Broad, England rattle South Africa
DURBAN, South Africa (AP):
Stuart Broad rattled South Africa with three wickets as England had the world's top-ranked team 137-4 in the first Test at stumps yesterday.
After England posted 303 all out in its first innings at Kingsmead, Broad removed opener Stiaan van Zyl and South Africa captain Hashim Amla early in the home team's reply. He returned to claim the prize wicket of AB de Villiers for 49 late on the second day.
England led by 166 at stumps and had South Africa in a vulnerable position in Durban with its two best batsmen, Amla and De Villiers, out.
"It was nice to hit that rhythm, but I'll have to do it again tomorrow," Broad said.
Opener Dean Elgar was 67 not out and the key for South Africa on the third day with England eyeing a first-innings lead and a significant advantage at the start of the four-Test series.
De Villiers hit seven fours and a six and was driving South Africa's recovery from 14-2 and Broad's first two strikes. But Broad forced an edge behind to wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow with a superb seaming-away delivery and England edged ahead.
When offspinner Moeen Ali bowled Faf du Plessis, England was clearly in control at 113-4.
Broad finished the day with 3-16. Elgar and the inexperienced Temba Bavuma, who was 10 not out, took South Africa carefully to the close.
"I think we forget about the scoreboard," South Africa's Morne Morkel said. "That's the best thing for us to do, and just play the best batting cricket we can."
It could have been even better for England after the dismissal of Van Zyl with the second ball of the innings, when he chose to leave a delivery from Broad that clipped his off stump.
Amla was dropped by Bairstow on two, although that mistake didn't cost England much. South Africa's No. 3 fell to a nick off Broad and a catch by Bairstow after adding just five more runs.
De Villiers also had a second chance when on 11. He sent a low catch to Ben Stokes in the gully, who claimed the dismissal after diving forward and cupping his hands under the ball. Australian TV umpire Bruce Oxenford ruled the ball hadn't carried. England's fielders didn't agree, and Broad said the England management thought it was "100 per cent out".
De Villiers threatened to make England pay, gathering momentum in an 86-run partnership with Elgar in the late afternoon before Broad's third wicket - and his most important - halted South Africa again. Broad celebrated exuberantly as De Villiers trudged off.
Earlier, England lost its last six wickets for 129 at the start of the day after being 179-4 overnight. The tourists expected to make much better progress with their deep batting line-up.
England 1st Innings
Alastair Cook c Elgar b Steyn 0
Alex Hales c De Villiers b Steyn 10
Nick Compton c De Villiers b Morkel 85
Joe Root lbw b Piedt 24
James Taylor c De Villiers b Steyn 70
Ben Stokes c Duminy b Morkel 21
Jonny Bairstow c Elgar b Abbott 41
Moeen Ali c De Villiers b Morkel 0
Chris Woakes lbw b Morkel 0
Stuart Broad not out 32
Steven Finn lbw b Steyn 12
Extras: (1b, 3lb, 1w, 3nb) 8
TOTAL: (all out) 303
Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-12, 3-49, 4-174, 5-196, 6-247, 7-253, 8-253, 9-267, 10-303.
Bowling: Dale Steyn 25.1-5-70-4, Kyle Abbott 24-4-66-1 (1nb), Morne Morkel 26-5-76-4 (2nb, 1w), Dane Piedt 16-2-63-1, Stiaan van Zyl 2-1-2-0, Dean Elgar 7-2-22-0.
South Africa 1st Innings
Stiaan van Zyl b Broad 0
Dean Elgar not out 67
Hashim Amla c Bairstow b Broad 7
A.B. de Villiers c Bairstow b Broad 49
Faf du Plessis b Ali 2
Temba Bavuma not out 10
Extras (1lb, 1w) 2
TOTAL: (for 4 wickets) 137
Still to bat: J.P. Duminy, Kyle Abbott, Morne Morkel, Dane Piedt, Dale Steyn.
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-14, 3-100, 4-113.
Bowling: Stuart Broad 10-5-16-3, Chris Woakes 11-1-22-0, Moeen Ali 13-0-45-1, Steven Finn 10-1-34-0, Ben Stokes 7-1-19-0, Joe Root 1-1-0-0.
Umpires: Aleem Dar, Pakistan, and Rod Tucker, Australia.
Television umpire: Bruce Oxenford, Australia.
Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle, Sri Lanka.
Toss: Won by South Africa.