ENG vs SA: England loses respect at Lord’s Stadium, defeats South Africa in 3 days to blow out ‘Bazball’


London: South African bowlers led by Anrich Nortje ravaged England’s batting to give their team a massive victory by an innings and 12 runs on the third day of the first Test on Friday. South Africa extended their first innings lead of 289 for seven in the morning of the third day and made 326 runs in their first innings to take a strong lead of 161 runs. England had scored 165 runs in their first innings.

England’s batting disintegrated like a pack of cards in the second innings as well and failed to avoid the innings defeat. His entire team got out for 149 runs in the second innings. South Africa thus took an early lead in the three-match series. None of the England batsmen could play confidently in the face of South Africa’s fast and spin attack. Only five of his batsmen reached double digits, with opener Alex Lease and number eight Stuart Broad scoring the same 35 runs.

For South Africa, Nortje took three wickets while Kagiso Rabada, Marco Yansen and Keshav Maharaj took two wickets each. This is only the fourth time at Lord’s that England have suffered an innings defeat. The last time he lost to South Africa by an innings was in 2003. South Africa captain Dean Elgar had bowled the ball early to spinner Keshav Maharaj, who proved his captain’s decision right by dismissing opener Jock Crowley (13) and first-innings top-scorer Ollie Pope (5).

Lungi Ngidi dealt a blow to England by getting Joe Root (six) caught by Aiden Markram. After this, England appeared in a position to avoid an innings defeat only when captain Ben Stokes (20) and Broad were at the crease. After breaking the 55-run partnership between these two, it did not take long for England’s innings to collapse. Earlier, Broad played a key role in framing South Africa’s lower order. Apart from taking a great catch, he also took the last two wickets.

Broad took an excellent one-handed catch of Kagiso Rabada (3) off Matthew Potts’ third ball of the day and then dismissed Marco Yansen (48) and Lungi Ngidi (nil) to end the South African innings. Nortje remained unbeaten on 28. Broad and captain Ben Stokes took three wickets each for England.

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