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Bairstow steers England to 208-5 against SAfrica at Lord's

India TV News Desk 17 Aug 2012, 23:32:05 PM IST
India TV News Desk
London, Aug 17: Jonny Bairstow hit an undefeated 72 to keep England in contention on 208-5 at stumps on day two of the third test against South Africa at Lord's.

Bairstow, who replaced star batsman Kevin Pietersen, guided England to 101 runs behind South Africa. He shared a fifth-wicket stand of 124 with Ian Bell, who scored 58, after the top order had collapsed. Matt Prior was 22 not out at stumps.

Dale Steyn was South Africa's best bowler with 2-48, while Morne Morkel claimed 2-53.

Earlier England dismissed South Africa for 309. Vernon Philander hit his maiden test 50, scoring 61, while Steven Finn was England's best bowler with 4-75.

South Africa leads the series 1-0 and will replace England at the top of the ICC world rankings if it avoids defeat.