England’s tour of South Africa began with a brilliant day of Test cricket. In a hard-fought day, both teams tried hard to gain the upper hand. But neither of them could do the same. Even though England seemed to be on the top halfway through this day, Quinton de Kock’s fightback put the Proteas back in contention and thus they managed to get to a decent score.
The Brits won an excellent toss on Day-1 of this Test and chose to bowl. It wasn’t easy to bat on the first day. Furthermore, in his landmark 150th Test, James Anderson struck off the first ball that he bowled. Dean Elgar flirted with a delivery bowled down the leg side but couldn’t get enough bat on it. Thus, the ball landed straight into the hands of the keeper. The other batsmen also got to starts but none of them couldn’t get big scores.
Aiden Markram scored 20 runs while Zubayr Hamza and Faf du Plessis 39 and 29 runs each. Rassie van der Dussen also couldn’t get a big score and was dismissed by Sam Curran for 6 runs. At 111/5, South Africa seemed to be in all sorts of trouble before Quinton de Kock came to the rescue.
Quinton de Kock falls agonisingly short of a ton
Quinton de Kock led the fightback with a counterattacking knock. He put the pressure back on the opposition with his 95. However, it was disappointing to see the wicket-keeper batsman not getting a hundred as Sam Curran struck with a great delivery. South Africa finished the day with a score of 277/9 in 82.4 overs. Sam Curran was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets on the day and will hope to get his fifth on the second day. Stuart Broad picked up three wickets while Jofra Archer and James Anderson accounted for one scalp each.
Fans of both the teams were impressed with the performances from their respective teams. They were thrilled to see Sam Curran do so well when most of his teammates found it tough. Some of them were also disappointed that Quinton de Kock couldn’t get another five runs.
Here is how Twitterati reacted:
Best batting conditions to come next 2 days, England will def feel the better of the two teams. #SSCricket
— Herschelle Gibbs (@hershybru) December 26, 2019
I feel your pain @QuinnyDeKock69
#95 😌💔…. but how outstanding has @CurranSM been wow 🔥🔥🔥🔥…. #SAvsENG #BoxingDayTest2019…..
— Tino95 (@tinobest) December 26, 2019
I’ve not seen a cricketer ahead of his years at test level as much as @CurranSM – smart, intelligent and skillful. #engvsa
— Nick Compton (@thecompdog) December 26, 2019
QDK , so gifted .
— Dane Piedt (@dane_piedt63) December 26, 2019
Love u Mikey Holding 😂😂😂😂 #SAvsENG ……… #UCantBuyPace @SuperSportTV
— Tino95 (@tinobest) December 26, 2019
Debut for Rassie Van der Dussen. #SAvENG
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) December 26, 2019
150 Test Caps for @jimmy9 .. Extraordinary achievement .. Especially for someone from Burnley !!!
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) December 26, 2019
Boxing Day Test Match Cricket!
YOU BEAUTY! #SAvENG
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) December 26, 2019
Broady gets Rabada with the final ball of the day!
One more wicket needed tomorrow morning 🏴👊#SAvENG #JoeRootsBarmyArmy pic.twitter.com/ASaIRn7VQD
— England's Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) December 26, 2019
Sam curran pic.twitter.com/JLTa6oujH8
— Jaipal Abhishek Singh (@JaipalabhishekS) December 26, 2019
Said it before. Sam Curran is going to be a superstar. He's going to take more wickets than Beefy and Freddy. Always find a place for him in the XI
— Benjamin (@screwlabour) December 26, 2019
Sam Curran What A Pick By Fleming ❤️
Can't Wait To See Him In All Yellow
— Kaneria FC (@outside_waist) December 26, 2019
Not a bad 1st day for @englandcricket Sam Curran very impressive. #ENGvSA #BoxingDayTest
— Rob Molloy (@Dobcheck73) December 26, 2019
Sam Curran is my favourite All rounder cricketer. Young and ability to play good inning and take wickets. #SAvENG #SamCurran
— Rehan Abdullah🌿 (@rehanbodla26) December 26, 2019
Sam Curran what a match winner! He just can't lose test match.
— Lokesh (@FakeCricFan) December 26, 2019
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