South Africa Vs England: Proteas Tighten Screws On Series...

Zaakir HoosenAnalyst IJuly 20, 2008

South Africa versus England, day three saw the Proteas stamp their authority on the series by putting a huge total on the board. After a shaky start from captain Smith and his boys, the South African middle order came to the party with two splendid centuries.

Ashwell Prince scored an excellent 149 of 284 balls, his innings once again brought some sort of stability to the test match. But his partner AB de Villiers didn't disappoint and followed it up with a magnificent 174 of 381 deliveries.

De Villiers played a very patient game, and this innings was his slowest of the other six centuries he scored. Nevertheless it will definitely assist South Africa in there efforts to go 1-0 up in the four match series.

After the South Africans were bowled out for 522, Ntini finished the day after having taken two wickets. Strauss and Vaughan both got edges which where caught by Mark Boucher off the bowling of Ntini.

Tomorrow will be an exciting day of cricket as England will hope to get some form of respectability to their score with the likes of Cook and Pietersen at the crease with the score at 50/2.

On the other hand South African fast bowlers Steyn, Morkel and Nitni will be fired up and ready to bowl the English out before they can come close to the 269 runs which they need to avoid defeat.

Captain Greame Simth will be happy with the match so far, as everything looks in favour of the visitors. Personally I still want to see Kallis perform and pass 20, and I think everyone shares the same sentiment.