At the end of the day three, the match is evenly poised as England need 474 runs to win and they have two days and 10 wickets in hand to do it. However, that will be an uphill task for the hosts as the highest target they have ever chased successfully in a Test match is 332 and that was in Melbourne in 1928.
Meanwhile, South Africa has bounced back brilliantly after suffering the defeat in opening Test of the series and the Proteas pacer Chris Morris credited captain Faf du Plessis for turning around the team’s mentality.
“It’s quite easy for everyone to say how good Faf is,” Morris is quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.
“It’s just his character. He lives for playing for the Proteas and is what a Protea should be,” said Morris, “He lives for the team and he leads by example. He puts his body on the line and he doesn’t mind batting for three days to save a Test. When a guy leads from the front, a lot of guys will follow.”
Also, most of the credit for putting SA in a comfortable position goes to their bowlers, who sent England back Pavilion on Day 2. The hosts suffered a major collapse as, from 143/3 they went 205 all out.
In their second innings, SA scored 343 for the loss of 9 wickets and declared their innings at the end of the day 3, to set a target of 474 runs for England. Given their current form of the bowlers, it was a wise decision by du Plessis to declare the innings and give his bowlers 2 days to remove all the English batsmen.
It will be a good contest to witness as the hosts will eye to save their wickets and tie this match, while the Proteas will aim to pick up wickets in order to win the match.