Twitter Reactions: Rory Burns keeps England in hunt for victory in Centurion

Twitter Reactions: Rory Burns keeps England in hunt for victory in Centurion

Jofra Archer picked up a five-wicket haul in South Africa's second innings.

Rory Burns
Rory Burns. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The Centurion Test was in the balance after a flurry of wickets went down in the third day. Things didn’t quite change at the SuperSport Park. With couple of days left, both England and South Africa will be fancying their chances of pulling the game off and taking a 1-0 lead. At the close of play on Day three, Joe Root and Co need 255 runs with nine wickets remaining in their second innings.

Archer rips apart the Proteas

Rassie van der Dussen (51) and night-watchman Anrich Nortje (40) already had a cushion of a 175-run lead. And the duo carried on the good work, putting on a 91-run stand that further extended the Proteas’ lead. Fortunately for the Three Lions, Jofra Archer came to the rescue, getting rid of both the batters in a space of 12 balls. Ben Stokes came to the party and got rid of Dwaine Pretorius.

But Quinton de Kock (34) and Vernon Philander (46) piled on the Brits’ agony. The duo added 43 runs with the former being the more aggressive off the two. De Kock smacked two fours and three sixes in his 37-ball stay. Keshav Maharaj and Kagiso Rabada added some valuable runs and took the hosts to 272. Archer got Maharaj to pick up a fifer and was arguably England’s standout bowler.

Rory Burns holds his ground

Most importantly, the visitors were set with a daunting target of 376 to chase down. But the openers, Rory Burns (77*) and Dominic Sibley (29) put their heads down. The duo played out the brand-new cherry and churned out a 92-run stand off 28 overs. Both were able to make amends to some extent after single-digit scores in the first innings. Maharaj pinned Sibley to separate the duo.

Burns trod the attacking route, reaching his fifty off 67 balls. The left-hander slowed down a wee bit at the fag end of the day. The opener hit 11 fours to keep the scoreboard ticking. Joe Denly (10*) gave him the apt support and they played out 14 overs together. Denly would be aiming to replicate his performance from the first innings. The Proteas’ bowlers will be keen to break the stand.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the day’s play: –