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Posted at: Jul 15, 2017, 1:52 AM; last updated: Jul 15, 2017, 1:52 AM (IST)

SA rally to 309/6 on fluctuating first day

SA rally to 309/6 on fluctuating first day
Hashim Amla hits a six to reach his half-century on the first day of the second Test. AFP

Nottingham, July 14

South Africa lost four wickets in the final session of a fluctuating first day of the second Test against England at Trent Bridge on Friday but finished with a defiant flourish to end on 309/6.

Heavily beaten in the first Test, where spinners Moeen Ali and Liam Dawson took 14 wickets between them, the tourists had to battle swing and seam this time. 

Pacemen took all six wickets, Stuart Broad picking up three on his home ground. Morning cloud cover meant that deciding to bat first after winning the toss was “a tricky decision” according to returning captain Faf du Plessis.

By tea, a score of 142/2 appeared to have justified his choice but after a century stand by Hashim Amla, passing 8,000 Test runs, and Quinton de Kock, both were dismissed in the first six overs after the interval. 

Ben Stokes then snapped up two quick wickets but Vernon Philander, with an unbeaten 54, and Chris Morris (23*) carried the tourists past 300 without further damage. 

James Anderson became the first man to take Test 300 wickets in England when he had opener Dean Elgar brilliantly caught at backward point by a diving Dawson for six.

Brief Scores: SA: 309/6 (Philander 54*, Morris 23*) vs Eng. — Reuters

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