SA vs ENG 2nd Test Report: England Bowlers Hit Back After Dean Elgar, Rassie van der Dussen Half-Centuries on Day 2
James Anderson celebrates a wicket with Stuart Broad during 2nd Test between South Africa and England©ICC Twitter

Led by the experienced duo of James Anderson and Stuart Broad, England bowlers put up a brilliant display of some disciplined bowling as the visitors reduced South Africa to 215/8 at the end of day two of the second Test in Cape Town. After Anderson and Elgar making early inroads with the new ball, Dean Elgar and Rassie van der Dussen knitted a crucial stand of 117 runs for the fifth-wicket to revive South Africa.

Both Elgar dnd van der Dussen scored half-centuries to lift South Africa from 40/3 to 150/4 at the green Newlands track. The Proteas duo led played some sensible cricket in the middle and contributed with crucial knocks of 88 and 68 respectively which helped the hosts to cross the 200-mark.

However, just when the South Africa opener was inching towards his century, off-spinner Dominic Bess came up with a much-needed breakthrough as he sent a well-settled Elgar back in the hut.

After Elgar’s departure, der Dussen tried his best to hold the fort for South Africa but lacked support from the other end as the other batsmen looked helpless against the England pace attack.

Vernon Philander was batting on 13 runs when stumps were drawn for the day. For England, James Anderson picked up three wickets for 34 runs while Stuart Broad and Sam Curran bagged a couple of wickets each. The hosts still trail by 54 runs.

Earlier in the day, England resumed from 262/9 but could only manage to add another seven runs to their scorecard as Kagiso Rabada packed back overnight batsman Anderson (4) to wrap up the visitors for 269 runs.

South Africa currently lead the four-match series 1-0 after winning the first Test in Centurion by 107 runs.

Brief scores: South Africa 215/8 (Dean Elgar 88, Rassie van der Dussen 68; James Anderson 3/34) trail by 54 runs against England 269 all out (Ollie Pope 61, Ben Stokes 47; Kagiso Rabada 3/68)