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South Africa thrash England

South Africa on Monday took a one-nil lead in the three-match series against England, beating the hosts by an innings and 12 runs and securing their first win at the Oval after a masterful display of top order batting.

By (AFP)

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Published: Wed 25 Jul 2012, 12:05 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 12:06 AM

Hashim Amla’s unbeaten 311, ably supported by 182 not out from veteran all-rounder Jacques Kallis and 131 Graeme Smith took the Proteas to 637 for 2 before they declared, setting England a target of 252 to make them bat again.

But with the hosts resuming on 102 for four, England were always facing an uphill battle to save the game and despite some resistance from Ian Bell (55) and Matt Prior (40), saving the task ultimately proved impossible.

England, however, had managed to survive the first session virtually unscathed, moving to 177 for five at lunch, with the only wicket to fall that of Ravi Bopara, who was bowled off an inside edge by Dale Steyn for 22 in the seventh over. Steyn bowled an accurate spell at the start of the day but his wicket came off a short, wide ball, which Bopara tried to punch to the off side, only to get a thick inside edge which caused the ball to crash into his stumps.

Bell was dropped by stand-in wicketkeeper AB de Villiers off leg-spinner Imran Tahir when he was on 20, with De Villiers failing to hold a thin edge in Tahir’s first over of the day, shortly before the morning drinks break. Bell and Bopara put on 50 for the fifth wicket and Bell found another useful partner in Matt Prior as the pair added 86 for the sixth wicket. Both batsmen were caught by Kallis — Prior off spinner Imran Tahir and Bell off Steyn after four-and-a-half hours at the crease and 220 balls.

Steyn took three wickets in 16 deliveries with the second new ball, including Bell’s, whom he had caught at second slip, giving him five for 56 and seven wickets in the match, as England could only manage 240 all out in their second innings.

Stuart Broad gloved a catch down the leg side in Steyn’s next over. He was given not out by umpire Asad Rauf but South Africa successfully sought a television review which showed the ball brushed his glove.


  • England, first innings, 385 (Cook 115, Prior 60, Morkel 4-72)
  • South Africa, first innings, 637-2 dec (Amla 311 no, Kallis 181 no, Smith 131)
  • England, second innings
(overnight 102-4):

A. Strauss c Philander b Imran Tahir 27

A. Cook c De Villiers b Philander 0

J. Trott c De Villiers b Steyn 10

K. Pietersen b Morkel 16

I. Bell c Kallis b Steyn 55

R. Bopara b Steyn 22

M. Prior c Kallis b Imran Tahir 40

T. Bresnan not out 20

S. Broad c De Villiers b Steyn 0

G. Swann c Petersen b Steyn 7

J. Anderson lbw b Imran Tahir 4

Extras (b11, lb15, nb12, w1) 39

Total (97 overs) 240

Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Cook), 2-32 (Trott), 3-57 (Pietersen), 4-67 (Strauss), 5-117 (Bopara), 6-203 (Prior), 7-210 (Bell), 8-210 (Broad), 9-218 (Swann)

Bowling: Morkel 16-0-41-1 (1nb, 1w), Philander 19-6-29-1 (1nb), Steyn 21-6-56-5, Imran Tahir 32-7-63-3 (6nb), Kallis 7-1-22-0, Duminy 2-1-3-0

Result: South Africa won by an innings and 12 runs

Series: South Africa lead the three-match series 1-0

Toss: England

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