South Africa gambles, 309-6 on Day 1 of 2nd test vs England

Nottingham (England), Jul 14 (AP) South Africa came through two difficult periods to reach 309-6 against England at stumps on Day 1 of the second test today, suggesting the Proteas’ gamble to bat first in difficult conditions may have paid off.

South Africa was 66-2 before a 113-run partnership between Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock.

Then, Stuart Broad (3-47) and Ben Stokes (2-77) combined to take four wickets early in the final session for England but South Africa, at 235-6, came back again with an unbroken 74-run stand between bowlers Vernon Philander and Chris Morris.

Returning South Africa captain Faf du Plessis trusted his batting lineup on a cloudy morning at Trent Bridge, choosing to bat in what appeared to be difficult conditions.

England got what it wanted after Joe Root said he would have bowled anyway, yet despite having the South Africans on the ropes early in the final session, when De Kock fell first ball after tea, the home team couldn’t force home its advantage.

England still leads the four-test series after a convincing 211-run win at Lord’s in the first game.

Scoreboard at stumps on the first day of the second Test between England and South Africa at Trent Bridge today:

South Africa 1st Innings

D. Elgar c Dawson b Anderson 6

H. Kuhn b Broad 34

H. Amla c Wood b Broad 78

Q. de Kock c Cook b Broad 68

F. du Plessis c Bairstow b Stokes 19

T. Bavuma c Bairstow b Stokes 20

V. Philander not out 54

C. Morris not out 23

Extras (lb7) 7

Total (6 wkts, 90 overs, 384 mins) 309

To bat: K Maharaj, M Morkel, D Olivier

Fall of wickets: 1-42 (Elgar), 2-66 (Kuhn), 3-179 (De Kock), 4-194 (Amla), 5-220 (Du Plessis), 6-235 (Bavuma)

Bowling: Anderson 20-4-68-1; Broad 19-4-47-3; Wood 17 -3-61-0; Stokes 18-3-77-2; Dawson 7-1-26-0; Ali 8-1-21-0; Jennings 1-0-2-0

England: Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Gary Ballance, Joe Root (capt), Jonny Bairstow (wkt), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Liam Dawson, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Mark Wood

Toss: South Africa

Umpires: Simon Fry (AUS), Paul Reiffel (AUS)

TV umpire: S Ravi (IND)

Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL) (AFP)

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