Broad, Anderson gives England a crucial advantage in the second test

Cape Town, January 4 (AFP) Stuart Broad and James Anderson led a relentless bowling performance while England won what could be a crucial advantage on the second day of the second Test against South Africa in Newlands on Saturday.

South Africa had 215 for the close, still 54 runs behind England's first innings, a total of 269 in a dry pitch, which is probably more difficult for hitters later in the game.

More than half of South Africa's races occurred in a fourth wicket association of 117 races between Dean Elgar (88) and Rassie van der Dussen (68).

But Elgar and Van der Dussen could not dominate, as England dried up the races, with Elgar finally falling to a high momentum when he tried to raise the score index.

Anderson took three times 34, while Broad and Sam Curran took two wickets each.

Anderson took two wickets with the second new ball, throwing from the north end, Kelvin.

All the other wickets of the fast bowlers were taken from the south end, Wynberg, where they were thrown away and some lateral movements.

A crack just outside the stump line created uncertainty for right-handed hitters.

Twelve of the 18 wickets in the game have fallen from that end. Ben Stokes made four catches in the second slide, three of them athletic diving efforts.

Dom Bess, who did not play roulette, played an important role, throwing bowling accurately from the north end, while England captain Joe Root rotated his fastest players from the most useful end.

Bess had nine and 14 overs spells and ended the day with one of 62 of 27 overs.

Bess made a vital breakthrough when Elgar lost patience and cut the ball to Root, running from the middle.

Elgar and Van der Dussen rescued South Africa from a precarious 40 by three.

Broad took the first two wickets in a six-opening hostile spell before Anderson received a turn from the end of Wynberg and fired South African captain Faf du Plessis.

Elgar played solidly in his 180 balls with ten four, but Van der Dussen had a precarious existence, especially at the beginning of his innings.

His first scoring shot was a four edges at a catchable height through a gap in the cord of the slips.

An leg was handed to Anderson before Wicket, but he was suspended in the review due to an inside edge and swallowed a catch behind Broad just to be called back due to a no-ball.

He also survived a difficult opportunity for Stokes in Anderson's second slide. Curran took two wickets shortly before the second new ball won, discarding Kock's dangerous Quinton before Van der Dussen fell to one of Stokes's catches when the second new ball was only four strokes away.

Earlier, England added only seven runs to its 262 night total for nine before Anderson was caught in the Kagiso Rabada slip, leaving Ollie Pope undefeated at 61. South Africa won the first Test in Centurion for 107 races. (AFP) ATK ATK

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