Elgar‚ Amla century stand keeps SA on top
Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla posted a century stand to keep South Africa in control of the second test at Trent Bridge on Sunday‚ but England struck back by taking two important wickets.
The visitors were 160/3 in their second innings at lunch on the third day‚ a lead of 290.
History is on South Africa’s side — the highest target achieved in a test at Trent Bridge was the 284/6 England made to beat New Zealand in June 2004.
Amla stood firm for more than three hours and faced 109 balls for his unbeaten 61. Faf du Plessis was four not out.
Elgar and Amla took their partnership‚ which was worth 57 at stumps on Saturday‚ to 135 before Ben Stokes broke through in the fifth over before lunch.
Stokes had set a field for the short ball‚ and Elgar fell into the trap by attempting an ill-judged hook that looped off the top edge of his bat and was caught at square leg.
It wasn’t the stroke of a man who had‚ as Elgar had‚ been at the crease for more than three hours‚ faced 136 balls and hit 12 fours in his 80.
Four balls later Quinton de Kock edged James Anderson to wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow to go for a single.
Heartened as England were by their progress‚ they should have seen the back of Elgar and Amla earlier in the day.
In the sixth over Stuart Broad found the edge of Amla’s bat and Bairstow took the catch‚ and South Africa should have been 92/2.
But England’s appeal was half-hearted and they did not refer the decision‚ and Amla survived on 25 not out.
In Broad’s next over Elgar‚ on 55 with the score 94/1‚ slashed to gully — where James Anderson dropped a difficult chance.