Amla’s second fifty cemented South Africa’s strong position in second test

Vastavam web:  Hashim Amla’s second fifty of the match cemented South Africa’s strong position in the second cricket Test at Trent Bridge as they pressed for a series-levelling victory against England, here today.South Africa were 160 for three in their second innings, a lead of 290 runs, at lunch on the third day.Amla, who made 78 in the first innings, was 61 not out and returning captain Faf du Plessis four not out.South Africa, well beaten by 211 runs in the first of a four-match series at Lord’s last week, resumed on 75 for one — already 205 runs ahead with three days left in the game.

Elgar was 38 not out and Amla 23 not out.James Anderson, who took five for 72 in South Africa’s first innings 335 the seventh Test five-for recorded by England’s all-time leading wicket-taker at Trent Bridge beat Elgar’s outside edge.But when Stuart Broad, bowling on his Nottinghamshire home ground, challenged Elgar from around the wicket, the left-hander responded with an off-driven four.England appealed half-heartedly and then decided against reviewing Australian umpire Simon Fry’s not out decision, only for replays to indicate there had been an edge.

England needed every possible chance to stick in their dire position. Elgar, however, had a reprieve on 55 when a thick edge off Broad flew high to gully where Anderson, diving to his left, so nearly held what would have been a spectacular catch.England eventually had a breakthrough when the painstaking Elgar fell in sight of would have been an eighth Test century when he took his eye off a well-directed Stokes bouncer and tamely mis-hooked to Anderson at backward square leg.South Africa’s 153 for two soon became 154 for three when Quinton de Kock was caught behind off Anderson.