South Africa vs England, second test: Sibley approaches the half-century maiden as England advances

CAPE CITY: Opener Dom Sibley He crawled toward a half-century maiden when England moved to 109 for two on tea on the third day of the second Test against South Africa on Sunday, extending his lead in the game.

Tourists have a 155 lead with eight remaining wickets in the second inning and are in a solid position to level the four-game series, but it has been slow in Newlands in a wicket that seems to have lost part of its zip.

Sibley will resume in 44 of 130 balls with the captain Joe Root (seven not eliminated) after England added only 57 runs in 28 overs in the afternoon session, showing admirable patience and application.

The only wicket to fall after lunch was to Joe Denly (31), who tried a hook on Anrich Nortje and was caught 20 yards from the limit of the long leg by a Dwaine Pretorius.

Zak Crawley (25) was the first scalp of South Africa in the second innings while filming Kagiso Rabada to the wicketkeeper Kock Quinton after receiving two blows to the body of the South African fast bowler.

South African Spinner Keshav Maharaj He threw from the end of Kelvin Grove throughout the session, showing good control to land the ball in the rough outside the stump of the leg for the right-handed, but it actually caused few alarms for tourists.

Previously, the sailor James Anderson took five wickets and Ben stokes England recorded five catches, as they did a brief job to conclude the South African entries at the start of the game, knocking down the hosts by 223.

Anderson (5-40) knocked over Rabada (0) with the first ball of the day as the South African got a faint edge to the wicketkeeper Jos Buttler .

Anderson, 37, completed his 28th five-wicket test run when number 11 Anrich Nortje (4) surpassed Stokes in the slip so that the all-terrain led an England record of five catches as a gardener.

It is also the most played set by any player and the twelfth time a fielder had made five catches in a Test inning.

South Africa won the first Pretoria Test for 107 races.