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Ben Stokes scored his sixth Test fifty © Getty Images

After ending the tea session on a high, South Africa continued to make inroads in the England batting line up in the first over of the final session. England lost James Taylor to the Kagiso Rabada in the very first delivery in the off final session of play. Ben Stokes onslaught turned the tides in the visitors’ favour, in his swashbuckling 74 not out. Post the wicket of Taylor, Joe Root and Ben Stokes made a forward push scoring at a much higher run rate. Stokes who was just 2 runs aways from his 1000th Test runs, achieve this feat in only three balls into his innings, also notched up his sixth Test fifty with a four. Stokes who was joined by Jonny Bairstow , after the fall of Root have managed together 94 runs to bring up the teams’ 300 run. England end Day 1 on 317 for 5 with 5 wickets in hand with Stokes 74* and Bairstow 39*  not out.  Live Cricket Scorecard : South Africa vs England, 2nd Test at Cape Town

Bairstow also brought up his 1000th Test run hitting a four playing his 22nd match for England. Root and Stokes both looked aggressive in their approach as they brought up England’s 200 in the 63rd over. Root also achieved his 18th Test fifty in just 77 balls hitting five boundaries. Root and Stokes brought added 56 runs for the fifth wicket.

Earlier in the day after winning the toss Alastair Cook elected to bat first on a track which was looking good for batting. Alex Hales, who is playing his second Test match hit 60 — his first ever Test half-century – and shared opening stand of 55 with opening partner Cook and 74 for the second wicket with Nick Compton. Compton was out for 45 in the last over before tea when he pulled a ball from Kagiso Rabada and was well caught by a diving Temba Bavuma. Hales reached his half-century off 96 balls but lost momentum and edged Morne Morkel to AB de Villiers in slips. LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa vs England, 2nd Test at Cape Town

England made one chance to their playing XI, replacing Chris Woakes with returning James Anderson. Anderson missed out in the first Test due to side strain. South Africa on the other hand made as many as three changes to their team with Chris Morris making his Test debut, Kagiso Rabada and Quinton de Kock coming back in place of the injured Dale Steyn, Kyle Abbott and JP Dunimy.

Brief scores:

England 317 for 5 ( Alex Hales 60, Joe Root 50, Ben Stokes 74* ; Kagiso Rabada 3 for 63, Morne Morkel 1 for 51 ) vs South Africa