Hashim Amla got his third Test ton © Getty Images
Hashim Amla got his fourth double Test ton © Getty Images

Another session of South Africa blocking and scoring runs a very slow pace continued. It was not until the dying moments of the session where Hashim Amla decided to get his double ton in quickly Amla got his fourth double ton in 461 balls. Resuming the day  on 353 for 3 Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis go into lunch at428  for 3. England so far have  looked more defensive in their tactics with bringing in Joe Root in place of front line bowlers such as Stuart Broad, Steven Finn and James Anderson. Amla has moved on to and Du Plessis after remaining not out on 51 has managed to go into lunch at . All of England’s bowler’s have looked uninspired and tired on a flat pitch which has nothing to offer apart from getting hit to the fence for boundaries. Du Plessis and Amla have now 160* run stand for the fourth wicket.South Africa still trail England by 201 runs. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: South Africa vs England 2015-16, 2nd Test at Cape Town, Day 4

After getting minced by the England middle-order duo of Ben Stokes (258 off 198) and Jonny Bairstow (150 off 191 balls), the hosts managed to put up a fitting reply to the visitors to finish on 353 for the loss of three wickets on Day 3. Skipper Hashim Amla led the way with the bat, breaking his dry form with the bat to remain unbeaten on 157 off 371 balls in a resilient innings, accompanied by gritty knocks from AB de Villiers (88 off 211) and Faf du Plessis (51 not out off 115 balls). The Proteas lost the wicket of Stiaan van Zyl (4 off 12) early once again. Dean Elgar, who had struck a valiant ton in the first Test at Durban, scored 44 and shared 78 for the second wicket before getting dismissed by the first innings hero Stokes.

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 428 for 3 (Hashim Amla 200*, AB de Villiers 88, Faf du Plessis 72*; Ben Stokes 1 for 67) by 201 runs.

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