England’s formidable batting lineup fell like nine pins on Day 1 of the second Test against South Africa at the Newlands in Cape Town. The potent bowling unit of the Proteas brought all sorts of trouble for the visitors on the first day of the Newlands Test. An all-round performance from Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje and Dwaine Pretorius paved way for South Africa to restrict Joe Root’s men on 262 for nine in 98 overs of their first innings. England’s middle-order collapsed from 185-4 to 269-9 in no time.
Broad’s dismissal became an instant talk of the town as he failed to read a yorker from speed merchant Rabada. A veteran in the longest format of the game for the English Lions, Broad has the highest individual score of 169 with a decent strike rate of 64.25. He has amassed 3159 runs in 136 Test matches for England.
Ben Stokes and Ollie Pope did make a good stand, but as soon as Stokes got out, England batsmen failed to hold their wicket for a long time. At stumps, England were 262-9 with Pope remained unbeaten on 56 and James Anderson batting on 3.
Broad was dismissed like a tailender by the Proteas quick Rabada and his batting no show was heavily criticized by the Twitterati. Broad was clueless when Rabada bowled a peach of a yorker and his bat got stuck in his pad, handing him a hilarious dismissal. Only Pope managed to show grit and valor with a well-earned half-century.