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Broad, England rattle South Africa

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first_imgDURBAN, South Africa (AP):Stuart Broad rattled South Africa with three wickets as England had the world’s top-ranked team 137-4 in the first Test at stumps yesterday.After England posted 303 all out in its first innings at Kingsmead, Broad removed opener Stiaan van Zyl and South Africa captain Hashim Amla early in the home team’s reply. He returned to claim the prize wicket of AB de Villiers for 49 late on the second day.England led by 166 at stumps and had South Africa in a vulnerable position in Durban with its two best batsmen, Amla and De Villiers, out.”It was nice to hit that rhythm, but I’ll have to do it again tomorrow,” Broad said.Opener Dean Elgar was 67 not out and the key for South Africa on the third day with England eyeing a first-innings lead and a significant advantage at the start of the four-Test series.De Villiers hit seven fours and a six and was driving South Africa’s recovery from 14-2 and Broad’s first two strikes. But Broad forced an edge behind to wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow with a superb seaming-away delivery and England edged ahead.When offspinner Moeen Ali bowled Faf du Plessis, England was clearly in control at 113-4.Broad finished the day with 3-16. Elgar and the inexperienced Temba Bavuma, who was 10 not out, took South Africa carefully to the close.”I think we forget about the scoreboard,” South Africa’s Morne Morkel said. “That’s the best thing for us to do, and just play the best batting cricket we can.”It could have been even better for England after the dismissal of Van Zyl with the second ball of the innings, when he chose to leave a delivery from Broad that clipped his off stump.Amla was dropped by Bairstow on two, although that mistake didn’t cost England much. South Africa’s No. 3 fell to a nick off Broad and a catch by Bairstow after adding just five more runs.CONTROVERSIALCALLDe Villiers also had a second chance when on 11. He sent a low catch to Ben Stokes in the gully, who claimed the dismissal after diving forward and cupping his hands under the ball. Australian TV umpire Bruce Oxenford ruled the ball hadn’t carried. England’s fielders didn’t agree, and Broad said the England management thought it was “100 per cent out”.De Villiers threatened to make England pay, gathering momentum in an 86-run partnership with Elgar in the late afternoon before Broad’s third wicket – and his most important – halted South Africa again. Broad celebrated exuberantly as De Villiers trudged off.Earlier, England lost its last six wickets for 129 at the start of the day after being 179-4 overnight. The tourists expected to make much better progress with their deep batting line-up.SCOREBOARDEngland 1st Innings(Overnight: 179-4)Alastair Cook c Elgar b Steyn 0Alex Hales c De Villiers b Steyn 10Nick Compton c De Villiers b Morkel 85Joe Root lbw b Piedt 24James Taylor c De Villiers b Steyn 70Ben Stokes c Duminy b Morkel 21Jonny Bairstow c Elgar b Abbott 41Moeen Ali c De Villiers b Morkel 0Chris Woakes lbw b Morkel 0Stuart Broad not out 32Steven Finn lbw b Steyn 12Extras: (1b, 3lb, 1w, 3nb) 8TOTAL: (all out) 303Overs: 100.1Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-12, 3-49, 4-174, 5-196, 6-247, 7-253, 8-253, 9-267, 10-303.Bowling: Dale Steyn 25.1-5-70-4, Kyle Abbott 24-4-66-1 (1nb), Morne Morkel 26-5-76-4 (2nb, 1w), Dane Piedt 16-2-63-1, Stiaan van Zyl 2-1-2-0, Dean Elgar 7-2-22-0.South Africa 1st InningsStiaan van Zyl b Broad 0Dean Elgar not out 67Hashim Amla c Bairstow b Broad 7A.B. de Villiers c Bairstow b Broad 49Faf du Plessis b Ali 2Temba Bavuma not out 10Extras (1lb, 1w) 2TOTAL: (for 4 wickets) 137Overs: 52Still to bat: J.P. Duminy, Kyle Abbott, Morne Morkel, Dane Piedt, Dale Steyn.Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-14, 3-100, 4-113.Bowling: Stuart Broad 10-5-16-3, Chris Woakes 11-1-22-0, Moeen Ali 13-0-45-1, Steven Finn 10-1-34-0, Ben Stokes 7-1-19-0, Joe Root 1-1-0-0.Umpires: Aleem Dar, Pakistan, and Rod Tucker, Australia.Television umpire: Bruce Oxenford, Australia.Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle, Sri Lanka.Toss: Won by South Africa.last_img read more

Barcelona crash out of Champions League after goalless draw vs Juventus

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first_imgBarcelona’s hopes of staging another sensational Champions League comeback fell flat against a hardened Juventus side who held the Catalans to a 0-0 draw at the Nou Camp on Wednesday to reach the semi-finals 3-0 on aggregate.The Italian champions barely gave Barca a glimmer of hope of repeating their historic turnaround against Paris St Germain in the last 16 and protected their healthy advantage from the first leg by starving the hosts of space and clear sights of goal.Lionel Messi came closest to giving Barca a route back into the contest with four strikes at goal but failed to hit the target with any of them and frequently came up short against Juve’s intimidating centre-back pairing of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci. (None of the other teams will want to play Juventus after ousting Barca: Leonardo Bonucci)”Juventus are a great team and they were better than us in the tie and overall they deserved to go through. I wish them the best and I think they could win the trophy,” Barca defender Gerard Pique told reporters.”It was a very difficult result to come back from although we tried until the end. They’re Italian and they defended very well. They knew how they wanted to play and got their objective. We created chances but little by little we realised we had a mountain to climb.”Twice European champions Juve lacked the spark and power of their thrilling first-leg victory in Turin, but there was rarely any doubt they would exact revenge for their defeat by Barca in the 2015 Champions League final by reaching the semis for a 12th time.advertisementBarca coach Luis Enrique had said before the game that if his team managed to strike early then the noise of the Nou Camp would suck the other goals in.Juventus, however, showed in the opening stages that they are made of sterner stuff than PSG, who gave up a 4-0 first-leg advantage.Massimiliano Allegri’s side pressed Barca in their own half and limited the supply to the front three.Messi almost managed to pick out Jordi Alba with a hooked pass and later played a one-two with the Spaniard before dragging narrowly wide of the far post.Ivan Rakitic and Neymar also missed the target with hopeful efforts but Juventus’ aggressive gameplan limited how much attacking Barca could do without leaving themselves exposed. (Neymar in flood of tears as FC Barcelona get knocked out of Champions League)Gonzalo Higuain cracked a shot over the bar before the break while the probing Juan Cuadrado almost picked out the Argentine striker in the middle, but was thwarted by a brilliant block from Pique.Barca increased their grip on possession after the break and spent most of the remainder of the game in their opponents’ half trying to carve out chances, but Juve were always ready for them.Messi whipped a free kick on to the roof of the net and slammed another shot wide before spurning his best chance, a volley which fizzed over the bar.Barca right back Sergi Roberto attempted a repeat of his heroic strike against PSG, but also missed the target, unable to prevent his side’s second successive elimination at the quarter-final stage, which will provoke much soul-searching at the five-times European champions.last_img read more