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The only event that happened in this session was that South Africa‘s skipper  Hashim Amla getting to his seventh 150+ score in Test. Hashim Amla who got his 150 in 310 balls, hit 21 balls past the fence. Amla is well supported by Faf du Plessis who has been having a terrible time with the bat last year, seems to have gotten his form back. Du Plessis hit his eight Test fifty with six boundaries. England bowlers looked out of ideas in the whole session with the new ball not working for Stuart Broad and James Anderson. Amla and du Plessis have so far made 85* run stand for fourth wicket.The only England bowler who has looked the most dangerous or capable of picking up a wicket is Steven Finn. Finn who nabbed AB de Villiers in the final few moments before tea. South Africa go into stumps with Amla and Du Plessis still carrying their bat at 353 for 3 with England still leading by 276 runs. Live Cricket Scorecard: South Africa vs England, 2nd Test at Cape Town

England in the whole day had only one success that of AB de Villiers who was picked up Finn. De Villiers who fell short of a century by 12 runs, tried to pull a bouncer but only managed to give a leaping Anderson a catch. De Villiers in this innings of 88 also became the third South African player to get 8,000 career runs in Test after Jacques Kallis and Greame Smith. This is also De Villiers 38th Test half -century in Tests. Another man to reach a milestone was Amla who went past 7,000 Test runs in his innings of  . Live Cricket Score, South Africa vs England 2015-16, 2nd Test, Day 3 at Cape Town

South Africa started 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 353 for 3 (Hashim Amla 157*, AB de Villiers 88; Ben Stokes 1 for 67) by 276 runs.

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