By CricketCountry Staff
London: Aug 20, 2012
South Africa beat England on day five of the third Test at Lord's on Monday to become the number one ranked Test team.
Vernon Philander took five wickets in the second innings for South Africa as England struggled to chase a huge total on the fifth day.
The Proteas had to face stiff resistance from wicket-keeper batsman Matt Prior but he was dismissed by Philander as England needed just 52 runs to win.
Brief Scores: South Africa 309 & 351 (Hashim Amla 121, AB de Villiers 43; Steven Finn 4 for 74) beat England 315 & 294 (Matt Prior 73, Jonathan Trott 63, Jonny Bairstow 54; Vernon Philander 5 for 30) by 51 runs.
Man-of-the-match: Vernon Philander (South Africa)
Man-of-the-series: Hashim Amla (South Africa) & Matt Prior (England)