South Africa vs England, second test: wide strikes twice to put England on top of Newlands
CAPE CITY: Stuart Broad, a sailor from England, struck twice in an ardent opening spell to leave the South African hosts reeling at 60 for three at lunch on the second day of the second Test in Newlands on Saturday.
The home team had previously defeated England by 269 in their first innings and will now seek to reduce the deficit of 209 races in a field that offers assistance to sailors.
Opener Dean Elgar seemed certain that his 35 was not and will resume after the interval with Rassie van der Dussen (10 was not), the first needs the kind of hard and sandy entrances for which he is known to get his side out of a hole.
The three South African wickets fell into the traps as bounce and off-field movement provided danger in what was expected to be a more placid wicket on the second day.
Broad (2-12) had debutant starter Pieter Malan caught by Joe Root in the first slip for five, the South African did not provide footwork in his inaugural innings in his homeland.
Zubayr Hamza (5) could only defend himself from a wide delivery to Ben stokes in the second slide and the all-terrain he took an excellent dive catch on his right.
Seamer James Anderson then withdrew the captain from South Africa Faf du Plessis (1), so often the rock of the local batting lineup, since Stokes took his second catch.
Van der Dussen received a leg before the wicket by referee Paul Reiffel against Anderson a few minutes before the interval, but the review showed that he had a thick internal edge.
England resumed its first innings at 262 for nine at the beginning of the day, but Anderson (4) was caught by Van der Dussen in the first slide Kagiso Rabada (3-68) in what was a sign of things to come.
Ollie Pope finished the entries not in 61, his second half-century test in seven innings and his quality in the fold will be a real boost for tourists in a series that so far has seen that both lines of struggle show many weaknesses.
South Africa won the first Test in the four-game series in Pretoria for 107 races.