Monday, August 07, 2017

Mo Blasts The South Africans.

England were soon in some trouble on Day Three as the conditions for batting were awful. Low cloud meant that the ball hardly ever failed to swing and the deterioration of the wicket made it a nightmare for England's left-handers - with the ball landing in bowlers' footmarks and giving Maharaj prodigious amounts of spin.
England's batsmen were simply trying to survive and a lead of 300 looked an awful long way away. Step forward Mo Ali.
He decided to knock the spinner off his length and spectators were treated to some awesome, punitive batting in his unbeaten 67.
With an already large lead to add to their 224 - 8, England are back in total command - and with the weather playing its sorry part on the final two days, it seems impossible that South Africa will be able to pull this one out of the fire. A draw for England would be a slight disappointment as they will have been wanting the win - but Manchester weather may mean that the visitors avoid defeat in this game but will still lose the series.
The problems for England are all about their upper batting order. Jennings looks below test class; Westley has looked good but produced little; Malan has yet to make a score.
England are relying on the middle and lower order to make their runs - but you can only get away with that for so long.