ENG vs SA: After the second day of play in the first Test match versus England at Lord’s, the visitors are up. Dean Elgar and Sarel Erwee, the opening batsmen for South Africa, totally eradicated any risk of losing wickets when the ball was fresh.
Dean Elgar and Sarel Erwee, the South African openers, gave the Proteas a strong start as they came out to bat. The two succeeded in forming a good opening wicket partnership of 85 runs. However, their partnership did come to a disappointing end.
Elgar would have easily reached his 23rd Test half-century if it weren’t for an unfortunate dismissal. Erwee, by contrast, scored more than 50 runs in his debut Test innings in England.
Nick Compton, a former England batsman, expressed his delight at watching Elgar and Erwee bat on Twitter. Compton opened the innings in 18 of his 30 Test innings for England. He seems to be suggesting that English hitters may benefit from studying their South African counterparts as well.
ENG vs SA: Dean Elgar Was Bowled In Unlucky Fashion On Day 2 of the 1st Test – Watch the Video
ENG vs SA: Elgar tried to play an Anderson delivery off his pads on the third ball of the 23rd over. The ball, however, clipped his thigh guard as he was unable to make contact. It then surprisingly struck the Proteas captain’s right arm. In an unlucky fashion, the ball eventually deflected onto the stumps.
For England, it was a true stroke of luck as they made their breakthrough. Dean Elgar left while shaking his head as James Anderson cheered. The southpaw batter attempted to work his pads off while facing the delivery.
It did, however, clip the thigh guard before bouncing back off his right arm. Elgar was helpless to stop the ball from tumbling gently towards the center and leg stump.
Needless to say, Dean Elgar’s innings, which lasted 81 deliveries and had eight fours, ended in quite an odd dismissal. Despite Elgar’s unfortunate departure, South Africa are currently ahead by 124 runs in the first Test.
They appear to be in a solid position after scoring 289 runs for the loss of 7 wickets.It has been quite a balanced display from the South African squad so far. Their batting line-up have scored runs while their bowlers also impressed in the first innings.
Earlier in the game, the visitors crushed the hosts for a pitiful total of 165. Olli Pope amassed a half-century in the meantime. The visitors’ Kagiso Rabada also picked up a 5-wicket haul in a rather solid performance.