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Twitter Reactions: Pope, Stokes tons give England ascendancy

Keshav Maharaj picked up a five-wicket haul for the Proteas.

Olie Pope and Ben Stokes
Olie Pope and Ben Stokes. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The second day of the Port Elizabeth Test belonged to England without a shred of a doubt. At the St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth, South Africa had to work out of their skins. At the end of the day’s play, the home team is behind the eight-ball, trailing by 439 runs with eight wickets left in their first innings. It’s pretty evident that big partnerships is the way forward for Faf du Plessis and Co.

Pope and Stokes frustrate the Proteas

Ben Stokes and Ollie Pope held their ground on the first day after the visitors lost regular wickets. The duo carried on with the good work on the second day as well. Both played out the entire pre-lunch session, unscathed, taking the Brits’ score to 335. Prior to break, Stokes notched his century off 174 balls, but couldn’t stay put in the middle for long. Dane Paterson got rid of the big fish.

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Stokes notched 120 with 12 fours and a couple of sixes and shared a 203-run stand with Pope. The latter went on to accomplish his maiden Test ton off 190 balls and also stayed unbeaten. After Stokes perished, Jos Buttler became Maharaj’s second victim. Sam Curran came out with intent and scored a quick-fire 50-ball 40 with six fours and a six. He also stitched a 59-run stand with Pope.

Maharaj gets a fifer

Curran gave Maharaj a caught and bowled to perish. A couple of overs later, Maharaj picked his fourth wicket in the form of Dominic Bess. The last-wicket partnership was all about Mark Wood. The number 11 threw the kitchen sink at everything to pile 42 off 23 balls with two four and five sixes. Pope and Wood added 73 runs and England declared with their score at 499/9 in 152 overs.

The South African made a breezy start. Dean Elgar (32*) and Pieter Malan (18) put their heads down for a 50-run stand off 12 overs. Dominic Bess used the DRS to good effect and nipped out Malan. The off-spinner accounted for Zubayr Hamza’s wicket to pile more agony for the Proteas. Anrich Nortje then came out as the night-watchman. Rain eventually came to the hosts’ rescue as they end on 60 for two.

Here is how Twitterati reacted to England’s domination:

 

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