Watch Eng v SA highlights today – fourth test day two from Old Trafford Manchester, Cricket Ground, Talbot Road, Manchester, M16 0PX (England) Saturday 5th August 2017. After winning the toss England team captain JE Root decided to bat first and England team scored 260 runs at first day with six down. Opener of the England’s team AN Cook scored 46 runs off 103 deliveries and dismissed when it was AN Cook. He smashed six 4s in his innings.
KK Jennings had not survived for so long and gone with 17 runs, T Westley contributed 29 runs, Captain himself JE Root scored 52 runs off 101 balls and out, DJ Malan scored 18.
England won the toss and elected to bat
AN Cook, KK Jennings, T Westley, JE Root (c), DJ Malan, BA Stokes, JM Bairstow †, MM Ali, TS Roland-Jones, SCJ Broad, JM Anderson.
South Africa team
K Rabada, D Elgar, HG Kuhn, HM Amla, Q de Kock †, F du Plessis (c), T Bavuma, TB de Bruyn, KA Maharaj, M Morkel, D Olivier.
Match Timings: 11am start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00
An absorbing day of Test-match cut and thrust finished with honours more or less even but with South Africa over-flowing with belief, thanks to a searing yorker from the final ball of Kagiso Rabada’s day that burst through the defences of England’s top-scorer and most potent threat, Ben Stokes. His stumps were splayed to bring to an end a 65-run stand for the sixth wicket with Jonny Bairstow and bring to the crease the nightwatchman, Toby Roland-Jones, who loitered at the non-striker’s end without facing a delivery as England closed on 260 for 6.
Each of England’s top six made starts, including the captain Joe Root, who went past 5000 runs in the course of his 52 – an innings which also equalled John Edrich’s England record of ten consecutive matches with at least a half-century. But, as a testing morning session under slate-grey skies gave way to perfect sun-kissed batting conditions in the afternoon, England’s recent propensity to squander solid positions with reckless intent threatened once again to destabilise their series prospects.
It had been a testing decision for Root to bat first after winning the toss. After several days of the most stereotypically grim Mancunian weather imaginable, the suspicion lingered that the surface, though ostensibly dry, could hardly have avoided absorbing a considerable amount of moisture in its preparation. And sure enough, England found the going tough from the outset, even in the absence of the one South Africa bowler most likely to have thrived in the seam-and-swing conditions.
South Africa tour of England 4th Test Highlights
Umpires – Aleem Dar, Kumar Dharmasena, Joel Wilson, Tom Lungley, Ranjan Madugalle.