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  • 1:29 PM IST

    We are ready to begin Day 3. The England players are out in the middle. Rassie van der Dussen and Anrich Nortje will resume their innings for the hosts.

  • 1:28 PM IST

    Meanwhile, Jos Buttler has come down with a bug and Jonny Bairstow will be taking the gloves for the time being.

  • 1:04 PM IST

    175 is the lead for South Africa at the moment. They bowled brilliantly in England’s first innings, bowling them out for a paltry 181. In return they lost 4 wickets but still remain on top in this Test match. Aiden Markram has been ruled out of the series due to a fractured finger. The visitors are not out of this yet and if they can pick up the remaining wickets quickly and restrict the lead to around 225, they will feel that they are still in with a chance. Jofra Archer was the pick of the bowlers for England, picking up 2 wickets while Broad and Anderson picked 1 each. The first session will dictate terms because if South Africa can survive that, the lead might swell up to 250 and that will not be easy to chase. Can the visitors make a comeback in this game or will the Proteas continue to be on top? Join us in a while to find out.

  • 1:04 PM IST

    … Day 3, Session 1 …

  • 9:17 PM IST

    So that is it from exciting Day 2. We now move to Day 3 which can not just be a crucial day but it also has the potential to be the final day of this Test. It is not an easy wicket to bat on and at this point of time the hosts are on top. But if England can manage to wrap them up under the lead of 250 then it will certainly be game on. Who will dominate Day 3? Join us on Saturday, 28th December 2019 to find out. The play begins at 1000 Local (0800 GMT). Till then, cheers!

  • 9:14 PM IST

    England came back stronger in the day with the ball. Having given a big advantage to the hosts, England needed to strike early and they did coup 3 early blows. Faf du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen counter-attacked and ensured that the lead went past 150 with 7 wickets in hand. Skipper Faf du Plessis surrendered in his counter-attack. Rassie and nightwatchman Anrich Nortje then added 10 runs and ensured they see off the day with the hosts potential 175/4.

  • 9:11 PM IST

    Another falter with the bat saw England lose the grip of the game. At one stage they were on top of the match but once again their batting crumbled like a cookie and from 142/3 the visitors bundled out for an under-par score of 181, giving the hosts a big lead. No one apart from Denly, Root, Stokes and Curran could manage to score more than 20 and that led to the tourists downfall.

  • 9:08 PM IST

    After batting for just under 10 minutes early on in the day, the hosts did an impeccable job with the ball. The bowling led by Vernon Philander’s 4-fer wrapped up the visitors for a paltry score of 181 giving them a lead of 103. Philander was well supported by Rabada, Nortje and Pretorius who scalped 3, 2 and 1 wicket respectively.

  • 9:06 PM IST

    Another eventful day of Test match cricket comes to an end. A day that belonged to the bowlers. 15 wickets have fallen on the day. A look at the scorecard and one would feel South Africa are struggling at 72/4 but add that 103-run lead and the scorecard reads 175/4 and you would realize it is the hosts who are on top of this game.

  • 9:04 PM IST

    19.6 Ben Stokes to Rassie van der Dussen, no run, Good length ball angled into the batter, van der Dussen keeps it out. THAT WILL BE STUMPS ON DAY 2.

  • 9:03 PM IST

    19.5 Ben Stokes to Rassie van der Dussen, no run, In the channel outside off, it is left alone.

  • 9:03 PM IST

    19.4 Ben Stokes to Rassie van der Dussen, no run, Another bouncer. It is outside off, van der Dussen lets it pass to the keeper.

  • 9:02 PM IST

    19.3 Ben Stokes to Rassie van der Dussen, no run, This is sprayed down the leg side now. Rassie lets it be.

  • 9:02 PM IST

    19.2 Ben Stokes to Rassie van der Dussen, no run, Bouncer outside off, it is left alone.

  • 9:02 PM IST

    19.1 Ben Stokes to Rassie van der Dussen, no run, On the pads, worked towards square leg.

  • 9:01 PM IST

    Ben Stokes replaces Sam Curran. For the first time in this game Stokes is having a go with the ball.

  • 9:00 PM IST

    18.6 Jofra Archer to Anrich Nortje, no run, A dipping full toss. It is around the body. Nortje ducks under it. The square leg umpire signals it as no ball but Jofra is upset. He puts a very valid argument that the ball was dipping and the umpires after having a brief chat decide that they’ll let that one pass. Lucky escape for Archer as that might have been end of his action with the ball.

  • 8:59 PM IST

    18.6 Jofra Archer to Anrich Nortje, no ball, no run, No Ball! Maybe the ball slipped out of Jofra’s hand there. Knuckle ball but it goes wrong and it ends up being a beamer. Nortje ducks under it.

  • 8:58 PM IST

    18.5 Jofra Archer to Anrich Nortje, no run, Pacy and on top of middle. Anrich moves away and keeps his bat hanging. The ball hits the inner half of his bat.

  • 8:58 PM IST

    18.4 Jofra Archer to Anrich Nortje, no run, Back of a length on the body. Anrich does well to defend it.

  • 8:58 PM IST

    18.3 Jofra Archer to Rassie van der Dussen, 1 run, On the body, Rassie flicks it to the on side and gets a single.

  • 8:58 PM IST

    18.2 Jofra Archer to Rassie van der Dussen, FOUR, FOUR! Poor ball from Jofra. Full on the pads, Rassie flicks it with ease through mid-wicket for a boundary.

  • 8:58 PM IST

    18.1 Jofra Archer to Rassie van der Dussen, no run, Around off, it is defended.

  • 8:54 PM IST

    17.6 Sam Curran to Anrich Nortje, FOUR, FOUR! Full ball outside off, Nortje goes for the drive this time and connects it nicely. It races between point and gully and into the third man fence.

  • 8:54 PM IST

    17.5 Sam Curran to Anrich Nortje, no run, Good length ball around off and middle, Nortje keeps it out.

  • 8:53 PM IST

    17.4 Sam Curran to Anrich Nortje, no run, Superb bouncer but Nortje does well to duck under it. A bouncer aimed at the head of the batter there.

  • 8:52 PM IST

    17.3 Sam Curran to Anrich Nortje, no run, Good length delivery outside off, Anrich shoulders arms to it.

  • 8:52 PM IST

    17.2 Sam Curran to Anrich Nortje, no run, Length delivery away from off, Nortje does not go after it.

  • 8:52 PM IST

    17.1 Sam Curran to Anrich Nortje, no run, Full on off, Nortje defends it off the front foot and keeps that one out.

  • 8:50 PM IST

    16.6 Jofra Archer to Rassie van der Dussen, no run, In the channel outside off, van der Dussen looks to defend initially but pulls his bat away at the very last moment.

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