England vs South Africa: Zak Crawley reaches fiftieth birthday unbeaten as hosts shut in on Check sequence victory | Cricket Information

Watch the defining moments of Zak Crawley's half-century

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Watch the defining moments of Zak Crawley’s half-century

Watch the defining moments of Zak Crawley’s half-century

England are closing in on a sequence victory over South Africa after an aesthetic half-century from Zak Crawley left them needing simply 33 extra runs to win the third Check.

Set 130 to clinch a 2-1 sequence triumph on the Kia Oval, beneath strain openers Crawley (57no) and Alex Lees (32no) shared an unbroken place as England went 97-0 on the stumps.

After limiting their first-innings result in 40, an impressive England bowling effort noticed South Africa knocked out for 169 with Stuart Broad (3-45) overtaking Glenn McGrath on the record of main wicket takers in Check cricket and Ollie Robinson (2 -40) claiming his fiftieth within the longest format.

Captain Ben Stokes (3-39) and James Anderson (2-27) additionally performed key roles with the ball earlier than Crawley and Lees set to slicing leads.

In simply 17 overs they leaped inside touching distance of their goal earlier than dangerous gentle ended the sport to the frustration of followers and gamers alike.

The transfer disadvantaged Stokes’ aspect of the grandstand end of their dwelling summer season, however the successful second will undoubtedly come on Monday morning.

South African openers are off to a superb begin

England began the day hoping to show a 36-run lead into one thing extra substantial, however 13 minutes, three wickets and simply 4 runs later, the innings had been over.

Kagiso Rabada (4-81) repped Robinson (3) and Jack Leach (0) earlier than Marco Jansen (5-35) caught Ben Foakes (14) within the slides to complete the units on 158 and full a primary Check 5 -for.

South African captain Dean Elgar is the top scorer with 36 in the tourists' second leg

South African captain Dean Elgar is the highest scorer with 36 within the vacationers’ second leg

After slipping to 36-6 on day three, South Africa bought off to a a lot better begin the second time round as Samel Erwee and Dean Elgar every survived a evaluate and helped the vacationers clear the primary 40 deficit sleeves in 9 overs.

The partnership had grown to 58 earlier than England discovered the breakthrough. Stokes swung into the assault and wanted simply three balls to search out Erwee’s benefit, with Joe Root taking a superb maintain on the primary slip.

Elgar and Keegan Petersen led the Proteas till lunchtime South Africa had given themselves a stable platform from which to construct, however within the hour after the break a well-recognized pair rocked the match for England.

Broad and Anderson shoot the sport for England

And swing, the ball did. Broad bought issues going with the wicket of Elgar (36) as lbw’s loud third name from the twenty second was met within the affirmative by umpire Nitin Menon.

Elgar himself additionally appeared satisfied, strolling away earlier than a finger was even lifted. A transfer made all of the stranger by the truth that ball monitoring confirmed it could have missed the leg stump.

Stuart Broad fired Dean Elgar to pass Glenn McGrath and access 564 Test wickets, putting him fifth on the all-time list.

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Stuart Broad fired Dean Elgar to cross Glenn McGrath and entry 564 Check wickets, placing him fifth on the all-time record.

Stuart Broad fired Dean Elgar to cross Glenn McGrath and entry 564 Check wickets, placing him fifth on the all-time record.

England had been up, nevertheless, Broad had 564 Check wickets to edge out the nice McGrath and rank fifth on the all-time wicket record.

The quantity 565 got here shortly after when Ryan Rickelton (8) was trapped on the lead, hit within the again shin, and between these two wickets Anderson had performed for Petersen (23) – Ollie Pope taking a wise maintain on the fourth slip.

Feeling the sport was slipping away from them, Khaya Zondo and Wiann Mulder opted to dig in, organising their stand to defend and attempt to blunt England’s vastly expert and extremely skilled tailoring duo.

The consequence was over an hour with no border and even singles had been uncommon.

Proteas locations England 130 to win the sequence

Robinson lastly broke the impasse, a fiftieth wicket coming solely from his eleventh Check as Mulder (14) dragged the ball over his stumps through his again leg, earlier than pinning Zondo (16) in entrance with an enormous pinch in his subsequent extra to let guests six down.

