Jofra Archer’s five-for put England in command:
South Africa vs England, the home side resumed their innings from 72/4 after a weak start to their innings at the end of Day 3.
The debutant Rassie van der Dussen scored his maiden half-century while sharing a 91 runs partnership with Anrich Nortje to bring South Africa back into the game. Anrich Nortje added 40 runs from 89 deliveries before getting dismissed by Jofra Archer.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock who scored 95 runs during the first innings, could only contribute 34 runs from 37 balls in the second innings. Allrounder Vernon Philander added 46 runs from 68 deliveries towards the end as South Africa finished their second innings on 272 runs, setting up a target of 376 runs.
No fifty for Vernon Philander!
South Africa set England 376 to win the first Test.#SAvENG pic.twitter.com/QgXIon6U4x
— ICC (@ICC) December 28, 2019
Jofra Archer bowled 17 overs for the visiting side, securing 5 wickets and conceding 102 runs. It was Jofra Archer’s third 5-wicket haul in the 7th Test match of his career. Ben Stokes bowled 8 overs and secured 2 wickets for 22 runs. Sam Curran, James Anderson, and Stuart Broad took 1 wicket each.
South Africa vs England, Rory Burns paves the path to victory with his unbeaten 77:
England required 376 runs to win the match. The visitors had a fantastic start to their game as both their openers shared a 92 runs partnership for the first wicket. Dom Sibley lost his wicket to Keshav Maharaj after scoring 29 runs from 90 deliveries. It was Rory Burns who kept the wheel rolling for England with his undefeated 77 from 117 balls.
Joe Denly is also standing not out with 10 runs on 39 balls. England will resume their innings on Day 4 from 121/1 and they require another 255 runs to win 1st Test against South Africa. The match will likely yield a result on Day 4.