South Africa takes charge

NOTTINGHAM – South Africa took a firm grip on the second Test at Trent Bridge after a see-saw second day in which 15 wickets tumbled and the fragility of England’s fragile top-order batting was brutally exposed on Saturday.

The touring side reached 75-1 in their second innings at the close, a lead of 205, with Dean Elgar (38 not out) and Hashim Amla (23 not out) bringing some order to the final hour and ensuring their team are well-placed to force the victory that would level the four-match series at 1-1.

South Africa began the day on 309-6 in their first innings and from the first over, in which James Anderson claimed the wicket of Vernon Philander, the bowlers had the edge underneath grey skies on a pitch that responded to seam and spin.

Anderson mopped up the tail with a devastating spell of 4-4 in little more than half-an-hour to dismiss South Africa for 335.

But South Africa’s attack proved equally potent, with seamer Chris Morris and spinner Keshav Maharaj picking up three wickets apiece.

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