South Africa thrashes England in 2nd Test

South Africa's Vernon Philander of South Africa celebrates the wicket of England's Gary Ballance Sunday during the England vs. South Africa second Test. (Reuters)
Updated 17 July 2017
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South Africa thrashes England in 2nd Test

NOTTINGHAM, England: South Africa hammered England by 340 runs to win the second Test at Trent Bridge on Monday and level the four-match series at 1-1.
England, set a mammoth 474 runs for victory, collapsed to 133 all out in their second innings 40 minutes before tea on the fourth day.
No England batsman made a 50 in an innings where former captain Alastair Cook’s 42 was the top score.
England, who resumed on one without loss, lost four wickets before lunch and a further six before tea.
Man-of-the-match Vernon Philander led South Africa’s attack on Monday with three wickets for 24 runs in 10 overs, while left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj took three for 42 in 12.
Duanne Olivier ended the match by taking two wickets in two balls to dismiss tailenders Mark Wood and James Anderson.
Returning South Africa captain Faf du Plessis, who did not play in the Proteas’ 211-run defeat in the first Test at Lord’s following the birth of his first child, made the bold decision to bat first after winning the toss and was rewarded by a total of 335 featuring several 50s including Hashim Amla’s 78.
England could only manage 205 in reply, with Joe Root making 78 in his second Test as captain.
Amla (87), Dean Elgar (80) and du Plessis (63) piled on the runs in South Africa’s second innings 343 for nine declared.
It meant England needed to surpass the West Indies’ record fourth innings score to win a Test of 418 for seven against Australia at St. John’s in 2003 if they were to achieve an improbable victory.
But they never looked like getting close as South Africa won a Test at Trent Bridge for the first time since 1965 despite being without suspended fast bowler Kagiso Rabada, banned from this match for swearing at Ben Stokes at Lord’s.
The series continues at The Oval on July 27.
Brief scores:
South Africa 335 (H Amla 78, Q de Kock 68, V Philander 54; J Anderson 5-72, S Broad 3-64) and 343-9 dec (H Amla 87, D Elgar 80, F du Plessis 63; M Ali 4-78) v England 205 (J Root 78; K Maharaj 3-21, C Morris 3-38) and 133 (V Philander 3-24, K Maharaj 3-42)
Result: South Africa won by 340 runs
Man-of-the-match: Vernon Philander (RSA)
Series: Four-match series level at 1-1


Heartbreak for Mohamed Salah and Egypt as Russia all but secure last-16 spot

Updated 19 June 2018
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Heartbreak for Mohamed Salah and Egypt as Russia all but secure last-16 spot

ST. PETERSBURG: Russia scored three goals in a 15-minute span early in the second half to set up a 3-1 win over Egypt on Tuesday, moving the host nation to the brink of the World Cup’s knockout stage.
Mohamed Salah won and converted a penalty for a consolation goal on his return from injury but Egypt’s first World Cup in 28 years could be over in barely five days following a second straight loss.
Ahmed Fathi poked the ball into his own net — the fifth own-goal of the tournament — to put Russia ahead in the 47th minute. Then Denis Cheryshev and Artyom Dzyuba scored in quick succession to leave Russia on course for a victory that followed up a 5-0 opening-night win over Saudi Arabia.
It was Cheryshev’s third goal of the World Cup, putting him tied with Cristiano Ronaldo at the top of the scoring chart.
Russia’s place in the round of 16 will be assured if Uruguay wins or draws against the Saudis on Wednesday. Those two scenarios would also eliminate Egypt, which started with a 1-0 loss to Uruguay.
The hopes of 100 million Egyptians were raised when Salah was selected in the starting lineup, the Liverpool forward making his comeback after 3 1/2 weeks out with damaged ligaments in his left shoulder after a tangle with Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final.
Salah trotted out for his pre-match warmup to roars from Egypt fans, who at times appeared to outnumber their Russian counterparts. They shouted every time Salah’s face flashed up on the big screen and when his name was announced before kickoff.
Yet from the start, it was clear that Salah was staying out of anything too physical and there was no concerted effort from his Egypt teammates to pick him out each time. He didn’t touch the ball until the seventh minute.
He did win the penalty — confirmed by the video assistant referee after Salah was pulled down by Roman Zobnin. He converted it in the 73rd minute, but it wasn’t enough. Egypt is still without a victory in six World Cup matches.
Russia is nearly assured of advancing from the group stage for the first time since the Soviet era.
Cheryshev, who entered the World Cup as a fringe player, is proving lethal in front of goal, with his latest a side-footed effort from close range from Mario Fernandes’ cross in the 59th. Dzyuba’s goal was more direct, the striker chesting down a long ball from defender Ilya Kutepov, beating his marker and curling home a low finish.