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ENG vs SA, 3rd Test: Ben Stokes’s England need 33 runs to win the final match of the series at Kennington Oval in London. Zak Crawley stayed unbeaten on 57 off 44 balls.
3rd Test: ENG on brink of series win against SA after Zak Crawley’s blazing 57*. Courtesy: AP
- Zak Crawley stayed unbeaten on 57 off 44 balls with 10 fours
- England need 33 runs to win the 3rd Test vs South Africa
- England were set a target of 130 to chase down
The Three Lions started the series with an innings defeat at Lord’s, but have turned their fortunes around big time. After only two days of play at the KIA Oval, Stokes’ men were in a position of absolute command.
England started the day with a trail of 36 runs and three wickets in hand in their first innings. However, they could only finish with a 40-run lead. South Africa had every chance of making amends after getting bowled out for 118 in the first innings.
But they failed to put in a strong showing and were shot out for 169 in their second innings. Their innings crumbled after Sarel Erwee and Dean Elgar put on 58 runs for the opening wicket. Seven of their batters got into double digits, but failed to convert.
While Stuart Broad and Stokes picked up three wickets apiece, James Anderson and Ollie Robinson got three scalps each.
Thereafter, the England openers, Alex Lees and Zak Crawley, came out with a lot of intent while chasing 130. Lees stayed unbeaten on 32 runs off 61 balls with the help of three fours.
Crawley, on the other hand, took the attack to the opposition bowlers and scored an unbeaten 57 off 44 balls with as many as 10 fours.
Crawley played at a strike rate of 129.54 as the hosts ended the day with their score at 97 for no loss in 17 overs.
The Proteas attacked with their premier pacers, Kagiso Rabada, Marco Jansen and Anrich Nortje, but they failed to pick up a wicket.
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