AB de Villiers made his 39th Test half century © Getty Images
AB de Villiers made his 39th Test half century © Getty Images

The first session of play has been more of a cat and mouse game between South Africa and England. Captain Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers who resumed at 64* and 25* managed to add 58 runs in an attempt to catch up to England’s total of 629 for 6 decl. De Villiers also brought up his 39th Test half century for South Africa in 104th Test. De Villiers also went on achieve his 8000th Test run for South Africa only behind Jacques Kallis and Greame Smith. For England Steven Finn has looked the more dangerous of bowler’s getting quite a few edges and making De Villiers play wrong shots.  South Africa go into lunch placed at 199  for 2 with Amla and De Villiers at crease. Live Cricket Scorecard: South Africa vs England, 2nd Test at Cape Town

Joe Root did manage to get an edge of Amla which was dropped by Anderson at first slip. Second half of the morning session was more of a dull session as England were able to get in maidens after maidens with batsmen looking to spent time in the middle till especially going into lunch. Amla and De Villiers so far have managed to 114* run stand for third wicket. James Anderson has looked the most unsettled of bowler’s as he hasn’t managed the ball to get swing, which he is known for. Live Cricket Score, South Africa vs England 2015-16, 2nd Test, Day 3 at Cape Town

South Africa ended the Day 2 on 141 for 2, with Amla and De Villiers unbeaten. South Africa’s two most senior players had put on 56 for the third wicket.  Dean Elgar and Stiaan Van Zyl  were the two men dismissed for the hosts.England had earlier in the day declared at 629 for 6. Stokes and Bairstow put on 399 for the sixth wicket, which is a world record for the highest partnership in Tests for the sixth wicket. Stokes’ 258 was also the highest for a batsman coming in at No. 6

Brief scores:

England 629 for 6 decl. ( Ben Stokes 258, Jonny Bairstow 150* ; Kagiso Rabada 3 for 157, Morne Morkel 1 for 114 ) lead South Africa 199  for 2 (Hashim Amla 91*, AB de Villiers 56*; Ben Stokes 1 for 29) by 430 runs.

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