Philander steadies South Africa

14 July 2017 14:04:40 EST

South Africa survived a batting collapse to end the first day of the second Test in a good position.

Four wickets after tea threatened a complete collapse but the Proteas recovered well and ended the first day at Trent Bridge on 309-6.

South Africa won the toss on the first morning at Trent Bridge, and decided to bat in what had looked like bowler-friendly conditions.

However, they reached lunch at 56-1 and lost just one wicket in the second session, with the score 179-2 at tea.

The two batsmen, Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock were both well set, on 65 and 68 respectively, but their plans to capitalise and build a formidable total were soon in ruins.

De Kock was out on the first ball after tea, edging to Alastair Cook at first slip off Broad and Amla went minutes later, Broad again the bowler, with the batsman hooking but finding Mark Wood at fine leg.

So, two new batsmen were at the crease and Faf du Plessis made just 19 before giving Stokes his first wicket, a review confirming the umpire's decision that the ball had brushed his glove before going through to keeper Jonny Bairstow.

Temba Bavuma was next to go, trying to pull out of a stroke off a Stokes delivery but only succeeding in edging behind with Bairstow taking another catch.

At that stage South Africa had lost four wickets for just 58 runs and were threatening to collapse as they did in their second innings at Lord's.

However, new batsmen Vernon Philander and Chris Morris steadied the ship and they are still there on 54 and 23 respectively at stumps.

They will hope to bat on on Saturday morning to put South Africa in a position to put pressure on England for the first time in the series.

England are 1/1 to win the second Test with South Africa 1/1 to tie the series at 1-1 with the draw priced at 1/1.

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