England crushed South Africa by 211 runs in the first test match of the series at Lord’s. England now has a lead of 1-0 in the four-match series. South Africa was given the target of 331 on the fourth day to win the first test but South African team could not even take the match to the fifth day as they were bowled out at just 119 36.4 overs. South Africa had not lost a Test at Lord’s since 1960 but they broke that record in style.
21 wickets fell in the first three days of this Test match but on the fourth day alone almost two innings were finished in the day, 19 wickets fell on the fourth day of the match with by England losing 9-wickets initially by adding 114 runs and South Africa losing their whole innings at just 119.
Moeen Ali became the first player from England after Ian Botham to take ten-wickets and score a fifty in a test since 1980. He claimed six wickets while giving away just 53 runs in the second innings. While England captain Joe Root lead from the front and scored 190 runs in the first innings with the fantastic strike rate of 81.20 evacuating his team from the struggling situation to lead the scoreboard to 458-runs after they lost 4 wickets inside 100-runs.
Among South African bowlers Morne Morkel and young Kagiso Rabada were very impressive. Morkel picked four in the first innings and three in the second while Kagiso Rabada picked three English batsmen in both the innings. The second match is scheduled fro the next week in Trent Bridge.