Twitter Reactions: Dominic Sibley and Joe Root nearly put curtains on South Africa's chances with a brilliant partnership

Twitter Reactions: Dominic Sibley and Joe Root nearly put curtains on South Africa’s chances with a brilliant partnership

England finished the day with a score of 218/4 and a huge lead of 264 runs.

Dominic Sibley
Dominic Sibley. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

England have tightened the screws in the second Test against South Africa. On Day 3, the visitors played some excellent cricket which might have almost put curtains on the hosts’ chances in this game. The Brits, with the kind of position they are in at the moment, will surely fancy levelling this series 1-1. Dominic Sibley batted authoritatively on the day and got a good amount of support from skipper Joe Root.

James Anderson didn’t let South Africa narrow down the gap between both the sides in the first innings. Right on the first ball of the day, he picked up the wicket of Kagiso Rabada. Then, he even accounted for the wicket of Anrich Nortje, thus completing a five-wicket haul. His efforts helped his team gain a crucial lead in this match as the Proteas were bowled out for 223 runs.

Dominic Sibley brings up his maiden Test half-century

England’s batsmen got off to starts but only Dominic Sibley went on to get a big score. He played cautiously and his shot selection was quite good throughout the knock. His partner, Zak Crawley on the other hand, got out for only 25 runs. Kagiso Rabada managed to find his edge which carried through to the keeper. Anrich Nortje, then, banged in a quick, short ball that troubled Joe Denly.

He couldn’t control the hook shot that he attempted and the ball hit him high on his bat. The top edge flew to the fine-leg fielder and Dwaine Pretorius took a good, low catch. Joe Root built up a wonderful partnership with Sibley after the fall of this wicket. He showed a lot of promise and looked good to get a big score. But his conversion rates have always been an issue and it wasn’t any different this time either. The skipper, after mustering 61 runs, got out to Pretorious after he tried to flirt with a delivery outside off-stump.

Also, Nortje dismissed Dominic Bess for a duck and that concluded play on Day-3. Dominic Sibley got his maiden fifty and remained not out on 85 runs as he will look to get to the triple figures on Day-4. Furthermore, England might want to bat for another session or so and push the target further away.

Here is how Twitterati reacted to all the action on the day: