South Africa took a 1-0 series lead at Lord’s after defeating England by an innings margin and shredding the home batting order twice in three days.
Following a three-wicket salvo by Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada finished the game with a match-high 7 for 79 as Anrich Nortje completely wrecked England’s innings. In 37.4 overs, England was destroyed.
Ben Stokes, England’s full-time Test captain, suffered his first defeat as a result, and it became abundantly evident that South Africa would pose a challenging test for the new management’s attacking mentality after a run of four straight victories.
England was bowled out in the first inning in 45 overs and in the second inning in 37.4 overs. They received a brutal beating from the Proteas.
After lunch on Day 3, Nortje’s burst in which he bowled 150+ and got 3 wickets in 10 balls completely destroyed England.
Although South Africa had the advantage after the first innings and has a potent bowling attack, the game concluded sooner than the hosts had planned.
Prior to the game, Elgar said his players didn’t care how England had done recently. He won the toss and decided to bowl. A fifer arrived on Day 1 for KG.
Elgar and Erwee established a solid platform to put England on the back foot, but after tea yesterday, Stokes motivated his troops. Near the end of the game, though, when Maharaj and Jansen scored 50 runs in 5 overs, Stokes’ squad became disoriented. And they extended their advantage to 161 points this morning.
South Africa now leads the World Test Championship Points Table as a result of this victory. They are currently strong favorites to make it to the finals. While England had already finished last. The victory by South Africa puts Pakistan and India under pressure to win their remaining games.