Jonny Bairstow’s quick unbeaten
London: Jonathan Trott and Jonny Bairstow’s quick unbeaten stand of 75 lifted England to 120 for 4 at lunch on day five, but they still need another 226 runs in two sessions to win the 3rd Test against South Africa and save their No. 1 Test rank.
Trott was unbeaten on 53 and Bairstow on a quickfire 43 when the umpires called lunch on Monday.
Vernon Philander struck early on day five to remove Ian Bell, while James Taylor’s suicidal run-out added to England’s woes as they chased a stiff 346 to win.
Bell and Jonathan Trott went for their strokes to start the proceedings at 16 for 2 and played and missed quite a lot before Philander got an edge off Bell for Graeme Smith to catch him at first slip on a second attempt. Bell scored just four.
Taylor became the second England batsman to fall in the first session on Monday as he turned deaf to Trott’s call of ‘no’ and was run out by a mile after scoring just 4.
On Sunday, South Africa – helped by Hashim Amla’s 121 – set a stiff target for the hosts on Sunday night when two quick wickets of openers Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss by Philander pegged them right back in their chase.
Smiths’ men only need a draw to dismantle England and become the new number one side in Test cricket. England have no chance than to go for the target, even as the overhead conditions at Lord’s remain helpful for the South African fast bowlers.