It was a interesting day of play as England have kept their hopes alive to reach the target of 376 runs on the 3rd day played at Super Sports Park, Centurion on Saturday.
Starting on the overnight score of 72 for 4, Rassie Van der Dussen and night-watchman Anrich Nortje attacked the England bowlers with aggressive stroke play which made life tough for the visitors . Van der completed his maiden Test fifty off 65 balls. In the next over, Jofra Archer got the breakthrough dismissing the debutant for 51. Van der Dussen and Nortje added 91 runs for the 5th wicket. Quinton de Kock came to the crease and took on Jofra Archer with some big hits which put England bowlers under more pressure. Nortje was finally dismissed by Archer for well made 40.
Dwaine Pretorius could not contribute much as he was dismissed by Ben Stokes with a simple catch at slips by Dom Sibley. Vernon Philander looked composed with the stroke play and helped South Africa reach 197 for 7 at lunch.
In the second session, Philander and de Kock continued to make the batting look easy before Stokes dismissed de Kock for 34. De Kock and Philander added 43 runs for the 8th wicket. Keshav Maharaj also spent some time at the crease and added 30 runs for the 9th wicket with Vernon Philander. Jofra Archer picked his 5th wicket haul getting rid of Maharaj. Kagiso Rabada played some lovely strokes and continued to pile the misery. Sam Curran picked the final wicket getting the wicket of Vernon Philander with a good catch by Jonny Bairstow who replaced Jos Buttler. South Africa set a massive target of 376 runs to win in the 4th innings
In reply, Rory Burns was given a reprieve as he was given out by the umpire but on review the umpire had to change its decision. England ended the 2nd session at 24 for 0.
Rory Burns and Dom Sibley showed their class putting the bad balls away for boundaries. Burns reached his fifty off 62 balls. As things looked dangerous for South Africa, Keshav Maharaj got the breakthrough dismissing Dom Sibley for 29. Dom Sibley and Burns added 92 runs for opening wicket. Maharaj troubled Burns and Joe Denly which made life tough for the England batsmen. In the last over, Burns survived a chance but remained steady. England ended the 3rd day on 121 for 1.
South Africa 284 in 84.3 overs ( Quinton de Kock 95, Hamza 39, Stuart Broad 4/58, Sam Curran 4/58) and 272 in 61.4 overs ( Van der Dussen 51, Vernon Philander 46, Dean Elgar 22, Faf du Plessis 20, Jofra Archer 5/102, Ben Stokes 2/22) England 181 in 52 overs ( Joe Denly 50, Ben Stokes 35, Vernon Philander 4/16, Kagiso Rabada 3/68) and 121 for 1 in 41 overs ( Rory Burns 77*, Keshav Maharaj 1/16)
England require 255 runs to win.