About the Match
A scintillating victory by England over hosts South Africa by a whopping 241 runs has put them in the driver’s seat in the 4-match Test Series; this win has definitely boosted the morale in the English camp after a poor run through the year and they will now to consolidate their position with another win in the upcoming 2nd Test at Cape Town that starts on 2nd January. South Africa, on the other hand, being the No.1 test side, will not take this defeat lying down and will try to bounce back with a much better performance over the weekend.
Steyn took 4 wickets in the first innings giving away less than 3 runs per over to stifle the opposition; Morkel partnered well as he also took 4 scalps and helped restrict England to 303 runs. The 2nd innings saw Piedt downing 5 English batsmen to cause worry in the opposition camp; however, the good efforts of the bowlers went in vain as the batting line-up failed to dominate in both innings and couldn’t reach the target of 416 runs.
Dean Elgar struck a well-made 118 while AB de Villiers missed his half-century by 1 run in the first innings; however, the others fell like a pack of cards and in the second innings too players like Amla, Faf du Plessis and others couldn’t impress with the bat, failing miserably to catch up with the English.
The bowlers are in good form with Morkel, Steyn and Kyle Abbott showing consistency with the wickets; Dane Piedt impressed with his spin and will be eager to come up with helpful breakthroughs again. The batsmen need to pull up their socks and come back stronger if they want to avoid another humiliating defeat on home turf.
It was sweet victory for England and they will now look to continue with their winning momentum here in the second test; Nick Compton and James Taylor scripted the lead as they scored 85 and 70 runs respectively while Stokes, Bairstow, Finn and Broad added some valuable runs to the board. The 2nd innings saw Root come up with a well-made 73 while Bairstow followed it with a good knock of 79 runs to take the target to 416 runs against South Africa.
Steven Finn held the key to pressurising the hosts and restricting them from reaching the target as he took 4-42 in his 15-over spell; Moeen Ali claimed 3 wickets to remove any sign of a comeback by the Proteans while Woakes, Broad and Stokes took a wicket each in regular intervals. Broad and Ali had taken 4 wickets each on the first innings while Finn took 2 scalps to stifle the opponents.
England surged to a 214-run victory thanks mainly to a strong show by the bowlers; Ali was awarded player of the match award and he looks good to come out with all firepower yet again. The batsmen have done well till now and if they can build a good foundation, then this team could once again prove to be a tough unit to crack.
While England enjoys the 1-0 lead in the series and looks confident to come out all guns blazing, we feel that South Africa will fight harder this time and bounce back with a much-needed win here