Joe Root could only add six more runs to his overnight score as he was dismissed caught behind for 190 on Day Two of the first Test against South Africa at Lord’s. After bowling England out for 458, South Africa ended Day Two at 214-5, still trailing England by 244 runs.
England resumed Day Two at 357-5, with Moeen Ali and Root at the crease batting on 61 and 184 respectively. The 177-run stand between Root and Moeen was finally broken by Morne Morkel, who bowled well throughout the innings. Liam Dawson was out LBW couple of deliveries later for a duck. South Africa would have felt that they can knock over England for under 400. But that is when Moeen and Stuart Broad joined hands and started going for their shots immediately. They put on 46 for the eighth wicket in quick succession before Moeen was cleaned up by Kagiso Rabada, 13 short of his century.
However, Moeen went past 2,000 runs in Test cricket during his innings. The last wicket pair of broad and James Anderson frustrated the bowlers. They added 45 for the 10th wicket, which helped England go past 550. They were eventually bowled out for 458, with Broad remaining unbeaten on 57 off 47. Morkel was the pick of the bowlers, finishing with 4-115, while Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada finished with three wickets apiece.
Broad started off well with the ball as well. He removed debutant Heino Kuhn for 1 in the sixth over. Hashim Amla and Dean Elgar put on 72 for the second wicket before Amla was teapped in front by Moeen for 29. Moeen struck again soon after that removing skipper Dean Elgar for 54, claiming his 100th Test wicket. With this wicket, he became only the seventh England player to do the double of scoring 2,000 runs and picking up 100 wickets.
After playing well for his 48, a lapse in concentration cost Theunis de Bruyn his wicket after he built a 99-run stand for the fifth wicket with Temba Bavuma. Bavma remained unbeaten on 48 and will look to continue in the similar fashion when play resumes on Day Three. He has night watchman Rabada at the other end, who is batting on 9.
On Day One, England won the toss and elected to bat first.
England: 458 (Joe Root 190, Moeen Ali 87; Morne Morkel 4-115, Vernon Philander 3-67) lead South Africa 214-5 (Dean Elgar 54, Temba Bavuma 48*; Stuart Broad 2-27, Moeen Ali 2-35) by 244 runs.