James Taylor (left) and Nick Compton up an impressive 100 plus run stand for the fourth wicket, as England came from behind to finish Day 1 on top © Getty Images
James Taylor (left) and Nick Compton up an impressive 100 plus run stand for the fourth wicket, as England came from behind to finish Day 1 on top © Getty Images

England middle-order batsman Nick Compton and James Taylor rescued and ensured England remianed on top at the end of Day 1’s play of the first of the four-match Test series against South Africa at the Kingsead Stadium in Durban on Saturday. Although it was a scary start to the day for England, following few fierce early breakthorughs by speargun Dale Steyn. However, both these batsmen made impressive comeback, thus putting up an impressive 100 plus run stand for the fourth wicket, as England came from behind to finish Day 1 on top and ensured that they must not lose further wickets to give the host any advantage. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: South Africa vs England, 1st Test at Durban

England began the post-tea session at the score of 121 for the loss of three, with both Compton and Taylor batting at 40 and 41, respectively. Taylor was the first perdon to bring up his second Test half-century, that came off 87 deliveries, including eight boundaries. However, Compton took some time to bring up his second Test half-century, as it evntually came off 145 deliveries, including three boundaries. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: South Africa vs England, 1st Test at Durban, Day 1

England eventually brought up the ir 150 runs, in the meantime, followed by the 100-run stand for the fourth wicket between the two batsmen, with Compton contributing 38, Taylor contributing 61, along with four extras, as the South African bowlers failed to get any breakthrough in the session. However, it was just a few over before stumps, when Steyn managed to get another breakthorugh in the day, dismissing Taylor for 70, after being caught behind by AB de Villiers. Nevertheless, the lad had done a massive repair to the English innings, as it lead to the arrival of Ben Stokes and the English ended the day on top, following another delay due to bad light, as the day had been a truncated day owing to this similar issue, along with occasional rains.

Brief Scores:

England 179 for 4 ( James Taylor 70, Nick Compton 63*; Dale Steyn 3 for 29) vs South Africa.

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(Ayush Gupta is a reporter at CricketCountry. A passionate supporter of Manchester United, he idolises Roger Federer and is also a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) maniac. He can be followed on Twitter @Ayush24x7)