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South Africa’s horrendous run in Test cricket continued as England romped home to victory in the first Test at Durban, hammering the world No. 1 ranked team by a massive margin of 241 runs. England were on their top gear right from the beginning of the game, as the South Africans, reeling with far too many issues on and off the field, could not prevent the tourists to better their record at Durban. The hosts have now lost five out of their last six Tests at Durban, and much to the delight of the England cricket team and their fans, as their unbeaten run at the venue remains to be intact, which began in 1928. Full Cricket Scorecard: South Africa vs England, 1st Test at Durban, 2015-16

South Africa began the day with six wickets in hand and requiring 281 more runs to win. Remembering the blockathon that South Africa produced in their last Test at Delhi against India, the hosts were expected to come out in the same mood. But the game did not last even one full session as they were shot out for 174 in their second essay. Complete Cricket Blog and Updates: South Africa vs England 2015-16, 1st Test, Day 5 at Durban

South Africa’s hopes were dashed after Moeen Ali picked up AB de Villiers in the very third ball of Day 5. De Villiers who remained unbeaten on 37 got out with out even disturbing the scorer. Ali continued his merry ways picking Temba Bevuma for duck, after he tried to come down to a straighter one, only get stumped by Jonny Bairstow. This was also first stumping for England since 38 Tests in 2012. Steven Finn came into this own immediately cleaning up Dale Steyn for 2, he looked very uncomfortable in his stay for 21 balls. Moeen Ali not to be over shadowed trapped Kyle Abbott for leg before for 2.JP Duminy and Morne Morkel did manage to frustrate England by over a bit of resistance before the fall of Morkel

South Africa resumed Day 5 on 136 for 4, being reduced to 143 for 8  adding only 7 runs for 4 wickets. JP Duminy and Dane Piedt did try to hold on for a bit longer managing 8.3 over together.But could not as Piedt got out to Chris Woakes giving a simple catch to James Taylor at short-leg for 2. Day 4 ended with England gaining a slight edge after Steven Finn picked up the crucial wicket of Faf Du Plessis in the final over of the day for 9 runs.

After being set a target of 416 by England, South African openers Stiaan Van Zyl and Dean Elgar gave them a considerate start bringing up fifty runs in 9.5 overs. Ben Stokes ended South African batsmen dominance by picking the wicket of Stiaan van Zyl for 33. Stokes got Van Zyl cleaned up with a ball coming in the stumps. Van Zyl in his innings of 33 hit six four’s.  Jonny Bairstow led with his batting performance as England set a target of 416 runs to win for South Africa on Day 4 of the first Test against South Africa at Durban. Jonny Bairstow who was the final wicket to fall for England, made a 79 valuable runs to his team’s total of 326.  For South Africa, off-spinner Dane Piedt gave his best ever performance in Tests producing figures of five for 156 off 33 overs.

Brief scores:

England 303 (Nick Compton 85, James Taylor 70, Jonny Bairstow 41; Morne Morkel 4 for 75, Dale Steyn 4 for 70) & 326 (Nick Compton 49,Joe Root 72, Jonny Bairstow 79; Dane Piedt 5 for 133) beat South Africa 214 (Dean Elgar 118*, AB de Villiers 49, Dale Steyn 16; Stuart Broad 4 for 25, Moeen Ali 4 for 69) & 174 (Stiaan van Zyl 33, Dean Elgar 40, AB de Villiers 37; Steven Finn 4 for 28, Moeen Ali 3 for 43) by 241 runs.

Man of the Match: Moeen Ali

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(Vishal Mehra is a reporter at CricketCountry, who enjoys his weekly dose of anime, and plays cricket once a white moon. His twitter handle is @vishal_oxyjinn.)