Ben Stokes smashed a brilliant double ton © Getty Images (File Photo)
Ben Stokes smashed a brilliant double ton © Getty Images (File Photo)

England became the highest scoring visiting team at the Newlands Stadium in Cape Town during the Day 2 of the second of the four-match Test series against South Africa on Sunday. England posted a total of 629 for the loss of six wickets and declared. The score came up on a historic fashion as Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow put up a 399-run stand for the sixth wicket, as Stokes smashed a brilliant double ton, being the second fastest to score the double-ton and the first English batsman to score a double ton. Regarding the highest team total at Newlands, South Africa hold the record of 651 runs against Australia in 2009. FULL SCORECARD: South Africa vs England, 2nd Test at Cape Town

Team Score Ovs RR Opponent Date
South Africa 651 154.3 4.21 v Australia 19-Mar-09
England 629/6d 125.5 4.99 v South Africa 02-Jan-16
South Africa 620/7d 135 4.59 v Pakistan 02-Jan-03
New Zealand 593/8d 165 3.59 v South Africa 27-Apr-06
South Africa 580/4d 139 4.17 v Sri Lanka 03-Jan-12

Earlier, England all-rounder Ben Stokes hit a thrilling double century as he and Jonny Bairstow battered the South African bowlers into submission on the second day of the second Test at Newlands on Sunday. Stokes slammed 258 and Bairstow made 150 not out before England declared on 629 for six. The pair shared a world Test record sixth wicket partnership of 399. A bad day for South Africa got worse when Stiaan van Zyl was run out in the third over of their reply. South Africa were 24 for one at tea. The left-handed Stokes thrashed 30 fours and 11 sixes in a 197-ball innings. He reached his double century off 163 balls, the second fastest in Tests behind Nathan Astle’s 153-ball effort for New Zealand against England at Christchurch in 2001/02, reports AFP. Ben Stokes sets world record, hits most runs before lunch, vs South Africa, Newlands, 2015-16