FIRST SES­SION

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Faf du Plessis ad­mit­ted that af­ter win­ning the toss, the de­ci­sion to bat was a risky one. Yet it was one he was will­ing to take know­ing his play­ers had the men­tal for­ti­tude to do the job. With cloudy skies and a fresh pitch, the con­di­tions were ideal for James An­der­son and Stu­art Broad, who have pre­vi­ously thrived at this ground. SA faced 23 overs in a short­ened ses­sion, scored 56 runs for the loss of Dean El­gar’s wicket – a vi­tal plat­form from which South Africa built a solid first in­nings to­tal.

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