South Africa vs England, 1st Test

    Basil D Oliveira Trophy, 2019/20 | 1st Test | Thursday 26th December | 08:00
    Day - 4,  Match Ended
    South Africa
    & 272 (61.4) RR:4.41
    & 268 (93.0) RR:2.88
    • Commentary
    • Scorecard
    • Match Info
    • South Africa 1st inningsSA 1st inn
    • England 1st inningsENG 1st inn
    • South Africa 2nd inningsSA 2nd inn
    • England 2nd inningsENG 2nd inn

    So that is it from the final international game of the year and decade. It is South Africa who take the lead in this 4-match series and start their new tenure under Head Coach Mark Boucher with a win and end the year on a high. With this win, South Africa open their account in the ICC World Test Championship. The series now moves to the 2nd Test in Cape Town. That match will begin on 3rd January. Join us at 1030 Local (0830 GMT) for that one. Till then, goodbye and have a great end to the year!

    For his brilliant batting performance with the bat in the first innings and his record breaking catches behind the stumps, Quinton de Kock has been named the Man of the Match. De Kock says that he walked out and understood the situation. Credits the English bowlers for bowling well on the wicket and troubling them. Quinton admits when he went out, he had thought of leaving the balls but says his mind made him do a lot of things other than the plan and he played his shots. On his hand, Quinton says finger is all good but laughs and says that he has a keeper's finger and thinks it might be sore tomorrow.

    South Africa skipper, Faf du Plessis says that they knew that the last couple of months as a Test team had been difficult for them. Says it was a good Test as both the teams toiled hard for this win. Tells everyone is happy and thinks this is a start of a new chapter and they are once again improving as a team but is aware that it is going to be a tough task. On Philander's bowling, he says he bowled well but then also says that both the sides bowled really well. Tells Day 3 was good to bat as the pitch started to get a bit soft under heavy clouds. Faf says they knew they had to be patient and knew they could attack and do the damage with the second new ball. Credits Nortje and Rabada for their performances and says that he hopes they can get a couple of more new, young talented bowlers as Philander is moving for pastures new and they need a few bowlers to replace him.

    Joe Root, the England skipper. He says that it has been a really tough week for them. Adds that some went down with a bug over the last week but credit to them for giving a tough fight. Says that it has not been long since they have seen such chases from a similar group of players. States that they were in a similar position at Headingley but then they got over the line. Adds they lost the game during the collapse in the first innings but is pleased with a better performance in the second. Credits the South Africans for playing brilliantly. On Archer, he says that he bowled really well and will keep on learning.

    Time now for the presentation as we find out what the skippers have to say and who is named the Man of the Match.

    It was a good bowling performance from the hosts in the final innings. They were made to toil hard at the start but they kept their cool and did not lose their patience. It paid off once again as they were able to wrap up the tourists for 268 and win the game with a comfortable margin of 107 runs. Rabada and Nortje were the pick of the bowlers in the second innings, picking up 4 and 3 wickets respectively. The lone front line spinner, Keshav Maharaj was good with the ball as well as he picked up the two crucial wickets of Dominic Sibley and the game-changing wicket of Ben Stokes. Philander went wicketless in the second innings whereas debutant Pretorius got the crucial wicket of Denly. All-in-all it was a solid bowling performance by the hosts.

    England gave a strong reply and got the chase off to a solid start. Openers Burns and Sibley watched off the difficult times with the new ball and mustered a 92-run opening stand before Sibley departed. Denly then joined Burns and the duo continued the good work before Burns fell 16 short of his century. Denly too did not last long but Stokes and Root once again calmed the nerves. There, though was another English collapse on the cards. At one stage it looked like England would take it home with the scorecard reading 222/4, the visitors capitulated and were bowled out for 268.

    South Africa started their 2nd innings with a lead of 103 but they, once again, got off to a torrid start. They were stuttering with the score reading 62/4, with the lead of just 165. But Rassie van der Dussen and nightwatchman Anrich Nortje calmed the hosts' nerves with their 91-run stand. Rassie scored his maiden fifty whereas Nortje scored a very crucial 40. Vital contributions from Quinton de Kock and Vernon Philander took the Proteas' lead to 375, which was too much for the visitors in the end. Jofra Archer was expensive with the ball but ended up with a 5-wicket haul.

    In reply, England had to take the lead to justify their skipper's decision to bowl first. They got off to a good start but a batting collapse from the visitors saw them going from 142/3 to being bowled out for 181. Only 4 batters could go past the score of 20 and thanks to Denly's 50, they managed to have some respectability to the total. Vernon Philander was the star for the Proteas with the ball as his consistent lines and lengths continued to ask questions and he ended up with a 4-fer.

    After winning the toss and opting to bowl, Root's controversial decision seemed to be paying off as the hosts were struggling at 111/5 but Quinton de Kock's 95 took the hosts' score to 284 and that proved to be a big turning point. Sam Curran was the star with the ball as he picked up a 4-fer. Broad too ended up with 4 wickets in the first innings.

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