The worst form of the South African cricket team continued as England thrashed the hosts for 241 runs, which is the 3rd worst defeat in the terms of runs at home. After South African worst tour of India in the test matches, where the number one side lost to India 3-0 and the English side, who lost to Pakistan in UAE 2-0 in a 3 match test series both teams were again ready for a new start. The first test of Basil D’Oliveira Trophy Played at Kingsmead, Durban started when South African captain Hashim Amla won the toss and decided to field first.
England- Worst Start But Good End
The African team started with a dream start when Dale Steyn removed English captain Alastair Cook for a Duck on the third over of the match who edged the ball and caught at slip and left his side at 3-1 and then another quick wicket from Dale Steyn put England in a bit of a panic Steyn got Alex Hales also caught at slip and England were 12-2 but then English middle order played quite sensibly and made runs in small partnerships and scored 303 in the First innings.
Star of the first innings for England were Nick Compton and James Taylor, who scored 85 and 70 respectively Jonny Bairstow also showed some resistance and scored valuable 42 runs For South-Africa their pick of the bowlers were Steyn and Morkel who took 4 wickets each.
South Africa Falled In Batting
England team also started their bowling with a start they were wishing off when Stuart Broad bowled Stiaan van Zyl for a duck on the second ball of the African innings also the bad form of African captain Hashim Amla continued as he got out on 7 by Stuart broad, leaving African team 14-2 but then a brilliant partnership between De Villiers and Dean Elgar helped Africa to get back into the match when at one time they were 100-2 and trailing just about 200 runs but after wicket of the Villiers no African batsman exploited the batting conditions and whole African team got out on 214.
Dean Elgar was the lone warrior of African innings as he scored 118* and became the sixth African batsman to carry bat in a test match. Pace attack as well as spin attack worked to demolish African batting and both Broad and Moeen Ali took 4 wickets each and helped England to get a lead of 90 significant runs.
2ng Innings of England
The second innings of England started in a same manner as cook departed early for just 7 leaving England 13-1 but then a strong comeback from the English middle order changed the situation a lot and England managed to get 326 quite easily giving a match winning target of 416 to the hosts. Compton, root, Taylor and Bairstow scored decently and gave England a winning total on the board. Dane Piedt was the pick of the bowler for Africa as he took 5 wickets.
South Africa Second Innings
African start was very confident as they scored 50 runs without losing a wicket Stiaan van Zyl was the first man to depart as they lost their first wicket on 53. He was bowled by Benn Strokes on 33. Hashim Amla terrible form was continued as could not done much for his side and departed after scoring just 12 runs at the end of the day African side was 136-4 but still it was looking that due to presence of De Villiers and Duminy England bowlers have to work hard to take these 6 wickets but the scenario was totally different everyone expected. De Villiers got out in the first over of the 4th day when Moeen Ali got him out LBW and in the end it was over 20 minutes before lunch when Morne Morkel was lbw to Stuart Broad with South Africa’s last seven wickets tumbling for 38 from the dismissal of du Plessis. African team got all out on just 174 runs and got a shameful defeat of 241 runs. Young fast bowler from England Steven Finn took 4 wickets to demolish the African batting line up Moeen Ali also took 3 wickets .
Man of The Match
Moeen Ali was awarded man of the match for his brilliant bowling in both innings as he took 7 wickets in the match. England is leading the test series 1-0 with 2 days gap between the second test.
Worst Year for Team Africa
South Africa’s batting has let them down in 2015 as it has been a terrible year for them. They couldn’t win against Bangladesh then lost to India miserably and now lost to England in the first test. In 2015 world number 1 team won just 1 match in the whole year.
Time to Re-Develop the Plan
Now, South-African think tank surely has to plan something out of the box as losing another test will end their supremacy in test matches and they will slip to number 2 in test rankings. There are chances that new young opener Quinton De Kock will be recalled in South-Africa in the next test also English pacer James Anderson will also be for 2nd test so it will be an epic contest between 2 teams in the next test match .