2nd test: Ollie Pope gives England a late bombardment

CAPE TOWN: Ollie Pope It came half a century to give England a late boost after they fought a disciplined South African bowling attack on the first day of the second Test against South Africa in Newlands on Friday.

Pope failed 56, as England fought 262 for nine on a day when tourists, 1-0 down in the four-game series, did not take advantage of what looked like a good batting field.

Before Pope prospered in a last unbeaten wicket position of 28 with James Anderson after six England batters perished by scores between 29 and 47.

England's problems were a tribute to the pressure exerted by South African bowlers, who shared wickets. Vernon Philander , Kagiso Rabada , Anrich Nortje and Dwaine Pretorius took two each, while the left arm spinner Keshav Maharaj He maintained strict control over the batters while sending 27 envelopes and taking one for 68.

South Africa thought they had completed a very satisfying day when Filander caught Pope near Rabada shortly before closing with the total of 261, but a review by the referees showed that Rabada had sent a no-ball.

The day after his 22nd birthday, Pope, who missed the loss of 107 England races in the first test at Centurion due to illness, played a compound entry and shared a 58-field fifth-field association with Ben Stokes that threatened to break the dominance of South Africa. .

Stokes reached 47 on the ground, where he achieved the best record of his 258 career four years ago and hit the ball hard before hitting an awkward unit against Nortje's pace and was caught on the deck.

The entries then changed dramatically as Jos Buttler and Sam Curran fell before the second new ball was taken, and Dom Bess and Stuart broad They were fired in the first two overs with the new ball. Of 185 for four England were 234 for nine.

But Pope was able to keep most of the strike, while Anderson was able to avoid the deliveries he had to face.

The struggles of England were personified by Captain Root. He escaped on the 31st when a flying edge of Nortje exploded in the first slip of Rassie van der Dussen's hands and ran four races.

But two balls later, Root got into a fast gorilla from Nortje and swallowed the ball to goalkeeper Quinton of Kock.

Nortje returned to bowling at high speed and was the most threatening South African bowler, while De Kock had another good day behind the stumps, with five catches.