England extends their impeccable record of winning at Kingsmead, Durban as they humbled South Africa by 241 runs just after the lunch on the first and final day of the first Test of the four-match series in South Africa.
South After starting the fifth day on 136 for 4 managed only 38 runs for losing 6 wickets. With this victory, England notched up their fifth victories at Kingsmead. For the last time, England lost the match to South Africa at Durban in 1928.
Steven Finn has taken four wickets while spinner took three. England are now leading the Basil De’ Oliveria Trophy 1-0 in the four-match series.
This is South Africa three consecutive match defeat. They lost the four-match series to India 3-0 in Indian soil.
However, coming back in the match, Moeen Ali on the first delivery of the day bamboozled AB de Villiers, who scored 37. Ali took Temba Bavuma in the second delivery. Ali had a chance of hattrick but missed. Dale Steyn fell after two more runs. Steven Finn uprooted Steyn’ stump. JP Duminy pushed England victory a few minutes away as the lefthander scored unbeaten 26.
Ben Stokes, Dale Steyn and Stuart Broad took the last three wickets.
South Africa needed a partnership but none of the South African batsmen were able to do so. South Africa slumped to a historic low in this year. They drew the Test series in Bangladesh due to rain, and lost to India and now to England at home.
This defeat exposed South African batsmen’s current form. When they lost to India critics gave credit to Indian pitch more than their failure. Sunil Gavaskar said the reason of defeat is a lack of technique. Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who was the leading wicket-taker in the series, also cite the same reson.
The current South African team, with captain Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers not in good form and bowler Dale Steyn struggling with injury, is weak.
Brief score: England 303/10 & 326/10
214/10 & 174/10 (Dean Elgar 40, Steven Finn 4 for 42, Moeen Ali 3 for 47)