England vs South Africa

Match info: England v South Africa Test Series 2012 at The Kia Oval - 1st Test

Date: 23rd Jul 2012 Status: Day 5 of 5 Umpires: S J Davis and A Rauf

Home team and score Away team score

England

385 All out (125.5 Overs)
240 All out (97.0 Overs)

Result

South Africa

637/2 Dec (189.0 Overs)

South Africa win by an innings and 12 runs

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  • South Africa win at The Oval for the first time and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. It was a comprehensive display from the Proteas, outplaying England in all areas from day two onwards. Hashim Amla's South African record 311 not out was the highlight, while Dale Steyn ended England's survival hopes with 5-56 on the final day. Thanks for your company and join us again on August 2 for more commentary on the second Test at Headingley.
  • Anderson is given out lbw to a shooter from Tahir. He has reviewed it... Review confirms umpire Rauf's judgment, England all out for 240, South Africa win by an innings and 12 runs.
  • Over 96 - Eng 235-9 (Bresnan 15, Anderson 4)

    Bresnan takes a single from the fifth ball again, although this time it is not such a good idea as a direct hit would have ended the game. Anderson turns down the available single from the final ball.
  • Over 95 - Eng 234-9 (Bresnan 14, Anderson 4)

    Bresnan continues to farm the strike successfully, taking a single from the fifth delivery. Anderson spots Tahir's googly and England can cross off another over. They trail by 18, the tea interval is 11 minutes away and there are 33 more overs scheduled in the day.
  • Over 94 - Eng 233-9 (Bresnan 13, Anderson 4)

    Bresnan helps himself to a boundary down to fine-leg and then uppercuts Morkel for a single. Morkel is banging it in short.
  • Over 93 - Eng 228-9 (Bresnan 8, Anderson 4)

    Bresnan dealing in leg-side singles at the moment, picking up another to midwicket as Tahir drops a quicker delivery in short. The tea interval should be now but as South Africa only need one wicket, the umpires have delayed taking it until 4pm (BST).
  • Over 92 - Eng 227-9 (Bresnan 7, Anderson 4)

    Double change with Morkel into the attack for his first bowl since he sprayed it around in a five-over spell at the start of the day. Bresnan turns another single into the leg side, he was keen on coming back for a second but wisely decided against it in the end.
  • Over 91 - Eng 226-9 (Bresnan 6, Anderson 4)

    Tahir, who accounted for Bresnan in the first innings, is back on to try and finish this off. Fair to say Anderson isn't picking Tahir's variations, he is beaten by the googly and then surprised by a sharp leg-spinner. England trail by 26.
  • Over 90 - Eng 225-9 (Bresnan 5, Anderson 4)

    Bresnan gets a single behind square on the leg side. Philander is briefly interested in reviewing an lbw appeal against Anderson but is soon talked out of it.
  • Over 89 - Eng 224-9 (Bresnan 4, Anderson 4)

    Duminy, diving to his left at backward point, fails to hang on to a low chance from Anderson's cut. It went through his hands and away for four. Anderson almost finds Duminy again later in the over, this time his cut drops just short. Steyn keeps it short and quick.
  • Over 88 - Eng 220-9 (Bresnan 4, Anderson 0)

    Bresnan drives wide of mid-on for a single as Philander overpitches while searching for swing. Anderson also turns the strike over with a leg-bye.
  • Over 87 - Eng 218-9 (Bresnan 3, Anderson 0)

    Anderson fends his first ball, a sharp lifter, just over short-leg and narrowly in front of square-leg. Steyn now has 18 Test five-wicket hauls, he has been in full 'Steyn remover' mode with this second new ball.
  • Swann is caught in the covers to give Steyn his five-wicket haul. He went for a big drive with his weight still back in the crease, giving Alviro Petersen a simple catch. Last man Anderson makes his way to the middle, England still 34 behind...
  • Over 86 - Eng 217-8 (Bresnan 2, Swann 7)

    South Africa and Philander have done their homework on Swann, giving him no width outside off-stump and aiming at his ribs. Swann wears the first short ball on the body, turning away, and then has a wild swipe at the next one. Swann finishes the over with a boundary, driven on the up and just out of the reach of the point fielder, to take him to 1,000 runs in Tests.
  • Over 85 - Eng 213-8 (Bresnan 2, Swann 3)

    Swann has joined Bresnan in the middle and is immediately into his stride with three to midwicket. Snicko indicated the ball hit Broad's glove, so the correct decision was made. Steyn has 4-51, England trail by 39 with only James Anderson remaining in the pavilion with his pads on.
  • Broad is given out caught behind down the leg side on review. Umpire Rauf turned down the appeal after Broad fended his hands at a delivery from Steyn that was rearing up towards his ribs. South Africa asked for a review and, after a long study of the replays, Broad was sent on his way. I think he did get a glove on it but that is not clear from the replays shown. Hard to see how there was enough evidence to overturn Rauf's decision.
  • Over 84 - Eng 210-7 (Bresnan 2, Broad 0)

    Bresnan is cut in half by a Philander delivery that cut back off the seam. Philander was interested in a caught behind appeal, he was the only one though.
  • Over 83 - Eng 210-7 (Bresnan 2, Broad 0)

    Bell was in two minds about playing at that and, in the end, it was more of a guide to Kallis rather than an outside edge. Broad has joined Bresnan in the middle, England trail by 42. What should the approach be here? I think England should look to score, be positive within reason.
  • Two balls is all Steyn needs with the new cherry. Bell is drawn into playing at an outswinger and Kallis pouches the catch at second slip. Bell gone for 55.
  • Over 82 - Eng 210-6 (Bell 55, Bresnan 2)

    Bresnan turns the first ball of Philander's spell to square-leg for a single. Bell leaves alone a series of deliveries outside off-stump and keeps hold of the strike by driving a slower ball into the covers to end the over.

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