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Ben Stokes’ Heroics Help England to Win the 2nd Test

Stokes called it a "benchmark" win after overwhelming South Africa by an innings and 85 runs in the second test

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Russell Chattaraj
Russell Chattaraj
Mechanical engineering graduate, writes about science, technology and sports, teaching physics and mathematics, also played cricket professionally and passionate about bodybuilding.

UNITED KINGDOM. England: This summer, England has won four out of five Test matches after putting on an amazing display of teamwork. England returned to winning ways at Manchester after losing the first Test against South Africa, owing to an amazing performance by skipper Ben Stokes.

Ben Stokes took some crucial wickets to seal the deal for England. Photo Credit: Twitter

Ben Stokes’ brilliant all round performance

Skipper Ben Stokes took the initiative with both bat and ball after England’s innings loss at Lord’s. All of the doubts that had been generated about the “Bazball” idea ought to have vanished today.

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The Oval is set up for a dramatic match as the series is tied. Every member of the England squad played excellently on the third day of the match, notably Jack Leach, who finished wicketless but only allowed 26 runs in 23 overs.

Petersen and van der Dussen fought through a wicketless post-lunch session until Robinson claimed four wickets, Anderson three, and Ben Stokes two crucial blows. 

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The lower-order hitters were quickly removed by Anderson and Robinson, setting the stage for wickets with the new ball. Elgar’s decision to bat in the cloudy conditions will be heavily argued, and South Africa’s bowling tactics occasionally appeared to be fairly erratic.

After England declared their first innings, South Africa fought valiantly to conclude the second day’s evening session at 23 for 0. However, as soon as the third day of play began, that resiliency was immediately lost when South Africa lost their captain, Dean Elgar, after just 15 minutes of play.

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It’s fascinating to note that neither the fourth innings nor the fourth day of play has yet occurred in this Test series.

World Test Championship Point Table

As a result of this loss, Australia has overtaken South Africa at the top of the World Test Championship points standings.

ICC World Test Championship points table. Photo Credit: Twitter

England 415 for 9 dec (Foakes 113*, Stokes 103) beat South Africa 151 (Anderson 3-32, Broad 3-37) and 179 (Petersen 42, Robinson 4-43) by 123 runs

Also Read: Ben Stokes has Officially Retired from One-Day International Cricket

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  • Russell Chattaraj

    Mechanical engineering graduate, writes about science, technology and sports, teaching physics and mathematics, also played cricket professionally and passionate about bodybuilding.

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