Vernon Philander’s all-round brilliance hands South Africa comfortable win over England

South Africa produced a stellar performance with bat and ball to demolish England by 340 runs at Trent Bridge to level the four-match series. The visitors were spot on with their bowling as hosts were not able to string any kind of partnership to see them get bundled out for 134 runs.Alastair Cook was the only batsman who looked in decent touch for England before he got a snorter of a delivery from Chris Morris. Vernon Philander was the standout for South Africa with the ball in hand in this game.

It was always going to uphill battle as South Africa set England a mammoth score of 473 runs with two days to spare. Vernon Philander was again bowled probing spell in the morning session on Day 4 to see England lose two wickets of Keaton Jennings and Gary Ballance.

Joe Root could not produce any runs as he was outfoxed by a searing yorker produced by Chris Morris. Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali all gave their wickets to see hosts slump to a massive 340-run defeat.

England failed to put up decent scores in both the innings while South Africa produced a resolute show with the bat on opening day in conditions helpful for fast bowlers. Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock played well for South Africa in this game while Keshav Maharaj played a big role in both the innings to see the visitors dominate the game from start to finish.

Vernon Philander was named man of the match for his all-round contribution with bat and ball as sides will again collide on 27th July at The Oval in the third game of the series.

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