Nortje And Co. Hasten England’s Innings Defeat At Lord’s

Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Nortje and Co. hasten England's innings defeat at Lord's. Anrich Nortje bagged a three-wicket haul in the second innings to go with his three in the first

Nortje And Co. Hasten England’s Innings Defeat At Lord’sAnrich Nortje bagged a three-wicket haul in the second innings to go with his three in the first

With short deliveries whizzing past his nose, it wasn’t quite the perfect start to the day for Anrich Nortje. But come the afternoon, he was walking off the Lord’s pitch with his teammates, having blanked hosts England by an innings and 12 runs in the first of three Tests.

Given that only 32 overs were bowled on the opening day, South Africa’s win inside three days is better than it reads.

Key to this accelerated victory was a searing spell from Nortje on a sunny afternoon in London, which saw England lose three wickets inside 14 minutes. A scoreline of 81/3 plummeted to 86/6 in quick time, and as special as this summer has been for England, they found it difficult to mount a comeback from there.

Lungi Ngidi’s setup of Joe Root — getting him to fish at a wide one — was an event in itself but the moment of the innings was definitely the Jonny Bairstow dismissal, England’s man of the summer. He was out to Nortje for the second time in the match, having been drawn into a tentative poke instead of falling to a full one this time around. It went from bad to worse for England when Nortje picked the wickets of Alex Lees and Ben Foakes in his next over, drawing outside edges from both the batters with sheer pace more than anything else.

Stuart Broad, like he does, counterattacked on the other side of the drinks break, adding 55 off 40 balls with Ben Stokes for the seventh wicket but once he was outwitted by a slower delivery from Kagiso Rabada, the end came rather quickly. Rabada’s dismissal of Stokes, who holed out trying to go big on the legside, was flanked by the wickets of Matthew Potts and James Anderson on either side.

That Broad was the joint top-scorer in England’s 149 all out inside 38 overs tells you all that you need to know.

They weren’t ideal conditions for batting by any means, with Rabada and Ngidi extracting plenty of seam and bounce once again with the new ball. England had some luck in the midst of all that, with Keegan Petersen dropping Lees off Rabada in the slip cordon. The breakthrough, though, came with spin when Keshav Maharaj defeated Zak Crawley’s sweep with a straight ball and then pinned Ollie Pope in front on the stroke of Lunch. That set the stage perfectly for Nortje to do his thing.

It was Nortje again who brandished his bat earlier in the morning and scored 28 off the 37 runs that South Africa. It got them to a total of 326 and a lead of 161, which proved more than enough with the all-round bowling attack at their disposal.

Brief Scores: England 165 (Pope 73; Rabada 5-52, Nortje 3-63) & 149 (Lees 35, Broad 35; Nortje 3-47, Rabada 2-27) lost to South Africa 326 (Erwee 73, Jansen 48; Broad 3-71, Stokes 3-71) by an innings & 12 runs.

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