The resignation of South African captain Faf du Plessis gives England a boost for lunch on day five of the second test.
- England & # 39; s hope of conquering South Africa encouraged by the resignation of Faf du Plessis
- England needed eight wickets to equal Keshav Maharaj and then removed
- Du Plessis was fired for 19 points but rookie Pieter Malan impressed
The hope of England for forcing a fifth Day victory in the second test in Cape Town was stimulated by a drastic decline in the judgment of South Africa Captain Faf du Plessis.
England needed eight wickets to enter a stubborn field in Newlands and would have to settle for James Anderson's early removal from night watchman Keshav Maharaj.
Debutant Pieter Malan, who failed on a solid rock 83, appeared to crack a hard nut and Du Plessis seemed to play his role in the rear-guard to evoke an unforced fault that the Proteas 170 for four left.
After getting out of 56 balls a way to 19 h given ad, the skipper suddenly threw away his earlier inhibitions when he knelt to sweep Dom Bess in the leg side.
With runs essentially a non-factor in the final equation and Bess causing few problems on a pitch with only the softest twist, Du Plessis' shot choice was staggering as the failed execution.
Instead of tickling the ball or stroking it on the ground, Du Plessis planted it straight to Joe Denly on a square leg. England was delighted, surprised and relieved in equal parts – not least Denly who took his first catch since his astonishing spills two tests ago in Hamilton.
The hope of England became passe nd revived with the second new ball just around the corner but wit h conditions conspiracy against them and only four wickets in the first 83 overs of the innings – one to go the tail and one Dean Elgar & # 39; s disputed lead – there is a lot of hard work ahead.
Things had started well for the tourists, Anderson immediately found a challenging line around the stump and picked up Maharaj & # 39; s edge in the third of the day. But while Malan skilfully departed and blocked Du Plessis well until his costly mistake, the chances were small and far between.
Ben Stokes looked at the most threatening bowlers, lashing himself in pursuit of the extra pace that England lacked in Jofra. The absence of Archer but finding only limited success.