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England win, SA slip from top spot

By The Assam Tribune

JOHANNESBURG, Jan 16: Stuart Broad produced a sensational display of fast bowling as England swept to a series-clinching victory over South Africa on the third day of the third Test at the Wanderers Stadium on Saturday.

Broad took six for 17 as South Africa were bowled out for 83 in their second innings. England won by seven wickets to take a winning 2-0 lead into the final Test in Centurion next week. Broad ripped the heart out of the South African batting, taking the first five wickets for one run in the space of 31 balls after lunch.

The defeat toppled South Africa from top spot on the International Cricket Council�s Test rankings. England led on the first innings by 10 runs after being bowled out for 323 and the match was evenly poised as South African opening batsmen Dean Elgar and Stiaan van Zyl put on 23 runs at the start of the second innings, with Broad having conceded 13 of the runs.

Then Broad struck, having Elgar caught behind off a ball that lifted and moved away from the left-hander. Van Zyl was dropped, a difficult chance to James Anderson at third slip, and the single that was taken as the ball looped away was to prove the only run that Broad conceded while tearing the heart out of the batting.

Van Zyl was caught at gully. South African captain AB de Villiers came out to a roar of appreciation from a near-capacity crowd but was caught behind for nought off a delivery which cut back sharply to take an inside edge.

Hashim Amla was superbly caught at short leg by James Taylor off a full-blooded leg glance and Temba Bavuma was bowled when he ducked to avoid a short ball which hit his glove and went on to the stumps.

Morkel tested Alastair Cook with some fast, lifting deliveries at the start of England�s second innings, but he and Hales took England to within ten runs of victory before part-time spinner Elgar dismissed Hales and Nick Compton in successive overs.


South Africa 1st innings: 313.

England 1st innings (overnight 238-5): A Cook c Vilas b Viljoen 18, A Hales c De Villiers b Rabada 1, N Compton c Elgar b Rabada 26, J Root c Vilas b Rabada 110, J. Taylor c Bavuma b Morkel 7, B Stokes c and b Morkel 58, J. Bairstow c Van Zyl b Rabada 45, M. Ali c Vilas b Morris 19, S. Broad b Rabada 12, S. Finn c Vilas b Morkel 0, J Anderson not out 0; Extras (b1, lb14, nb3, w9) 27. Total (76.1 overs) 323. Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-22, 3-74, 4-91, 5-202, 6-242, 7-279. Bowling: Morris 15-1-71-1, Rabada 23.1-5-78-5, Morkel 20-1-76-3, Viljoen 15-0-79-1, Van Zyl 3-0-4-0.

South Africa 2nd innings: D Elgar c Bairstow b Broad 15, S van Zyl c Stokes b Broad 11, H Amla c Taylor b Broad 5, A de Villiers c Bairstow b Broad 0, F du Plessis c and b Broad 14, T Bavuma b Broad 0, D Vilas c Taylor b Finn 8, C Morris b Stokes 1, K Rabada c Bairstow b Stokes 16, H Viljoen lbw b Anderson 6, M Morkel not out 4. Extras (lb2, nb1) 3. Total (33.1 overs): 83. Fall of wickets: 1-23, 2-28, 3-30, 4-31, 5-35, 6-45, 7-46, 8-67, 9-77. Bowling: Anderson 10-1-26-1, Broad 12.1-6-17-6, Stokes 8-1-24-2, Finn 3-0-14-1.

England 2nd innings: A Cook c Vilas b Morris 43, A Hales lbw b Elgar 18, N Compton c Morkel b Elgar 0, J Root not out 4, J Taylor not out 2; Extras (b4, lb2, w1) 7. Total (3 wkts, 22.4 overs) 74. Fall of wickets: 1-64, 2-68, 3-71. Bowling: Morkel 5-2-7-0, Rabada 4-0-28-0, Viljoen 4-2-15-0 (1w), Morris 6-2-8-1, Elgar 3.4-1-10-2. � AFP

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