South Africa vs England, second test: Dean Elgar shines but England wins

CAPE TOWN: Dean Elgar and Rassie van der Dussen placed in a fourth-century position for South Africa, but England took over the second Test after reducing the home team to 215 by eight at the close of the second day in Newlands on Saturday.

South Africa has 54 runs in the first innings after having eliminated England for 269 and will resume the third day with Vernon Philander (13 not out) and Kagiso Rabada (0 not out) in the fold.

England had the new ball in hand five strokes from the end of the game and will resume on day three in search of wickets to quickly finish the home team's innings with a practical advantage.

There is a lot in wicket for bowlers, but South Africa was able to frustrate England during the middle of the day while they were looking to build their first test win of 107 races in Pretoria.

England had an excellent start with the ball and reduced South Africa to 40 by three.

Seamer Stuart broad (2-36) made the debut starter, Pieter Malan, caught by Joe Root in the first slip by five, while Zubayr Hamza (5) could only avoid a delivery to Ben stokes in the second slip.

James Anderson (3-34) eliminated the captain of South Africa Faf du Plessis (1), also captured by Stokes, before Elgar and the Van der Dussen century stood firm for the home team.

Elgar is reputed to be a stubborn racing accumulator and played writing to score 88 of 180 balls, his 14th half-century test to go with 12 hundreds.

However, he had an unusually loose shot, trying to crush Dominic Bess dominator halfway, but only managed to choose England's captain Root halfway to the limit.

Kock's dangerous Quinton played a typically windy 20 before leaving in a similar manner, although sailor Sam Curran (2-39) was the bowler and Anderson took the catch.

Van der Dussen's patient stay at the crease saw him reach 68 from 187 balls, before guiding Curran to Stokes in the second slip.

Dwaine Pretorious also directed an Anderson delivery to Stokes, a fourth all-terrain capture, before the sealer also claimed Keshav Maharaj's scalp (4) for what turned out to be the final ball of the day.

England had resumed their first innings at 262 for nine at the beginning of the day, but Anderson (4) was caught by Van der Dussen in Rabada's first slip (3-68). Ollie Pope finished the entries not in 61.

Meanwhile, tourists expect to have a fast bowler Jofra Archer available for the third test that begins in Port Elizabeth on January 16.

A second examination of an elbow injury that kept him out of the Cape Town test revealed only bruising and swelling.