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South Africa thrash England to level series

Nottingham, Jul 17 (Agencies)
Published on 18 Jul. 2017 12:48 AM IST
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The Proteas have thrashed England in the second Test at Trent Bridge winning by 340 runs midway through the fourth day.
England started the day on 1 without loss facing the uphill battle of having to face 180 overs or score a massive 474 to win. The Proteas soon had the hosts under pressure when Keaton Jennings (0) saw his off stump knocked back by Vernon Philander in the second over of the day. 
Gary Ballance (4) soon followed after a review from South Africa. He was another victim of Philander who removed England’s under-fire No 3 by trapping him leg before wicket.  That brought Joe Root to the wicket although he too didn’t last long with Chris Morris producing a superb yorker that struck off-stump and sent the England captain back to the pavilion for just 8.
Six overs later, Morris had another when he induced Alastair Cook (42) into an attempted hook only for the resolute opener to glove it behind for Quinton de Kock to take an excellent catch down the leg side.  
Keshav Maharaj was next into the action for a now rampant Proteas and he managed to remove the dangerous Jonny Bairstow who miscued an attempted hit down the ground, only to be caught at mid-on for 16.
Moeen Ali (27) and Ben Stokes (18) produced some resistance by putting on 38 for the sixth wicket before Marharaj had Ali caught at square leg by Heino Khun and Philander caught and bowled Stokes.
Stuart Broad (5) then holed out to Maharaj with Morne Morkel taking an easy catch on the midwicket boundary to the groans of a bewildered English crowd.  
Mark Wood followed in the next over for a first ball duck giving Duane Olivier his first wicket in the match. Olivier then removed James Anderson with the very next ball to give the Proteas an emphatic victory. 
Philander (3/24) and Maharaj (3/42) were the stand out bowlers for the visitors. 
The third Test starts on at the Oval on July 27.

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