England build on Bairstow’s dashing 99 in fourth Test
MANCHESTER: Jonny Bairstow struck a dashing 99 before England’s bowlers made inroads into South Africa’s top order on the second day of the fourth Test at Old Trafford yesterday. At tea, South Africa were 93 for three in reply to England’s first innings 362 — a deficit of 269 runs.
Temba Bavuma was 30 not out and Faf du Plessis, the South Africa captain, six not out, with the Proteas needing a win in Manchester if they were to end this four-match series all square at 2-2. But they’d so far found runs hard to come by, with their batsmen as yet unable to disrupt England’s bowlers.
James Anderson, England’s all-time leading wicket-taker, needed just three balls to strike from the newly-named James Anderson End at his Lancashire home ground when Dean Elgar, fresh from a gutsy secondinnings hundred in South Africa’s 239-run defeat in the third Test at The Oval, was lbw for a duck shortly before lunch.
Hashim Amla looked in typically stylish touch while making 30, punching Stuart Broad off the back foot for a well-struck four. But for the third time in as many innings, he fell to Toby Roland-Jones after the Middlesex paceman had twice removed him cheaply on his Test debut at The Oval.
Amla glanced Roland-Jones off his pads for four only to fall next ball when, trying to play a similar shot to a worse delivery, he was caught down the legside by wicket-keeper Bairstow to leave the Proteas struggling at 47 for two.
Once again this series, Bavuma came into bat needing to rebuild the innings. He and Kuhn went about the task steadily without ever looking like wresting back the initiative from England’s attack. After several overs of determined defence, a mix-up nearly saw Bavuma run out only for bowler Moeen Ali to miss the stumps as he gathered a throw from mid-off.