Joe Root, Mark Wood hand England comprehensive win over South Africa

England Pace bowlers rattled South Africa’s weak batting lineup for the second time in the match as England beat the home side by 191 runs in the fourth and final game of the Test series at The Wanderers in Johannesburg on Monday.

Since the start of the match, nothing went right for Faf du Plessis’ s men, who lost the toss on a decent batting surface and had to bowl first. Left-arm quick Beuran Hendricks, Temba Bavuma and Dwaine Pretorius came into the playing XI, while Zubayr Hamza, Kagiso Rabada and Keshav Maharaj were left out to various reasons.

Openers Zak Crawley and Dominic Sibley got the side off to a perfect start and put on 1 107-run partnership for the opening wicket. Zak Crawley played exceedingly well and scored his first half-century in this Test series. He scored 66 runs off 112 ball with the help of 11 boundaries, whereas Sibley chipped in with 44 runs off 93 balls with the help of seven fours.

Joe Denly once again failed to capitalize on his good start and perished after scoring 27 runs off 35 balls with the help of four boundaries. All-rounder Ben Stokes suffered rare failure and perished for a low score to see England go from 107 for 0 to 157 for 4. Captain Joe Root and Ollie Pope led the fightback for the visitors and put on a 101-run partnership to see England on-course to post a decent total in heir first innings.

Ollie Pope registered another half-century for England, while Root scored 59 runs off 108 balls wth the help of six boundaries.

Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad and Mark Wood added 110 runs to see England post 400 runs in 98.2 overs.

For South Africa, pacer Anrich Nortje was the pick of the bowlers and claimed his first five-wicket haul in Test cricket.

In reply, England delivered a clinical performance with the ball to dismiss South Africa for just 183 runs in 68.3 overs. The only positive was wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock, who smashed another half-century for South Africa. Left-hander played exceedingly well and finished the innings with the top-score of 76 runs off 116 balls  with the help of 11 boundaries. He was well supported by Dwaine Pretorius, who chipped in with 37 runs off 73 balls with the help of seven fours.

For England, Pacer Mark Wood was the standout bowler for the side and claimed five wickets in the innings.

England retain the Basil D’Oliviera Trophy with 3-1 win in the four-match Test series

With a massive lead of 217 runs in their hands, England Captain Tim Paine decided to bat again. South Africa bowlers delivered a splendid performance with the ball to dismiss England for 248 runs in 61.3 overs. England Captain Joe Root notched up his second half-century of the game and  batted extremely well against likes of Beuran Hendricks, Anrich Nortje and Dwaine Pretorius.

For South Africa, left-arm medium pacer Beuran Hendricks claimed his first five-wicket haul in Test cricket. Anrich Nortje and Dwaine Pretorius delivered excellent performances and claimed two wickets each.

Chasing 466 runs on a decent looking pitch, openers Pieter Malan and Dean Elgar played well and put on a 39-run partnership. England came back strongly to dismiss Malan and Elgar befor the Lunch. Rassie van der Dussen and captain Faf du Plessis delivered a valiant effort with the bat and put on 92-run partnership. Rassie van der Dussen played positively and kept the scoreboard ticking for South Africa.

Rassie van der Dussen fell two runs of short of a maiden hundred and delivered a hard fought 98 runs off 138 balls with the help of 15 boundaries and 2 sixes.  In his final innings on home soil, Du Plessis scored 35 runs off 92 balls with the help of five boundaries. Wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock chipped in with 39 runs off 42 balls with the help of six fours and one six.

Faf Du Plessis’s men were soon dismissed for 274 runs in 77.1 overs to see England register a thumping win and clinch the four-match Test series by 3-1 margin.

For his key contribution with the bat in first innings and nine wickets in the match, Mark Wood was awarded the man of the match award. All-rounder Ben Stokes was named player of the series for his notable contributions with bat and ball.

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