Steyn, Morkel too hot for England

Last Updated 14 January 2010, 16:55 IST

South Africa were on 29/0 from twelve overs  at close of play.

Dale Steyn took five for 51 and Morne Morkel three for 39 after England captain Andrew Strauss won the toss and decided to bat.

England’s troubles started with the first ball of the match when Strauss was caught at backward short leg off Steyn. The tourists, leading the series 1-0, lost their first four wickets for 39 runs inside the first hour.

Paul Collingwood (47) and Ian Bell (35) put on 76 for the fifth wicket but when Collingwood provided a first Test wicket for Ryan McLaren soon after lunch the slide resumed and England were bowled out shortly before tea.

Strauss chose to bat first in conditions which offered swing and seam movement. England surprisingly left out fast bowler Graham Onions, bringing in left-arm swing bowler Ryan Sidebottom. Onions was one of England’s most impressive bowlers in the first three Tests and as a number 11 batsman twice played out the last over to secure a draw for his team.

Score Board

ENGLAND (I Innings):
Strauss c Amla b Steyn    0
Cook lbw Morkel    21
Trott lbw Morkel    5
Pietersen c Parnell b Morkel    7
Collingwood c Duminy b McLaren    47
Bell b Steyn    35
Prior c Boucher b Steyn    14
Broad c Morkel b Kallis    13
Swann c Boucher b Steyn    27
Sidebottom c Boucher b Steyn    0
Anderson (not out)    6
Extras (LB-2, W-3)    5     
Total (all out, 47.5 overs)    180
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-7, 3-32,  4-39, 5-115, 6-133, 7-136, 8-148, 9-155.
Bowling: Steyn 13.5-1-51- 5, Morkel 11-1-39-3, McLaren 10-3-30-1, Parnell 3-0-18-0, Kallis 10-3-40-1.

Smith (batting)    12
Prince (batting)    15
Extras (LB-1, NB-1)    2     
Total (for 0 wkts, 12 overs)    29
Bowling: Anderson 6-2-14-0, Sidebottom 6-2-14-0.

(Published 14 January 2010, 16:55 IST)

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