South Africa were going great at 83 for 1, ahead by 43 runs when Dean Elgar’s dismissal triggered a collapse. 9 wickets fell for just 86 runs as the inexperienced middle-order was swung away with absolute disdain by the hosts. They needed a lift when they came out defending an insufficient 130, but things went downhill after Kagiso Rabada saw Marco Jansen dropping a sitter first ball. Heads dropped and errors propped up as the two under-fire openers benefited. If Alex Lees enjoyed the fortune off Rabada, Zac Crawley got at least three reprieves as he raced to a morale boosting half-century, his first of the season.
A Zac Crawley 50! Ben Stokes’ loyalty paying off. What a summer of Test cricket. England about to win it 6-1 against New Zealand, India and South Africa. Absolutely sensational. pic.twitter.com/RH8JcPWXFA
— Matthew Stadlen (@MatthewStadlen) September 11, 2022