Keshav Maharaj ran through England's middle order © Getty Images
Keshav Maharaj ran through England’s middle order © Getty Images

South Africa made a mockery of England on Day Two of the second Test at Trent Bridge. Resuming at 309 for 6, Proteas were outplayed by James Anderson, but came back strongly courtesy a fine bowling performance. As a result, a 130-run lead turned out to be beneficial for the visitors, who are now well-placed at 75 for 1 at stumps on the second day. The overall lead has surged to 205 runs. It was another entertaining day’s play with wickets tumbling, Joe Root continuing his merry run as skipper and Proteas’ firing in all cylinders; thereby moving on from the disappointments at Lord’s. Let us walk through some of the key moments:

Anderson runs through South Africa’s lower order

South Africa were gutsy with their approach on opening day of the second Test. At 309 for 6, with two set batsmen, they were eyeing over 350. However, Anderson again hogged the limelight in his favourite ground, that is, Trent Bridge. He became the first pacer to scalp 300 wickets at home on Friday, and wreaked havoc over Proteas’ lower order with a five-for on Day Two. As a result, visitors succumbed to 335 all-out.

Root rescues England after early setbacks

Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel led Proteas’ charge with early breakthroughs. Philander removed Cook off an inswinger which hit his pads. Keaton Jennings perished on the very next ball, to Morkel, with a thick edge outside off stump.

Nonetheless, Root continued to lift his side’s spirits with a flamboyant half-century. The English skipper displayed all strokes and got to his fifty off just 40 balls.

Morkel’s lengthy spell rattles Root

Undoubtedly, the turning point of the day was the long spell bowled by Morkel. He was persisted by Faf du Plessis and removed Root in the second session when the 26-year-old was set for a big innings. Root went for an ambitious drive and was caught behind by Quinton de Kock for 78.

Root’s dismissal led to a flurry of wickets as England slipped further.

England never recovered since then and folded for 205, thereby trailing South Africa by 130 runs.

In reply, South Africa lost only one wicket in the second innings. A total of 15 wickets fell on Saturday with the South African bowlers leading the way. They will certainly tune in to the day’s highlights and prepare well the following day to push England completely out of the contest. Will it be a Hashim Amla special on Sunday? Or Anderson has few tricks left up his sleeve to inject competition into the match?