London: South Africa beat England by an innings and 12 runs to go 1-0 up in the three-match Test series.
With another five-for to his credit, Dale Steyn turned out to be the chief destroyer in England’s second innings. The fast bowler picked up 5 for 56 to have the match figures of 7 for 155. Legspinner Imran Tahir too grabbed three wickets. Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander shared one wicket apiece.
J Anderson lbw b Imran Tahir 4 (24)
G Swann c Petersen b Steyn 7 (9)
England 213 for 8 after 85 overs Dale Steyn took two quick wickets to push England on the brink of defeat. The world number one pacer sent back Steve Broad and Ian Bell in his back-to-back overs. Bell gave a simple catch to Jacques Kallis at slip, while Broad edged a rib high delivery to wicketkeeper AB de Villiers. The hosts were still trailing by 39 runs.
Broad c †de Villiers b Steyn 0 (5)
Bell c Kallis b Steyn 55 (220b)
Imran Tahir removes Matt Prior against the run of play to set South Africa on course for victory. Prior (40) and Ian Bell added (50) added 86 runs for the sixth wicket to frustrate the visitors before the legspinner bowled round the wickets and got a lot of the bounce off the last ball of his 27th over. Prior tried to play a sweep shot but the bounce undid him as the ball took the edge off his bat and went straight into the hands of Jacques Kallis at slip. England 203 for 6 after 77 overs
Prior c Kallis b Imran Tahir 40 (86)
After taking the wicket of Ravi Bopara as early as the seventh over of the day, South Africa could not get another breakthrough as England reached 177 for 5 at lunch on day five.
Bopara (22) played on to a wide delivery from Dale Steyn. But the overnight batsman Ian Bell (36*) and Matt Prior (29*) kept the South African bowlers at bay by sharing 60 for the sixth wicket. The visitors would also rue the chance missed by AB de Villiers off Imran Tahir when the legspinner managed to get a thin outside edge which the wicketkeeper failed to grab.
South Africa will hope to get the remaining five wickets in the remaining two sessions of the day. England 177 for 5 in 66 overs.
45th over: England 117 for 5 Dale Steyn does it again. Gets rid of Ravi Bopara who chops the ball onto his stumps. The ball was a bit wide but the right-hander recklessly went for a cut. Matt Prior is the next man in. This is a crucial partnership for England. One more wicket, and South Africa will surely be on course for victory. Ian Bell 15 not out, Prior 0 not out.
Bopara b Steyn 22 (55)
South Africa will look to wrap up the first Test against England when they go into the fifth and final day at the Kia Oval on Monday.
England will resume the day on 102 for 4 in their second innings, still trailing the South Africans by 150 runs. Comeback man Ravi Bopara (15) and Ian Bell (14) are at the crease and face a Herculean task of fetching a draw for the Three Lions.
The fourth day on Sunday belonged to the visitors with Hashim Amla (311 not out) becoming the first South African player ever to score a triple ton. Veteran genius Jacques Kallis also made 182 not out as the visitors piled up 637 for 2 declared.
The hosts were awful during their batting in the second innings losing captain Andrew Strauss (27), Alastair Cook (0), Jonathan Trott (10) and Kevin Pietersen (16) cheaply.