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South Africa vs England: Broad, Stokes, Robinson & Anderson set up victory

South Africa vs England: Broad, Stokes, Robinson & Anderson set up a victory: England is closing in on a series victory over South Africa after a brilliant bowling display on the fourth day of the third Test at The Oval. The home side bowled South Africa out for 169 runs and needed 130 runs for a 2-1 victory.

England’s bowlers used excellent action overall, with Stewart Broad and Ben Stokes picking up three wickets each, James Anderson and Ollie Robinson taking two wickets each.

In a frantic start to a chase that looked likely to end on Sunday, England raced to 97-0 in 17 overs only to be halted by fading light.

Zac Crowley reached his half-century off 36 balls, his first half-century in 17 Test innings, and was 57 not out. They will return with Alex Lees, unbeaten on 32, needing another 33 for victory.

It was the second time England had batted on the day before their first innings collapsed for 158 runs.

After resuming on 154-7, England lost the last three wickets for four runs in 16 legal balls, part of a total of six wickets for 29 runs.

South Africa erased a deficit of 40 for the loss of just one wicket and was in charge at 83-1 by the time England’s skillful bowlers came into action.

After seeing England on the brink

England was in danger of losing a strong position on a day when the Oval continued to honor Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – black armbands were still worn, images of the Queen were shown on big screens, and most of The marks around the ground remains black.

South Africa dominated the morning, as England lost their last three wickets in just 13 minutes before the Proteas advanced to lunch.

However, as the ball swung in the afternoon, the hosts cut through a South African batting line-up that could not find a way to settle.

England’s prospect of victory on Sunday, after just two days of play, arose with almost 100 minutes left to reach their target.

In a frenetic start, the intent was clear as Crowley and Lees were inspired by the growing conviction of a restless crowd.

England took 27 runs in the first three overs, entirely in keeping with the summer revolution led by captain Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum.

The lights went out and the tension grew. Crowley kept England on track until the umpires intervened to encourage the spectators.

The bowlers pushed for victory

It was another relentless display from England’s bowlers, who have allowed South Africa to score more than 179 just once in the five innings of this series.

South Africa lost their last nine wickets for 86, a disaster triggered by a lapse in judgment by captain Dean Elgar, who failed to review Broad’s lbw decision when the ball missed the leg stump.

South Africa vs England: Broad, Stokes, Robinson & Anderson set up victory

Broad was rewarded for attacking the stumps. Ryan Rickelton has also bowled lbw and was bowled by Keshav Maharaj, Broad took 566 Test wickets, fifth on the all-time list and second most by seamers, behind only Anderson.

Stokes swung the ball all over. He had earlier taken the first wicket – with Cyril Irvine caught at first slip – before the skipper returned for a marathon spell either side of tea when he bowled Marco Johnson and Kagiso Rabada at third slip. Delivered.

Twice Robinson got the ball to wake up outside the off-stump, first chipping on Wian Mulder, then eating Zondo before he knew whether to play or leave.

Anderson’s first scalp was Keegan Pietersen steering at third slip and he induced Kyle Vereen to the sky and bowled for a final wicket that signaled England’s charge.

Crowley and Lees make rapid progress.

The idea of ​​completing England’s chase on the fourth evening should have barely been considered, but Stokes regularly pushed the limits of what was possible.

In a hectic start, Lees was dropped by Johnson at fourth slip on the first ball, survived a direct-hit run-out attempt, was the subject of a failed review, and snagged a catch in Maharaj’s grasp.

At the other end, Crowley was playing some crisp strokes, looking more comfortable than at any different position this season.

He reached 50 with three fours off Rabada’s four balls, then was dropped at midwicket and edged between the keeper and the slips in the same Enrich Nortje over.

With victory in sight, umpires Nitin Menon and Richard Kettleborough returned the same light readings that had been recorded at the end of the game on Saturday evening.

Still, England has pulled off what could have been a tough target and is set to reap the rewards on Monday, when entry to the Oval will be free.

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