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Philander's twin strike leaves England reeling

India TV News Desk 19 Aug 2012, 23:45:40 IST
India TV News Desk
London, Aug 19: England was left reeling at 16-2 by Vernon Philander's twin strikes Sunday after being set a daunting target of 346 to win the third test against South Africa and retain its No. 1 ranking.

Philander trapped both openers lbw in the 13 overs left on the fourth day after South Africa was bowled out for 351 at Lord's.

Philander, who has 2-4, also made 35 useful runs for the Proteas, for whom Hashim Amla hit an elegant 121 before Steven Finn took 4-74 to give the hosts a slender chance.

England will have to surpass its highest successful run chase of 332 to level the three-match series at 1-1 and hold off South Africa's surge to the top of the test rankings. That was achieved in in 1928 against Australia.

Brief scores:

South Africa 1st Innings: 309 (JP Duminy 61, Vernon Philander 61; Steven Finn 4-75, James Anderson 3-76, Graeme Swann 2-63).

England 1st Innings:
315 (Jonny Bairstow 95, Ian Bell 58, Swann 37 not out; Morne Morkel 4-80, Dale Steyn 4-94).

South Africa 2nd Innings: 351 (Hashim Amla 121, AB de Villiers 43; Finn 4-74, James Anderson 2-73, Stuart Broad 2-85, Swann 2-94).

England 2nd Innings:
16-2 (Philander 2-4).