South Africa look to equal the series on Day 5 © Getty Images
South Africa look to equal the series on Day 5 © Getty Images

The ball was on the court of South Africa when day 4 kicked off. South African skipper Hashim Amla got his fourth double century in quick succession before they went in for lunch. Supporting him on the other end was the middle order batsman Faf du Plessis who scored 86, before losing out on AB de Villiers who scored 88. South Africa was stumps on day 3 for 353/3 and before they went into lunch they put up total of 428 for 3. There were fall of wickets at some moments with England’s pacer Stuart Broad picking Amla for 201 while James Anderson bowled off du Plessis. LIVE FULL SCORECARD: South Africa vs England, 2nd Test at Cape Town

Broad was it at again picking Quinton de Kock who went out for a duck. He was a replacement for JP Duminy who did not play for this Test. It was later Temba Bavuma who gave a momentum for South Africa with his first maiden ton and Chris Morris, who made a debut in Test cricket and scored a half-century. Anderson and Broad were successful to split the middle-order of the hosts but could not find the way to break the partnership which South Africa least expected. Amla decided to declare at 627/7 after Bavuma completed his maiden ton. The short-statured, 25-year-old was applauded for his maiden ton in his home town. LIVE CRICKET SCORE: South Africa vs England, 2nd Test at Cape Town

England gave successful start to second Test with Ben Stokes scoring his fastest double century scoring 258 for 163 balls, surpassing Virender Sehwag’s record of double century in 168 balls. Accompanying Stokes was Jonathan Bairstow who scored 150 not out which lead England to score 629/6. But on day 4 England were heroically bad in dropping major catches. England is currently playing their second innings with Alastair Cook and Alex Hales on crease with 8 and 5 runs respectively. The visitors lead by 18 runs. Day 5 will surely be of twists and turns as England are eyeing to seal the second Test on their name, while the hosts will disapprove of yet another loss after a tremendous effort from the entire team.

Brief Scores:

England 629 for 6 (Ben Stokes 258, Jonny Bairstow 150*; Kagiso Rabada 3 for 157, Morne Morkel 1 for 114) & 16 for none (Alastair Cook 8*, Alex Hales 5*; Morne Morkel 0 for 4) lead South Africa 627 for 7 (Hashim Amla 201, Temba Bavuma 102*, AB de Villiers 88; Stuart Broad 2 for 94, Steven Finn 2 for 132) by 18 runs.