London: South Africa moved an inch towards registering a victory in the first Test against England after reducing the hosts to 102 for 4 in their second innings at The Oval on Sunday.
The visitors declared their first innings at tea for 637 for 2, taking a huge 252 lead then and grabbed the top four England wickets in the last session of play. At stumps, Ian Bell was batting on 14, while Ravi Bopara was accompanying him with 15.
England 62 for 3 in 20 overs: After declaring their first innings at 637 for 2, South Africa reduced England's second innings to 62 for 3 in 20 overs of the first Test at The Oval on Sunday.
The pace trio of Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel displayed a spell of hostile bowling, picking up one wicket each.
Alastair Cook was caught behind for naught in the second over of the innings. Jonathan Trott too was caught for 10 by AB de Villiers, while Kevin Pietersen was clean bowled by Morkel for 16.
South Africa 637 for 2 declared in 189 overs: Hashim Amla reached his maiden triple century as South Africa declared their first innings at 637 for 2 at tea, taking a 252-run lead in the first Test against England at The Oval on Sunday. Amla remained unbeaten on 311, while Jacques Kallis was not out on 182.
South Africa 612 for 2 in 185 overs: Hashim Amla made a monumental triple century as South Africa continued their dominance over England on the fourth day of the first Test at The Oval on Sunday. Jacques Kallis too completed his 150 as the visitors piled on the runs, extending their lead to 227.
Amla played with aplomb and got to his triple ton in 515 deliveries. The 29-year-old batsman reached his 300 by lofting Tim Bresnan for a boundary over the cover fielder. His highest score before this match was an unbeaten 253 that he scored in an innings victory against India in February 2010.
Kallis, on the other hand, too played his part and displayed an array of strokes from his repertoire. Kallis flicked Graeme Swann to get to his 150. He kept out 299 deliveries and hit 20 boundaries in the process.
South Africa 514 for 2 at Lunch in 164 overs: Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis continued to keep England at bay on the fourth day of the first Test at The Oval on Sunday. Amla crossed his second over-250 mark in Test cricket and was unbeaten on 251. His partner Kallis was not out on 125. The duo took South Africa to 514 for 2 at lunch, extending their lead to 129. The visitors scored 111 runs in the morning session' play.
South Africa 465 for 2 in 154 overs: After Graeme Smith's century on Saturday and Hashim Amla's double ton on Sunday, it was time for Jacques Kallis to go into the record books. The 36-year-old allrounder reached his 43 hundred in 227 deliveries. He got to the landmark by guiding a Tim Bresnan delivery in the vacant third-man region for a four. He hit 13 boundaries in his epic knock.
South Africa continued their dominance on the fourth day's morning of the first Test at The Oval, extending their lead close to 100 runs. It's been hard work for the England bowlers who had managed just one wicket in close to four sessions of play since Saturday.
145th over: Hashim Amla took a three off Stuart Broad off the fifth ball to complete his double ton. It took him 392 balls. South Africa 424 for 2.
South Africa batsmen will look to extend their 18-run lead when they take the field on the fourth day of the first Test against England at The Oval on Sunday.
Hashim Amla (183) and Jacques Kallis (82) were at the crease at the close of play on day three, with the Proteas score being 403 for 2.
Amla and captain Graeme Smith (131) added 259 runs for the second wicket to tilt the match in South Africa’s favour after losing Alviro Peterson very early in their innings.
They must be looking at a lead of around 300, so that they can have a go at the Three Lions batsmen in the fourth innings. The Oval wicket has a history of deteriorating with the passage of time and South Africa legspinner Imran Tahir can really come into his own on the last day.
As of now, it's South Africa in the driver’s seat, and the next two days hold a lot of promise as far as excitement is concerned.
One important piece of stat here: England have won the last three Tests against South Africa at this venue.