In the meantime, Stokes was battling knee ache in a high quality spell on the opposite aspect and seemed to have earned his reward when Jansen clipped an out-swinger to Pope. His smile turned to a grimace, nevertheless, because the referee held out his arm to sign that he had overstepped.

England's Ollie Robinson took his 50th Test wicket on day four at The Oval

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England’s Ollie Robinson took his fiftieth Check wicket on day 4 at The Oval

England’s Ollie Robinson took his fiftieth Check wicket on day 4 at The Oval

The English skipper belatedly put his man within the final earlier than tea. A swinging hoop beat Jansen (4) on the within edge and flattened the leg stump.

Stokes had two balls to finish his cross after the break and the second of these noticed Rabada obediently push Harry Brook on the third slide.

Kyle Verreynne and Keshav Maharaj added some helpful factors within the subsequent overs however then went down within the area of six balls – the latter performed by a Broad magnificence and the previous caught and performed by Anderson.

Chase in England will get off to a rocky begin

As soon as once more, the English fly-half – regardless of their latest run-out – had the concept to impose themselves on the South African bowlers.

The chance of this technique was proven from the primary ball as Lees tried to interrupt by way of the covers and despatched an out of doors edge to Jansen, who was unable to carry onto the fourth slip.

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Lees was then almost exhausted, a direct hit from the purpose making it very tight, however the third referee dominated the England southpaw had his bat down very quickly.

His turbulent begin within the innings ended with South Africa overhauling unsuccessfully for a maintain after the ball exploded within the twine. A muscular boundary on the bottom subsequent to the ball was simply the reply the group needed to see.

Crawley, in the meantime, delighted the group with back-to-back bounds off Rabada – the primary level handed earlier than the subsequent was pushed elegantly midway by way of.

Lees went for one more huge shot, a head kick from Jansen that simply eluded Maharaj midway by way of, earlier than the batters settled for some time.

Crawley strikes to fifty earlier than dangerous gentle stops enjoying

The 50 partnership drew an enormous ovation from the south London crowd and regardless of a interval of restraint, Crawley was quickly approaching half a century.

Rabada was drilled by way of the covers after which fired dismissively by way of the wicket to take Crawley to a sixth Check 50 after a run of 16 innings with out one, throughout which he made 10 single-digit scores.

England openers Alex Lees and Crawley shared an unbroken 97 position

England openers Alex Lees and Crawley shared an unbroken 97 place

Any luck he would possibly really feel having deserted him in that point returned to him quickly after the standing ovation that greeted his milestone ended.

A ferocious pulling shot was introduced down by Rickelton in the course of the wicket and later within the high an out of doors edge flew between the wicketkeeper and the primary slip. South African captain Dean Elgar managed a wry smile, bowler Anrich Nortje had a somewhat completely different expression.

Lees completed the subsequent one by knocking Jansen by way of the covers for 4 and it seemed just like the victory would come shortly.

As an alternative, with the sunshine fading, the referees have determined they need to take the gamers off and, though it was an unpopular choice, it would have little impression on the result.

After simply two days of play, England are poised for one more victory beneath Stokes and Brendon McCullum.

Anderson: Bazball modified the best way the world sees Check cricket

England bowler Jimmy Anderson: “Nice day for us, I believe we performed very nicely, and we did not get the awards within the first session. They grafted nicely to get by way of a troublesome time. We put ourselves in a terrific place. “

James Anderson says it's disappointing England couldn't finish the game but understands the decision to end the day

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James Anderson says it is disappointing England could not end the sport however understands the choice to finish the day

James Anderson says it is disappointing England could not end the sport however understands the choice to finish the day

Anderson on Broad: “It means so much to him [moving past Glenn McGrath] due to how excessive he was holding Glenn.

“It simply reveals the quantity of labor he put in and his dedication to the job. It is a pleasure to bowl with him on the different finish.”

Anderson on England’s turnaround: “It was superb. Baz was a breath of contemporary air, he arrived and it is simply constructive.

“The sort of messages he sends about going there to be entertained, everybody purchased into it. When it occurs, it is spectacular.

“It has modified not solely the best way gamers take into consideration Check cricket, however the entire world thinks about Check cricket.”

Watch day 5 of the third check between England and South Africa from 10.15am on Sunday on Sky Sports activities Cricket. The sport begins at 11 a.m.

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