By CricketCountry Staff
London: Jul 23, 2012
Dale Steyn bagged five-wickets while Imran Tahir snapped three wickets as South Africa registered innings and 12 runs win to clinch the first of the five-match series against England at the Kennington Oval on Monday.
Steyn came back to with the new ball to break the England resistance with the wicket of Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann, while Tahir dismissed Matthew Prior and James Anderson to end the England resistance.
Ian Bell topped scored with 55 while he was ably supported by Prior with a gritty 40.
Earlier, the duo led England’s fightback after they lost Ravi Bopara early on in the first session of the final day’s play.
England lost only one wicket in form of Bopara, who fell to pacer Dale Steyn after showing positive intent in the morning session.
Earlier, a triple hundred by Hashim Amla and a well-designed century on day four by all-rounder Jacques Kallis has put South Africa in driver’s seat to eliminate England’s chances of winning the first Test.
Amla made 311 not out as South Africa made 637 for two declared; a first innings lead of 252.
Later four strikes by South Africa’s bowlers had England reeling on the fourth day of the first Test match at the Oval on Sunday.
All the four bowlers chipped with a wicket each on day four as the English top order gave in to hostile bowling by the visitors.
Skipper Andrew Strauss top scored with 27 runs before being caught by Vernon Philander at square-leg, attempting to sweep Imran Tahir, leading to a top edge.
Brief Scores: England 385 (Alastair Cook 115, Jonathan Trott 71; Morne Morkel 4 for 72) & 240 (Ian Bell 55, Matt Prior 40; Dale Steyn 5 for 56, Imran Tahir 3 for 63) lost to South Africa 637 for 2 decl (Hashim Amla 311*, Jacques Kallis 182*, Graeme Smith 131; James Anderson 1 for 116) by innings and 12 runs.
Man-of-the-match: Hashim Amla