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  • 2:01 PM IST

    We are all set to begin Day 5! Pieter Malan and Keshav Maharaj are making their way out to the middle. The England players follow them out to the ground.

  • 1:32 PM IST

    Welcome to the coverage of Day 5 of the second Test between South Africa and England. The game is evenly poised heading into the final day and all three results are possible. The visitors might feel they are slightly ahead coming into the final day but the hosts too will fancy themselves. Will England head to Port Elizabeth with the series level or will South Africa manage to maintain their lead?

  • 1:32 PM IST

    … Day 5, Session 1 …

  • 9:33 PM IST

    So, England need 8 wickets to level the series. South Africa need 312 runs more to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in this 4-match series. The hosts’ other option to stay 1-0 up in the series is to bat out the 3 sessions on Day 5. England are on top but South Africa are not out of this contest. What do we have in store on the final day of this fascinating Test? Join us on Tuesday, 7th January 2020 for the 5th and final day of this Test to find out which way the pendulum swings. The play will begin at 1030 local (0830 GMT). Join us then, till then cheers!

  • 9:29 PM IST

    England would be the happier of the sides with their efforts. Ben Stokes’ quick-fire 72 along with Buttler’s cameo around Dominic Sibley’s maiden Test ton ensured the visitors could declare with a huge lead of 437. The tourists did not have as good an outing with the ball like they did with the bat. They struggled initially to get through the openers’ defense. But part-timer, Joe Denly was the unlikely source who got them their first breakthrough. The ball started to do something towards the latter stages of the day. And when the ball talks, James Anderson roars, and he once again roared providing his team a prized scalp of Zubayr Hamza.

  • 9:26 PM IST

    A very good day of Test cricket for England. But South Africa would also be happy with their efforts, especially with the bat. England were first dominant with the bat and ended up declaring with a massive lead of 437! Needing 438 to win, South Africa needed their openers to lay in a solid platform and build a big stand. The pair of Elgar and Malan did just that. The duo took their sweet time and calmly stitched a 71-run opening stand. Elgar failed to capatalize on his start, Hamza then joined Pieter out in the middle and continued from where Elgar left off. But just like Dean Elgar, Zubayr Hamza too fought hard but failed to stick around. Nightwatchman, Keshav Maharaj who had a torrid time with the ball then joined the well-set Malan and ensured that there were no further damage done.

  • 9:25 PM IST

    55.6 Sam Curran to Keshav Maharaj, no run, Maharaj has managed to survive the last ball of the day as he defends this full delivery on middle back to the bowler. STUMPS ON DAY 4.

  • 9:24 PM IST

    55.5 Sam Curran to Keshav Maharaj, no run, Length ball on off, Keshav defends it solidly.

  • 9:24 PM IST

    55.4 Sam Curran to Keshav Maharaj, no run, Very full delivery outside off, Maharaj looks to dig it out but fails to get any bat on it.

  • 9:24 PM IST

    A short leg has come in place now.

  • 9:22 PM IST

    55.3 Sam Curran to Keshav Maharaj, no run, BEATEN! Beautiful delivery from Curran. Good length ball around off, Keshav attempts to defend but misses it altogether.

  • 9:22 PM IST

    55.2 Sam Curran to Keshav Maharaj, 2 runs, EDGY! Fullish delivery on off, Maharaj looks to defend off the front foot but goes off the outside edge through gully. The batters manage to take a couple. Maharaj is off the mark.

  • 9:21 PM IST

    55.1 Sam Curran to Pieter Malan, 1 run, Full delivery on off, pushed to cover for a single.

  • 9:19 PM IST

    54.6 James Anderson to Keshav Maharaj, no run, Good length ball outside off, Maharaj leaves it alone. Excellent over comes to an end. A wicket-maiden it is.

  • 9:18 PM IST

    54.5 James Anderson to Keshav Maharaj, no run, BEATEN! This is Anderson at his best! Brilliant bowling! Good length ball outside off, Maharaj looks to defend but fails to get any bat on it.

  • 9:17 PM IST

    54.4 James Anderson to Keshav Maharaj, no run, Short delivery outside off, Keshav does not fiddle with it and lets it through to the keeper.

  • 9:17 PM IST

    54.3 James Anderson to Keshav Maharaj, no run, Good length ball outside off, Maharaj leaves it alone.

  • 9:16 PM IST

    Keshav Maharaj is sent in as the nightwatchman. Can he survive the last few balls?

  • 9:15 PM IST

    54.2 James Anderson to Zubayr Hamza, out, OUT! Caught behind! Hamza is out of here and Aall the pressure Anderson was building has turned it into a reward. There is a hint of movement, the ball is doing something who do you turn to? Without any doubts, James Anderson. He makes the ball move just like he has done in his previous 150 Test matches. It is in the corridor of uncertainty around off. It shapes in off the deck, Hamza has to defend it and has no option to leave it. The ball takes a thick outside edge and goes to the right of the keeper. Buttler dives and takes a good catch. The ball did not move leaps and bounds, it’s just did a fraction. Fraction enough to get rid of Hamza. The norm of this Test match has been late wickets in the day and that is exactly what has happened now as well.

  • 9:14 PM IST

    54.1 James Anderson to Zubayr Hamza, no run, Length ball on off, Hamza blocks it off the back foot.

  • 9:13 PM IST

    53.6 Sam Curran to Pieter Malan, no run, Full delivery on off, Pieter is solid in defense and does so towards cover.

  • 9:12 PM IST

    53.5 Sam Curran to Pieter Malan, no run, Very full delivery outside off. It pitches and moves away. Malan leaves it alone.

  • 9:11 PM IST

    53.4 Sam Curran to Pieter Malan, no run, Length ball on off, Pieter taps it to gully.

  • 9:11 PM IST

    53.3 Sam Curran to Pieter Malan, no run, Full on off, pushed back to the bowler.

  • 9:11 PM IST

    53.2 Sam Curran to Pieter Malan, no run, Good length ball outside off, Malan shoulders arms to this one.

  • 9:10 PM IST

    53.1 Sam Curran to Zubayr Hamza, 1 run, Curran starts with a full delivery on off, Hamza pushes it to deep cover for a single.

  • 9:09 PM IST

    Sam Curran returns into the attack. 6-2-9-0 are his figures so far.

  • 9:08 PM IST

    52.6 James Anderson to Pieter Malan, no run, Length ball on off, moving in a bit. Malan gets his bat down in time and defends it to the off side.

  • 9:08 PM IST

    52.5 James Anderson to Pieter Malan, no run, Full on middle, pushed back to Anderson.

  • 9:07 PM IST

    52.4 James Anderson to Pieter Malan, no run, Outside off, left alone by Malan.

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