SA on top at the Wanderers

Light rain interrupted play 18 minutes after the start of South Africa’s first innings, after the Proteas bundled England out for 180 on the first day of the final Test at the Wanderers on Thursday.

Dale Steyn took another five wicket haul for the Proteas as England tumbled after lunch, to cap a poor day for the tourists.

The old firm of Paul Collingwood and Ian Bell appeared to be restoring some normality to the England innings, after they lost four wickets in the first 10 overs of the match. But five overs after lunch, debutant Ryan McLaren took his first Test wicket when JP Duminy took a catch at point to dismiss Collingwood for 47. Their fifth wicket partnership, which lasted an hour and a half, was worth 76 runs.

Bell was next to go, when he was bowled for 35 by Dale Steyn, who started the day in sensational fashion when he had Andrew Strauss caught by Hashim Amla off the first ball of the match. Steyn struck again in his next over, with Matt Prior caught behind by Mark Boucher for 14.

Stuart Broad hit 13 off 13 deliveries, including two boundaries, before he was caught at midoff by Morne Morkel, wafting at a Jacques Kallis delivery, and Ryan Sidebottom—brought back into the England team at the expense of Graham Onions—was caught behind by Boucher off Steyn without scoring.

Graeme Swann and James Anderson put on 25 together, but Swann became Steyn’s fifth victim when he got an edge and was caught for 27 by a diving Boucher.

Steyn—the world’s number one bowler—has now taken a ‘five-for’ against every Test playing country. He finished with figures of five for 51.

Morkel took three for 31, with McLaren and Kallis picking up the other two wickets.—Sapa



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