Nick Gordon
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4 Jan 2016
3:19 pm

England snare AB just before tea

Nick Gordon

Captain Amla remains at the crease on 132 not out.

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 04: Hashim Amla of the Proteas celebrates his century during day 3 of the 2nd Test match between South Africa and England at PPC Newlands on January 04, 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Carl Fourie/Gallo Images)

Cape Town – After riding their luck a number of times, the stand between AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla eventually came to an end shortly before tea on day three of the second Test between the Proteas and England here on Monday.

Having taken the home side to 199/2 at lunch the pair added a further 69 after lunch before De Villiers was out, caught by James Anderson at mid-wicket off the bowling of Steven Finn for 88. It brought a patient stand of 183 to an end.

By time tea was taken at Newlands the home side were 290/3 and still trailing by 339. Amla was at the crease on 132 while new man in, Faf du Plessis, was on 15.

But in the two hours after lunch Amla has moved to a 24th Test century, his first three figure score since a knock of 208 against the West Indies at Centurion in December 2014 and had moved past 7 000 Test runs.

He’s also received some good fortune after first being dropped on 76 in the morning with James Anderson fumbling one at first slip off the bowling of Moeen Ali before he was given a reprieve on 120 when Nick Compton dropped a relatively routine chance at point off Finn.

The pair of Amla and De Villiers had to deal with the new ball after England opted for the new cherry when it was offered after 80 overs and they did well to see off the attacks of Anderson and Stuart Broad.

De Villiers was given out LBW by umpire Aleem Dar after Ben Stokes was introduced into the attack but the batsman opted to review and the decision was overturned after replays showed that the ball had found the inside edge before hitting the pads.

Shortly after the commencement of the lunch break, Cricket South Africa released a statement announcing that batsmen JP Duminy and Rilee Rossouw and Hardus Viljoen have been released from the squad to go play for their respective franchises in this week’s round of Sunfoil Series.