England vs South Africa 4th Test Day 4 Highlights – Aug 7, 2017

Watch Eng v SA highlights today – fourth test day four from Old Trafford Manchester, Cricket Ground, Talbot Road, Manchester, M16 0PX (England) Monday 7th August 2017. Till Stumps day 3 England lead by 360 runs with 2 wickets remaining. England’s team captain JE Root scored 49 runs off 106 deliveries and out when it was 42.5 dragged on! A length ball outside off, keeps a little low, Root doesn’t get forward and it takes the toe end into the stumps. Second time in the match Olivier gets the England captain 129/5, he smashed six 4s in his innings.

England won the toss and elected to bat

England team
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.

BA Stokes contributed 23 runs, JM Bairstow † 10, MM Ali 67 off 59 not out, TS Roland-Jones 11. D Olivier took three wickets, KA Maharaj one, K Rabada two and M Morkel took also two wickets yet.

Match Timings: 11am start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00

South Africa tour of England 4th Test Highlights

Umpires – Aleem Dar, Kumar Dharmasena, Joel Wilson, Tom Lungley, Ranjan Madugalle.

England 362 and 224 for 8 (Moeen 67*, Broad 0*, Olivier 3-38) lead South Africa 226 (Bavuma 46, Anderson 4-38) by 360 runs.

South Africa battled back valiantly on an increasingly capricious pitch to give themselves a fleeting chance of chasing a sub-300-run target, only for Moeen Ali to throw caution to the wind, and sixes into the stands, in a blistering counterattack that has surely put the destiny of the series beyond any reasonable doubt.

By the time a long-threatened rain shower forced an early close, Moeen had overcome a circumspect beginning to clobber his way to 67 not out from 59 balls. It was a remarkable knock in an innings where only Joe Root, with 49, had looked anything approaching fluent, and it had taken England’s overall lead to 360 runs – far beyond anything ever chased on this ground before – with two wickets still standing.

However, the early stages of Moeen’s innings had not been entirely promising, in keeping with England’s overall performance in their second innings, which – Root’s effort aside – had showcased all too many of the weaknesses that have prevented them from attaining any real consistency in their Test cricket over the past 18 months. Much of the debate centred around the continued shortcomings of Dawid Malan and, especially, Keaton Jennings, whose latest failure has left his place in the side all but untenable.

With 110 runs in his first seven innings of the series, including a highest score of 48, Jennings knew he needed to make an impression to prevent the chorus of doubters from becoming deafening. And hard though he battled in England’s second innings – even with the cushion of a 136-run lead to assuage the pressure a touch – he rarely looked settled at any stage of his 63-ball stay. He was dropped on 0 before he had scored, Dean Elgar leaping to his left at third slip but failing to cling on, and though he found a degree of fluency in reaching 17 not out at lunch, the manner of his dismissal was limp in the extreme.

Facing up to the energetic Kagiso Rabada, Jennings lined up the cut as the bowler dropped short, but misjudged the line to catastrophic effect. Hashim Amla accepted a simple looping edge at first slip as if standing in the outfield for catching practice, and Jennings departed with the look of a man who knew that the bailiffs were circling to call in his borrowed time.