England in firm control despite SA's late resistance

Anderson, Finn take three wickets each

South Africa found a toehold late into the first dayof the third Test against England at Lord’s on Thursday through a gritty effort by their late order batsmen.

England’s Steven Finn celebrates after dismissing South African opener Alviro Petersen on the first day of the third Test at Lords on Thursday. AFPThe Proteas were in all sorts of trouble at 151 for five at tea, striking distance within getting bundled out for a paltry total after England pacers James Anderson and Steven Finn shared six wickets equally among them to demolish their rivals’ top order.

However, a 61 by Jean Paul Duminy led their mini-resurgence along with Jacques Rudolph’s 42 and Vernon Philander’s unbeaten 46. Dale Steyn too chipped in handsomely with a plucky unbeaten 21 as the visitors ended the day at a relatively comfortable 262 for seven in 87.4 overs.

But befor the late South African revival, England were in firm controlof the proceedings as their bowlers struck all the right notes on a fine day at the Lord’s.  The Proteas, who will replace England at the top of the ICC Test world rankings if they draw this Test, felt the heat of England’s fury from the first session itself.

Captain Graeme Smith (14), fellow-opener Alviro Petersen (22), Hashim Amla (13) and Jacques Kallis (3) all departed before lunch after South Africa had won the toss and elected to bat.

In the morning session, Smith was first to go when Anderson came around the wicket to the left-hander for the first time. The batsman stabbed at a delivery wide of the off-stump and was caught behind but given out only after England had reviewed umpire Kumar Dharmasena’s decision.

Petersen survived another England review but did not last long thereafter, gloving Finn down the leg side. Amla was bowled three balls later by Finn through the gate as the ball cut back down the infamous Lord’s slope.

The biggest talking point of the morning was the loss of Kallis, second on the all-time list of Test century scorers. Kallis gave wicketkeeper Matt Prior his third catch after a deflection off his glove after Dharmasena initially rejected the appeal.  But third umpire Rod Tucker overturned the decision, much to the chagrin of Kallis and the South African dressing room.

Scoreboard

SOUTH AFRICA (I Innings)
Smith c Prior b Anderson    14
Petersen c Prior b Finn    22
Amla b Finn    13
Kallis  c Prior b Finn    3
AB de Villiers c Cook b Anderson    27
Rudolph b Swann    42
Duminy  c Prior b Anderson    61
Philander (batting)    46
Steyn (batting)    21
Extras (B-7, LB-5, W-1)    13     
Total (7 wickets; 87.4 overs)    262
Fall of wickets: 1-22, 2-49, 3-50, 4-54, 5-105, 6-163, 7-235.
Bowling: Anderson 23-5-58-3, Broad 20-4-57-0, Finn 16.4-2-68-3, Swann 22-6-53-1, Trott 6-1-14-0.

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