Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the fifth and final day of the ongoing second Test between South Africa and England at Durban on Wednesday. This is Vishal Mehra, and I shall be presenting to you the live updates from the game as and when they occur. At the end of fourth day, South Africa were 136/4 with AB de Villiers batting on 37. He will bat along with Dale Steyn, who is yet to get off the mark. Hosts are chasing a target of 416 and hence require 280 runs to win. England cannot afford to get lose until and unless they take the key wicket of De Villiers. Although, England have an edge in the game still the probability of South Africa drawing the match or even registering a win cannot be ruled out as De Villiers is at the crease and JP Duminy. However, if the visitors succeed in dismissing both of them cheaply, it shall be curtains for South Africa. Live Cricket Scorecard: South Africa vs England, 1st Test at Durban, Day 5

MAN OF THE MATCH : Congratulations, Moeen Ali



LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 174 in 71 overs | Batting:  JP Duminy 26*: ALL OUT!! Stuart Broad gets the final wicket of the match as Morne Morkel is caught plum in front. This has been a very bad morning for South Africa losing 6 wickets in 1 hr 45 minuets  of play. Moeen Ali was the chief tormentor for England picking up AB de Villiers in the first over of the day added 2 more wicket to his tally. With only two days before the second Test starts at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday, South Africa have minimal time in which to find solutions to their batting problems, while their bowling seems certain to be weakened by the absence of star bowler Dale Steyn because of a shoulder injury.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 155/9 in 64 overs | Batting:  JP Duminy 15(37), Morne Morkel 0(0): OUT!!  Success for Woakes as he gets Dane Piedt for a duck. Easy catch for Taylor to his left as Piedt edges it on to the pads. Just one wicket to go for England to pick up the much awaited victory. JP Duminy trying his best at the other end but there is no one to help him from the other end.


LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 136/8 in 55.3 overs | Batting:  JP Duminy 3 (13),Dane Piedt 0(0): OUT!!! Kyle Abbott is gone and JP Duminy is badly searching for a support from the other end. South Africa had started off well but they did not manage to carry it forward to Day 5 and what a performance by Moeen Ali and Steven Finn. WICKET!


Kyle Abbott lbw b Ali 2 (11)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 138/7 in 52.3 overs | Batting:  JP Duminy 2 (18),Kyle Abbott: OUT! And South Africa lose another wicket. Dale Steyn departs for 2. Finn strikes again and this is not good for South Africa at all. They are losing wickets in regular intervals. WICKET! Dale Steyn b Finn 2 (21)


LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 136/6 in 49.3 overs | Batting:  JP Duminy 0 (0),Dale Steyn 0*(9):OUT!!! Temba Bevuma stumped by Jonny Bairstow as Moeen Ali bowls a straight one. South Africa are now in loads of trouble with two batsmen already back in the pavilion. Bevuma goes with troubling the batsmen.



LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa 136/5 in 47.3 overs | Batting: Temba Bevuma (0),Dale Steyn 0*(3):OUT!!! AB de Villiers goes trying to play Moeen Ali on the back-foot. South Africa still need 280 runs to win.Moeen Ali starts South Africa will have to bat out their skin to win or draw the test after England gave them 416 to chase in second innings of Day Four at the first Test in Durban. England is flying high after Steven Finn produced a gem of a delivery to get Faf du Plessis out in the final over of the day. For, South Africa everything would have depended on their most dependable batsman AB de Villiers who is out in the middle making 37*, accompanied by Dale Steyn on zero.



Stuart Broad Special: HERE

James Taylor  Special: HERE

Day 4 Report: HERE

Day 3 Report: HERE

Day 2 Report: HERE

Day 1 Report: HERE

Earlier in the match, Hashim Amla had asked the English team to bat first after having won the toss. England, bolstered by Nick Compton’s 85 and James Taylor’s 70-run knocks posted 303 in the first innings. Steyn and Morne Morkel picked up four wickets each. In reply, South Africa were bowled out for 214 with Dean Elgar scoring a century top of the order. For England, Stuart Broad and Moeen Ali took four wickets each. Thus, England were already leading by 89 runs before they started batting in the second innings. They added 326 more runs to it with Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow scoring half centuries. Right-arm offbreak bowler Dane Piedt took a five-wicket-haul.

South Africa’s openers— Dean Elgar and Stiaan van Zylgave them a decent start in the final innings. However, they failed to convert their 40 and 33-run knocks respectively into big fifties or hundreds. Hashim Amla perished for only 12 runs followed by Faf du Plessis who departed for nine. Responsibility is now on De Villiers shoulders to bail the Proteas out of trouble.


South Africa: Hashim Amla (c), Stiaan van Zyl, Dean Elgar, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers (wk), Temba Bavuma, JP Duminy, Dale Steyn, Dane Piedt, Kyle Abbott, Morne Morkel

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