Steven Finn celebrates the dismissal of Hashim Amla for 40 © Getty Images
Steven Finn celebrates the dismissal of Hashim Amla for 40 © Getty Images

South Africa were handed a couple of jolts by England in the second session of Day 1 of the third Test at Johannesburg to reach a score of 152 for three at tea. Skipper AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis were batting on 29 and six respectively, while Steven Finn was the highlight among the English bowlers for his terrific spell in the second session that saw the departure of Hashim Amla for 40. South Africa also lost the wicket of Dean Elgar for 46, who edged a short delivery by Moeen Ali that straightened after pitching outside off. The Afrikaner pair of de Villiers and du Plessis however, ensured that the Proteas lost no further wickets till the end of the session, with the captain looking set for a major score, having hit four boundaries in his quickfire innings so far. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: South Africa vs England 2015-16, 3rd Test at Johannesburg, Day 1

South Africa had lost their first wicket with 44 on board after a good start by the opening pair of Elgar and Stiaan van Zyl, with the latter departing after getting a top-edge off a half-hearted pull off Ben Stokes. Elgar then consolidated with Amla, adding 73 for the second wicket with the help of some ambitious stroke-play throughout the ground. The duo were batting in their 40’s when Ali got the much-needed breakthrough for English captain Alastair Cook, dismissing Elgar in the 42nd over of the innings. LIVE CRICKET UPDATES: South Africa vs England 2015-16, 3rd Test at Johannesburg, Day 1

The Proteas earlier won the toss, and skipper de Villiers chose to bat. While England opted for an unchanged side, South Africa decided to go for an all-seam attack, bringing in Hardus Viljoen in place of Dane Piedt. The other change was that of Dane Vilas replacing Quinton de Kock, who suffered a knee injury. De Villiers has been appointed as the South African Test skipper after Amla resigned from the position following the second Test at Cape Town. The second match saw South Africa post a much better comeback after a 241-run drubbing in the first Test at Durban.

Brief scores:

South Africa 152 for 3 (Dean Elgar 46, Hashim Amla 40, AB de Villiers 29*; Moeen Ali 1 for 22) vs England.

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