South Africa came through two difficult periods to reach 309-6 against England at stumps on Day 1 of the second test today, suggesting the Proteas' gamble to bat first in difficult conditions may have paid off.
Then, Stuart Broad (3-47) and Ben Stokes (2-77) combined to take four wickets early in the final session for England but South Africa, at 235-6, came back again with an unbroken 74-run stand between bowlers Vernon Philander and Chris Morris.
England got what it wanted after Joe Root said he would have bowled anyway, yet despite having the South Africans on the ropes early in the final session, when De Kock fell first ball after tea, the home team couldn't force home its advantage.
England still leads the four-test series after a convincing 211-run win at Lord's in the first game.
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