Goeie More! Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage Day 2 of the three-day tour game between South Africa A and England XI at the City Oval in Pietermaritzburg on Monday, as we bring you the live updates from today’s play. South Africa are indeed low on confidence following the 3-0 drubbing at the hands of India in the just concluded Test series away from home. However, they look to bounce back in this home series against England, as England are running high on confidence following the recent 2-1 victory over Pakistan in the Test series in an away series and make sure to carry the momentum forward.

Live Cricket Score South Africa A 35/2 in 11 overs | Batting: Rilee Rossouw 13(19), Marchant de Lange 0(2): Umpires have drawn early stumps due to bad light with South Africa A at a precarious position. For England XI bowlers the objective tomorrow should be nothing short of going for the innings win. That will give their confidence a big boost going into the Test series. Moeen Ali got the wicket of Reeza Hendricks in the final over OUT! Reeza Hendricks 19(35) b Moeen Ali

Live Cricket Score South Africa A 28/1 in 7 overs | Batting: Rilee Rossouw 8(6), Reeza Hendricks 18(26): England have struck early with the wicket of Stephen Cook. Cook played incredibly well in the previous game and carried his bat through the innings but got just one run on the board this time around with Stuart Broad creating the breakthrough. OUT! Stephen Cook 1(10) lbw Broad

Live Cricket Score England XI 414/6 decl. in 97.5 overs | Batting: Joe Root 117(125), Jonny Bairstow 2(10): That’s the declaration with Joe Root’s dismissal. Cook has decided that his bowlers need some work out. England’s innings shaped up really well with Cook and Root scoring hundreds and Ben Stokes and Alex Hales contributing with fifties. OUT! Joe Root 117(125) c Ramela b Maharaj

Live Cricket Score England XI 400/5 in 96 overs | Batting: Joe Root 104(118), Jonny Bairstow 1(5): Ben Stokes took the license to thrill and tore the attack to shreds. Fortunately, for South Africa A he’s been dismissed by Marchant de Lange now. Jonny Bairstow comes to middle with that. He’s raced to 70 off just 117 balls. Meanwhile, Root has scored a hundred in quick time too. Root has played very well and it will give him confidence going into the main series. The South Africa A seam bowlers have been ineffectual. OUT! Ben Stokes 66(47) c Maharaj b de Lange

Live Cricket Score England XI 311/4 in 85 overs | Batting: Joe Root 73(88), Ben Stokes 11(16): Joe Root has played very well and is a contender to get a hundred. England find themselves in a very strong position. Almost all batsmen have got good amount of time in the middle. Ben Stokes will look to get some runs against his name too. Lead has swelled to 176 runs with England still having six wickets in hand. Perhaps the idea is for England to bat through the day and give England bowlers a chance to win them the match.

Live Cricket Score England XI 291/4 in 79.4 overs | Batting: Joe Root 63(72), Ben Stokes 0(0): Maharaj has his third wicket. It’s James Taylor this time. Great display of spin bowling by him; it’s not often that a spinner gets more wickets than seamers in South Africa but that’s been the case so far. Taylor’s wicket brings in tea on Day Two. Meanwhile England’s lead has swelled to 155 runs. OUT! James Taylor 15(36) b Maharaj

Live Cricket Score England XI 252/3 in 71 overs | Batting: Joe Root 37(49), James Taylor 4(7): Steady going for England even though Alastair Cook was dismissed for 126 by Keshav Maharaj earlier. Maharaj has now the two wickets of Compton and Cook, he’s been impressive. Joe Root is going smooth and is joined by James Taylor at the crease. OUT! Alastair Cook 126(194) c Paterson b Maharaj

Live Cricket Score England XI 196/2 in 58 overs | Batting: Alastair Cook 106(159), Joe Root 5(13): And it’s century for Alastair Cook, he’s been sedate and that will help calm his nerves ahead of the important series against South Africa. Joe Root has just come to the crease but is looking quite good.

Live Cricket Score England XI 178/2 in 54 overs | Batting: Alastair Cook 93(144), Joe Root 0(4): Compton falls and Joe Root is the next batsman in. Compton has been dismissed leg-before by left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj. Cook meanwhile has continued to grind it out and is now into his nineties. OUT! Nick Compton 29 (74) lbw Maharaj

Live Cricket Score England XI 169/1 in 48 overs | Batting: Alastair Cook 87(134), Nick Compton 26(52): It’s Lunch on Day Two and England will be very happy with their progress. Cook looks well settled to get a hundred and very few false shots from his end. Hales also got to fifty but was dismissed shortly after. He’s been replaced by Nick Compton who’s currently batting on 26.

Live Cricket Score England XI 113/1 in 34 overs | Batting: Alastair Cook 56(99), Nick Compton 1(3): Finally a breakthrough for South Africa A as Dane Paterson gets Alex Hales bowled with a smart in-swinger. Compton the new man in. South Africa A will look to get the new batsman quickly.

Live Cricket Score England XI 111/0 in 31 overs | Batting: Alastair Cook 55(91), Alex Hales 56(95): Alex Hales did not want to be to far behind his skipper in getting to the fifty. He’s looking in increasingly good form and South Africa A will want to get him out quickly. Meanwhile their trail has reduced to just 25 runs now.

Live Cricket Score England XI 99/0 in 28 overs | Batting: Alastair Cook 51(85), Alex Hales 48(83): It’s fifty for captain Cook! He did not get the fifty in the most convincing manner. Boundary came off the edge. He’s not the first Cook in the match to score a fifty. Stephen Cook did it for South Africa A in the first innings.

Live Cricket Score England XI 83/0 in 25 overs | Batting: Alastair Cook 46(76), Alex Hales 40(74): Great, resolute by these two after their failures in the first game. Alastair Cook going strong looking solid for a fifty while Hales is hot on his heels. South Africa A have not put adequate pressure on the English batsman. But to their credit, these two have focussed well.

South Africa A were off to a sloppy start on the opening day as they were bundled for mere 136, with Stephen Cook, being the top scorer with 53 runs, while Steven Finn wrecked carnage with a brilliant four-wicket haul for 34. England, on thge pother hand, wer eoff to decent start as they finished the day on 64 for no loss and look to finish Day 2 on a high, with both the openers in the form of Alastair Cook and Alex Hales batting comfortably and having put up the opening 50-run stand.

Teams:

South Africa A: Stephen Cook, Reeza Hendricks, Rilee Rossouw, Dane Vilas (wk & c), Omphile Ramela, Khaya Zondo, Quinton de Kock, Chris Morris, Dane Paterson, Marchant de Lange, Keshav Maharaj.

England XI: Alastair Cook (c), Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Joe Root, Stuart Broad, James Taylor, Nick Compton, Steven Finn, Mark Footitt, Alex Hales.