Splendid performances from Ollie Pope, Ben Stokes and Dominic Bess was enough to help England in registering a comprehensive win by an innings and 53 runs in the third Test of the four-match series against South Africa at Port Elizabeth on Monday.
The match started with England Skipper Joe Root winning the toss and opting to bat first in excellent batting conditions.
The decision proved a correct one as England managed to post a mammoth total of 499 runs for the loss of nine wickets before declaring on day two.
Rookie middle-batsman Ollie Pope notched up his maiden Test century for England. He was the star of the show as he scored 135 runs off 226 balls with the help of 18 fours and one six.
He was well supported by all-rounder Ben Stokes, who notched his 9th Test ton and scored 120 runs off 214 balls with the help of 12 fours and 2 sixes.
Bowling all-rounder Sam Curran, Zak Crawley and Mark Wood also contributed well to the team’s cause.
For South Africa, Left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj was best bowler on show as he claimed figures of 5 for 180 runs in 58 overs.
Visitors go 2-1 up with a comprehensive win in the third game of the Test series played at St. Georges Park at Port Elizabeth
In reply, South Africa never really get going and was bundled out for just 209, courtesy outstanding bowling performances from off-spinner Dominic Bess. The spinner was at his very best and finished with figures of 5 for 31 in 31 overs. Pacer Stuart Broad also bowled well and finished with three wicket to his name.
England decided to enforce the follow-on as South Africa fell short of the required score of 299 runs.In their second innings, the visitors had a hard time and slumped to 83 for 6 in 51.1 overs. Tail-ender Keshav Maharaj and Dane Paterson put on a resilient performance and added 99 runs for the final wicket. The side were bundled out for 237 runs in 88.5 overs to see England register an emphatic win by an innings and 53 runs.
Keshav Maharaj was the best batsman on show as he scored 71 off 106 balls with the help of 10 fours and three sixes.
For England, it was part-time spinner Joe Root who bowled well and claimed his career-best figures of 4 for 87 in just 29 overs. Mark Wood bowled well and claimed three wickets in the second innings.
For his maiden century for England in the match, Ollie Pope was named player of the match.