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Amla, De Villiers defy England

By The Assam Tribune

CAPE TOWN, Jan 4: Steven Finn broke a defiant partnership when he had AB de Villiers caught shortly before tea on the third day of the second Test between South Africa and England at Newlands today.

South Africa were 290 for three at tea, still 339 runs behind England�s first innings total of 629 for six declared.

De Villiers was out for 88 after he and captain Hashim Amla put on 183 in a third wicket partnership that lasted for two minutes short of five hours.

Amla, who survived two chances, was unbeaten on 132, his first Test century since he made 208 against the West Indies in Centurion in December 2014.

Amla was dropped by James Anderson at slip off Joe Root when he was on 76 and by Nick Compton at backward point off Steven Finn when he had 120.

Both men batted solidly for the most part but had anxious moments which required decisions by television umpire Rod Tucker.

Amla managed to get his bat down just in time after Finn deflected a drive by De Villiers into the stumps at the bowler�s end.

De Villiers was given out leg before wicket to Ben Stokes by umpire Aleem Dar when he had 85 but De Villiers immediately sought a review which showed the ball had gone off an inside edge onto his pad.

De Villiers scored only three more runs before he pulled a short ball from Finn hard but straight to Anderson at midwicket.

He had defied the England bowlers for 298 minutes and 211 balls, hitting 12 fours and a six.

Amla, who had averaged 15.00 in his previous ten Test innings, batted solidly apart from his two chances, reaching his 24th Test century off 214 balls when he hit the 16th four of his innings.

SCORECARD (at tea)

England, first innings, 629-6 dec

South Africa, first innings (overnight 141-2): D Elgar c Compton b Stokes 44, S Van Zyl run out (Compton) 4, H Amla not out 132, A De Villiers c Anderson b Finn 88, F Du Plessis not out 15. Extras: (lb3, w4) 7. Total: (2 wkts, 97 overs) 290. Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-85, 3-268. Bowling: Anderson 18-4-46-0, Broad 17-4-46-0, Ali 23-6-71-0, Finn 19-3-60-1, Root 3-1-11-0, Stokes 17-2-53-1. � AFP

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