In the third and deciding test between England and South Africa, which took place on Saturday at the Oval, Ollie Robinson delivered his best numbers for England before South Africa hit back.
After a moment of silence was observed in remembrance of Queen Elizabeth II by the cricket community on Saturday at the Oval, the third and deciding test of the series began. Ollie Robinson posted his highest numbers for England before South Africa hit back.
South Africa was bowled out for just 118 runs after Sussex seamer Robinson got 5 wickets in 14 overs for Sussex. This was Robinson’s third five-wicket innings haul in 11 career Tests. Stuart Broad, a veteran who is known for his quickness, scored 4-41. However, after an amazing third day — which was also the first active one in the match — England’s score stood at 154-7, giving them a lead of only 36 runs.
Left-arm quickness from South Africa After being unluckily left out of the second Test, Marco Jansen led the Proteas in scoring with 30 runs in their meagre total. He then proceeded to dismiss England’s top four batsmen as he took four wickets for 34 runs in 11 overs.
Then, the quick spinner Kagiso Rabada took the crucial wicket of Ollie Pope, who was dismissed for 67 on the ground that he calls home in Surrey.
After a brilliant 77-ball innings that included 52 runs in boundaries and was stopped in a mild manner, Pope’s innings came to an end when he fenced at a good-length ball outside off stump and was caught behind, much to his obvious displeasure.
The county of Surrey and England Ben Foakes, who had just coming off an undefeated hundred in the second test that was played at Old Trafford, was wicketkeeper and was 11 not out. Even though the floodlights were on, play was called off due to poor lighting just over half an hour before the scheduled end time of 1800 GMT. Robinson was still undefeated on three at the time.
There are now only three days left of the tournament after the first day was washed out and no bowling was done. On Friday, there was also no play because of the passing of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch on Thursday.
However, South Africa defeated England at Lord’s within three days by an innings and 12 runs, and this was before the hosts were as swift as they were when they won the second Test in Manchester by an innings and 85 runs.
Stokes, who had previously won the toss on Thursday, decided to bowl first on Saturday, when the circumstances were overcast and favourable for bowlers.
After observing a minute of silence in remembrance of the Queen and hearing “God Save the King” performed at a major sporting event for the first time during the reign of Charles III, South Africa’s persistent issues at the top of the order were brought back into the spotlight.
A superb ball from Robinson was able to dismiss South Africa’s captain and most experienced batsman, Dean Elgar, for just one run. Elgar was bowled between bat and pad by the delivery.
The legendary English bowler James Anderson then got Elgar’s opening partner Sarel Erwee caught behind for a duck, bringing South Africa’s score to 32-5 in the first hour of the match.
However, Khaya Zondo, in his first innings of a Test match, replied to a hopeless position by lofting spinner Jack Leach for six.
The score went from 36-6 to 72-7 as a result of him and Jansen’s combined efforts.
Zondo, on the other hand, was dismissed for 23 in the first over after lunch as he fended at a raising delivery from Broad.
In the space of one over from Broad, Jansen was out of the game twice before edging the ball to Joe Root at first slip.
Alex Lees (13), who was failing to get off the mark, and Zak Crawley (five), who was struggling to get off the mark, were both removed by the towering Jansen, who bowled them between bat and pad with an inswinging ball. England have had their own batting issues.
As soon as tea was served, the hosts went from 84-2 to 84-3 when Root, who was chasing a wide delivery from Jansen, was caught by Keegan Petersen at third slip for 23. This was the first time in the series that the star batsman had reached double digits in a score.
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