Monday, December 28, 2009
England fight back after South African tail wags : T2 D2
England 1/103 (26.2 ov, A Strauss 54) trail South Africa 343 (108.3 ov, G Smith 75, J Kallis 75, A B de Villiers 50) on first innings by 240 runs with 9 wickets in hand: T1 D2 at Durban
Interesting day's play entirely under lights at an overcast Durban. First the last five South African wickets added 168, (58 of them coming from a Dale Steyn dominated last wicket partnership with Makhaya Ntini.
343 looked good until Andrew Strauss belted 54 from 67b (9x4) and took the wind out of the Proteas' sails. At least Morne Morkel dismissed him but that platform, and specifically the relatively easy manner in which it was achieved, will give England heart, South Africa food for thought and the spectators and viewers reason to keep watching (and hoping that the weather holds).