England Stutter After Conceding 161-run Lead

Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - England stutter after conceding 161-run lead. Keshav Maharaj took two wickets in the first session on Day 3.

England Stutter After Conceding 161-run LeadKeshav Maharaj took two wickets in the first session on Day 3.

South Africa tightened their grip on the Test match by snaffling yet another session on the third morning at Lord’s. Having added 37 runs to their overnight total, the visitors garnered a handy lead of 161 before Keshav Maharaj struck with straight deliveries in the last fifteen minutes before Lunch.

Anrich Nortje (28*) scored most of the runs for South Africa this morning, taking advantage of the short-ball ploy by England – something that’s often proved to be a double-edged sword for the hosts in the last couple of years. Marco Jansen fell a couple short of his maiden half-century but once again played the steady hand as Nortje brandished his bat at the other end and got the side up to 326.

England started the morning with Matthew Potts and Ben Stokes, with the former accounting for Kagiso Rabada with the third ball of the day but South Africa went on to adjust well to the hard lengths on offer. It ultimately took Stuart Broad’s fuller deliveries to pick the last couple of wickets.

At the turn of the innings, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi extracted plenty of seam and bounce once again from the Lord’s pitch. England had some luck in the midst of all that, with Keegan Petersen dropping Alex Lees off Rabada in the slip cordon.

The breakthrough, though, came with spin when Keshav Maharaj defeated Crawley’s sweep with a straight ball. Maharaj then pinned Ollie Pope in front on the stroke of Lunch, leaving England with plenty to think about in the 45 minutes that follow.

Brief Scores: England 165 & 38/2 (Lees 12*, Crawley 13, Pope 5*, Maharaj 2-6) trail South Africa 326 (Erwee 73, Jansen 48, Nortje 28*; Broad 3-71, Stokes 3-71) by 123 runs

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