England lose on day 4

On the 3rd morning with a night watchman and a debutant in this is where England lost the game. They didn’t stick to a plan of bowling top of off and the were too impatient. South Africa got most of there wickets either caught behind or at first slip. When they finally pitched the ball up they finally got the big wicket of Van Der Dussen from Archer for 51. Archer although taking 5 wickets was expensive although he looked back someone near to his best. The batting was promising a 92 run opening stand before Sibley chipped one back of Maharaj. Sibley looked really frustrated after giving his wicket away in that manner. But at the close Burns had batted really well for 77 and Denly was 4 not out. On the first morning of day 4, Burns started well with good judgement outside off before he was surprised by the short ball of Nortje. He skied it up in the air with Rabada taking a comfortable catch. 21 runs later Denly, after making another start, missed a straight one and was out. There was a partnership between Root and Stokes of 46 but after that wickets fell regularly. Bairstwow, Butler and Curran all missing out. Root made 48 but it was not the match-winning innings England needed. They lost by 107 runs. A big performance in the next test is needed to get them back in the 4 match series.

One thought on “England lose on day 4

  1. England bowled too short in both innings – and although there were occasions when a miracle seemed possible, they did not deserve it. South Africa showed the way to handle this pitch and these conditions – full and straight forcing the batters to think about every delivery. England could not do that, and unlike South Africa with Maharaj who made the key breakthroughs today England had no one to bowl anything other than seam/pace.

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