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England left the South African first innings in absolute tatters on day 2 of the final test at the Bull ring, the Wanderers ground at 88 for 6 with Wood clocking extreme speeds to pick up 3 wickets. Earlier, England who were rocked in the early stages of the 2nd day morning by pacer Nortje recovered magnificently through a breezy partnership for the 10th wicket between Wood & Broad who hit a lot of sixes between them to pivot the English total to the magical 400 runs mark. Stokes escaped a ban with the ICC being a bit liberal by only enforcing a fine on him. Its high time Stokes tries to control himself and not commit any further cases like this, as England always need him to play. Nortje picked up his maiden 5 wicket haul in tests, which was very impressive & he filled up beautifully for the absence of Rabada, serving a one match ban. De Kock 32 not out would have to get the solid company of the all rounders Philander in his swansong test & Pretorious to get South Africa out of jail on the 3rd day of the final test.

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England in the box seat in the final test v South Africa at the Wanderers
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Pakistan have won the t20 series v Bangladesh by taking a 2 nil winning lead in the series by romping home to a 9 wicket win in the 2nd t20. Babar Azam 66 not out & Hafeez 67 closed the game for their team.

Earlier, Bangladesh totalled 136 for 6 with opener Tamim Iqbal banging 65 of 53 balls with 7 fours & a six. Other than that there was not much of a contribution from any of the players. Pakistan frontline pacers Hasnain & Afridi bowled with lots of control..

Another cracker of a game in the 2nd t20 is awaited between New Zealand & India clashing on the same ground Eden Park in Auckland with short boundaries. One is sure the Kiwis would have formulated a plan to stop the Indians. Pacer Navdeep Saini might get a look in after the Shardul Thakur leaked a lot of runs in the previous game.

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