessis, both renowned for their pa­tience at the crease, were in­stead con­tent to pick off the loose ball, with the cap­tain cut­ting fast bowler Mark Wood and off-driv­ing Stu­art Broad for four apiece. Mean­while Amla’s trade­mark wristy flick off James An­der­son gave him a bound­ary and he raised South Africa’s 200 with a del­i­cate swept four against off-spin­ner Moeen Ali.

But clos­ing in on what would have been his 27th Test cen­tury and sev­enth against Eng­land, Amla-who made 78 in the first in­nings-fell 13 short this time around. Try­ing to whip left-arm spin­ner Liam Daw­son, whom he’d ear­lier hit for a straight six to com­plete his fifty, Amla was struck on the pad as he went down the pitch Um­pire Paul Reif­fel, the for­mer Aus­tralia seamer re­jected the lbw ap­peal but Eng­land re­viewed his de­ci­sion and, with re­plays show­ing the ball straight­en­ing into mid­dle stump, Amla-who made South Africa’s Test record 311 not out against Eng­land at The Oval in 2012 — was out.

It was the end of a near five-hour in­nings of 180 balls in­clud­ing 14 fours and that lone six. South Africa, well beaten by 211 runs in the first of a four-match se­ries at Lord’s last week-a match du Plessis missed fol­low­ing the birth of his first child-re­sumed Sun­day on 75 for one. They were al­ready 205 runs ahead with three days left in the game. El­gar was 38 not out and Amla 23 not out. James An­der­son, who took five for 72 in South Africa’s first in­nings 335 — the sev­enth Test five-for recorded by Eng­land’s all­time lead­ing wicket-taker at Trent Bridge-beat El­gar’s out­side edge.—AFP

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