SA vs ENG Live Cricket Score, Basil D'Oliveira Trophy, 2017 Commentry

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So that's it from us for this game. We hope you enjoyed our coverage. This series is now up and alive thanks to the visitors. The coming two Tests will be good ones, hopefully. The third Test starts from July 27, 2017 at The Oval. Action begins at 1100 local (1000 GMT). We look forward to your company. Until then, it's goodbye and take care.

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96.1 was the overs faced by England in this Test - the last time they faced less than 100 overs in a home Test, getting all-out in both innings, was at Headingley in Ashes 2009. Just sums up the dismal performance put in by them. They have now lost 6 of their last 8 Tests and there has been a collapse almost every Test.

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VERNON PHILANDER (MAN OF THE MATCH) admits that they were all disappointed after the Lord's defeat and were determined to put their hands up in this game. Opines that he was a bit gingerly in the first Test after coming from an injury and reveals that he felt better in this game. Mentions with a smile that he always relishes bowling to left-handers, which England had plenty of. Feels that the ploy of playing an extra bowler eased his workload as a bowler although he had more responsibility with the bat. Nevertheless, states that he enjoyed it. Lauds Morne Morkel for his spirited spells and praises the bowlers for a collective effort. Also has a word of praise for the batsmen, especially on day one when conditions were tricky. Ends by saying that it was a perfect team effort by South Africa.

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FAF DU PLESSIS feels that they did their basics better and put England under pressure for a longer period of time. Mentions that they wanted to do well for the coach who flew home for personal reasons. They wanted to do it for him. Opines that they focused on things that worked for them before. He opines that they let England dominate them in the first Test so they aimed to change that around. Is happy that they did not let go of the intensity. Credits Amla and Kuhn's partnership in the first innings, Morkel for his bowling throughout the game. Lauds Maharaj's efforts since he kept the pressure on. On the long break, he is happy that players will get time away from the game and shall be fresh for the next Test.

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JOE ROOT feels that it's been contrasting emotions in the last two weeks for his team. Hopes that they can turn things around quickly. Cites South Africa's turnaround as an example for his side to follow in the next game. Admits that the loss is difficult to explain and says that perhaps South Africa adapted to conditions better. The nature of the capitulation today does disappoint him but he feels that they will bounce back from it. Doesn't feel there are too many concerns about the top order and expects them to fire soon. Accepts that Wood's figures haven't been great but states that he cannot fault the pacer's commitment. Accepts that England is a side with flaws and wants his side to rectify their mistakes as soon as possible.

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The Englishmen who like to play their shots found out that while they can pull it off in colored clothing, Test cricket demands more respect and application from the batsmen. With no appetite for a fight, they were rolled over for 133 in the second innings. Vernon Philander was once again the man who led the way with a 3-wicket haul. He was well backed up by Keshav Maharaj, who looks innocuous but packs a punch.

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Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock led the way with the bat to help them post a massive total in tough batting conditions. Yes, James Anderson took another five-wicket haul but that was all that went England's way. The South African bowlers hunted the English down in packs to take a 130-run lead. Fifties for Amla, Dean Elgar and Faf du Plessis ensured that hosts were chasing a massive total. Special mention to Vernon Phlander who stepped with both bat and ball.

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Faf du Plessis returns, South Africa return and they have leveled the series at Trent Bridge inflicting the biggest loss on England at this ground. What an inspirational leader he is and in just a matter of days he has turned things around for his side. It was a brave call to bat first and it shows how confidence rubs off on the players.

44.2
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Duanne Olivier to James Anderson

OUT! All over! Banged in short and outside off, Anderson has a tame poke at it and only manages to get an outside edge to the keeper for a simple catch. Olivier has two wickets to show but what a game for the visitors. SOUTH AFRICA WIN BY 340 RUNS!

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James Anderson is the last man in.

44.1
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Duanne Olivier to Mark Wood

OUT! Easy as you like! Shorter in length from Olivier on the body of Wood. Mark is taken back by the bounce, he looks to fend it but the ball gets big on him and goes off the face of the bat to Morris at gully for a simple catch. Wood gets a golden duck and Olivier has a wicket to his name. South Africa a wicket away!

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Duanne Olivier brought back on for a bowl. He has had the least of the work to do. Can he clean up the tail?

43.6
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Keshav Maharaj to Liam Dawson

Floats it around middle, Dawson comes forward and defends it.

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Mark Wood comes out to bat. Penultimate man in.

43.5
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Keshav Maharaj to Stuart Broad

OUT! One more throws it away! Bowls it outside off, Broad wants to go big. He looks to go over mid-wicket but has not hit that well. Morkel in the deep has the easiest of catches to take. Must laud England for the ease with which they have found the fielders.

43.4
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Keshav Maharaj to Stuart Broad

Floats it around off, Broad shapes to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads.

43.3
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Keshav Maharaj to Liam Dawson

Dawson now sweeps one through backward square leg for a single.

43.2
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Keshav Maharaj to Stuart Broad

Gets across and paddles this down towards fine leg for a single.

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Something has gone into the eyes of Broad and he makes Maharaj stop in his delivery stride.

43.1
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Keshav Maharaj to Liam Dawson

Floats it around off, driven to long off for a single by Dawson.

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