Greetings! Welkom to CricketCountry’s live coverage of Day Four of the ongoing second Test between South Africa and England at the Newlands in Cape Town on Tuesday. This is Vishal Mehra, and I shall update you with the events of the game at regular updates for the penultimate day of the second game of the four-Test series. South Africa managed to give England a fitting reply with the bat on the third day of the ongoing game, reaching a commanding score of 353 for the loss of three wickets at stumps with Hashim Amla batting on 157, with Faf du Plessis on 51 for company at the other end. Though the hosts trail England by another 276 runs, the Amla-du Plessis pair look set to guide their team to a major score on the fourth day. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: South Africa vs England 2015-16, 2nd Test at Cape Town, Day 4

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: England 16/0 in 6 over |  Lead by 18  | Batting: Alastair Cook 8(25), Alex Hales 5(14) : STUMPS!! This was memorable 4session for South Africa as Temba Bavuma and Chris Morris both achieved their respective Test milestones. Bavuma scored his maiden Test ton and Morris his maiden Test fifty. England on into the final day with Alastair Cook and Alex Hales remaining not out with a lead of 18 runs.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: England 3/0 in 1 over |  Lead by 5  | Batting: Alastair Cook 1(2), Alex Hales 2(5) : Alastair Cook and Alex Hales will look to go wicket less with only 6 overs remaining till the end of days play. England have gained a lead of 2 runs after Hashim Amla declared on 627/6 after double century by himself, century by Temba Bavuma and fifties from AB de Villiers, Chris Morris and Faf du Plessis.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 627/7|211  overs | Trail by 2 | Batting:   Temba Bavuma 102(148), Kagiso Rabada 2(10): OUT! England finally manage to get the breakthrough, with Chris Morris departing after a fine knock of 69 off 111 balls. Morris is caught at short extra-cover as his quickfire innings comes to an end. Meanwhile, Newlands waits for Bavuma’s maiden Test ton with baited breath, and explodes into celebration when Bavuma finally brings up the milestone with a boundary towards third man. Bavuma breaks into a celebration, taking off his helmet and jumping in the air with joy, with his father and former South African cricketer Makhaya Ntini expressing the most happiness after the batsman himself. Meanwhile, Amla calls the players back to the pavilion with the Proteas just two runs short of England’s first innings total, with seven overs left on Day 4! OUT! Chris Morris c Joe Root b Steven Finn 69 (111)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 586/6|200.1  overs | Trail by 43 | Batting:   Temba Bavuma 87(118), Chris Morris 50(87): Fifty!! Chris Morris get to his first ever Test half -century with a lovely four. Morris brought up his fifty in 87 balls which included 7 fours. Temba Bavuma has looked rock solid on the other end , stroking four’s himself. Bavuma is currently on 87* . South Africa now trail England by just 43 runs.


LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 559/6|190  overs | Trail by 70 | Batting:   Temba Bavuma 72(79), Chris Morris 38(64): Temba Bavuma and Chris Morris partnership has flourished beautifully in the past session.Their have together amassed 110 for the seventh wicket. Moeen Ali has not turned at all with Ben Stokes toiling hard. South Africa will now want to get a lead ideally to gain a motivational advantage. 

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 530/6|185  overs | Trail by 99 | Batting:   Temba Bavuma 58(62), Chris Morris 24(51): Moeen Ali has been a disappointment as he has not been able to pick up any wicket. Temba Bavuma and Chris Morris has looked in good flow with the bat, as their partnership is continuing on 79*. England will want to pick up South African tail as early as possible. South Africa still trail England by 99 runs



LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 525/6|184  overs | Trail by 104 | Batting:   Temba Bavuma 52(58), Chris Morris 24(48): TEA Temba Bavuma and Chris Morris have managed to give a good fight after a downpour of early wickets in the session . Bavuma and Morris have so far contributed 76* runs, Bevuma in his innings of 52* has hit 11 blistering pulls, drives and cuts towards the fence.


LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 500/6|176  overs | Trail by 125 | Batting:   Temba Bavuma 35(36), Chris Morris 20(23): THREE BOUNDARIES !!! Temba Bavuma has looked lovely in his short stay. Bevuma hit three fours of Steven Finn through the covers, pull and cut. Bevuma and Chris Morris have also brought up their 50 run stand.


LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 449/6|167.3  overs | Trail by 180 | Batting:   Temba Bavuma 2(4): OUT!!  Stuart Broad picks up his second wicket for the day. New Ball working is magic beautifully as it has picked three wickets so far in this session. Quinton de Kock in an attempt to pull gives his wicket away to a catch to James Anderson.


LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 439/5|164.3  overs | Trail by 190 | Batting:  Quinton de Kock 0(0), Temba Bevuma 0(0):OUT!! Two in two overs. James Anderson picks up Faf du Plessis who misses out on a hundred by 16 runs. Hashim Amla got out in the previous over with Stuart Broad striking. South Africa now have two new batsmen at the crease in Temba Bevuma and Quinton de Kock. New ball has done the trick for England.


LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 439/4|164  overs | Trail by 190 | Batting:  Faf du Plessis 86(213), Temba Bevuma: OUT!! Stuart Broad strikes cleans up Hashim Amla on 201. It was an peach of a delivery, the ball just nips back as it is a hard new ball,taking an edge onto the stumps. Amla has batted beautifully since Day 2.


LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 428/3|161  overs | Trail by 201| Batting:  Hashim Amla 200(467), Faf du Plessis 81(205): James Anderson comes on to bowl the first over at lunch,which is a maiden over. Hashim Amla will look to get his 250 runs while Faf du Plessis will want to get a century after a really long time. New Ball has been taken by England. South Africa still trail by 201 runs.


LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 428/3|160  overs | Trail by 201| Batting:  Hashim Amla 200 (461), Faf du Plessis 70(166):LUNCH HAshim Amla who was lucky to get on 199 after Joe Root misjudged a catch. Amla got off his third double ton in 461 balls, Du Plessis has well supported Amla being not out on 81*.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 403/3|149.1  overs | Trail by 226 | Batting:  Hashim Amla 186(433), Faf du Plessis 70(166): Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis has now brought up South Africa’s 400. South Africa will more secured going into the third and fourth Test with all their main batsmen scoring half-centuries, centuries and 150’s. New ball is still 10 overs away

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 380/3|141  overs | Trail by 249 | Batting:  Hashim Amla 176(403), Faf du Plessis 59(149): Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis have are moving on steadily towards England’s total of 629. Moeen Ali has been brought into the attack to make an impact. Stuart Broad has been bowling good keeping it simple. Even after change of ball has not helped England as batsmen are leaving the ball outside off-stump.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 368/3|135.5  overs | Trail by 261 | Batting:  Hashim Amla 166(382), Faf du Plessis 57(125): HUNDRED run partnership between Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis. Amla and Du Plessis have batted beautiful stroking boundaries at any loose balls. Steven Finn and James Anderson have looked in control bowling good line and length.


LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 353/3|131  overs | Trail by 276 | Batting:  Hashim Amla 157(377), Faf du Plessis 51(115): Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis have looked to be in good form since coming into bat on Day 2 and 3. They have so far added 85* runs for the fourth wicket as England picked up only a single wicket yesterday. James Anderson to started off the Day for England team. Steven Finn will want to pick up few more wickets adding to his tally of one. Du Plessis will be eager to get a century after an year or so. South Africa still trail England by 276 runs.

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Ben Stokes Special : HERE

DAY 3 Report : HERE

The England batsmen earlier made the South African bowling unit appear toothless as they finished on a massive score of 629 for six, with Ben Stokes leading the way with the bat to smash a record 258 off a mere 198 deliveries. The New Zealand-born all-rounder recorded the second-fastest Test double-hundred off all time, losing out on the top spot to Nathan Astle’s 153-ball double hundred by 10 deliveries. Wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow remained unbeaten on 150 off 191 deliveries, with the two sharing a record 399-run stand for the sixth wicket, the highest partnership ever for that wicket. READ: Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis guide South Africa past 350 at stumps on Day 3

Chris Morris had an expensive debut as he conceded 150 runs for the wicket of Joe Root in the 28 overs that he bowled, making it the most expensive figures by a South African on debut since the Proteas’ readmission into international cricket.




South Africa:   Stiaan van Zyl,  Dean Elgar,  Hashim Amla(C),  AB de Villiers,  Faf du Plessis,  Temba Bavuma,  Quinton de Kock (WK),  Chris Morris,  Dane Piedt,  Morne Morkel,  Kagiso Rabada.

England: Alastair Cook (C),  Alex Hales,  Nick Compton,  Joe Root,  James Taylor,  Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (WK),  Moeen Ali,  Stuart Broad,  Steven Finn,  James Anderson.