A tight battle in progress at Durban


A spirited performance from English fast bowler Stuart Broad on the second day of the first test match between England and South Africa meant that England had their nooses in front with South Africa 137/4 in response to England’s 303 in the first innings.


Broad picked up two wickets up front and then broke a threatening partnership between AB de Villiers and Dean Elgar to keep England ahead. Dean Elgar remained firm along with youngster Bavuma to take South Africa to stumps.

On the third day the first session will be be of utmost importance as a few quick wickets will tilt the match in favor of England while South Africa is in need of a good partnership so that they do not concede a big lead. Although the third day is usually the best day for batting but this pitch has something in it for everyone which is why competitive cricket is expected on the third day as well.

England will once again look towards Stuart Broad to provide them with some strikes early in the day while South Africa will be relying on the two overnight batsmen and the next batsman JP Duminy to do bulk of the scoring.