Eng­land build on Bairstow’s dash­ing 99 in fourth Test

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

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.

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