Monday, July 14, 2008

Amla ton guides South Africa to safety

The first test match between England and South Africa at Lord's ended in a draw.The England bowlers failed to take wickets on the final day as the South African batsman Hashim Amla made a timely century which denied a victory for England and in the end the top order South African batsman's Smith and Mckenzie who both scored centuries saved their team and had dran the match in the second innings.After South Africa won the toss they elected to field first and the England batsman's namely Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell who both scored above 150 and Stuart Broad and Cook scored half centuries put their into a formidabble total of 593 in their first innings.Then South African batting collapsed in their first innings even though Prince scored a century and they scored 247 runs in their first innings.Monty Panesar of England took four wickets.They decided to give follow on.Then South Africa batsman batted sensibly in their second innings to ensure a draw on the finaly day of the match.The second test match is at Headingley which gets underway on Friday.We hope for a better result in the second test match.